Despite the addition of the sleekly modern Hilton just uphill, the 21-story Sheraton is still considered "the" Universal City hotel of choice for tourists, businesspeople, and industry folks visiting the studios' production offices. Located on the back lot of Universal Studios, it has a spacious 1960s feel, with updated styling and amenities. Although the Sheraton does its share of convention/event business, the hotel feels more leisure-oriented than the Hilton next door (an outdoor elevator connects the two properties). Choose a Poolside Lanai room for balconies that overlook the lushly planted pool area, or a Traditional room for stunning views and solitude. The hotel is very close to the Hollywood Bowl, and you can practically roll out of bed and into the theme park (via a continuous complimentary shuttle). All suites include Club Level access—worth the money for the extra amenities such as concierge service and free continental breakfast and afternoon hors d'oeuvres. Tip: Ask about AAA, AARP, and corporate discounts; also inquire about packages that include theme-park admission.