Washington, District of Columbia
March 28, 2002
During what was the most awesome business trip of my career to date - hands down - I had the opportunity to spend four nights at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Huntington in Pasadena. Top to bottom, it was the most wonderful hotel experience.
Posh, but somehow unpretentious. Lush, green and peaceful. I can't say enough about this hotel. The only sad part (and I feel like jerk for even mentioning this) was that I did not have the opportunity to try out the spa.
The staff is incredible, working hard to anticipate your every need. And in such a friendly way! Completely unintimidating.
I was unfamiliar with Pasadena prior to this trip so I took advantage of the concierge's pre-printed driving directions at every (ha!) turn. They never let me down, frequently alerting me to shortcuts and warning me about traffic trouble spots before I could even ask.
The hotel itself is beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. Just walking to your room, you will find so much to look at whether it's the gorgeous gardens or carefully chosen furnishings.
My room was elegant and comfortable with a bed I want to recreate at home. And the view? Incredible - my room overlooked a green expanse, some of the hotel's 23 acres in (I believe) the San Gabriel Valley.
I spent several enjoyable afternoons at the sparkling pool, reading and enjoying the sun. Some business trip!
Downsides? The only two I can come up with are
1. The location. I like Pasadena a lot, however it's a good twenty minute drive (without traffic) to LA proper. Don't rule Pasadena out though - it's a great town.
2. The cost. This isn't a budget hotel, but clearly, you get what you pay for.
I can't wait to stay at this Ritz again!
From journal Hollywood Dreams