A modern property that honors its Jazz Age heritage
Originally opened in 1926 as the Ambassador East, the hotel was a Rat Pack hangout in its golden age, attracting celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe. Now run by Journal Hotels—the brand behind the Hollywood Roosevelt, the Mondrian Park Avenue, and San Francisco’s Hotel G—the Ambassador has a thoroughly modern look that ushers it into the 21st century while honoring its Jazz Age heritage. The 285 rooms and suites are decked out with 300-thread-count linens, contemporary art, and Maison Margiela robes, while original crown moldings and mail chutes reference the building’s heyday. The Library is the spot for a La Colombe coffee in an inviting space featuring Venetian-style rondelle windows, Christian Liagre lamps, and a chesterfield sofa. What was once the iconic Pump Room is now Booth One, a retro-modern American restaurant with a supper club vibe from chef Doug Psaltis and local hospitality hit-makers Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise. Under orb lighting fixtures inspired by champagne bubbles, seek out the portrait of the Sultan of Swoon adorning the wall of a booth dedicated to the legendary singer. A subtle nod to the past as the Ambassador begins a new chapter.