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The Ambrose - Eco-Friendly Santa Monica Accommodations

Each of our Craftsman influenced guestrooms at the Ambrose Hotel blends comfort with sustainable features. Every guestroom is unique to enrich your experiences. From our Deluxe to Studio accommodations, there is an array of guestroom types to select from. Features include spacious bathrooms, some with separate bathtubs and showers; balconies and terraces, select guestrooms feature hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans. Our Studio guestrooms feature terraces that can entertain up to 10 people while enjoying a vibrant Santa Monica atmosphere. All guestrooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi and include a complimentary deluxe all-natural breakfast.

For the convenience of our guests, in-guestroom comforts at  the Ambrose Hotel include:

  • Sumptuous Ambrose Bed with luxury Bed Linens
  • Frette Cotton Robes and Bath Linens
  • Luxury Natural Bath Products
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
  • Mini Bar includes Selection of Healthful Refreshments and wholesome Snacks
  • Professional Guest Laundry and Dry Cleaning with Same Day Service
  • Choice of Complimentary USA Today, Los Angeles Times or Wall Street Journal

About The Ambrose Hotel

Hotel Overview

The Ambrose Hotel provides a distinctive and meaningful guest experience through the operation of our LEED* Certified hotel. Our unique approach to hospitality centers on a deep commitment to both guest satisfaction and environmental preservation. By carefully blending sustainable living, stylish design, appreciation of local culture, and attentive service, we create an inspirational lifestyle that is highly sought after.

Based in Santa Monica, California, the Ambrose Hotel is an acclaimed eco-boutique hotel dedicated to providing exceptional hospitality while minimizing the negative environmental impacts of hotel construction and operation, while surpassing industry standards by introducing a fresh perspective on sustainable hospitality.

The Ambrose Hotel offers a guest experience that is rendered with a diversity of environmentally respectful practices. Nourishment is provided through locally grown and organic foods. Our soothing environments are cleansed with natural, non-toxic products. We prudently borrow the earth’s resources through environmental management techniques. We express appreciation of our local community through charitable service and philanthropic donations. At the Ambrose Hotel, guests rest well knowing they have made responsible lifestyle choices without sacrificing comfort or style.

It is our innovative combination of luxury, culture, high design and sustainability that has earned the Ambrose Hotel a loyal following of discerning travelers aspiring to make a difference in the world. Our creation of naturally beautiful boutique hotel environments with a conscience is what makes us the Ambrose Hotel.

*The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.  LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Services & Amenities

Whether your visit is for business, pleasure or a little of both, every moment of your stay at The Ambrose Hotel will be enhanced by luxurious guest amenities and refined service. Enjoy a workout in our fully equipped fitness center or ask our Concierge to make arrangements for you to visit one of several spas in the area.

For guests interested in hosting a meeting or special event at the hotel, The Ambrose Hotel features  The Study, an elegant and sophisticated space with a garden-view. The Hotel provides superb meeting planning and catering services support. To keep you connected with the office, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet is offered in all guestrooms and social areas.  

For the convenience of our guests,  the Ambrose Hotel offers the following amenities and services:

  • All Concierge Staff
  • Complimentary Organic Continental Breakfast
  • Serving organic Groundworks coffee
  • Preferred Hybrid Vehicle Parking
  • 24-Hour Guestroom Service
  • 24-Hour Fitness Guestroom with:
    • Treadmills
    • Elliptical Machine
    • Exercise Bicycle
    • Free Weights
  • Complimentary Local Transportation within 3 miles radius of Hotel *
  • Recycling Container in Every Guestroom
  • Meeting Guestroom incorporates Green Practices
  • Parking – 25.00 per Day with In/Out Privileges
  • Wired and Wi-Fi Internet Throughout Hotel
  • Complimentary In-Room Starbucks Fair Trade Organic Coffee

* Does not include Santa Monica Airport

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The Ambrose Hotel Green Initiatives

The Ambrose Hotel is committed to protecting our environment and preserving our precious natural resources. By going “green”, we have made a promise to promote a lifestyle that ensures our environmental impact on the world around us is minimal and as positive as possible.

We have integrated various methods of green living into our daily lives and encourage our guests and team members to do the same. We reduce, reuse and recycle. We compost. We continue to search for the most environmentally friendly alternatives in production and clean our guest guestrooms with the most ecologically – responsible products on the market. We support our neighbors and local merchants and do our best to promote the good work they are doing throughout the community. By blending upscale tranquility with affordable luxury and low impact living practices, we offer our guests a touch of truly holistic hospitality.


