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Howard Johnson Pasadena

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Great staff, nothing too much trouble, plenty of on site parking. Our suite was excellent, clean and lots of utilities. Breakfast is a basic Continental style, just wished there was a few more cheese selections

We did a Friday through Sunday here to see family. The counters weren't very clean. There's a random post about how to use the shower curtain in the shower... Just kind of strange. The pool situation is interesting. They literally dig a hole in the parking lot and put bushes around it to make it look decent. The bed was comfy. The place was quiet at night. It's close to a good amount of restaurants and shops. Also, not too far from Old Town Pasadena. I didn't mind the decor. It could be seen as to be tacky. The maids are really loud, heading up and down the isles during the day. There are strange people that hang out in the parking lot at night.

Hotel staff was rude, hidden fees and AC was faulty

It was good. The people are very friendly. My meeting place was very close to the hotel. I really enjoyed staying there. I will consider to stay again in the future and recommend others.

I wasn't happy with having a room by the street. I like it quiet at night.

Stayed there for a couple nights and ended up leaving early. Room with two rooms is not really two rooms. Front door does not close all the way.

First hotel experience where I got free DirectTV, all the movies I can watch. It was great! Great location too!

Convenience is the key when you are traveling. This filled the bill nicely.

I've stayed here a few times and prior to my most recent stay, my only complaint was that the rooms have a muggy smokey smell. This time, some naked person who didn't fully understand the concept of toilet paper sat down on the sofa and soiled it. Things happen in a budget hotel, but this should have been caught by housekeeping.

What a great hotel, I was really happy with my stay. Clean rooms and a courteous staff. Location was great, my room was in a quiet corner, I felt safe walking around the hotel grounds and the general area as a single female. There were lots of places to eat or get coffee near by and a FedEx/Kinkos two blocks away. The hotel didn't have a business center (hence the 4 for amenities score), so this came in handy when I needed to print something. I needed the room for a few additional hours they day I checked out due to a change in my schedule. They allowed me to pay a small "day fee" and I checked out at 3pm instead of 11am. Although they did offer me a free late check out of 12pm. I would stay here again!

Room was clean. Beds comfortable. Great location to walk to eating and coffee shops. Close to our car rental company. The night personnel young man was very helpful. Great shopping and fine dining close by. Pool is small and hot tub not working but that was unimportant to us. We will stay there again. Free wifi and cable tv. Excellent value for 4 of us.

The best thing about this hotel was it's friendly and helpful staff. The hotel itself is a little time worn and ordinary. The pool is very small and mostly fit for children. The breakfast was simple but adequate. The location was fine in that it offerred nearby access to several major highways. The only problem was that the exhaust fan in the bathroom did not work I reported it to the front desk the day after we arrived but it was not fixed by the time we left five days later.

I would recommend this place for anyone who is on a budget and wants to be close to everything. It's walking distance from a starbucks, PCC and everything you need.

Clean, safe, free wifi and breakfast. Nothing fancy, just a good price and good location.

The hotel was clean, the bed was wonderful, the cleanliness very good and the location excellent. The only things I missed were: 1) the coffee maker bags made very weak coffee; and 2) It would have been nice to have had one complimentary bottle of water in the room. Otherwise, I have no complaints. This hotel was a great price and offered great service. Thank you!

So I ended up booking this room because honestly it looked decent and price seemed right. Upon arriving the people at the front desk insisted on changing me again even more than what I had previously paid .. I did other wise it's a cancellation. And I would pay the same .. I guess it's a deposit yet on there website they never said such thing or I would have 're considered ... overall pictures of rooms are miss leading .... honestly wouldn't even consider this hotel .. sorry :(

This is a wonderful hotel. I was there with my small shih Tzu because I had an appointment the next day for an eye surgery consultation. The staff was very helpful and gave me a ground floor room because of my puppy's animal carrier. Bed was very comfortable and everything was very clean. Thank you.

The front desk staff was friendly. The free WiFi was not high speed, but they never claimed that it was... The breakfast was adequate but there was no syrup for the waffles. The room had stains on the carpet. The shower water was labeled backwards. Made for a cold first half of the shower. I'd stay here again...on a budget.

Very nice hotel. I will use it next time of course.

Hotel was in a great location! Rooms have recently been refurbished. Loved the mic and frig in every room. Had connecting rooms with our kids. Were there for a wedding party and the staff did an excellent job trying to get our entire party on the same floor.

1599 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Howard Johnson Pasadena is located within a mile (2 km) of California Institute of Technology and Pasadena Playhouse. This hotel has 60 rooms and welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Located centrally in Pasadena, it's also close to Norton Simon Museum and Rose Bowl.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 6 AM to 10 AM.


Rooms

All 60 air-conditioned rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators, and phones. 32-inch LED TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Ironing boards and desks are also standard.


