For dropouts from the too-hip school of boutique hotels, the new AMBROSE in Santa Monica, California, supplements style with warmth. Feng shui harmony guides the 77-room Craftsman-style inn proffering Asian gardens and organic wines in the firelit library. But The Ambrose doesn’t forswear branded status entirely. In-room treats include Aveda amenities and Italian linens. And Celestino Drago of Drago restaurant fame supplies the breakfast buffet and 24-hour room service. Rooms from $155. (877) 262-7673,