Hotel Review: Langham Pasadena


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Last week, I was in the Los Angeles area visiting family so I decided to try out Langham Huntington Pasadena property.

I recently enrolled in their 1865 loyalty program at the Voyager level, thanks to their offer where they were giving complimentary Voyager status to Visa Infinite members, so I wanted to see how the benefits would stack up.

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This property used to be the Ritz Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa, and for the most part there haven’t been any major changes since Langham took it over.

Upon check-in, I was assigned a deluxe double guestroom on the 5th floor which had views of the back side of the hotel and the horseshoe gardens.

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Our deluxe room offered two double beds. Overall the room was pretty basic and it was starting to show it’s age.

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Our room had a comfortable chair by the window.

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The bathroom featured marble and had a single vanity with a combined shower/bathtub.

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Guests receive complimentary access to the hotel’s gym and spa which feature a whirlpool, stream room, and a sauna.

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The lobby features a nice bar called The Tap Room. It did get pretty lively there in the evenings surprisingly.

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I decided to check-out the pool which had a few people by it. The hotel just has one main pool and a small hot tub near by.

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The hotel’s main restaurant is called The Terrace and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It offers outdoor seating on “the terrace” as well.

The Club Lounge

At check-in we were offered an upgrade to receive club access for $125 per night. When asked about a complimentary upgrade for Voyager members, we were told that they do not offer anyone complimentary upgrades to the club lounge.

The club lounge has really not changed much since its Ritz Carlton days and still offers five food and beverage presentations each day which include a continental breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea, appetizers, and desserts and cordials.

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The club lounge is located on the 8th floor and offers some great views!

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The club lounge features several different seating areas so it never really felt too busy when I was up there.

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Plenty of seating in the club lounge and no one in sight. They should consider giving Voyager members complimentary access.

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Light lunch fare which had sandwiches, salads, and deli meats.

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The club lounge does offer a self-serve bar and all the drinks are complimentary.

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The appetizers in the evening, again very similar to the Ritz Carlton club days.

Bottom Line

Having stayed here in the past when it was a Ritz-Carlton, it was interesting to compare. For the most part, many aspects were very similar especially the club lounge which really hasn’t changed any of the food or offerings.

As a Langham Voyager member, I did receive complimentary Wi-Fi, but it was super slow which is always a negative in my book. I even tried to buy the premium option and that was not much faster. Gym/spa access is complimentary for all guests staying here.

I spoke to some employees at the hotel who mentioned that the gym and spa will be closing for about 6 months for a major renovation, but they will have a temporary one open in one of their cottages. If you have a car, the hotel only has valet parking which is $25 per night.

Overall, if I was returning to the Pasadena area I would consider the property again, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to stay here. The grounds of the hotel are very nice and having club access is a great bonus.

Have you stayed at the Langham Pasadena? What was your experience here?

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Comments

  1. @Ryan They were offering it for $125 per night at check-in, which I thought was a decent value

  2. The hotel location is not particularly convenient to anywhere, and you really cannot walk anywhere. While the grounds are nice, the rooms seem dated.

    $125 for lounge access is expensive, unless you were planning to eat 3 meals in the hotel’s restaurants!

  3. I live in Pasadena and I frequent the Tap Room at the Langham. Such a great classy night scene there, especially when they have entertainment. I highly recommend it!

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