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The Ambrose

1255 20th Street, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Neighborhood: Santa Monica


  • Rooms : 17.5
  • Service : 18.0
  • Public Spaces : 17.5

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Adjust your mental picture of Santa Monica: the Ambrose is more than a mile inland, leaving the beach to the high rollers, who inflate their prices accordingly. Here you’ll find that it is possible to get an excellent room in Santa Monica, at a charming little boutique, for about the price one would expect from a dreary chain motel—as long as you don’t have to be right in the thick of the action.

Then again, stay here and you’ll find the thick of the action is a relative concept—the Ambrose is quite close enough to anything that matters, whether the Third Street promenade or various business destinations like MTV and Sony. And this is no bargain-basement hotel; Arts and Crafts decor is satisfying enough, and some of the services are in the same league as the big boys by the beach including 24-hour room service, and, best of all, plentiful parking. Remember that nobody walks, except on the Promenade or the boardwalk; the hotel rents Classic Beach Cruisers for stylish scooting and maintains its own London-style black cab (fueled by environmentally friendly bio-diesel) for short trips.

That’s not the only green touch — the Ambrose is full of them, from recycling and composting regimes to non-toxic cleaners and energy-efficient rooms. All in all, it’s an above-average hotel at a rate that’s well below average, at least for Santa Monica—you’ll save some money for the Third Street boutiques and still sleep in style.

Please note: The Ambrose will be renovating the lobby and outdoor public spaces through the end of April 2015; guestrooms on the first and fourth floors will be unavailable through the end of February 2015.

How to get there:

The Ambrose hotel, located in Santa Monica, is a 20-minute drive from Los Angeles International Airport, but the trip can take up to an hour in traffic. Guest parking is available for $20 per night.

  • The Ambrose
  • 1255 20th Street
  • Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica

Hotel amenities and services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour room service
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Wake-up service

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