The Millennium Biltmore-DTLA
What: The Millennium Biltmore
Where: Downtown Los Angeles
For: All Ages/Nightlife for Adults
The Millennium Biltmore is a historic hotel built in 1923 that is a landmark of Downtown Los Angeles and home of Hollywood glamour. It’s located in the center of the hustle and bustle of DTLA, and Ethan and I spent our most recent staycation at this opulent hotel.
When you walk into the lobby of the hotel, you’re greeted with white and gold carved floor-to-wall décor. There was a wedding going on when we were checking in, and it was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen. Despite the opulence of the entryway, the elevators and hallways to the rooms were outdated. There was also a historic spiral stairway that led all the way down from the top floor. When we looked down from the top of the staircase it gave is vertigo. The ice machines and vending machines alternate floor-by-floor. It was confusing at first, but signs led us in the right direction.
The room was decorated nicely, but it was not as nice as I imagined. There was an old window that actually opened up (only part way because of liability). The closet was the biggest walk-in closet I’ve ever seen in a hotel room. It could have been another room! A safe was in the closet along with a refrigerator and television in the room. The shower was completely separate from the bathtub and had a drip that was very loud at night. Since our room was in the corner of the hotel, we had to swipe our key card twice through two doors to get in. This means that if someone gets locked out, there is no way someone in the room could hear any knocking to get in. Additionally, maid service knocked on our door at 8:45am…which was way too early for a Sunday morning after spending all of Saturday night out and when check out is at noon. Overall, for the price, it’s definitely a hotel that I would stay at again.
Smeraldi’s Restaurant is a Medditerranean/Italian restaurant under the hotel. With glamorous décor and elegant table settings, it is also family friendly and offers family style dining (think pizza and the like). Bugis Street Brasserie is a Singaporean restaurant that I ate at with my coworkers during lunch. We asked the waitress to suggest a dish to order and went with her recommendations, and the food was above par. I tried to take Ethan here one night but it was closed. It’s definitely a restaurant that I would come back to and try other Singaporean dishes. Gallery Bar and Cognac Room were equally as opulent as the hotel. Although we didn’t go into this area, we walked past it when we were checking in, and the décor of gold and white definitely makes the bar a classy destination. Afternoon Tea is also offered on a reservation-only basis.
Everyone at the hotel was dressed up. At check-in, I wore leggings and a tank top and felt under dressed (this could be because the wedding was going on and I was standing among guests in black-tie attire). It’s a family-friendly hotel with family-friendly restaurants. The only area that required guests to be 21+ was at the bar.
Valet parking is offered at the hotel for $45 each night. If you go directly across the street to Pershing Square, it allows you to self-park overnight for $16. The hotel required a $100 deposit for incidentals and was $145 (including taxes) for one night. I only booked the hotel two days before our actual stay. Water in the vending machines were $3 each.
The Millennium Biltmore Information
506 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
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