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“Kimpton Solamar - Can't get much closer to the Gas Lamp activity” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)   |  
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Kimpton Solamar - Can't get much closer to the Gas Lamp activity”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

If you love to go out at night in a vibrant, restaurant and bar rich downtown, look no further than the Kimpton Solamar in San Diego. The location of this hotel is perfect for being able to head out on the town and not have to worry if you forgot something back in the room....it's an easy walk to the property from just about anywhere in the downtown San Diego area.

The hotel itself is a little bit more "standard" compared to other hotels in the Kimpton line-up, but it was nice none-the-less. When we stay at Kimpton properties we really enjoy the boutique and funky feeling they have. This one didn't have either. Our room was pretty standard, too. One thing we would suggest is that the bathroom wallpaper be changed from a fibrous dark blue material to something that doesn't show bathroom schmutz (mostly toothpaste overspray and cleaning liquid splashes by the looks of it). The room and bathroom were clean......the wallpaper made it feel less so.

The service was excellent at the Solamar. We had a pillow request that was immediately fulfilled. We also had several questions we asked the front desk folks and they provided really good answers to all of them (take their guidance on places to eat....all good!)

I think if we were looking for a typical hotel stay in a great location, we would have rated the Solamar Excellent. We have high expectations and they met a good majority of them so a Very Good is what we'd say. I hope this helps you figure out if it's right for you.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear HeffRaleigh,

Thanks very much for the warm words about our wonderful team as well as the constructive feedback on our design. We're starting the conversation now about the next renovation, so every bit helps on where we need to grow and get us schmutz free! Have a great summer and come see us again soon.

Robert
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    5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Nice hotel but if you are bringing kids, DON'T STAY HERE. We are 2 adults and 2 kids, ages 9 and 14. It's pretty expensive, $300+ a night, so of course I expect a nice stay. First night, just as we got into bed, the club across the street kicked in with loud house music on the rooftop across the street. We asked to be moved in the morning, and the hotel did accommodate by changing our room. However, when we went to the pool, it was jammed with tattooed singles all drinking in the pool. It felt like a bachelor party in Vegas. The kids wanted to go back to the room right away. When I expressed my frustration at the desk, the manager admitted it's always like this on the weekend, and "we have no control over who comes here." So, once again, don't choose this hotel for a family trip. Also, the area is not kid friendly either. Wish I had known!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Tommeetoon,

Thanks for the feedback and my apologies for the sense that your children didn't feel right at home. From the Wii in the lobby, to the complimentary Radio Flyer Wagons & bicycles for families to our warm and welcoming staff we think we're really kid friendly! That said the Gaslamp is an extremely vibrant area that attracts people from all over for its rich nightlife and restaurant scene. We want to be welcoming of all types of people without excluding anyone else and I'm sorry that your family didn't feel a part of it this time around. I do hope you give us a chance in the future to show you the ambiance we're so proud of, rather than the one you experienced.

Thanks again and have a great summer,

Robert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and it was pure comfort. It was also recommended in two guidebooks as a luxury hotel. The staff were extremely polite and helpful. The hotel is in a very good location, right in the centre of the Gaslamp district which has tons of good restaurants around. It is also next to the harbour and the tram. The rooms were well decorated, spacious and spotless. We had read a review to not stay in a room overlooking the pool as it would be quite loud in the morning. We did this and were glad of it. Our room was so quiet and when we used the beautiful pool the next day, we noticed how noisy it was.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room away from the pool.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Dear PrivateEyes,

Wonderful to get your feedback, thanks so much for writing! I'm very happy you enjoyed yourself and had a chance to not only experience our hotel, but also the Gaslamp. Have a great summer, and if your travels bring you back to the US, please come see us again!

Robert
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Antioch, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Everything was in order. The social hour was great. The Rooftop pool and bar was fantastic. Views were great also. I enjoyed access to all the local clubs and restaurants of the Gas Lamp district. The loaner bicycles were the best part of the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Dear Kippine S,

Wow, what a great review! Thanks so much for joining us and I'm very happy that you took advantage of our new complimentary bikes. They're made by Public Bike in San Francisco and we couldn't be happier with them. Glad you liked them as well. Have a great summer and come see us soon.

