Old Town Pasadena -- a 22-block district listed on the National Register of Historic Places -- is both an attractive tourist destination in its own right and a convenient location from which to explore the innumerable sights of Los Angeles. Lodging options in and around the historic district include several big-name hotel chains. Rooms are in especially high demand for the famous annual Rose Parade, which passes through Old Town Pasadena.
Sheraton Pasadena Hotel
The Sheraton Pasadena Hotel is an upscale property located just five minutes from the Rose Bowl. It caters to both leisure and business travelers. Guests staying in club-level rooms enjoy complimentary access to the fitness center, in-room bottled water, a daily breakfast and afternoon hors d'oeuvres. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle services for guests to travel within a three-mile radius, an area that includes some of the top attractions in Pasadena, such as the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens and the Norton Simon Museum, which is a must-see for art lovers.
The 296-room Hilton Pasadena is a convenient location for visiting the Rose Bowl and the numerous shops, restaurants and bars of Old Town Pasadena. Its guest rooms offer views of the city or the San Gabriel Mountains, which are particularly attractive in winter months when their peaks are capped with snow while the city remains bathed in sunshine. A complimentary shuttle service is provided within a two-mile radius. The on-site restaurant, Trevos, offers lavish breakfast and lunch buffets and a dinner menu showcasing classic California cuisine and wines. The hotel also hosts the Grill/Bar 168, where you can choose to dine inside or outside on the patio.
The Westin Pasadena
The Westin Pasadena features contemporary Mediterranean-style decor throughout, with its exterior adorned with fountain-fed pools and vibrant tile mosaics, while the guest rooms and suites are elegantly unfussy. Guests enjoy access to an outdoor pool and sundeck with comfy lounges, and a gym with mountain views while you work out. The hotel's Ventanas Restaurant offers outdoor patio seating as well as a stylish dining room. Its all-day dining menu presents healthy cuisine showcasing "superfoods," such as sesame and black pepper seared salmon salad with pomegranate soy dressing and stir-fried brown rice with a sunny-side-up organic egg. Alternatively, room service is available 24 hours a day, and the Cafe a la Carte offers baked goods and deserts. The Living Room Lobby and Bar offers sports on the big screen and a library of books to enjoy with an evening cocktail.
Courtyard Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town
Courtyard Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town, part of the Marriott chain, is a 314-room hotel in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Its guest rooms and suites feature complimentary high-speed Internet access, plush bedding, premium cable channels, iPod docks and ergonomic workstations. The on-site Courtyard Cafe opens for breakfast and dinner and offers both a buffet and a la carte dishes with a casual atmosphere. Guest services include a concierge desk, valet dry-cleaning, local restaurant delivery and an on-site ATM. The property includes a heated outdoor swimming pool and a small fitness center.
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