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“Well Priced Boutique Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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The Ambrose
Ranked #10 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Boulder, Colorado
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70 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Well Priced Boutique Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Among the ridiculously expensive hotels in Santa Monica (e.g, Shutters, Casa Del Mar) is a gem of a hotel. The Ambrose is a boutique hotel in the best sense of the genre. Located one block from the ever busy Wilshire Boulevard, this asian influenced hotel is a serene way station that is best suited for couples and business travelers. The rooms are relatively large, clean and well appointed. A continental breakfast is served each morning and the hotel has a lovely garden where you can enjoy your Starbucks coffee and organic scone. The staff are helpful and friendly. Free car service is available for nearby trips and, unheard of for Santa Monica, the hotel offers free guest parking. The one drawback is the hotel's proximity to the local hospital which results in the occasional sirens from emergency vehicles. The noise, however, does not detract from the overall experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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36 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Whenever we travel to Los Angeles, we prefer to stay in the Santa Monica area. While it's nice to stay at a hotel near the pier and beaches, you'll pay more and and get less in return. The Ambrose Hotel, while not on or near the beach, is a short drive away and offers far greater value for your hard earned money. It is a boutique hotel and simply fantastic. There's free, self-service underground parking with elevator access directly to your floor and a small Japanese style garden with miniature koi pond that provides an oasis of peace and quiet in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. There's even a small alcove with a bamboo grove tucked away alongside the hotel that offers a private spot to sit and relax with a cup of coffee in the morning or a beverage of your choice at the end of the day. The rooms are nicely furnished with everything you need to include fine toiletries, luxury bathrobes,an in-room safe, and a full size walk-in shower. The walk-out balconies available with some of the rooms also offer a nice, quiet place to relax and unwind as well. Breakfast is continental and for those of you that prefer a full service style breakfast, there's a very well serviced IHOP about a 5 minute walk away. There's a Walgreen's across the street, a Whole Foods around the corner, and plenty of other stores and restaurants a walk around the block away. After searching over the past few years for a hotel in LA that offers good service and comfortable lodging at a a reasonable price, and throws in free self-service covered parking on top of that, we finally struck gold and we'll be back.

Room Tip: Rooms on the front side have large roomy balconies with tables and chairs.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Hobe Sound, Florida
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We have stayed in Santa Monica before, and near the pier. This hotel is 20 blocks away, but no problem. They provide bikes and car service. The room and bed were comfortable, nice amenities,and they even provide an in- room safe. Finally, a hotel gets it!!The breakfast buffet was wonderful. We definitely over ate. The hotel has an Asian flair, and the feeling is restful and calming. The patio area with waterfall and gardens is lovely and relaxing. Would stay again. Really liked this place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank mamamax8825
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Perth, Australia
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36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

When we booked this hotel we were a bit concerned about the distance it was from the beach. We do a lot of walking so did not think that it was too much of an issue. We were surprised to find out on enquiring about means of transport to the pier that the hotel had bicycles that they let the guests use free of charge. Needless to say that we spent an awesome day cycling to Santa Monica Pier and all along the waterfront to Venice Beach with stops for food and drinks along the way.
The hotel had a very laid back and relaxing feel about it and deserves a high rating.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Len_FLC
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New York City, New York
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Stayed here for one night while in Santa Monica for business. The location is great, was less than a mile from the offices I was visiting, and the hotel had a complimentary car service that drove me to the office.

Liked the vibe of the hotel, very laid back with a japanese kind of decor/vibe to it. The room was great, though a little dark - could use a little more lighting. Beds were extremely comfortable and though I didn't use it, I liked all the hanger and drawer space given.

I enjoyed the complimentary breakfast buffet in the morning, great selection and very peaceful to sit outside on the patio with the small waterfall. A great relaxing way to start the morning!

Will be staying here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Amanderz02
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Montreal, Canada
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28 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

The Ambrose is very welcoming, cozy, comfortable and neat. Breakfast was excellent with a wide variety to cover everyone's tastes. J Just loved the atmosphere in this hotel - a spa hotel-type quality to it.

I can now understand why the Ambrose receives high ratings - well deserved!

I thought being 20 blocks from the beach was going to be an issue but when we arrived, we quickly realized this was not going to be a problem. By car, it's a 5 minute drive with ample parking.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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82 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

The hotel is cute and charming. Seems an European hotel, but with a kind of Japanese style/decoration..The rooms are great, the bathroom is very nice.
There is a minibar with a key, free parking and is 20/25 blocks away from the beach (must have a car). A Walgreens in the corner. Be aware of Santa Monica's tax (about 15% per day).
Weak points:
we asked a wake-up call which never happened...
the room rate is expensive
the "breakfast area" is in the lobby and everybody has to eat with the dishes in the lap, a lot of mess. The hotel could put 2 or 3 extra tables to accommodate everyone.

Room Tip: Room 317 is a good room, near the elevator and with a partial view of the street
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank BrazilianLu
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Property: The Ambrose
Address: 1255 20th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404-1351
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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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