We stayed at the Solamar (San Diego) and the Palomar (LA) a few days ago and can't speak highly enough of the unique hotel experience the Kimpton hotels offer to the traveller who is sick of big, impersonal hotel chain accommodation. Just wish they had hotels in Australia! Love the warm, welcoming front staff at both hotels... they couldn't do enough for us. love the animal friendly policy... although we had no pets we loved having them around. Also loved the 5-6 PM drinks in the foyer... met such friendly fellow travellers.