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Hollywood Swinging: A Cool Guy’s Guide To Staying In Los Angeles

WHERE TO STAY: I usually avoid hotel airports like the plague. They’re typically bland as unbuttered toast and often location away from great places to eat and be social. And let’s not even start on the traffic congestion near most of them. But since this is my year of doing things differently, when the opportunity to stay at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel presented itself – I jumped on it.

Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

Unlike most airport hotels, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is literally located right across the street from the Burbank Airport. A boutique travel hub in a quiet neighborhood with restaurant offerings and convenient stores in walking distance enhances the appreciation of the Marriott there.

The doorway of Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

From the moment you drive up to the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel you recognize this isn’t just another bland property in a hotel chain. Instead, you see a picturesque exterior donned in tan and light brown stone, impeccably planted palm trees and a property that feels more like a beachside resort. That exotic getaway carries over into the lobby, where crisp white furnishings make you feel as though you’ve been transported to Miami. The property is outfitted with sleek, contemporary furniture and tech-friendly tables and desks where you can power-up and be social in community environments. The staff is very friendly – so much so that being near Studio City you may think Central Casting hired them all with a notice that said: “Must have Disney-like qualities!”

The lobby of Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

The suite I stayed in was extremely spacious (as you’ll see in the video below) and in addition to a comfortable king bed, also included a dining room table, a couch and matching chair and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. My room faced the Hollywood Burbank Airport, which offered a beautiful view of airplanes landing and a dreamy mountainside sunset.

A great place to watch the Burbank sunset is actually at the hotel’s outdoor restaurant, E.D.B. – Eat, Drink, Be. The thoughtfully designed outside eatery and bar is perfectly located in the front of the property and boasts an impressive wine list and custom cocktails. My friend Adrienne and I both had The Velvet Mule – their version of the Moscow Mule.

E.D.B. at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

But we dined on Guacamole, Duck Tacos, Wagyo Beef Sliders and their amazing Blueberry Kale Salad. But before we left, the gracious manager Dylan spoiled Adrienne by bringing her a glass of one of her favorites, “The Prisoner” Red Blend.

E.D.B. at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

For a more traditional meal, the hotel also is home to The Daily Grill. And I ordered breakfast from room service during my stay and the food was always delicious and well prepared!

As far as other amenities are concerned, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel has two outdoor pools, a 24-hour health club, and a spa tub. You can also catch a ride in the free airport shuttle that is available 24 hours.

Blueberry Kale Sale with Grilled Chicken at E.D.B.

I drove to the proper and was impressed by the reasonable cost of parking. Self-parking is $21 per night and to use the valet, its $26 per day.

Getting to most places (Hollywood Blvd./Studio City/Sherman Oaks) was about 15 to 20 minutes away. And I had to drive to Beverly Hills twice – once with traffic, once without – and it was 45 minutes and 30 minutes respectively.

Tech-friendly lobby of Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

Plus, if you like a good celebrity spotting, you just may get one. While I was there, the contestants from a current hit reality show was staying there as well. I can’t say which show, but I’m told the casts of several other reality shows have stayed there recently as well.

 

Overall: The Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is a 4-star property and reasonably priced. I recommend it!

WHAT TO DRIVE: There’s no better feeling than driving around California in a fly car. So imagine how I felt dashing around Tinseltown in the super hip sports car Nissan 370Z. It was bright yellow I may add.

This manual moving machine was powerful and I felt safe as I thoughtfully moved about in the Los Angeles traffic. Really, this 370z gripped the road like skin to leather in the summertime. The hum of the engine, unmatched handling and exceptional feel of it all just made the overall experience a great one.

It’s surprisingly spacious as well. I was able to fit a two pieces of luggage (a medium and small suitcase) and a small duffle bag in the hatchback trunk.

It was also great on gas – I’ll thank the manual transmission for that – and is supposed to land you 19 city/26 highway miles per gallon.

This car is sexy and eye-candy personified. At least 10 people stopped me to talk about and several commented: “Wow, that’s a Nissan?”

Spin Control: Ranging from $30,000 to about $46,000 depending on the trim package you get, if you want a statement sports car that’s made for a man, but ain’t a bad option for a woman either, then this is one to check out.

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