The Westin Pasadena
TFAWS 2012 will be held at the Westin Pasadena Hotel, located in Pasadena, CA. Nestled at the base of the San Gabriel mountains in northeastern Los Angeles, Pasadena has easy access to a wide variety of cultural attractions, amusement parks, varying outdoor landscapes and parks, and dining to fit any budget and palate.
To make your reservation at the Westin Pasadena Hotel, please click here.
Should you wish to instead reserve your room by phone, please call (866) 837-4181. Kindly mention that you would like to reserve a room blocked under JPL TFAWS 2012 for the per diem rate of $125 per night. Reservations must be made by July 23, 2012 in order to guarantee the group rate of $125 per night. Note that only a block of 60 rooms have been reserved at this rate, so guests are encouraged to make their reservations sooner rather than later. The $125 rate also applies to both weekends before and after the conference in order to encourage guests to come earlier or stay later.
Pasadena is 10 miles north-east of downtown Los Angeles and is a short drive away from all the Greater Los Angeles area has to offer including Hollywood, numerous theme parks and museums, beaches, mountains and so much more. Although best known for the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl football game, the “Crown City” has plenty to offer within its own borders including fine dining, shopping, and a number of cultural sites awaiting your visit! Pasadena is extremely pedestrian friendly, has a light-rail that can serve as your ticket into Old Town Pasadena and even into the heart of Los Angeles, and a network of buses that can take you where you want to go.
The Westin Pasadena is within walking distance of Old Town Pasadena. Within a few blocks of the Westin are museums, movie theaters, shopping, and plenty of restaurants. A few quick highlights are shown in the map below and can be found here:
There are a number of airports that are accessible to Pasadena, with the closest four being:
BUR, ONT, and LGB are much smaller airports than LAX which can mean much faster airport experiences, but flights are limited in comparison to LAX.
There are a number of ground transportation options available from each airport from shuttles, taxis, buses and even trains and it is encouraged to investigate your options to what suits your travel style best if you are not renting a car.
Pasadena has a wide variety of food options condensed into a few square miles; aside from the standard cuisines, Pasadena boasts rare like Himalayan/Nepalese and Ukrainian.
For the true foodie or if you just have a little more time you are willing to spend on a meal, Los Angeles is your mouth’s playground. Some of the top chef’s (including many Top Chef winners) in the country have restaurants for you to experience. There is an even wider variety of ethnic foods than Pasadena (Thai Town, Little Ethiopia, etc) and if you can name it, a place probably exists for what you crave. It could be said that LA invented the food truck craze that is taking the nation by storm, so chase one down (LA's Food Trucks). There are a number of places to eat where the ambiance is enough to draw you in until you fall in love with their food (think of rooftop dining in Downtown LA or mere feet away from the beach and crashing waves). Maybe LA food critic Jonathan Gold has something to tantalize you?
There are a number of theme parks within driving distance to Pasadena (30 minute drive up to 2 hours). From Universal Studios to Disneyland, weeks could be spent exploring all the amusement parks available without exhausting the supply.