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The Ambrose
Ranked #6 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The Ambrose Hotel in Santa Monica is a comfortable little place that feels like home away from home. Put on your bathrobe and enjoy the spacious, clean, and comfortable rooms. There are common areas inside and out to sit and relax in a beautiful space. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The breakfast is above and beyond continental, with real croissants and quality fresh fruit. The coffee is good and there is plenty of food to get your day started. The parking is secure, convenient, and easily accessible with a great overall location.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Janny H
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General M, General Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thank you Janny H for your positive comments on the Ambrose Hotel.

Our first time guest's frequently find our hotel and instantly get to know our Southern California " vibe" throughout the entire hotel, staff and accommodations... that are like their own home.

We appreciate the "high marks " and strive to provide accommodations that exceed our guest expectations on every visit, every day for every guest.

Your positive feedback makes it all worth our efforts.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

We really enjoyed to stay in Santa Monica area, close to the beach, lots of restaurants and cafes and high quality life style.. In this area, the hotels are overpriced, but this hotel had a good price at that time. Free parking, free internet and free breakfast are the other beneftis that made us pleased, it is very hard to find a hotel in LA which includes all of them.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank Sinemozer
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General M, General Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thank you Sinemozer for your positive comments on the Ambrose Hotel.

Although your reservation was made well in advance, we now have a Parking Fee of $20 per day.

Our first time guest's frequently find our hotel and instantly get to know our Southern California " vibe" throughout the entire hotel, staff and accommodations...

We strive to provide accommodations that exceed our guest expectations on every visit, every day for every guest.

Your positive feedback makes it all worth our efforts.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Very luxurious furnishings, and quaintly American. Loved that breakfast was included, also quaintly American. A really delightful stay. Not too far from town, and an easy bus ride back. We would stay there again.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank LPNSW
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General M, Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2013

Thank you LPNSW for your positive comments on the Ambrose Hotel.

Our first time guest's frequently find our hotel and instantly feel our " Zen " quality and comfort
" vibe" throughout the entire hotel, staff and accommodations...

We strive to provide accommodations that exceed our guest expectations on every visit, every day for every guest.

Your positive feedback makes it all worth our efforts.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Santa Monica is expensive! We got an amazing deal on this hotel, remember you're paying for the location. We loved the zen and quaintness (small) of the hotel and the rooms are quiet and well appointed. For us the biggest bonus was the chauffer service to and from the hotel, not only saved us the hassle of driving but parking as well.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor in a quiet location.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank tobi f
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General M, General Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2013

Thank you for your positive comments on the Ambrose Hotel.

Our first time guest's frequently find our hotel and instantly get to know our Southern California " vibe" throughout the entire hotel, staff and accommodations...

We strive to provide accommodations that exceed our guest expectations on every visit, every day for every guest.

Your positive feedback makes it all worth our efforts.

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Beautifully styled eco-friendly hotel decorated with earthy colors. The Zen-inspired design and atmosphere creates a relaxing experience for the guest. The calming music emanating throughout the building, meditation gardens, spa robes, and quality bathroom amenities are touches that do not go unnoticed. Rooms are spacious, comfortable and clean. The hotel sits on a quiet corner that is not easily detectable from the outside about a mile from the pier. Though a complimentary shuttle service and free parking was advertised at the time of booking, parking is now $20 per day and the shuttle is on a first come first serve basis after the driver is called for. A complimentary breakfast that includes fresh fruit and cream is served in an informal room containing an eclectic assortment of chairs and tables. Wi-fi is also available free of charge for the guest. Overall, a very nice experience.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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General M, General Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2013

Thank you AlpineAdventure for your positive comments on the Ambrose Hotel.

Our first time guest's frequently find our hotel and instantly get to know our Southern California " vibe" throughout the entire hotel, staff and accommodations...

We strive to provide accommodations that exceed our guest expectations on every visit, every day for every guest.

Your positive feedback makes it all worth our efforts.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

My room was fine. Parking good - no valet service, a pet hate of mine. Breakfast is served in a lounge area and the seating is pretty dismal. Not enough tables. Small point but an annoying way to start the day.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Stephen L
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General M, General Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2013

We’re very sorry to hear that your stay experience was not to your complete satisfaction.

We attempt to exceed every guest expectation on every stay and I am terribly sorry that this did not happen for you.

We are addressing your areas for improvements in future stays.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We were here for 2 days and very happy with the stay. The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean and of a good size. The location was why we first chose it and we were happy with that decision. We were visitng UCLA so we wanted a location that kept us close to the beach, but also close to the campus. We had an excellent vist and will come again on our next UCLA visit.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Karen B
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General M, General Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Thank you for your positive comments on the Ambrose Hotel.

Our first time guest's frequently find our hotel and instantly get to know our Southern California " vibe" & the benefits of our location.

We strive to provide accommodations that exceed our guest expectations on every visit, every day for every guest.

Your positive feedback makes it all worth our efforts.

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Additional Information about 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
#10 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#12 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#13 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range: $274 - $433 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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