LOS ANGELES— The much-anticipated Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia Hotel has opened its doors to the public after a three-year build. The new hotel, located opposite Santa Anita Park and developed by SAICP LLC, boasts 234 thoughtfully designed rooms and suites and over 14,000 sq. feet of stylish event space. Taking cues from the brand’s mid-century modern design aesthetic, the hotel will bring Le Méridien’s distinctive European heritage to the Southern California destination.
Created in collaboration with Linda Snyder Associates and AO Architects, the property draws design inspiration from the surrounding locale and immerses guests in sophisticated yet playful equestrian-chic design. Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia is owned by SAICP, LLC and managed by Pacifica Hotels, the premier operator of design-inspired hotels on the Pacific Coast.
“We are thrilled to finally welcome guests to our metropolitan oasis and unlock the destination through creative and cultured guest experiences,” said Mr. Shen, Owner of SAICP. “Built with a designer’s eye and stylish spirit, Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia provides guests with a destination where moments of delight and discovery elevate their stay.”
Guests can savour the good life with Asian-European cuisine from on-site destination dining experience, Mélange, where diners can enjoy sumptuous dishes from Salmon Carpaccio to Peking Duck Breast crafted by Executive Chef Mako. Additionally, travellers will be able to enjoy the flavour of sweet summers on the Mediterranean year-round with the Le Scoop by Le Méridien menu – the brand’s take on the quintessential European gelato and sorbet.
The hotel’s culinary delights can be further explored at the grand bar, Longitude 118, serving as a buzzing meeting space by day and social hub by night. Guests can ease into effervescence with a Le Méridien signature Sparkling aperitif and indulge in Petit Plates inspired by European classics with a local twist. Also on offer are rare spirits, wines and beers, as well as a tradition-worthy bespoke high tea and highballs cocktail programme – a nod to the Le Méridien brand’s European heritage – serving a fresh take on the traditional cocktail hour. The concept melds the refinement of traditional high tea with sophisticated custom highball cocktail mixology using the centuries-old craft of tea infusion. Guests can also enliven the senses with expertly crafted illy coffee each morning.
With over 14,000 sq. feet of meeting and event spaces spanning five separate rooms – three of which are private dining rooms – as well as over 1,800 sq. feet of indoor pre function space and an expansive event lawn in a prime location, Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia is poised to be the preeminent destination for business and social banquets and events. Spark discovery and illuminate insights with Creative Meetings by Le Méridien, designed to unlock inspiration and foster innovation. From locally inspired flavours to cultural experiences, the team will create an immersive meeting atmosphere that brings the destination in. The hotel’s ballroom will feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls and doors that will open to the event lawn where guests can enjoy unrivaled views of the nearby racetrack.
Just in time for summer, Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia offers poolside delivery and dining experiences at the outdoor heated pool, plus 24-hour in-room meal, spirit, and packaged-item delivery. Inspired by the belief the sun never sets on the jet set, the new hotel is the perfect place to linger longer over a glass of rosé and enjoy classic games by the pool. Elevated dining experiences that offer something more than meets the eye will also be available upon demand.
Curious culture-seekers will be dazzled by the global art installations curated by renowned local art consultancy Daniel Fine Art. Upon entering the hotel, guests will be welcomed by an impressive handmade porcelain and glass abstraction of peacock tail feathers by Ron Dier Design. Works throughout the hotel will also include pieces by Serge Bloch, the most prolific illustrator in France who frequently illustrates advertisements for Hermès, David Ellis, an international multimedia artist and William Attaway, an established Venice Beach artist with several public art sculptures around Southern California.
Through Le Méridien’s Unlock Art™ programme, which offers complimentary access to celebrated galleries and institutions around the world, Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia has partnered with Santa Anita Park for a one-of-a-kind experience to see this world-famous racetrack, its horses and its beautiful venues. Guests will get a behind-the-scenes tour and discover the historic halls of this venue, simply by presenting the Unlock Art™ room key. Connect with horses, history, and art during this architectural tour just steps from the hotel.
“We’re excited to be engaged with the Arcadia community and are already working on more exciting collaborations with our neighbors to further showcase all there is to unlock in the local area,” said Matt Marquis, CEO at Pacifica Hotels. “From Santa Anita Park to art to shopping, Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia looks forward to enticing guests with captivating experiences.”
The new property will also offer guests a sensorial environment through the brand’s signature scent, which was developed with MALIN+GOETZ. Aptly named LM002 for airplane tail numbers, the alluring scent will be featured in the public spaces, as it is at all Le Méridien properties globally. Paying homage to its French roots, the brand also has a signature soundtrack that will fill the Hub and public spaces, curated by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague.