8 Hotels With A Shuttle To Universal Studios Hollywood

We have been out-of-town Universal Studios Hollywood Annual Pass Members for several years now, and subsequently, we know that the best way to enjoy a day (or days) at this incredible theme park is to stay in a nearby hotel that offers a complimentary shuttle to the park.

It’s no secret that the traffic in Los Angeles is crazy, and Universal Studios Hollywood parking is expensive so staying in a hotel that offers a complimentary shuttle to the parks is not only easier, and more convenient but often cheaper too.

Better still, it’s not just high-end luxury hotels that offer a complimentary shuttle to Universal Studios Hollywood. Instead, you’ll find a variety of hotels offering this service.

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1. The Sheraton Universal City

πŸš— Distance from Universal Studios Hollywood: 0.3 miles

The Sheraton Universal City is a four-star hotel, and the closest hotel to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.

Located opposite the park’s entrance (roughly an 8-minute walk) this hotel doesn’t offer a shuttle bus, but is, in our opinion, the best place to stay when visiting Universal Studios.

Amenities:

  • Walking distance to Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • On-site restaurant

2. Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City

πŸš— Distance from Universal Studios Hollywood: 0.2 miles

Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City is situated next to The Sheraton Universal City (see above) and is subsequently within walking distance (8 minutes) of the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.

An extensive range of rooms and suites is available at this four-star hotel with the largest sleeping up to eight guests in total.

Amenities:

  • Walking distance to Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • CafΓ© Sierra

3. The Garland

πŸš— Distance from Universal Studios Hollywood: 1.4 miles

The Garland is a Universal Studios hotel partner and one of the best hotels with a complimentary shuttle to the theme park.

Both rooms and suites are available at this three-star hotel, all of which include; a LED flat-screen TV with cable channels, a refrigerator and a coffee machine.

Amenities:

  • Complimentary Universal Studios shuttle (view schedule)
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness centre

4. Coast Anabelle Hotel

πŸš— Distance from Universal Studios Hollywood: 3.8 miles

Situated in Burbank, just 3.8 miles from Universal Studios Hollywood the three-star Coast Anabelle Hotel is an excellent choice for solo travellers, couples and families.

The hotel benefits from various rooms and suites, with the largest (the Deluxe King Suite) sleeping up to four guests.

Amenities:

  • Complimentary shuttle throughout Burbank
  • Complimentary parking
  • Olive’s Bistro & Lounge
  • Outdoor swimming pool

5. Safari Inn

πŸš— Distance from Universal Studios Hollywood: 3.9 miles

Safari Inn is a fantastic three-star Universal Studios Hollywood partner hotel situated in Burbank, California.

This hotel is the sister to The Coast Anabelle Hotel (as noted above) and subsequently shares a range of facilities and amenities including the complimentary shuttle around Burbank (including a stop at Universal Studios Hollywood).

Amenities:

  • Complimentary shuttle throughout Burbank
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Complimentary parking
  • Fitness centre

6. Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel

πŸš— Distance from Universal Studios Hollywood: 4.9 miles

The four-star Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel is located on the same block as Burbank Airport, just 5 miles from Universal Studios Hollywood.

This hotel has a wide variety of rooms and suites available, with the largest (the Family Junior Suite) sleeping up to seven guests.

Amenities:

  • Complimentary shuttle to Universal Studios & Burbank Airport
  • 2 swimming pools
  • On-site Daily Grill

7. BLVD Hotel & Spa 

πŸš— Distance from Universal Studios Hollywood: 0.7 miles

BLVD Hotel & Spa is an incredibly popular three-star hotel located within walking distance of Universal Studios Hollywood (15 minutes). There’s also a complimentary shuttle available across the street from Universal City Metro station (a 6-minute walk).

Multiple rooms and suites are available here, with the largest (the Queen Suite with Two Queen Beds) sleeping up to six people in total.

Amenities:

  • Within walking distance of Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Fitness centre

8. Tilt Hotel Universal / Hollywood, Ascend Hotel Collection

πŸš— Distance from Universal Studios Hollywood: 0.7 miles

Similar to the BLVD Hotel & Spa, the two-star Tilt Hotel is a 15-minute walk from Universal Studios Hollywood. Alternatively, you can walk 6 minutes to the complimentary shuttle which leaves from the street across from the Universal City Metro station.

This is one of the best hotels for families close to Universal Studios Hollywood and benefits from a family suite which is able to accommodate up to ten guests in total.

Amenities:

  • Indoor heated pool
  • Laundry facilities
  • Business centre

Universal Hollywood Travel Planning Guide

🎟️ Where To Buy Tickets for Universal Hollywood?

If you’re based in the US or Canada, I recommend Klook for your Universal Hollywood tickets.

Klook consistently has the most competitive prices. There’s also a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.

Meanwhile, if you’re based in the United Kingdom. Then I recommend buying your Universal Hollywood theme park tickets from AttractionTix.

I personally use AttractionTix when purchasing theme park tickets. That’s because AttractionTix consistently has the most competitive prices and incredible customer service.

πŸ₯ Should I Buy Travel Insurance for a Visit to Universal Hollywood?

If you’re travelling to Universal Hollywood for vacation, then travel insurance is recommended. Basic travel insurance coverage with Safety Wing averages between $5 – $10 per day and offers peace of mind.

However, if a trip to Universal Hollywood isn’t part of a vacation. For example, you live locally. Then travel insurance isn’t likely to be necessary.

🚘 Do I Need to Rent a Car for a Visit to Universal Hollywood?

You don’t need to rent a car to visit Universal Hollywood, as the theme park has Uber / Lyft pick-up and drop-off points.

However, if a trip to Universal Hollywood only makes up a portion of your vacation, then you may want to rent a car. I personally use Discover Cars to find the best car rental for all of my trips to Los Angeles.

🏨 Where to Stay When Visiting Universal Hollywood?

When visiting Universal Hollywood, I recommend staying at Loews Hollywood. From this hotel, you can take an Uber or Lyft to Universal Hollywood in under 15 minutes.

When it comes to booking any hotels in Los Angeles, I use either Booking.com or Hotels.com. However, for large families and groups, VRBO is my number one choice.

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