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Historical Traveler Reviews Safari Inn Burbank
My mother and I showed up at 11:30 pm for our confirmed two room reservation. Safari Inn showed the reservation, but only had one room. Asked for two rooms anywhere else...they refused. 11:30. pouring rain... my 83 yr. old mother....no rooms at the inn" OH, of course they billed anyway.
Don't come here!
The manager was never there so you couldn't complain. The toilet wouldn't work properly. The hotel is located on a busy road, you can't get any sleep because it is too noisy. The breakfast is in the lobby. The cleaners come far too early, you can't have a lie in. No lift. The bedrooms are small and dull.
The food is horrible. They don't seem to be bothered when you tell them anything. A woman on the front desk called my Mum a liar when she was in the wrong. There's nothing to do here for kids as well.
Just what we needed
My friends and I took a trip to LA recently and stayed here. It was just what I expected for the price. The staff was friendly, the room was typical motel type room. Everything worked which was good. There was a very small gym. We worked out in it despite the size. The room would get hot very easily we had 4 people in our though. I liked the roof top deck. Overall we enjoyed are stay.
Spotless Budget Motel
I wouldn't call this place "retro" as it was completely renovated over the past few years. The motel sits on the "main drag" that connects the movie-studio area of Burbank to the downtown area. It is walking distance to a market, a chinese take-out, a decent coffee shop, a McDonald's and a donut shop. For most everything else, such as fine dining or movie theatres/malls...you'll have to drive although the city buses pass right by the motel so that's an option. There is also a catholic church right across the street, and a nicer hotel attached to the Safari...The Annabelle (which has bigger rooms and a very good restaurant).
The Safari rooms are quite small, but adequate...and very clean. (Ask for one of Yolanda's rooms as they are spotless.) A small window looks out over the parking lot and you can leave your car right beside your room. Upper story windows can view the small swimming pool (motel is two stories). There is no view here nor are there any luxurious amenities. This is definitely a budget place to stay, not expensive by Hollywood/Burbank standards...though not the cheapest place in town either. The Ramada and the Quality Inn are not in as safe an area as the Safari, not by a longshot. The Safari is a short drive from the Buena Vista exit of the 134 freeway westbound, just go north to Olive Ave and turn right..., or from the 5 freeway you would exit Alameda west and drive 2 miles to Keystone, then right turn up to Olive and right turn again. If the Safari is full, the Annabelle is right next door, or the brand new (2004) Best Western is about a mile away(but more expensive).
Judge For Yourself
I wanted so much to give the Safari Inn an excellent rating but you be the judge based upon our experience.
I booked a room at the inn based upon its description as my husband and I are "into" retro architecture. We were more than willing to overlook the motel-type accomodations and warning about noise as that's the type of motel that was around in the 50's.
I made the reservation way back in March for a stay on August 6th. When we arrived, what I would consider, early for the majority of travelers, I was immediately told that the Safari Inn was booked and we had been "up-graded" to their sister property, The Annabelle, next door. How could the hotel be "booked" at 3:00 when I had made the reservation 5 months in advance?
I think hotel management thought they were doing me a big favor by "up-grading" us to the Annabelle for the same price. This, however, is not what we wanted as we specifically booked the "retro" Safari Inn. They, of course, gave us the worst location, right off the lobby, at the Annabelle as were were not paying the "going" rate for that property.
We had to walk across the street to use the Safari's pool and laundry facilities. During our visit to the laundry room, we observed some open doors and noticed that the Safari rooms were significantly smaller than those at the Annabelle, however, they appeared clean enough.
During our swim, however, we made a curious observation. We noticed, many, many of the Safari guests returning the the site by van, accompanied by dogs. We later inquired as to what was happening and were told the following story, later confirmed by a Safari guest, by the front desk at the Safari.
The Animal Planet cable network was filming their show Pet Star at one of the studios down the street. Two weeks prior to my visit, the hotel had been booked by Animal Planet's parent network, Discovery Channel for the next month to house the canine contestants and their owners.
This explained alot! In essence, my reservation was ignored due to a large corporate demand. This led us to be greatful for the "up-grade" as, while dog-lovers ourselves, we don't travel with them and we didn't wish to spend the night in a hotel full of barking dogs. (And, believe, me they were barking!) It also led me to wonder about the condition in which the rooms would be after the dogs left.
In short, I was looking forward to my "retro" experience but ended up not acheiving it and left the Coast Hotel property disappointed.
Try their other property instead
This place needs to tone down their hype. It is just a basic, noisy, motel type place. Staff was very nice. Room was clean. Right next door is its sister hotel the Annabelle -- we'll try that the next time.
Noisy but nice enough
This place is right on the main drag in Burbank, so it's kinda noisy. Right next door is its sister hotel the Annabelle where you could request a quiet room in the back. A supermarket, donut shop, McDonalds and 2 or 3 family restaurants are within walking distance as is the Catholic church, 2 drugstores and a 7 Eleven.
If the price is right I wouldn't hesitate, but the Burbank Holiday Inn or the Courtyard Marriott are probably better choices.
Don't believe th hype
The room had no natural light (the window was the size of match book) and even though it was a non-smoking room it reeked of cigarettes. When I called the front desk to change rooms they seemed annoyed and weren't very helpful. I wouldn't stay at this hotel again. There sister hotel the Annabelle across the street is nicer. Spend the extra $30 bucks and stay there if you have to stay in Burbank.
Close to everything
The hotel was very clean. I thought the maid service came way too early, especially if you had been out the night before or just want to sleep in because you are on vacation. The walls were pretty thin here also, we were able to hear the other people on both side of us pretty clearly. This hotel is very close to everything in Burbank.
Where Lucy and Ricky would have stayed ni the 50's
Stop by an stay in yesteryear for a nite or two. This one's so close to the movie studios, that a bit of them has rubbed off on this retro motel.
Comforts are there. People are accomodating. And the ownership (shared with the Annabelle hotel next door) allows one to use their Olive's restaurant as an easy and convenient room service portal or meal spot.
And THAT itself is a find! Gotta love a home grown restaurant that turns out fare way better than they have to. A quiet getaway after a day of touring or business calls.
Disney studios, take note! It's just a few blocks away, and the perfect private lunch spot.
Okay, I sound like I own the place. Nope. Been going there for over a decade and when you compare the price to what you get and the convenience to all freeways...you've got a number one spot in my book.
I hesitate to give it the top rating because it isn't a luxury place at all. But if you don't need the fancy mints and the turndown service...then this might be the place for you.
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