Whether you’re crazy for college football, or a Route 66 road-tripper, these hotels in California’s City of Roses provide a competition-beating base – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Of all the NCAA bowl games to catch live, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Rose Bowl. This legendary game takes place on the gridiron of the Rose Bowl Stadium, just outside Los Angeles. In the off-season, you’ll discover that Pasadena is no redshirt when it comes to entertaining visitors. From boutique shopping to unique museums, you’ll be in prime position to take in all the town has to offer when you book into one of these hotels or B&Bs.
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
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Can’t quite place where you’ve seen the Langham before? Spoiler alert: you’ve likely spotted it in a number of films and TV shows, such as Saving Mr. Banks and American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. There are more, besides, but we’ll let the hotel’s daily complimentary history tour outline the rest of its Hollywood appearances. After your tour, blow the cobwebs away with a dive into the saline pool followed by cutting-edge skin care treatments at the Chuan Spa.
This century-old hotel expertly blends historic, Mediterranean-inspired charm with 21st-century conveniences. Take its eponymous Constance suite, for example: the book-lined parlor, the crystal chandelier in the grand dining room, and the living room showcasing Pasadena’s picturesque cityscape through floor-to-ceiling arched windows are pure 1920s glamour. But you’ve also got a huge, gold-surrounded flat-screen TV, glossy white dining table and pin-point downlights to bring things seamlessly and stylishly up to date.
This hotel sure knows how to please a crowd. Not only is it equipped with a 24-hour business center to lend a helping hand to any professionals on the road, but it’s also located adjacent to the Pasadena Convention Center and Pasadena Civic Auditorium for instant access to a host of events. Skate a few laps of the rink at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, or jump in the outdoor pool to douse a hot summer day.
Spend the night on Route 66 at this homey hotel, a 10-minute walk from Old Pasadena’s historic shopping and entertainment district. The extra space and refrigerator in your king suite comes in super handy for when you need to pop back to drop off your shopping and doggie bags, while genteel Central Park is right across the street, and has a playground for the little ones to enjoy while you sip on a coffee from one of the surrounding cafes.
The Westin is a worthy place to spend the big game weekend, found just 2mi (3km) from the Rose Bowl Stadium. A quick cab ride will get you to and from the Granddaddy of Them All safely, but you won’t need wheels to explore Old Town just a few blocks away. You can even sneak in some stunning mountain views from your suite’s window or when you’re bobbing about in the rooftop pool.
After a day spent cheering, jeering and steering your way through the crowded Rose Bowl Stadium, the Bissell House Bed & Breakfast offers a welcome respite from the commotion. This restored Victorian home will keep you hidden away behind towering hedges, with a relaxing pool deck and laid-back lounge area giving you ample opportunity to dive into a good book and keep your phone on silent for hours. You might want to pick it up again to post about the fantastic hot breakfast, however.
You can’t beat Best Western’s location – right off of Interstate 210. Whether you’re heading west to the Rose Bowl Stadium or east to the San Bernardino National Forest, this straightforward but spotless hotel will get you on the road in seconds. Not without a filling up on a complimentary hot breakfast first, of course. With day trips into Los Angeles within reach, it’s a great basecamp for budget travelers who want to see the best of the region.
A roadside motel on Historic Route 66? Yes, please! Super 8 by Wyndham is as cozy for budget travelers’ wallets as it is exciting for history buffs’ minds. The free breakfast and outdoor pool are great perks for penny-pinching guests, but take note that a few well-spent dollars can unlock a world of history. The Southern California Children’s Museum, Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage and Pasadena Museum of History are all within a few minutes’ drive.