Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the top attractions in Los Angeles. After all, the movie business is what put Hollywood on the map, and its lore continues to draw talent to Tinseltown. Since not everyone can be in pictures, a Universal Studios tour is the next best thing.
Named after actress Beverly Garland, whose husband built this property, the Beverly Garland has long been a popular spot for visiting families. There are 255 rooms, including 17 suites. Located less than two miles from Universal Studios Hollywood, a free shuttle runs daily, and typically mirrors the park’s operating hours. Departures from the hotel begin at 830am, and leave every 30 minutes until 1130am. Service resumes at 1pm, with departures every hour on the hour until 9pm (except for 7pm). Returns to the hotel from Universal take place at a quarter past the hour, beginning at 115pm until 1015pm (except for 715pm).
Located near the popular eateries and shops along the Ventura Boulevard, the Sportsmen’s Lodge has been a family favorite since it opened in 1962. It has 190 rooms spread out over five floors. Universal Studios Hollywood is only three miles away, and the hotel provides free shuttle service to the theme park. On weekdays, service begins at 930am, with subsequent departures at 1030am and 1130am. Returns take place at 330pm, 5pm, 630pm and 8pm. Weekend departures begin one hour earlier, at 830am; returns are the same.