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What We Love

  • The coolest spa in downtown San Diego, Nature’s Spa by Jurlique features treatment rooms with private steamrooms, Jacuzzis and their signature Moroccan Rasul treatment
  • The art-themed hotel frequently runs events and specials in conjunction with the San Diego of Contemporary Art and The San Diego Symphony
  • Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, with local eateries, clubs and bars right at the doorstep
  • Unusually quiet soundproof windows keeps much of the trolley, traffic and party noise where it belongs: outside

What To Know

  • The hotel was renamed the Palomar San Diego in June 2011
  • The swank fourth-floor pool deck is popular for weddings and shindigs. Great if you’re invited, not ideal if you’re hoping to enjoy a little urban oasis
  • There’s no office desk in the loft rooms, but work can be done on the kitchen table
  • You can book the services of a private chef for your flat through the hotel
  • The patios currently look a bit bare, but the hotel has outdoor furniture slated for delivery by the end of the year
  • The valet’s text-based car retrieval system is super fast and simple to use, but it’ll cost you—parking costs a cool $36 a day
  • WiFi costs $10 per day


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

With a stay at Palomar San Diego, a Kimpton Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in San Diego, walking distance from Westfield Horton Plaza and close to Petco Park. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of San Diego Convention Center and Balboa Park.

Make yourself at home in one of the 211 air-conditioned rooms featuring MP3 docking stations and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters and Frette Italian sheets. Digital programming provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional amenities at this Art Deco hotel include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and wedding services.

Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s room service (during limited hours). Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held daily. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.

Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a 24-hour business center, and express check-in. Planning an event in San Diego? This hotel has 21884 square feet (2033 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms.

How to Get There

Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
1047 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101 United States


Nice getaway

The hotel lobby and front entrance are beautiful! So is the pool area! I stayed with my husband for my birthday weekend. It was our first time at a Kimpton hotel and we brought our pup which was nice because they are a really dog friendly hotel chain. Just an FYI if you plan on bringing your dog they do not have any grassy patches nearby for your dog to go potty. Across the street they have some fake grass by the CVS but it is a very small patch and full of homeless people unfortunately, but that is just downtown SD. The staff members were really nice at this hotel and every time we needed something they brought it up to the room really quickly which was nice. The happy hour that is included is basically someone handing you a glass of rose or beer. We thought it would be different at the bar area of the restaurant but it is not. It is a nice touch though and included in your rate that you pay. The pool had a nice DJ on Saturday afternoon and even a giant Jenga! For the price we paid i feel like our room could have been updated, but at least it had a balcony like i wanted. The drawers and floors were all scratched up and faded and the TV was really small and the chair and the headboard in the room had stains on it. We paid about 650$ for 2 nights so I just thought it would have been a nicer room. They have snacks and drinks available in the room if you want to pay for it. The bathroom was really nice and large, that was my favorite part! We got the Deluxe King Room with a view of the pool. The hotel is in a perfect location downtown, close to all the restaurants and bars downtown SD has to offer. It is a short Uber ride or Bird Scooter ride around town which is nice! Parking is about 50$ extra a night if you want to pay that or just park down the street for $15 a night! Over all it was a nice time and we appreciated the dog bed and bowls for our pup, also the treat the lady at the front desk gave him.

Excellent customer service

We enjoyed a three night stay recently and hated to leave. Rooms are spacious and sunny. Pool area is relaxing, private and easily accessible. Complimentary wine hour in the evening, chilled water all day, coffee and tea in AM. Adjacent restaurant has a late night taco window on weekends. Food is excellent. Short walking distance to trolley, gas lamp district, Petco Park and convention center. Right next door to House of Blues. For foodies, the famous Donut Bar is around the corner, and Hodad’s is just a few short blocks away. Added plus is the courteous and attentive staff. I also must commend them for the thoughtful design of their accessible suites. The best we have ever encountered.

Weekend Getaway

We recently stayed at the Palomar for a short weekend trip, and it did not disappoint. We were on the 15th floor with a stunning view, to the left we could see the bay and then all around the sprawling city scape. Caitlyn (I hope I am spelling it right) at the front desk was so helpful, and JC, Christian, and Sydney in Valet were so accommodating! We had a fantastic time.