It is simply one of the most gaudy pretentious pieces of real estate in California. And that's saying something. Old man William Randolf Hearst simply plundered post World War One Europe of much of it's Rococo art. You don't have to like it. But you should go see it.
Apparently the guests used to say that this was a good place to sit out a depression.
While masses of people were starving, this guy was spending, spending, spending.
Ah, to have been an old time robber baron back then.