Because you spend so little time in your hotel when you travel, you aren’t looking for resort-style opulence. But your must-haves when choosing a hotel are non-negotiable. You insist upon lodgings which are clean, comfortable, and convenient. You’re in luck, because the Holiday Inn Express North Hollywood - Burbank Area not only checks those boxes, but gets bonus points for their onsite fitness center, rooftop pool and proximity to Hollywood Burbank Airport. Plus, it’s adjacent to the bustling NoHo Arts District and within a Metro Rail subway ride to all that greater LA has to offer.
Located on the border of Burbank and North Hollywood, less than four miles from Hollywood Burbank Airport, the Holiday Inn Express welcomes guests with sleek, functional furnishings in the tastefully minimalist lobby. Potted plants, trees, and vases of flowers add a bright warmth to the otherwise streamlined decor. It’s clean, uncluttered, and spacious, which is exactly what you are hoping to find in your room.
While checking you in, the friendly desk agent reminds you to take advantage of the hot breakfast buffet tomorrow morning, which is included with your stay. Entering your room, you find that the contemporary, and decidedly non-frilly design you found so pleasing in the lobby, is also yours to enjoy in your suite. The furnishings are modern and well-designed to be effortlessly functional, with a large work desk, sitting chair with ottoman, refrigerator, microwave, blackout shades, and flat screen TV, all illuminated by soft LED lighting. Not surprisingly, as the Holiday Inn Express has already proven itself to champion efficiency, you’re also connected to the free Wi-Fi in no time. In the bathroom, you find more evidence of the hotel’s commitment to cleanliness, and comfort, where Bath and Body Works toiletries along with plenty of towels, and a blow dryer are there for your convenience.
Since the sun is still shining, you head to the rooftop pool for a quick swim before heading out for the evening. The pool is surrounded by brightly colored lounge and sitting chairs, offering pretty views of the surrounding mountains. You enjoy the setting sun for a while, before realizing you’re growing hungry.
For dinner, the concierge recommends walking just a few short blocks into the heart of the NoHo Arts District, where you’ll find cuisines ranging from Asian fusion at Kahuna Tiki, to old school Italian at Little Toni’s, to gastropub fare at The Federal, and many more. She mentions that you may also be able to catch a comedy show or a live theatre performance in the area. True to her word, it's a one-stop-shop for an evening well spent. You count more than a dozen theatres along your stroll, along with a plethora of casual dining, drinking, and dessert options.
The atmosphere at El Tejano Tex Mex is particularly lively - there’s outdoor seating available, so you settle in, sip a cold beer, and nosh on tacos for a perfectly casual meal. Even though you’re totally full, Republic of Pie is next door, so you remind yourself that vacation calories don’t count. Fortunately, the Holiday Inn Express has treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes in the fitness center overlooking the pool, so you’ll just get up a little early tomorrow.
Strolling back to the Holiday Inn Express, you daydream about the coming days. The hotel is just a few blocks from the Metro Red Line North Hollywood Station, which will connect you to Hollywood, Downtown LA, and everywhere in between. Tomorrow you’ll hop on the Red Line and meet up with your LA-based friend at Universal Studios Hollywood - you’re particularly excited to check out the newly opened Jurassic World ride.
The following day, you’ve decided to explore Hollywood and scored tickets tor a concert at the Hollywood Bowl that night. For your last day in LA, it’s still a toss-up between exploring the Downtown LA museums and the Arts District, or heading to the beach for a day along the coast.
As you climb into your crisp, clean sheets, you feel perfectly at ease, nestled in your comfortable bed, in your conveniently located hotel, which has everything you need, and then some.
Holiday Inn Express North Hollywood - Burbank Area
11350 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood 91601