We stayed in the Solamar for four nights as part of our recent vacation in California. I picked it out because of the good reviews on Tripadvisor and because of its excellent position in the lower Gaslamp District, on the corner of 6th Avenue and J Street.
The Solamar is a medium sized hotel in a refurbished building and accordingly, both the entrance to the hotel and the lobby are rather dark. What blew us away was the warm welcome from the check-in staff....they couldn't have been more friendly and helpful.
Our corner room on the top (10th) floor was bright modern and spacious. No hint of darkness or dreariness in the room itself or the corridor outside.
We haven't stayed in a Kimpton Hotel before so I enrolled as a KimptonInTouch member before we arrived so we could get free wi-fi in the bedroom.
Three other points are worth a mention. Free drinks and nibbles for guests in the lobby sitting area between 5 and 6 pm each day. Free use of bicycles for hotel guests and a very pet friendly atmosphere.
We had breakfast in their in house restaurant (Jsix) on one occasion but it wasn't great so we didn't repeat the experience.
All in all, a very positive feel about the Solamar. On the basis of this stay, we will certainly book a Kimpton Hotel again.