Most people remember the Ambassador Hotel as the site of Robert Kennedy’s tragic
Shortly after opening in 1921, The Ambassador Hotel’s grand ballroom was changed into the sprawling 1,000-seat Cocoanut Grove. Designed by Pasadena architect Myron Hunt, everything was over the top, sparkling stars covered the high ceilings and a real waterfall ran down the back wall. Glamorously dressed guests were led down a long staircase to reach the dance floor and dining area. The room even included mechanical monkeys which hung from large paper mache palm trees originally from Rudolph Valentino’s film “the Sheik”.