I was in town apartment hunting, and stayed over the weekend with my girlfriend. I previously signed up as an InTouch member for the free WiFi. Upon arrival, check-in was a breeze and we were upgraded to a suite. We got up there, and were greeted with a complimentary bottle of wine. That's a good start, no?
The room decor was fun and beachy while being professional, and avoiding any kitcshiness. The washroom was spotless, and the jacuzzi-tub was great. The bed was a little rigid when I initially flopped down on it, but after getting settled in, it was great. I haven't had this much trouble getting out of a bed since I stayed at the W in Montreal.
Wine hour was lovely, and we took advantage of the mulled cider rather than the wine. It's one thing that they do this at all Kimpton hotels, but it's another thing when they go the extra distance and offer something seasonal.
We had breakfast at the Jsix restaurant twice. It was all great, and at a decent price point. The chilaquiles were awesome, and the granola&yogurt was great. The granola was actually more filling than the chilaquiles, so if you're looking for a meal that'll let you skip lunch...
The staff was exceptional, and were really handy in recommending restaurants or helping us find a gas station. Erica was our favorite, as she was bubbly and truly happy to help. Everyone was all smiles, and that goes a long way in making for a comfortable stay.
In addition, there's a lot of little things that this hotel does to make its guest feel comfortable. Being pet friendly is nice when you're enjoying the social aspect of wine hour and there's a puppy roaming about. There's visible eco-friendly tips. There's no Bible in the drawer, which was a change.
It was my second stay here, and I'll continue to recommend Hotel Solamar to anyone that comes to San Diego. I'll probably even check out other Kimpton hotels regardless of what city they're in.
- 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