Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles
What We Love
- The 23 acres create a resort vibe right in metro LA
- History: The hotel celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014, yet it still feels up to date
- Club floors are worth the splurge for WiFi, a private lounge that serves light meals and snacks, cordials for a nightcap and free clothes pressing
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What To Know
- Pasadena is about 12 miles from LA’s downtown business district and more than 20 miles from the beach cities of the west side
- Low-grade WiFi is free; premium WiFi costs $14.95 per day
- Hotel shuttle offers transfers to Old Town Pasadena
- Overnight valet parking is $26
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In many ways the Langham is like Pasadena itself: within Los Angeles County but a world apart from the bronzed beach towns, the fashion fans of Beverly Hills, the hustle of Hollywood and the bustle of Downtown. The Spanish-style grande dame holds court on 23 landscaped acres amid a stately millionaires row of century-old mansions fronted by grassy lawns. The hotel was opened under the aegis of industrialist Henry Huntington in 1914, and tradition plays a key role in daily life here. Afternoon tea is served in the lobby lounge, and staff members ring a dinner bell nightly at precisely 7:05.
Bed and Bath
Spread over eight floors, the 380 guestrooms prove that there’s an important distinction between historic and dated. They’re shipshape after a recent renovation, with a design that’s classical but not stuffy: plush armchairs, hardwoods polished to a luster, desks large enough to actually get to work done and beds for a well-earned rest. The views from the rooms show off the natural environment that still brings visitors to the Golden State: lush lawns, manicured flora and a crown of mountains in the distance. The bathrooms are Italian marble and stocked with toiletries from Chuan, inspired by traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
In the shadow of the hotel’s landmark Picture Bridge is the Terrace restaurant, which serves resort favorites, and a family-friendly swimming pool. Tennis courts are available by reservation (for an extra fee). This being SoCal, the gym and spa are an enormous 11,000 square feet, outfitted with weightlifting, stretching and cardio equipment. If the rest of the Langham lives by tradition, the Royce steakhouse and Tap Room bar rebel against it. The Royce’s tufted armchairs of white leather make a glitzy backdrop for a curated selection of Japanese, American and Australian wagyu beef. The Tap Room gets an equally elite crowd; especially on weekends, it’s Pasadena’s place to see and be the scene.
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, including Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy. 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 Old Pasadena; the city’s lively downtown has plenty of restaurants, shops and nightlife.
How to Get There
Our second stay here and can still admire the peaceful setting in a residential neighborhood with beautiful gardens and plenty of places to stroll.
Room was comfortable and beds cozy.
A small issue with the room safe was fixed promptly
Bathroom amenities nice and I particularly like the extra long tub to soak in, a rarity in hotels built today with only showers.
Room service prompt, courteous and delicious.
Valet service for car was efficient and friendly.
Highly recommend. Will definitely return.
The Langham, originally the Huntington Hotel, has lush, beautiful grounds, all different types of room categories and also a set of cottages on the property. They have a large pool, tennis courts and have badminton and chess on the lawn for guests to play. The bar is all wood and leather(very clubby), the lobby lounge has a pianist while they serve high tea and the formal dining area/wine cellars is light and bright. Upgrading to the club floor is definitely worth it with the flowing champagne and great views.
My 10 year-old son loves to swim and I love a beautiful view and a club lounge, so I splurged for a weekend at the Langham. The club lounge, with five different meal offerings each day, is absolutely worth the additional expense. The staff at the club lounge and every part of the hotel is warm and accommodating. My son was very happy in the pool, and, unlike other hotels we've stayed in, it was never too crowded or noisy. Everything we could possibly want was available to us, with no need to leave the property until it was time to check out. There's no doubt that we'll be returning again as soon as we can.
Beautiful hotel located in upscale portion of Pasadena. Lovely accommodations and grounds. Dining and various lounges offer a variety of options and experiences. Stayed in a first floor room just off the pool area which was nice in that it had a large balcony with stairs leading directly to the pool. No need to walk far and was a nice touch.
Rooms are simply decorated and comfy. Great amenities in the bath and all of the comforts (robes, slippers, netspresso, mini bar).
Staff were all friendly and accommodating saying hello anytime the passed a guest. Valet parking only at $29 night is the only negative.
Had a really nice time staying at the Langham overnight for a girls' getaway. The hotel was beautiful and smelled like roses. We enjoyed the spa, gym, room, pool and poolside food and drink as if we were on a much more extended European holiday. The staff were kind and attentive and the grounds beautiful to walk around. We also used their shuttle, a new towncar to shuttle into Pasadena, where we went to a great restaurant. Wish we had more time since so many things on property and in Pasadena to enjoy.