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“Good location a bit on the expensive side”
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The Garland
Ranked #14 of 353 Hotels in Los Angeles
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

We stayed here for one night while visiting Universal Studios Hollywood. We arrived very early and our room wasn't ready so the hotel stored our bags while we went to Universal. We parked our car here for the rate of $14 a night. The hotel room was very spacious and well kept with a modern feel. Although we didn't use the pool it looked well maintained. The hotel ran a shittle to Universal although we drove. Worth a stay but try to get a better rate.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

After doing a lot of research to find the best place to stay for a close hotel to Universal Studios, we finally settled on this one because we were able to use our holiday inn points for 3 of the nights we were here.

First the pros: Free shuttle to Universal, fairly good location, the pool area/patio area is beautiful.

The cons: Almost $200 a night doesn't get you much. No free breakfast, no coffee in the lobby, very few suites available (which really helps when traveling with a teenager who needs his space), loud freeway noise unless you request to change rooms to the tennis court side or patio side of the hotel. The laundry room has one washer and one dryer and was dirty. They don't even replace the shampoo and other toiletry items when you stay more than one night. I had to run down the maid to get another shampoo because we'd used all of ours.

Of course, hotels in this area are going to be expensive and noisy (it is a very crowded city!), but still, I found a lot of things lacking at this hotel. We'd just stayed at a Homewood Suites in San Diego that gave us free breakfast, free dinner (Mon. through Thurs.), free coffee all day, little extras that make you feel more welcome. So, this hotel, though they've updated some parts of it seemed pretty "old school" to me. Oh yeah, and we had to pay $11 per night for parking. Ugh.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

We stayed here whilst in LA for 4 nights and it was great. When we first arrived, we were a little worried that it was a motel kind of place but it really wasn't! The first room we were allocated was on the highway side and noisy but we had no problems moving to a room on the other side - and this was done without complaint and very speedily! The room size was adequate and beds/pillows comfortable. The pool was a great addition and the weather was great so we had a day to relax before we moved on. It is very close to Universal Studios and the hotel provides a free shuttle numerous times a day. We even missed one scheduled pick up time and they came and picked us up straight away when we called. I didn't think much of their cafe/restaurant - food not great and a little overpriced but not a lot of choice around there unless you have a car (which we didn't). We did order in pizza one night without a problem! They also have 2 public computers that you can use for free. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

My wife and I stopped at the holiday inn Beverley Garland for two nights in July 2010. We were due to go to universal studios but scrapped this plan to go explore LA instead. I was a bit worried that we would be way out of town to see the LA sights but the BG Holiday Inn does a free transfer to universal studios so we picked up a city tour bus from there (blue route which is also FREE) which took us to the walk of fame. It only took 10 mins and a further 15 mins to get into central LA. And for free.

On the way back, universal studios is on a tube/metro route so it was easy again and we picked up the free shuttle from to the hotel. Nice and easy.

Hotel itself was fab. Holiday inn in the US isn't the same tacky and cheap brand here in the UK. Great 10/10 swimming pool and sauna (films are shown on thurs-sun evenings whilst you relax in the jacuzzi!!), 10/10 staff and room quality (nice recent refurb) and 7/10 food (though cheap so hard to complain). Parkin was additional though but everywhere is in LA.

All in all great experience and the "facilities" were the highlight to an otherwise mediocre trip to the limited and overhyped sights of LA. Highly recommend.

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5  Thank Flashrashno1
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Reviewed August 8, 2010

Stayed here as part of a road trip and as a stop off for a day at Universal Studios. The family room was great for the four of us (self + spouce + 2 teenagers) but the bed was overly soft and did not contribute to a good nights sleep. The kids enjoyed the pool and we made use of the early and late shuttle bus to Universal. Beware the loud road noise from the nearby freeway so opening the windows is not an option and I thought the car park charges (charged per night) was very cheeky given that the hotel was not in a city centre. Having said that the room had everything we needed with coffee, fridge etc. and we'd consider staying again. Oh - and they could also use some better local maps at reception!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

Were very akward to deal with when checking in. I had an issue with card prior to travelling on holiday. The card issue was completely outwith my control and the bank indeed gave me incorrect advice,. All other hotels in the Holiday Inn group honoured my friends and family rate my holiday. The hotel could have contacted me regarding the card issue, but instead just increased the rate.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank allypanton
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

Staff were friendly, organised a driver for us so we could get round quickly.
Close to universal, have a shuttle bus.
Would stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Garland

Address: 4222 Vineland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 91602-3318 (Formerly Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn)
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Location: United States > California > Los Angeles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Los Angeles
#8 Family Hotel in Los Angeles
#13 Green Hotel in Los Angeles
#14 Romantic Hotel in Los Angeles
#32 Business Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range: $217 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Garland 4*
Number of rooms: 257
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Walk into The Garland and you're instantly transported to a secluded, urban oasis, yet close to all the action and excitement of Universal Studios, Hollywood and LA's best attractions. Nestled within seven tree-shaded acres, this authentic LA experience is complete with a welcoming vibe and modern amenities to keep you plugged in, yet completely relaxed. Our guests enjoy a glittering pool under sunny skies, dining on savory dishes and sipping perfect martinis during sunset. The Garland is setting the standard for 'Retro-cool'. Check in and check it out. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Beverly Garland`s Holiday Hotel Los Angeles
Holiday Inn Beverly Garlands
Holiday Inn Los Angeles
Los Angeles Holiday Inn

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