Located about a 7-minute drive from Universal Studios, and a 4-minute drive from the nearest Highway 101 on-ramp, the Days Inn Hollywood Universal Studios is suitable for road travellers who require a well-priced hotel with a free breakfast, easy highway access and extended kitchen amenities.
This non-smoking hotel has 72 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, each offering free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker, a desk, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms with a sitting area and sofabed, a kitchenette and a jetted tub are also available, and the hotel does not offer wheelchair-accessible rooms. Some rooms have a balcony.
Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool, barbecue facilities, a business centre, vending machines, guest laundry and a free continental breakfast. A free roundtrip airport shuttle is also offered (please contact the hotel for details). Parking is available for an additional $10 per day and pets are not permitted.
IHOP restaurant is located across the street, while Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a 7-minute walk north. Hollywood & Highland Center offers shopping roughly a 2-minute drive northward and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) can be found roughly a 35-minute drive south of the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, parking $10/day, pets not permitted, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: August 3, 2013)
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, value, staff and rooms.
Numerous guests praised the hotel's location. They described it as safe and central, as well as close to public transit, Hollywood Boulevard, the Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl, the Staples Center, supermarkets, shopping and restaurants.
Many reviewers were pleased with the hotel's rates. They described them as budget friendly, excellent, moderately priced and reasonable.
The hotel's staff were the source of several compliments by lodgers, who characterized them as accommodating, helpful, friendly and informative.
Several lodgers enjoyed the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, quiet, well equipped and well maintained, with comfortable beds. It should be noted, however, that a few reviewers had complaints about their rooms (see below).
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about noise transfer, the breakfast and the rooms.
Noise disruptions were mentioned by a few reviewers. They complained of traffic noise in street-facing rooms, as well as noise from guests in adjacent rooms and rooms overhead.
The hotel's breakfast was a source of some complaint for guests. They found the selection to be poor, with no hot items, and also reported the breakfast area being too small and crowded for the number of lodgers at the hotel.
While the majority of patrons were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms, a few reviewers had complaints. They reported musty smells, small-sized rooms and dated/worn decor.
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.8 out of 5 with an 84% recommendation rate from 634 reviews.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #91 of 304 Los Angeles hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 532 reviews.
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.4 out of 10 from 110 reviews.
The author called the hotel on August 3, 2013 to verify some information.