Planning a trip to see a play at the Pasadena Playhouse. Plan to fly, so will be exploring on foot. Good hotel in the area? What else to see and do? Thank you.
I don't have time for a detailed answer right now, but will be back later today...
let me ask you first, how long will you be in the area? Also, how much do you want to spend on a hotel room?
Short answer: lots to do with easy access on public transit, and plenty of nearby places to stay. Pasadena is one of the more pedestrian friendly areas of LA. If you are staying more than a day or so, you also can easily access downtown LA and Hollywood via the Gold Line light rail.
Hotels within a @ 1/2 mile walk:
Hilton (closest, .4 mile)
Several other choices within a mile or two, including the Courtyard by Marriott in Old Pasadena, and a string of inexpensive motels a mile or two east, on Colorado Blvd. There are buses running along Colorado Blvd., but I don't know the frequency or hours. Probably a major bus line, though.
Major attractions in Pasadena:
Norton Simon Museum-- one of LA's great museums. Smaller, but fantastic collections in a lovely setting with a wonderful sculpture garden.
Gamble House and surrounding neighborhood-- wonderful Craftsman masterpiece by Greene and Greene. Open for tours. Near Old Pasadena.
Other museums: Pacific Asia museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art (next to each other, near the Westin).
The most famous attraction is the Huntington Gardens, Library and Galleries in nearby San Marino. Don't know if you can get there by public transit. Here is the web page with transit info:
The Playhouse is in a nice, lively area with restaurants & shops. Our favorite for Playhouse evenings is El Portal, a Mexican restaurant about a 1/2 block away.Edited: 9:04 pm, February 10, 2013