Is The Millennium Biltmore Hotel Haunted by The Black Dahlia Ghost?

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel opened its doors for the first time in 1923. The luxurious destination was built to cater for Los Angeles’ high society, yet served many different purposes throughout its life time.

Haunted Millennium Biltmore Hotel at night.
View of the outside of the haunted Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel hosted the Academy Awards from 1935 until the beginning of World War II, when it was repurposed as a facility to serve soldiers on leave with rest and recreation. The stunning hotel’s interior has also made appearances across the small and silver screen featuring in Entourage, Fight Club and the Slimer scene from Ghostbusters, which seems fitting for a building with such close links to the paranormal world.

Ceiling and light fixture at the haunted Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
Ornate ceiling of the haunted Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Hauntings of The Millennium Biltmore Hotel

The glamorous and grandeur Millennium Biltmore Hotel is an impressive building with an even more impressive paranormal track record. Many believe it to be one of Los Angeles’ most haunted buildings. Its infamy is in part spurred on by its association with one of America’s most well known, unsolved murders.

Lobby of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
Inside the spooky Millennium Biltmore Hotel’s luxurious lobby.

Shortly before her death in 1947 Elizabeth Short was sighted at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel’s bar. This is one of the last places she was seen alive before entering the infamy of becoming the Black Dahlia murder. Elizabeth Short’s body was later discovered dumped on an empty lot of land, completely drained of blood, naked, mutilated and cut completely in half by an incision dividing her torso. The murder captured the attention of the public, remains one of California’s most recognized unsolved crimes and ignited Black Dahlia ghost stories with the Millennium Biltmore Hotel at the epicenter. Many reports of a lady with dark hair, wearing a black dress in 1940’s fashion have been made at the Hotel. She is usually seen on the tenth and eleventh floors, roaming through the lobby or riding the elevator to floor six before disappearing into thin air or walking through a wall. One man claims to have rode the elevator with this lady in black, only to see her disappear when they reached level six. He was shocked to pick up a true crime book in a store a few days later and recognize the ghost from the elevator as Elizabeth Short.

The Black Dahlia haunts the elevators at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
Elevators inside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel that are supposedly haunted by the Black Dahlia ghost.

Though the Black Dahlia is the most famous ghost to roam the Millennium Biltmore Hotel’s halls, she is not the only one. There have been numerous instances where sightings of a group of soldiers’ apparitions have moved through the lobby, thought to be residual energy left behind from the hotel’s history in World War II. Another spirit thought to haunt the hotel from around this era is the ghost of a female nurse who has commonly been seen on the second floor, where cots were set out for visiting soldiers during the war.

Haunted Millennium Biltmore Hotel hallways.
Haunted corridors of the hotel’s floors.


The spirits of children have also been encountered within the Biltmore Hotel. Countless sightings of a little girl have been made and many others have heard her footsteps hurriedly running along the corridors of floor 9, as well as her disembodied, playful giggling. Another more disturbing apparition of a child is rumored to occupy the roof of the hotel. Some reports exist of people who have seen the ghost of a little boy on the roof who has no facial features present.

Stairwell inside a haunted hotel.
Looking down the stairway inside the haunted Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Plenty more paranormal instances have helped the Millennium Biltmore Hotel build its haunted reputation. Both staff and visitors to the hotel have experienced phantom sounds of a party happening on the first floor, other unexplainable noises and voices, orbs of light, sudden temperature drops, cold drafts and the feeling that an invisible presence is around. It’s no wonder why countless staff have refused and fear working late shifts at the hotel.

Entry way to the haunted Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
Grand entrance to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Staying at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel is a premier spot to stay within the Los Angeles Downtown area. The location is central, rooms are clean and the lobby and lounge areas are stunning in design. Did I mention it’s a great hotel for paranormal buffs to investigate? I enjoyed my stay here, but didn’t personally have any paranormal experiences. That is not to say they don’t happen, they’ve even been documented via Tripadvisor reviews! Let me know in the comments below if you’ve had any strange or unexplainable hotel experiences.

Haunted Millennium Biltmore Hotel in LA.
Standing outside and looking up at the haunted Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

If you do stay in Los Angeles are are looking for other haunted places to check out around town, look no further. I’ve compiled LA’s 10 most haunted hot spots for you.

