The iconic Sportsmen’s Lodge is more than just another Los Angeles hotel. Our legendary halls pre-date the film industry, have been graced by the likes of Katherine Hepburn and Clark Gable, and offer today’s guest full-service accommodations only minutes from the best San Fernando Valley attractions. If you’re searching for the true Hollywood experience, Sportsmen’s Lodge is the answer and one of the premier Los Angeles landmarks.
Our historic Los Angeles hotel pre-dates the film-industry but soon found itself at the center of the Hollywood studio boom. As the industry grew, so did our popularity among cast and crew including a slew of old-Hollywood royalty such Clark Gable, Katherine Hepburn and John Wayne.
Today our premier Ventura Boulevard address means you’re never far from legendary Los Angeles attractions. Guests stay just minutes from Universal Studios, Burbank airport, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, couture L.A. shopping, and numerous beaches.
When it’s time to relax, take a dip in our over-sized swimming pool, the largest in the San Fernando Valley, or enjoy drinks and dining at any one of our historic on-site restaurants. We also offer a variety of guest rooms and suites featuring patios and garden views, separate living areas or direct pool access.
Event planners rejoice, we’re one of the most sought after event venues in all of Los Angeles. Choose from a variety of outdoor spaces featuring six acres of gardens, water features and towering redwoods. If indoors is more your style, we offer several elegant ballrooms, banquet spaces and boardrooms.
The rich history of the Sportsmen’s Lodge reads like a classic-Hollywood movie script. Rural attraction frequented by local farmers and their families soon finds itself at the center of a burgeoning film industry and the hang-out of choice for newly minted celebrities such as Clark Gable, Bette Davis, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
The original Sportsmen’s Lodge opened its doors in the 1880’s and thrived with its central proximity to the San Fernando Valley’s river, canyons and watering holes. Lodge regulars would bring fishing gear to try their hand at trout-fishing the man-made ponds. Those lucky enough to hook a fish would take their prize directly over to the restaurant for our Chef to cook them up for dinner.
As Studio City grew up around Sportsmen’s Lodge many film crew and cast made the lodge their unofficial hang out and could be spotted sitting quietly along the banks of the trout ponds, enjoying a meal or simply lazing about. Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne are rumored to have taught their children to fish here, while silver screen royalty such as Tallulah Bankhead, Lena Horne and Bette Davis are said to have lounged around the pond picnic-style, eating dinner on white linens and drinking martinis.
No other landmark hotel in Los Angeles pre-dates the conception of the Sportsmen’s Lodge – and the end is yet to be written.