The Langham Huntington continues the tradition of grand hotels with traditional tea, tennis courts, ballrooms, Japanese gardens, and pools set on 23 acres.
Oozing elegance and grandeur from the terra cotta façade, to the hotel lobby with crystal chandelier to the Japanese garden, ballrooms and sweeping staircases there is beauty in every corner of this storied hotel.
Our room, with views of the majestic San Gabriel mountains and 23-acre grounds is classically decorated. We especially love the abundance of Chuan spa amenities in our full Italian marble bathroom. The Langham Club level on the 8th floor offers guests concierge services, a selection of newspapers and magazines, as well as all-day refreshments.
One of the highlights of our stay was indulging in afternoon tea by Wedgewood (including sparkling wine) where the quiet sound of piano wafted in the background, as we sipped earl grey tea and nibbled on intricate pastries and savory bites.
Dinner at The Terrace (one of three restaurants at the hotel which includes a gorgeous steakhouse and bistro), is a veritable feast. We were delighted with the crispy Brussels sprouts, and smoked tomato soup. “We want to showcase the wonderful products of California,” says executive chef Denis Depoitre.
Award winning Chuan Spa offers a selection of signature treatments inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine. One of the most intriguing rituals is figuring out your element through a questionnaire and using the corresponding oil in your massage. Try the hot stone massage which is ideal for the tired jet-lagged traveller.
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave; (626) 568-3900.
Read more about the hotels from CSL’s roadtrip to California. This original article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.