Most people stay in one of the hotels near Universal Studios Hollywood because they’d like to visit the park over multiple days, want the convenience of being able to go back and forth to a hotel room (which families traveling with small kids prefer), or prefer the often lower hotel rates than might be available in other parts of Los Angeles.

Some are within walking distance to this famous Los Angeles theme park while others may be a quick drive away by complimentary shuttle or car. There are brand name hotels, boutique hotels and budget hotels many designed to submerge guests in a little Hollywood glamour. We’ll tell you what they’re like based on personal experience and feedback from readers.

And, don’t forget that you also save money with discounted Universal Studios Hollywood tickets

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1. Sheraton Universal Hotel

Address: 1333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608
Location: Universal City
Distance to USH: .3 miles

Sheraton Universal City King Room
Photo courtesy of Sheraton Hotels and Resorts

My top pick for hotels near Universal Studios Hollywood is the Sheraton Universal Hotel.  Its classic Hollywood decor gives guests a sense of place immediately after walking into the lobby. This Universal City hotel has played home to a long list of famous actors (Universal Studios is still a working studio).

It’s a large hotel but still feels intimate and the rooms are nicely appointed. We’ve enjoyed comfortable stays here. Room service is excellent and we’ve had decent breakfasts at The California’s prior to action-packed days. (It’s a much smaller breakfast buffet than the Hilton next door but has the essentials.)

Sheraton Universal Hotel has its own workout equipment and swimming pool with a seasonal poolside lounge. While your loved ones swim and play you can kick back with a cold, refreshing cocktail and some light poolside snacks. 

Some rooms enjoy a stunning view of Universal Studios through your windows that stretch from floor to ceiling. For more space, choose a suite in Junior or Executive size. You will also sleep like a baby thanks to the hotel’s Signature Sleep Experience. 

A free shuttle runs in a loop between Sheraton Universal, Hilton Universal City, Universal Studios, and Universal CityWalk. You can save even more by bundling your tickets with your hotel.

2. Hilton Universal City Hotel

Address: 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608
Location: Universal City
Distance to USH: 1 block

Pool alt Hilton Universal City/Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Hilton Universal City is the closest hotel to Universal Studios Hollywood at only one block away, though you can take advantage of the same complimentary shuttle service that stops at Sheraton Universal Hotel because it also routinely stops here.

We’ve also stayed at this AAA Four-Diamond property recently. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and can have views of the theme park or CityWalk. Each guest room is equipped with high-speed WiFi, luxurious beds and a refrigerator and coffee maker. Or you can relax in a suite with its own living room and a king-sized bed. 

You can start each day of your stay with the rather large breakfast buffet spread at Cafe Sierra, which also offers all-day dining. The hotel’s Atrium Lounge serves appetizers along with wine, beer, and unique cocktails. To get your caffeine fix stop by the Coffee Corner for grab and go drinks and snacks. Registered guests can also rent a cabana by the pool and use the fitness room.

If you’re going to choose the larger brand name hotels near Universal Studios Hollywood, the Hilton is the largest property with the most amenities and good for Hilton Honors members.

Ultimately, choose based on price and which of the two hotels resonate most with you as they’re both great options and the Hilton is not materially closer to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Tip: The Executive Corner Rooms have a king bed and a queen sofa bed which is a nice option for families of four. Hilton Honors member rates are usually the best way to book.

3. BLVD Hotel & Spa

Address: 10730 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604
Location: Studio City
Distance to USH: .5 miles

BLVD Hotel & Spa is a popular hotel within about a 10-minute walk to Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s also located five minutes from a Metro stop.

They have simple rooms with mini-fridges, coffee makers, and microwaves in addition to a small pool, Viya Spa by BLVD massages, 24-hour fitness room, and a 24-hour BLVD cafe with sandwiches, pastries, snacks, and to-go options. The Backdrop Lounge is popular for its daily happy hour. WiFi is complimentary.

In addition to double queen rooms, they do have a double queen suite with a living room that is not fully walled off, but does provide extra space.

4. Loews Hollywood Hotel

Address: 1755 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Location: Hollywood
Distance to USH: 3 miles

A large king room with grey tones and red accents that overlooks the famous Hollywood sign
Photo courtesy of Loews Hollywood Hotel

Base your Los Angeles vacation at the bustling corner of Hollywood and Highland in one of Loews Hollywood Hotel’s 628 rooms and suites.

You will definitely feel like you’re in the thick of things here as the hotel buzzes with activity (we have stayed here). Find TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, the Walk of Fame, Hollywood Wax Museum, and more within a short walk of the hotel.

The Flavor by Loews program is a collaboration with best hyper-local artisans in LA to make sure guests also experience the city through their taste buds. Its heated rooftop pool lets you go for a swim while enjoying stunning views of Los Angeles. 

WiFi is free and they can even put game consoles and board games in the room to entertain kids (or you).

