Dusitd2 Hotel Constance Pasadena
What We Love
- Location in the heart of Pasadena, close to the Huntington Library, Universal Studios and downtown LA
- Housed in one of Pasadena’s most historic buildings
- Tech-forward amenities include a virtual concierge and connectivity panels that let guests stream content from their phones onto in-room HDTVs
- Restaurateur Michael Kwan is behind the hotel’s CalAsian Constance restaurant
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Phase one of a $60 million renovation is fully open, with stage two (25 club level rooms, a club lounge, rooftop pool, lounge and sundeck, fitness center, spa, shops and restaurants) slated for completion by early 2017
- No self-parking, but valet parking is available for $23 per day
- Free access to Breakthru Fitness, just a few blocks away
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
North of LA in the heart of Pasadena’s business district, the dusitD2 hotel constance pasadena is a hip stay in a historic setting. Reopened after a $60 million revamp in summer 2014, designer Joey Ho has perfected the glam, retro modern look, from the curved leather banquette seating in the lobby to the bold citrus shades in the 130 guestrooms and 12 suites. Small by city standards, but packed with high-tech amenities, rooms have flatscreen TVs, modern electronic bidets (in suites) and control panels that connect to the hotel’s virtual concierge, as well as king or queen beds, work desks and petite en suite bathrooms. Deluxe Terrace rooms are worth the splurge for the Pasadena skyline views from the small, step out balconies. On the dining front, restaurateur Michael Kwan is behind the fusion CalAsian menu that’s dished up in the hotel’s stylish Constance restaurant, while in hip, streetside bluRoom bar, handcrafted cocktails and artisanal ales attract a mix of guests and locals. There’s no gym (one is slated to open along with a rooftop pool and a host of boutiques in 2017), but guests have access to Breakthru Fitness, just a few blocks away.
In the Area
Pasadena is worth a stay for its cultural institutions alone. The Huntington Library is LA’s biggest understatement: 207 acres of landscaped gardens, from English to Chinese styles, and art galleries including one of the best English art collections outside London. LA’s bigger museums may get more fanfare, but the Norton Simon Museum has a huge fan base among in-the-know art lovers for its collection of South Asian and Southeast Asian art and European works from Baroque to Braque. Afterward, stroll around Old Pasadena; the city’s lively downtown has plenty of restaurants, shops and nightlife.
How to Get There
Hotel Constance was remodeled around 2012. It is now "chic, hip, cool", at least to our senior eyes. Excellent location: within easy walking distance of many good restaurants, but a couple miles east of the more frenetic downtown areas of Pasadena. Hotel has a shuttle to take you in and from places within 3 miles of the hotel. Room was fairly small but comfortable and efficient. Great neighborhood. Canine friendly. Does have a restaurant and a bar on site. Underground parking for $19 per night. Highly recommend.
There’s much to like about this place: especially the location, attractive lobby with quite nice piano/other live music, and the rooms are attractive in a moderately upscale way. But the rooms are small. And if you’re not on intimate terms with the person you’re sharing a room with, you won’t find enough privacy with the shower and toilet setups that are pretty much “right there” next to the bedroom. Yes, the sink and counter top separate you, but it’s all pretty close and with no sound separation.
Yet, this is a pleasant and well/located place to stay, with nice staff support, onsite parking, and that lovely live music for a late night stop at the bar before you head to your room.
I selected this boutique hotel for location and the positive customer feedback on several hotel booking sites. The location is indeed excellent: close to the highway, Pasedena downtown and major attractions. The rooms are not large, but clean and offer everything you need. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. When I complained about the noisy frontside room, I was immediately offered an alternative.
The breakfast/restaurant area is not the most attractive, but the food is very wel prepared. The bar area is a nice place for a drink and a bite. The barman who helped me prepared some excellent cocktails. Since the hotel is relatively small (120 rooms) the atmosphere is very relaxed. I stayed 4 nights and after every night I liked it better.
Great location on Colorado Blvd. with so many places to eat within walking distance. We didn't use their jitney or tux-tuk, but you are just a short ride away from so many Pasadena highlights. Room and bathroom are beautifully decorated - very up to date. The public areas are fairly glitzy, but nice. On the Saturday night we were there, a pianist and singer provided live entertainment in the bar. Perfect! Don't forget a bathing suit - the spa and swimming looked too appealing, but on our short stay, there was no time to used them. Front desk people were polite and personable. Overall, a great place to stay in a city full of culture and places to visit.
I stayed to the Hotel Constance and truly enjoyed the hotel. It was a very nice experience. There was a minor hiccup with my reservation and room availability at check in which was quickly resolved the following morning. The staff were accommodating and helpful. The room was clean and very nice, especially the soaker tub. The hotel is centrally located and even has a shuttle to drop you off locally. A great stay and I will be back.