When you think of the Langham hotels, you probably think of luxury, impeccable customer service and an absolutely stunning hotel and property. The Langham Huntington, Pasadena lives up to all of the hype and this particular hotel also has a very long history behind it. The original hotel opened in 1907 as the Hotel Wentworth, the structure was only partially complete and even had a temporary roof! It unfortunately closed its doors after its first season. In 1914, it reopened as The Huntington Hotel after it went through a major redesign. In 1954, it was sold and renamed the Huntington-Sheraton Hotel. From there it would be known as The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and in 2008 would finally become the Langham Huntington, Pasadena. Even though this hotel has gone through numerous renovations and expansions over the years, the original structure has been on this property for 111 years! The history, the prestige and the afternoon tea is what brought Michelle and I to this beautiful hotel.
In March of this year, Michelle and I enjoyed afternoon tea at the Langham Chicago and had an amazing time so we knew we would enjoy this afternoon tea just as much, if not more. The Lobby Lounge where afternoon tea is served has floor-to-ceiling windows offering beautiful views of The Horseshoe Garden and San Marino. The room is very elegant and traditional whereas, in Chicago it was very modern. Shereen and Luis were two of our servers for this tea service and they were so attentive and helpful.
For my tea, I went with Peach with Flowers. I had this tea in Chicago and absolutely loved it! It’s a mellow black tea balanced with a delicious taste of ripe peaches. This tea is so mellow and lovely I didn’t need to add any sugar or cream to it. I highly recommend you give it a try.
Since I’ve been slowly cutting meat out of my diet, I went with the vegetarian option for my savory sandwiches. Basically, they take the current sandwich menu and leave off any meat or they have substitute sandwiches that aren’t on the menu. My sandwiches included: an Asian Pear with Bleu Cheese Mousse and a Candy Walnut Dust on Wheat Bread, a Fresh Cucumber with Creme Fraîche on Wheat Bread, Apples on Wheat Bread, Fresh Strawberries on Wheat Bread and a delicious spicy hummus on Wheat Bread. All of the vegetarian sandwiches I had were delicious, but the Asian Pear was my favorite!
There was two different scones, a Blueberry and a Cranberry. They were served with a Lemon Curd and Devonshire Clotted Cream. I only tried the Cranberry, it was really good and I’m not usually a cranberry fan and of course I had to use the Devonshire Clotted Cream, which is my favorite thing to put on a scone.
The pastries included: a Blueberry Financier, an Apricot Passion Tart, a White Chocolate Passion Fruit Gateaux, a Chocolate Raspberry Linzer Cookie, a Dark Chocolate Cake and an Almond Macaron. I tried everything except for the White Chocolate Passion Fruit Gateaux, I was too full at this point to eat anything else. The other four pastries were absolutely amazing though, my favorite was the Dark Chocolate Cake.
After tea, we walked around the impressive grounds to walk off some of the calories we just consumed, we saw the Horseshoe Garden and the Japanese Gardens took the bridge that is in between the Japanese Gardens and the pool back into the hotel, took some last minute pictures then we were off to the next adventure.
If you have never experienced an afternoon tea or even if you have, I highly recommend you try the Langham’s. They have a wide variety of teas; they carry everything from black to white to green and everything in between as well as special Langham Blends, the food is amazing, and their customer service is impeccable. It really is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Have you been to the Langham’s afternoon tea? If so, which one of their hotels was it at? Let me know in the comments below!
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