The grande dame of Pasadena’s luxury resort scene is The Langham Huntington, which celebrated its centenary in 2014. Set in 9ha of prime real estate in the southern fringes of the city, and blessed with killer views of the San Gabriel mountains, the resort is a convenient base from which to embark on your explorations of L.A., as it was for the likes of Albert Einstein, the Dalai Lama, England’s Prince Philip and Bill Clinton. You’re likely to feel a sense of history of at this estate, built in the Spanish Mission Revival style. The property has an endearing old-world elegance to it – there are no remotes for the window blinds, nor iPads to control the light settings. The vanity kit comes with a bottle of talc.
Like an endearing old neighbour, it has also become so deeply ingrained in the community that local residents treat it like their backyard, frequently making use of the hotel’s facilities – from spa to swimming pool – and even popping into the herb garden to help themselves to an heirloom tomato or two. It’s a level of comfort rarely witnessed between hotel and community, and one that we encourage you to experience for yourself.