I agree with most of the positive comments about this hotel. It's nicely decorated, in a quiet area, and the staff was mostly quite nice and helpful. An attempt is made to be eco-friendly, which I appreciate, and the breakfast was adequate, with nice seating environments both inside and out. I've stayed there a couple of times before, and find it a very pleasant place to stay.
However, two caveats: first, you should clearly understand that you will be paying about $60 more per night above and beyond the room price. That's right...$60. Although I reserved a room for the trip advisor price of $239, the cost was basically $300/night. You can pare this down by declining the $20/night on-site parking, but the parking in the entire area around the hotel is extremely restricted by permit and time, and very hard to come by. There is a tax for "occupancy" ($34), "tourism" ($3.16), and parking ($20). I don't know about you, but since I don't find this information clearly spelled out on the Trip Advisor site, I find it a bit irritating. It's not a small increase, which one can easily overlook.
Second, you should know that if you reserve a "standard" room, rather than a "deluxe" room, you will end up on the east side of the building, facing the side of a 4 or 5 story apartment building directly across an alleyway. This may not be an issue for you, but it's something you should know about.
As long as you are aware of these issues, you will likely find it a very nice place to stay.
- 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