“A colonial classic in the heart of Delhi - relaxed, friendly and charismatic”
The Ambassador has 88 spacious rooms, including 12 suites - all are non-smoking, have a private balcony and overlook the hotel’s well-maintained gardens or the central courtyard. Furnished in dark wood with muted tones, the occasional splash of rich purple or crimson fabric and nods to period Art Deco style, they exude relaxed colonial charm. Sink into crisp white cotton sheets on the supremely comfortable beds and enjoy the well-stocked minibar, the plasma TVs and the generous floor space - not to mention whatever option you choose from the pillow menu.
Bathrooms are modern, light and spacious, with combined bathtubs and showers, hairdryers, bathrobes and a generous array of Taj-branded toiletries to choose from.
There are 3 types of room on offer - Superior Charm (standard rooms), Deluxe Delight (superior rooms) and Premium Indulgence (executive rooms). The Deluxe Delight rooms are delightfully spacious, while the Premium Indulgence rooms provide an additional living area, separate to the main bedroom. Also available are Deluxe Allure Suites - gigantic and airy spaces, with an additional sitting area, a writing desk/study and a large bathroom.
Fresh flowers and complimentary bottled water are replaced daily and add to the sense of understated comfort.
It's well worth exploring Delhi’s culinary delights, but if you don't fancy venturing out The Ambassador has 2 restaurants and a bar, all with dependable reputations.
Well-heeled Delhi-ites flock to its 24-hour café, Yellow Brick Road, for late night desserts and reliable cooking. Offering a wide spectrum of international and regional Indian flavours, it’s a relaxed place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Thai chicken curry is the house speciality. but we particularly enjoyed the comfort food on the menu, including the huge triple-decker toasted club sandwiches.
The breakfast buffet offers fresh fruits, juices, decent coffee and continental, American and local options. Plates of colourful mangoes and melons are arranged next to piles of fresh croissants, muffins, meats and cheeses. Freshly squeezed juices, eggs cooked a myriad of ways and hot toast are available on order. If you're feeling adventurous, try the traditional Indian breakfast dishes such as chana puri, dal and paratha breads.
The food in the café is appetizing but the vibrant décor may not be to everyone’s taste. Bright yellow wallpaper, distressed furniture and vintage Americana jar with the muted tones found elsewhere in the hotel. Menus are printed on faux broadsheet newspapers and there's an outdoor terraced area which provides al fresco dining. Service is sometimes slow but staff are always helpful and will make every effort to speed things up if you’re on the run.
The Ambassador’s more formal dining space, Larry's China, serves distinctive Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine. Light wood floors and pale tablecloths provide a neutral backdrop for China-red walls adorned with masks, fans, lithographs and oriental detail. Unlike many other Chinese restaurants in India, here you’ll find authentic specialist cooking featuring sesame prawns, al dente stir-fried vegetables, mouth-watering chicken dishes, ginger fried rice and subtle black bean sauces. It’s a popular spot for business lunches and booking ahead for dinner is advisable.
Serving up great cocktails, fine food and funky tunes, InSomnia is one of Delhi's hottest bars. With its Art Deco styling and extensive whisky, wine and beer selection, it's a perfect place for people-spotters (and insomniacs, of course).