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
Stayed in a suite with my husband for the night and it had a Fuji jet tub! The room was clean and very pretty. The bed was comfortable if you’re used to sleeping on springs. We aren’t but in the morning we felt good and our backs weren’t hurting. :) pillows were super comfy and they had a down comforter on the bed which was so lovely and soft. I loved how the hotel was designed. It had a modern eclectic design!
The frost desk attendants were very nice. The hotel has a restaurant and free coffee and tea in the morning and in the evening, a social hours with wine for visiting. The only think that I didn’t appreciate was the $49 parking fee because it’s hard to find parking in downtown ever, but because we used our AAA card the fee was dropped to $34 so use it if you can!!
We stayed here for 3 night in our California Trip. Its a very nice place to stay but you pay for it. 50 dollar per night for parking, breakfast so expensive that you rather go outside (enough places to go !)
Don't fall for this trap they have going where the rooms are on sale some nights. $49 for Valet parking is more than NYC. San Diego is NO NYC. What a complete rip-off and a bait and switch tactic. Really awful and honestly don't even bother, this hotel is so close to the East Village with is littered with crime and homeless people.
Stayed here for a night while in town with my husband. Did not enjoy the communication with the valet as it was not easy and direct (was just trying to check in, drop bags, and be back on my way in the car). However the front desk was kind, the coffee station in the morning, and the happy hour at night were all welcoming and nice. The room was comfortable and a convenient location overall. It was a quick stay so we did not make it to the roof for any reviews, unfortunately. I would return!
I'm frequent biz traveler and top tier members from numbers of airlines and hotels include igh.
This hotel wasn't fully booked but refused to let me do early check-in (Had to take red eye flight due to complex schedules) which was fine, but I saw other people showed up after me got rooms right away.
I suspected they put me on lower checkin priority due to corporate discount on my hotel rate.
Room furnitures and bathroom start to show their ages, but it was fine to me.
My platinum igh membership card is on my trash can now. Good bye.