Saga Motor Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSaga Motor Hotel Pasadena
Stayed here as it was recommended on a few of the Route 66 blogs I had read before travelling. Told the doll behind the counter that I was doing Route 66 and she gave me their special $66 room rate. More money for steaks!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Saga Motor Hotel Pasadena
A budget motel deserving of a good review..
We stayed in the familyroom unit which has 1 King and 2 Queen beds. Not many places offer that. This quaint flash back from the 50's style motel was a real pleasure to stay at. Our room were clean and quiet. The simple buffet breakfast which was included is served in a cheerful comfortable sitting area off the lobby. An attendant was quick to replentish an assortment of juice, cereals, fresh rolls, muffins, bagles, fruit etc on hand. Pool area was clean with plenty of tables and chaise all in good condition. If ever driving through Pasadena again I woudln't hesitate staying there. By the way, I found the staff friendly and helpful.
Stay there all the time
I stay at the Saga Motel evey time I travel to the Pasadena area. It has a nice, quiet family atmosphere. I have always found the staff to be friendly, courteous and helpful. The plentiful continental breakfast is a bonus. It is a short drive to several connecting freeways and tourist attractions.
Stay there a lot and like it!
I have stayed at the Saga several times in the last few months, and find it to be one of the best deals in Los Angeles. The (single) rooms are not large, but are nicely designed, with a full-size bed and writing desk. Bathrooms are good sized. Plus they leave free books in every room. The morning breakfast is very nice, and the hotel is very well located - easy to get almost anywhere in Los Angeles. I have read a couple of negative comments about the management - and while some of men behind the desk could use people skills, it is not a problem. The maid staff is great - room is always very clean. The only downside is that if you are on the first or second floor, you can hear someone walking around upstairs.
My place to stay
I have been there with much pleasure many times and will do so hopefully again. The manager is not rude as stated above but Cary and his wife Joan are charming people. It is like a little oasis, seen from inside. Dr.Klaus Mehlem, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Hubby and I stayed 5 nights at the Saga and thought it was great. It had a very nice comfortable feeling about it. Very clean and quiet with nice pool and ammenities. Free laundry and a plain but decent continental breakfast. The staff was very friendly and curteous. The owner was very nice and handled a slightly noisey situation with firm tact. Not rude or demanding. The rate was very reasonable and we will definitely stay here again.
I have stayed in this hotel several times and the last one in February 2003 has been a terrible experience. One of the owners/managers appears to be in a mentally unstable condition, swearing at the customers and providing poor service. Can trully spoil your impression. Stay away untill the ownership changes!
Stay there back in December of 2001 for 5 nights. From the street it doesnt look like much, but the rooms were spotless. Perfectly clean and the staff could have not been better.
I highly recommend it.
We were in room 317 over the New Years holiday and for the Rose Bowl Parade. We found the Saga to be very "homey' AND PLEASANT. I have a son that lives in California and he joined us there to visit. Jan did all she could to accomodate our needs and it was a very nice visit. I would love to visit again sometime. Very clean. Walking distance to a couple of really good restaurants. Dinos Italian and a fish place across the street(forgot the name).
Felt At Home
If you are ever in Pasadena, CA. the only place in my opinion to stay is at the Saga Motor Hotel. Not only was the staff friendly, but also very helpful! The accomadations were great and I felt right at home.
Unbelievably Rude - Avoid Like Plague
The Saga could be a nice hotel - with new owners. Rather than the usual complaints of discourteous staff, we had the misfortune of meeting one of the owners. The juvenile behavior and publicly rude comments of the owner who was working the front desk leads us to suspect racism as the only credible explanation for her behavior to a mother with three well-behaved children. Find another hotel!
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