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Tilt Hotel Universal / Hollywood, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Ranked #154 of 351 Hotels in Los Angeles
Westminster, MD
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57 reviews
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“Convenient Location for Adequate Hotel”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

We stayed here for three nights while in LA on vacation. The things we enjoyed were free parking (really nice in LA - everywhere you go, you pay for parking), free internet and free breakfast (just OK, but included in the room price which is nice). This hotel was convenient to CBS Studios in Studio City, Universal City and Hollywood. It was a perfect location for our itinerary. Staff members were friendly.

The biggest complaint I had was that our room was not serviced. We didn't really need it after the first night so we left the do not disturb sign out but we were gone all day on the following day and nobody ever came to service the room. I was really upset by this! And when I went to the desk, they didn't really do anything for us.

We were not on the street side so the noise from the street did not bother us at all. There is a Starbucks across the street which was really nice. The hotel is still working on remodeling which was in comments from last summer but it didn't really affect our stay. As other guests mentioned, the lobby was really small and I don't know what it would be like if the hotel was at capacity (I think they were working on the 2nd level and I don't know that anyone was staying there).

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Philladelphia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2013

We checked out of the Sheraton to come stay at this Choice hotel location. Breakfast was great. Lobby was kinda small, didnt have one but the space was all the breakfast area. Room was much bigger than the Sheraton. Desk staff was friendly. I was happy to stay at a Choice hotel. Thanks staff

Room Tip: Choice actually beat Sheraton. wow who knew
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Southern CA
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

We attended a funeral and this affordable hotel is two miles from the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

It was our first time at a Clarion Inn. We booked one night in a 3 kings bed suite using the AAA rate. Two adjoining rooms and one bathroom.

The location is near a lot of tourist spots like Universal Studios. We made the short drive to Universal. We didn't bother walking it because we knew we'd be tired walking back to the hotel with three kids under age 11.

We checked in at 6pm. Many parking spots available at that time. The room was clean. Ample bath towels. The view was of the alley, but we didn't hear any freeway traffic noise. The room has a mini-fridge and microwave. The suite is roomy for 4 adults and 3 children. I would have liked another bathroom. If we stayed more than one night, I would have opt for the suite with 2 bathrooms.

Wifi worked well. The breakfast consisted of basic items like bagels, eggs, bread, muffins, yogurt, milk and fruit. It's enough to start the day.

I had only one issue. When we got in the room, the adjoining room was locked. We called the front desk twice. Both times we were told that a housekeeper will unlock the door. After an hour we got in the room, we located a housekeeper who then unlocked the other room. I didn't bother making a complaint, but looking back, I should have.

We'll likely return to this hotel since it's near Universal and more affordable than the hotels closest to Universal. Plus, the CI suites cost less than small standard rooms at the Hilton/Sheraton.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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San Tan Valley, Arizona
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Had an event to attend at Universal Studios. Hotel is just outside of Universal Studios, so you are not paying the big bucks that you would be paying inside the park. Most of parking is under the hotel, it is an older hotel and they had some remodeling/renovations going on, but lobby was cute, staff was friendly, and room was clean & comfortable. It is so close to the freeway, but could not hear or smell it in the hotel. There is a traffic signal at exit, so very easy to get out, close to Universal Studios, and breakfast included!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Terrigal, Australia
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Anyone who says this in not a close walk to Universal is seriously lazy. It's a healthy 20 min uphill walk that our family of 6 did with no problem. The walk back home is always easier and we chatted happily about the day's events.
We have stayed before and requested the same room as last year. We had the family suite (room 321) which consists of a king bed in room 1, a very clean bathroom (with small spa bath), a wet bar with fridge, microwave, flat screen TV with cupboard/drawers and a lounge chair + generous ottoman. The furnishings are dated, but comfortable and the firm bed is divine. Pillows are a little on the small side and too soft, but that seems to be a constant problem we have found wherever we go in LA. Only thing missing is a small safe, which would have been appreciated for passports and travel documents etc. There is great TV reception and heaps of channels.
The second room is the same size, has an identical bathroom, (2) queen beds, armchair, flat screen and cupboard with drawers. This room has no external access door to the hallway, but the common door can be locked from the inside. Husband and I would have preferred if our bed was in this room, for obvious reasons, but we understand why we couldn't lock it from our side, so we left it at that.
Showers have multiple stream options and white fluffy towels and toiletries are replenished daily. Housekeeping was efficient and polite. We tipped between $4-6 a day, not sure if this was enough but as Aussies, we don't have a clue on this type of practice as it's not done in Oz as a general rule. Air conditioning was quiet enough and I honestly can't fault the accommodations. The guest laundry is excellent value at $1 per load and was very convenient for me before we flew home to Australia.
The lobby has undergone a substantial renovation and is currently still awaiting many finishing touches, so the photos on their website are way out of date. It used to be quite bright and homey, but they've gone for dark and funky. The courtesy bathrooms are lovely, but the little lobby is just way too dark for our taste. It's hard to see and the finishing is rather hurried and lacking the detail I would have expected for a major upgrade. Reception is ever friendly and polite and check in is easy. Didn't use the pool, but on a really hot day it would have sufficed.
Breakfast is ok if you're not expecting a grand buffet. We just chose cereal, yoghurt and egg most mornings. We took fruit and muffins back to our rooms and they were delicious. I agree with a previous poster about the use by date of the yoghurts. Husband ate a bad one and (ahem)paid the ultimate price for the rest of his day.
All in all, we would definitely stay here again for our Universal Studios leg. It's a nice hotel and decent people run it. People expecting anything other than courtesy and comfort for this price is just kidding yourself.

Room Tip: Room 321 is the Family Suite and it is great for 6 people. Overlooks the road, but very quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
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Reviewed 28 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

The hotel have limited parking space. The room we stayed in was well maintain but it seem dark. It's hard to connect to their internet. The good part is it's near a freeway entrance and walking distance to Universal Hollywood. The hotel offers full breakfast, not the CP kind. Starbucks is right across the street and a gas station in the same block as the hotel. If you hate driving LA traffic, this is maybe the one. Expect to pay for the convenience.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Great hotel.Staff is very courteous and helpful.Nice,clean& spacious rooms.Walking distance to Universal Studios.Good breakfast to start your day. You can go to any tourist point in matter of minutes.
Getting out of LA is also easy as close to the Highway.No worry about traffic jams.

Room Tip: Small Hotel so any room is good we stayed on the Third floor.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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cahuenga, General Manager at Tilt Hotel Universal / Hollywood, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, responded to this review, 24 September 2013
Thank you very much for staying with us an for your wonderful comment about us... looking forward to see you again
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Property: Tilt Hotel Universal / Hollywood, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Address: 3241 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Formerly Clarion Inn)
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Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Central L.A
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#63 Business Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Tilt Hotel Universal / Hollywood, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member 2.5*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Clarion Inn Los Angeles/Universal City! We are centrally located in the Los Angeles area, a very short distance from the studios and theme parks. For the Hollywood tourist, we are one mile from Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard. You can walk to numerous theaters and event centers. For the sports enthusiast, we are within a few miles of Dodger Stadium and the Staples Center. And, for the shopper, we are close to Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to make your stay perfect. ... more   less 
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Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles - Universal City - Cahuenga Hotel Los Angeles
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