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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced a new property, the Kimpton Alton, coming to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf this summer. The 248-room boutique hotel will offer rooms that feature views of the Pacific Ocean, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

An all-day café and bar with an outdoor patio will invoke the feeling of a hip hangout for coffee drinking during the day and curated cocktails in the evening. A private meeting space for intimate gatherings will complete the project. 

Sitting in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, right off the Embarcadero at Beach and Jones Streets, travelers will be in proximity to attractions like Ghiradelli Square, Lombard Street, the famed Cable Cars, and neighborhoods like North Beach and Telegraph Hill. This property will be the third San Francisco property of the brand, joining the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake in Union Square and the Kimpton Buchanan Hotel in Japantown.

Photo: Hotel Amarano king bedroom

The 132-room Hotel Amarano in Burbank is getting close to debuting (post shelter in place) a full-scale renovation and rebrand that includes updates to its three meeting rooms containing 4,000 square feet of  indoor/outdoor event space, the Chairman’s Suite, lobby, guestrooms, public areas, and a new restaurant and lounge.

Hospitality interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) is overseeing the project. 

Surrounded by film studio ranches, Hotel Amarano is located in the heart of the world’s entertainment capital offering convenient access to Burbank Airport, Hollywood and entertainment studios. The history of Burbank, Old Hollywood glamour and the iconic Garden of Allah—a private retreat owned by 1920s silent movie actress Alla Nazimova—are woven throughout the renovated interiors. 

Photo: Hotel Amarano bar lounge

Hotel Amarano features 132 rooms, amongst which are 31 spacious suites. The revamped 1,900-square-foot Chairman’s Suite features the largest private hotel terrace in Burbank, with views of the Burbank skyline, and spacious living areas for hosting press junkets, private social gatherings and executive dinners.

Originally opened in 1966, the Fairmont Century Plaza will debut a massive redevelopment this September. The hotel is positioned in Century City, Los Angeles and has nearly 24,000 square feet of private event space, which includes one of the largest ballrooms in Los Angeles with seating for over 1,500.

Fairmont Century Plaza offers 400 guestrooms, all with balconies, as well as a 14,000-square-foot spa, a fitness center, a rooftop swimming pool, and more. The rooftop features 4,007 square feet of outdoor event space, and includes a rooftop bar. Guests and locals alike can also the gourmet café, Lumière Brasserie.

Located nearby major freeways, the hotel is close to three Los Angeles-area airports and the Downtown Los Angeles Convention Center.

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