Monday, May 12, 2014

Welcome to the Hotels California

Welcome to the hotels California
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the hotels California
Any time of year, you can find it here...The Eagles, 1977.

During our recent stay in Southern California, we stayed at three different hotels. They were all so nice. For six of the nights we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, Carlsbad Beach; two nights at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach/Hawthorne; and two at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

The special thing about the Hilton Garden Inn is location, location, location because it is across the street from the Pacific Ocean! Here is a picture looking out of our room window at the courtyard and ocean.

We began our stay in Cali for three nights there and ended our stay with three more. This modular brown sofa and window view provided for a very comfortable afternoon while I worked on my computer.

I couldn't help but notice the pretty pom pom drapery tie backs in the restaurant!

Then we stayed at the Ayres Hotel. Dan had stayed there once before a long time ago and knew I would enjoy it. It has European Old World charm and castle-like qualities.

A pair of lions guard the front door.

How often do you see a grand entrance like this when you enter a hotel?

This old mural hangs behind the front desk in the lobby.

There are arches everywhere

and the walls are lined with fabulous art.

We stayed in a suite

and dined at their Matisse Restaurant. Dan had sea bass and I had a filet with crusted bleu cheese and

apple tart ala mode for dessert!

Here is the gorgeous courtyard. I have more to share about the courtyard in another post.

This was such an interesting and unique place to spend some time. I loved every detail including the green velvety chairs

and this muted wall hanging.

C' I'll show you the Millenium Biltmore Los Angeles.

I didn't get a photo of the outside because I was with a few Downton Abbey friends when we arrived and we were getting out of a taxi in a maze of traffic - imagine that in Los Angeles. LOL

The Millenium Biltmore was where I attended the An Affair at Downton art retreat. I wrote about my experience at An Affair at Downton here. We stayed in a spacious suite.

Here is one part of the ceiling at the end of the long hallway that leads from the lobby to several banquet rooms.

This magnificent photo shows the opening banquet ball and reception in the Crystal Ballroom from October 2, 1927 and hangs in the hallway outside.

I really enjoyed this.

I asked a hotel employee if the Crystal Ballroom still exists as in the photo above. He led me there so I could see it as it is today. Simply magnificent!

See the director chairs underneath the photo? There was filming going on while we were there! After all, we were in the heart of the movie industry!

It was pretty exciting because the whole time we were there, I heard chatter about what was being filmed. We could see a great deal of filming equipment lining the halls. On the first day, I heard the show Brooklyn 99 with Andy Samberg was being filmed. The next day, a few of the Downton ladies posted photos of Matthew Broderick to Facebook. Warren Beatty is directing a Howard Hughes film - I found some information about it here. I cannot wait to see the completed movie on the big screen!

This bar area was where some filming took place. 

And finally, here are a few more details I saw while wandering around the Millenium Biltmore Hotel.

I feel so fortunate to have stayed in such fabulous places during our vacation. Southern California is a welcoming state full of beautiful hotels. I imagine the Eagles had different ideas in mind when they wrote this song, but my simple interpretation works for me!

Which hotel is your favorite?


  1. Patty, That is a grand hotel. I love to see the old art work in the lobbies, the ornate things here and there. The food looked very good too. Glad you got to travel with you husband and enjoy all this. xoxo,Susie

  2. Wow! Some beautiful accommodations - I would probably prefer the Ayers. :) Really sounds and looks like you had a grand time. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

  3. Beautiful places and great photos! :-)

  4. Hello from Spain: Fabulous hotel. I really like the artwork. the food is delicious. The patio is awesome. My favorite hotel is the Hotel de Paris in Monaco. The hotel is located opposite the Casino. The hotel is very luxurious and with good facilities. Keep in touch

  5. I think I said it before, but the Biltmore in LA brings back wonderful family memories for me.

  6. I'm so jealous - 3 hotels in 1 trip?! Lucky gal! Thanks for sharing the beauty of these hotels dear, I always enjoy your pictures and stories about them!


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