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“Convenient to shopping” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Brandwood
Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Glendale
Honolulu, Hawaii
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18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Convenient to shopping”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

We stayed here for a week, and enjoyed the convenient location to shopping and dining. Porto's Bakery is where we went for breakfast every morning, just a few doors down. Great coffee, pastries, and Cuban sandwiches!

Our room was small but clean, and the beds were extremely comfortable. We never had any problem with noise; it was quiet during our stay. The WIFI worked well. We never got the hang of using the remote for the TV, and could not find any directions. We were out from morning till night, and only used the room for sleeping. We never saw any other hotel guests the entire time we were there.

While we loved the location, the number of stairs that we had to climb got a little old after a few days. We were visiting family so we left our suitcases and just brought our backpacks to the hotel. We were on the second floor, so we had to climb nearly 50 steps up to our room. If you add the 16 steps from the second floor BOA parking lot, you would have a total of 66 stairs each time.

There was construction for the hotel on the street level fronting Brand during our stay (although we never heard any noise in our room).

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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kungsbacka
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34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013

small old hotel in the central of Glendale, lots of stairs to the small and informal lobby, nicely decorated fully equipped rooms. no dining room and no breakfast. nice and helpful staff. clean room. bakery is just down the street for breakfast

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

I looked for a hotel in Glendale from Hotwire, so I had no idea which one I'll end up with. I just didn't want to spend a lot for a couple nights stay. Of course I'd want a clean & comfortable room, but I'm not too fussy. I selected 2 1/2 star rating place from Hotwire. That's how I ended up with Brandwood. I think this place could be Hotwire 3 star, but probably 1/2 star missing is due to no elevator. It didn't bother me at all. They have free parking in Bank of America parking lot which is back of the hotel building. A lot of restaurants are within walking distance.

Rooms here may be small for American standard, but not bad at all. I'm assuming construction is over as I didn't hear any noise and the room I stayed seemed all remodel and done.

Room Tip: They put me in a room on 1st floor (which is second floor). No problem with any traffic noise or ot...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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California
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

Old hotel. Needs updating badly, though evidently that is in process.

I was in updated room #209 but still much to be desired. Old carpet. Drapes don't really close. Air/heat is through a wall unit that is completely blocked by drapes. Should have had half-drapes to allow wall unit to function. As result, room air was stale. Window opened to dark alley and building roof next door so appeared not safe to leave open. Bathroom sink was new but style required leaning over so far that my head almost hit wall.

Room was very small with too much furniture. Large cabinet instead of closet. Room designed for a giant: door's peephole was too high to see out of even if on my toes (I am 5'6"); cabinet hangers were literally a stretch to reach but cabinet so short that even a knee-length dress hit the bottom of cabinet when on hanger. Stall shower only, with water spout in the ceiling, coming directly down on top of head. No way to move the shower head unless you are at least 7 feet tall. All plumbing worked well. Refrigerator in room stocked with items for purchase but still usable for your own items.

Bad stuff: No elevator! Staff will help tote luggage to and from car but you have to walk up one very, very steep flight of stairs to even get to the lobby. Parking is through a dark alley, then a walk up an un-lit flight of un-lit stairs to un-lit lot.

Good stuff: Probably very best mattress I've ever head and I travel dozens of time per year, often staying in 4 to 5 star hotels. Location was good but poor signage made it hard to find. Free wi-fi worked very well. Lots of restaurants in same block.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank spyyyyyke
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Golden, Colorado
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

Have stayed at this hotel during my last 10 trips to the area. Location is close to the freeway as well as walking distance to the Americana on Brand. It's also close to a plenty of fun eateries and local cocktail establishments. Portos Bakery is just down the street - a must try! The restaurant and bar on the ground floor below the hotel is descent. They do have live jazz music, so this may pose a problem if you're on the lower floor of the hotel and an early to bed, early to rise traveler. Beds are phenomenal and rooms are clean! The singles I have stayed in are very European - small, and its never been a problem. The hotel is undergoing some renovations at the moment - just an FYI. Comfortable spot for business travelers. The staff has always been more than pleasant and helpful. A few need to knows: parking is on 2nd floor of the BofA parking structure behind the hotel. This has never really been a big deal, yet please note, stairs are the only access to the 2nd level of the garage, unless you want to walk down the parking structure ramp. Keep the parking pass so you can use it the next time without having to walk back to your car to place on your dash. Also, the hotel is on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building and there are no elevators. The stairs are steep, so this may pose problems for elderly, or if you're a heavy packer. Enjoy, and safe travels!

Room Tip: Shoot for a King size bed as the rooms will be slightly larger.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jason C
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Newport Beach, California, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

After a 10 hour flight and wanted to get some nice sleep... I highly do not recommend this hotel. Let me tell you why.

1. Parking is not too bad but it is a Bank of America parking area behind the hotel.
2. There is no elevator, so you'll have to carry your bags up a very steep stairs.
3. They are doing renovation/improvement. They won't mention this when you check-in but you will be woken up at 9 am even on Saturday to loud hammering. They do their renovation between 9am-4 pm.
4. At night the bar downstairs from this hotel has live music up till 1:30-2 am and you can hear the music in your room.
5. The worst part is that if you talk to the manager (Carlos) or the General Manager (Jon) they will tell you that their is nothing they can do for the renovation noise and that it's not like they are working after 5pm. Trying to tell them that when people who check in to a hotel and over the weekend, people do sleep past 9am. Jon said, it's already 10:30am. OMG.... so, I am allowed to sleep only till 9am???????? I thought I was on vacation/enjoying my weekend.
6. Overall, the General Manager even said because we complained, he is not going to do anything for us. I told him, that if the front desk would have told us about the renovation/improvement noise before we checked in or posted on their site, we would not have booked this hotel. He said that we could check-out early and will NOT give a refund for your remaining nights that you have already prepaid for. Would never expect this from the States...

FYI the street in front of the hotel do close down for races (this weekend is 5K race). That means, roads are close.... They won't tell you that either (we saw the sign on the street), you'll have to figure out how to leave because the road is close before way before check-out time and do not reopen till late afternoon.

So, this is a warning. If you have any complaint about anything in this hotel ... They will not take any responsibility for it. Don't get me wrong, hotels in the States are great! Just not this one.

By the way, we did leave the hotel that afternoon and didn't care about the refund for the remaining nights. That's how this bad it was.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank E_Suk_78
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

We found a bargain deal over Booking. com and given the money invested, it worth every peny. Rooms are ok, nothing special really, but clean and well maintained. There has been some refurbishing of several rooms while we were staying there, but we couldn’t complain about the noise since there hasn’t been any. Area around hotel is amazing. Clean and wide streets, nice neighborhood with plenty of good restaurants.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Brandwood
Address: 339 1/2 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203-2303
Region: United States > California > Glendale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Glendale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Brandwood 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience exceptional hospitality at the historic Hotel Brandwood in the heart of Glendale, California. Our boutique hotel is ideal for guests who value a downtown location that is convenient for both leisure and business travelers. Stylish, European-style rooms provide intimacy and charm, and a full range of amenities including free parking and free WiFi. ... more   less 
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