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Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town Opens

PASADENA, Calif.—R.D. Olson Development, in partnership with Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, has opened the five-story, 144-room Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town in Pasadena, Calif. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Marriott International, and project general contractor R.D. Olson Construction joined civic leaders at the grand opening. The project marks the first hotel development in the historic Old Town Pasadena area in 15 years.

Located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town is walking distance to a variety of entertainment options and eclectic cultural offerings. The hotel is also within one mile of the famed Rose Bowl Stadium and nearby the prestigious California Institute of Technology, historic Dodger Stadium, and entertainment hubs such as the Staples Center, Nokia Theater, and Hollywood.

“We are honored to develop the first hotel to be completed in Old Town Pasadena in more than 15 years,” said Bob Olson, founder and CEO of R.D. Olson Development. “At R.D. Olson Development, we make a conscious effort to capture and integrate details and sentiments that complement the local culture of our hotels, and Old Town Pasadena has so much rich history to draw from. We know that the Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town will fill an important need for extended stay visitors to this dynamic area of Los Angeles County, and we hope that guests will enjoy the many nods to the local area that we have incorporated into this hotel.”

The hotel’s design elements are a playful rendition of the arts and crafts heritage of Old Town Pasadena, blending iconic period fixtures with modern detailing. The Craftsman style of interior architecture that is prevalent in many Pasadena historical homes is represented in much of the hotel’s detailing, including a hand crafted stairway with wood and forged metal railings, which stands out as a focal point of the lobby space. The hotel’s wood beams and warm color tones colors offer Craftsman and Bungalow-style undertones, and a handmade glass screen reflects Pasadena’s sentiment for artistic work and handicraft.

A large, handmade wall relief of an oak tree, made of real oak by a local artist, represents the Pasadena’s landmark Cathedral Oak tree that once divided Orange Grove Avenue in 1890. Pasadena’s Colorado Bridge and Tournament of Roses Parade are also represented in artwork and vintage images throughout the hotel. Offering a comfortable, stylish retreat, the property’s interior pairs Pasadena’s rich history with the conveniences of Marriott’s latest Gen 9 Design, showcasing contemporary furnishings within a traditional, historically-inspired setting.

The hotel’s exterior weaves in subtle Mediterranean architecture and design elements through the use of parapet and tiled gable roofs, hipped-roof corner towers and plaster walls. Additionally, a variety of window openings are highlighted, including groupings of punched, multi-story windows which allow ample natural light into the building. “Today’s hotel guests are seeking an immersive experience that is geographically inspired when visiting the surrounding area,” said Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “We are proud to have been a part of building this extended stay service hotel in Pasadena where guests will have the opportunity to be a part of the local community while staying at the property. The building’s design adds to the historical landscape that has made Pasadena a charming and warm community to stay, work, and play.”

The 94,091-square-foot, all-suite hotel is designed with a room mix that includes expansive studio, one- and two-bedroom guest suites, complete with kitchens and upscale bathrooms to accommodate the needs of the extended-stay guest. Guestroom suites offer separate living, sleeping, and working areas, as well as kitchens with high-end appliances including a refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Rooms also include spa-like bathrooms and ergonomic furniture, creating a relaxing, home-like environment. Guests benefit from a variety of public amenities such as a complimentary breakfast buffet, a fitness center with CrossFit style equipment, complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout the property, a business center equipped with the latest technology solutions, and guest laundry. The property also features a 24/7 Market, which provides easy access to grab-and-go snacks and other on-the-go necessities.

Residence Inn Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town offers a variety of outdoor spaces for guests to relax and reenergize amongst the beauty of Southern California. Amenities include an elevated deck with a pool and spa, outdoor play spaces including a sports court, a grilling area and barbeque, and large fire pits that offer a perfect spot for an evening beverage. The property’s 850 square feet of versatile meeting space enables guests and community members to conduct dynamic events or family gatherings.

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The Tri‐Cities region has a substantial economy, which includes several large aerospace and engineering companies in Pasadena, a commercial airport and major entertainment studios in Burbank, and much office and retail development in Glendale. A variety of entertainment and related high‐tech firms maintain offices throughout the region, but especially in Burbank and Glendale.
The region has several major tourist attractions, of which the most prominent are Hollywood, the Universal Studios Theme Park, and Old Pasadena. Hollywood, reported to be the most popular tourist
destination in Southern California, is located 15 miles southwest of Pasadena. Universal Studios is a major theme park that is located in Universal City, approximately 14 miles west of Pasadena. Old
Pasadena is a prominent entertainment district that extends over more than twenty blocks and is located directly southeast of the site of the Proposed Residence Inn.


The proposed development is a 144‐room, 5‐story Residence Inn by Marriott at the northwest corner of North Fair Oaks Boulevard and Walnut in Pasadena. The hotel will be located on a 0.96‐acre land parcel and is designed with pool, spa, breakfast area, market, 900 square feet of meeting space, and exercise room. Construction is expected to commence in July 2014 with the operations of the hotel beginning in the November 2015.


The hotel is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of North Fair Oaks Boulevard and West Walnut Street. The site is one block southeast of the junction of Interstate 210 (“I‐210”) and State Route 134 (“SR‐134”) and is 14 miles east of Burbank Airport and 28 miles northeast of Los Angeles International Airport. Regional surface access to and from these local airports and other attractions in the region is facilitated by the extensive freeway network that surrounds Pasadena and the proximity of the site to both I‐210 and SR‐134. The hotel is visible to motorists traveling on I‐210 and SR‐134, the hotels should be generally visible from most locations within a three or four‐block radius of its location due to the 5‐story height of the hotel.

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