Thanks for reading!



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Comments (21)

  • Posted by Sonia on February 25, 2018

    That’s a beautiful hotel it even looks haunted just by the pictures, great story!

      Posted by Amy on February 26, 2018

      Thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed it. If you’re ever in LA you should check it out.

  • Posted by Ray Garcia on February 11, 2019

    I stayed on the 9th floor. I had a disembodied voice wake me from a nap. I had just laid down and wasn’t quite asleep yet. That same night, about midnight, i heard children running up and down the hall and lots of laughter. i got up to tell them to quiet down. i waited until the steps were near my door. I opened the door and there was no one in the hallway.

      Posted by Amy on February 11, 2019

      Hi Ray. Thank you so much for sharing this. That is a very strange story. I love to hear from people that have actually stayed and had experiences there. I stayed there but was not so lucky.

  • Posted by Hailey on February 18, 2019

    hi I’ve seen various cases on this hotel I’m not in la but I would love to go there just to experience the hotel I think that would be cool also I find the case of black doliaha aka Elizabeth short is really interesting to me and I want to do a project on her do you think my teacher would be ok with that ps I’m in 5th grade with my best freind she also loves the black doliaha case

      Posted by Amy on February 19, 2019

      Hi Hailey! Thank you for reading my article and leaving me a comment. I hope that one day you get the chance to visit this hotel, as it is a beautiful place. I also think that the Black Dahlia case is an interesting one, though it is equally tragic. It might be a good idea to ask your teacher if it makes for an appropriate project subject. Thanks again!

  • Posted by marty on February 25, 2019

    hey amy, Do you know more stories about the hotel? like recent stories? i hope you have.

      Posted by Amy on February 26, 2019

      Hi Marty. I have not done any recent research, though I know it was recently involved in a violent heist. Hopefully I get the chance to visit again soon. If I do, I will try and see if there are more recent stories. Thanks for reading.

  • Posted by katie on February 25, 2019

    actually the black dahlia was seen before he death using the phone she died after the phone call

      Posted by Amy on February 26, 2019

      Hi Katie. Thanks for the info. In this article I state that the Millennium Biltmore Hotel was one of the last places she was seen. Cheers for reading and commenting.

  • Posted by malachi on February 28, 2019

    boi i was scared shitless when i went to the hotel she at my bed frame in my dream at my last night at the hotel stayed there 5 days never again

  • Posted by malachi on February 28, 2019

    it was said that on day a celibrity was at the hotel and fell down the staircase and the hotel said that the cause of her fall was verdigo and never spoke of it AGAIN

      Posted by Amy on March 3, 2019

      Hi Malachi – Thanks for sharing your experience and this story. I love the legends surrounding this place, too.

  • Posted by Carrie on March 15, 2019

    I stayed at the Biltmore just two weeks ago .. my room was on the 5th floor. I have a “knowing” so I could hear the children running through the halls .. when I did a tour of the museum wing, I knew there was a woman who was murdered in the hotel. The presence of spirits are definitely there. Beautiful hotel .. the service was amazing .. Would definitely recommend!

      Posted by Amy on March 17, 2019

      Hi Carrie. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the Biltmore Hotel. It is a beautiful place, and I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Stay spooky!

  • Posted by Dannie on April 24, 2019

    This really helped. I decided to do my English project on this hotel and I am so glad I found this. It was really helpful and interesting to learn a few new things I didn’t know. Thanks so much

      Posted by Amy on April 24, 2019

      Thanks for the comment, Dannie! So glad to hear that this article helped you!

  • Posted by Robby on May 27, 2019

    Is it true that there are tunnels under there that apparently hold a dungeon like place with skeletons?

      Posted by Amy on May 27, 2019

      Not that I am aware – I have never heard this, nor did any of the staff mention it to me during my visit.

  • Posted by Jonathan Cho on June 23, 2019

    Did you know that there are secret doors all around the hotel. There a couple in the Ballroom in fact.

      Posted by Amy on June 23, 2019

      Wow! That is really cool. Thank you for sharing this, Jonathan!

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