My husband and I stayed 8 nights at The Ambrose Hotel in Santa Monica from June 10 - June 18, 2006 for a combination work and vacation stay. After a few of the reviews about the noise, etc. I was very cautious. But upon our arrival we were pleasantly surprised with a room upgrade. The room was average American hotel room size with a larger bathroom and a balcony. We were in a corner unit on the third floor facing Arizona Street. I was worried that I would hear the sirens from the hospital which is down one block along Arizona, but I only heard them once. We found that in the evening the city noise would quiet down and then begin again around 6 AM. But the hotel was well insulated from the outside so that if you kept your patio door closed, it was very quiet at night. The hotel is still very new and the rooms were pleasant in decor, but because they have dark trim, some areas of the room are scuffed.
The parking below the hotel is excellent and it is so nice that it is included in the room.
The workout room is small, but has nice equipment.
The breakfast consisted of fruit (often a huge bowl of strawberries and raspberries), many types of breads & muffins, yogurt, cereal, juice, milk, coffee, and tea. The seating for breakfast is in the lounge which can be a little awkward, but we spent most mornings outside the lounge on the porch facing the koi pond. The quantity of food was large and if you didn't wait until right before breakfast closed, there was a lot of variety. I was pleased with the quality and the selection.
The hotel personnel were cordial and gave recommendations for restaurants etc. I would not say they were over friendly, but they were business-like and never gruff.
The location of the hotel is about 20 city blocks from the ocean, but they have a shuttle to take you down there or there is parking along the beach.
It was very nice to have a hotel in Los Angeles that included parking and a decent breakfast. The location makes it easy to access freeways and also do sightseeing. I was pleased and would return again.
- 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