PRO'S: Nice little old hotel in the very best location in downtown Glendale -- on the same block as Porto's, the biggest and best Cuban bakery-café in L.A. [You must try their coffee, guava-cream cheese pastries, ham croquettes, and stuffed potato balls -- it's the breakfast of champions!] There are LOTS of restaurants, stores, and 2 malls within a 4 block radius of the hotel. The Brandwood occupies the upper 2 floors of a 3-story building. A really cool live jazz club, Jax, occupies the first floor. Yes, there are steep stairs to the 2nd floor lobby, but it's not a problem if you're in reasonable shape. [Besides, you'll need the exercise if you spend any time at Porto's!] There's easy free parking on the upper level of a 2-story structure behind the hotel. Easy stairs to that, too. Our room, a Deluxe Executive, was beautifully decorated, roomy, spotless, and very comfortable. The bathroom was quite large for an old hotel. HD DirectTV was great. Staff was friendly, professional, and polite.
CON'S: Our window provided some light but zero view -- the concrete wall of the Bank of America branch next door, which is the same height as the hotel, is about 2 feet away from all windows on the east side of the hotel. There was some noise from the A/C unit cycling on and off, even with the fan running all the time. We were on the 2nd floor and could also hear the bass and drums from Jax until the live music ended (it ends between 10 and midnight, depending on the day -- you can check their website for the exact schedule. It does end right on time, though). Our room was directly above the area where the band plays, so that may have had something to do with it. Once the music stopped, the room was pretty quiets. No earplugs required!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience exceptional hospitality at the historic Hotel Brandwood in the heart of Glendale, California. Our boutique hotel is ideal for guests who value a downtown location that is convenient for both leisure and business travelers. Stylish, European-style rooms provide intimacy and charm, and a full range of amenities including free parking and free WiFi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brandwood Hotel Glendale