The hotel began operation formally on January, 1921. It was the site of the Academy Awards six times and the June 1968 assassination of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. The hotel closed to guests in 1989.

The Ambassador Hotel was located at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, between Catalina Street and Mariposa Avenue in what is now known as Koreatown. It was designed by Pasadena architect Myron Hunt in an eclectic Mediterranean Revival style with Art Deco elements and signage.

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Ambassador Hotel Entrance 1960
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Robert F. Kennedy assassination

In the pantry area of the hotel’s main kitchen, soon after midnight on June 5, 1968, and after a brief victory speech in the Embassy Room ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel, the winner of the California Democratic presidential primary election, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was shot along with five other people. Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan was arrested at the scene and later convicted of the murder. Kennedy died one day later from his injuries, while the other victims survived their wounds. During the demolition of the Ambassador Hotel in late 2005 and early 2006, portions of the area where the 1968 shooting occurred were eliminated from the site. The section of Wilshire Boulevard in front of the hotel has been signed the “Robert F. Kennedy Parkway”.

A police officer inspects the Ambassador Hotel kitchen where Kennedy was killed in 1968 / Image: Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive. Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


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