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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The service is top notch, the public areas: pools, gardens, decks, lawns are incredible and the restaurant and Tap Room serve delicious bites featuring a wonderful wine list. It’s an oasis in Pasadena with its rolling landscaped acres and quaint cottages. The rooms however could use updating. We stayed in a large suite near the Japanese Gardens and the decor was so dated and cushions worn down I felt like I was staying in my Great Grandmother’s home. I don’t think the big suites are worth the price we paid. I’ll return, but book a small king deluxe room and enjoy the value and old world charm without the expense.
We stayed at the hotel this past weekend, the service was outstanding, the staff was very knowledgeable and everything about the hotel is world class, from check-in to check out. The food was delicious, the grounds were immaculate and so were the hotel rooms. I have stayed at many world-class hotels around the world and I consider this a world-class hotel.....
A lovely property, un-fussy but excellent service set in a beautiful corner of Pasadena. This hotel would be a good choice for business or pleasure and also very good for entertaining guests. Updated, yet old time elegance in every corner.