The Best Hotels in Pasadena, California

The best hotels in Pasadena run the gamut from historic luxury resorts to casual extended stays
The best hotels in Pasadena run the gamut from historic luxury resorts to casual extended stays | Courtesy of Westin Pasadena / Expedia.com
Photo of Dominic Bertolami
Freelance Writer9 December 2020

With its rich history and beautifully ornate architecture, Pasadena is a quiet and sophisticated alternative to the large crowds and busy streets of nearby Downtown LA. Famous for the Rose Bowl and the accompanying Parade, many visit for game day; however, there is plenty to explore within the city itself – from the Norton Simon Museum to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Leave your stress at the check-in desk at the top hotels in Pasadena.

The Langham Pasadena

Dating back to the Gilded Age, this luxury resort is surrounded by 23 acres (9ha) of picturesque gardens, nestled against the San Gabriel Mountains. Inside, glistening chandeliers and polished marble floors give it a European sophistication. Rooms at the hotel range from spacious doubles to entire cottages and stand-alone suites. A draw in its own right, the hotel spa, Chuan, combines new-age treatments with principles of ancient Chinese medicine.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Hotel Constance

This treasured historical landmark originally opened in 1926 and features a Mediterranean Revival design infused with a tasteful postmodern flair. The hotel’s rooms are colorful and imaginative, boasting a modern aesthetic and state-of-the-art amenities, including 50-inch Smart TVs and super-fast wifi. Located directly on the Rose Parade route, many rooms offer direct views of the annual event. Walk, bicycle or take the complimentary tuk-tuk to the Pasadena Playhouse, the Rose Bowl and the Norton Simon Museum.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Westin Pasadena

This centrally located hotel is within walking distance of the trendy shops and restaurants in historic Old Town Pasadena. Rooms have a redwood motif with muted green and tan accents, creating a tranquil ambience. Take a dip in the heated rooftop pool with magnificent views of the surrounding town, then attend a concert or event at the nearby Rose Bowl.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Hilton Pasadena

Ideally located minutes from Old Town Pasadena, the Convention Center and the Rose Bowl, the Hilton Pasadena offers convenience in a clean and comforting setting. Grab a coffee at the on-site coffee shop, breakfast at the restaurant, or relax in the outdoor heated pool or hot tub. Enjoy serene views of the adjacent San Gabriel Mountains from the balcony of the Deluxe room, before grabbing dinner at the Corner Craft Kitchen, with its extensive Californian wine menu and sharing plates.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Residence Inn

The Residence Inn is a casual extended-stay hotel, featuring modern, colorful studio apartments with full kitchens and private bedrooms. Breakfast is complimentary, and a weekly schedule of events (such as a food truck night) create a fun and social atmosphere. Amenities including a fitness room, an outdoor pool and hot tub, and a grocery delivery service will make you feel relaxed and comfortable at this home away from home in Pasadena.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

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  • Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena

    Courtyard by Marriott is the perfect basecamp for every type of traveler headed to Pasadena. Avid shoppers can cruise over to Old Town Pasadena, while sports fans catch a game at the Rose Bowl around the corner. Even if you’re stuck at your suite’s ergonomic desk working from 9 to 5, you can quickly clock out and grab dinner or drinks at the Bistro before taking a night swim in the outdoor pool.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    GreenTree Pasadena Inn

    Take it slow in the heart of Old Pasadena with your stay at GreenTree Inn. Their newly renovated rooms provide space to unwind after a long day of exploring the historic district. If a laid-back itinerary is desired, spend hours by the outdoor pool, cool off with a skate at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, or settle in for lunch and a movie at IPIC Pasadena Upscale Dine-In Cinema. Before heading out for dinner, allow the front desk to make you reservations at a local restaurant, where you’ll receive exclusive perks, like discounts or even free food.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Sheraton Pasadena Hotel

    Whether you’re traveling for business or staying busy with a full schedule of activities, Sheraton Pasadena Hotel is the upscale hotel for you. Conveniently located near both the Pasadena Convention Center and Civic Auditorium, you’ll have plenty of time to sleep in before heading to your conference. You can also walk a few easy blocks to Old Town for the best shopping in the area or take advantage of Sheraton’s free shuttle service that will zip you over to local attractions like the Rose Bowl.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on December 9, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.