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Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel
Ranked #116 of 355 Hotels in Los Angeles
Reviewed 6 January 2013 via mobile

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.

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Reviewed 1 January 2013

For under $170 a night we stayed here because of close proximity to Universal Studios, west Sunset and Griffith park. We were very happy with the hotel and our room. The room was large and comfortable. The furniture and TV(not flat screen) were dated, but in working order. In fact everything in Studi City is very retro and vintage 50s. The hotel and rooms look to be updated in the 80s. The bathroom was small. We had a patio and a view of the pool. The wifi was fee, but glitchy and slow. The hotel was very quiet, despite a New Years Eve party with many people staying on property after party. It was very cold outsie when we stayed and the heater took a while to heat the room. The staff were very accommodating and nice. The hotel has a coin laundry and heated pool, but it was too cold to swim. There was a free shuttle to Universal Studios. There is a Starbucks across the street and the hotel is in walking distance of restaurants in Studio City. We recommend this hotel as it was vintage, but adequate for our needs. We will definitely stay here again as we liked the location and the unique vintage atmosphere.

Room Tip: Ask for room with view of pool. Very tropical and does not face the parking lot.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 December 2012 via mobile

I had driven past this place a number of times in the past and was intrigued. I new that A listers had been here in the past but it was past its prime. When I saw a decent rate, I decided to try it. I assumed it has been updated or hipster-ized.

Wrong. Completely wrong. It's an aging bag of bones, not terribly clean. From the lobby, and I have seen more inviting check-in counters at Motel 6, to the dated and tired carpets, wall coverings, etc. even the rooms, which have been upgraded, seem to have only reached the late 80's or early 90's. Stained chairs, lampshade with ceacks and tears, 1980's tv.

This place is a candidate for Hotel Impossible. Sorry, but I have stayed in hotels for decades, and anything more than maybe $79 a night is too much.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 27 December 2012

If you are looking for noise, this is your place. Constant rush of traffic (from Ventura or the 101 frwy, we couldnt tell) heard from our 4th floor room, extraordinarily loud toilets (which were heard with the door closed & also down the hallway from other guest rooms), housekeepers knocked offering service even when the "do not disturb" sign was placed on the door (this happened 2 of 4 nights), the ridiculous ongoing sounds of guests checking into the rooms above us at 2:30am (thin walls/ceiling) and housekeepers vacuuming during the day. In addition, the tv volume can not be lowered past a certain point, you have to mute it (which negates watching tv at a low level). Hardly vintage, just run down, the carpets in both our guest room and the hallways were stained, torn & worn out. The plastic screen over the lighting in our bathroom was broken leaving the bulb exposed. The lamp shades on both sides of our bed were stained & filthy. The Wifi went down for long periods of time. The restaurant not accepting credit cards (cash only) was inconvenient while the MTS transit bus constantly parked on the street in front of the hotel was obnoxious to navigate around.The only redeeming features were the lobby which seemed to have been updated and the Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Western Bagel & Five Guys burger locations across the street.

Room Tip: go for an interior room facing the pool (probably much quieter)
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 December 2012

The lodge is in fact old, but the rooms are nicely updated. You can think of it as "vintage". Everything is clean and works well, and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel

Address: 12825 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, Los Angeles, CA 91604
Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Universal City Area
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #116 of 355 Hotels in Los Angeles
Price Range: €126 - €229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 190
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Also Known As:
Sportsmen`s Hotel Los Angeles
Sportsmens Hotel Los Angeles

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