Hotel Solamar had a great location in the Gas Lamp District. It was close walk (3 blocks or less) to the convention center and many restaurants and shops in the area. A longer walk (5 to 6 blocks) gets you to the seaside village and Midway aircraft carrier. Beware of the falsely advertised seafood restaurant Anthony's in that area. It was average at best.
The hotel featured a nice wine tasting each night in the lobby. It had a fun and relaxed feeling as people interacted in the comfortable setting. The JSix restaurant was delicious and had a lovely atmosphere. The fresh squeezed juices, though adding to the cost of breakfast, were wonderful. Finally, the roof top bar was most pleasant during the wonderful San Diego evenings.
I rated this hotel above average only because the room was a bit small, though nicely decorated and quite comfortable with nice linens and matresses. We received the New York Times every morning, and any requests we made were promptly and courteously addressed. Dogs are welcomed at the hotel, but they were never a problem or too numerous. (There were none that I saw during the week, with ony three during the weekend.)
I highly recommend this lovely hotel for your stay in San Diego.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the apex of cosmopolitan downtown San Diego, the boutique Kimpton 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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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton San Diego
- Hotel Solamar San Diego