We were directed to Burbank Inn and Suites on Alameda Avenue in Burbank when we called AAA to find us a better hotel than the one my girlfriend and I originally booked in Glendale, the Glen Capri on San Fernando Avenue in Glendale. We had booked our flight through CheapAir.com, and made the mistake of trying to save money on the hotel. I would recommend you do NOT book flight and hotel together.
At $80/night, the Glen Capri turned out to be a dump. When we pulled in, we could see into an open room, and it was not what we were led to believe. In addition the Glen Capri is in an industrial area of Glendale, and a number of nearby businesses had bars on the windows, and that was enough for us. Fortunately, we had booked the flight and hotel separately and we were able to cancel our reservation there and asked AAA for help.
They led us to the Burbank Inn and Suites, a small but very nice hotel, at $135 per night but well worth the price . The staff were Southeast Asian, very friendly and helpful. The hotel itself was about the same vintage as the Glen Capri, but extremely well maintained. Our room was immaculately cleaned, with pillow top mattresses and rugs, sink and bathroom area spotlessly clean. There was a one-cup coffee maker in the room, and a very decent large HDTV plasma-screen television. There is a small wading pool for the kiddies, and enough parking (if you don’t wait until the last minute to check in!). As we had planned a four-day stay, we told the staff to just give us extra towels and soaps, it would not be necessary for them to make our beds each day, although one day it was done when we came back. Our only fault is that neither myself nor my lady friend can negotiate stairs too well, and they had no first-floor rooms available, but the quality of the room itself was well worth what little inconvenience we had going to the second floor, and had we booked farther in advance, I’m sure the hotel could have accommodated our request.
The hotel is near to Interstate-5 (3 blocks away), yet we didn’t have any traffic noise problems. The highway itself if difficult to navigate onto as many entrance ramps were closed, and as we were sightseeing Hollywood, we found an alternate in State Route 134 near Griffith Park which led into SR 170 and the US 101 Hollywood Freeway. However, using Alameda and Olive Streets, we found another back road over the hills past Walt Disney Studio, NBC Burbank and Warner Brothers Studio and up through a canyon to Highland Avenue which goes past the Hollywood Bowl and down into Hollywood itself! We even found our way to the HOLLYWOOD sign, and did a tour of Mulholland Drive, Rodeo Drive, stars homes in Beverly Hills, and walking tours of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. There is no fitness center, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby, (even a Baskin-Robbins nearby with a training academy!) and the hotel is within 35 minutes of the Bob Hope Burbank Airport which is much easier to fly into than LAX!
All in all the Burbank Hotel & Suites is the ideal hotel, well kept and near enough to the Hollywood area (25 minutes away) and air and ground transport that it was the perfect small hotel for our needs. I would stay there again in a heartbeat!
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