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
Are room was of standard size that included a king, couch and desk. Quite clean and staff was exceptional during our stay. Felt like they truly cared about us as a guest as they know what they are doing when it comes to customer service. Happy Hour is a nice thing they do for guests - free local beer and wine from 5pm-6pm. They also have a nice coffee bar in the morning. The area was perfect for a weekend stay in San Diego. My only wish is that the pool area was larger for more fun in the sun. Would not hesitate to go back!
OMG! Ok by far I want to share the most amazing experience booking a hotel EVER! Your concierge helped me book a reservation after your reservation line picked up and hung up on me twice, Geraldine at the front assisted with my reservation. She completely went over above and beyond to get me the last king spa room available. I am very pleased and she conducted herself very politely and professionally. These are the employees you come across that become successful managers.
Spent a night here recently. Great location and easy to walk to great bars and restaurants. The hotel is very clean. Staff is attentive and informative. Unfortunate that it was raining when i arrived so the outside bar was not open. Would definitely stay here again when in town.
On our recent trip to San Diego, we were a little anxious as we had never stayed at a Kimpton property. What a pleasant surprise. We checked in and we're greeted politely by a helpful front desk staff. We felt welcome off the bat. The hotel is centrally located with a great young vibe, happy hour every night free beer,wine and hors d'oeuvres for an hour, the front lobby was bubbling with excitement. We were there 5 days and it was outstanding, hotel and room was clean and well kept. I would most definitely recommend this hotel.
The Kimpton Solamar is conveniently located near the nightlife center of San Diego--which is GREAT if you love nightlife and less than great if you're looking for a quiet getaway. To their credit, they know this and went above and beyond to notify guests there would be a giant noisy Halloween street festival happening during my stay. They even provided ear plugs and personal notes in every room.
The pool deck is wonderfully relaxing during the day, I'm sure like most pools in this area it becomes a hopping nightlife spot in the evening. The rooms could use a design refresh but are spacious and comfortable.