Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Langham Huntington Pasadena

Sure, the Langham Huntington Pasadena is technically next door to South Pas, but it's close enough to feel like part of the neighborhood. Plus, exploring the grandeur of this early 20th Century hotel feels a little bit like going back in time to when South Pasadena's own Raymond Hotel was in its heyday. When you walk along the grounds of this gorgeous place, you can imagine what it was like back when Henry Huntington was his generation's big mover and shaker...

Then, you can come back to the 21st Century and take a digital photo of the cute baby ducks.

8 comments:

Judy Williams said...

Oh darn. We forgot to go there on my visit. Perfect excuse to come back!! And soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful.

Diana said...

Sadly, it's not really an early 20th-century hotel. The original hotel was closed in 1985, allegedly due to earthquake hazard, although studies showed it could have been strengthened. It was torn down and rebuilt, so the best you can say for it is that it's more or less a replica of the original hotel. All that's really left of the original hotel is the ballroom, the picture bridge, and the cottages scattered about the grounds.

Anonymous said...

It wasnt totally razed. Both original ballrooms were preserved and incorporated into the new building that waS built to replicate the original building exactly. Also, the famous tile bridge is untouched and most of the fittings and lights are the same. Then there is the stunning amount of original artwork, clocks and furniture.

Michelle said...

It was a beautiful renovation. Nice they didn't totally destroy it like most Los Angeles landmarks. Ambassador Hotel demolition is so awful. The Huntington er Langham really does feel like a step back in time, especially with the art. The newly renovated bar is beautiful! It looks like a movie. I heard they are remodeling The Terrace soon.

Laurie said...

I knew there was a reno but had no idea to what extent. I am impressed with the attention to detail of the "new" old place!

Now I must fully research this place. Thanks, guys!

Green Guy said...

I remember the renovation/tear down. Glad to see that it was restored/rebuilt with such attention to period detail. I haven't seen the new restaurant or bar, yet. Heard they are right out of the 1930s in style. Anyone know?

Laurie said...

We stayed at the Langham during the week without power & heat after the Windstorm last year. At that time one of the waiters in the Terrace said some remodeling was in the works but as of last week, it looked the same to me.

And yes, the new restaurant and remodeled Tap Room are very deco inspired. Beautiful places!