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1989 :: The Ambassador Hotel officially closes it doors.

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in 1980's, Ambassador Blog |

Ambassador To The Stars

Famed Hotel Approaches Checkout Time

November 09, 1988|By Gerald Volgenau, Knight-Ridder Newspapers. Chicago Tribune.
LOS ANGELES — It happens almost every day, said Arthur Nyhagen, who at age 70 still looks natty in his red doorman`s jacket standing in front of the Ambassador Hotel. “People just drive up, take a picture of the hotel and then get back in their cars and drive on,“ he said. “They`ve been doing it for years.“

The reason is simple.

The sprawling Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard, with its red-tiled roofs, graceful gardens and acres of velvet lawns, is one of the world`s most famous hotels. These days most people know it as the hotel where Robert F. Kennedy was shot, in 1968. But others remember it as the meeting place for the rich and famous: movie stars, foreign princes, eccentric millionaires, athletes and aviators. For decades, everybody who was anybody on the West Coast stopped at the Ambassador. Bing Crosby and Merv Griffin got their starts singing at the hotel`s famous Cocoanut Grove nightclub. Walter Winchell used to live here. So did John Barrymore, Gloria Swanson and Howard Hughes. Late at night Rudolph Valentino is said to have stolen through underground tunnels that connect the main hotel with its nearby bungalows for visits with Pola Negri and Norma Talmadge. Staffers say John Kennedy was spotted taking a freight elevator up to see Marilyn Monroe. It was here that Richard Nixon told the press, “You won`t have Nixon to kick around anymore.“ The stories go on by

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the hundreds but perhaps not much longer. Earlier this month the owners announced that the 68-year-old Ambassador Hotel officially would clo

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