A Constance Reminder: dusitD2 Hotel Opens in PasadenaAuthor:Candace Abbott
Standing tall at the corner of Colorado and Mentor, in the heart of Pasadena, is dusitD2 constance pasadena — the city’s latest locale that comes complete with a fresh design and an old soul.
As with many things in the charming-meets-savvy city of Pasadena, dusitD2 constance is a landmark with walls that tell a delightful tale. Originally opened in 1926 by a local businesswoman, Constance Perry, the hotel was a dazzling 164 guest room property with five retail stores situated along the ground floor. Over the years the building was bought and sold, but most recently it was purchased by Dusit International who brought on Hong Kong-based designer, Joey Ho, to work some magic.
The renovation project was one of many layers both historically and from a design perspective. During the process, the demolition team discovered and managed to restore the building’s original Mediterranean Revival style design, and with some input from the Pasadena historical society, they held on to more (such as the captivating waffle ceiling, an original courtyard fountain, and authentic Mexican tile work).
Joey took the road less traveled filling the now 136-room, property with luxuriously modern pieces and accents playing with color, texture, and even architecture. He chose to nod at Pasadena’s history by incorporating elements of the iconic Rose Parade — which travels in front of the hotel — into the rooms and community spaces.
Upon entry you’re met with a wealth of bold color, specifically a cheerful canary hue, which Joey used to deck out the hotel restaurant, an open space that’s marked by original pillars and offset by vintage-inspired banquets with black and white marble tabletops and gold accents all around. Its opulence comes alive with yellow-tinted grid mirrors, single tables, a bar-style community table, and a dining gallery, which features a three-dimensional booth designed of rich fabrics in pink, prints, and yellow.
And if the design doesn’t get you, then the farm-to-table fresh, Asian-inspired menu will. With beautiful dishes like olive oil infused salmon, baby beets, and carrots and prosciutto grilled cheese bites, the fare is tough to resist eating long enough to admire its presentation.
Equally as impressive is the hotel bar, d’ bar, which features more vibrant color. This time, it’s an electric blue with white. The bar’s fluorescent hue shines on to the street of Colorado with oversized windows that look right onto the bustling street. It’s almost magical — the sexy vibe, the handcrafted cocktails, and the entrancing design of retro egg chairs and a wavy ceiling.
Back to the lobby where you’ll be pleased to find more vintage charms like the original building staircase, beautifully modern chandeliers taking up residence in the same spot as the originally chandeliers, original flooring, redone vintage phone booths, and the original hotel elevator.
A ride up the elevator and you’re let off on one of the seven floors where the room options go from standard (but there isn’t really a standard feel at all) to ultra luxe with each room featuring iPad technology for shopping, room service, concierge, and more as well as decadent bedding and sultry open bathroom plans. With four room tiers and a “presidential suite,” or more aptly put, the Constance Suite (complete with its own expansive terrace for entertaining), rooms are designed with the same rich color palette that presented itself on the lobby floor. From blues to chartreuse, cocoa colored marble to aqua, the guest rooms carry a welcoming vibe to them both in energy and layout. And while the standing building is a Pasadena landmark, little could be called “traditional” (beyond the original windows) when talking about the guest rooms.
Rooms feature a futuristic twist architecturally as well as design wise, as Joey Ho utilized unique methods like soaking tubs situated in open areas, showers that have transparent glass doors with frosted amoebas strategically placed for privacy, and aqua colored tiles playing off flecks of gold. As for the sleeping quarters, room seating and carpets that are bold and unapologetic, but warm and a perfect match for all-white bedding and the floral artwork and textured wallpaper that adorns many of the soft-hued walls.
dusitD2 constance pasadena is a fresh take on Pasadena’s charming history. The hotel seamlessly infuses modern vibes with a beloved past and hopes to inspire Pasadena’s future with its cosmopolitan approach. dusitD2 has plans to expand with an additional tower, a rooftop pool, and retail shops, but for now it stands tall and beautiful as the one-of-a-kind locale with the old soul.