Kimpton Solamar Hotel
What We Love
- Going for a dip in the rooftop pool
- Nightly lobby wine hour
- Complimentary use of bikes to cruise around the neighborhood
What To Know
- Some rooms can be noisy due to area nightclubs brimming with revelers
- There's a yoga mat in every room, free of charge
- Fido is welcome — pets even receive water dishes upon arrival
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Solamar’s brick exterior gives way to a contemporary lobby with dark, sultry furnishings and aquatic-themed decor. But the subdued colors and nightclub mood in the lobby don’t reflect the vibe of the rooms; all 235 of them are notably lighter and brighter, and the colorful rooftop pool and bar terrace offers expansive city views.
Bed and Bath
Rooms with downtown views (some of which look into Petco Park) are decorated in a chocolate and pale blue color scheme, alongside polka-dot throws and striped blackout curtains. But at the Solamar, no comfort is left behind. Expect plush upholstery, an array of pillow options, in-room yoga mats, crisp white Frette linens, and an alarm clock/radio/iPod dock with built-in “Bedtime Beats” and “Nature Sounds.” Spacious bathrooms are decorated in seashore colors and white tiles, and all come with glass-walled showers and plenty of Gilchrist & Soames bath products.
In a part of town where real estate comes at a premium, the rooftop outdoor bar/lounge feels like an oasis, with its small pool, private cabanas and chaise longues. It’s a hot spot for happy hour, occasional live music a late night tête-à-tête — order a drink and some nibbles off the bar menu or just enjoy the downtown views and the glow from the firepits. The hotel’s cavernous ground-floor restaurant/bar, Jsix, features an eclectic design, with glass light fixtures up in a vaulted ceiling, and it earns kudos for its farm-to-table cuisine.
In the Area
Comic Con, the famous comic book convention, and other events take place at the nearby Convention Center (three blocks away); San Diego Padres games and other sports events at Petco Park, just across the street. (In fact, sports fans park at the hotel for games.) The Gaslamp Quarter is a mix of tawdry and trendy, with dozens of restaurants and bars. Be sure to check out La Gran Tapa, a small bodega (about six blocks away, with free parking) that features live Latin music and tapas evocative of Spain and is less hectic than the nightclub scene. If you’re looking for a fun half-day trip, the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, the waterfront or even the trolley to Tijuana all make for a fun mini-getaway.
How to Get There
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Hotel was gorgeous, great location, friendly staff, lovely roof top area and very comfortable rooms. Really enjoyed our stay here, wish we could have had longer. Staff were great at recommending stuff to us. Loved that they were so dog friendly.
My friend and I recently stayed at this hotel, it is in a perfect location and close to transit, Gaslamp etc. We had a small issue with getting incorrect directions and when I mentioned it at the front desk only for feedback purposes (not really a complaint) they made it up to us, which we were not expecting. Above and beyond. All staff super friendly and nice, only negative comment is the hours of their restaurant. We definitely will be back to both San Diego and this hotel.