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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


4.0 Very Good 1457 Reviews
Great hotel staff, Dodgy neighborhood
Reviewed 2 days ago

The hotel staff -- Lea, Sarah, Astrid in particular -- were friendly, professional and very helpful throughout our stay. We enjoyed several meals (breakfast and dinner) at the restaurant. Iyana, our server at breakfast, gave us some great recommendations for enjoying the sights around the city. As it was our anniversary, we were delighted to find Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries in our room. We had excellent views from room 1901.

Overall we were very pleased with the four-day stay. We either walked or used Lyft to manage around some rain to get to the Zoo as well as a few other excursions (e.g. Coronado Island, the Historic Park, The USS Midway).

Would have given the hotel 5 stars but this property is located on the outer edge of the Gas Lamp district, which has a large homeless population. The surrounding area is dodgy and there are a number of people sleeping in vacant storefront areas or panhandling nearby. All was fine up until the last afternoon. When we returned to the hotel after check out to retrieve our bags, we went upstairs to the Mezzanine level to use the restrooms. We were surprised to find an older woman talking to herself coming out of the restroom. We attempted to avoid her but she followed us around the game table area trying to convince us to let her use our room to take a shower. We politely and firmly told her we had already checked out of our room. Unhappy with our response she started protesting. We had intended to spend a few minutes killing time before heading to the airport at the foos ball table but realized she was going to continue to badger us. We immediately returned to the lobby and to the front desk. As we did so she exited the hotel through the restaurant and continued ranting down the street. Sadly this disturbing encounter left us rethinking whether we would return to this part of San Diego.

Genuine Hospitality
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Paloma’s staff is always gracious and extremely accommodating. Our suite had a beautiful view and was stylish yet comfortable. The staff, from the bellman to the housekeeper were all personable and made our stay special

5 star everything!
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been fortunate enough to stay overnight at the Hotel Palomar a handful of times, and with each visit, the service gets better and better! The front desk manager, George W. is always so warm, genuine, and accommodating. He truly makes us feel so welcome and important. It's a nice treat seeing him when we arrive. The front desk staff is friendly, efficient and professional. It's usually just minutes till we are all checked in and relaxing in our room! With each stay, we have a few housekeeping requests, which are always met promptly with enthusiasm. Every room we have stayed in has been very clean, comfortable and in great condition. This particular location is in the heart of downtown San Diego, very convenient for a night out for dinner, drinks and dancing. All though with this visit, we popped in to the restaurant on site, Curadero, for a delicious lunch and afternoon cocktail. The queso fundido with chorizo is worth every bite! Thanks for the recommendation, George!
The Hotel Palomar is at the top of our favorites list, and we encourage all of our friends and family to stay there or any of the other Kimpton properties. I cannot see why anybody wouldn't love it!

Be careful what you touch!
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stayed 2 nights for business meetings. At first look the room was great. It was on the 5th floor facing the front of the hotel, right across from a parkade...The first night I went to close the blinds and found a used piece of the "intimate couples kit" laying on lamp base. We had traveled all day and were to tired to do anything about it. The next morning I went to the front desk and mentioned this. As we were there for company meetings, our company was paying for the room, so I was not expecting any kind of reimbursement, but an apology would have been nice, maybe an offer of a fresh room? By the time we went back to the room later that day, it had been made up and the item had been removed. I would have thought that a hotel of that "caliber" would have been a little more solicitous of their clientele. It just makes you wonder that if the cleaner missed that, what else was missed, or not cleaned?

Both nights the room above us we kept hearing chairs scraping the floor almost all night.

Both nights we heard vehicles doing burn outs and squealing tires. We heard a lot of people yelling and street noise. Smelled pot in the hallways in the 5th floor.

We were happy to leave, quality of sleep and rest was very poor! We will never stay at a Kimpton and will never recommend them either.

Kudos To Kimpton!
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't rave about my stay at the Kimpton in Downtown San Diego enough! As a world traveler and fussy guest, I have never experienced such supreme service and attention in my life. From the moment I got out of my car, I felt this place was very special. To a person, each staff member from parking attendants, front desk personnel, housekeeping, etc., as a picky princess, I was treated like a queen. I want to give a giant shout out to Fawz at the reception, who looked after me my entire 4 night stay. When I told him my sister would be joining me for my last night, he offered me a very sweet deal on a suite for not much more than I was paying for a standard room. So I had the most remarkable penthouse suite with two balconies and unbelievable views. The other staff person I want to thank as well is KJ...what a doll! When I was tangled in my dog's leash while unloading some groceries out, of my car, a wine bottle dropped and smashed all over the sidewalk. It was very embarrassing, to say the least. But KJ and the others were on it...cleaning up immediately. 10 minutes later there was a knock on my door and there was KJ ..gifting me with a replacement bottle of wine! When does THAT ever happen? Like NEVER? Even the housekeeper, Erica, was so thoughtful and made sure I had some teabags in the room and brought me an electric teapot.
I have stayed at another Kimpton in Westwood and was impressed there as well...but whoever is in charge of training or setting the tone of how guests should be treated in this hotel, should be given the highest award possible...this was a very unexpected and memorable experience. I will never forget all the kindness. Great happy hours to mingle with other guests, too...and the bartender in the hotel restaurant was fabulous as well! Many thanks to all of them. (Loved the location, but was distressed to still see so many homeless people about downtown.....I wish something more would be done about that!)