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Where to stay
It has 255 rooms on seven acres with heated pool, two tennis courts. Rates usually $162-$180, less if you pay up front.
It has 483 rooms; standard doubles usually $165-$250 — but check specials, which go as low as $235 a night for room and two Universal Studios passes.
Thirty rooms, recently redone in pop minimalist style. Heated pool, close to Bob's and Warner Bros. Rates usually $109-$129.
Three miles from Universal, with 190 rooms, Patio Cafe, big pool. Built in 1962. Recently renovated but still fairly kitschy (that standalone fireplace in the lobby is new, not old). Walls filled with old photos of stars, fishing and stars fishing. Rooms about 400 square feet. Rates for doubles usually $119-$169.
Blvd began a gradual opening in late January with 58 spacious rooms (which the hotel calls suites). Bar, indoor pool, minimalist contemporary design. Rates usually $149-$169.
Its tired 1968 façade endures for now, but inside, this 451-room lodging has had a $30-million upgrade, with some work to come. Doubles usually $200-$300.
Where to eat
Pleasant patio setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Sibling bookshop, Portrait of a Bookstore, shares the building. Main dishes up to $13.95.
Open 24 hours. Dining room seats about 150. Dinner main dishes up to $12.99.
Part of a four-location Southern California chain. Main dishes and pizzas up to $11.
Opened in 2010. Sidewalk tables. Breakfast and lunch main dishes up to $13.95. Closes at 6 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch, with lots of sausage. Nothing more than $11.50
Enormous menu, enormous dining room. Born here in 1978, now an empire with many locations in Southern California and Florida. Pasta and main dishes $10.75-$27.95.
Karaoke every night, but the emphasis shifts from porn stars on Tuesdays to families 7-9:30 p.m. on Fridays. Dinner main dishes $8-$14.
Italian food and jazz upstairs. Dinner entrees. Dinner main dishes usually $12-$25. For jazz upstairs, covers run $20-$25 with $13 food or drink minimum.
Breakfast combinations $10-$35.
Lunch, dinner, drinks, brunch on weekends. Dinner main dishes $14-$18.
What to see
This theme park and studio back lot tour gets as many as 30,000 visitors per day in the summer. Rates $74, or $66 for those shorter than 48 inches.
Studio back lot tour for visitors 8 and older. Two hours, 15 minutes. $48 a person.
Founded in 1797, open daily. To visit museum and grounds, $4 for adults, $3 for children 7-15, free for younger children.
Seasonal produce and flowers, closes in January, February and most of March.
Tickets usually $34-$42, with a five-show subscription series running August-April and one summer show.
Open sunrise to sunset.