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Langham Pasadena Suspending Public Operations

Hotels suffering during COVID-19 crisis

Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 8:27 am

[Updated with comments from the hotel]

The Langham Hotel has closed its door to the public until further notice according to a letter obtained by Pasadena Now.

“We will be temporarily suspending operation of The Langham Huntington, Pasadena,” said Paul Leclerc, managing director of the hotel in a prepared statement. “Please be advised that during our operational suspension, the hotel’s buildings, grounds, gardens, pool facility and tennis courts will be closed and not accessible to the public.”

According to Leclerc, security will patrol the hotel 24 hours a day.

“Our hope is to be back in operation and open to the public as soon as this situation is over. Once we have determined a date to resume business we will inform you accordingly,” Leclerc said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom included hotels as an essential business in his March 19 Safer at Home order that locked down the state and only allows local residents to leave their home for essential reasons, including shopping and exercising.

However, the lockdown of the state has kept people at home and few people are renting hotel rooms.

As of April 1 more than seven out of 10 hotel rooms were empty across the country, according to Smith Travel Research (STR), a Hendersonville, Tennessee based company that tracks supply and demand data for multiple market sectors, including the global hotel industry.

STR also said that since the COVID-19 crisis began escalating in mid-February in the U.S., hotels have lost more than $7.5 billion in room revenue.

The numbers are rapidly increasing, and hotels are currently on pace to lose more than $500 million in room revenue per day based on current and future reported occupancy rates.

This pace means a loss of $3.5 billion every week and will only further escalate as the situation worsens.

Most hoteliers are already reporting projected revenue losses of greater than 50 percent for the first half of the year.

The human toll is equally devastating with major hotel managers already reporting significant layoffs and furloughs.

The hotel opened in 1907 as the Hotel Wentworth and was built by Civil War veteran General Marshall C. Wentworth, and designed by Charles Frederick Whittlesey in the Spanish Mission Revival-style. It closed a short time later and was

purchased by railroad tycoon Henry E. Huntington in 1911 and reopened in 1914 as The Huntington Hotel.

Eventually if became the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel. In October 2007, the hotel was sold to Great Eagle Holdings for $170 million and renamed The Langham Huntington, Pasadena.

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