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
- 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
We were in San Diego for a conference, and stayed at Solamar for a full week. The hotel is in a fabulous location in the heart of the Gas Lamp District. Everything is in easy walking distance including the San Diego Convention Center. We found the hotel warm and welcoming and the room comfortable and well appointed. Every team member with whom we interacted was professional and helpful. Plus they are dog friendly which helped me miss my two pups a little less. The hotel has a marvelous coffee bar in the lobby every morning, and there was a complimentary beer and wine event on Saturday evening. The pool area is wonderful with a variety of seating options, games, and a bar with delicious food offerings. I can recommend the calamari salad and the tuna ceviche. The one thing that bothered me a bit was a few signs of of obvious wear with things that could have been easily repaired. The Roman shade had a large rip, and one of our towels had a large tear. Housekeeping left us without bar soap and hand towels, and the bathroom sink remained slow to drain despite our notifying the front desk. There was what appeared to be a makeup smudge on the elevator mirror which remained for two days. Attention to these small items would certainly bump my rating to five stars as I loved everything else about Hotel Solamar.
Two stays in one month and could not have had a better experience.
I will be a RETURN customer for sure!!!!
Because you are such a great place all the guests who ride the elevator are also hyped with friendliness so you meet the nicest people and have these cool conversations about why they are visiting San Diego. SO FUN!!
Checked in late after late flight for early meeting next morning. At midnight, revelers screaming up and down hotel corridors. When UI called for room service the next morning, I was told that the kitchen didn't open till eight in the morning. Charged an amenity fee for a nine hour stay.
Stayed five nights in May 2018, room was nice and spacious. Our room was street facing with a king bed, living/TV area and bathroom. Plenty of space and air con excellent.
Hotel also has a good sized outdoor pool and indoor gym for use. Towels in the gym are refrigerated so great for post-exercise. Hotel in walking distance from the conference center, about a further five mins walk thereafter to the Navy boat museum. It's basically around the corner from Petco park too. Check-in and out was smooth and easy, but unfortunately the shower was not very powerful and water ran slightly cool - if you have to turn the shower right around to top end heat and can still stand it; it's not hot enough!
Great if you dont have a vehicle and are not staying to eat in the morning. Parking is $50 per night even if you are a guest. Loved the pet friendly environment, but the free wifi is a hassle and no continental breakfast for guests. Did I mention parking is one of the highest rates of any hotel in the area? Yeah, kinda ruined the low cost on the room.