This is revealing my age, but as a kid I could think of no better way to spend Christmas than the way Kevin McAllister did in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Cooped up in a swanky hotel room and indulging in room service seemed like a great way to spend the holiday. Now that I’m all grown up, not much has changed and letting the staff of a luxury hotel take care of meal planning still sounds like a sweet holiday treat. Luckily, Pasadena has its very own historic luxury hotel in its midst. And a new modern one too, if that’s more your thing.
The Langham Huntington Hotel is celebrating 100 years and while you may not need to book a room, you can still head over on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to indulge in some tasty dishes. For Christmas, book a reservation at The Terrace or The Royce. Both of the hotel’s dining options are featuring 3-course prixe fixe menus with seasonal items that don’t include ham. Although you can still get your turkey on, if you so desire. The same menus apply for Christmas Day dinner, but you can also head over early (after unwrapping your presents) for a Dim Sum Brunch at The Terrace or an indulgent gourmet feast in the ballroom. Check out your options here.
And if you’re not like me and spending your Christmas in a historic resort doesn’t conjure up childhood fantasies, then perhaps head to the new Dusit. The Colorado Blvd location has been completely renovated into a modern marvel and the hotel’s restaurant and bar serves cuisine and cocktails to suit it. There’s no special Christmas menu, so you can simply enjoy an array of small plates.