I must say upon entry, the Millennium Biltmore is beautiful; just plain beautiful. The restoration of this remarkable hotel is just that – remarkable. The ceilings, the walls, the columns, and the history are impressive. Regrettably, this seems to be where the major focus lies and many small details are left unaddressed.
I arrived the weekend of the LA Marathon and saying the property was swamped is an understatement. Amidst this hustle and bustle, the staff maintained poise and managed to move an army of people rather quickly. I would actually like to commend the staff as they managed to remain friendly, capable, and timely. At the onset the renovation and team members were impressive, however, once checked in and after arrival in my room, I was a bit disappointed. The hallways, as some others have stated, carry an unfamiliar smell or odor, along with carpeting clearly taped down with gaffers tape and paint in need of rampant repair. My room, albeit very spacious, was in need of repair in many facets and the list is rather long and invasive. I feel as one renovation has finished, the remodel should begin.
Giving credit to the amount of effort required to renovate a property of this age and size, one cannot slight the entire property for peeling paint, odors, and yesterday’s technology. Nevertheless, until the “room renovation” occurs, The Biltmore will ever so slightly miss the mark.