Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel

, Studio City, United States
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Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel

, Studio City
3 star

Rooms: 190

12825 Ventura Boulevard - Studio City - California - 91604 - United States Hotel Website | | 8187694700
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8/10
Comfortable And Friendly
Submitted by: John in 03/11/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Retired
I have stayed at this hotel many times over the past 10 years. The accommodations are always superior and the restaurant a great bargain. My only complaint is the lack of parking available for hotel guests. This hotel has many business functions and weddings. When these occur there are literally NO PARKING SPACES MADE AVAILABLE FOR JUST HOTEL GUESTS. It is very inconvenient. We learned this trip that we could use the valet parking free of charge but that's a hassle as you have to go into the lobby and wait in line to get a business card from the hotel to allow the valet parking and lose the freedom of being able to come and go as you please. It's not enough to stop me from staying here now but it might be a determining factor at a later date...

Historical Traveller Reviews of Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel

Loved the LA area

from Arejay8
We came from Chicago to stay at the Sportsmens Lodge in Studio City, CA. We picked it because of its location (by LA and Universal Studios). They offer a two day ticket to Universal for $49, and a free shuttle back and forth. That was a great deal - LOVED Universal. The Lodge is older, being renovated. Staff were nice, room was ok (except we had to jiggle the toilet handle to get it to stop running), and there was a balcony w/ an old broken screen door. No smoking lodge but we could smell our neighbor's smoke! BUT we got an excellent price through surfing the net. Well worth our time to explore sites. This is an expensive area, and our first trip here, so we have no other lodging to compare. Close to highways, not a bad area, Ralph's grocery and a Starbucks right across the street. There was movie/TV? filming all over! We loved the tours - starline, NBC, Warner Brothers, very nicely done and exciting for us. We rented a nice Chrysler 300 from DOLLAR and loved that car. I cannot wait to go back. Oh, one more thing - we flew Northwest and they have the tiniest seats and leg room! UGH! You also have to pay $3.00 for a sncak!

A little overused

from desertrat2
We were staying at the Sportsman's Lodge for a dinner event - and we sure weren't the only ones! There were at least three weddings as well as a film shoot. And, in addition, there is a huge remodeling effort. So it was noisy (we were lucky to be on the end of the hotel away from the noise), crowded, and the staff was a little frantic. Our impression is that the hotel is a bit overused and perhaps getting shabby because of it.
Having said all that, it is in a great location, Jerry's Deli has some of the best food in town, and we always feel safe when walking on Ventura Blvd. So we will probably stay there again.

t this just be our little secret????

from Peregrina651
We stayed at the SLH based on what we read here -- and darned if they weren't all right! Thank you all for your dead-on perfect reviews. The hotel was everything that you all described.

I was not ready to plunk down $200+ a night plus parking (and taxes)for a hotel room and yet I was not willing to give up cleanliness, safety and a comfortable mattress. Sportsmen's Lodge was perfect for us (a bit more than I like to spend -- but this is LA!). We loved the fact that it was not a glitzy hotel and yet had all the amenities that we needed (then again, we don't really need very many as long as the room is clean and the mattress is comfotable). Compared to our cabin on the cruise we had just finished, the room was palatial; it was as big as four cabins at least.

We ate breakfast at the Patio Cafe (good coffee; great eggs: wonderful service). We dined one evening at the restaurant (overlooking the koi pond). We spent time each morning sitting at the pool while we waited for our ride --peaceful in the post holiday lull.

They have begun to redecorate the rooms. We saw them carrying out the old furniture and they had a big poster in the lobby showing the new decorating scheme -- an update of the current look.

My husband kept asking how I found this place and I kept saying, "Trip Advisor." The right hotel can make a vacation and I know where I'm staying the next time we visit our son in LA!

Not as good as our last 2 stays

from Kai2
The hotel is spotlessly clean and the pool is great. Had a balcony overlooking the pool. If you have not stayed here the location is quiet with shopping and lots of restaurants in the area. Now for the negative.
AAA California South books add states that Enterprise Rent a Car is in the Lobby (They left about 6 months ago) Hotel did call for pick-up. Also states that there is a Airport Shuttle. I was told at the airport that they had never seen a Sportsman Lodge Shuttle at Burbank Airport. Phoned and was told to take a taxi and they would give the driver a voucher. That was okay but would have liked to have known this in advance. We ate twice at the Coffee Shop as we have done in the past. Breakfast was okay but could had been better (Corned beef has was burned and the eggs were just barely warm. Had the Blue Plate Special (was okay except they ran out of the soup that was supposed to be included) They stated that they close at nine. (were there at 08:30) We were not offered anything in its place.
Just a block south of the Hotel is Jerrys Famous Deli. We had lunch (great Pastrami Sandwich) and breakfast the last morning (best eggs benidict I have had). Highly reccomend this place to eat. Cab to the airport went smooth even though it was rush hour (08:30 AM) takes about 15 minutes. Would stay here again but as earlier stated not as good as previous stays.

Super Hotel

from michbren
Just returned from three nights (9/28-10/01) at the Sportsmens Lodge Hotel. It is a great choice for those planning an
"on the go" type vacation. You wouldn't want to be there all day as there is not much to do. It is an older, dated hotel but
has a comfortable feeling. The rooms are a nice size and very clean. Housekeeping does a good job. The hotel
staff was very friendly but I encountered several staff that had difficulty understanding and speaking English. The
restaurant has very good food, a nice selection and fair prices. The pool is hugh and there is a spa. The free parking
is wonderful (certainly unheard of at most of LA's hotels) and we observed a security guard walking around at night.
The hotel location is convenient to most of the freeways. Ventura Blvd is a very busy street but we weren't bothered
by traffic noise. There is a grocery store across the street and many good restaurants within walking distance. Public
transportation is available on Ventura Blvd.

