Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel
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After a countless meals, movies, bottles of water and the slightest of turbulence, we arrived at LAX airport this morning at 9:35am, only to relive Saturday for the second time! Greeted by our driver, Terry and hosts Maryann and Gordon, we set for a small drive around Hollywood and had some lunch at the famous Farmers Markets. Mr Power squeezed in …
Oh it never rains in Southern California - well that's a lie. But it won't stop me going across the road to Starbucks while the kids rehearse. Not sure about my salted caramel mocha cappuccino. 1pm We are now at the Grammy Museum in Downtown LA the jazz band is meant to be performing here but we are waiting for a decision due to some issues. There …
We started the day with nice buffet breakfast at the hotel after a goodnights sleep. While the kids rehearsed in the hotel the parents wandered across the road to the local Ralph's supermarket and Starbucks. We are now off to farmers market for the first performance. Over the years I have heard these bands and choir perform many times and today I …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSportsmen's Lodge Hotel Los Angeles
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel Los Angeles
Quite an experience
I stayed here during the Grammys in February. I'd consider this an average hotel - it was strange because it had some nice amenities (good soaps, etc.) but otherwise seemed like a pretty run down place. My room was very clean, and had an awesome balcony over the pool. There wasn't an elevator in the lobby, so you have to carry your stuff up the stairs (no big deal unless you have a lot of stuff).
The restaurant was really good - reminded me of an old-time diner with all of the comfort foods.
There were quite a few celebrities there while I was there - Tim McGraw and his band in the lobby, Loretta Lynn, etc.
Small bar, and it closes early (11pm), but the bartenders are friendly.
Sportsmens lodge is a sporting deal!
While not the Beverly wilshire, Still a cut above days inn which is where we stayed at prior to the lodge. I will definitely reccomend to friends and family.
One of a kind hotel coasting on past laurels
I grew up very close to the Sportsmen's Lodge and have lost count of how many times I've been there over the years. At one time everything on the grounds was quite wonderful, from the restaurant and banquet halls, to the gardens and footbridges across the koi ponds. All was first rate, once. To stay nowadays in the hotel (or even just to have brunch on a special occasion) is to expose yourself to a once sublime property now being milked for profit at a steady pace. A hotel should not merely be one part of a large cash cow; this is why hotel guests experience too little parking and too much noise. Even though remnants of the past remain, they are overshadowed by too much gratuitous commercial activity.
Decent Hotel with a little old hollywood history and a great pool
I have stayed at this hotel many times. If you are looking for a place to stay in the east valley that has legitamate connection to the glory days of old hollywood and you love large pools, this is the place for you.
The "sportsmen lodge" theme is a little dated but the hotel is nice.
In my opinion the hotel is a little overpriced and the service at the front desk can be spotty.
A couple of recommendations - do not stay in the smoking rooms - no matter what - they are the bottom of the barrel at the hotel. Try to get a room on the 3rd floor or higher - if you want a nice view have it face the pool - if sound is more of an issue then have it face the parking lot.
The Sportsmen Lodge does a huge special event business and I have stayed there in the past when the music from the DJ was echoing through the pool area and there was no sleep to be had until 11pm.
Another hint - even though there is a ton of free parking it can be an issue when they are holding special events. One time I returned to the hotel at 9:30 and there was no parking to be found - I checked in with the front desk and they said I could valet my car for free which I found to be a fair and exceptable solution.
A decent place to stay but I would choose the Courtyard by Marriott in Sherman Oaks, CA over it anyday even though you have to pay for parking there.
