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1047 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-5101
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#77 of 283 hotels in San Diego
Location
4.5
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4.4
Service
4.4
Value
4.1
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The Art of Urban Luxury: Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel, is in the center of downtown San Diego, surrounded by award-winning theaters and nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter. Surround yourself with designer, boutique style at Hotel Palomar featuring a destination spa, outdoor roof deck pool, and and trendy cocktail bar.
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Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Kids stay free
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Rooftop pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Poolside bar
Nightclub / DJ
Babysitting
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Doorperson
24-hour front desk
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Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
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Interconnected rooms available
Minibar
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Bathrobes
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
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todd n wrote a review Aug 2022
Phoenix, Arizona23 contributions3 helpful votes
I have stayed at the Kimpton Palomar in San Diego over 100 times per COVID. It’s long been my favorite because of how exceptional their customer service has been. When I checked in this time, I noticed how the lobby and front desk have been renovated. Much lighter and brighter in the lobby. The staff was wonderful and welcoming (Thanks Henrik). The room had been redone and was AWESOME! It’s a 20th floor penthouse suite which was like a killer loft set up. This hotel is the reason I am a huge IHG fan. They set the bar so high. I’m back next week and can’t wait.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Responded Aug 26, 2022
Dear Todd, We are so glad you had the chance to visit us! It certainly sounds like you enjoyed all that we have to offer here at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego. Thank you for taking the time to share your kind praise of our staff; they'll be thrilled to learn their service stood out to you! We'd love to welcome you back the next time you want to have some fun and get away from it all! Sincerely, Amor Cole Assistant General Manager
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tina t wrote a review May 2021
Redondo Beach, California10 contributions9 helpful votes
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Second time here and the service is always the best Ileana takes great care of her guests. From the moment you check in, throughout your stay the valet team is also wonderful. Friendly, and always on time. Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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ELC wrote a review Aug 2022
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I want to give a very honest review of our stay starting with the positive…the staff checking in from the valet to the check in staff was nothing less than welcoming and kind! I was staying at the hotel on a trip to take my daughter to college at a local University and everyone was so warm and encouraging for her. We were there from Wednesday to Saturday. Friday night my daughter was situated at her dorm so my cousin who came to visit and help with the move- in and I were alone in the room. We are both females in our 40’s. My cousin went downstairs to get a menu for us to order some appetizers while we got ready for dinner so I got in the shower. As she was waiting for the menu she noticed a man eyeing her. She went to the elevator and pressed our room floor. He happened to be riding on the elevator along with her but did not press a floor. She got to ours and he gestured for her to get off. So she did. He hung back and when she turned toward our small hallway (there were only two rooms there) he started aggressively following her and rushed her trying to get into our room. I heard her yelling “get the eff away from me” from the shower so I quickly got out to see her pressing against the door as a man was trying as hard as she was to push his way in. She was fortunately able to get the door closed and all of the locks shut. We watched as he tried to turn our handle over and over. We called downstairs 3 times before someone arrived and escorted him off the property. No police were called by the hotel. We called back again and were essentially told “it was a homeless person” as if that justified it. We had to call and ask for a room change because we did not feel safe knowing he knew what room we were in. We were assured he was “asked not to come back”. Which I’m sure he will honor. As we left our room we made notice of a large whiskey bottle this man left by our door when he was asked to leave. That is particularly scary as it could have been used as a weapon and I am beyond grateful he did not hurt my cousin,who I love more than anything with. That evening we were given a room change at our request along with a credit for $300 incidentals. The next morning we spoke with the MOST lovely staff employee named Cameron who validated how scary our experience was and made us finally feel heard. If you are ever a guest of this hotel you should absolutely ask to speak to him if you have an incident. We realize that the hotel can’t deal with the issues that are occurring around the hotel, which I am omitting but I would ask for an escort if you are a solo traveler or possibly the hotel can offer something I’ve heard is offered at some hotels, which is a female only floor. Additionally after speaking with Cameron he was kind and offered to refund our trip. I would highly recommend him as an employee more than anything. He was beyond wonderful. The main reason I am sharing this is not to be hateful to the hotel but to sincerely raise awareness and make sure you keep your key on your hand and get into your room as quickly as possible. I’m sure this could happen anywhere but we have been reliving what could have happened If this person had gotten into our room so I would really like for any women travelers to read this no matter where you stay.