The complimentary shuttle to and from Universal Studios is great. The parking there is very expensive and fighting
the heavy traffic gets old very quickly. My only negative about the shuttle is the last pickup is 6:30 pm (right after the
park closes) so you could not enjoy an evening on City Walk and catch the shuttle back but that is a minor thing.

We got a super price on Priceline which made the experience even better. There were people staying there from all over the world, all ages and many families.

I would recommend this hotel and would stay there again should I return to the area.

SLH - Great Place to Stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We made a trip to the Studio City area the end of August and the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel was recommended to us by friends in the area. Not knowing of any better choice, we decided to give it a try-- reviews I had read sounded promising also.

We couldn't have been more pleased. In the LA area, where you have buildings shoulder to shoulder, the Sportsmen's grounds gave a nice respite. Gardens with paths and bridges and waterfalls, ample (free to anyone staying there) parking, and on-site restaurant and lounge along with a wonderful pool area made our stay most enjoyable.

The room was spacious and clean. We had a double, double (two full size beds) for a family of four, and although in the past this would have sufficed, our son and daughter are now of a size height-wise, that we felt we needed to supplement. So we brought along an inflatable twin-size air mattress and there was plenty of extra floor space to accommodate it. It made for peaceful nights, and we just stowed it in the closet during the day.

Housekeeping was more than helpful, courteous and friendly and provided additional towels or anything else as needed. Also if you request it, the hotel will provide a mini-frig in your room during your stay for an additional modest flat rate (we paid $45 for a week).

We did pay the additional $15 per night for a pool-side room, and were glad we did as we made daily/nightly use of the balcony (lanai) when we didn't have time between excursions to make an official trip to the pool.

The on-site Patio Cafe's menu offered a nice variety-- burgers and fries to breakfasts to blue plate specials, all at reasonable prices and we never left hungry. For those incidentals, there is a 24 hour grocery a half block down and across the street in one direction, a Subway, "official" deli and bowling alley within short walking distance on the same side of the street in the other direction and a Starbucks directly across the street. We walked to all and felt completely safe, though it was usually during daylight hours. There is also a rental car desk in the hotel lobby, so if you opt for a shuttle from the airport, you can pick up a rental car right in the hotel parking lot.

All in all, an enjoyable place to stay-- family friendly, convenient, roomy and clean. We will definitely consider this a number one choice of places to stay when in the area again.

The perfect spot to stay

from DaggySoup
Nice hotel with great services. Well worth the money. Free newspaper daily.
This is great location to tour LA. Close to everything. Hollywood, Dodgers, Leno, WB, & and Universal. Safe neighborhood and free parking. Dining and a grocery store nearby.
The Patio Café was hit for us. We ate there several times and had great service with good food at a wonderful price.
The entire staff gives the attitude that they want to work there and are proud employees. Wonderful pool. This a perfect destination for your Californis trip.
Skip LA and stay in Studio City.

Excellent experience for this weary traveler.

from davidhammond
The Sportsman’s Lodge is an incredible bargain in luxury. The Sunday buffet is like a luxury cruise ship complete with towering ice sculpture, prime rib, fresh turkey, baked ham, fresh seafood bar, omelet chef, about 30 entrees, and a separate desert and confection room. The rustic surroundings include many ponds filled with giant coy and swans –both black and white. During warm weather be sure to sit outside and enjoy a wonderful country atmosphere of serenity in the midst of bustling Studio City.
The Patio Café offers excellent meals and service. Their Blue Plate Specials are good bargains and all the food is home cooking.
The heated pool was just rebuilt in February of 2005 and is very relaxing with a poolside cabana featuring a full bar.
The rooms are traditional hotel rooms and not the PLASTIC hotel rooms that so many of us are accustomed.

very nice

from Chryselli
Hello!

We stayed there for four nights and we enjoyed our stay there. Very clean rooms, employee very friendly. A big pool outside.

Quiet und safe area around with a supermarket and a Starbucks Coffee nearby.

loved the Sportsmen

from A TripAdvisor Member
recently stayed in Sportsman Lodge LA for three nights.This was a great hotel,one of the best we have used on a coach tour.The room was spotless,beds very comfortable and staff very friendly,and a great outdoor pool.The area of Studio City was safe,and we walked around with no worries.If we ever go back to LA as independent travellers,we'll stay here again with no hesitation
dsimiller

Top Local Tips for Studio City

Great Diner Do not miss out on having breakfast in Twains, its absolutely great for food, breakfast is cheap but great value and the staff have been around for years - great atmosphere!

renting a car Join the Hertz #1 club. Take the bus from the airport to Hertz. #1 club members bypass the herds in the main part. If no one is at the #1 counter, you can go to the "Gold" level counter and they will take care of you there (if you insist -- remember, this is L.A.)Forget public transportation unless you're staying downtown and never venturing out of downtown (and why would you do that?) Returning the car is a breeze.

Oyster House just a mile or so from the Sportsmen's Lodge is the best Oyster place in LA. It's nothing special in looks, but the food is awesome !

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  • Address: 12825 Ventura Boulevard - Studio City - California - 91604 - United States
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