Our favorite budget (i.e less than $100) hotel in town, the Saga’s got it goin’ on, midcentury-modern-wise. It’s a classic 1950s motel, but unlike most in the region, it’s been carefully maintained without losing its ’50s charm. Heck, there’s still real Astroturf around the pool! Located across the street from Pasadena City College, the Saga is popular with Caltech and JPL visitors, and it’s central to everything—Old Town and the Rose Bowl are only a couple of miles west, Lake Street and the Playhouse District are closer, and Caltech and PCC are an easy walk. The rooms are basic motel, but updated with wooden shutters and cleaner than those of other motels in the neighborhood.
1633 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
626.795.0431, 800.793.7242, thesagamotorhotel.com
$95-135, with occasional $79 specials