With Los Angeles’s Hollywood and Westside lodging prices climbing ever-higher, it’s a good time to look to the San Fernando Valley for some shrewd bargains and a little history thrown in to boot! El Camino Real (“The Royal Road”), which connected the Catholic missions that run along the west side of California from Mexico northwards, runs right through The Valley, and right past the Tarzana Inn.
The classic motel experience
Ventura Blvd. is the modern-day incarnation of El Camino Real in this part of the state, and it is also the home of the Tarzana Inn, an updated vestige of the post-war building boom in this area. The location is better than it might seem at first blush, as you are moments away from Highway 101, which takes you to Universal Studios, towards Hollywood, and also to Downtown LA. Sadly, the highway is often traffic clogged, so be sure to time your days with this in mind.
Well sized rooms with all the amenities
Your pillow cravings are sure to be sated what with a lineup as pictured above, but even beyond that, you’ll find all the mod cons, including cable TV, air conditioning, an in-room refrigerator, coffee machine, and even a rain shower. Hardwood-esque flooring preempts any worrying you might do about carpet cleanliness, and you can expect the bathroom as well to be sparkly clean. There’s ample space to unpack, hang clothes, and just unwind, with a sitting area and desk (not pictured) at front. It’s also nice that the toilet and shower are in a separate area from the sink, which allows for independent use of the two.
A couple of things that may mar your experience need to be said. For one, while the free Wi-Fi is up to the task of sending and receiving email, when it comes to streaming video or Skype calls, you may find the going to be a bit rough. Which leads to another, most likely minor inconvenience: No outgoing calls can be made from the in-room phone.
Dive in – the water’s fine!
In the San Fernando Valley, good weather is the rule rather than the exception, and it is downright hot in the summer. All the better then that the Tarzana Inn’s rooms surround a kidney-shaped oasis of cool. Pools today just don’t come in this shape and depth anymore. And it’s a lovely place to sit in the shade and sip a cold one.
Affordable and Comfortable
All of this can be yours for a less than half (and often FAR less than half) of what you’d pay just over the hill in the Westside (Santa Monica, West LA, Beverly Hills and environs). Rack rates for rooms start at 119 USD, and that includes free continental breakfast and plenty of free parking. With a retro style, updated interiors, and a wallet-friendly price point, the Tarzana Inn just might be the perfect fit for your next visit to greater LA!