In 1923, the Biltmore Hotel opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles, setting a new standard for luxury and elegance. Throughout the years the hotel expanded in size and notoriety but never wavered on its commitment to excellence. Since becoming a Millennium property in 2000, the tradition of world-class distinction continued to make it one of the most sought-after hotel reservations in Southern California.
Steeped in elegance from head to toe, the hotel has a worldwide reputation for its elegant design and stellar service. The Spanish-Italian Renaissance decor permeates every nook and cranny. Richly decorated with murals, frescos and tapestries, you could spend hours exploring the hotel’s beauty. Carved marble columns line the halls while ornate crystal chandeliers hang from the ceilings.
During your stay at the Millennium Biltmore you will be pampered and spoiled by top-of-the-line service staff. The hotel employs nothing but the best to live up to its historically high standards. From the moment of arrival to the moment of check-out, each guest is treated like the only guest.
In addition to traditional amenities such as a concierge desk, fitness center and business center, the Millennium Biltmore offers numerous extras on site, such as a barbershop, flower shop and currency exchange. There is even a dentist should you experience a dental emergency during your stay!
The hotel has long been a Hollywood favorite with an extensive list of movies, television shows and commercials that used the Biltmore for filming for decades. Some of the most memorable movie examples are The Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man, Dreamgirls and the original Ghostbusters, just to name a few. The historic corridor off the main lobby hall features photographs from the glamour days of the hotel when it hosted Hollywood royalty for extravagant balls and ceremonies in its many ballrooms These storied halls are living history and remain in use today for parties and conventions.
The hotel participates in the Ask Alfred Children Programme, which supports Dream Factory, a program that helps make dreams come true for sick children. For $15 you can purchase an Ask Alfred bag stuffed with goodies to make sure your little one has fun during their stay. The bags come with an Ask Alfred Teddy Bear, gummy bears, stickers, crayons and color-me postcards.
If you need some adult time, the hotel concierge can help arrange for babysitting services with a local agency during your visit. The hotel is centrally located near endless Los Angeles attractions, but if you want to lounge around the hotel your kids won’t get bored with the Roman-style pool.
The hotel’s nearly 700 rooms are beautifully decorated in top-notch comfort. It’s no wonder this hotel is a favorite of presidents, celebrities and dignitaries from around the world. From your first impression to your last, the Millennium Biltmore and its staff ensure the memories of your stay will be unforgettable.
Back when the Earth was still moving and shaking and glaciers and volcanoes shaped the world, sheets of ice carved their way between the ocean and mainland Alaska to create Gastineau Channel. It is this stretch of water between Juneau and Douglas Island that is perfect for cruise ships to dock and seaplanes to land and bring families to explore this still wild land.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
After gathering apples from our tree for several days, my husband and I made the drive to Kisma Preserve near Mount Desert Island in coastal Maine with one wish: to meet the resident bear. A long-time resident at Kisma, Flipper the Bear has lived at the wildlife preserve since he was discovered (as a youngster himself) playing with a group of small children in a swimming pool. Authorities knew his fascination with people and being around them was likely to be his undoing, and he’s been in his own private section of the preserve ever since. The owners insisted his area include a deep, stone-rimmed pool of his own where he could safely indulge in his passion for swimming whenever he chooses.
Families who love being fully wrapped up in new surroundings can put a fun spin on exploring by choosing a hotel that offers the opportunity to participate in a self-guided scavenger or treasure hunt. Along the way, discover fun details about your destination that you might have otherwise missed.
Mendocino County in Northern California is known for its craggy coastline, towering Redwoods, world-class wineries and creative microbreweries. Locals find autumn the best time of the year here, when the summertime crowds have given way to a more relaxed vibe, holding hands while leaf peeping passes for the perfect afternoon activity and crisp nights are made for snuggling. In other words, it’s the perfect setting and season for a couple’s getaway.