When this property changed hands in 1995, no one was sure just what, exactly, its faded, over-carpeted floors were hiding. Fast forward ten years and $10 million of renovations, et voilà: Today's Ambassador Hotel is as glam as the day it opened in 1928.
All told, this eight-story building holds 133 rooms and suites. Some have whirlpool baths and wet bars; all feature cloud-like beds with sumptuous linens and feather pillows. Wiegand has made a point to keep things comfy and relaxed. Hence the under-slab heating beneath the restaurant bar—a cozy complement for cold winter days.
1920s glitz, 21st-century cool
Ambassador guests can choose from The Fitz Restaurant (American cuisine with global flourish), Gin Rickey's Lounge (lighter fare, historic cocktails), and Deco Café (coffee, sandwiches, salads and pastries).
Sunday Brunch is creative and delicious: order a "Neptune Omelette" (royal red shrimp, sea scallops, jumbo lump crab, scallions, dill), or classic buttermilk pancakes. It all goes well with the Bloody Mary, garnished with string cheese, sausage stick, olives, celery, and an itty bitty beer to wash it down.
Guests will appreciate the quality cardio equipment in the hotel's onsite Fitness Center—not to mention the individual TV screens for each machine.