Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel,
12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City 91604; (818) 769-4700 or (800) 821-8511, http://www.slhotel.com
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.