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Where to Stay in Burbank
Visitors to sunny Burbank have a number of high-end and budget accommodations to choose from throughout the area. Downtown Burbank is a good destination for tourists who want to be centrally located. From here, its easy to get to many of the city's attractions, including movie studio lots and the nearby shops and restaurants in neighboring Pasadena. In addition, downtown is home to an array of restaurants and clubs. If you want to stay near Burbank's media industry, head southwest of downtown along Olive Avenue. Here, you'll find NBC Studios, Warner Brothers Studios and Walt Disney Studios, among others. Along this stretch, you can book reservations at one of a handful of boutique hotels. Or drive several miles east to Glendale. Just a short distance from the green space of Griffith Park, you will find several high-end chain hotels. Located between Burbank and Pasadena, Glendale is an excellent option for travelers planning on visiting both cities. Tourists can also opt to stay in Pasadena, one of the oldest cities adjoining Los Angeles. Here, you can pamper yourself at a luxury hotel, or stick to your budget by booking reservations at a budget chain.
Burbank Hotel Tips
Burbank plays host to a number of festivals and events throughout the year, so it's a good idea to check with your desired hotel in advance for vacancies. Notable celebrations include the Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival, which takes place in both the spring and fall. The weekend event attracts more than 30,000 art lovers. In October, the city's restaurants open their doors for the Taste of Downtown Burbank festival. More than 40 restaurants participate in this culinary event, which features tastings, a wine and beer garden, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment.
Because of its perpetually warm weather, Burbank is a wonderful destination anytime of the year. It can be especially appealing for those seeking shelter from cold climates. Consider visiting in the early spring around February when temperatures are moderate, and hotels have plenty of rooms available. If you want to find the best flight deals and hotel rates, book your trip for the late fall or early winter outside of the holidays.
Burbank Hotel Recommendations
Stay in a Burbank historical landmark by booking a room at the Safari Inn. Located on Olive Avenue between downtown and the city's major television and film studios, the hotel dates back to 1955. Despite the passing of time, the hotel has managed to retain its unique kitschy aesthetic, including its pink neon sign and retro interiors. Guestrooms are clean and comfortable. For a bite, try the Safari Inn's Olive's Bistro & Lounge. Visitors traveling with pets are welcome. In fact, the hotel can even recommend nearby pet-friendly local parks.
For an upscale stay in downtown Burbank, make reservations at the Residence Inn. Located on First Street, guests have a large selection of restaurants, shops and bars within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel hosts a weekly social hour, complete with complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. In the morning, enjoy the hotel's complimentary breakfast buffet. The Residence Inn's spacious suites feature dining areas, living areas and kitchens. Studio, one bedroom and two bedroom suites are available. And with its array of business services, the hotel is a reliable option for business travelers.
If you plan on visiting both Burbank and Pasadena, consider booking a room at the Hilton Los Angeles/Glendale. This four-star hotel offers guests contemporary guestrooms in an attractive high-rise hotel setting. Rooms feature ergonomic chairs, oversized work desks and high-speed Internet access, making it an accommodating location for business travelers. For casual dining, try the hotel's Trofi restaurant, or for more upscale fare, patron Porter's Prime Steakhouse, which offers a selection of steak, seafood and wine. For beautiful vistas of the nearby mountains, grab a cocktail at the hotel's 19th-floor Horizon's Lounge. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool and spa.
Getting around Burbank and the surrounding San Fernando Valley area is easiest to do by car. All major rental companies have locations in Burbank, and after arranging a flight to Burbank, visitors can make car rental reservations at the city's Bob Hope Airport (BUR).
The Golden State Freeway intersects Burbank and provides access to the rest of the Southern California freeway system. For public transit within the city, hop on the Burbank bus. If you're looking to venture outside of Burbank, catch a ride on the Metrolink, a rail system that runs throughout Southern California. You can access the Metrolink at the station across the street from the Burbank Town Center or near the Bob Hope Airport.