5. Andaz West Hollywood

Address: 8401 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Location: West Hollywood
Distance to USH: 5 miles

The chic pool bar with orange barstool chairs near the water's edge.
Photo courtesy of Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

At Andaz West Hollywood, the first hotel on the Sunset Strip, guests stay in accommodations once frequented by many 1960s top musicians. Whether you stay in a room or a suite, you will enjoy stellar amenities such as complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and snacks for the whole family. 

Dining options include cocktails and quick bites at the highest rooftop pool bar in Los Angeles. Or, opt for seasonal dishes and sips at the chic Riot House Restaurant, its bar, and the grab-and-go market. There also plenty of nearby nightlife.

You have access to Hyatt Prive amenities here that include:

  • $100 USD Property Credit
  • Room Upgrade*
  • Breakfast for Two
  • Welcome Amenity
  • Guest Welcome Letter
  • Early Check-In*
  • Connecting Rooms*
  • Free Wifi

* Subject to forecasted occupancy

6. The Garland 

Address: 4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Location: Studio City
Distance to USH: 2 miles

Family suite at The Garland with neutral tones and pops of orange in the typical Hollywood style.
Family suite / Photo courtesy of The Garland

The Garland is another popular choice for hotels near Universal Studios Hollywood as it has a complimentary trolley shuttle to and from the park.

The range of accommodations includes everything from deluxe rooms with views of the pool to suites with a view of Universal Studios. You can even choose a full family-sized suite complete with bunk beds or separate rooms for the kids. All have complimentary Wi-Fi.

If sticking to your exercise routine is a priority, you will want to book one of the hotel’s fitness suites. It comes equipped with adjustable weights and a Peloton Bike.

With both Front Yard and the Lobby Bar, you are never far from refreshments. But you can also choose a picnic-style meal to take to attractions close to the hotel.

Other property amenities include dive-in movies, poolside macrame classes, board games in the Courtyard featuring throwback classics, complimentary Urban Walks to the original Brady Bunch House, and more. 

They’re one of the hotels near Universal Studios Hollywood that offers a free shuttle to the theme park and CityWalk.

7. Sportsmen’s Lodge

Address: 12825 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604
Location: Studio City
Distance to USH: 3.5 miles

Dubbed the “soul of Hollywood,” Sportsmen’s Lodge was once the hotel choice of Clark Gable and Katherine Hepburn. You can even lounge by the same oversized pool, the hotel’s main focal point, that they and countless other celebrities have enjoyed.

It’s the largest pool in San Fernando Valley, newly renovated, and locals use it by paying an entrance fee. With lounge chairs, tables, a Jacuzzi, and a fully-stocked bar, the pool area can be your own personal slice of paradise. 

In addition to the complimentary shuttle to Universal Studios, guests can relax in the adjacent six acres of gardens that surround the property, walk to shops and restaurants on Ventura Boulevard or take out the complimentary bikes.

We have stayed here and enjoyed the retro-Hollywood decor inside the rooms and excellent service. Some rooms have balconies that overlook the pool. If you prefer boutique hotels that don’t break the bank, you’ll love it.

8. Sunset Tower Hotel 

Address: 8358 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Location: West Hollywood
Distance to USH: 5 miles

The outdoor pool deck on a sunny day surrounded by beige and white striped lounge chairs and umbrellas.
Photo courtesy of Sunset Tower Hotel

Another historic Hollywood hotel frequented by celebrities is the Sunset Tower Hotel. Marilyn Monroe and Howard Hughes lived here and Bugsy Seigel’s apartment has been transformed into the Tower Bar where famous jazz pianists now regularly perform.

The luxury boutique hotel’s Sunset Strip location puts guests near countless things to do including nightlife and shopping. The 81 rooms and suites provide excellent views of downtown Los Angeles and the famous Hollywood Hills through floor-to-ceiling windows.

And while this is not the closest hotel to Universal Studios Hollywood, it is a popular choice for luxury travelers who are visiting the park and want a full LA experience. Sunset Tower Hotel is also on our list of pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles.

Tip: You can book in through me with Virtuoso amenities that include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary continental buffet breakfast daily (included in the room rate)
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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9. Chamberlain West Hollywood 

Address: 1000 Westmount Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Location: West Hollywood
Distance: 6.8 miles

The living room of a one bedroom suite with black and white flooring and neutral decor with blue accents.
One bedroom suite living room / Photo courtesy of Chamberlain West Hollywood

If you’re looking to retreat to an intimate oasis after a busy day out in Los Angeles, Chamberlain West Hollywood delivers. It’s located in a quiet residential neighborhood that is still quite close to main sights.

Each of the 115 spacious suites (sizes range from 350-650 square feet) features separate living spaces, cozy fireplaces, and luxe amenities with many also offering private balconies. 

Enjoy New American cuisine at the guests-only restaurant and bar. We also love the fact that they host a daily wine hour. Other amenities include a spectacular rooftop terrace and pool, a fitness center and bicycles to borrow.

10. Hotel Amarano 

Address: 322 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505 
Location: Burbank
Distance to USH: 2.5 miles

For a quiet boutique hotel near Universal Studios, Burbank Airport, and the train station choose Hotel Amarano.

