Inside The Global Ambassador, Sam Fox’s luxury Phoenix hotel

Sam Fox’s first hotel was never supposed to be The Global Ambassador. When the James

Sam Fox’s first hotel was never supposed to be The Global Ambassador.

When the James Beard Award-nominated restaurateur decided to develop a hotel about a decade ago, inspired by a “terrible” experience operating a now-closed Culinary Dropout location in a Las Vegas hotel, his idea was to buy an old Motel 6 and convert it into “something kind of cool.”

If Fox followed that vision, maybe it would have looked like when an aging motel on Grand Avenue in Phoenix was transformed into the Egyptian Motor Hotel, which has gotten much hype since its opening in part for its widely acclaimed restaurant, Chilte.

Instead, the hotel Fox built conjures what it might look like if a Parisian apartment building was shipped from Europe and mounted at the base of Camelback Mountain, near where Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley converge.