Fodor's Expert Review The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, California 91106, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice
A California landmark, The Langham Huntington is over 100 years old and is packed with a glorious history to match its impeccable style. The 23-acre property is a family-friendly resort with endless activities and amenities that inspires long-term stays and no need to leave. With multiple dining, fitness, and wellness options, The Langham is truly a classic California hotel that bathes its customers in luxurious indulgences.
If you want to get away from the hotel (why would you?), there is a complimentary shuttle that can take you to Old Town Pasadena and back.
There are a wide variety of accommodation options here. For big families, check out the free-standing bungalows spread around the property. If you love the pool, the Lanai building has rooms with overlooking balconies. Club level members, meanwhile are treated to a private lounge with five meal servings including afternoon tea throughout the day. All rooms come with free bottled water, turn down service, and spectacular views.
Want to send your kids on an adventure? Set them up with a Langham Kids Passport. The hotel will then send them on a scavenger hunt to collect stamps. Once they've gotten them - they're rewarded with some free chocolate.
The bathrooms are encased in marble and typically feature shower/tub combos. Bath products are by Chuan Spa – the in-house spa of the hotel.
The quiet lobby welcomes guests with light symphonic music, daily fresh flowers, and finely waxed marble floors. A crystal chandelier hangs over the flowers and points guests to a lavish courtyard with a fountain, trees, and chill seating areas. The lobby lounge is another treat of the hotel that offers up daily afternoon tea service.
If you’re checking in with children, pop them into the lobby library where they can check out a book and bring it with them to your room.
An elongated, heated pool is great for doing laps, or simply lounging around during the day. There’s full food & beverage service in addition to a number of goodies that kids and kids at heart will love. On summer Friday and Saturday nights, there are complimentary s’mores. And on particularly hot days, the hotel trots out an ice-cream tricycle with free tastings for guests.
Chuan Spa and Salon is a large treatment facility with an entire space dedicated to hair, makeup, and nails. The other half of the spa consists of eight treatment rooms and a VIP suite that’s perfect for couples’ massages or bachelorette parties.
A fully equipped fitness center is stocked with Technogym machines and free weights. Off the weight room is a dedicated yoga studio with daily classes that are free for guests.
Looking for a workout in the great outdoors? Every weekend, the hotel leads yoga classes in their serene Japanese Garden. If you want something a little more competitive, head over to their tennis courts for some high-intensity fun.
The dining options at the hotel make you realize why this resort is so highly rated. The Royce is the hotel’s steakhouse and features both red- and white-wine rooms where you can taste varietals while eating in a private setting. There’s also a chef’s table that gives guests an interactive eating experience with the head chef in front of the kitchen. The hotel’s regular restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is dubbed The Terrace and serves California cuisine both indoors and out with seating by the pool.
Come to The Terrace on the weekends and you’ll find a mouthwatering dim sum brunch.
A chic and darkly lit spot for drinks, The Tap Room features live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with a great outdoor patio looking over the backyard of the hotel. By the pool, The Hideaway is the summer-only bar with boozy smoothies to go along with barbecues.
If you want to start your Sunday off right, go to The Tap Room and post up for bottomless Bloody Mary’s.
The hotel is awash in green space and they make good use of it. In the back of the hotel is the Horseshoe Garden with a mini-golf course, volleyball and badminton nets, cornhole, and croquet. Deeper into the property, you’ll stumble on the quiet and serene Japanese garden with intricate greenery and sitting areas to get into a zen-like state.
We would recommend renting a car if you want to get outside the confines of the hotel. Though the free shuttle will get you within a 3-mile radius, it’s not nearly enough to see the rest of LA. If you plan on just being in Pasadena, you can always find taxis or Lyft rides. Walking in this area is fine, but it’ll take you awhile to get to any major shopping or dining areas.
Some of the best restaurants in Pasadena are in Old Town. For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, head over to Union (12-minute drive) for insanely good Italian. If you want great Japanese, check out Sushi Roku (12-minute drive) for really fresh fish.
Old Town also has a fun bar scene. The Blind Donkey (12-minute drive) is a whiskey-laden gastropub while Bodega Wine Bar (12-minute drive) serves up light bites with heavy reds.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Some hotels have so much going on that you never have to leave--this is one of those places. Families, romantic couples, or just LA staycationers will love everything from the food and wine to the fun and games. The hotel goes out of its way to make sure both kids and their parents feel at home and gives guests ample opportunity to relax their mind, body, and soul. Over 100 years in the making, this landmark sets an example for all five-star resorts and is the crown jewel of Pasadena hospitality.
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