The Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena straddles the border with San Marino and offers world-class comfort and a proximity to theaters and art musuems.
Visit Los Angeles and Pasadena for the Culture
Art, Theater, World-Class Comfort Await
Monday, March 28, 2016
While the Pasadena area shines at the start of each year, it sometimes gets overlooked as a destination when traveling south. The Langham Huntington Pasadena Hotel is located on the border of Pasadena and San Marino with commanding views of the San Gabriel Mountains. This would be an ideal place to stay for a cultural experience, like the Norton Simon Museum or one of the great theatre options in downtown Los Angeles.
The Norton Simon Museum
The Norton Simon Museum serves as a backdrop to the Rose Parade, which starts off each year in Southern California. It also houses one of the best private collections of art in the United States. Over a 30-year period, 20th-century industrialist Norton Simon amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. He also collected a similarly stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years.
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Norton Simon Museum
The most famous of this collection include the Branchini Madonna by Giovanni di Paolo, “Portrait of a Boy” by Rembrandt, “Mulberry Tree” by Vincent van Gogh, “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” by Edgar Degas, and “Woman with a Book” by Pablo Picasso. Now that is a representation that any student of art would love to take in. The Asian collection is equal in recognition as well. Visit NortonSimon.org for complete details.
The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles has a wide variety of choices year round. Each of its world-famous venues has its own special character. The Disney Concert Hall is known for its state-of-the-art acoustics and its “vineyard style” design with seating on all four sides of the stage. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is perhaps best remembered for its large elegant chandeliers and numerous crystal light fixtures. This five-story theater is the most traditional of the offerings. The Ahmanson Theatre is known for its musical and straight-from-Broadway productions. The Mark Taper Forum hosts more intimate performances.
The surrounding areas are expertly landscaped and include numerous sculptures and waterscapes. Young and old will enjoy memorable, rich experiences here. In April the Ahmanson will be showing A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder while the Mark Taper will offer Father Comes Home from the Wars.
A stay at the Langham Huntington Pasadena fits right in with this cultural visit. This is a landmark property done on a scale that could not be duplicated today. The lobby and common areas feature marble floors and museum-quality artwork throughout. This 23-acre property is lushly landscaped throughout and fits in perfectly to its elegant location. The rooms are traditionally furnished but have state-of-the-art electronics. The bedding and oversized bathrooms are just what you would expect from a five-star property.
Langham Huntington’s pool area
The weather is usually warm in this region, so a visit to the pool is a must. The hotel’s pool area is very relaxing and is home to the very first Olympic-sized pool in the Los Angeles area. This amphitheater-like setting is surrounded by the original wing of the hotel and a newer expansion. The Picture Bridge connects these two and towers over the pool. Across the bridge are the tennis courts and cottages featuring large accommodations. The Terrace Restaurant is an indoor/outdoor California bistro overlooking the large pool area and surrounding gardens.
The main wing of the hotel is home to Royce and the Tap Room. The former is the hotel’s signature wood-fired steakhouse while the latter is a very popular place to unwind. Outdoor seating at the Tap Room looks out over the lushly landscaped hotel event area normally reserved for weddings on Saturdays.
Those in search of pampering will be delighted with the Chuan Spa and its treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine. The Chuan Spa is also known for its cutting-edge skin-care technology. Adjacent to the Spa is the resort’s fitness room, which is equal to a private club with its extensive equipment.
The Langham Huntington Pasadena has very easy access to the downtown L.A. area via the 110 Pasadena freeway. This is one of the lightest traveled freeways in this urban area and a real pleasure to use. Pasadena and the Norton Simon Museum are not more than 10 minutes from the hotel. For further information go to LanghamHotels.com.