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Kimpton Alma San Diego

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#17 of 264 hotels in San Diego
Location
4.3
Cleanliness
5.0
Service
4.8
Value
4.5
GreenLeaders Silver level
Kimpton Alma is an ego-less beacon of Southern California cool. Our new hotel, neighboring the historic Gaslamp District and Little Italy, puts you right where you want to be—in the soul of the city. Dine with us at the newest restaurant in town, The Desmond featuring celebrity Chef Jason Neroni’s twist on San Diego cuisine.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Babysitting
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Rooftop pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Happy hour
Poolside bar
Nightclub / DJ
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Minibar
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Bathrobes
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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City View
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Languages Spoken
English
4.5
195 reviews
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The Kimpton Alma San Diego garners praise for its stylish atmosphere, central location, and spacious rooms bathed in natural light. While most guests commend the hotel's cleanliness and the friendly service, a few point out areas for improvement, such as carpet cleaning and attention to detail. Despite some concerns over hidden fees and the cost of additional services like parking, the hotel's eclectic charm, pet-friendly policy, and amenities like free coffee and happy hour continue to delight guests.
Location
Central
Atmosphere
Eclectic
Rooms
Comfortable
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Mixed
Service
Attentive
Amenities
Satisfactory
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David M wrote a review Yesterday
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The hotel was great. The staff was super friendly and the property was in great condition. The room was nicely appointed and very clean. It was a great location, especially if you are attending a meeting at the convention center or a game at Padre Stadium. Lots of food options around. There was a great vibe and I would definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled on business
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Mayly T wrote a review May 2023
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Our stay was a quick one nighter but it was very enjoyable. Even though our room was near the street, it was pretty quiet. The service here is amazing. I left my water bottle somewhere between my room and the housekeeping manager PJ literally went and searched and checked for me until he found it! Emma was very communicative throughout the process as well. Will come back because of the staff and ambiance!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded May 5, 2023
Dear Mayly, It is wonderful to know that you had an excellent experience with us. Our team is committed to providing high-quality guest service, and we’re thrilled to hear that we made a good impression on you! We'll be sure to share your compliments with PJ and Emma. Thank you for your kind review, and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back for another incredible stay soon! Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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Lindsay G wrote a review Yesterday
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Very nice stay. Staff was exceptional; Noah at check in was very nice. Food at all restaurants came out fast and very good. Pool was warm (it did rain for most of our stay and it’s an outdoor pool). Gym 24/7 is a great add on ! In the heart of downtown
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Date of stay: February 2024
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david p wrote a review Yesterday
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Very nice yet low-key. Provide payment for breakfast and free Happy hour wine. Lovely personnel including desk, staff, restaurant and bar staff, and housekeeping. Very efficient and thorough. Location is very central allows. Walking to many locations. Free us bicycles. Drugstore and convenience store less than one block away. Central to dozens of good restaurants. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Abby N wrote a review Feb 20
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From the moment we arrived the customer service was amazing. They got us checked in and provided all information about the amenities and what’s complimentary. Due to being a Platinum member they did also upgrade our room. The balcony view was amazing. Downtown nightlife was just a 10 minute walk. Everything in the hotel was clean and just felt luxurious. Highly recommended, only issue was attempting to find parking at first but we found a parking garage just across the street that was about $32 a day. They did have valet which was $60 a day but not a bug complication at all. Just felt more comfortable parking our car ourselves.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear Abby, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We are glad that our team made a positive impact on your stay with us. It was an honor to have provided you with an upgrade. The best compliment is that you recommend us to other guests. Your feedback is important to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back to even further your expectations. Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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Dee T wrote a review Feb 20
