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“Nice Thanksgiving Weekend at Hotel Solamar”

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Kimpton Solamar Hotel
Ranked #42 of 286 Hotels in San Diego
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Four of us met at the Hotel Solamar for Thanksgiving Day and weeked. Great location for easy access to the Gaslamp District. Very friendly staff. They let us check in at noon on Thanksgiving day. We requested a non-pet floor. They gave us top floor rooms with a view of the City, waterfront, and pool area. Rooms were a little small but very nice. The morning coffee bar was nice. The evening wine reception was OK. We didn't really like the wine the served. Areas that they could improve: Valet parking was expenisve $40. Beds and pillows were a little hard. We didn't really care for the number of pets in the hotel. We didn't really mind the small dogs. However, some people had three great danes walking around the lobby with them, which was a distraction from the hotel ambiance for us. At least we had rooms on a non-pet floor.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2012

Dear Haztaz69,

Thanks for the comments, We really appreciate your joining us for the holidays. While I'm happy about the kind words about our great team, I'm especially grateful for the feedback about where we can improve. Regarding the parking, our parking costs include the Valet service, as well as unlimited 'In and Out' meaning you can take your car whenever you want without additional fees. Your car will always remain safe, secure and accessible in our covered parking.

That said, we do want to make sure we remain competitive, so we do regular parking rate surveys on the area and other hotels (in fact, we did one this month). We've found that we're competitive to the other hotels in our area. There certainly are less expensive options in the area, but they won't necessarily come with the security and convenience.

Hope that helps, thanks so much for joining us and we hope to welcome you back to sunny San Diego soon!

Robert
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Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

I booked on Priceline and got a really good deal. It was in the perfect local. So close to Petco and right in the gas lamp action. The room was super nice. I have never seen a mini bar with this much stuff before. There was also a complimentary wine hour in the lobby.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

Dear Kamanemilio,

Thanks for joining us and a very big thank you for your feedback on our minibar. You don't hear that everyday! Come back and see us soon and make sure you make it for our legendary Wine Hour, we love it as much as our guests do..

Robert
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

location in the Gas Lamp district is great, all staff friendly and approachable. The fact that they allow dogs (and they had a lot of them over the Thanksgiving) and have a wine hour in the evening means that all the guests seem relaxed and happy. So many straingers saying 'Hi how are you doing? to each other. So nice just to pull up in the car and the guys take it away, ask how your day was and offer ideas of where to visit. So comfortable - just didn't want to leave (so I'm planning on a return soon)

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

Dear Maureen M,

Music to our ears, thanks so much for the kind words! We're enormously proud of the great work our team does, so it's very rewarding when their work is acknowledged. Come back soon to sunny San Diego.

Robert
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Excellent small hotel with good location in gaslamp district. Easy walk to major attractions with many good restaurants nearby. Personalized service and a good restaurant in the hotel. Terrific Afghan restaurant named Chopahn within walking distance. Took a pedicab to tour gaslamp area-great fun!

Room Tip: Overlook pool rather than street, though might be noisy on weekends
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

Dear MauiPilot,

It was a pleasure having you and we also appreciate the feedback about the Gaslamp. We love being at its doorstep; there's so many great dining options. Come back soon and make sure you visit our very own Jsix!

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

These past two days made up our second trip to this hotel, and we were just as pleased this time as last. We love the bright, stylish rooms. The location could not be more fun -- close to Petco, many restaurants and shops in the Gaslamp area, the convention center, and the beautiful harbor of San Diego. We were very happy to remember that this is a pet-friendly hotel, and we brought along our yellow lab to celebrate our anniversary with us. Everyone connected with this hotel could NOT be nicer, more friendly, or helpful. We were always welcomed back warmly when we returned to the hotel, and the valets and the front desk people went out of their way to ask if we needed anything. When our kids tried to set up a champagne-and-strawberries gift to us, the hotel said they would take care of it and they comped it all! We also appreciated the help we got from both Ryan and Nick. Last but not least: Hotel Solamar is a great value -- and we couldn't believe we did not have to pay extra for the dog. We will be back! Thank you!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

Dear Maryann B,

We love hearing that! I also appreciate your kind words about Ryan, Nick and the rest of our team. We're enormously proud of the work they do. Come back and see us for the next anniversary and bring your lab too!

Robert
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Great location. Right in the heart of the Gaslamp district in San Diego. Tons of restaurants and nice shops all around.
The room was very nicely decorated and clean. Very fast check in and check out. Staff was very friendly. Restaurant Jsix is right inside the hotel. We ate there for dinner and the food and service was great although portions are small. We also had breakfast there. Food was not as good for breakfast but the service was good.
Nice lobby and free wine hour there from 5-6pm. Free coffee in lobby in the morning.
There is an outdoor bar off the 4th floor but we did not go because it was too cold outside.
Be aware that they charge $40 night for parking.
This was then end of our trip do we dropped off our rental car before coming here.
We took a taxi to the airport and it was not too far. Cab ride was about $15.
We enjoyed our stay & would stay here again

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2012

Dear DiegoFlorida,

Thanks for joining us, it's always great to see someone from another area with great weather in the US come for a visit. I appreciate the feedback about our service and team and hope you can join us again in the future.

Robert
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

I stayed here for a conference at the convention center and was very pleased. I had previously stayed at the Marriott Convention Center hotel. I enjoyed the Hotel Solarmar much more. The front staff was great and the food in the restaurant was wonderful. The rooms were clean and pretty. It was an easy walk to the conference center. I will definitely stay here next time.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Fi0na333
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Dear Fi0na333,

What kind words, thanks so much for joining us. I really appreciate the feedback about our wonderful team and the great food in Jsix. Come back and see us soon.

Robert
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Additional Information about Kimpton Solamar Hotel

Address: 435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7007
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , East Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in San Diego
#7 Business Hotel in San Diego
#9 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#12 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#16 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#30 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $205 - $508 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Solamar Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 235
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explore, indulge and recharge at this San Diego hotel. We gravitate toward folks who thrive when feeling truly connected to a place and its unique intricacies, quirks and hidden treasures. In San Diego’s emerging East Village Gaslamp Quarter, Kimpton Solamar Hotel offers an energetic vibe with rich décor. Our design aesthetic has been heavily inspired by the city’s personality as well as early Spanish influences. Our regal-meets-vibrant, urban refuge provides modern comfort, a rooftop pool oasis, dazzling dining destinations, genuinely engaged service, plus a central location ideal for exploring some of the city’s latest dining trends and sizzling nightlife options. Not to mention the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park - home of the Padres - located just steps away. It turns out our team members like to stay in the know, too, so let’s explore this sun-kissed town together. ... more   less 
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