Green Awards & Certifications

Excellence Award – Stewardship of the Natural Environment Sustainable Quality Award 2013:
Presented by Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Affairs Committee to businesses which exhibit an awareness of sustainability in the areas of energy conservation, water savings measures, waste reduction and pollution prevention.

California Green Lodging Program Leadership Level Certification 2013:
The California Green Lodging Program acknowledges and promotes lodging facilities that demonstrate water and energy conservation, waste minimization, recycling, environmentally friendly purchasing, program sustainability, and pollution prevention. The program is committed to demonstrating the highest standards of integrity and environmental ethics for the State of California.

Sustainable Works Green Business Program Certification 2011-2013:
Facilitated by the City of Santa Monica, Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Sustainable Works, this certificate endorses companies and organizations that commit to running a green business by meeting set environmental and resource efficiency.

Best Accommodations for Out-of-Towners in Best of Our Westside Poll 2011:
Nearly 5,000 votes were cast by the Westside community, selecting The Ambrose Hotel as the favorite hotel for out-of-town guests over Hotel Angeleno, Hotel Erwin, Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel and Oceana.

United States Green Building Council LEED for Existing Buildings Silver Certification 2008:
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

Energy Star Certification 2008:
An ENERGY STAR certified facility has met strict energy performance standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. It uses less energy and causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions than its peers. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must score in the top 25 percent based on EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System.

Sustainable Works Green Business Program Certification 2008-2010

Sustainable Quality Award Grand Prize Winner 2006:
Presented by Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Affairs Committee to businesses which exhibit an awareness of sustainability and achieve balanced excellence in all 3 areas: economic development, social responsibility and stewardship of the natural environment.

Greenopia Los Angeles 4 Leaf Award of Achievement 2006:
A directory of eco-friendly retailers, services, and organizations. Each leaf represents the green and sustainable aspects of the listed business.

Google Green Drummer Recognition 2006:
Google's "Summer of Green" project with the Earth Day Network that provides environmentally focused map guides to website visitors.

City of Santa Monica Commendation 2006

Sustainable 41 Award recipient 2005:
Fran Pavley, California State Assembly 41st district, presented to businesses and other entities in the district that have chosen to incorporate sustainable/ "green" practices into the ways that they conduct their business.

Sustainable Works Green Business Program Certification 2005-2007

Green Hotels Association Member:
Houston-based association of hotels, committed to encouraging, promoting and supporting ecological consciousness in the hospitality industry.

EcoGuestrooms & EcoSuites Approved Hotel:
Approved hotels selected based on the implementation of EcoGuestrooms "Significant 7" criteria, a rigorous set of standards for ecologically responsible hotel products, practices and principles.

United States Green Building Council Member:
A coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

LEED Certification

In the summer of 2008, The Ambrose Hotel was the first hotel in the nation to receive the United States Green Building Council’s LEED-EB Silver Certification.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

To earn this prestigious certification, we were required to satisfy all of the prerequisites and a minimum number of points set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Building rating system in the following areas:

Sustainable Sites
Eco friendly exterior maintenance practices have been implemented. Bicycle storage and changing facilities have been added to the property. A preferred parking program for Alternative vehicles is in place. Complimentary Los Angeles Metro transit passes have been added to our team member benefit package.

Water Efficiency
Annual water efficiency has been maximized to reduce the burden on our potable water supply and wastewater system. Low flow toilets and water saving faucet aerators have been installed. Sprinkler systems are adjusted according to season and garden areas have been planted with drought tolerant native species.

Energy & Atmosphere
Using the EPA Energy Star® Portfolio Manager tool, The Ambrose Hotel has demonstrated that we have established an excellent level of energy efficiency for the building and systems and received a rating of 99 (60 points necessary to qualify). All electronics and systems throughout the hotel are Energy Star Certified and 15% of our annual energy use is offset with offsite renewable energy credits. Efficient compact fluorescent lighting throughout.

Materials and Resources
A guest guestroom recycling program is in place. 75% of all waste is recycled or composted. A sustainable purchasing program has been implemented in an effort to reduce the impacts of pollution caused by virgin resource extraction and processing. All Ambrose team members are encouraged to reduce waste by reducing consumption of all disposable materials, composting all organic materials and fully utilizing all materials prior to their disposal.

Indoor Environmental Air Quality
The Ambrose Hotel considers our housekeeping team to be one of our best defenses against poor indoor air quality concerns. A thorough green cleaning program is in place. Eco friendly non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products are used throughout the hotel. Our sustainable purchasing plan also includes low VOC paints, sealants and adhesives.

