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Which has anicer ambience? Hilton Universal or Sheraton...

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Which has anicer ambience? Hilton Universal or Sheraton...

Hi again!

If you were going to choose between these two hotels, which would you choose? I'm a bit concerned about having to walk up a big hill if I miss the shuttle to Universal Studios. Which hotel has the least steepest walk to Universal Studios? Also, if I should decide to rent a car from them, is there any way I could drive around on one boulevard and not have to worry about getting lost. I would never drive on the LA freeways because I'm just plain frightened. Thanks for your imput. Lucia

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1. Re: Which has anicer ambience? Hilton Universal or Sheraton...

HI Lucia,

I have been to the Hilton Sheraton for a wedding a few years ago, and seems to be a really nice hotel. Both hotels seem very nice. There are escorted tours that can take you around town if you really don't want to drive the freeways.Ask the concierge which tours you'd like to take. I've heard of starline tours. There is also a metro close to where you are staying. There maybe a free shuttle that can take you to the metro stop from your hotel. You can just take the metro train one stop to Hollywood and Highland-If you saw the Oscars, this is where it was held. Mann's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Bowl, Walk of Fame, are all located here.

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Thanks so much Amsocal. I like your idea about the metro to Hollywood. Lucia

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3. Re: Which has anicer ambience? Hilton Universal or Sheraton...

Hey Lucia, You can take the Metro to many places around LA, and can take you outside of LA. Both the Hilton and Sheraton in Universal City are very close to the Metro train.

You can take the Metro redline not only to Hollywood & Highland, but to Civic Center-where Little Tokyo is at and to Union Station where Chinatown and Olivera Street is located.

From Union Station, this is where all the Metro train ines, Metrolink, and Amtrak gets connected. Transfer to the Metro Gold Line to go to Old Town Pasadena and Paseo Colorado - For shopping, restaurants, and clubs in the evening-Pasadena is a nice neighborhood and where the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade takes place. Or Transfer to the Blue Line to go all the way to downtown Long Beach-Queen Mary,aquarium, LB Convention Center, or take the ferry from Long Beach to go to Catalina Island. Another option, take the Amtrak train from LA Union Station to Anaheim to go to Disneyland. Or you can take the Amtrak train to go to Santa Barbara for the day, if you'd like to see Santa Barbara. It stops right close to State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, and near the Pier.

The Metro is still Work In Progress as they are adding new lines, I heard they are building the Orange Line and trying to expand the Green Line to LAX.

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Cali333, You have made my day! I love your suggestions. May I ask, will I be able to easily find my way back to the Universal City Metro station? Also, I'm very afraid of ending up in East LA and not have a way back. Thanks, Lucia

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5. Re: Which has anicer ambience? Hilton Universal or Sheraton...

Lucia

We have stayed many times at both and the Hilton is MUCH nicer. By far. And the Hilton has a nice lobby restaurant , elegant, where the Sheraton has more of a coffee shop.

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6. Re: Which has anicer ambience? Hilton Universal or Sheraton...

HI Lucia,

I just re-read my first post, I meant to say Hilton Universal(not Hilton Sheraton).

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7. Re: Which has anicer ambience? Hilton Universal or Sheraton...

The line that goes through rough neighborhoods would be the Blue Line to Long Beach. Actually, if you're going to take the Blue Line to Long Beach, you would need to get off 7th Street from the Redline and transfer to the Blue Line. But we've taken these lines before, and it's safe taking the trains.

Depending on where you want to go?

From Universal Studios is the Redline(Universal City station), you can take it and get off Hollywood & Highland, or take it all the way and get off 7th Street to transfer to the Blue Line(to go to Long Beach), or take the Redline all the way to LA Union Station-To take the Gold Line or Amtrak/Metrolink lines.

http://www.westworld.com/~elson/larail/red.html

If you want to go to Long Beach, take the Blue Line and get off 1st Street for LB Convention Center and downtown LB or get off Transit Mall for Queen Mary and/or Aquarium or Catalina Island ferries

http://www.westworld.com/~elson/larail/blue.html

From LA Union, you can take the Gold line. Get off Del Mar or Memorial Park for Old Town Pasadena district.

mta.net/riding%5Fmetro/…gold_line.htm

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8. Re: Which has anicer ambience? Hilton Universal or Sheraton...

Thanks KBearC, Amsocal, andCali333!

I'm going to try your suggestions. So,if I get off the Hollywood & Vine stop, which wayn do I go? I don't want to end up in a bad area? Thanks, Lucia

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HI Lucia,

When you get off Hollywood and Highland, just go up. The train is underneath Hollywood and Highland copmlex. Once you go up,and you're on Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood and Highland has the shops, restaurants, and this is where Kodak Theater is located. When you get out of Hollywood and Highland Complex, to the front is El Capitan Theater, go to your right and you will walk to Mann's Chinese Theater, walk a little further is the Egyptian Theater.

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10. Re: Which has anicer ambience? Hilton Universal or Sheraton...

Thanks Amsocal!

Do I just go back, (back track ) to return to the Sheraton Universal stop? Thanks again, Lucia