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
Great hotel in the Gaslamp district. Room was lovely and clean. Staff were courteous. Kids loved the pool and the games. Couldn’t have asked for anything else. Only negative was valet parking was expensive so we self parked down the road (very short walk) for $15 overnight. Resort fee also annoying. Complimentary coffee in the morning was nice.
Was at the Solamar for 5 days on business. A nice property with clean contemporary decor. Nice firm mattress, Free morning coffee in lobby. Conveniently located-walking distance to Petco Park, Convention Center. The area is full of retaurants and bars to choose from. The only con is the gym was very small, but had dumbells, a universal machine and a few treadmills.
Staff was very friendly and personable. I would definately stay there again and recommend the place.
This hotel is pretty dope, and close to 5* in my book. But there were just a few things that didn't quite knock it out of the park. First, the good...
Location is obviously great, and the room was plenty big and had all the amenities I would need. They offer free coffee in the morning but happily offered a coffee machine be brought up for free, which was unexpected. There's a fridge in the room though it's mostly full with minibar items, I was able to cram a bottle of water and some leftovers in there. Staff was overall very nice.
I did have an issue with parking. They charge $49/night for valet which is absolutely insane. My friend was parking for work later that night and said to just park my car and we'd switch out later. I checked with the valet staff to make sure this was OK and he basically said no. I tried to explain that we wouldn't have both cars in the garage at the same time, but he wouldn't make an exception or even ask someone else. You're charging 3x the going rate for parking and you can't even accommodate a vehicle swap? Furthermore, I said what if I had a rental and switched vehicles and he said that was OK but I already told him it's for a different car. Bad attitude, so I did street parking and had my friend park his car off property. So the hotel lost $49 in revenue they were going to get if they had worked with me.
Also, one of the outlets didn't work. I texted to ask someone to come take a look, mostly just so I could show them and they could fix it for the next guest. Nobody ever came which made me pretty frustrated that I was sitting there waiting. I texted hours later to let them know they dropped the ball, and even hours later they apologized. In fairness, they in my mind completely made it up to me and then some by sending up a charcuterie plate that was amazing, so this is more a positive note than a negative. A broken outlet wasn't a huge deal, and they definitely excelled in customer service here, made me wonder why they didn't at the valet stand. Perhaps it's a different company running things.
We did enjoy the free happy hour from 5pm-6pm in the lobby, and the beer they served was really good, too.
Reflecting upon my stay, I'd say the valet incident was really the only thing keeping them from getting 5* all around.