A Dharmic oasis nestled on Palm lined streets, The Ambrose Hotel is more than your average little bit of SoCal nirvana. The nation’s first Silver LEED certified hotel, the holistic pillar of Santa Monica’s community, sits blithely in the center of it all: minutes from the Pacific Ocean and steps to bustling Wilshire Blvd.  For all of the standard hospitality appointments we come to expect with a luxury boutique hotel, it is an unexpected complement that The Ambrose also marries ecological standards of excellence.  As a LEED certified hotel, the structure alone meets some of the highest green standards. Zen-like refinement is what lies at the very foundation of the Ambrose and carries through in all of the treatments and considerations of how best to welcome you.   All the way up to how the mini bar is stocked—there is no shortage of thoughtfulness and style.

The Ambrose cozies you into Santa Monica with an easy grace: providing complimentary on-site, underground parking (something you really appreciate in the Los Angeles car zoo), on-site hybrid car rental, complimentary bikes (that don’t look like rentals), complimentary organic breakfast provided by L.A.’s legendary Urth Caffé, capping it off with a very stylish London Taxi with driver to chauffeur you around Santa Monica.  The rooms embrace you with organic and effortless style that refreshes your senses as much as it relaxes your New Yorker nerves.  The Aveda bath products will compel you to consider a little toiletry theft.  For the tech-minded, aside from the complimentary wifi, the ample and strategically placed outlets are quite simply astounding.  Though you never ask the electrical outlet count or placement when you go to a hotel, it is often a matter of unplugging lamps or having to give pecking order deferment to your phone, mp3 player, laptop, camera battery and other assorted gizmos.

When you are ready to head out for an evening to sample the local cuisine du jour and soak in a little glamor, make sure to leave the driving to the chauffeur.  I would recommend a couple glasses of champagne to accompany you in your London Taxi Limo.  Heads will turn and doors will open to you as you step out and into any of the hip new Santa Monica haunts with your own vintage coach.  We New Yorkers may not be locals everywhere, but it helps to know that you have it sorted out beyond expectation, with style and conscience.

– Jeffery Owens & Ava Fedorov

Photographs by Jeffery Owens and Ava Fedorov for Socially Superlative