Summer is a spectacular season to be a guest in Pasadena given the abundance of events and entertainment offered midweek and throughout every action-packed weekend. Think outdoor concerts and colorful festivals, alfresco dining under the stars and blooming gardens galore. So we’ve checked in with our local hotel properties to give you some inspiration when it’s time to treat yourself to an overnight getaway. Between special seasonal amenities, summer hotel packages and delightful room upgrades, there’s a ton to offer in the accommodations space whether you’re traveling with the whole family, booking a girlfriends’ getaway or planning a romantic retreat. And there’s plenty for LA locals to take advantage of to help get into that staycation groove, too.
Summer is in full swing at the landmark The Langham Huntington, Pasadena which has been Pasadena’s iconic getaway retreat for more than a century. All of the luxury property’s 377 guest rooms were recently completely refreshed with new carpeting, drapes, paint and more. The Summer Escape package (valid for bookings through December) extends a discount of up to 20 percent off the best available rate for stays of two nights or more giving ample incentive to extend your holiday. Seasonal amenities for summer guests include a robust line-up of lawn games like corn hole, badminton, croquet, Frisbee golf and bocce ball—plus, a special summer menu served at the pool. Sweet tooth’s can be satisfied by s’mores in the Horseshoe Garden daily and complimentary ice cream served from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays through Sundays in the lobby.
Locals and day-trippers can also savor the Langham’s summer splendor, be it for traditional afternoon tea service, cocktails on the veranda, a decadent dinner, attending one of the public events or simply enjoying some pampering at the Chuan Spa. Mark your calendar for the Mid-Autumn Festival slated for September 23. Relaxed summer work schedules make this the best time of the year to take advantage of midweek deals at the spa. Get 20 percent off services that are 50-minutes or longer and a complimentary mimosa on Mimosa Mondays. Or try Tranquility Tuesdays for 15 percent off the Chuan Harmony or Chuan Balancing Massage, a package that’s paired with a lavender mimosa and aromatherapy.
The 129-room Hotel Constance is an ideal home base for those who want to explore Pasadena on foot, and it’s even better if you want to bring a furry friend along. Dogs under 35 pounds are welcome to stay on property (for a flat $75 fee) and canine companions are treated to special amenities including a chew toy and bed. Located in the heart of the downtown theatre, retail and entertainment districts, the city’s premier boutique hotel merges modern amenities and style in a historic heritage building. Their unique fusion of old, new and Thai hospitality is exemplified through their new Tuk Tuk transportation service. Hotel and restaurant guests can request a ride to local sites in the orange open-air, six-seat Tuk Tuk—a nod to the popular mode of transportation in Bangkok. The lounge also offers complimentary live entertainment to enhance the dining and drinking experience nightly—catch pianists on the keys from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. weekdays and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturdays. Locals and guests alike can get over that midweek hump at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Constance Perry’s by Claud Beltran, thanks to Rock n’ Roll Wednesdays when Japanese Whiskey’s and sushi rolls are on the menu for a steal.
If you’ve got a stockpile of hotel loyalty points burning a hole in your pocket, Pasadena has no shortage of hotels in major brand categories. That means frequent travelers have ample opportunities to earn credits or cash in points for free stays.
The newly renovated Sheraton Hotel Pasadena is walking distance to the fabulous shopping and dining in Old Pasadena and their complimentary shuttle can take you anywhere within a three mile radius of the property. The Sheraton is offering 15 percent off weekend stays this summer and the outdoor pool is the perfect spot for a refreshing afternoon dip. Starwood loyalists can also opt for the Westin Pasadena whose rooms with city and mountain views also recently underwent a refresh. The outdoor pool deck overlooks Pasadena’s stately City Hall, and Westin wellness amenities like the workout gear lending program and healthy kids’ menus are standard here.
Hyatt Place Pasadena, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in the city and located across from the Pasadena Convention Center, recently opened in December 2018. The new 189-room property features the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere and enhanced food and beverage. The hotel is led by Ensemble Real Estate Solutions & Investments, and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
Courtyard Los Angeles/Pasadena Old Town, a Marriott property, is centrally located near the Rose Bowl Stadium and the city’s entertainment venues. The spacious, Spartan guestrooms are immaculate and they offer AAA, senior and military discounts year round. The two-year old Residence Inn Los Angeles/Pasadena Old Town is another Marriott option with pristine rooms—it still feels brand new—and the design embraces Pasadena’s signature Arts & Crafts heritage. Pets are welcome here, too, and their current offers include the King Tut Exhibition Experience package that includes two tickets to the California Science Center to see the Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh King Tut exhibit.
Hilton Pasadena offers a prime location, complimentary shuttle service and sparkling outdoor pool for hotel guests who stay in one of their comfortable California style guestrooms. Locals and guests alike can savor farm-fresh seasonal cuisine and cocktails at the Hilton’s inviting Corner Craft Kitchen + Bar, where California craft beers and wines are also on the menu. The Ultimate Escape package includes daily breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and late check out so you can linger longer—or make it a three-day weekend and get 50 percent off a Sunday night stay with the long weekender package. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Pasadena is another solid option, where the hot breakfast buffet is always included in rates. IHG point collectors can take advantage of bonus point earnings through the hotel’s special offers.
Live Like a Local
If you really want to immerse yourself in the Pasadena lifestyle, consider one of the residential-style lodgings. The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast is Pasadena’s premier B&B. The three-story South Pasadena home on “Millionaire’s Row” was built in 1887 in the Shingle style, the bridge between Victorian and Craftsman styles. Guests of the eight-room property can take advantage of the public spaces and gardens and savor a hot complimentary breakfast served at the communal morning seating. For families seeking more privacy, the Mission Street Residence available for bookings through Kid & Coe is a modern farmhouse with four bedrooms located in South Pasadena. The lovely home is stocked with toys and features a trampoline, fire pit for s’mores, garden and chicken coop. Airbnb and VRBO have ample inventory in Pasadena and surrounds for private home rentals to suit all types of traveling party sizes and budgets. Check out the Airbnb Plus listings for some perfectly appointed residences, cottages and guest houses that have earned the Plus stamp of approval for their superior quality and amenities.
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