We chose this hotel b/c it was close enough to Universal Studios Hollywood but not costing the high price like Sheraton or Hilton that was even closer. It does take about 15 minutes to walk to the base of Universal Citywalk but additional 15 minutes through Citywalk to get to front entrance of the Universal Studios Hollywood. No shuttle available as some reviews stated in past unless it was available before. Includes wifi which works okay. Includes hot breakfast which is okay as well - the pancakes were good - didn't care so much for the scrambled eggs or something else I didn't know what it was and they didn't label - but at least the choices were good. We chose a junior suite which includes extra sink with microwave and refrigerator - it's not a suite in the sense of having a separate living room space, but my guess it is slightly bigger than the regular rooms. We had 2 adults and 2 kids. The room was clean. A/C worked well but it makes a lot of noise and turns on and off or to low blowing fan so hard to sleep with it on. Beds were comfortable though. Traffic noise outside wasn't so bad with windows closed and A/C off. The soap and shampoo/conditioner they provide has a cinnamon kind of smell - can't say it's my favorite but will do. Plenty of parking available - didn't seem too crowded when we went. We paid about 156-170 dollars a night. We tried the indoor pool - a bit cold but my kids were able to tolerate such - it is a small indoor pool but still a pool.
The area around seems safe enough but would only recommend walking when it is bright. Not too many people walking about - mostly a few stores nearby and then lots of apartments. Starbucks across the street. Hotel right off the highway. Overall this was a great choice to go to Universal Studios. We didn't drive unless we wanted to. We ate at Citywalk for most of the evenings or even at lunchtime instead of at the park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Clarion Inn Los Angeles/Universal City! We are centrally located in the Los Angeles area, a very short distance from the studios and theme parks. For the Hollywood tourist, we are one mile from Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard. You can walk to numerous theaters and event centers. For the sports enthusiast, we are within a few miles of Dodger Stadium and the Staples Center. And, for the shopper, we are close to Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to make your stay perfect. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles - Universal City - Cahuenga Hotel Los Angeles
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