The Ambrose Hotel

The Ambrose Hotel

1255 20th Street, Santa Monica, Los Angeles (CA), United States, 90404
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    Guest reviews

    8.4
    Excellent
    /10
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    9.2
    Exceptional

    "Helpful staff, large rooms, nice workout space."

    Sharon

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    June 28, 2016

    9.2
    Exceptional cleanliness
    Recommended by 96% of guests

    Property highlights

    • 840 meters to public transportation

    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Breakfast [free]

    Excellent
    Location
    8.1
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    Excellent location
    Nearby
    Popular
  • Gehry House500 m
  • Trüyoga810 m
  • Santa Monica Skate Park1.15 km
  • Santa Monica Museum of Art1.33 km
  • Bergamot Station Arts Center1.48 km
  • BBC Vintage Clothing1.8 km
  • Fred Segal Beauty1.9 km
  • Adamm's Stained Glass & Art Glass Gallery2.02 km
  • Urban Outfitters2.16 km
  • Santa Monica Place2.17 km
  • Value for money7.9
    Distance to city center2 miles
    Location rating8.1
    Nearest airportLos Angeles International Airport (LAX)
    Distance to airport12.2 km
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    8.7
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Luxury Studio
    Luxury Studio
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    • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 king bed
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    Premier Two Queen Beds
    Premier Two Queen Beds
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • City view
    • 2 queen beds
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    Traditional King
    Traditional King
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Premier King Room
    Premier King Room
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Traditional Double
    Traditional Double
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • City view
    • 2 queen beds
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    Double Studio
    Double Studio
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 2 double beds
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    Studio King
    Studio King
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 king bed
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    Run of House
    Run of House
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 super king bed or 2 doubl...
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        What people love about the property

        • 9.0
          Excellent

          "Very nice hotel in a good location."

          Terrie

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          March 20, 2016

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        7.7
        Very good

        "My stay was nice."

        Massimo

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        March 19, 2016

        An overview

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        What they offer

        9.2
        Exceptional

        "The staff is fantastic."

        Thomas

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        May 15, 2017

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        Nearest essentials

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        What to eat nearby

        American cuisine
        American cuisine
        Pupusas Yeni
        3.4 km American
        Firehouse
        3.8 km American, Cafe, Diner
        Rose Cafe Restaurant
        3.9 km American, Cafe
        Mexican cuisine
        Mexican cuisine
        Nina's Mexican Food
        3.5 km Mexican
        Baja Fresh
        3.8 km Mexican
        El Super Taco
        4.0 km Mexican
        Asian cuisine
        Asian cuisine
        Nanban-kan Restaurant
        3.5 km Asian, Japanese
        Shima
        4.7 km Asian, Healthy, Japanese
        Restaurant Hama
        4.8 km Asian, Japanese, Sushi

        What's nearby

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        Real reviews from real guests

