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The Ambrose
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1255 20th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Santa Monica)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 34 Hotels in Santa Monica
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121 reviews
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“Good, solid hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Good hotel, friendly service. Located a long way from the beach, to long to walk. BUT they offer a shuttle service free of charge.
Parking in garage is also good.
All in all I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

I stayed at the Ambrose hotel for 3 days in September 2012 and enjoyed my stay there.
The atmosphere of the hotel is charming and the staff friendly.
Being at roughly 30 minutes from the beach, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle, active from 8am to 10pm.
I recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Santa Monica!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed there for two nights with two kids (2 x queen bed room). The rooms were very nice and the location is great. Free parking was appreciated. I like the breakfast setup which is a bit different to what you normally get at a hotel (make your own bagels, strawberries with yoghurt, croissants etc.). Service was spot on when needed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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San Rafael, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Had a great stay on a recent trip to meet my husband and daughter as they completed 8 day charity bike ride from SF. Very helpful staff, comfortable room and bed, excellent continental breakfast, muffins and scones were memorable- very good coffee too. No extra fee for parking, free beach cruiser bicycles available and a free shuttle to drop you off or pick you up in town or at the beach. Although not "on the beach", it's location in a quiet area of town, above listed amenities and reasonable rates for Santa Monica more than make up for it. I highly recommend and would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The Ambrose is located a short drive from the 3rd St promenade and the pier. The hotel itself is designed like a lodge, lots of wooded features and promotes eco-friendliness. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and have everything you need. The breakfast was really wonderful, especially the enormous selection of pastries.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Ambrose
Address: 1255 20th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
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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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