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We had a great stay the Kimpton! Upon check in our room wasn't ready, but the staff was very accommodating and made it right. They waived our guest fee and gave us an upgrade. The staff were friendly, the decor was tasteful, and the accommodations were cozy, making it a memorable and enjoyable visit. I would definitely return in the future.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear Dee, We were delighted to welcome you to Kimpton Alma San Diego during your recent visit. We're thrilled to hear we were able to deliver a memorable experience and, while we apologize that your room was not available upon check-in, we're happy that our team was able to remedy this situation and upgrade you. Thank you so much for sharing your kind words and we hope to have the pleasure of your company on another occasion. Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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Klaus C wrote a review Feb 18
Kastrup, Denmark3 contributions
Centrally placed hotel. Nicely equipped. valet parking available, however also possible to have parkering just in front of the hotel. Nice bar, and good breakfast. friendly staff and really helpsome, finding places to east or if something in the room needed.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear Klaus, We always appreciate hearing from our guests. It's great to know that our central location, convenient parking, and tasty breakfast added to your experience. Our friendly staff will also be glad you felt welcome while you were here. The next time you're in town, please come see us again. Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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Patti C wrote a review Feb 15
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Don’t think I’ve ever slept in a more comfortable bed -and the pillows were amazing! The wine time at 5pm was a treat —and the staff were 150% client centric! Customer experience at Kimpton Alma was faaaantastic! I felt pampered. And the vibe /decor made me feel fancy and hip!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear Patti, Our team believes in the vitality of a restful night's sleep, and nothing makes us happier than knowing our beds are perfect for your comfort. We are so glad you rested well at Kimpton Alma San Diego, and we are proud that our team played a pivotal role in your five-star experience. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you, and we look forward to doing so again! Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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Jennifer P wrote a review Feb 15
Del Mar, California5 contributions
Marcus and Robert at the front desk were awesome! Even communicating before we arrived. We got a great suite upgrade, just too bad we were only there one night. The perks were so nice ... a welcome cocktail offered upon arrival expertly mixed by Robert with local mescal, free waters in the room, the complimentary evening wine and nibbles in the lobby, and free coffee in the morning. Marcus even sent up some bath salts (unsolicited) when he heard my husband's back was aching. The only weird thing in the room was the mini fridge ... it wasn't cold & could find no controls and had no shelves. Otherwise, excellent. Call ahead for directions because even though we know the area, the city has installed barricades on the hotel's street (to make it walkable) and Maps has not updated with these blockages.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear Jennifer, Thank you for recognizing the team members who made your five-star experience possible. Every delightful experience at Kimpton Alma San Diego is a testament to the spirit of our people, and we look forward to sharing your praises with Marcus and Robert. We have no doubt they will take great care of you and your husband again, and we wish you well until your next visit! Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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CHARLES A wrote a review Feb 14
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MY STAY AT THE ALMA WAS SO-SO. THERE WERE ALOT OF HOMELESS SLEEPING ON THE CORNER RIGHT NEXT DOOR (I KNOW IT S NOT THEIR FAULT) ANF THE ROOM CLEANING WAS..EHH THE HIGHLIGHT WAS OUR DINNER AT THE DESMOND INSIDE THE HOTEL. FOOD WAS FANTASTICK! AS WAS OUR WAITRESS ARIA. HIGHLY RECCOMEND
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Charles, Thank you for being our guest and sharing your valuable feedback. While we are delighted you enjoyed such a memorable meal thanks to our delicious food and great service, we are sorry you didn't have a perfect stay. Your comments are important to us, as we are always working to improve. We look forward to welcoming you back and impressing you further. Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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$247 - $359 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
211
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kimpton Alma San Diego
Which popular attractions are close to Kimpton Alma San Diego?
Nearby attractions include The Shout! House (0.3 miles), Noble Experiment (0.3 miles), and San Diego Symphony (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kimpton Alma San Diego?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kimpton Alma San Diego?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Kimpton Alma San Diego?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Kimpton Alma San Diego?
Yes, secured parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kimpton Alma San Diego?
Conveniently located restaurants include Donut Bar, Hodad's Downtown, and Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kimpton Alma San Diego?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Kimpton Alma San Diego located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of San Diego.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kimpton Alma San Diego?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Kimpton Alma San Diego?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Kimpton Alma San Diego offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.