Our story begins with the Tongva and Gabrielino Native Americans at the mouth of the Fern Dell Canyon, now better known as Griffith Park. After thousands of years of inhabitance, a Spanish solider named José Feliz settled there in 1775, becoming the city’s administrator and ultimately driving out the Native Americans. Upon his retirement, José Feliz was rewarded for his service with 6,647 acres of land and created Rancho Los Feliz.
Legend has it when Feliz died, the unsavory Antonio Coronel wrangled the property away from the surviving Feliz family. Crazed with fury, one family member cursed the land, setting the stage for a series of unfortunate events. The Curse of the Felizes is still blamed today for business failures and the Griffith Park Fire of 1933, but visitors can decide for themselves if this urban legend is fact or fiction!
After sifting through a host of unsuccessful hands, the ranch was purchased by a once poor Welshman turned into a wealthy mining investor, Griffith Jenkins Griffith, who in 1896 donated 3,015 acres of it to the city of Los Angeles – that we now know and love to be Griffith Park. Griffith requested the land become an oasis for people of modest means. He loved the wild property, but was eager to develop an observatory and an amphitheater.
In 1903, Griffith fell victim to The Curse himself. During a drunken rage, he shot his wife, landing himself in San Quentin for two years. Due to the scandal and blemished reputation, the city of Los Angeles turned down Griffith’s offer of $700,000 to develop the property. Years later, after his death in 1919, the city accepted the donation to develop the property.
Today, Griffith Park contains 4,310 acres of land plush with native wildlife and vegetation, roughly five times the size of New York’s Central Park. Development and expansion, however, have brought noteworthy attractions and fun activities, including the stellar Griffith Observatory (no pun intended).
Other options include a hike to the Hollywood sign, a show at the Greek Theatre, picnics, horseback rides, bicycle rentals, and golf. Just don’t miss the wild animals and amazing vistas, all of which can be seen from a seat on the steam engine, for which your children will beg.
Seven minutes from the only-of-its-kind Griffith Park, Hotel Amarano is pleased to offer our guests luxurious accommodations, incomparable amenities, and a myriad of pleasantly-provided services at our Burbank luxury hotel. From 24-hour concierge services to a full business center and onsite dining, our offerings are plentiful. Star-worthy and stunning, our hotel amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, fine Italian linens, 42” HDTVs and much more.
Summer never looked so promising… seeking a summer getaway that will rejuvenate your senses and reignite that spark of youth and exploration? Hotel Amarano has the answers. Conveniently located in Burbank, CA, you will have easy access to an array of attractions. Not to be missed are the upcoming events at the Hollywood Bowl. Whether your musical tastes are classical or modern, you will be able to enjoy the perfect concert at this iconic performance venue. Upcoming artists include Steely Dan, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Brandy Carlile, Buddy Guy and many others.
Hollywood has always been a magical place, but this summer, Los Angeles will have more wizards, witches, and muggles than ever before. The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is now open at Universal Studios Hollywood, and we’re excited to help our guests explore the shops, rides, and interactive wonders of this magical new world.
March has finally arrived, which can only mean one thing for pop culture aficionados everywhere – WonderCon is upon us yet again. Presented by Comic-Con International and taking place March 25 to March 27 at the LA Convention Center, WonderCon is THE premiere comic book and entertainment convention in the LA area each year.
Trains, locomotives, railroad cars – once a cutting edge means of transportation that brought common people further than they’d ever thought imaginable. Today, with so many options for travel, the stations have largely emptied out, discreetly containing all the style and class of history awaiting another opportunity to make themselves useful to this modern society.
Here at the Hotel Amaramo Burbank, we are eagerly awaiting the 2016 Oscars right along with our guests. This year’s Oscars, which are hosted by funnyman extraordinaire, Chris Rock will air on Sunday, February, 28 at 7pm eastern and 4pm pacific time, and promises to be one to remember, thanks in part to the abundance of brilliant movies up for awards. The Oscar’s most prestigious award, Best Picture, include some of the year’s most memorable films:
Few things are more compelling than a high-stakes athletic event; and this weekend, Los Angeles will be treated to two. On Saturday, February 13th, approximately 250 women and 200 men will vie for a spot on the U.S. Marathon team by running a 26.2 mile course beginning and ending at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The top three finishers in each gender division will be appointed to the U.S. Olympic team for 2016’s Rio De Janeiro. On Sunday, February 14th, runners will take on the 31st Los Angeles Marathon.
Even though the offseason hasn’t even begun and we are still a few weeks away from the Super Bowl, the world of the NFL has been shook to its core with the announcement that the St. Louis Rams will be leaving that city and will be returning to L.A. This is a bitter goodbye for the St. Louis fans, but a homecoming for the city of L.A., who has been without an NFL team for nearly 20 years.
Chances are you’ve heard plenty about this season’s El Nino, one of the strongest on record. It’s bringing plenty of rain to Southern California (and, hopefully, loads of snow for the mountains). What does the unusually wet forecast mean for a potential visit to greater Los Angeles?