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“We'll Be Back” 4 of 5 stars
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Saga Motor Hotel
1633 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #5 of 30 Hotels in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“We'll Be Back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We enjoyed our two night stay at the Saga Motor Hotel very much. We had everything we needed in our room which was very neat, clean, and comfortable. I especially loved being able to open the windows. The ambiance and location were just what we were looking for.

Room Tip: We liked the 3rd floor room overlooking the pool, palm trees, and Pasadena City College.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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McLean, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The Saga is a charming traditional-style motel whose layout and exterior is straight out of the 1950's, but whose interior is fairly modern, well-appointed, very clean and comfortable. My wife and son had stayed there last April on a visit to nearby Caltech and raved about it. So when I went out to visit my son at the end of October I also chose to stay there. I was not disappointed. It is very reasonably priced and has a really nice pool and pool area. I mean really nice. The front desk staff was also very helpful. I had to cut my trip short by a day to get back home before Superstorm Sandy hit and they were very understanding and helpful. They also serve a passable continental breakfast although there are plenty of other options in the neighborhood if you want something more substantial. I would recommend this hotel if you have business (or pleasure) in the Pasadena area and are looking for excellent value for your money. It is bound to be our go-to place on future visits to Caltech.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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109 reviews 109 reviews
61 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

It's not easy to find an affordable motel in this area, so when a friend recommended this establishment for a weekend in the LA-area, I was thrilled to get one of the last rooms left on a hotel reservations website. We were staying during the heatwave, so the sparkling pool was a godsend. The room had everything, including books on a shelf to read. Nice touches. Real glasses vs. plastic. Great temperature control. The location was perfectly situated to local dining. Breakfast area very bright and cheery. The ladies who were in charge of room cleaning were top-notch. A++++++++++.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Stayed one Sat. night ($79 thru AAA) in mid-Sept. for a Cat Show at the Pasadena Convention Center (another nice place). The Saga is little older as others have stated in other reviews... BUT it is very clean, well kept, friendly, and overall well worth the $$. The room was a fair size, single full bed (not too uncomfortable for a hotel bed), desk w/chairs, flat screen w/ HBO (with tv guide), mini-frig., books to read, plenty of towels and shower products. I was in room 322 (third floor, far right, back corner). It was very quiet at night. Out the large window was a beautiful large tree right outside my window, with a few birds and one squirrel to entertain. Very peaceful and I felt very safe. The pool area is surrounds by greenery of bushes, plants, flowers and big tall palm trees, very inviting to unwind at the end of the day. With tables w/umbrellas, plenty of chairs and lounges. The pool water was clean and a comfortable temperature. Continental breakfast (standard items) was nice to have. I would recommend Saga to couples, families, and individuals (not for party-ers or a rowdy crowd). I will stay here again.

Room Tip: The back side 2nd and 3rd floors were very quiet. There is an elevator but it was only operating par...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We booked a double bed room near the pool for $100 per night for a long weekend to go to a football game at the Rose Bowl. The hotel is very clean but it is older and could use some updates to the furniture. The beds were comfy and we really only needed a place to sleep as we were out and about the city all day into the night. The management was very nice to work with and answered all of our questions. Forget the free breakfast and walk over to Starbucks and get a breakfast sandwich and coffee.The hotel location is on Colorado Blvd but you'll want to take a cab to get downtown unless you are comfortable walking 2 miles one way. Highly recommened for the great value.

Room Tip: Look on the hotel website for the $79 per night rate. The pool rooms can be noisy with kids but they...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Freeport, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

I stayed in mid-July for a week and the hotel was clean and very accomodating. I had to visit for business & for a mini vacation with the kids so it was very economical and close enough to places I needed to visit. I liked the use of the laundry facilities, the pool was really nice and the continential breakfast was just enough for a quick pick me up before heading out. I would recommend for future stays.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

firend recommended the Saga Motor Hotel becuase he knew how much we like vintage and hisotric hotels. The Saga did not disappoint! They even had real glasses in the rooms - "old school!!!"

It is suprising well maintained, well apointed and true to its style and time period while providing modern ameneties like Wi-Fi and free continential breakfast. Our room hands windows that opened which I always like!

The pool is swell and you are located right on Colorado Blvd across from Pasadena City College.

A comfortable place, a great base for exploring the cool stuff in Pasadena and very reasonable rates!

Room Tip: We had room #315 which over looked the pool - it was comfortable and quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Saga Motor Hotel

Address: 1633 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
Location: United States > California > Pasadena
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Pasadena
#3 Romantic Hotel in Pasadena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in the 1950's, the historic Saga Motor Hotel is known as the timeless jewel of Pasadena California. The Saga Features spacious rooms with a country feel, lovely courtyard pool area Located on the world famous Tournament of Roses Parade route, the Saga a is a premier destination. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Saga Motor Pasadena
Hotel Saga Motor

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