The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena
We are staying The Langham Huntington in Pasadena. It’s a very cool, old hotel with a unique history sitting on 23 acres. The gift shop sells a book detailing the timeline, which I bought and hope to get to later. For now, I’ll paraphrase Wikipedia: It was originally constructed in 1907 by civil war veteran General Wentworth. Four years later, railroad tycoon Henry Huntington – we visited his home and gardens earlier today – bought it and, within 36 months, had it reopened under his name.
It changed hands several more times with a long stretch as a luxury Sheraton before being almost totally demolished due to its inability to meet earthquake codes. The replica was built around a quarter-century ago and, at the time, was part of the Ritz Carlton franchise. Shortly before the Great Recession, in 2007, a Chinese real estate company acquired it through Langham Hotels International. (Now, when you stay here, some of the money is making its way back to the far East. That’s one of the consequence of unchecked trade deficits.)
I felt completely at home here. The staff was so friendly, the grounds beautiful, the rooms well-maintained, and the price more than reasonable for the value received. I’m grateful we took this detour to get to know the city of roses.
The hotel is set back in a quiet residential neighborhood so it feels comfortable, like a cashmere sweater. If I’m ever in Pasadena again, this is the only place I’ll stay.