We attended a funeral and this affordable hotel is two miles from the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.
It was our first time at a Clarion Inn. We booked one night in a 3 kings bed suite using the AAA rate. Two adjoining rooms and one bathroom.
The location is near a lot of tourist spots like Universal Studios. We made the short drive to Universal. We didn't bother walking it because we knew we'd be tired walking back to the hotel with three kids under age 11.
We checked in at 6pm. Many parking spots available at that time. The room was clean. Ample bath towels. The view was of the alley, but we didn't hear any freeway traffic noise. The room has a mini-fridge and microwave. The suite is roomy for 4 adults and 3 children. I would have liked another bathroom. If we stayed more than one night, I would have opt for the suite with 2 bathrooms.
Wifi worked well. The breakfast consisted of basic items like bagels, eggs, bread, muffins, yogurt, milk and fruit. It's enough to start the day.
I had only one issue. When we got in the room, the adjoining room was locked. We called the front desk twice. Both times we were told that a housekeeper will unlock the door. After an hour we got in the room, we located a housekeeper who then unlocked the other room. I didn't bother making a complaint, but looking back, I should have.
We'll likely return to this hotel since it's near Universal and more affordable than the hotels closest to Universal. Plus, the CI suites cost less than small standard rooms at the Hilton/Sheraton.
- 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