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“Fun hotel for adults, and takes all dogs!” 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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Ranked #46 of 270 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Alameda, CA
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Fun hotel for adults, and takes all dogs!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This hotel room was nice. We had a room facing the pool view, and the only thing is it is quite noisy in the evening until 100am. If you are cool with that, then its great. The pool area is really nice to hang out in during the day and in the nighttime. It is a nice bar that it pretty fun to hang out, in the evening. The beds were comfortable, and the rooms were nicely appointed.

Room Tip: For a quieter sleep, ask for a room not facing the pool
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Green Features: They have recycling bins, which I thought were great.
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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 15, 2013
Dear Akamai_gurl,

Thanks for joining us! Appreciate the kind words as well as the photos you shared! Since the Gaslamp is such a lively place we definitely have lots of activity around so if you'd like a room with a touch more privacy I definitely recommend asking for a room overlooking 7th Avenue. That's the side of the building that faces into the East Village. Thanks again for joining us and have a great summer.

Robert
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  • Sleep Quality
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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.

Room Tip: Ask for a room oposite the outdoor bar/rooftop pool as well as the joint across 6th ave that has ver...
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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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Los Angeles, California
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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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Cork, Ireland
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Austin, Texas
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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Address: 435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , East Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in San Diego
#6 Business Hotel in San Diego
#8 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#11 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#15 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#31 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 235
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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