At the beginning of each year, hordes of visitors flock to Pasadena, an upscale suburb of Los Angeles, to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade or the Rose Bowl faceoff between two college football powerhouses. For year-round exploring, though, Pasadena hotels provide an ideal base for all that the sprawling Los Angeles metropolitan area has to offer. Each of the city’s diverse neighborhoods offers hotel accommodations convenient to that area’s businesses and attractions.
Several of Pasadena’s high-end hotels lie within the city’s main business district, which is also close to the Rose Bowl. One of these hotels, the 13-story, 296-unit Hilton Pasadena employs soft earth tones in both guest rooms and common areas to create an ambiance that Fodor’s describes as “California casual.” Also close to the heart of downtown, the sleekly contemporary Westin Pasadena enjoys ratings of four diamonds from AAA and three stars from the Forbes Travel Guide. The 317-unit Sheraton Pasadena Hotel lies within easy walking distance of Old Town Pasadena, a multi-block complex of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Also close to Old Town, the Pasadena Inn offers its guests a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Caltech/Pasadena City College
East of downtown and just south of Interstate 210, the Foothill Freeway, lies Pasadena’s center of higher education, a neighborhood home to both the California Institute of Technology and Pasadena City College. The only hotel of note in this area is one of the most historic in the entire Los Angeles metropolitan area. Built in the opening years of the 20th century, the Lanham Huntington Hotel & Spa fell victim to the 1991 earthquake but has been restored to its original Spanish-Mediterranean glory. Set amid landscaped grounds, the hotel, which once was a Ritz-Carlton property, today operates under the banner of the London-based Langham Hotels group. With conservative but rich-looking appointments, the hotel’s 392 guest rooms and suites are light and airy. Hotel facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, full-service spa, tennis courts and bike rentals.
East Pasadena/Santa Anita Park
Budget-minded travelers will find reasonably priced hotels in East Pasadena, which lies close to horse racing at Santa Anita Park in neighboring Arcadia. The area is home to hotels representing several of the country’s mid-price chains. The two-story, 64-unit Best Western Pasadena Inn has an outdoor swimming pool, while the nearby Holiday Inn Express offers both a swimming pool and fitness center. The Days Inn Pasadena provides a microwave and compact refrigerator in each of its guest rooms, and the 70-unit Quality Inn Pasadena accepts pets for a fee of $20 per pet per night (as of November 2010).
In South Pasadena, the nine-room Arroyo Vista Inn sits high on a hill overlooking the arroyo that links South Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles. This bed-and-breakfast-type hotel offers the charm and intimacy of a country inn yet lies within easy reach of the entire Los Angeles metro area. Some of the inn’s rooms come with a whirlpool tub for relaxing after a busy day of sightseeing.
- Hilton: Pasadena Hotels
- Westin Pasadena: Contact Us
- Sheraton Pasadena Hotel: Contact Us
- Old Pasadena Inn: Hotel California
- Langham Huntington: Information
- Best Western Pasadena Inn: Information and Photos
- Days Inn: Pasadena California Hotel
- Holiday Inn Express: Pasadena-Colorado Blvd.
- Quality Inn: Pasadena
- Arroyo Vista Inn: Contact Information
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