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“A walk from Universal Studios ...” 4 of 5 stars
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Clarion Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3241 Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Formerly Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles - Universal City - Cahuenga) (Central L.A)   |  
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Ranked #143 of 324 Hotels in Los Angeles
Lessines
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A walk from Universal Studios ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I choosed this hotel because of the proximity of Universal Studios.
Complimentary breakfast and parking was also a plus.
The hotel was perfect, breakfast was ok (I liked the automated pancake maker).
Service was very nice.
And it was no propbleme to leave the car for the whole day on the last day: great !.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Good hotel with good size rooms. The location is near Universal and you can walk it from the hotel (Hotel offers free car parking) but its about 20mins and uphill. Bit of a killer before you spend all day on your feet in lines waiting for rides...

Breakfast is the usual Holiday Inn breakfast. Like most hotels I stayed in while touring California, you have to eat of plastic plates and use plastic cutlery. Does have an automatic pancake machine which is nice :o)

We stayed in a twin (2 beds) and the room was very good size. We did have a maid walk into our room in the early morning which was a shock to wake up to. The hotel is located near a busy freeway, but we didnt hear it.

Compared to the Hilton and the Sheraton, this is much better value for money and ideal if you are visiting Universal Studios.

The Manager was very helpful and accomodating. Also offers Free Wifi. I would stay here again if I was visiting Universal Studios.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

First impression of hotel was not great you feel you are going into a darkish car park to reach reception. However we found the area safe it has a Starbucks across the room which we used after visiting the park. The walk to the park was quite long but we are 70 and could manage it alright, it took about 15 minutes to Citywalk last bit up hill, easy walk through the Citywalk, we ate in the Citywalk plenty of restaurants to choose from.

Didn't find this hotel particularly cheap, we paid just under $200, however much cheaper than the Sheraton and Hilton they are much nearer to the park, might try there if I was to return.

Our room was a standard room, but was a good size for us, we had two queen size beds and we had plenty of room, the beds were comfortably and pillows fine. Breakfast we very good for a complimentary one, plenty of hot and cold choice. We were up early for our day at the park so we did not find it busy.

We arrived by Shuttle from LAX airport this was a good way to get to hotel if you don't have a car, we were leaving by train so took a taxi to Los Angeles rail station this cost approximately $38 which considering the distance appeared very good value, I would recommend this hotel it is nothing fancy but does it job well we would stay again.

Room Tip: Ask when booking for a quite room we had no noise issues
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My husband and I stayed here last month (Aug) it was probably the worse Holiday Inn I've stayed in. Our room was on the second floor and it had small windows which looked out on to a small road or something like that. The room was so dark I called it our cave! The air conditioning was so noisey it kept you awake in the nght. The breakfast was normal standard Holiday Inn Express but there was not enough room for the number of guests that were there for everyone to have a seat. All in all we did a lot of traveling this holiday and stayed in Holiday Inns and Holiday Inn Expresses at several different locations and this was the worse by far. The only positive is that it is in walking distance of Universal Studios.

Room Tip: Maybe ask for a roadside room as ours on the other side was dark and horrible.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, CA
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9 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

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.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Riverside, California
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We wanted to be close to Hollywood/Universal Studios. It IS in walking distance, but we chose to pay the $15 and park at Universal Studios anyway. The walk would have been about a mile each way. This hotel has Family Rooms that have a King bed in one room, and two Queens in another with 2 full bathrooms and very roomy. The free breakfast was great (Cereal, packaged oatmeal, muffins/bagels/danish, pancake making machine, biscuits/gravy, a meat and the standard scrambled or omeletted egg with cheese (would pass that up next time). Would have liked hard boiled eggs but maybe they offer that on different days? It had free Wi-Fi in the rooms. It's not much to look at, but it is located directly off the 101 exit if driving in from the north...literally you would drive straight into it as it shares the intersection light. But, if coming from the south, exit Barham and drive back over the freeway, turn right and a quick left at the light. Internet mapping sites have the location of this hotel in so many different places it is crazy!!! Just use the hotel directions!!! :-) I would stay here again. There are NOT bars on the windows...there is a barred fence about 2 feet off the back of the hotel to separate it from the alley way. The pool is not much to speak of however... small and square in shape and only 4 1/2 feet deep... but would suffice if you just wanted to cool off. The staff was very nice.

Room Tip: The hotel is only 3 floors. If on the front of the hotel, you will hear some traffic noise but it di...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

My brother, his friend and I took a trip to the Universal Studios, and stayed at this hotel the day before and after the visit.

The hotel feels kind of old, nothing special to mention. It's an holiday inn express! The location is good because we didn't use a car. It only took 10-15 mins to walk to the Studios. Some stores across the road. The only thing is the hotel is hard to locate by GPS. the staffs are really hospital and helpful as we arrived late at night and received a warm welcome. Rooms are just okay, though very clean. Air-conditioner worked very well. Breakfast is like any other holiday places. The laundry room was out of detergent and was causing a little inconvenience at that time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3241 Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Formerly Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles - Universal City - Cahuenga)
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Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Central L.A
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #143 of 324 Hotels in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clarion Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 43
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
Holiday Inn Los Angeles
Los Angeles Holiday Inn

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