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“Quiet, nice Inn for Breeders Cup Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Vagabond Inn Executive Pasadena
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1203 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106-1843   |  
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Ranked #10 of 30 Hotels in Pasadena
Las Vegas, Nevada
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26 reviews
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“Quiet, nice Inn for Breeders Cup Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

As a huge Breeders Cup fan, I know to book VERY early. I have tried 2 other hotels already and was not happy with them. I consulted Trip Advisor and took Vagabond, then booked last December. Got a bargain rate, (less than $100 a night). Great location on Colorado Blvd near the race track. Room was good size, clean, had the best flatscreen TV we had ever gottten in a room, microwave and fridge. Bathroom was very tiny with almost no counterspace, but it looked renovated and was very clean. Towels were limited. One part of the drapes were falling down in the upper corner, more cosmetic than anything. Bed was a little firm, but reasonably comfortable. Overall, it was far better than the last two hotels we stayed in and a real bargain! Rooms were inside, there was an elevator to use. Free wifi. More than likely will use this Inn again next year. Definately recommend, these buildings were built long ago, the bathrooms are what they are.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Caracas, Venezuela
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Rooms were ok, clean bath and beds, not so spacious room with microwave and refrigerator....located near a bus stop and q mile distance from metro station...however LA is so big that it would take you 1 1/2 hour to reach any interesting place...Pasadena restaurants are 2 miles away and it is a very cool and nice area to stay at night...

Bad thing without any doubt is the personal, specially the customer service...they are not aware of room rates and try to overcharge you for nothing.....they arent at all friendly and their credit card system sucks....they should re-train their staff and try to treat better the customers...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

I stayed at 3 Pasadena hotels during a 4-week business trip. This was the cheapest, and quite a modest hotel, but it really had all I wanted and was excellent value. The pool was good for swimming in compared to the more expensive hotels. The breakfast was basic, but free and I could put a healthy filling combination together. The room was a bit larger than I expected, with good storage, a microwave oven and definitely clean. I was on the third floor, so handy to the washing machine - great on an extended trip. Main negative: the air conditioner was noisy.

Room Tip: Ask for a north-facing room for less street noise (and heat during the day if in summer).
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Was in Pasadena recently for business and needed a place to stay that was affordable and close to the Pasadena Convention Center, so I booked at the Pasadena Vagabond Executive. For the rate I got, I was pleasantly surprised by how large the room was. Good high speed internet access in the room and a convenient breakfast (waffles, toast, eggs, etc.) made it perfect for my business trip. Location is very convenient within Pasadena. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Santa Cruz, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Cons: Internet does not work well in rooms, space in room is limited, pool is on the sidewalk, room smells like mildew, the AC was blasting with the windows wide open when I arrived, window to room is at stairwell eye-level, lots of road noise.

Pros: I'll update later if I find any. Cheap deal I guess.

Room Tip: Try to get a room not at the stairwell and perhaps ask where internet is strongest.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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dcatain1, General Manager at Vagabond Inn Executive Pasadena, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
I would like to apologize for your recent experience at our hotel. We
take pride in our property and would like to make sure these issues do
not continue. We have been shampooing the carpets throughout the
property. Your room had been shampooed the morning of your arrival, and
unfortunately the housekeepers had left the windows open and the AC running to air out the room and dry the carpet. They were to return later to check it and close the windows and turn off the AC. Unfortunately we failed to do that. I do apologise for our oversight. This may have led to the displeasing smell you encountered in the room.

If you have any more comments or suggestions regarding your visit, please contact the hotel directly at (626) 449-3170 or by email at vagabondpasadena@gmail.com.
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is absolutely average in most ways. The room was comfortable, but nothing special. It's a little better than average in location; a little worse in its complimentary breakfast. Since the price is a little lower than average for the area, it is an option well worth considering, especially if you are not intending to spend much time at the hotel.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

This was our fourth stay. The staff is always very friendly and helpful at the reception desk and housekeeping. Mike was very patient with us with all our questions. The room was very clean as usual and the beds very comfortable. Breakfast was good as we expected, make your own waffles, toast, bagels, eggs, cereal, fruit, tea, coffee and juices. The pool was very inviting and we really enjoyed it.
Will definitely stay here again on our next visit to Pasadena.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 1203 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106-1843
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Location: United States > California > Pasadena
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Pasadena
#5 Family Hotel in Pasadena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Vagabond Inn Executive Pasadena 3*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 Blocks away from Caltech, close to old town Pasadena shopping area, close to Pasadena business center and the playhouse district. ... more   less 
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