It’s both upscale and affordable. Stylish, mostly king rooms and suites with a king bed and queen-sized sofa bed are outfitted in chic California style. The complimentary welcome chocolates on the bed are a nice touch (we have also stayed here) as is turn-down service.

Enjoy happy hour at Library Lounge which specializes in cocktails and modern American and Californian cuisine. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle within a three-mile radius that includes the Burbank Airport.

11. Hollywood Roosevelt

Address: 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Location: Hollywood
Distance to USH: 3 miles

With tower rooms and cabanas, staying at Hollywood Roosevelt is always a treat. Opened in 1927, it’s the oldest continuously operating hotel in Los Angeles.

Amenities include a 24-hour burger restaurant, a bowling alley/game parlor, a prohibition era-style cocktail lounge, and lovely poolside day beds.

Speaking of the pool, Tropicana Pool & Cafe is the perfect way to relax over breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three. You can also enjoy seasonal cocktails just off the lobby at Teddy’s Bar.

Many hotel guests swear by the weekly yoga sessions, held on the rooftop. The Massage Garden is also a popular spot and the perfect place to pamper yourself after a long day of sightseeing. The hotel is a member of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts group of independent hotels.

12. Tilt Hotel 

Address: 3241 Cahuenga, Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Location: Studio City
Distance to USH: .6 miles

The eclectic and wallet-friendly Tilt Hotel is about a 15-minute walk to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Many of its guest rooms include a hot tub for two, along with the standard coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave, and free WiFi in all of them. On the grounds of the hotel is a heated indoor pool and a hot tub to relax at the end of a day of sightseeing.

They also have family suites with one king bedroom that attaches to a two queen bedroom, basically similar to guaranteed connecting rooms.

13. Coast Anabelle Hotel 

Address: 2011 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506
Location: Burbank
Distance to USH: 3.5 miles

Business travelers and families often choose the Coast Anabelle Hotel when they are in town to visit Universal Studios. Its complimentary shuttle between the hotel and Burbank Airport, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood, in addition to other nearby spots with a reservation, is one reason.

Others include comfortable rooms that are equipped with a king or two queen-sized beds and a roomy shower. Some suites come with a wet bar.

Olive’s Bistro & Lounge onsite offers all-day dining including happy hour. Guests may use the pool and fitness center at sister property, Safari Inn.

14. Safari Inn

Address: 1911 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506
Location: Burbank
Distance to USH: 3.5 miles

Safari Inn Burbank they say is where history meets Hollywood. Its neon sign has been glowing since 1955 but the hotel has also served as a set for movie and TV greats like True Romance, Apollo 13 and The Partridge Family. It also happens to be located next door to the Coast Anabelle Hotel.

They offer free Wi-Fi and the same complimentary shuttle service to Burbank Airport, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood in addition to other nearby spots with a reservation.

Refresh at the end of the day in the cool outdoor pool. Each suite includes a full kitchen and comfortable beds. And here you’ll also dine at Olive’s Bistro next door.

15. Studio City Courtyard Hotel 

Address: 12933 Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91604
Location: Studio City
Distance to USH: 3.7 miles

Cheap hotels near Universal Studios Hollywood include Studio City Courtyard Hotel. Guests like the comfort and convenience of its king and queen-sized guest rooms that include a refrigerator, hairdryer and a desk to work at. High-speed Wi-Fi is provided in each room at no extra cost. 

Restaurants and attractions are located near the hotel for the convenience of its guests. Along Ventura Blvd. alone you can choose from delis and bistros that locals swear by.

FAQs About Hotels Near Universal Studios Hollywood

I help families plan Southern California theme park vacations. These are the questions that land in my inbox the most.

Where should I stay when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood?

The two closest hotels are Hilton Universal City and Sheraton Universal Hotel which are both top-rated options and ones that guests within driving distance (say, in San Diego) choose so that they don’t have to rush their visits to Universal Studios Hollywood.

However, many people visiting the L.A. theme park opt for Hollywood or Beverly Hills hotels and drive or take an Uber over to the park. Just remember that traffic can turn a 7-mile drive into an hour-long experience.

Which hotel is closest to Universal Studios Hollywood?

Hilton Universal City is the closest hotel to Universal Studios Hollywood at one block away. You can also hop into the complimentary shuttle.

How many days do I need at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Unless you are a Harry Potter mega-fan that would enjoy repeat visits to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, one full day is usually enough to experience the best of the theme park. It’s not uncommon for families with smaller children to split a visit into two more-relaxed days, however, which is where a nearby hotel comes in handy.

How far is LAX from Universal Studios Hollywood?

While the straight distance between LAX and Universal Studios Hollywood is significantly less, plan on about 25 miles of freeway driving to get you there faster than surface streets would. How long this journey takes depends on L.A. traffic.

See also: Best Luxury Hotels in Los Angeles and Benefits of the Go Los Angeles Sightseeing Pass

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Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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