The ghosts of Bogart and Bacall still wander the grounds of this faded but still delightful gem on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.
The historic Sportsmen's Lodge is a nice and affordable alternative to sterile corporate chain hotels. The grounds a lovely, the prices are reasonable, and the nostalgia rises like mist from the giant swimming pool.
Spring for a pool view room to avoid the noise from nearby Highway 101. Have an inexpensive breakfast among autographed photos of stars ( "some that you recognize, some that you've hardly even heard of") in the Patio Cafe, visit chic menswear shop Sy Devore ( clothier to the Rat Pack) across the street.
The event center has lovely ponds and bridges and the retro decor is real, not manufactured. The trout pond is gone, but the water is still fine.
Easy access to traffic jams on 101. Close to Universal, The Getty, and trendy Ventura Blvd.
I recommend reading about the history of this place to fully appreciate it. Sportsmen's has been an institution since the silent film era and still rides on.
The glory is faded, but this is the real deal.More
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