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The Ambassador Hotel, designed by Milwaukee architects Urban Peacock and Armin Frank, opened its doors in grand style on May 4, 1928. The hotel, which has a unique Art Deco flare, also shows signs of Egyptian Revival, a popular sub-motif that emerged after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922. 


 In the 1930s hotel lounge, patrons were often entertained by Liberace then simply known as West Allis native Walter Busterkeys. In 1960, presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy spoke to a United Chemical Workers Convention at the Ambassador. In 1964, the Beatles spent a night at the hotel after taking Milwaukee by storm.


 However, in the 70s and 80s the neighborhood and Hotel declined. It wasn’t until Marquette University alumni Rick Wiegand purchased the property in 1995, and started on a decade long $17 million restoration of the property that the hotel regained its glory. In 2017, the hotel rebranded its main restaurant, bar and coffee shop into the food and beverage destinations The Fitz, Gin Rickey and Deco Cafe'.


 Today, the Ambassador Hotel truly is a Milwaukee hospitality gem providing an urban oasis near the heart of downtown. It offers a remarkable blend of modern amenities and 1920's Art Deco design. From the original marble floors and bronze elevator doors to the ornate plasterwork, every detail of the Ambassador Hotel is a testament to the bold beauty of Art Deco and the history of the Near West Side of Milwaukee. The Ambassador features 132 renovated guest rooms and suites, along with 3,000 square feet of event space, perfect for any meeting or private event.


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