Ambassador Hotel set for ‘surgical’ renovations

July 31 2014 | Latest News
By: Robin Shannon, Reporter CityBusiness

After about a year of design and engineering work, the Ambassador Hotel on the edge of the Warehouse District is set for a more than $7 million renovation that, according to the property’s new owners, will be “methodical” and “surgical.”

The 164-room boutique hotel at 535 Tchoupitoulas St. is getting a complete overhaul that includes a newly designed lobby, restaurant and bar, upgraded plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, and a new layout and renovation of all guest rooms and corridors with new furniture and fixtures.

Woodward Design+Build is handling design and construction. Work began earlier this week and the project is slated to wrap up by the start of next year. The hotel will remain open during construction.

The renovations are part of a change in ownership that happened last year. GB Lodging LLC of New York and Provenance Hotels of Portland, Oregon, purchased the Ambassador from New Orleans tourism magnate Warren Reuther in August for $15.85 million. The new owners are planning to rebrand the property later this year but have not announced a new name.

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