One of downtown L.A.'s true treasures, the gilded 1923 beaux arts masterpiece exudes ambience and history (which does mean that some of the rooms are small by today's standards). The lobby (formerly the Music Room) was the local headquarters of JFK's presidential campaign, and the ballroom hosted some of the earliest Academy Awards. These days, the Biltmore hosts business types drawn by its central downtown location, ample meeting spaces, and services such as a well-outfitted
business center that stays open 24/7; the hotel is also a haven for weddings. Guest rooms have classic, formal furnishings, shuttered windows, and marble bathrooms. Bring your bathing suit for the vintage tiled indoor pool and adjacent steam room.