Universal Studios is one of the top family destinations in Southern California and a favorite place to visit for families coming from all around the world. This theme park has lots of rides and attractions, including the popular Harry Potter thrill rides, as well as shopping, dining, and seasonal events. Many families look to stay as close to the park as possible to provide an easy commute or take advantage of multi-day passes. Here are some great options for hotels near Universal Studios Hollywood to make your vacation a truly special one.
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The Sheraton Universal Hotel has a great location right next to the entrance of Universal Studios Hollywood. There’s actually a free shuttle bus that will take you from the hotel into the theme park too. Families looking to spend time at Universal love staying here because of the convenience. From here, you can also hop on the Red Line metro to get to the Walk of Fame, Hollywood Bowl, and other popular attractions that are within a 20-minute commute. This Sheraton hotel has a chic hotel bar, fitness center, pool for the kids, free Wi-Fi, and pet-friendly accommodations too. There are suites available for families in need of more space and rooms with views that offer a sense of old Hollywood glamour. There’s also a poolside lounge open seasonally for snacks and happy hour specials are offered at the bar.
Hilton Los Angeles Universal City is another top-notch hotel that is just one block from the Universal Studios Hollywood entrance. It also offers a complimentary shuttle to the park, as well as a large outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, and café that serves Chinese and Californian cuisine. You’ll be in the heart of L.A. entertainment district when you stay here, and pets up to 75 pounds are allowed for a deposit fee. For families, the Hilton offers cribs, high chairs, and a children’s menu. You can rent a cabana by the pool and get a package deal that includes breakfast here. For dining, the Atrium Lounge serves cocktails and appetizers, Café Sierra is a casual dining restaurant, the pool bar and grill offers burgers and sandwiches, and the coffee corner has paninis and gelato too.
At the base of the Hollywood Hills, you can also stay at the Loews Hollywood Hotel for your trip to Universal Studios. This urban oasis has modern guest rooms and suites, a rooftop pool, a yoga studio on the fifth floor, and offers complimentary Wi-Fi in every guest room and public space. In addition to its proximity to Universal Studios, Loews has a fifth-floor fitness center, pet-friendly rooms and self-parking. Families enjoy staying here because of the babysitting services available, the kids’ welcome gift, toys and DVDs, cribs and rollaway beds, and children’s menu with healthy options.
If you’re looking for more of a backpackers’ hostel vibe for your trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, then consider making a booking at the Banana Bungalow Hollywood. This is a fun youth hostel that’s budget-friendly and about 3.5 miles from Universal. You’ll be right on Hollywood Boulevard when you stay here and close to the subway and bus stops. From here, you can also walk to the Hollywood Sign, the Cahuenga Corridor, Hollywood and Vine, Theater Row, and the Sunset Strip. Private rooms and shared dorm rooms are available, as well as kitchens, a communal courtyard, billiards lounge, tiki garden and patio, and high-speed internet access. Hostel guests will also get free breakfast and access to a karaoke stage, coin laundry, free parking, games, and endless opportunities for meeting other travelers.
You’ll also be close to the theme park when you stay at the Tilt Hotel Universal Hollywood, a modern and chic hotel that’s right off of Highway 101. Universal is less than a mile from this hotel, so you can easily walk there in about 15 minutes. You’re also about 2.5 miles from the Walk of Fame and two miles from Hollywood and Highlands. With a sleek and smart design, this boutique hotel is eccentric, cool, and classy. Rooms here come with Wi-Fi, microwaves, refrigerators, and even a two-person hot tub if you book the king bed suite. This is a great pick for couples looking to visit Universal and explore other attractions in Los Angeles.
The Garland is another of the Universal Studios-area hotels and one with retro-cool rooms that are well-suited for families. Check out the options for kids’ rooms, family suites, and portola suites that are ideal for families with teens. All of the rooms here come with complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room entertainment systems, private balconies, and other amenities. Pet-friendly accommodations are available here too. For dining and drinking, there’s the lobby bar and the Front Yard with in-room dining options.
Enjoy a quick commute to Universal Studios from BLVD Hotel & Spa, a boutique hotel in a great location and with a nice spa. You can walk from here to Universal Studios in about seven minutes, and the metro station is just five minutes away by foot too. Stop by the Backdrop Lounge for a cocktail, and book an appointment at the VIYA Spa for a massage. There’s a café here open 24 hours a day, a fitness room, covered parking garage and a small indoor pool too.
Another great boutique option that exudes “old world Hollywood” near Universal Studios is the Hollywood Roosevelt. Here you’ll find massage services, valet parking, a pool, and 24-hour gym. The Tropicana 1960s-style pool offers poolside day beds and bar service. Also, check out the Prohibition-era cocktail lounge, vintage bowling lanes, 24-hour burger joint, and American bistro serving steaks and seafood.