Places to Stay

NOTE: Many Motels offer weekly rates so please ask if they are available. Also, most of the low cost motels do not take reservations in advance or more than a day or two in advance. This is because they give priority to some regulars who cannot afford regular housing. Please also note that Los Angeles Meditation Center is a couple miles from where the Rose parade takes place. Therefore, there will be some competition for lodging even though the Rose Bowl and the parade will be over.


Buslines on Colorado are usually available and frequent, but have a reduced schedule on Saturday and Sunday. It is usually a 10-20 minute bus ride from the furthest motel listed below to the center, depending on the specific route. For Los Angeles transport (bus and rail) please see: for maps see:

For the schedule and map of the buslines, 180/181, that service many of the motels listed below please see: If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, there is also a map of the route of these two buses. The Shambhala Center is on the corner of Colorado and Figueroa in Eagle Rock. The part of the map that is most relevant is from around Eagle Rock Blvd. and Figueroa (a small part of this map). You can see that the bus goes into Pasadena as well. But generally, there is lots of ride sharing with locals’ cars for dinners and such and even pick-ups and drop-offs.


(The info below is from 2010. Rates & amenities may have changed!) can also be a good recourse. The map shown after these listing shows the relative locations of many of the motels listed below.

Casa Lu-An Motel
1045 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323) 257-6341 Specialties: Air Conditioned, Air Conditioning, Color TV Considered a “Mom & Pop” owned hotel. $55 approx weekdays. $65 approx per night weekends. The Husband can sometimes be persuaded to take reservations if you mention the Shambhala Center. However, he is not always there. The place and rated it about 2-2.5 on a scale of 5. A number of out of town Shambhala members who stayed there reported that it was just “fine.” 1 Block south of the center.

Eagle Rock Motel
7041 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 256-5106 Specialties: Air Conditioning, Cable, Direct Dial Phones, King Size Beds, Water Bed. $60 Credit Cards: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa We have had no feedback on this location. approx. 3⁄4 mile west of the center.

Islander Motel
1460 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 257-8926
Very basic. $50 Weekdays, $55 Weekends. We have had no feedback on this location, and no website. approx. 3⁄4 mile west of the center.

Rose Bowl Motel
(program participants had mixed reviews most regarding small space and little closet space.)
1533 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 258-8033
Specialties: Ac, Cable, Cable TV, Heater, King Size Beds, Movies, Refrigerator, VCR Rate: $64.98 ($57.00 + $7.98 tax). Review 3 out of 5 stars. This motel is pretty decent. The prices are reasonable and the rooms are generally clean and comfortable. The staff is generally pretty friendly.
approx. 1 mile west of the center.

Welcome Inn
(Program participants liked this place.)
1840 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 256-1673
Takes advanced reservations. Specialties: Color Television, Direct Dial Phones, Internet, Swimming Pool. $65.
3-4 out of 5 stars.
Good for: Families, Singles, Pool, Internet Connection They have a full size pool and the rooms came with a refrigerator which they did not charge extra with free internet connection. approx. 1 3⁄4 miles west of the center.

Comfort Inn
2300 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 256-1199
Takes advanced Reservations
Specialties: Air Conditioning, Heating, Internet, Outdoor Pool, Outdoor Spa. Advance rate from $71, normal rate from $84 Credit Cards: AMEX, Diners, Discover, MasterCard, Visa approx. 2-2 1⁄2 miles west of the center. 3 stars out of 5. We have had reasonable good reports.


Pasadena is approximately 2 miles east of the center and is up scale with many great restaurants and shops. Places to stay are naturally more expensive and you will need public transportation to get to the center. There are several buses that run along Colorado Blvd and some do not require changing buses during the week, however on the weekend you need to change buses as you transition from Pasadena to Eagle Rock. We are still looking into what recommendations we can offer.

The Guest Center at Fuller Theological Seminary
700 Locust Street, Pasadena, CA 91102
626.204.1100 or 800.549.2224
Short-term or temporary housing. Rooms from $53.95(Last check 2007); extended stay rates available. The holiday days are more expensive because they are on the Rose-bowl parade route.

The Guest Center is part of Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the largest multidenominational graduate level institution in the world. They provide accommodation and conference facilities in support of the seminary educational mission. The facility is available exclusively for faculty, student and staff of Fuller Seminary as well as their immediate family member. The Guest Center is also available to church and other educational organizations when space is available. Please contact them to see if you qualify. You may wish to tell them you are attending a Buddhist program.

Located in Pasadena, California, home of the renowned Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl. Minutes from downtown Los Angeles, major attractions such as Universal Studios and Disneyland are just a short drive away.

Courtyard by Marriott –“Old Pasadena Hotel”
The Courtyard by Marriott® Los Angeles Old Pasadena is located in the heart of Old Pasadena. This Southern California jewel of the Los Angeles area has everything you want in a modern but historic city. Home of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and colleges football’s Rose Bowl, Pasadena is where you want to be in the Los Angeles area. The Courtyard by Marriott® Pasadena Old Town is an upscale 314 unit hotel featuring deluxe guest rooms and executive suites with complimentary high-speed Internet access. The Paseo Colorado outdoor shopping plaza is about five blocks from this city center hotel. Rooms start at $180 (with discounts) and go up.

180 North Fair Oaks Avenue • Pasadena, California 91103
Phone: (626) 403-7600 • Fax: (626) 403-7700
Toll Free: (800) 321-2211 (National Reservations)

Vagabond Inn Pasadena
Good location, looks nice, see website below.
1203 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
Hotel Phone Number: 626-449-3170, Reservations: 800-522-1555
Rooms start at $80+