Millenium Biltmore

As you all know I love to travel (who doesn’t) and love to stay in well-decorated hotels with lots of architectural interest.  My stay last week at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel for the Design Bloggers Conference did not disappoint.


The luxurious hotel opened in 1923 as the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel and in 1969 was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.  In the 1930’s and 40’s it was the stage for eight Academy Awards ceremonies, hosting the likes of Clark Gable, Ginger Rogers, and  Walt Disney.

The hotel exterior is a mix of styles; Spanish-Italian Renaissance Revival, Mediterranean Revival, and Beaux Arts designed by the architectural firm, Schultze & Weaver.  The interiors are an amazing display of frescoes, murals, oak paneled walls, lead crystal chandeliers, carved marble fountains and columns…the list goes on.  The most impressive architectural detail to me are the frescoed mural ceilings in the Main Galleria and the Crystal Ballroom, hand painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Smeraldi.

Here’s a look at some of the outstanding interiors of the hotel and the exquisite detail

(Biltmore Lobby)

(Biltmore Lounge)

(Biltmore Galleria)

(Biltmore Crystal Room)

Here are some photos of the intricate detail in these rooms.

the wrought iron gates make the entrance to this room special...

detail of the ceiling, incredible strong colors but not overpowering...

the detail of the ceiling is more interesting with the colorful painting is a nice contrast

to the intricate and dainty relief of the beams...

the overwhelming detail in this room is entrancing...

I could  view this room for days and not take in all the wonderful nuances.

this chandelier electrifies and lights up the ceiling detail...

more ceiling detail in the Gallery...I love the coral and sage green combination.

the striking rug detail

If in downtown LA I recommend a stay at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel or if you are there for just the day it is so worth taking a peek inside and maybe stay for tea in the lounge (or better yet a glass of wine in the Gallery Bar).

(Gallery Bar)