My family and I stayed at the Hilton for seven nights while on vacation so we had a good chance to evaluate the entire complex. Overall, nothing but great things to say. The hotel is well maintained, the rooms are clean and modern, great views, nice pool area, and the location is excellent for vacationing. Obviously, being located so close to Universal Studios/City Walk is a big plus. The hotel has a shuttle that runs back and forth from City Walk every 15 minutes. It’s just as easy to walk the 7 minutes which will put you at the entrance of Universal Studios. The pool at the hotel is very good and it also has a large hot tub and several lounge chairs to enjoy the sunshine. Workout facilities are pretty good by hotel standards with several cardio machines and a separate area with free weights and weight machines. The weekend buffet is amazing (Fri/Sat/Sun). It is not cheap ($47 or $43 on Sunday evening) but you get what you pay for. The variety of good food and desserts is impressive. All of the service was excellent with helpful front desk and staff. The hotel bar had a relaxing atmosphere and had snacks and drink specials during happy hour each evening. I saw a comment on some reviews about the “slow” elevators. Several days while we were there the place was packed but we never felt like we waited a lot of time. They may not be superfast but they certainly are not ridiculously slow either. If you are at this hotel you are probably on vacation or attending a conference or wedding so relax and enjoy it it…waiting a tad bit longer for an elevator ride isn’t a big deal :)
Outside of the Universal area, it is a ten minute drive to Hollywood Blvd/Sunset Strip and if you don’t have a car it’s an easy subway ride. You can be on the beaches of Malibu in about 45 minutes, and the LA zoo is less than thirty. So if you have a car, it is very easy to get around and see other things. This is the approximate amount of time it took us but understand LA traffic can impact the commute time. Also, if you are there for a few days and want to pick up some reasonably prices supplies, there is a shopping plaza within walking distance that has a Ralph's grocery story, Rite Aid, City Wok restaurant, Jamba Juice, and some others places. As long as you don't mind walking up the steep hill on the way back it is very convenient.
Based on my experience I would highly recommend this hotel for business or pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy AAA Four Diamond facility with over six acres of landscape in the Hollywood Hills and stunning views of glittering Los Angeles. The hotel provides a sophisticated experience combined with a superior level of service. A welcomed respite, each spacious guest room and suite is flavored with class and comfort, showcasing valued amenities for the well-traveled guest. Continually working toward greater sustainability, the property was also recently awarded the Gold level certified by Green Seal for environmental lodging, The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City hotel is located steps from Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk Los Angeles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City Hotel Los Angeles
- Hilton Universal City
- Universal Hilton
- Los Angeles Hilton