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 like), or prefer the often lower hotel rates than might be available in other parts of Los Angeles.

Some are within walking distance of 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.

No matter what hotel class you’re looking for – from luxury hotel to budget-friendly, 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 entering 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 before action-packed days. (It’s a much smaller breakfast buffet than the Hilton next door but it 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. However, 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 has 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 is good for Hilton Honors members.

Ultimately, choose based on price and which of the two hotels resonates most with you. 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.

At BLVD Hotel, you’ll find simple rooms with mini-fridges, coffee makers, and microwaves. In addition to a small pool, there is a 24-hour fitness room and a 24-hour BLVD cafe with sandwiches, pastries, snacks, and to-go options. The hotel’s lobby bar, the Backdrop Lounge, is popular for daily happy hour. Complimentary WiFi access is included.

For even more space, consider the double queen suite with a living room that is not fully walled off but does provide extra space, which makes the Blvd hotel a great choice for families.

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.

Not only will you be near Universal Studios Hollywood, you’ll find TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Wax Museum, and more within a short walk of the hotel. You will definitely feel like you’re in the thick of things here as the hotel buzzes with activity (we have stayed here).

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

WiFi is free; 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 with bunk beds or separate rooms for the kids. All have complimentary WiFi.

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. 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

*When searching rates, do not input children ages 17 and under as they will be priced as adults. I’m notified when you book and will add them after I contact you about your reservation.

8. 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 want 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 the 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, The Fitting Room. Other amenities include a spectacular rooftop terrace and pool, a fitness center, and bicycles to borrow.

9. Hotel Amarano 

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

For a fun, recently-refreshed 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. Sure, you’ll pay an amenity fee, but valet parking is included.

Grab a drink or a meal at FYC Bar+Kitchen, which offers modern California cuisine and craft cocktails in an Old Hollywood setting. 

Take a dip in the outdoor heated saltwater pool and lounge in a daybed poolside while sipping on a cocktail under the Los Angeles sun. Climb on a complimentary bike rental and make your way to Griffith Park, then hike up to the Hollywood sign.

This pet-friendly hotel means that even the furriest member of your family is welcomed so the whole family can go on vacation together.

10. 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 late-night 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.

The Massage Garden is also a popular spot and the perfect place to pamper yourself after a long day of sightseeing. Rooftop yoga is also popular. The hotel is a member of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts group of independent hotels.

11. 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, the standard coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, and free WiFi in all of them. On the grounds of the hotel are 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.

12. 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. One reason is 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.

Others include comfortable rooms with king or 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.

13. 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 WiFi 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.

14. 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 WiFi 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.

15. Kimpton Everly Hotel

Address: 1800 Argyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Location: Hollywood
Distance to USH: 2.8 miles

This chic Hollywood Hills hotel is near Universal Studios Hollywood… and everything else. Blocks away from Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll find the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Pantages Theater, the TLC Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl, and more.

When you’re ready to unwind and unplug, a bite to eat and crafty cocktail can be enjoyed at the rooftop pool that boasts the sweeping skyline of Los Angeles.

Speaking of views, each guest room and suite at the Kimpton Everly has either a city view or a view of the Hollywood sign so that you’re reminded of glamourous Los Angeles day and night.

16. Dream Hollywood

Address: 6417 Selma Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028
Location: Hollywood
Distance to USH: 3 miles

From the chain Dream Hotels comes its swanky and sophisticated debut on the West Coast with this Los Angeles hotel.

Just like the Hollywood Roosevelt and Kimpton Everly, Dream Hollywood is smack in the middle of all the action and near Universal Studios Hollywood.

Let the spacious outdoor rooftop pool, grill, and lounge lure you into a lazy afternoon of relaxing, but get ready to party after the Los Angeles sun sets to an all-star cast of DJs and live performances.

17. The Moment Hotel

Address: 7370 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Location: Hollywood
Distance to USH: 3.9 miles

Guests staying at the boutique The Moment Hotel will have every chance to live in the moment, Los Angeles style. A short five-minute walk puts you on the stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Sunset Boulevard while a laid-back rooftop bar awaits the thirsty and hungry.

Looking for more space or a place to keep the party going? Suites with a private balcony will fit the bill…and the moment.

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 about figuring out the best place to stay near Universal Studios Hollywood.

Where should I stay when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood?

The two closest hotels are Hilton Universal City and Sheraton Universal Hotel, 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.

While there are no official Universal Studios Hollywood hotels, if there were, these two would be it.

However, many people visiting the  Los Angeles theme park opt for Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, or Beverly Hills hotels and drive or take an Uber over to the park. This way, they can easily hit up the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Sign, and Hollywood Boulevard.

Just remember that traffic can turn a 7-mile drive into an hour-long experience. The best hotels are the ones that will work for you, your family, and your itinerary, and not necessarily always the ones near Universal Studios Hollywood. 

Which hotel is closest to Universal Studios Hollywood?

Hilton Universal City is the closest hotel to Universal Studios Hollywood, 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 or a Super Nintendo fan, 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 wheen staying near Universal Studios Hollywood 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

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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