The 5 Best Hotels in Studio City

Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California
Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California | © Mark Bassett / Alamy Stock Photo
Whether you want to ride movie-themed roller coasters or dip your toe into the film industry, a stay in Studio City will put you at the heart of LA’s film production scene.

Home to numerous film studios, including the sprawling and famous Universal Studios, this is a movie-focused area buzzing with a real Hollywood vibe. Live out your silver-screen dreams and stay in the thick of it at one of Studio City’s best hotels.

The Tangerine

Boutique Hotel
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This retro motel-style hotel is located in bustling Burbank, just moments from Studio City. The name here is a clue to the color theme – the hotel is bedecked in distinctive shades of orange. There is a real California-cool atmosphere throughout, especially when you’re lying poolside under the kitsch ’50s motel sign. Universal Studios and the film-centric bustle of Studio City is just a five-minute drive away, so you can immerse yourself in the movie world with ease.
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The Garland

Boutique Hotel
The Garland
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A slice of Hollywood history, The Garland was set up in 1970 by actress Beverly Garland and her husband Fillmore Crank. Dreaming of establishing a place to house friends, family and esteemed guests, The Garland was born on a verdant 7-acre (2.8ha) property. The hotel remains in the family but has since been modernized and renovated, adding a new restaurant with a menu full of Californian flavors. This is an oasis within Hollywood that comes with a real slice of Golden Age glitz and glamour.
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BLVD Hotel & Spa

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BLVD Hotel & Spa
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Just a seven-minute walk from Universal Studios, you’re in the heart of Studio City at BLVD Hotel. Allowing you to maximize your time and spend less of your day waiting around in the LA traffic, you can beat the crowds and get to the studios early, then be back at the hotel and settled in with a cocktail in the lounge by happy hour. If you fancy pampering yourself, the in-house spa offers up an indulgent list of treatments that will help you slip away from the world, even if just for an hour.
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El Royale Hotel

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With a great location on Ventura Boulevard, 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 guest rooms (with attached carports), it is an intimate and private way to stay in Los Angeles. Each of the bungalows has been modernized, but the historic details have been left intact.

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Desert Heaven Guest House

Hotel, Guesthouse
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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 4 miles (6.4km) away from Hollywood and less than 3 miles (4.8km) from Sunset Strip, this place feels a world away from the bright lights of LA. Ideal for a romantic getaway, the large property is divided into multiple rooms, each tucked away. Visitor reviews consistently note the hospitality and kindness of the owners. This isn’t your average hotel. Instead, it’s a home away from home.

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Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting to this article

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These recommendations were updated on December 18, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.