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The famed Hotel Alexandria in sunny Los Angeles was not only a destination for Hollywood's biggest stars in the 20s and 30s, it also saw its fair share of visitors from the White House as well!

Hotel Alexandria was considered the most lavish hotel in the city until the Biltmore Hotel was built just a few blocks away. But before its downfall, the hotel was a favorite of presidents such as Woodrow Wilson and William Howard Taft.

The highlight of the building remains the "Palm Court," a dining room with a grand stained glass ceiling. In fact, the lavish room has hosted banquets for both Wilson and Taft.

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An ornate gargoyle peers over 5th Street on the Alexandria Hotel downtown Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005. The city is considering a 50 million subsidy to developers who want to renovate the Alexandia Hotel, the biggest residential hotel in downtown, in an effort to keep the units as affordable housing amid the explosion of high�end condos downtown. The 512�unit Alexandria was once one of the city's grandest hotels with its 60�foot�high lobby of Italian and Egyptian marble and extravagant gold leaf ceilings. But it dazzling architecture and location in the heart of the new loft district had made it a prime target for conversion. In recent months, loft developers had been sniffing around. The plan comes amid a desperate effort by the to keep the units available for low income residents. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
A Spring Street view of the Alexandria Hotel downtown Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005. The city is considering a 50 million subsidy to developers who want to renovate the Alexandia Hotel, the biggest residential hotel in downtown, in an effort to keep the units as affordable housing amid the explosion of high�end condos downtown. The 512�unit Alexandria was once one of the city's grandest hotels with its 60�foot�high lobby of Italian and Egyptian marble and extravagant gold leaf ceilings. But it dazzling architecture and location in the heart of the new loft district had made it a prime target for conversion. In recent months, loft developers had been sniffing around. The plan comes amid a desperate effort by the to keep the units available for low income residents. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Palm Court ballroom at the Alexandria Hotel at Fifth and Spring streets which was Hollywoods home where dozens of studios maintained offices, where Charlie Chaplin and friends formed United Artists, where the lobby bustled with so many deal�makers that a Persian rug there was deemed the �illion�dollar carpet.�For the last 30 years, the 500�room Alexandria has served as �ast resort�housing for the elderly and disabled, and some say, as an outpost for the drug trade that dominates this stretch of Fifth Street. change is all around the Alexandria. Its for sale for the first time since 1979 and a 0 million offer from downtown developer Richard Meruelo is now in escrow. Even if this deal doesnt survive, neighborhood residents, city officials, tenant activists and developers say the time is ripe for the hotels next phase. (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Exterior of the Alexandria Hotel in downtown L.A. for a Sunday Calendar story. (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
The Valentino suite at the Alexandria Hotel at Fifth and Spring streets which was Hollywoods home where dozens of studios maintained offices, where Charlie Chaplin and friends formed United Artists, where the lobby bustled with so many deal�makers that a Persian rug there was deemed the �illion�dollar carpet.�For the last 30 years, the 500�room Alexandria has served as �ast resort�housing for the elderly and disabled, and some say, as an outpost for the drug trade that dominates this stretch of Fifth Street. change is all around the Alexandria. Its for sale for the first time since 1979 and a 0 million offer from downtown developer Richard Meruelo is now in escrow. Even if this deal doesnt survive, neighborhood residents, city officials, tenant activists and developers say the time is ripe for the hotels next phase. (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Ornate ceiling and walls in the mezzanine at the Alexandria Hotel at Fifth and Spring streets which was Hollywoods home where dozens of studios maintained offices, where Charlie Chaplin and friends formed United Artists, where the lobby bustled with so many deal�makers that a Persian rug there was deemed the �illion�dollar carpet.�For the last 30 years, the 500�room Alexandria has served as �ast resort�housing for the elderly and disabled, and some say, as an outpost for the drug trade that dominates this stretch of Fifth Street. change is all around the Alexandria. Its for sale for the first time since 1979 and a 0 million offer from downtown developer Richard Meruelo is now in escrow. Even if this deal doesnt survive, neighborhood residents, city officials, tenant activists and developers say the time is ripe for the hotels next phase. (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Digital Image taken on Friday, 04/22/2005, Los Angeles, CA The Valentino suite at the Alexandria Hotel at Fifth and Spring streets was Hollywood's home where dozens of studios maintained offices, where Charlie Chaplin and friends formed United Artists, where the lobby bustled with so many deal�makers that a Persian rug there was deemed the 'million�dollar carpet.' For the last 30 years, the 500�room Alexandria has served as 'last resort' housing for the elderly and disabled, and some say, as an outpost for the drug trade that dominates this stretch of Fifth Street. change is all around the Alexandria. It's for sale for the first time since 1979 and a 0 million offer from downtown developer Richard Meruelo is now in escrow. Even if this deal doesn't survive, neighborhood residents, city officials, tenant activists and developers say the time is ripe for the hotel's next phase. (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Entry lobby at the Alexandria Hotel at Fifth and Spring streets which was Hollywoods home where dozens of studios maintained offices, where Charlie Chaplin and friends formed United Artists, where the lobby bustled with so many deal�makers that a Persian rug there was deemed the �illion�dollar carpet.�For the last 30 years, the 500�room Alexandria has served as �ast resort�housing for the elderly and disabled, and some say, as an outpost for the drug trade that dominates this stretch of Fifth Street. change is all around the Alexandria. Its for sale for the first time since 1979 and a 0 million offer from downtown developer Richard Meruelo is now in escrow. Even if this deal doesnt survive, neighborhood residents, city officials, tenant activists and developers say the time is ripe for the hotels next phase. (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Ornate stairwell at the Alexandria Hotel at Fifth and Spring streets was Hollywoods home where dozens of studios maintained offices, where Charlie Chaplin and friends formed United Artists, where the lobby bustled with so many deal�makers that a Persian rug there was deemed the �million�dollar carpet.� For the last 30 years, the 500�room Alexandria has served as �last resort� housing for the elderly and disabled, and some say, as an outpost for the drug trade that dominates this stretch of Fifth Street. change is all around the Alexandria. Its for sale for the first time since 1979 and a 0 million offer from downtown developer Richard Meruelo is now in escrow. Even if this deal doesnt survive, neighborhood residents, city officials, tenant activists and developers say the time is ripe for the hotels next phase. (Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Pictures of the ballroom don't do it justice. Can you imagine all the wild parties that happened in that room? We're sure Wilson and Taft found the time to mingle with actors Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino, who were also considered hotel regulars.

Hotel Alexandria underwent several renovations until it was finally bought out by a San Diego firm that specializes in converting historic buildings into affordable housing. In recent years, it has also served as the backdrop for several TV shows and movies, like "American Horror Story" and "Se7en."

And though the historic hotel is long gone, at least we still have stories of its fascinating (and creepy) history. Check out the video above to find out about one historian's scary incident inside the hotel's Rudolph Valentino suite.

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