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Ambassador Hotel to Conclude it’s 90th Anniversary Year with Big New Year’s Celebration

New Year’s Eve guests, who are being encouraged to dress in 1920’s attire, will enter the hotel on a red carpet as the party kicks off at 8 p.m.

By - Dec 10th, 2018 02:11 pm

MILWAUKEE – As the Ambassador Hotel wraps up celebrating its 90th anniversary, hotel management announced today they are planning another “A Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve” party.

According to the hotel’s general manager, Jon Jossart, “We kicked off our 90th anniversary celebration in 2019 with a New Year’s event unlike any other in Milwaukee and it was so popular we decided to conclude our 90th anniversary in the same fashion. It will again be a memorable evening from start to finish.”

New Year’s Eve guests, who are being encouraged to dress in 1920’s attire, will enter the hotel on a red carpet as the party kicks off at 8 p.m. Food stations, featuring modern takes on the classics will be placed throughout the hotel’s Art Deco lobby and served by Gatsby inspired service staff. The hotel’s Embassy Room will be transformed into a 1920’s speakeasy, complete with gaming tables. The 10-piece jazz swing band “Southport Sound” will be on hand for dancing in the Fitz, the hotel’s restaurant. And, at midnight, a grand prize will be given away to one lucky gaming winner following the balloon drop.

The cost for tickets to the Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve party are now available for $150 per person and includes food, entertainment, along with beer, wine, soda and a signature pre-prohibition era cocktail. Overnight hotel packages start from $489 per room (based on double occupancy) and include tickets to the Roaring 20s event, in addition to champagne & party favors upon arrival and brunch for two on New Year’s Day in the Fitz. Those wishing to extend their stay through New Year’s Day can do so for just $19.28, in celebration of the hotel’s opening in 1928. To secure a ticket, people should visit www.thefitzmke.com/events or www.ambassadormilwaukee.com/offers

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 $14 million restoration of the property that the hotel regained its glory. In 2017, hotel management recruited renowned chef Jason Gorman to help the hotel rebrand its main restaurant, bar and coffee shop into food and beverage destinations.

Today, the Ambassador Hotel truly is 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.

For more information visit http://www.ambassadormilwaukee.com/.

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