Los Angeles has a lot of cool, retro hotels located in convenient areas for other tourist adventures. These hip hotels are great for visitors and also for locals looking for a weekend getaway or budget staycation. Burbank’s Safari Inn (1911 West Olive Ave.) a local legend since opening in 1955, offers a fun, retro experience, only minutes from Universal Studios and Hollywood. The hotel retains its mid-century modern design and original neon roadside sign.
I spent a night in one of the hotel’s suites and had a nice, quiet evening. The staff here is especially friendly and knowledgeable, they really know the local area. The suite was clean with a large living room and full kitchen, like a one-bedroom apartment. There were flat screen TVs in the living room and bedroom along with amenities like WiFi. The hotel has a pool and large sundeck and is a great place to enjoy a weekend afternoon. There are 55 rooms and suites. The Coast Annabelle hotel next door shares the same owner and has a nice restaurant called Olive’s Bistro where I had a very good breakfast.
For LA locals, the hotel makes for a great weekend getaway or staycation, along with being a convenient place for out-of-town guests. For LA visitors, this is an ideal, inexpensive, convenient place to stay while exploring the city. Room rates start around $125 per night.
The area around the hotel is a residential neighborhood on one side and a small business district on the other. There is a McDonald’s, CVS drugstore, Chase bank and large supermarket all within a few steps. The city has a large, upscale shopping area with Ikea, restaurants and movie theaters about ten minutes away. The hotel is 10 minutes from the 5 freeway, which connects to downtown Los Angeles and Disneyland, which is about an hour away.
A frequent star of movies and TV, the Safari Inn has been featured on TV shows like Desperate Housewives and Six Feet Under and in movies like Apollo 13 and True Romance. In fact, as I write this, the hotel is about to host the True Romance Fest, a festival and screening of the classic action pic on May 2nd and 3rd.
Freddy Sherman is a world traveler and editor of the travel blog luxuryfred.com. You can follow him on Twitter -@luxuryfred and check out his travel photos on Instagram – @luxuryfred.
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