Where to stay: The Valley

The Garland Hotel

This seven-acre sanctuary is located in the San Fernando Valley. The hotel was opened in 1972 and thanks to decor, it still feels like you are in the 70s.

70s vibe

The hotel has vintage vibe and modern style thanks to $20-million restoration in 2015. The revamp of this hotel was the vision of the hotel’s managing partner James Crank.

The Garland
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After chilling in a hot tub and a heated pool, try their al fresco breakfast. Start your day right with fried egg, shrimp & sweet potato hash and a couple of mimosas. Who’s counting when you’re on vacation, right?


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Explore The Store and choose local, creatively designed items.

Stretch your limbs with Tai Chi Yoga, every Sunday at 9 a.m. On Thursdays you can take advantage of the early morning Personal Trainer Open House with complimentary workout tips.

Save your Wednesday afternoons for hotel’s weekly California Craft Beer Tasting at The Front Yard bar.

Fan of movies? Then you’ll love this – you can enjoy a classic movie poolside on the big screen.


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The Garland’s complimentary trolley will take you door-to-door to this world-famous attraction.

Reservations: 800-238-3759
Location: 4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood

Sportsmen’s Lodge

This Valley’s hotel’s turquoise aesthetic will take you straight back to 1962, the year it was built. It is located about 15 minutes north of Hollywood of the 101 Freeway.

Sportsmen’s Lodge hotel room

After you wake up, you have to check up Patio Cafe where you can try beer-battered fish and chips (Gilligan’s Island) or vegan friendly eggplant-tofu lasagna (The Twilight Zone). While you eat, check out the black and white photos of Hollywood’s Golden era’s stars like Lauren Bacall and John Wayne.

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Don’t forget to come back to the Sportsmen’s just in time for the poolside happy hour.

Poolside at Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel in Studio City.

Reservations: +1 818-769-4700
Location: 12825 Ventura Blvd, Studio City

Hilton Los Angeles Universal City

If you are a fan of amusement parks this hotel is for you! Universal Studios Hollywood and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are just minutes away from Hilton Los Angeles Universal City.

Hilton Los Angeles Universal City


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Have the international breakfast buffet at Cafe Sierra first – you’ll need strength for the whole day of adventures. Try scrambled eggs and thick bacon with dim sum and noodle soup, it’s amazing. After the breakfast you’ll be ready for some serious family fun. You can walk to the theme park from the hotel in less tan ten minutes or take a complimentary shuttle that runs every 10 minutes from the hotel.

Try every ride at Universal Studios – from motion-simulated version of Springfield to the super fun roller coaster “Revenge of the Mummy.” In the famous Studio Tour you can visit the set of of Back to the Future, the Bates Motel from Psycho and Jaws.

Revenge of the mummy

At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter you can have lunch at Three Broomsticks (try their magical feast of roasted chicken and butterbeer). Get your wand at Ollivanders wand shop and then it’s time to take the Forbidden Journey ride.

Wizarding world of Harry Potter

Don’t forget to Shop at Universal CityWalk!

Universal Hollywood CityWalk

Reservation: (818) 506-2500
Location: 555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City 91608

Sheraton Universal Hotel

This newly renovated hotel is also an ideal location if you want to visit Universal Studios Hollywood and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They offer free shuttle to the Universal theme park.

Sheraton Universal Hotel

Try their breakfast at The California’s and have a drink at In the Mix where you can choose from an extensive selection of vodkas. Relax in the hotel pool and enjoy a 270-degree view of Hollywood from the 20-foot windows of the rooftop Starview Room.

Sheraton Universal Hotel Pool

Don’t worry about hiring a pet nanny cause this hotel is pet friendly.

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Reservation: (818) 980-1212
Location: 333 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City 91608

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