It was necessary to stay at a Los Angeles hotel at the beginning and the end of an eight day holiday through California so based on the reviews that I read here, I thought about taking a chance on the Ambrose. I am glad that I did. It was easy to find and decently priced. There was free underground parking and the location was in a residential area with a 24 hour Walgreens across the street if you needed supplies of any sort (bottles of water or late night candy bars).
The decor was understated and comfortable. There is a grassy garden (see first two photos) when you enter the property with a few chairs and benches outside. The artwork is from local artists (I think?) and the Asian touches in the rooms (see last photo of bedside table) and hallways were a nice addition to the overall theme.
I will begin with the perks that we enjoyed: free high speed Internet (wireless and wired - they even provided you with a free ethernet cable if you did not travel with one), cable television with DVD player, Aveda bath products, Frette linens/towels, robes, comfortable bed with lovely pillows, free parking as I mentioned above and yes, hardwood floors in part of the hotel room. There was free breakfast but due to sleeping in late, we did not have the chance to enjoy any of it. We DID take advantage of the free taxi service from the hotel (small radius but if you are going down to 3rd St. Promenade, you are covered until the cut-off time of 23:00 for pick-ups).
Negatives: not many. The only thing that I could comment on is that the staff needs a bit more polish. For the most part, the staff was pleasant albeit unschooled in whether or not area restaurants were good or not. If the staff gets more professional, I believe this hotel has a good chance to be excellent in our books.
Despite my tiny complaint, we will probably stay there again to see what a second visit merits. Finding a reasonable place that you want to stay again and again is rare indeed. I hope this property can be that place since we visit L.A. with great frequency and have yet to find a place that we absolutely love!
- 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