Loved the Sportsmans Lodge
I recently stayed at Sportsman Lodge. Since this hotel has been rated at several sites as 2 to 2 1/2 stars, I booked the hotel with trepidation. I usually try to stay at a 4 star hotel. While keeping in mind that the hotel is old, the rooms are large with balconies, the hotel staff is pleasant and courteous. The pool area is very attractive and relaxing. My husband and I found it very relaxing to sit on the balcony in the morning and evening drinking coffee and reading the courtesy newspaper. The Patio Restaurant is inexpensive and the food is good. I didn't try the Sunday brunch, but I heard it was excellent. The bathrooms are stocked with Bath and Body Products. The hotel really tries to make your stay enjoyable. I found it much nicer then most of the 3-star hotels I have stayed at. The location on Ventura Boulevard is great with shopping, coffee shops, and good restaurants within walking distance. If you keep your eyes open, you might even see some celebrities. However, if you want a luxury hotel, you should go elsewhere.
Sportsmen's: Best Hotel in the Valley!
The Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City is easily the best place to stay in the whole Valley. The quaint grounds are very well maintained, and the poolside area is great. The rooms are nice, the suites are superb, and the balconies are a great addition. I always have a great night's sleep there also. The Patio Cafe near the pool is a great. All their meals are killer, especially the Patty Melt. And on top of it, the staff is efficient and friendly. If you're thinking of staying in the Valley, or if you're looking for a place to refer out-of-town guests to, this is THE place.
Worst Hotel Experience Ever!
This was one of the worst hotels I ever stayed in! I booked a room based on the reviews from tripadvisor and was sorely disappointed. The check-in procedure took 1/2 hour AND we were the only customers in line...Then we get a call from the front desk to inform us that a stranger has the key to our room and that they cannot locate him. To top that off, we returned to our hotel after a few drinks and our door was wide open. We informed the hotel security, but they did absolutely nothing. The lady at the front desk was rude and not helpful...in fact she even yelled at me when I complained about the missing hotel key! The only thing good about this hotel is the pool and definitely not worth the hype and the money. I strongly suggest that anyone wanting to stay near Universal Studios go somewhere else.
Best place to stay in the east Valley!!!!
I have stayed at Sportsmen's Lodge on two occasions...November 2003 and January 2004....both stays were EXCELLENT!
Free parking (rare in Los Angeles).....reasonable rates....comfortable rooms, friendly staff.....reasonably priced food.....and the food is GOOD! Try their cheeseburgers! LOL! (I LOVE cheeseburgers!!!!)
The grounds are beautiful...the pool is HUGE!
I have decided that I won't stay anywhere else when I'm visiting Los Angeles!
The only complaint I could possibly make is that if there is a large event at the hotel, the parking is difficult. Maybe there should be dedicated "hotel guest" parking?
This hotel is easy to get to....right off the 101....close to Universal, Burbank....
and you might even see a celebrity! I have!
4th stay & still love it
just stayed another weekend, april 16-17, at the sportsmen's and had a great time. had a room overlooking the pool and gardenarea with a balcony and it couldn't be beat. the rooms are large and pretty tho the bathrooms are small, but how much time do you spend in the bathroom? the poolbar was open and we had lunch at the tables and never left from late morning til dark. everyone was so friendly, and our maid was very sweet. it was better than home away from home. we'll be back
Not all that
This hotel borders on the edgemof motel in some areas and if I had wanted a motel that is where I would have stayed for a much better rate. The Sundry shop was never once open in the 12 days I stayed, (waiting for my house to be finshed) my children needed something and I finally after several trips to the shop to find the sign up saying will return at 12:00 ask the person at the front desk when the shop would open to e told that there was not enough peopleto work at the hotel so it just did not open but that if I needed something there is a store across the street. My family and I stayed in 2 different type rooms, first was a regular room with 2 full beds in the non-smoking area of the hotel which was way small but okay, the second was a suite that was nearly $100.00 more and it was a **** ****! The furniture was in not so good condition the tv looked as if it had been dropped (cracked all across the front). Just in general this place charges to much to not take better care of the rooms. I did not expect the royal treatment but for goodness sakes even the bathroom was torn up with marks on the counters and the tub had damage to it also. The staff was great for the most part but the hotel was to torn up for the price you pay. I was in a bind so we had to say there, but would not go again unless I was eating at the cafe which is one of the best things.