Just over the hill from West Hollywood, Studio City isn’t as busy as other Los Angeles districts, but the area has been a trendy enclave for the city’s residents since the 1950s. For visitors who want to feel like a local during their stay, but don’t want to stray too far from the vibrant Westside, these are the best hotels in Studio City.
With bright orange deck chairs lining the outdoor pool and an ultra-modern in-house café, Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel is a historic hotel known for attracting celebrities and tourists alike. Originally built in the 1880s, the lodge was once a celebrity haunt where everyone from John Wayne to Katharine Hepburn visited. Built as a lodge for trout fishers, the hotel underwent various changes before its latest renovation, which updated the hotel for modern needs. A somewhat secret gem full of Los Angeles history, the lodge is the ideal place for those who need a celebrity-approved respite from the bustle of the city.
BLVD Hotel & Spa offers ideal amenities for large families that want to unwind after a day of shopping, eating or sightseeing. Suites at the hotel feature kitchenettes for those who wish to make their own dinner after a day in the sun. A lounge near the café gives respite for visitors who want to unwind by watching TV and enjoying a snack. And a sundeck with large comfy chairs allows guests to enjoy the LA sunshine without stepping foot out of the hotel. The spa also offers guests the chance to relax with a massage option. For those who want to drive during their stay, note the fee of $31 per day for use of the hotel’s parking lot.
In Los Angeles, a city that is stretched over 500 square mile, conveniency is lauded. The Studio City Court Yard Hotel is perfectly located near the heart of the neighborhood, and it boasts an easy-to-access parking lot, doors that open straight to the exterior, and a 24-hour front desk. Express check ins and check outs allow guests to come and go with ease. Going further than other affordable hotel options, the Studio City Court Yard Hotel also features nearby tennis courts and a heated swimming pool.
With a great location on Ventura Boulevard, the El Royale Hotel is a boutique hotel with tons of Los Angeles history. Since its beginnings in the 1940s, the hotel has been a place for writers, actors and directors to unfurl after their days at nearby studios. Made up of 12 individual guest rooms (with attached carports), the hotel is an intimate and private way to stay in Los Angeles. Each of the bungalows have been modernized, but maintain their historic details.
Among a landscape of cacti and desert succulents, the Desert Heaven Guest House is a large yellow-painted mansion divided into guest rooms. Despite being less than four miles away from Hollywood and less than three miles from the Sunset Strip, the guest house feels like a world away from the bright lights of LA. Ideal for a romantic getaway, the large house is divided into multiple rooms, each privately tucked away. Visitor reviews consistently note the hospitality and kindness of the innkeepers. This isn’t your average hotel. Instead, it’s a home away from home.