Property features

Guests of Howard Johnson Pasadena have access to an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a spa tub. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with luggage storage, and offer advice about sights and eateries nearby. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a computer station, and express check-out.

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Howard Johnson Pasadena

Everyone (8) Business (8) Couples (4) Family (10) Other (4)
4

first trip to pasadena

Everyone

Great staff, nothing too much trouble, plenty of on site parking. Our suite was excellent, clean and lots of utilities. Breakfast is a basic Continental style, just wished there was a few more cheese selections

By , from UK on Oct 11, 2017

4

hotel across from pcc

Everyone

We did a Friday through Sunday here to see family. The counters weren't very clean. There's a random post about how to use the shower curtain in the shower... Just kind of strange. The pool situation is interesting. They literally dig a hole in the parking lot and put bushes around it to make it look decent. The bed was comfy. The place was quiet at night. It's close to a good amount of restaurants and shops. Also, not too far from Old Town Pasadena. I didn't mind the decor. It could be seen as to be tacky. The maids are really loud, heading up and down the isles during the day. There are strange people that hang out in the parking lot at night.

By , from SF on May 8, 2017

Review comment responded on May 11, 2017

Thank you so much Matt for taking your time to review our property. We so happy that you found your stay comfortable and quiet. We do monitor our parking lot very carefully and only guest of the hotel are allowed in the parking lot and common areas, at times our guest do decide to take advantage of the outdoor sitting area but at no time should they be a disturbance to other guest. Please visit with us again soon.

2

rude staff and faulty ac

Everyone

Hotel staff was rude, hidden fees and AC was faulty

By on Mar 11, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 14, 2017

Thank You for taking the time to review our hotel, we are so sorry to hear that you interactions with the staff were not to your satisfaction, we try very hard to provide excellent guest experiences. We're not sure which "hidden fees" you are concerned about as parking, WiFi, and breakfast are all included in the room rate. We regularly maintain our A/C systems especially being in sunny Pasadena but we will definitely work harder to ensure that all units are operating perfectly.

5

nice hotel close to my meeting place, hilton

Everyone

It was good. The people are very friendly. My meeting place was very close to the hotel. I really enjoyed staying there. I will consider to stay again in the future and recommend others.

By , from New Jersey on Sep 12, 2016

Review comment responded on Nov 18, 2016

Thank you Nikhil for taking the time to review our hotel. I'm sure the staff enjoyed helping you as much as you enjoyed your visit. Please come by and visit with us again soon!

3

ok for a quick stay

Everyone

I wasn't happy with having a room by the street. I like it quiet at night.

By on Jun 28, 2016

Review comment responded on Jan 1, 1970

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We will be happy to arrange a room towards the back of the building on your next visit.

2

old and not very clean

Everyone

Stayed there for a couple nights and ended up leaving early. Room with two rooms is not really two rooms. Front door does not close all the way.

By on May 30, 2016

Review comment responded on Jun 21, 2016

Thank You for reviewing our hotel. It is so disappointing to hear that your guest room did not meet your expectations. I can assure you that all the doors in all of our rooms are in excellent working order as the security of our guest is a top priority! Our bedrooms in our two bedroom suites are separated by a closing door making two separate sleeping areas. We do hope that you were able to enjoy the complimentary WiFi and breakfast during your stay.

4

nice hotel close to pasadena downtown

Everyone

First hotel experience where I got free DirectTV, all the movies I can watch. It was great! Great location too!

By , from SF, CA on Apr 15, 2016

Review comment responded on Jan 1, 1970

Thank you for your positive comments. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! I hope your next stay is just around the corner. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.

5

just what we needed

Everyone

Convenience is the key when you are traveling. This filled the bill nicely.

By , from North Carolina on Apr 9, 2016

Review comment responded on Jan 1, 1970

Thank you for your review and for choosing our hotel. We’re so happy that you enjoyed your stay and are looking forward to having you again as a guest at our hotel.

1

fecal matter on sofa

BusinessTravelers

I've stayed here a few times and prior to my most recent stay, my only complaint was that the rooms have a muggy smokey smell. This time, some naked person who didn't fully understand the concept of toilet paper sat down on the sofa and soiled it. Things happen in a budget hotel, but this should have been caught by housekeeping.

By on Oct 28, 2015

5

great stay

BusinessTravelers

What a great hotel, I was really happy with my stay. Clean rooms and a courteous staff. Location was great, my room was in a quiet corner, I felt safe walking around the hotel grounds and the general area as a single female. There were lots of places to eat or get coffee near by and a FedEx/Kinkos two blocks away. The hotel didn't have a business center (hence the 4 for amenities score), so this came in handy when I needed to print something. I needed the room for a few additional hours they day I checked out due to a change in my schedule. They allowed me to pay a small "day fee" and I checked out at 3pm instead of 11am. Although they did offer me a free late check out of 12pm. I would stay here again!

By on Oct 22, 2014