The Ambassador Hotel opened in 1913 1 by Charles and Lillian Brown 3 in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The Browns had also owned the Hotel Arthur and would later open Brown’s Hotel nearby.
The Merl family later acquired the Ambassador. 3 In 1948, it was one of the first hotels in the area to offer daycare for the children of the guests. On May 18, 1956, the Moulin Rouge opened. 4 The nightclub featured seating for 1,200 patrons and was considered on par with the Copacabana of New York, Town & Country of Brooklyn, and Chez Paree of Chicago.
The Ambassador Hotel burned in 1963, leaving behind just an elevator shaft that remained intact until the late 1970s. 2 The Moulin Rouge nightclub, which remained operational in a separate building after the fire, closed after the 1966 season.
The Catskills Playland Amusement Center, a religiously-centered amusement facility, opened on the property in the late 1980s. 3
Cold Springs Hotel
The Cold Springs Hotel in Tannersville, New York was constructed in the 1890s and abandoned by the 1960s. It collapsed in 2017.
- “Smatter O’ Facts.” Daily News [New York], 19 Apr. 1953, p. 13T.
- “Borscht Belt Is Still Slipping, But Some Hotels Are All Right.” Daily News [New York], 27 Aug. 1973, p. C6.
- Forsyth, Bruce. “A third serving of borscht – The changed face of America’s Jewish Vacationland.” Canadian Military History, 2022 Jul.
- “Moulin Rouge Undergoing Extensive Grooming for May 18 Premiere at the Ambassador Hotel.” Greenpoint Home News, 26 Apr. 1956, p. 7.