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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
If you like to lounge by the pool, this is the hotel for you. The room is meh, bog-standard in my opinion. But they really went and did a nice job remodeling the pool.
The bar and restaurant areas are nice. They put in the fights and and the NBA playoffs so my colleagues and I could relax and have some drinks before an event.
Staff is great.
Would have given 5 stars, but the rooms are small, and have this annoying shower with a smoked window that lights up the room. So when my wife is sleeping and I get up to use the bathroom, the light wakes her up.
Would stay again just for the pool though. Nicely heated. Love that!
We really liked this hotel- great public spaces and pool deck, and central location in Pasadena. The staff were also excellent.
My only problem is that our room didn’t have a separate bathroom- bizarrely it’s part of the room so there is no privacy. Of course if you’re sharing a room with someone you should know them fairly well, but even so having a bathroom integral with the bedroom just doesn’t do it for me. Especially given that other guests is our party had ‘traditional’ rooms with separate bathrooms. Given that we had all booked direct on the hotel website, I have no idea why we were allocated a clearly worse room...?
Also, the windows don’t open! We like fresh air and do not appreciate air conditioning (especially when the weather is great) and that’s why we use ‘boutique’ hotels where at the very least you would expect the window to open... not in this case!
My wife and I spent three nights at the Hotel Constance In early May 2019. We had our dog with us.
I did a very detailed review of the hotel from a previous stay so I won't try to cover all that again. You can check my previous review if you want more information.
The rooms are not large but are adequate. There's a nice desk/work area with readily available outlets. WiFi is easy to connect to but the access is a bit slow. One complaint is that they drop you after 24 hours and you have to go through the sign on process again.
We had a king bed which I found to be adequate but my wife found it a bit soft.
The bath is nice - we had a room with a shower, although I understand they have some rooms with tubs.
The staff was uniformly wonderful - friendly, polite and helpful.
They have a table in the area of the front desk and have chocolate chip cookies (my favorite) almost all day long.
All-in-all, a very nice stay and highly recommended.
We didn’t hear a thing; not our neighbors, nothing. Room was small but it was a historic boutique hotel. The staff was great! Would go back. We got the room on hotwire. Which meant we were next to the elevator. Very modern. It was a smart room; had a tablet to run the room. Went to the spa. It was a long walk but was worth it. Parking was $19 per day but the city doesn’t allow parking on the street from 2-6am on every street in the city!
I'm not sure why this is categorized as a 4-star hotel. The room was small and some of the tiles in the bathroom were falling off. However, the worst parts were 1. the bathroom was not a separate room, which means you can smell everything from the toilet in the bedroom, and 2. there aren't any curtains so the morning sun shines in very brightly.