Sportsmen’s Lodge Returns to Mid-Century Resort Style

Sportsmans Lodge Redesign

Half a century after Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis taught their kids to fish in the trout ponds of Sportsmen’s Lodge, the historic Studio City motel has gotten a makeover that restores much of its midcentury resort style. Fishing, sadly, is no longer offered, but the six-acre property’s ponds and gardens make a lush backdrop for events. The hotel is convenient for bizzers in town working at CBS Studio Center, Universal, Warner Bros. or Disney.

Eat: The pool-view Patio Cafe offers modernized “TV dinners” like beer-battered fish ’n chips and bacon-wrapped meatloaf as well as fish tacos, campfire chili and the classic Brown Derby Cobb salad.

Drink: Cocktails include the Fred and Ginger with bourbon and ginger beer; and the Blonde Bombshell with gin, fresh lemonade and basil.

Stay: The biggest pool in the San Fernando Valley is the focal point of the 190-room hotel, which includes numerous suites with large workspaces.


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  1. Barry says:

    Not the biggest pool in the Valley. There are several which are larger, including the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks and Burbank Verdugo pools, both of which are 50 meters by 25 yards.

  2. Paul Watson says:

    Had many a happy stay at the Lodge – sharing stories of Tom and Jerry Toons with Hanna Barbera ‘s Bill Hanna at breakfast..had my pre wedding party there and wrote a whole film by the pool .
    Kids loved the pool and tub!
    And Jerry’s Deli and the bowling lanes a walk away .. ( well I am a Limey ) :) to TSL

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