One thing I love doing is traveling with each of my children individually. We’ve gone on trips to NYC, Hawaii, and many local adventures one-on-one and it’s a real treat to get that rare and unique time together! Last month I headed down to southern California with my oldest daughter. Our weekend getaway was extra special because she started her first semester at college and currently lives in the campus dorms. She was home for winter break, so it was the perfect time to get away! We planned our trip around a historic hotel in Burbank, Safari Inn. We don’t normally do this, but with it’s major amenity of having free shuttle service, the Safari Inn was a smart and money-saving way to enjoy a vacation!
Right off the bat, we got a fabulous rate on airline tickets into Burbank from San Jose. A quick hour’s flight had us navigating the small airport in no time and grabbing our bags from one of the two outdoor carousels. Safari Inn’s free shuttle service begins with a pickup from the airport to the hotel, just make reservations ahead of time. Because of flight delays or traffic, your shuttle may not be waiting for you but with a quick call, and a short 4 mile drive, they’ll be there in no time driving a Coast Hotel branded van or small car with a smile.
Burbank’s famous Safari Inn is a landmark and was built in 1955, one of the only properties left in the city with a 1950’s retro décor and a neon sign that lights up Olive Avenue. Well known throughout the entertainment industry, you may have seen it featured in films that have included Blockbuster movie titles such as “True Romance,” “Coach Carter,” “Apollo 13,” along with numerous appearances in breakthrough series such as “Six Feet Under,” “CSI: Vegas,” “Prison Break,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Monk.” The exterior of the Safari Inn has also been used in album covers for famous rock bands such as “The Wallflowers.”
We were a few hours early for official check-in but the staff greeted us warmly and we were happy to hear our room was ready! We walked across the parking lot to our first floor double double, one of 55 rooms and suites. The room was bright and fun with it’s animal print accents and comfy red chair. It was comfortable and if you want to call the bathroom areas “retro” I was thinking the same thing, if not just slightly old-fashioned, not modern.
For more information and to book a stay, visit, http://coastanabelle.com/safari/.
Our stay was hosted in exchange for an honest review. We had a discount at the restaurant, paid for our meals and gratuities. We offered our driver a gratuity on each of our shuttle trips.