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Los Angeles Hotels

The Ambrose

  • 1255 20th St. Map It
  • $$
  • Casual Chic

Pros

  • L.A.'s most eco-conscious hotel with nontoxic housekeeping products and recycling bins in each room
  • Newly added food service is a plus for weary travelers
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking

Cons

  • Quiet, residential area of Santa Monica

Updated 04/01/2014

Fodor's Review

An air of tranquillity pervades the four-story Ambrose, which blends right into its mostly residential Santa Monica neighborhood. The decor incorporates many Asian accents, following the principles of feng shui. Management prides itself on following "green" guidelines—cleaning products are nontoxic and water use is reduced. Social consciousness here also means comfort: rooms have deluxe, chenille throws, Italian linens, Frette towels and robes, and a minibar with health-oriented

elixirs. Windows are double-paned for quiet; upper floors have partial ocean views. Room service and the expanded continental breakfast buffet include healthy choices. A taxi is on call for free short jaunts in the area.

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Hotel Information

Address:

1255 20th St., Santa Monica, California, 90404, USA

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Phone:

310-315–1555; 877-262–7673

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 77 rooms
  • Breakfast

Updated 04/01/2014

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Nov 30, 2009

The Ambrose Review

Nice hotel in a mundane area. First room we had was not so great, but once we got changed to another room we were very pleased -- nice comfy bed and large bathroom. Great to have windows that open. Buffet breakfast has juices, fruit, yogurt cereal and several pastry selections...quite good.

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Jun 13, 2009

good place to stay

Quiet location. Nice breakfast despite awkward seating. Good service from front desk. We were able to walk to the beach although it is a bit of a hike for some people. Would stay here again.

By Damon

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Feb 27, 2006

Beautiful Hotel - Strange Encounter

After really looking forward to staying at this socially progressive, beautiful, Asian inspired hotel my wife and I had the strangest encounter we have ever experienced... We were actually yelled at and cut-off from speaking by the night manager at the front desk when we arrived to check in. It began when we (very politely) pointed out that we had reserved a room with a King Size bed (rather than two Queens).Suddenly he got very upset and visibly

angry... he immediately started yelling at us that he did not have any other rooms... even when we tried to calm the situation and tell him that we were fine with the room and that we didn't understand why he was yelling at us... he just cut us off and started becoming even more agressive!! It was so alarming and bizarre that we simply did not know how to react! Here we are - checking in to a beautiful zen-like hotel... to enjoy a nice weekend with our closest freinds - and suddenly we are being yelled at by the person who is supposed to be welcoming us!! He could not have cared less about offending us so dramatically... and told us so!! He must have been having a really bad day... but we are certainly the ones that paid for it! We have never had an experience like this in our lives... we are a married, professional, 40+, buddhist, caring couple... but after this encounter we simply could not in good conscience give the hotel our money and in the end... with much regret, had to forego our stay. All I can say is be careful!!

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By Dan

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Jan 3, 2005

Elegant & Classy Hideaway

Hidden right in the middle of Santa Monica, CA, the Ambrose proved to be a real find at a reasonable price. My family & I (2 adults, 2 teenagers) thoroughly enjoyed our very brief stay. Wish we could have stayed longer & enjoyed the other amenities (i.e., nice exercise room, walks).

By Bobbie

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Aug 25, 2004

AAaaahhhh Beautiful Comfort

We stayed at the Ambrose for just 1 night and that may be why they upgraded us to their best room. We were checking in late (11pm) and only there for one night. The hotel is beautiful, calm and serene. But the real "WOW" was the bed. This bed was amazing. It was so comfortable! The following morning I took the sheets off to see why. I thought there was a featherbed on the mattress - but in fact it is built in. Plush and full down pillows, smooth soft

linens and a down duvet. And it wasn't just us (in the upgrade). I overheard other people in the lobby making comments about how comfortable the bed was. They also do a nice continental breakfast with decadant pastries, fruit, bagels, etc.. We really enjoyed our short stay.

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