A mile from Universal Studios, the hotel that actress Beverly Garland (Fred MacMurray’s wife on “My Three Sons”) and her husband built in 1972 shed the Holiday Inn brand in November 2013 and undertook a complete redesign, including addition of a new landscaped garden area. Garland’s son, James Crank, still runs the hotel and is in charge of the multi-phase transformation of the property into a boutique hotel with a Southern California retro look. Guest rooms, with bold red accents against a black, white and wood background, evoke the ’40s just before Art Deco gave way to anonymous Modernism. Balconies in all rooms overlook the grassy grounds that provide respite from Hollywood’s abundance of concrete. (Requesting a room facing Vineland Avenue will dampen the ceaseless hum of traffic from the nearby 101 freeway.) KidSuites are designed for families, with a partitioned section providing privacy for both parents and kids. The staff is congenial, and the shuttle to and from Universal Studios is free.
- Frommer's Staff