Robert
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

What I've come to expect from the Kimpton line--nice rooms, interesting decor, the wine hour, pet-friendly, a pleasant experience. I think it is so nice that you can borrow a bike for and explore the area that way; one nice ride or walk is down to the marina near the convention center to check out all the expensive yachts from around the world.

Room Tip: Request a room away from the pool, which is on the roof, fourth floor. Rooms on the fourth and fift...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear cvbr,

We try our best! Glad you had a chance to check out our new bikes, we just got them in and are very excited about them. Have a great summer and please come back soon!

Robert
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We had a really nice room with a jetted tub overlooking the pool/bar. The outdoor bar is really nice. The hotel room/décor was really good and the staff as always are very friendly. We had a great time.

However I do have a two comments about the room/taxi drop service that I have to mention;

1. the sink in the bathroom is very poorly designed and impractical to use
2. One evening, we asked for a taxi and one of the bell desk guys offered to drop us as they have a gratuity based drop of service and the person that offered to drop us had no clue where to drop us to get a ferry to Coronado island and we ended up missing the ferry, no fault of the hotel directly, but a minor annoyance.

Room Tip: Higher floors facing the pool, have a nice view
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear Prabhu090,

Thanks very much for joining us, so happy you had a good time and truly appreciate the constructive feedback. We're in the very preliminary stages of discussing our next renovation so it's good to hear the voice of the guest about our design. We'll certainly incorporate it into our discussions. Thanks again and please join us again soon.

Robert
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

My husband was in San Diego for business and I decided to join him for the week. We had a nice corner room with 2 great views-one looking towards Petco Park and the other overlooking the pool area. Our first day we spent the morning touring Balboa Park and were looking forward to heading back to the hotel pool to relax. As you enter the pool area, there is a sign on the door posted saying that no outside food or alcohol is allowed at any time. The pool area was somewhat crowded when we arrived around 2:00 pm, but we found some lounge chairs and ordered a few drinks. Then, it got crazy. A group of about 12 people arrived with multiple styrofoam coolers and plastic bags filled with six packs and bottles of liquor. They were yelling across the pool area to the rest of their group who had filled all the seats at the bar and cannon balling into the pool. The staff at the pool chose to completely ignore this behavior and the presence of the outside alcohol. In between shots and downing the beers they brought, we overheard conversations about which local hotels they worked at. The girls next to us, who were nice enough, were also in the service industry in San Diego. They mentioned its tough to find a local pool to hang out at but the Solamar was the "go to" spot. We decided after a while this just wasn't going to be relaxing at all. Apparently, the Solamar pool has become the hot spot for the locals who work at other hotels/restaurants. Perhaps this wouldn't bother you, but we were paying $7/beer and $11/cocktail while listening to foul language being yelled throughout the pool area by folks who were on the byob plan. This wasn't the relaxing scene I had envisioned. I avoided the pool the rest of our stay for fear of what I may experience. I feel the hotel is doing a disservice to their customers by allowing this to go on. The hotel is beautiful, the location is great, and the service was decent, but if you want a hotel where you can enjoy the pool... You might need to look elsewhere.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Dear Ashley L,

Thanks for your comments. While I'm happy to hear the kind words about our location and hotel, it's really the overall experience that sets the tone and I'm sorry we let you down. We do allow our community in that area in the same manner that we welcome them into our restaurant. Do we want them bringing alcohol into the area? Absolutely not, that's the last thing we need!

While there are going to be some wrong decisions made from the public from time to time, our team is happy to deal with it. Our servers and bartenders are very proactive about dealing with anyone bringing their own alcohol into the area, as not only is it a safety hazard and liability issue it goes against the grain of what they're trying to do. I'm sorry we weren't as successful as we should have been in stopping this.

Moving forward I'd ask you and any future guests to simply grab one of us managers and we'll be happy to deal with it.

Robert
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Address: 435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , East Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in San Diego
#7 Business Hotel in San Diego
#10 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#11 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#15 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#32 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the apex of cosmopolitan downtown San Diego, the boutique Hotel Solamar lounges between the exciting Gaslamp Quarter, trendy East Village and stunning San Diego Convention Center. These vibrant neighborhoods complement the luxury hotel’s coastal cool décor and personable service. Home to the sassy rooftop LOUNGEsix and adjacent Jsix restaurant, Hotel Solamar is also moments from PETCO Ballpark, San Diego Bay, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo and miles of beaches. ... more   less 
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