Saturday, August 17, 2013

Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

The Biltmore Hotel opened in 1923 to national acclaim as the largest hotel west of Chicago and by 1969 was designated a Historic Cultural Landmark by the City of Los Angeles.

The idea for the hotel arose out of a desire to creat a grand icon to show the rest of the country that Los Angeles had "arrived."

The hotel opened on October 1, 1923 to a weeklong celebration featuring a gala attending by Cecil B DeMille, Jack Warner, and Mary Pickford with seven orchestras in eight dining rooms.  The hotel had 916 guest rooms and 826 bathrooms, on 11 floors.  In 1924, 500 more rooms were added.  Throughout the years, the hotel has undergone several restorations, including a $30 billion renovation in the mid-1970's and a $135 million project between 1984 and 1987.

This hotel is a great place to walk around, have some food and drink, and dream and imagine what it was like back in 1923!

The rooms are more standard and modern, so you do not need to stay to experience the historical grandeur of the hotel!  The best thing to do is to ask for a tour at the lobby to find out more about the history of the hotel.


Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90071
Tel:  213-624-1011

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