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Saga Motor Hotel
1633 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106   |  
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Ranked #4 of 30 Hotels in Pasadena
Chicago, Illinois
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38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 145 cities Reviews in 145 cities
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
“Very Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Worth every penny! We had a room on the second floor by the elevator and it was quiet. They put out a small breakfast spread of bagels, English muffins, cereals, juice, oatmeal, fresh fruit, coffee, pastries, tea, and they have a heated pool, too. It's located on rt 66. A block away is a Starbucks, liquor, gas, and fast food in a comfortable area. Rooms werent big but they were clean with comfy beds and tub/shower. It's easy to get to off the highway. They have free parking, too. Away from the crazy Hollywood area but a 15-20 minute drive to that area. Universal Studios is about the same time, also. Very nice people working there.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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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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Perris
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Went back for a night. We were going to the Knife Expo. It was a surprise trip for my husband. I called and made reservation. Melodee at the front desk was very nice. I think this hotel is a gem!!! So is Melodee, she is very nice and friendly. We had a lovely trip and will go back again!

Room Tip: We were in 109- downstairs- was very nice.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Edmonton
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Stayed here for five nights. Staff were very friendly and helpful, almost felt like family. We had a large clean room. Quiet so good sleep. Free laundry. Very nice pool and sitting area. Excellent wireless internet connectivity. The room was perhaps not luxurious, but was very comfortable and spacious. Location for us was very convenient.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This inn is located right across from the Pasadena City College; we stayed during the weekend so we did not encounter much student activity, if there is ever any. Our room was on the third floor overlooking the college, right next to the elevator. We did not hear any noise from the elevator. The room was large, clean and comfortable, and the grounds were will maintained with numerous plants, shrubs and at least a dozen tall to very tall palm trees. The neighborhood is a combination of business and residential, with most of the business located on Colorado Blvd. We had a few hours of free time so walked Colorado Blvd, and if you are into local businesses, you will enjoy your walk, as we did.

The staffs are quite friendly, helpful and provide invaluable advice on things Pasadena. The breakfast is a combination of dry cereals, fruits, pastries, teas (choices: from herbal to whatever) and, my favorite, coffee. The coffee and teas are available 24/7, so if you are overcome by the desire for tea at 2AM, you are in luck. If the breakfast area is crowded, no problem, Saga provides trays for you to carry your food to the pool area, where there are tables, or, to your room. Just clean up after you are done with your breakfast.

Saga has an online offer which they claim is their lowest room price. But if you accept this offer you are restricted to certain rooms. We used this offer to book our room, and we enjoyed our room. Saga will always be our first choice, and we recommend Saga as the place to stay if one is looking for an affordable, quiet, clean place to stay in Pasadena.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

My husband and i were coming down to Pasadena for the night and most of the hotels were booked or expensive due to Presidents weekend. Came across this online and liked the pics and reviews. The Saga was not expensive and had a good online special. Loved the way it looked when we pulled in, very 50-60's style sign and buildings. The lady at the front desk was very nice and helpful, she gave us a Pasadena booklet and restaurant ads to help us. She let us know about breakfast and what was nearby. It was cool getting a key instead of a plastic card. (I'm old enough to remember those). The pool was clean and beautiful with chairs all around. The room was very clean and nice, bed felt good, decent fridge and TV. From reviews i knew there'd be a book, sadly it was Joseph Wambaugh, but liked the idea of having books in the room. We just grabbed coffee and tea in the morning since we were headed up to Mary's in Sierra Madre, yes not a big selection, but its a small place and inexpensive, so its nice they even offer it. We would stay again, no problem!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alcester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

You have to view this part motel part hotel style establishment in the context of its building era. It is dated how could it be anything other? It is very clean, the beds are very comfortable, but cosy for 4!! In the 2 double room we were only 2 so it was fine. Hurrah the windows open and have fly screens, yes the air con is a bit noisy but it works. The rooms by today's standards are a little small, Flat screen TV. Large fridge and a microwave
No tea or coffee in the room, who cares you can get that in the lobby and half a city block away is Starbucks. And a new Bakery. Buses to Old Town and wherever else pass the door Not as expensive as other hotels which by the way have pretty poor Reviews in comparison. If you can remember the 50's it is great old movie style California style motel, it has been in several movies and on CSI
The staff are great. And work hard on the presentation of the rooms. We would stay here again

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

I chosed this hotel due to the proximity to Caltech and also by recommendation. It is an old but great hotel with cosy atmosphere and friendly staff. I stayed there almost a week without any problems but the only disadvantage is the breakfast that has very very limited choices. After the first few days, the breakfast became extremely boring. However, you can still find other shops nearby, anyway.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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
#6 Family 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
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