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Responded Aug 24, 2022
We appreciate you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. Please know that safety has always been one of our top priorities for our valued guests, and we sincerely apologize for the encounter you described. Though we are pleased that our staff jumped into action to help while you were here, we want you to know that we are looking into this further to do whatever it takes to avoid it from happening again. We understand how scary and frustrating this may have been for you, and we thank you for bringing awareness to it. In addition, Cameron will be delighted to know that he could be of great assistance to you. Should you wish to discuss your experience further or speak with our team again regarding your stay, please know our lines are open, and we are committed to positive change. Sincerely, Amor Cole Assistant General Manager
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kaylaartt wrote a review Jul 2022
Los Angeles, California664 contributions175 helpful votes
We stayed here while visiting family. We were surprised to be greeted by a large dumpster and other construction-like items outside the hotel making valet parking a challenge. We were unaware until our arrival that the hotel was under construction. The remodel also impacted the pool area, which was partially closed. We were informed that there is a construction notice on the website. We must have missed it. The front desk told us it would be a brand-new-looking hotel in the fall, including the lobby. For now, we heard and experienced construction and felt shaking in our room after 9 a.m.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Responded Jul 13, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Please accept our apologies for the lack of communication about the renovations going on at our facility. We'll discuss with our team ways to make this information more prominent moving forward. That being said, we hope you will return to see our improvements when they are finished! Sincerely, Amor Cole Assistant General Manager
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DTT wrote a review Jul 2022
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Great stay! Jesus , Karla, Cameron were all amazing and greeted myself and belle the frenchie. Great stay for pets and staff was amazing. Everyone provided amazing customer services and listen to my needs and wants.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Responded Jul 9, 2022
Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego is the ideal choice for a staycation, and we are pleased to hear our staff's friendly demeanor helped elevate your experience! Thank you for staying with us, and we hope to be able to welcome you back soon. Sincerely, Amor Cole Assistant General Manager
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Mdgrl79 wrote a review Jul 2022
Phoenix, Arizona425 contributions291 helpful votes
My husband & I were in town from Phoenix for a night to catch the Kraftwerk concert at the nearby San Diego Civic Theatre. The Kimpton’s front desk agents are the fastest front desk agents I’ve come across in my travels. So efficient! The Kimpton’s location was awesome! We had a short walk to dinner and an even shorter walk to the theatre. The hotel has a very modern/masculine vibe to it. As a female, I actually like that when it comes to travel. I love anything sophisticated & sleek! This hotel is definitely that! My husband probably loved it more than I did. It’s clearly not a new hotel and appears to be undergoing some construction, but we had no issues with our room. Perhaps it was a bit on the small side, but the bedding was high quality and the bath products were top notch! I don’t sleep well in hotels, and I was able to get a good night’s sleep at this one. Thank goodness! As for the area around the hotel, yes, there are some homeless people walking around. Yes, if you walk too far onto the “wrong” street you will see some tents. Many cities unfortunately have homeless issues. If that concerns you, then avoid staying anywhere downtown and do your research on alternate areas. Of course, staying outside of downtown might mean that convenience is being sacrificed depending on what your plans are. My reason for 4 stars and not 5 is due to the fact that the hotel charges a very steep amount - $55/day - for parking. Otherwise, a great quick stay!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Responded Jul 5, 2022
Our team at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego is thrilled we could provide you with a great stay. Getting a good night's sleep is important, and we're glad you got the rest you needed after the concert. Regarding parking, we keep our rates competitive with similar properties in the area. Nevertheless, we cannot wait to host you again the next time you are in San Diego! Sincerely, Amor Cole Assistant General Manager
