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The Ambrose
Ranked #8 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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Portola Valley, California
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“just the right balance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

nice and quiet, respectful guests and one of the best hotel lobby breakfasts I've encountered. It was a great location for my needs, with easy access for heading toward both Malibu and Beverly Hills (and a nice walk to Montana Ave shopping for my time off) . It's not near the shopping mall or beach but that was not a problem for me.

Room Tip: i gave the rooms a lower rating because the furniture was a bit worn, the tv was not HD and the ligh...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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General M, Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Thank you for your positive comments on the Ambrose Hotel - Santa Monica.

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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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ojai, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

I first stayed at the Ambrose maybe 10 years ago, and it has become my first choice when I travel to Santa Monica. The hotel is quiet and placid, with a nice common area and a fantastic breakfast. The workout room is a plus, and I have really appreciated it on past trips.

I'm looking forward to seeing the remodel - I'm expecting that this great place will be even nicer with the refresh. I expect my cleanliness and room ratings to move up to full 5 ratings when complete.

The staff has always been great to work with. Hilary in particular has been an amazing service provider and ambassador for the property, and when I see her there it feels like seeing an old friend. Tomas, a more recent addition, has also impressed me with his smile and his extra-mile service commitment. Folks like Hilary and Tomas keep me coming back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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General M, Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
We couldn't have said it better...

Thank you for your positive review and comments about the Ambrose Hotel-Santa Monica.

Our first time guest's frequently find our hotel and accommodations like their own home.
Our staff strives to provide service & accommodations that exceed our guest expectations on every visit, every day for every guest.

Your comments make it worth it !!
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los angeles
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

My wife and I end up staying in Santa Monica a couple of times a year and we consider the Ambrose our go to - it is always nice, always clean, the staff is always nice and the rooms are big, comfortable and have plenty of natural light. It is a great, very affordable and very friendly hotel in the best part of Los Angeles - Santa Monica. It isn't a scene, which is unusual for LA. We consider this a major plus! Overall, highly recommend. We go back again and again. Only drawback is that it is often booked and sometimes a bit hard to get a room.

Green Features: Seems like a big plus - water pressure is good despite all of the environmental practices - which i appreciate.
  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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General M, Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Thank you LosAngelesJeremy for your positive comments about your recent stay at the Ambrose Hotel - Santa Monica.

We're very glad to be your " go to "hotel of choice !!

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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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

The Ambrose Hotel is a hidden jewel in Santa Monica. A bed and breakfast so has no restaurant nor bar facilities but, with so many opportunities close by, it's really not an issue. Quietly set back from the Ocean on 20th Street, you do need your own transport to get around. Clean and peaceful, it's great for business users or as a base for vacationers to explore all that Santa Monica and LA has to offer. Highly recommended...

Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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General M, Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Thank you GaryChelsea from U.K. for your positive comments about your recent stay at the Ambrose Hotel - Santa Monica.

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 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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South Orange, New Jersey
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014

As part of a two week trip to CA from NJ, I stayed in many hotels. The Ambrose was one of my favorites, and I'd love to go back.

The good:
- free, amazing breakfast every morning (fruit salad, juice, pastries, bagels, and much more)
- free high-quality shuttle service to take you anywhere in town, including beach, restaurants, shops
- beautiful zen garden and peaceful theme to entire hotel, including bamboo in the rooms
- clean, comfortable rooms
- easy, $20 parking in secure lot beneath the hotel
- extremely helpful, friendly, and knowledgable staff
- good, peaceful location
- bamboo-smelling soaps and lotion
- nice balcony in some rooms
- completely smoke free (no cigarette smell at all)
- one of two "completely green" hotels in the city

The could-use-improvement:
- old, poor-quality television in room
- surprisingly thin walls

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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General M, Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
We couldn't have said it better...

Thank you Anthony of New Jersey for your positive review and comments about your recent stay at the Ambrose hotel- Santa Monica.

Our first time guest's frequently find our hotel and accommodations like their own home.

Our staff strives to provide service & accommodations that exceed our guest expectations on every visit, every day for every guest.


Your comments make it worth the while..
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Australia
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

First impressions are so important and The Ambrose clearly know that. The hotel itself is a gorgeous boutique hotel and it looks beautiful in the evening. The staff are friendly and professional. My room was quite large and I loved the personal touch of the note and chocolates welcoming me to the hotel.

There were a few things I didn't enjoy at this hotel - the bathroom floor needed a mop and there seemed to be a couple of things missing from my room (Do not disturb sign and room service menu).

But for the most part I quite liked The Ambrose. The breakfasts were beautiful with a wide selection of cereals, yoghurt, bread, pastry and fruit available. I loved the fruit salads full of berries and the croissants were very nice too. Location-wise the hotel is a little far from attractions but they do offer a courtesy car which will take you anywhere in Santa Monica or if you prefer to walk as I did the walk down Wilshire to the beach was always nice.

All in all, a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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General M, Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Thank you BelindaL from Australia for your positive comments about your recent stay at The Ambrose Hotel - Santa Monica.

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 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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Jacksonville, Florida
Level Contributor
57 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

Nice hotel - not too big, not too small and all the beds are just right. The location is great for walking to most venues. The staff really go out of their way to make sure you feel welcome and comfortable, which is very important to me. I also appreciate their "green-ness" - they use organic products and are quite environmentally conscious.

Green Features: They have won awards based on their environmentally-friendly practices.
  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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General M, Manager at The Ambrose, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Thank you Tosca_in_Jax for your positive comments on your recent stay at the Ambrose Hotel-Santa Monica.

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 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.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Property: 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
#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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