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FIRST LOOK: Iconic Ambassadors Hotel reborn following major renovations

The former King William Hotel, formerly known as the Ambassadors Hotel, has reopened after a major refurbishment.

Adelaide CBD’s iconic pub scene has received a refreshing jolt with the grand reopening of the King William Hotel, formerly known as the Ambassadors Hotel.

Dating back to its licensing in 1841, the King William Hotel is housed in one of the city’s oldest remaining buildings, which now blends its rich history with contemporary charm.

Co-owner Sam Stoios, in expressing his enthusiasm for the project, highlighted the delicate balance struck between preservation and renovation.

“We’ve created a fresh space where everyone is welcome, and can appreciate a place that feels modern
but retains its history,” says Sam. “And much like the Prince Albert (also co-owned by Stoios), customers can expect restaurant quality in the food on offer in the bistro.”

The King William’s new standard is under the helm of a seasoned head chef, known for his prior stints at The King’s Head and The Stag and the venue manager who’s background at Never Never Distilling ensures a dedication to hospitality that goes above and beyond.

What makes The King William Hotel space new and inviting is its multifaceted offerings, catering to diverse tastes and preferences. From the inviting bistro to the revamped beer garden and saloon, there’s something for everyone.

The pièce de résistance, however, lies in the Glasshouse function venue, boasting panoramic city views and the capacity to host sizable gatherings ranging from 100 to 400 guests.

Exciting developments are also on the horizon, with plans underway to revamp the accommodation linked to the venue, slated for launch later this year.

Co-owner Darren Brown is equally thrilled about the forthcoming opening of sister venue and basement bar, Velvet Underground, set to debut in mid-March.

“Featuring DJs, jazz, and various local bands, Velvet Underground is a welcome addition to the live music scene,” Brown shared, highlighting its central location and unique ambiance.

With a license extending until 4 am, The King William is poised to attract a diverse crowd, offering a nostalgic yet vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of days gone by.

The refurbished dive bar, complete with velvet walls, murals, a pool table, and darts, promises to be a hotspot for revellers seeking an authentic pub experience.

King William Hotel
Where: 107 King William Street, Adelaide
More info: @king_william_adelaide

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