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“Great Hotel in Santa Monica”
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The Ambrose
Ranked #8 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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“Great Hotel in Santa Monica”
Reviewed January 10, 2012

We just spent a wonderful weekend at the Ambrose with our little dog Sadie. The hotel is wonderful. The staff are perfect and the accommodations are comfortable. The organic breakfast and lovely outdoor seating area with a water feature was so soothing and peaceful. The beds were very comfortable and we had a wonderful time.

Room Tip: Easy free parking unlike other Santa Monica hotels and free internet and doggie friendly rooms
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

The Ambrose is in an older building, but has been updated with careful design from the lobby to the rooms. My room on the 3rd floor was a tad darker than I'm used to because newer hotels use floor-to-ceiling windows. Otherwise, it was perfectly decoration, appointed, and spotlessly clean. Everything seemed new and fresh right down to the caulking in the shower (which bugs me when it's moldy). The AC was loud, but i like that since I run a white noise machine at home. Comfortable bed. Nice TV (but no pay-per-view movies if you care about that- i don't). Free parking. Free internet. Free continental breakfast with fresh strawberries, Stonyfield yogurt, expensive muffins and croissants (even almond!), and Starbucks coffee. Pleasant staff and nice and quiet overall. A great value and nice place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

My Mother, sister and I stayed at the Ambrose for 8 nights while celebrating Christmas with my nephew who lives one block from the hotel. Each of our 3 rooms was lovely. The breakfast was great each morning with fruit, cereal, good coffee and fresh pastries. We enjoyed the indoor and outdoor seating areas. The staff were friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

Our choice to stay at the Ambrose was determined by our desire to bring our doggie friend with us on our trip. So to all pet lovers who are looking for a lovely hotel , close to ocean avenue , 3rd street promenade and Santa Monica pier, it is the right place for you without the price tag of Loews or casa del mar near by. Just mention that you have a dog (30 lbs max) and you will get a room on the first floor . The room was ok , not luxurious , just appointed right for the price, the bedding satisfactory without being impressive. i think the ratio amenities and price is adequate for the area.
The free continental breakfast is good , fully garnished with tastful pastries and starbucks coffee
The underground and protected parking is a real plus for the area
And the pet fee of $30 is acceptable .
Hotel is clean , more loke a discret little retreat, front desk was polite and attentive, so far we are very satisfied with our stay and will go back there when needed. We had a great time with our young dog and having him with us made our Christmas even more special.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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St. George, Utah
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We were able to book a premium king room for $164 through tablet.com. The usual rate is more like $225. Our room was small but clean and nicely decorated. We had a very tiny balcony--not worth paying extra for it. The bed was comfortable. The pillows were not. The shower was adequate but nothing special. And we had to run the fan to mask noise from adjoining rooms and overhead. The breakfast is excellent if you like carbs, but at least the pastries are "real," not the usual cellophane-wrapped cardboard served at hotel breakfast bars. There was also yogurt, dry cereal, and fresh strawberries. The desk clerk (Linda, I think) was outstanding. We were accidentally put in a standard room. When we pointed out the error, she was very gracious and accommodating in making sure we got the room we had paid for.

BOTTOM LINE: If you can get the room at a discount (or if you're willing to pay extra for a better-than-average hotel breakfast), this is a good bet. If you have to pay full price, there are less expensive options in town.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

We were in Santa Monica for 3 days in the end of September for a friend's wedding and while the rest of the wedding party stayed at the Doubletree, we opted for the similarly priced Ambrose. I'm glad we made that decision because the Ambrose felt much more homey. Breakfast was quite good, and we were able to park our rental car in the basement garage, making everything very convenient. Staff were super friendly and helpful with making suggestions of where to go in Santa Monica for the best Mexican food. Great stay overall!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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University Place, WA
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Reviewed December 17, 2011

We arrived several hours before check-in time, and as our room was not ready we were offerred a downgrade to a room that was available. Downgrade? The room we were given was delightful! We were on the ground floor, closest to the intersection. We had a private patio, that was a lovely place to sit with a newspaper & a cup of coffee.There was very minimal noise, as this hotel is on a tree-lined residential street. Yes, it is a very long walk to the beach. But the Ambrose has a London cab that will transport you within Santa Monica. Continental breakfast is included, and it's a pleasant meal - fresh berries, quality pastry, organic yoghurt, etc. - served in the lobby area or outside on the patio. When we return to Santa Monica, we will definitely stay at the Ambrose.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Property: The Ambrose
Address: 1255 20th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404-1351
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Santa Monica
#12 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#13 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
#14 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Ambrose 3.5*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the corner of 20th and Arizona Street, The Ambrose is in a quiet and unassuming neighborhood and is known for being an eco-friendly property. Having just completed an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation of all 77 guestrooms and public spaces, the distinctive California Craftsman design has been revitalized to reflect the essence of a large private home. Luxury linens, C.O. Bigelow bath products, complimentary in-room HSIA WiFi, complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary fitness center access and complimentary house car service await all guests! ... more   less 
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