What We Love
- Historic digs in star-studded Studio City, with the largest pool in the San Fernando ValleyThe mid-century hotel’s history of celebrity guests, like John Wayne and Lauren Bacall
- The vintage restaurant and bars, serving fresh plates and craft cocktails
- The pool, the largest in the San Fernando Valley
What To Know
- A 10-minute drive to Universal Studios
- This is a refurbished motel; don't come expecting a resort
- The historic hotel first opened in the 1880s
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Reading like an award-winning film script, the history of the Sportsmen’s Lodge is impressive, beginning with the hotel’s opening in the 1880s, predating the film industry itself. What started as a rural retreat became a popular hangout in the middle of Studio City; Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne and Bette Davis were just a few of the 20th-century regulars. What exists now is an updated version of this legendary escape, catering to travelers who enjoy the finer things, with a touch of the mid-century experience.
The backdrop for this story is a high-design landmark, every detail – from the furnishings to the art to the color palette – referencing Hollywood glamour and modern style. A balcony per room overlooks the city, gardens or pool, the largest in the San Fernando Valley, and three chic eating-and-drinking spots keep the dining as hip as it was in the Golden Age. In fact, it’s not too hard to imagine your stay here as a vintage movie – the lodge as the set, and you as the star.
The Sportsmen’s Lodge guest rooms pair the sleek lines of 1950s design with the luxury touches of today. Modern extras, like a 27-in. flat-screen TV, complement mid-century modern accents, like pops of color and retro textiles. Another classic touch is the balcony, which overlooks either the city, the gardens or largest pool in the San Fernando Valley. You’ll have a choice between one king or two double beds in the City View rooms, whereas the identical-in-size-and-style Pool and Garden options come with either one king, one queen, or two queens or doubles, subject to availability.
Start your day at the Patio Café, with breakfast and lunch menus that feature specialties and favorites like huevos rancheros and country-fried steak. River Rock is a historic brunch and dinner spot, frequented by celebrities and locals alike, its delicious plates including alligator bites, ahi tuna burger and an unusual grilled-shrimp salad. For some serious leisure, enjoy Pool Bar, next to the largest pool in the San Fernando Valley, where inventive cocktails and snacks are always on the menu.
Los Angeles. Tinseltown. City of Angels. La La Land. No matter what you call it, this town is legendary for being home to the rich and famous. Stargaze on studio tours or at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, museums, Universal Studios, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre or the Hollywood sign. There’s also more to L.A. than the glitz and the glamour, so spend some time on the iconic coastline, with towering cliffs and pristine beaches.
How to Get There
I'm trying to think of a positive thing to say about the hotel before I describe our visit.. The reception looked impressive & staff seemed friendly.
Now the negatives.. We drove round the back of the hotel parking and immediately sensed things were about to go downhill.
We got to our room.. It was spacious but clearly in need of renovation. After an 11 hour flight all I wanted to do was sleep. I got into the bed and couldn't sleep. The pillows were a weird rectangle shape and very hard, they gave me a headache. The pillows and sheets also stunk of chlorine.
The first night we was there, ants were everywhere crawling over everything, in the bed and on my medication. They disappeared for night 2 so I guess the staff realised, but that shouldn't have happened in the first place.
NONE of the vending machines we tried worked.
Trying to exit the car park in the morning we found we were blocked in by workmen who were digging up a pipe both sides of the road. I'm not sure why they didn't realise they'd blocked everyone in by doing this. We were delayed whilst they frantically realised and tried to clear the way.
I didn't get much if any sleep the whole 2 nights we was there & am very disappointed in our stay. Good location but never again.
I’m not 100% on this hotel. It’s got a great vibe and the pool area is really nice. (The whole hotel is based around the pool) the lobby is nice. Very modern.
The restaurant is okay not bad but not amazing.
I would love if they put a couple of washing
Machines and Dryers somewhere on site and a refrigerator in the rooms.
The rooms are nice (ish) and spacious. They give me a “renovate with lowest budget” feeling. They are fine. If I was there with my family going to universal studios I would be very happy.
Pool is super nice, I did find it a bit frustrating when I was there during summer it was hard to get around the pool as there was lot of people and as far as I’m aware the majority had paid (or snuck in) to access the pool. Registered guests should get priority in my opinion.
Nice clean rooms and comfy beds, we had a pool view which was sunny all day. We were not bothered by the noise that others have written about in reviews. Supermarket across the road was really handy. We paid extra for a in room fridge. There is no self service laundry for those staying for an extended stay. Cafe food was good, pool and pool area beautiful. Complementary shuttle to Universal worked well.