Pasadena is a quiet and beautiful suburb located just north of Downtown Los Angeles with lots of interesting history and culture. I called Pasadena home for my first four years in Los Angeles, so I have a real soft spot for the City of Roses!
If you’re planning a trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl or any other activity in the future, this is the perfect guide for you. This guide starts with some Pasadena hotel recommendations around the city center and also has some incredible short term rentals and Airbnbs in Pasadena if you are interested in having a little bit more personal space for your visit. Regardless of what accommodations you choose, you are bound to have a great time in Pasadena and I hope you find the perfect option in this guide. If you are looking for fun activities in Pasadena, check out my guide here!
You can also find recommendations that are specifically convenient places to stay near the Rose Bowl.
You can also use this handy map to find the best place to stay in Pasadena based on geography:
Best Hotels in Pasadena
Courtyard by Marriott Old Town
One of the best places to stay in Pasadena is the Courtyard by Marriott located directly in Old Town. This hotel is a great choice for many reasons but the location definitely stands out. The Courtyard is located right on Fair Oaks avenue which puts you two blocks away from the heart of the city in Old Town. Being near Old Town is a huge plus because it makes all the best restaurants, shops, and entertainment in the city walkable from your hotel. The hotel has a bunch of other great features like a nice pool and its well reviewed cleanliness. This is a great option for your visit to Pasadena!
Another fantastic option for your stay in Pasadena is the Hilton Pasadena. This three star hotel is located on the other side of Old Town Pasadena which provides some great benefits. It is very easy to walk to the Pasadena Playhouse and the Paseo Colorado Mall which is the main shopping area for Pasadena. The hotel is very clean with accommodating and friendly staff to make your visit the best it can be. The Hilton also offers a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius that can be a huge help if you don’t plan on renting a car for your stay. I recommend anyone looking to stay in Pasadena to take a look at the Hilton.
Pasadena Rose and Crown Hotel
The Pasadena Rose and Crown Hotel is a great place to stay for anyone visiting Pasadena. While the exterior may still look like the motel that used to be at this location, do not be deceived! The rooms are very new, clean, and comfortable. This hotel is located just a bit outside of Old Town but Pasadena is small enough that you will never be more than a couple blocks from anything you want to do or see on your visit. If you want a quiet and comfortable place to stay in Pasadena, this is the one for you!
Short Term Rentals and Airbnbs in Pasadena
Another great option for your stay in Pasadena is a short term rental. Pasadena is a very residential area so there are lots of options for any sized group. It can be really nice to have an entire property to yourself and a short term rental provides exactly that. This list has a mix of different sizes and locations and I hope you are able to find the perfect property for you.
2 Bedroom House by Old Town
If you’re traveling with your family or small group this home might be the perfect option for you! Located just a ten minute walk from Old Town this home features a beautiful open concept kitchen and common area which is perfect for a small group. Everything is recently renovated and deep cleaned which makes sure your visit is as clean and nice as possible. The location is a strength as well as the property is close to Old Town and the Rose Bowl. Whatever brings you to Pasadena, this rental is a great option to enjoy the city and be close to whatever you’d like to do!
Cute 1 Bedroom House
If you are traveling to Pasadena solo or as a couple, this petite one bedroom might be a great choice for your accommodation. Located in a great architectural section of Pasadena, this house is super tiny but has everything you could want from a vacation accommodation. Over two stories the house has a bedroom, living room, and bathroom as well as a beautiful outdoor courtyard. The home is located within walking distance from all the best things to do in Pasadena which is a great benefit as well. If you like slightly offbeat accommodations for your vacations and aren’t too tall this could be the perfect property for your stay in Pasadena.
Spacious 4 Bedroom Home
If you are traveling with a large group and want a lot of space for kids and all members of your group, this 4 bedroom home is a great option. Located a couple blocks east of Old Town, this house has four spacious bedrooms, a really nice open kitchen, and two parking spots on the property. This is a great option for big family trips as the property has bunk beds for kids so you can fit even more people. Regardless of the reason for your trip to Pasadena, if you are coming with a big group and want a lot of space this is a good choice for your visit.