The Ambassador is a upscale hotel at the heart of Kathmandu. Located in one the most vibrant areas of Kathmandu (Lazimpat), it is an ideal choice for guests who want to experience everything great that the city has to offer, without having to venture too far. Within walking distance of the buzzing alleys of Thamel and the upmarket shopping boulevard, otherwise known as Durbar Marg, the hotel is a private and quiet recluse for guests who want to be at the centre of Kathmandu while avoiding the trappings of a rapidly growing city.
The Ambassador combines contemporary design with local craftsmanship to create an atmosphere that is urban yet unique. The hotel offers a diverse range of accommodations designed to suit the varying needs of our guest. Each room exudes a unique ambience that is inspired by Kathmandu's evolving identity which revels in modernity while preserving its local heritage and tradition. The accommodations are fully equipped with all the modern amenities, offering guests the comforts they deserve.
The Ambassador's journey started in 1963 as a residential bungalow converted into a ten room hotel. The Ambassador now stands tall at the center of Kathmandu but, while the building may be new, it still carries the legacy of providing guests with an unparalleled hospitality experience for an unprecedented value.
The founder of ACE Hotels, Mr. Basanta B. Sakya, turned a residential bungalow into a ten- room hotel at the center of Lazimpat, the diplomatic enclave which was then popularly known as Lodging Path . Flanked on all sides by embassies, the Ambassador became the ideal choice for all expats.
During Queen Elizabeth's first state visit, King Mahendra wanted her to be chauffeured in his Chevrolet Impala from Sheetal Niwas in Maharajgunj to the British Embassy in Lazimpat. But the hotel premises came in the way of the car and the sharp turn leading to the embassy. This was the first royally inspired incursion into the hotel's premises. The ten room bunglow was converted into a forty room hotel that became known for its excellent service and its loyal clientele.
During Queen Elizabeth's second state visit, King Birendra opted for a much more elaborate alternative - a six horse-drawn carriage. As the carriage charged its way through Lazimpat, the Ambassador hotel once again humbly offered a part of its premises and retreated back to watch the glorious procession pass by.
As the city underwent a massive road expansion project, the Sakya family soon realised that another wave of unexpected change was inevitable. They decided that instead of shrinking back they would start anew. The new Ambassador was built from ground zero and despite all the changes; it now stands tall at the centre of the city as testament to its old and unforgettable legacy.
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