As a Starwood Preferred Guest, I frequently find glossy emails for Sheratons in paradise locations pinging my Inbox. However, far more Sheratons will be like the one in Pasadena where I recently stayed: a bit old but perfectly pleasant for a stay (won at $80/£50 on Priceline). I don’t care if the fittings are old so long as everything works more or less as it should. The photos of the room on Tripadvisor reflect what the hotel is like.
My room had 2 double beds which made it quite large for me as a single traveller. The bed was as comfortable as any I have experienced at any hotel. Wonderful. The room had everything else that any traveller would expect, with the exception (for this was a Standard room) of a safe, which was a bit of a nuisance. There were no cleanliness issues at all. No problem with noise either. The aircon was old and not terribly efficient but it was cool enough outside for me to open the windows and cool the room that way.
Not many people seems to take breakfast or dinner at the hotel which is a pity as both were pretty enjoyable.
Service throughout the hotel was very good. One day in the lobby my server from the previous evening (Rene?) greeted me by name which I rather liked.
The Sheraton is situated 5 minutes walk from the Gold Line Metro trains that go into downtown LA every few minutes. Old Pasadena with its wonderful shopping is about 5 minutes walk away. (I had what I think might have been the best steak of my life at AKA- An Amercian Bistro.) There is also a large open air mall very close to the hotels. Pasadena is quite an up-market place with some attractions around it that would be ideal for a lazy weekend vacation. Spectacularly clean as well: try finding litter on the sidewalk. It is not great as a base for seeing LA proper especially if you don’t want to drive.
I’m a bit puzzled why this Sheraton doesn’t have slightly better ratings. Four stars from me out of five because of the absent in-room safe. Whilst it’s not OTT luxurious, if you want a solidly comfortable hotel for a business stay or vacation you can’t go wrong here. I'd stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visit the beautiful Sheraton Pasadena Hotel, ideally located within walking distance of the abundant shopping, dining, and entertainment options that Old Town Pasadena is renowned for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Pasadena Hotel Pasadena
- Pasadena Sheraton