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TRAVEL / JAN ‘2019

Old Hollywood glamour at Biltmore Millennium

I felt like I should be dressed in fringe flapper and pearls as I walked through the magnificent lobby of the iconic Biltmore Millennium Hotel in Los Angeles, where movie stars and the rich and famous have mingled since the 1920s.

Words Kate Durack

Think Great Gatsby.

The opulence was charming – crystal chandeliers, marble water fountains, gold décor, murals and black and white photographs featuring famous movie stars and politicians of yesteryear, including Walt Disney, JFK and Ronald Reagan.

The Biltmore is old Hollywood glamour, and has been the setting of many Hollywood movies, presidential campaigns and historic events including the first eight Academy Awards, and continues to feature movie and television filming on property, including Taylor Swift’s music video.

The hotel exudes the legendary style of Hollywood of the 20’s and 30’s throughout, with the Roman-bath pool, sauna and spa in the Health Centre and bay windows, embossed ceilings and grand mirrors in the luxurious suites.

The hotel exudes the legendary style of Hollywood of the 20's and 30's throughout.

My children lavished the VIP experience of Club Lounge access, which offered long views of a local park, art deco furnishings, gentle music and complimentary breakfast, morning and afternoon tea with tea, coffee, delicious desserts and fruits, and (my favourite) cocktail hour inclusive of wine, beer, soft drinks and delectable hors d’oeuvres.

 

This hotel is well-positioned for tourists in Downtown LA – a stone’s throw from the Walt Disney Theatre and concert hall – and within easy walking distance to top museums and art galleries.

For more information visit www.millenniumhotels.com

Kate Durack