An azalea-filled Japanese garden and the unusual Picture Bridge, with murals celebrating California's history, are just two of the picturesque attributes of this grande dame that opened in 1907 and has long been a mainstay of Pasadena's social history. The Italianate-style main building, Spanish Revival–style cottages, and lanai building sit on 23 acres fronted by the historic horseshoe garden. In 2008 the hotel was bought by Langham Hotels, ending its storied, 15-year stand as a Ritz-Carlton. Traditional guest rooms are handsome, though sometimes oddly sized. Brocade fabrics are found throughout, as are flat-screen TVs and CD players. The Royce, with a glass-walled wine room and showy chef's table, is the hotel's newly renovated contemporary restaurant, serving Cal-French cuisine. Also updated is the Tap Room, now a cheery bar with comfy outdoor booths.