I would probably have given three stars if this was anywhere else, but I bumped it up because the location is amazing. So close to Hollywood Boulevard and frankly, almost anything else you want to do in LA - Griffith Observatory, Olvera Street, Disney Concert Hall, Beverly Hills, even Santa Monica. We were just a car ride away from everything - we even saw a sitcom taped in Studio City which was only minutes away on 101.
The staff at this hotel was incredible. Every darn person friendly and accommodating. I grew up in So Cal, don't be fooled, people can be terse in the area, but at this hotel, they were awesome. I was with my 13 year old daughter and I felt very safe in this hotel. The layout is around a pool in the center and the garage attendant was an incredible gentleman. He took such good care of us, as did the woman who runs the breakfast buffet.
The biggest drawback was the hotel runs pretty warm - there's no circulation - and no ice at breakfast - so everything is about 2 degrees above room temperature. We ended up bringing a bucket of ice to breakfast with us every day (from the ice machine), and frantically opening the window for air first thing in the morning (we aren't A/C buffs, we need the real thing).
Otherwise, clean, accessible, kind and easy. A VERY good choice if you are coming with the family.