Category Archive: Things To Do

History of Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA

May 21, 2016

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.

Hotel Amarano

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.

The Perfect Ticket for a Summer Getaway!

April 29, 2016

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.

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Welcome to Burbank, Harry Potter!

April 12, 2016

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.

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The On-Stage Talent of Burbank

November 5, 2015

Hotel Amarano may be only a few minutes from the movie studios that produce your favorite on-screen entertainment, but the local talent in Burbank’s live theater rivals that of Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Where do you think the big stars come from anyway? From modern comedies to classic Shakespeare, there’s plenty of entertainment to fill your schedule.
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Universal Halloween Horror Nights 2015

October 16, 2015

What could be better than creepy crawlers, ghouls, zombies, and vampires from the studio that makes them for the world to see on film? Universal Studios Hollywood opens its doors to the public for one of the most amazing Halloween celebrations in Los Angeles. And guess what? It’s all live. You won’t be watching the zombies do their horrifying shuffle toward you on the silver screen – they’ll be on the very street where you stand.
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Come Experience the Best of California’s Beer Scene

August 31, 2015

The OktoBURfest beer festival in downtown Burbank will be sure to rival the annual Bavarian traditional festival held in Germany. With more than 45 breweries and three biergartens, there will be no reason to fly to Europe for an authentic Oktoberfest experience.
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Take In the Burbank International Film Festival

August 27, 2015

Out of the many great things to do around the hotel, one of the most interesting is the yearly Burbank International Film Festival, which takes place from September 9th through September 13th. The atmosphere of the festival is electric. You’ve got industry people trying to make deals and wannabe filmmakers and performers trying to impress. You’ve got established stars and young starlets. And of course, there are so many beautiful people moving about and the throngs of photographers snapping away.
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Street Food Cinemas, LA: An Experience You Need To Have

July 29, 2015

California is full of so many interesting and amazing attractions and events. The Burbank area specifically is home to some unique experiences that you just can’t get anywhere else. One of these, a personal favorite, is the Street Food Cinema. Located a short drive from the Burbank area, Street Food Cinema is much more than the classic movie going or restaurant experience. That is what makes it so great, it’s an experience so specific to the area around Burbank that you can’t get it anywhere else.

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Major Revamp at Warner Brothers Studio Tour Hollywood

June 24, 2015

For years, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour has offered an unparalleled behind-the-scenes glimpse of Hollywood that no amusement park or rival studio can seem to duplicate. When you visit the lot, you are transported into the worlds of some of the most famous and beloved television shows and films of today and yesteryear. As a visitor, you get a genuine insider’s view of some seriously legendary entertainment. If you are staying with us this summer and plan to check out the WB tour, you’re in for an extra special treat. Read More