After searching high and low for a hotel in Santa Monica we decided to book the Ambrose on the basis of Trip Advisor reviews for a 5 night stay which was the culmination of a trip around California.
The hotel is located in a quiet residential part of Santa Monica, not far from the Hospital although to be honest if you didn’t know that it was there I doubt you’d guess.
I booked a suite requesting a balcony, high floor and garden views. What we initially were given was to be frank terrible a small 1st floor, dark, oppressive room at the rear of the hotel with a balcony that was probably 2 feet deep at best. We didn’t bother putting our bags in it and returned to reception to register our complaint. To cut a long story short after approximately 30 minutes of discussion we were given a room that we were more than happy with, a premier room with a balcony overlooking the gardens. The rest of our stay at the Ambrose was superb.
The breakfasts were plentiful. Rooms cleaned regularly. Staff friendly, courteous and extremely helpful. Although the ‘London Cab’ style taxi was off the road a replacement vehicle was being used and whenever we asked at reception for the courtesy car it was made available literally within seconds and 5 minutes saw us in the heart of Santa Monica.
Parking wasn’t a problem, underground parking facilities were available and during our stay there were always plenty of spaces.
I confess to using the Gym – It had a TV, was clean, air conditioned and all the equipment was in working order.
As a base to explore the surrounding area the hotel was in a fantastic position, with Hollywood/Beverley Hills/Malibu/Venice (amongst many more) all within easy driving distance.
My ONLY real complaint with the Ambrose is the facilities at breakfast. In its’ effort to be a chic ‘n stylish hotel instead of the usual table and chairs for breakfast, you have to make do with leather sofa’s, easy chairs and a Feng Shui sandpit (no kidding!). Take my word for it, juggling a hot cup of coffee, a bowl of Cheerios and a piece of pastry isn’t the easiest thing in the world when you’re sat in a rocking chair!
Having seen some of the hotels in Santa Monica (and specifically overlooking the beach which I suppose is everyone’s ideal location) I say without doubt that I’d prefer to stay at the Ambrose, it’s location was ideal and it’s cleanliness and calming atmosphere was superb.
- 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