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Clau H wrote a review Jun 2022
5 contributions1 helpful vote
The hotel was very nice inside! Upgraded rooms, nice staff and pet friendly. Very close to downtown and very comfy beds. The only down side is that the area surrounding the hotel is not the best. The welcomed my puppy with a treat and a water bowl, it was great
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is tough, use the valet
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Responded Jun 20, 2022
Dear Clau, Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your stay at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego. It is fantastic to see that you and your furry friend liked our comfortable, modern accommodations and had pleasant interactions with our friendly staff. Please come back and see us again when you are next in the area. Sincerely, Amor Cole Assistant General Manager
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rlisicki wrote a review May 2022
Fort Myers, Florida21 contributions27 helpful votes
The Hotel is a bit dated and rooms could stand some updates to carpets, lighting. Lighting in bathroom is especially challenging. We booked a skyline view room and exterior patio, view was very nice. Hotel staff were all very friendly, check in and check out were very efficient and the valet staff were great for parking/car retrieval. I'd likely give this a 3.5 if I could, or a 4 for another area. Fifth Ave has really changed over the past two years, many restaurants are closed, homelessness is seemingly everywhere, foul odors, public defecations, used syringes, loud boom box music. I could go on and on, there seems to be very limited presence from LEA and the Gaslamp area is not an area we'd stay again nor is it one I'd recommend to others, until the City of San Diego addresses the issues it's an avoid for us.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Booked Skyline Loft Room, very happy with size and view, some updates would be helpful
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Responded May 18, 2022
Dear Rlisicki, Thank you so much for taking a moment to leave us your comments. While we understand that our location isn't for everybody, please know that we prioritize the comfort and safety of every guest that walks through our door. We appreciate your highlight of our excellent service, and we hope to welcome you back for an even better stay in the future. Sincerely, Amor Cole Assistant General Manager
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Aviation Sightseer wrote a review May 2022
Las Vegas, Nevada6 contributions
Meh. Pillows were flat and not very comfortable. Parking was expensive. Pool was not open and was under construction. They were very pet friendly and that was why I chose this place, but there was no pet relief area. Too many homeless all around the hotel. I woke up feeling like I was in Seattle, not San Diego. The benedict breakfast was amazing, but the potatoes were too large (chocking hazard) and salty. Next time I will just stay closer to the beach. One perk was it was very close to a CVS and a Ross if you needed something.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Responded May 18, 2022
We appreciate you staying with us and taking the time to share your thoughts. It's great to know that our tasty breakfast was to your liking and that our location was convenient for your needs. However, we apologize for any disappointment with the onsite amenities and pillows. We'll keep your comments in mind, and we hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Amor Cole Assistant General Manager
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Jul wrote a review May 2022
San Francisco, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
My family and I were shocked when we entered our room (1 king bed on the 14th floor). The room was dated and looked nothing like what’s advertised on their site or Instagram. The room had a small 30” TV (not mounted on the wall) that looked completely out of place — it was likely circa 2000. We’ve stayed at other Kimpton properties and this was far from the higher-end/luxe experience we were expecting. The room was not “trendy” or “modern”nor were the amenities. There was a dirty shoe print on the tufted head board (with a visible shoe tread) and a layer of dust on the countertops and cabinet shelves. If we ever find ourselves in San Diego again, we will absolutely be staying elsewhere. We definitely expected more from a Kimpton property.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Responded May 15, 2022
We are disappointed to see that you were not a fan of your experience. You can bet that our team is already on it and is currently working on some exciting improvements. If anything falls short of expectations, please do not hesitate to reach out to our front desk. We know that we can do better and welcome another chance to impress you. Sincerely, Amor Cole Assistant General Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Which popular attractions are close to Kimpton Hotel Palomar 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 Hotel Palomar 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 Hotel Palomar San Diego?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego?
Yes, secured parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hodad's Downtown, Donut Bar, and Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Kimpton Hotel Palomar 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 Hotel Palomar San Diego?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.