Innovation in Upgrades, Operations and Maintenance
The Ambrose Hotel offers complimentary shuttle services to guests using a bio-diesel powered London Taxi. An eco team has been created. Our mission is to serve our fellow teammates and guests by providing accurate, meaningful, up to date information on our company’s sustainable practices and policies. Through dedicated teamwork and effective communication, we hope to empower all Ambrose staff members to reach and maintain all of our program’s environmental goals.

Wherever possible we will strive to reduce our environmental footprint and minimize our company’s negative impact on the world around us. All Ambrose employees are asked to take pollution control, waste management, energy consumption, recycled material content and resource conservation into consideration.

Sustainable Internal Operations

Energy Conservation:

  • ALL appliances are Energy Star rated
  • Compact fluorescent lights with dimmers throughout the hotel
  • Energy efficient LED exit signs
  • Energy efficient front load washing machines
  • Energy efficient photocopiers with double sided capacity
  • Regularly scheduled in house maintenance of our HVAC system (coils checked and cleaned, compressor pressure checked, complete belt check)
  • Economizers on A/C unit which increases fresh air circulation and uses cooler outdoor air when available
  • Weather stripping to close air gaps around doors and windows
  • Preventative maintenance on ALL of our equipment to keep it efficient and effective
  • Guestrooms naturally ventilated with opening windows


Water Conservation:

  • Water broom & dry sweep to clean concrete and asphalt
  • Linen and towel reuse program
  • Low flow toilets (1.3gpf) and water saving faucet aerators (1.75gpf)
  • Sprinklers adjusted according to season
  • Native plants


Non-Toxic Housekeeping Practices:

  • Clean Environment Co. Natural Brand cleaned guestrooms, non-toxic 100% all naturally derived biodegradable cleaners made from replenishable natural resources: hand dishwashing soap, basin, tub and tile cleaner, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, chlorine free bleach, furniture polish and carpet shampoo
  • No aerosol spray cans or toxic cleaning chemicals used
  • Green team training meetings to introduce our staff to non-toxic cleaning procedures
  • Eco-lab’s commitment to sustainability begins with its approach to creating products, programs and services that reduce safety risks and environmental impacts, emphasizing closed systems that minimize opportunities for exposing our guests to chemicals
  • Low VOC Green Seal certified water based paints


Waste Reduction:

  • Hotel wide Red Bin Recycling Program - Currently diverting 75% of our waste from landfills
  • Recycling bins in all public areas
  • Compost all organic waste
    office bulletin board, dry erase white boards, staff in-house email and voicemail communication eliminating unnecessary paper printed reports
  • California Recycles, Inc cellular phone recycling program drop-off location
    100% recycled bath tissues, napkins, copy paper etc.
  • Reuse packaging for shipping
  • Employee use policy for guestroom service/ catered leftovers
  • Glass cups in ALL guestrooms, mugs for all staff members - no disposable utensils or tableware – No Styrofoam!
  • All clients are encouraged to recycle used business meeting materials and to use linen and glassware instead of disposable paper products


Alternative Transportation:

  • Beach cruiser rental
  • Complimentary carpooling to popular neighborhood locations
  • Big Blue Bus and LA Metro bus route maps provided for staff and guests
  • Employee bike storage/shower
  • Annually participate in Santa Monica’s ride share program survey
  • Preferred parking spaces for hybrid vehicle
  • The Ambrose Hotel actively participates in Los Angeles Metro's Transit Access program by providing all
  • Ambrose employees with complimentary bus passes. In an effort to lower employee commuting costs and in honor of our commitment to sustainability, all Ambrose team members are eligible for this new addition to our benefits package.


Staff and Guest Awareness:

  • Department-wide Eco Team meets monthly to discuss the status of current initiatives and define future green goals
  • Conservation signs in all guestrooms promoting linen reuse program
  • Green Information page in guestroom compendium
  • Recycle bins/ signs in public areas
  • Green information Box located at front desk (bike routes, local walking maps, non-profit information, community event flyers and brochures)
  • Green meeting planner attached to all emails to guests inquiring about renting meeting space
  • Green information binder for front desk staff – ALL front desk agents are required to reviewGreen
  • Agreement in Employee Handbook , new staff member training
  • All Ambrose brochures, flyers, compendiums, business cards, menus etc are printed on 100% recycled papers
  • Dedicated Director of Environmental Practices on site to manage, support and implement all sustainable practices and programs


Community Service:

  • Here, There and Everywhere E-newsletter: “Everywhere” section highlights the work of a different international non-profit every month
  • Paid volunteer opportunities for staff members (Heal the Bay Coastal Clean up Day, Tree People Tree Planting etc.)
  • Active supporter and promoter of local non-profits and charitable organizations