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
Parking on site
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A chic L.A. abode offering a hefty dose of Old Hollywood glamour, with a roster of celebrity guests
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.