Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia is a new property under the Marriott brand with a stylish midcentury modern design aesthetic bringing Le Méridien’s distinctive European heritage to the Southern California destination. The hotel boats 234 newly remodeled rooms and 14,000 square feet of event space.
This winter season, the hotel toasts to the festive season with a special winter package. Guests will receive breakfast for two and a complimentary, destination-inspired seasonal cocktail, and can book the package now until January 31st (excluding Rose Bowl peak dates).
Top Reasons to Stay at Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia
1. The hotel is right across the street from Santa Anita Park.
Located in the epicenter of Arcadia and next to Westfield Mall, the hotel sits right across the street from the entrance of Santa Anita Park which is perfect for your day at the horse races or the 626 Night Market. We loved not having to get in a car for Oktoberfest and Opening Day at the races.
The hotel is also close to the Rose Bowl and 10-15 minutes from Old Town Pasadena and the Huntington Library as well as easy access to Pasadena and the San Gabriel valley.
2. Dining outside here is a pleasurable experience.
While it may be chilly near the ocean at night in Malibu, here you can wear little clothing and not feel chilly at night so dinner on the outdoor patio is pleasurable even without a heat lamp.
3. The lobby bar and outdoor patio lounge flow to an outside lawn.
Longitude 118 is the best part about the hotel with an outdoor modern lounge that sprawls behind the bar to an outdoor lawn with views of the mountains. Come for lunch or sunset Happy Hour around 4 – 7 Monday through Thursdaywith light dinner bites, one of a kind spirits, tea inspired cocktails, wines, and craft beers. Sip on a Lychee Margarita as you listen to live music in the evening with smooth jazz and soulful sounds. Valet is free during this time!
We watched the sunset hues over a Stout aged in Bourbon barrels and a Dark & Stormy paired with a cascade of bites such as yellowtail sashimi, Swedish meatballs, and chicken kaarage.
4. Brand new rooms come with a stylish midcentury modern design aesthetic.
Besides the glamorous design reminding me of my own home remodel in Palm Springs with accent wallpaper, walnut armoire and dresser, midcentury modern chairs and bedside lighting, our room came with views of a leafy autumnal park and views of the San Gabriel Mountains. The hotel’s boutique room vibe feels like a chic home stay rather than a basic hotel room.
The bathroom design is also beautifully done with a circular sink with rounded walnut wood, funky tile stall design, and round mirrored lighting. The brand’s signature scent is a nice touch developed by MALIN+GOETZ with scents of sage, peppermint, and cilantro.
Each guestroom and suite comes with oversized windows, a comfy bed, and a 55-inch LED TV with streaming services like Netflix. However, you won’t find in-room coffee makers or a fridge. Complimentary tea and coffee are provided in the lobby each morning. Also, for those who seek bathroom privacy, you may have to get over those fears as the bathroom area is more of an open concept idea with no door and just a door to the toilet.
5. The hotel’s chic modern vibe boasts an extraordinary art collection.
Embracing the rich heritage of the local region, the property combines equestrian chic design with illuminating textures and tones. Works include a handmade porcelain and glass abstraction of peacock tail feathers by Ron Dier Design and pieces by Serge Bloch, the most prolific illustrator in France who frequently illustrates advertisements for Hermes.
6. Find an upscale dining experience at Mélange.
For a pricier fancier dining destination, restaurant Melange (near the lobby) showcases Asian-European fusion cuisine helmed by Chef Mako. Book in advance because it was packed rather quickly. The sexy bold décor reminds me of a Vegas restaurant with high ceilings. We devoured crispy fried oysters, fish dumplings in broth, and seafood risotto while the couple next to us celebrated an anniversary.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with Mélange with a prix-fixe menu available for $75-$95/person, inclusive of traditional favorites as well as dishes with a Chef Mako-spin, such as Sweet Soy Green Beens and Turkey Breast with Kumquat Compote and Crispy Leeks. The full menu can be found HERE, and is also available for takeout to be enjoyed with family and friends at home. To order for pickup, call (626) 777-6699 to place your order by November 23rd. Reservations for dinner at Melange can be made via OpenTable.
7. High Tea and High Balls.
Come for high tea or high balls! The menu has three tiers: the classic tier with all the snacks and tea for $55, the champagne tier for an additional $15 per person, and then the highball tier with Japanese whisky and caviar for an additional $25 per person. Consider this holiday cheer:
Winter High Tea
From November 26 – January 2, Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia’s unique High Tea and Highballs gets a wintry twist. Special tea-infused cocktails, a tower of savory and sweet treats and festive decor make for a fun holiday afternoon the whole family can enjoy. Visitors can make a reservation for the Winter High Tea at Mélange every Thursday through Saturday from 12-4PM.