I was recently hospitalized at Saint Johns which is across the street and wanted to recover before traveling back home.
The Ambrose is convenient to the hospital. It is not on the beach but the price is right. They even gave us a hospital discount!!!
The hotel is an architectural mix between frank Lloyd wright and Asian. It is very soothing.
All rooms are not created equal. The first room I had was a deluxe king. Although the room itself had charm I found it to be quite dark. No balcony the windows looked out towards someone else's windows. Hence you would keep the curtains drawn. It was in the back of the building.
The second room which had handicap access was brighter with a small balcony. It was in the front of the hotel and overlooked the garden area.
Both rooms were large. The first room had a flat screen TV. The second room had an old Zenith. It seemed it worked okay. There are limited television stations and no paid movie station. There was a DVD player.
I would agree that the hotel has charm. It does require some fixing up in the rooms which are showing major wear. The hall walls are dingy.
The free shuttle to local places was handy as we did not have a rental car. However they do discourage you from using it to get take out food. They have a great breakfast buffet and offer room service. However the evening room service is limited. And they did take us to get take out twice.
The really great thing about the hotel except location is the service!!! The staff, everyone of them, cannot do enough to make you happy.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ambrose Hotel Santa Monica