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
We spent three nights here recently while attending a family event in Pasadena. The grounds of this hotel are beautiful and the staff was very friendly. We ate at the Terrace and the Tap Room and poolside and everywhere the food was very good. We had excellent service at every turn.
The rooms our family had were large and clean with all the amenities; large bathroom and shower, Nespresso machine, safe, mini bar.
The gym was small but had a large number of cardio machines and weights. Didn't have time to try the Spa but it looked lovely.
The courtyard and the grounds are incredibly well-maintained. If you are in Pasadena, I would recommend this hotel.
Our daughter attends Occidental College in Eagle Rock (about 15 minutes from the Langham), and we're from Chicago. Whenever we go to visit her or move her in or out of her dorm room, we stay at the Langham Huntington, usually in a lanai room. It is an extremely elegant hotel, without being ostentatious.The rooms are large, the service is outstanding and we immediately relax upon walking in the lobby. We highly recommend the Langham Huntington and are looking forward to returning often, even after our daughter graduates from Oxy.
Stayed for 3 nights with friends and loved every minute. Beautiful hotel and grounds with great service. The staff were genuinely warm and went out of their way to look after us and make us feel welcome. Can’t wait to go back!
I had a friend gift me a 80 minute massage for my birthday ! I was very happy with the surprise its hard to get me but I was off from my home in La Canada to The Langgham the social hub for larger andsmaller get togethers and major events in Pasadena on the edge of San Marino.My massage was lovely ad I enjoyed my visit so much so I booked an 80 minute facial with COCO the next day!Amazing I felt 5 years younger Highly reccomend,
This hotel/resort was such an utter mix of old and drabby (the smell in the hallways) to luxurious and lavish (the beds, the views and the landscaping. I visited during a business event, and will note a few things....the valet staff was superb in customer service. The front desk staff was a bit stodgy. The bar staff was awesome and friendly. Not at all a consistent experience with people. The grounds and floral arrangements were beautiful and the towels rocked! Can’t say whether I would go back on my own dime or find somewhere w more consistency.