Arizona restaurateur Sam Fox is expanding his reach into the hospitality industry with a new luxury hotel called The Global Ambassador.
The nearly 18-acre site at 44th St. and Camelback, now known as The Grove, will eventually boast residences, dining/retail and Fox’s first-ever hotel, expected to open in 2023.
Fox said that the project is part of the “natural evolution of his passion for creating memorable hospitality experiences.”
The Global Ambassador showcases 141 rooms and amenities specially designed by Fox.
“Throughout my travels over the years, I’ve experienced incredible parts of the world with unbelievable food and hospitality,” he said. “As the creator, co-developer, manager and operator of the hotel, every detail will be curated from those experiences in order to deliver a memorable guest experience from start to finish.”
According to Fox, five original dining venues, with cuisine influenced by flavors found all over the world, are placed within the hotel. The lobby level includes a European market and café that is inspired by the street-side Parisian cafes. The hotel’s signature restaurant, a Parisian steakhouse, features a menu with French influences. Next, a poolside restaurant influenced by Mexican and Peruvian fare, and an 18,000 square-foot rooftop restaurant that overlooks Camelback Mountain.
A member’s club and wellness center with fitness and spa options complete the resort experience.
“With The Global Ambassador, we are evolving luxury hospitality at every level and from every perspective in order to deliver something truly remarkable for the well-traveled set…” Fox said.
Fox is developing the hotel with Brian Frakes of Common Bond Development Group as well as partnering with Nelsen Partners Architects, Berghoff Design Group and Judi Testani of Testani Design Troupe. Fox is an 11-time James Beard Award semifinalist for Restaurateur of the Year, a best-selling cookbook author and was named one of the 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry by Nation’s Restaurant News for five consecutive years.
He has opened over 100 restaurants during his career, and his Fox Restaurant Group (now owned by The Cheesecake Factory) operates Culinary Dropout, The Henry, Doughbird, Zinburger and seven other eateries across 13 states.