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#21 of 263 hotels in San Diego
Location
4.4
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5.0
Service
4.7
Value
4.5
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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 a twist on San Diego cuisine.
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Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Rooftop pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Happy hour
Poolside bar
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
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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
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George H wrote a review Yesterday
Washington, United Kingdom11 contributions33 helpful votes
An excellent hotel staffed by warm professionally friendly people. We found the room immaculate and spacious. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. The advice we received on restaurants and places to visit was perfect. We will definitely revisit.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Room Tip: Little Italy has some lovely restaurants . Paris bakery on G street was lovely Coronado island...
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Mayly T wrote a review May 2023
13 contributions1 helpful vote
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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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Nicolette wrote a review Apr 19
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii1 contribution
The hotel is amazing. The staff were so nice and the room was comfortable and well kept. The security in the hotel was tight which I appreciated. My only complaint was outside the hotel. There were a lot of homeless right outside the hotel. Many were doing drugs out in the open. It smelled like urine and I did not feel safe walking around by myself. If your a female traveling by yourself you might want to pick a different location or plan to Uber everywhere.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled on business
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Jackie L wrote a review Apr 18
Newburgh, New York13 contributions19 helpful votes
Exceptional service, beautiful clean rooms, accommodating staff and great food in the Desmond restaurant. Would absolutely stay again. Location was good for business purposes. The downtown area does have many unhoused persons around the area so just something to be aware of but it would not prohibit me from staying here again.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled on business
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Dear Jackie, Thank you for sharing the details of your stay! We're so glad you enjoyed our exceptional service, clean rooms, and the offerings at Desmond restaurant. We look forward to welcoming you back for another great stay! Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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DavidnMelanie wrote a review Apr 16
10 contributions7 helpful votes
Lovely hotel, accommodating staff BUT. Located on the edge of Gas Lamp district, the hotel surrounds are over run with junkies and other species of the walking dead. Plus checkin is a strictly enforced 4:00 p.m. which gives you extra opportunity to mingle with the locals should you arrive early. At over $400/night plus $60 for parking there are better options in other areas of this lovely city.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Alma San Diego
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you so much for the feedback. We're happy to know that our friendly team members left a positive impression on you during your stay. That being said, we're sorry to hear about any disappointment in our location during your visit. While we cannot control the surrounding areas, please know that the safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to our team, and we have many policies in place to ensure this. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us offline so that we can gather more information and better assist you, as we're always looking to improve. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will consider giving us another chance to impress you. Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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Madison I wrote a review Apr 15
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Hotel was just great. We came here for a little getaway and it was just what we were looking for. The front office team was the best I've seen! Special thank you to the night manager Noah for going above and beyond to make sure we were liking our stay, he made us feel at home! The food was amazing. My only down side is that we could not get drinks by the pool, they said it is closed for season... its San Diego... Everyday is season there! Can't wait to be back.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Dear Madison, It was a pleasure hosting you at Kimpton Alma San Diego! We're glad Noah and the rest of our staff made you feel welcome and that you enjoyed the food. Please come see us again soon. Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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doctajay wrote a review Apr 15
Sun Valley, Idaho10 contributions2 helpful votes
I love kimptons. This is the third one I’ve been to in the past 6 months. Overall it’s been my favorite one, as the staff here are excellent. Stylish rooms, a free town bike, beautiful pool, lovely pillows and sheets. However, 2 complaints which make me unable to give it a 5. The gym smells terrible. There are no windows and no ventilation. Also the peloton bike is a first generation and a bit creeky. And, I got a single room attached to a suit with a thin locked door and my neighbors were terribly loud. The tv was on late, the person came home drunk and on phone late, doors were slammed, you could hear everything from that room. Zero sound protection. I woke up every night to this. In the third night I complained and was told they couldn’t tell person to be quiet because they could be hard of hearing and it was against the law. At 8:30 that night they offered me a new room. I didn’t want to pack up everything so I stayed, and was woken up yet again. Be sure to request a room that does not have a door to the suit.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Responded 5 days ago
Dear Jay, It's always a pleasure hearing from our guests. We're glad our friendly staff, beautiful pool, and comfortable beds added to your experience. However, we apologize for any concerns about noise and for any issues with the gym. We'll keep your comments in mind, and we hope to see you again the next time you're in the area. Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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GPA wrote a review Apr 15
Cambridge, United Kingdom88 contributions36 helpful votes
I was attracted by the promotional free breakfast offer which was good value for money. We didn’t have the best of starts being allocated a first floor room which was dark, with only a view of the mechanical plant. The hotel couldn’t move us but did so the next day- to a room four floors higher. The view wasn’t much better but the room was spacious , a big bathroom , and super comfortable beds which made for a restful sleep. The pool looked great but the weather was too cool to try it out. The area is central, convenient for public transport, and a few good restaurants but is pretty edgy at night. The free breakfast was great- just order from the menu up to $25. The evening wine social was also a bonus. The young diverse staff were the highlight, always cheerful, helpful and efficient.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded 6 days ago
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We apologize for the initial room allocation but are pleased we could accommodate a change to enhance your experience. It's wonderful to hear that our staff positively impacted your stay with their cheerful and helpful service. We hope that on your next visit, the weather will allow you to enjoy the pool fully. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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George A wrote a review Apr 14
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Hotel was great. Rooms and Bathrooms were excellent. The hotel restaurants were also excellent. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Only downside was the valet service - not sure they understand their jobs entirely. Slow and disorganized, despite the $60/night extra expense.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear George, It was a pleasure having you stay with us during your time in San Diego! We are delighted you thoroughly enjoyed our lovely accommodations and dining at our fantastic restaurant. That said, your feedback about the valet service will be shared with our internal team to ensure our high standards of hospitality are being met. Thank you for your kind review, and we hope you return soon! Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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Cloupe2000 wrote a review Apr 14
Mission Viejo, California3 contributions
I made a reservation in January I wanted two beds for my daughter and I and we had to share a bed . The room view wasn’t the pool or the city it was another building making the room very dark . The toilet ran all day and night . I reported it and no one fixed it . We left at 10 am to 3:30 and our room never got cleaned .
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to share your thoughts. We're glad our friendly staff and relaxing happy hour added to your experience. However, we apologize for any confusion with your reservation and for any disappointment with the view. We'll look into this further, and we hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Hotel Management - Kimpton Alma San Diego
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FORMERLY KNOWN AS
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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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 Breakfast Republic.
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.