Sportsmen's Lodge

12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, California 91604, United States

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Filled with Hollywood history, the Sportsmen’s Lodge was once the hangout of Clark Gable, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Today, those people are not there, but the hotel still retains the same charm that brought the stars in the first place. Perfect for families, the Lodge has a great pool and is relatively close to major film studios like Warner Bros. and Universal.

room

Mod-style furnishings give the rooms a chic air. Nearly all are equipped with balconies or patios, in-room coffeemakers and there's free WiFi. The best rooms here have views overlooking the expansive pool and gardens.

bathroom

Typical bathrooms have shower/tub combos and are outfitted with Desert Breeze bath products.

lobby

Shockingly white, the minimalist lobby has painted deer heads and antlers on the walls, a smattering of lounge chairs, a running fountain and a lobby bar where guests can congregate on rainy days.

pool

The expansive pool and hot tub is surrounded by orange sun chairs and is open to guests and locals (locals are charged $25). On Sundays, the hotel hosts large DJ-led pool parties that run from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

dining

River Rock Café sits adjacent to the hotel (same complex) and is known for their Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas. Inside the hotel is The Patio Café with bright orange banquettes and stools and a breakfast/lunch menu with diner favorites like sandwiches, burgers and omelets.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Room service ends at 9 pm, so if you have late-night hunger pains, you’ll have to venture out of the hotel.

gardens

Outside the hotel, there are lush gardens with communal seating areas and fire pits. The hotel hosts numerous events throughout the year from weddings to Bar Mitzvahs.

LOCATION

Getting Around

While it’s possible to walk around the hotel--there are restaurants, shops, grocery stores, etc.--you won’t see many people doing it. In this area, attractions are spread out and often require a car--which we’d recommend renting if you plan on staying here. It’s easy to hail an Uber or Lyft, but you won’t see taxis lining up outside the hotel. For the nearest train station, you’ll need to head to Universal Studios and from there you can ride to Hollywood, Downtown LA or Santa Monica.

Tip: The hotel offers free shuttle service to Universal Studios as its considered a Preferred Hotel Partner. Also, if you want to get around swiftly, the hotel rents out bicycles free of charge.

Restaurants

Ventura Boulevard is famous for its vast array of restaurants. Asanebo (5-minute drive) is easily the best sushi option around. Jerry’s Famous Deli (3-minute walk) is a local LA chain with monstrous sandwiches and great chicken noodle soup.

Bars

For a fun burger and beer scene, check out Laurel Tavern (5-minute drive). Hyperion Public (5-minute walk) is a solid gastropub with a fun happy hour and great craft cocktails.

WHY WE LIKE IT

There’s nothing fancy about this historic hotel haunt, but it does just enough to keep families occupied and well-fed. The hotel oozes in Hollywood history (there are still famous bands who stay here because the parking lot can accommodate tour buses), but most A-list sightings are a thing of the past. The River Rock Café is a fun, boozy hangout and the pool is bustling every day of the week. If you want to be close to Hollywood Studios, great restaurants and bumping bars at a relatively cheap price, then you’ll fit right in at the Sportsmen’s Lodge.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Business, Family
Casual
Residential Area
Practical Base

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 818-769–4700;800-821–8511

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