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“Free Local Cab, Great Complimentary Breakfast, Green!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Ambrose
Ranked #8 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
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New York City, New York
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Free Local Cab, Great Complimentary Breakfast, Green!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

We gravitated toward this hotel due to its LEED certification, complimentary organic breakfast, free local cab, free parking, and reasonable rate for LA. All of these things met our expectations.

The location worked for us. It's in a more residential area of Santa Monica, but it's LA so you're going to need to drive to things regardless. The free local cab made it convenient for us to go to restaurants, bars, and points of interest in the Santa Monica neighborhood without having to find parking. Service ends at 10pm, but was always promptly available when we needed it and the driver's were all very friendly. Expect a lot of driving and traffic lights to drive yourself out to West Hollywood area.

The hotel decor was well done. The rooms were average size and had your typical amenities. We felt welcome, comfortable, safe, and the parking was conveniently placed under the hotel accessible from the hotel elevator.

The complimentary organic breakfast was exceptional, much more than we expected or typically find at a hotel. Breads, pastries, juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, etc. It was nice not having to worry about breakfast every morning before heading out to explore the city.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

I stayed at this hotel while travelling for with work from the 3rd February until the 10th. First impressions were that the hotel was really cosy, friendly and quiet. The staff at reception were very friendly and informative and were happy to go out of their way to help. They were also very relaxed and nothing seemed like too much trouble. The free shuttle from the hotel took you anywhere you wanted to go within reason and was available any time I wanted it. Breakfast was nice - a variety of cereals, toast, fruit and pastries which was everything I really wanted. Bike hire was free which was an added bonus. My room was clean and tidy and really comfortable and the hotel was very quiet so I wasn't kept awake by other guests or the road. I could have stayed forever! I would definitely recommend the hotel and would like to stay there again. The hotel is around a 20-30 minute walk to the beach but in a nice, residential neighbourhood.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

The Ambrose is about 20 blocks from the beach and Santa Monica Pier, but it's a nice walk down there. The immediate neighborhood is quiet & residential, with grocery stores and small shops. The breakfast is good, no hot dishes but great pastries, yoghurt, ect. We only stayed one night, but wish we'd have more time!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

The Ambrose is a user-friendly hotel, with easy parking, attractive Craftsman decor, and an included breakfast which is better than what most hotels serve. It is not near the beach, but is very convenient to mid-town Santa Monica restaurants, Montana Avenue, and Bergamot Station. To get this quality of hotel in a more touristed area, you'd pay much more. Next time, if we want to be right "in the thick of it," we'll try one of the hotels near the ocean, but The Ambrose can't be beat in Santa Monica for the price.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

They were extremely rude unwelcoming messed up the reservation after we had called and confirmed yet when we arrived the next day apparently it was unconfirmed. We checked out after only one night. Don't even think about staying there.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Ambrose
Address: 1255 20th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404-1351
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Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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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