In Los Angeles, the Hotel Amarano Burbank-Hollywood has completed a full-scale renovation to its lobby, public areas, guestrooms and meeting and event spaces and added a new bar and restaurant.
The 132-room hotel’s interior design and branding, conceived by Hirsch Bedner Associates, were inspired by the history of Burbank, Old Hollywood mystique and the Garden of Allah—a residential retreat frequented by Hollywood stars throughout the 1930s and 40s.
“Hotel Amarano has been an extension of the Burbank community and one of its best unkept secrets for nearly two decades,” said GM Tom Whelan. “Entering our second act, we’ve captured the history and magic of Hollywood, both yesterday and today, to offer our guests a premier hospitality experience with the comfort and discretion of one’s own home.”
The hotel, which is managed by StepStone Hospitality, is meant to feel like the home of a fictional character named Amara. The lobby evokes a residential foyer with black-and-white marble flooring, an arched gray ceiling contrasting with white walls and a blue chaise lounge anchoring the space with a pop of color. A life-sized sculpture of a white horse projects from the far wall.
Guestrooms feature a classic color palette of navy, taupe and whites with warm wood and gold accents. Furnishings such as a refurbished trunk dresser, antique gold-trimmed mirror and vintage desk phone create a retro-glam aesthetic. Hung above the gold velvet headboard in mismatched frames, old prints and photographs offer a glimpse into the Hollywood of yesteryear. Among the 132 rooms are 31 suites that range from 475 to 650 square feet.
The revamped 1,900-square-foot Chairman’s Suite has the largest private hotel terrace in Burbank, with living areas that can host press junkets, private social gatherings and executive dinners.
Three refurbished meeting rooms and approximately 4,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space can accommodate social and business gatherings up to 70 guests reception style.
The hotel also has a new bar and restaurant called FYC (“For Your Consideration”), a nod to the entertainment industry. DNA Hospitality consulted on the concept, branding and menu development. Residential in feel, the polished living room aesthetic is accentuated by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves displaying Old Hollywood and Burbank memorabilia. FYC is available for full or partial buyouts and can accommodate up to 100 reception style.