        Agoda Reviews (51)Booking.com Reviews (348)
        8.4
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        10
        Cleanliness9.2
        Facilities8.3
        Location8.1
        Room comfort and quality8.7
        Service8.8
        Value for money7.9
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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Frances
        Couple
        Traditional King
        Stayed 1 night in December 2018
        Fabulous value for Money Boutique Hotel”
        Great Hotel and loved the happy hour each night. Ensure you get a room away from the 24hr gym. A little distance from the beach but hotel offers a courtesy service when possible which is just great. New Hotel GM is very professional and accommodating.
        Reviewed January 31, 2019
        7.6
        Very good
        Keith from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Premier King Room
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2018
        Ideal location”
        The Ambrose is situated perfectly for either Santa Monica or Hollywood. Staff are welcoming and very helpful. We stayed twice in just over a month and found ourselves looking forward to returning..
        Reviewed December 09, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Jeanette from United Kingdom
        Family with teens
        Traditional Double
        Stayed 2 nights in August 2018
        A must stay”
        So pleased with our two night stay. The staff couldn't do enough to help, were very polite and friendly. The hotel it's self was very clean and comfortable. The location is just 3 miles (ish) away from Santa Monica Pier but the car service that is offered covers that, or in our case we used Uber, never had to wait more than a couple of minutes for a driver and it only cost five or six dollars Overall excellent value for money and would definitely stay again.
        Reviewed August 20, 2018
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Alison from United Kingdom
        Family with teens
        Traditional Double
        Stayed 3 nights in August 2018
        Perfect little hotel! ”
        Pleasantly surprised. Lovely hotel. Small and staff extremely helpful and friendly. Room very clean. We had complimentary drinks served in the evening and a courtesy shuttle service to Santa Monica Pier, which was a bonus! Absolutely loved our 3 night stay here.
        Reviewed August 05, 2018
        8.4
        Excellent
        Daniele from Italy
        Couple
        Traditional King
        Stayed 2 nights in July 2018
        Great surprise”
        Staff has been superb, easy location and nice and nice to stay there. Strongly suggested.
        Reviewed July 22, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Mary from United States
        Couple
        Traditional King
        Stayed 5 nights in July 2018
        Beautiful hotel with lots of extras!”
        This was my first time planning a trip to the LA area. I chose The Ambrose because it was considerably less expensive than the beachfront hotels- but the location seemed like it would still be good. It greatly exceeded my expectations. They have a car that will take you within a 3 mile radius of the property, and they have bikes that they loan out on a first come basis.--so it was very easy to get to the beach. It never took more than 5 minutes for an Uber, so it was easy to get to Hollywood, Downtown LA and the airport. The continental breakfast was a wonderful spread of fruit, yogurt, cereal and danishes...and this was also free. So many extras that make this an incredible place to stay. On top of all that the hotel staff was very friendly and efficient. I highly recommend!
        Reviewed July 09, 2018
        8.8
        Excellent
        Barbara
        Family with teens
        Traditional Double
        Stayed 3 nights in June 2018
        Attentive, friendly staff, clean, quiet rooms”
        Free bikes; great location to beaches, museums and restaurants; close to I10; restful atmosphere.
        Reviewed June 24, 2018
        8.0
        Excellent
        Cheryl from Singapore
        Couple
        Traditional King
        Stayed 2 nights in March 2018
        Small Cosy Hotel”
        If you are looking for a small cosy hotel, this is the right place for you. Staff are friendly and helpful. As room doesn't come with a kettle and it was prompt delivered upon request. Ps. toiletries were from l'occitane.
        Reviewed April 11, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Virginia from United States
        Family with young children
        Traditional King
        Stayed 1 night in December 2017
        We enjoyed our stay, staff was helpful, knowledgeable and super friendly.”
        Thank you so very much for all the extra attention you gave my family and I. You have a clean and beautiful facility and most importantly excellent staff that take pride in serving us. Thanks again to all whom made our trip this weekend extra special!
        Reviewed January 02, 2018
        8.0
        Excellent
        Allan from Ireland
        Family with young children
        Traditional Double
        Stayed 3 nights in September 2017
        Very good”
        Really nice hotel in a super location. Only had two issues. If you book directly with the hotel, which was much more expensive, car parking is free for stays of three nights or more. Parking is charged at €25.00 per night plus tax which is over the top. The car park is big and was half full when we were there. Secondly, the breakfast was nearly gone by 9.00 but closes at 9.30. When we asked for coffee, plates and cutlery, the first answer we got was that it had been busy and was close to closing so they were not bothering to restock the breakfast. We complained and the lady at reception assisted at the second request. If breakfast closes at 9.30, that is not 9.00. It basically meant "We were busy so we are not bothering" which is nonsense, particularly for a 4 star hotel. Relatively minor because they did do something about it and we really liked the hotel. It is beautiful.
