Although it has many local members, the Ambassy Club has a large number of American and European members. The managers are required to know English, and the televisions in the gym are often tuned to English-speaking channels, such as CNN.
The club has several restaurants, each offering a different type of cuisine. There are two upscale restaurants. One offers Japanese cuisine prepared and served in traditional methods. The other offers gourmet Chinese cuisine. There is also a café-type restaurant, which serves American and European style food, as well as snacks, desserts, pastries, and coffee. The club also has a unique “piano” bar, which has an exclusive, jazz-club feel. There is live music nightly, plus a selection of some of the finest liquors and cigars available in China.
The club has both an indoor and an outdoor pool. The outdoor pool has a unique waterslide, and a deck for sunbathing. A rock-climbing wall, basketball court, and children’s’ playground are also located on the grounds.
Located within The Ambassy Club is Ambassy Court, a condominium complex of three medium height buildings, and underground parking. Owners of condominiums also have membership at the club, and access to the Club’s “guest house,” where out of town guests can stay in hotel-like accommodations (complete with housekeeping) on the grounds of the club.
The name Ambassy Club comes from an alternate spelling of Embassy, and refers to the proximity of the club to the U.S. and Iranian Consulates. The Chinese name for the club is Hong Yi.
A new Ambassy Club, with similar offerings, opened in Beijing in the Fall of 2006.
The club’s board members include the following:
Prior to her death in April 2007, Nina Wang was also a member of the Board. She was the "Chairlady" of Chinachem Group, and the richest woman in Asia, with an estimated net worth of almost $4 billion.