We stayed here for two nights in August. Before finding Arroyo Vista Inn, I had searched small boutique hotels in LA as well as the Huntington in Pasadena and we made the best choice by staying at this Inn. The responsiveness and friendliness of the owner, Pat, and Jenny, who was on the staff were the first of many pleasantries we encountered. The setting, the common areas, and the rooms are quiet, comfortable, and elegantly appointed - a cut above what you would expect out of a B&B.
We were able to view all of the rooms, as we were the only guests our first night. You couldn't go wrong with any of them. Although the room I chose was not the largest available, it was spaciously arranged with a plush queen bed, comfortable reading chair, large desk, and roomy bathroom. In addition, we had two large windows and a door leading out to the second floor porch.
The property is immaculately clean. We enjoyed the self-serve fridge with cold drinks and availability of homemade cookies. Breakfasts included a fruit course followed by a creative main dish, such as asparagus fritata and were served in the dining room with lots of natural light. We saw toffee being made one morning which was offered as a bedtime treat in the room. It was excellent! The living room included many coffee table books of Pasadena and Craftsmen architecture as well as an interesting selection of current magazines.
The same understated elegance on the inside was applied to the landscaping and outside lounge area. The environment promotes relaxation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An elegant 1910 Craftsman home completely restored with all modern amenities perched on top of a hill on a 2-acre property. Many of the rooms have fabulous views of the city and the mountains. Several rooms have porches or balconies. Several have state of the art spa tubs. All the rooms have luxurious linens and window treatments. The rooms are furnished with a simple yet sophisticated combination of antiques and contemporary furniture. The Inn is centrally located 15 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles and 5 minutes from Pasadena. Vacation travelers will enjoy the fact that we are within one hour's drive of many Southern California attractions - Disneyland, Universal Studios, Getty Center, Huntington Library, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, Norton Simon Museum, Regan Library, Old Town Pasadena, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the South Coast Plaza (shopping). ... more less
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