        Reviewed October 13, 2017
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Thomas from United States
        Couple
        Traditional King
        Stayed 1 night in May 2017
        Exceptional”
        Overall, it was a very pleasant stay at the Ambrose. The staff is fantastic. Everyone has a positive can-do attitude at all hours of the day. A very simple breakfast of coffee, tea, baked goods and fruit is included. Whole Foods, drug store, dry cleaners, banks, car rentals and a few restaurants are all walking distance away. As for areas of improvement: 1) the WiFi log in shouldn't require the user to complete six fields each time, 2) the front desk should tell guests to reserve the car service 15 minutes ahead and they will try their best to accommodate. Right now, guests are told 10 mins and when the car is late, guests get antsy. No guests will complain if a car came in 5 minutes when their expectations are 15. 3) the bicycles are stylish to look at but uncomfortable to sit on and awkward to peddle. 4) Despite closing the shower door, water leaks out because water running down the door falls onto a flat piece of tile. The shower door enclosure is not designed well. This results in puddles on the bathroom floor and a soppy bath mat. If someone slips from the puddle, that's a lawsuit. 5) Housekeeping enters the rooms too soon after a knock. They literally dipped their card, knocked and turned the knob faster than I could say no. I hoped they enjoyed their view.
        Reviewed May 15, 2017
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Thomas from New Zealand
        Couple
        Traditional King
        Stayed 1 night in October 2016
        A Great Hotel and Enjoyable Stay”
        The hotel was recommended to us and met expectations on all elements. The breakfast was v good and a nice touch was being able to have a late casual takeaway lunch in the garden area before travelling to the airport. Staff even made a cup of tea for us even though facilities were closed!! We will recommend it too.
        Reviewed October 12, 2016
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Anne from United States
        Couple
        Traditional Double
        Stayed 1 night in July 2016
        Hidden gem”
        Worth it
        Reviewed July 25, 2016
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Sharon from United States
        Business traveler
        Premier King Room
        Stayed 3 nights in June 2016
        Relaxed, peaceful”
        This is a quiet, relaxing place to stay. No hustle/bustle. Helpful staff, large rooms, nice workout space. Car service to get you places nearby and free bikes (first come, first serve). It's about a 1 1/2 mile walk to beach and the outdoor mall/shops. Other restaurants and shops nearby.
        Reviewed June 28, 2016
        9.0
        Exceptional
        Terrie from United States
        Couple
        Traditional Double
        Stayed 2 nights in March 2016
        Great experience!”
        It's difficult to mention only 3 things. The car and driver was nice to have on the property. The cleanliness and extra touches. The breakfast was very nice. The staff was wonderful on all shifts!
        Very nice hotel in a good location. All the staff was friendly and accommodating especially Arion, she was exceptional: very pleasant, informative, very professional, she is wonderful member of your staff and a true asset to the hotel!
        Reviewed March 20, 2016
        7.7
        Very good
        John from United States
        Solo traveler
        Premier King Room
        Stayed 2 nights in August 2015
        Liked it very much! ”
        Quiet, away from crowd, all you need without the frills.
        Very nice experience. I would highly recommend it to travelers who value a quiet, private stay away from any crowd or tour group or tour bus. The complimentary breakfast is a little basic, no cooked items, but other than that, it's a great quiet small hotel, perfect for those who appreciate peaceful tranquility.
        Reviewed August 23, 2015
        9.7
        Exceptional
        Susan from New Zealand
        Solo traveler
        Traditional Double
        Stayed 3 nights in July 2015
        Ambrose hotel”
        the green culture. the staff. the free local transport
        Comfortable. All our needs were met. They could enhance the greenest by offering guests a reduced linen change as so many hotels do now.
        Reviewed July 13, 2015
        5.7
        Ronald from United States
        Couple
        Traditional King
        Stayed 3 nights in October 2014
        Ambrose not fine during construction”
        Location, room comfort, staff
        Very disappointing. During first-floor construction, there's no lobby, no comfort area, no real breakfast, no room service. You'd think that with all of these inconveniences, a discount on room rate would be offered. But no. I really liked this hotel my first visit, but the lack of concern for hotel guests during remodeling (i.e. no concession on prices) is not good.
        Reviewed October 28, 2014
        8.3
        Excellent
        Ronald from United States
        Family with teens
        Traditional Double
        Stayed 3 nights in June 2014
        Quiet, comfortable and convenient”
        Location, cleanliness, staff assistance
        Very good
        Reviewed June 24, 2014
        6.7
        Good
        Sandra from New Zealand
        Couple
        Traditional Double
        Stayed 1 night in December 2013
        Comfortable”
        Large room, clean, good gym and friendly staff,
        A quiet location (20 blocks from the beach) comfortable and clean
        Reviewed January 08, 2014
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