Combining an AirBnB with a hotel is actually one of my favorite travel tips for longer stays. Apartment rentals are amazing because they are generally more affordable and give you access to things like kitchens and other home-like amenities, which are particularly useful during longer stays or work trips.
This is why I like to switch over to a hotel for the last day. It allows me to be a little more relaxed and secure in the knowledge that my bags will be safe. This way I also have access to things like bathrooms for changing, showers, pool or fitness center, etc. which I can use until I'm ready to head to the airport.
The Garland, a retro-style hotel resort located near Universal Studios (and the Brady Bunch house!). An absolutely gorgeous space with that super cool classic Hollywood glamour vibe. I kept saying it felt like the sort of place where Don Draper would bring one of his mistresses for a weekend rendezvous.
Pops of orange fill the space from the hotel lobby to the rooms. There is a gorgeous pool (with a bar, obviously), a garden space, a fitness center, and a beautiful outdoor restaurant.
They also have outdoor movie screenings and daily events like local walking tours, patio games, and yoga classes. Check out the schedule for their options at check-in.
The room rates are affordable (I snagged a deal at around $200 a night), as are the menu items. There were no additional resort fees or charges for internet which I especially appreciated.
- The hotel was a little more family-friendly than I anticipated, which you may love or not. There were a lot of kids splashing around in the pool later in the afternoon/evening, though it was quieter during the day when the families were off at the nearby theme parks. I was a little annoyed by the splashing kids, but I know that if I were a parent (or a kid!) I would have loved it.
- Dogs are also welcome! They offer treats and other goodies for dogs, and even have a special area where they can run around unleashed. (There is a nonrefundable deposit to bring along a dog, though that's pretty standard.)
- A daily happy hour knocks the price of house wine and beer options to about $4 or $5 a glass, which is a fabulous deal.