I said this to the woman at the front desk who handled my checkout: "You Kimpton folks have a conspiracy to make sure I don't stay anywhere else!" This was my fourth hotel of theirs in the past three months, and I just really love their philosophy of delivering comfort, style and fun energy... at rates that do not break the bank.
The Solamar's proximity to the Gaslamp Quarter is unbeatable; and certainly if you're attending a ball game, you can't get much closer. One of the reasons I chose it was the rooftop pool, and it sure is cool; I was up there on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and it was spectacular.
My room was large, clean and comfortable. Staff members I encountered were great. The only disappointment I encountered was of the fitness room... it's pretty small and basic. Not a big deal, though; I walked to and sprung for a day pass from a place called Fit San Diego that was probably the most luxurious fitness center I've ever seen. The walking part is key... yes, you have to pay a premium to valet park. But assuming you're staying there because you're doing a lot in downtown San Diego, you don't have to move your car until checkout, because everything is so close.
I am a complete and utter dog lover, so my final observation made me very happy: never have I seen as many dogs at a hotel. There are designated dog floors, so if this would NOT make you very happy, you can request one of the non-dog ones. All dogs were very well behaved, by the way, which is occasionally dissimilar to my own two canines!
The Solamar definitely hit the mark for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the apex of cosmopolitan downtown San Diego, the boutique 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