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Howard Johnson Pasadena
Ranked #7 of 31 Hotels in Pasadena
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Opposite City College in Pasadena, on Colorado Blvd, this Hotel has an excellent location. The Huntington Library is a 15-20 minute walk away, old Pasadena and the Norton Simon Museum a short bus ride away (the bus stop is right outside the Hotel) and the Gamble House is a bus ride then 5 minute walk away.
I stayed in room 217, which was very quiet. The room was large and very clean, with a built in closet, iron and ironing board, microwave, refrigerator, desk and a table with 2 chairs. The bed was extremely comfortable. There was no safe. The bathroom was modern and spacious, with a particularly large shower recess with a built-in bench.
The free breakfast was excellent with cereal, pastries, toast, waffles and fruit. The service at the front desk was helpful and friendly. I was able to borrow an umbrella for my 3 day stay, and store my luggage on the last day. I was able to check into my room early.
The hotel has an elevator and a small pool area.
I would recommend this hotel as a very good value option for anybody staying in Pasadena.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for three nights while doing some sight-seeing in the Los Angeles area and it served us well as a "home base" during that time. The breakfast is basic (if you have special dietary needs, bring your own food), but sufficient. The beds are very comfortable (pillow-top) and the room was very clean. We felt very safe on the second floor with exterior access (elevator was helpful). Free parking and free-wifi were great as well. I agree with previous reviewers -- this is not your typical "Hojo" experience. We chose this hotel based upon the TripAdvisor reviews we had read and were not disappointed. Pasadena was a lovely area and we enjoyed driving back to this "suburb" after all the crazy traffic in the city.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Great location, wonderful staff, comfortable and clean room. Free breakfast, free fast wifi. This is not your usual HoJo's. Would stay here again without question. The staff were also very accommodating, printing and scanning some documents I needed sent. All in all, a very nice place.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

The breackfast is too repetitive, but the ubication is very good, i prefer stay in pasadena its too quiet than los angeles. No charge for parking and is near from everywhere. You have to reserve because its to busy, no vacancy any time. De verdad es muy acogedor el hotel y hay restaurantes cerca para no preocuparse

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

Stayed in a suite that comfortably slept 4. A free breakfast, free wi-fi, clean rooms & ample parking are a plus! Staff is welcoming/attentive adding to a great time. Just minutes from shopping/dining, this hotel is a gem in Pasadena.

Room Tip: Book a 2 bed/1 bath suite instead of two rooms - comfortably sleeps 4 with separate rooms.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank David R
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

I needed to stay in a hotel for what ended up being 3 weeks while waiting for my house to close. I was originally going to stay at a different place, but after seeing the tiny room and the sketchy characters hanging out front, I decided to make an emergency change. I called Hudson at the front desk late at night, and he was able to get me into one of their two-room suites immediately at a very reasonable rate - my first indication of the wonderful customer service I enjoyed from start to finish at Howard Johnson Pasadena. The room itself was great - 3 different windows for my cat to lounge in, effective air conditioning when it hit 100 degrees outside, fridge and microwave, nice TV with basic cable, quiet, and an incredibly comfortable bed. Breakfast every morning was basic, but a nice time saver, and there was even a small pool and jacuzzi for relaxing at the end of the day. The location was also a bonus for a long-term stay, easy to walk somewhere to grab coffee or a bite to eat. When my closing got delayed - twice - Owen the manager and especially Jay at the front desk were lifesavers. They made it possible for me to extend my time in the same room, despite it being the very busy summer season, so I wouldn't have to keep moving all my stuff around. When I was loading up my car to leave, Jay even offered me a cold bottle of water and help with some boxes. I really cannot recommend this place highly enough, and will certainly be directing all my visiting friends and relatives to stay here in future. Thanks guys!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

The hotel is clean, the service and friendliness of the staff excellent, the location very convenient ... We spent 2 weeks at the hotel, and would come back without hesitation ... close by in Pasadena there are many places where you could pick up item in case you decide not to eat every day at a restaurant ...

Room Tip: try the top floor, far from the street
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Pasadena

Address: 1599 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106 (Formerly Westway Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Pasadena
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 31 Hotels in Pasadena
Price Range: $111 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Pasadena 2*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly renovated Howard Johnson Pasadena proudly sports 60 guest rooms, 18 of which are suites that overlook Colorado Blvd, a perfect location to view the annual Rose Parade. Directly across from the Pasadena City College, we are a stone's throw away from Cal Tech campus and Huntington Library Botanical Garden, and less than two miles away from Old Town Pasadena, Civic Center Auditorium, a short drive away from the Rose Bowl, and Santa Anita Park race track. Enjoy the beauty of Pasadena through easily accessible dining, entertainment, and shopping districts. Check-in time - 2pm Check-out time - 11am Guests must be 18 years or older with a valid government I.D. and Credit Card to check-in. Hotel Amenities: Free WiFi internet access, Free Continental Breakfast, Free Parking, Elevator, Cable TV, Pool and Spa, Suites include sitting area with couch and coffee table, Walking proximity to various restaurants, lounges, and bars, Perfect location for visiting campuses or attending graduation, Conference room, Local Attractions: •Pasadena City College --PCC-- 0 Miles •California Institute of Technology --Cal Tech-- 0.1 Miles •Huntington Library Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens - 0.3 Miles •Old Town Pasadena - 1.5 Miles•Pasadena Civic Center Auditorium / Convention Center - 1.5 Miles •Rose Bowl - 2.5 Miles •Santa Anita Park Race track - 5 Miles •Dodgers Stadium - 8 Miles •Downtown Los Angeles - 10 Miles •Staples Center - 12 Miles •Universal Studios Hollywood - 16 Miles •Beverly Hills - 20 Miles •Santa Monica Pier - 25 Miles •LAX - 28 Miles •Disneyland - 36 Miles. ... more   less 
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Howard Johnson Pasadena Hotel Pasadena
Westway Hotel Pasadena
Westway Inn Pasadena
Westway Motel Pasadena

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