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Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #48 of 281 Hotels in San Diego
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Excellent hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We really enjoyed our 3 night stay at this hotel. The location was excellent, in the centre of the gaslight quarter, and the amenities were also excellent, except for having to pay for wi-fi access; shouldn't this be free everywhere by now? The staff were very friendly, efficient and helpful, and the free happy hour is a great idea for socialising and meeting other guests, or for just enjoying a few free drinks and delicious snacks. The swimming pool is fine, but can get very busy. A further improvement would be free coffee-making facilities and free water, rather than the $7 per bottle bottles that were placed in the bedroom. Our room was spacious and modern and comfortable, with good, quiet ac and good soundproofing; we were hardly aware of other guests at all.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear FudgeCat0250,

First of all, marvelous name! I also do want to thank you for the kind words about your experience with us. Regarding the internet access, we do offer complimentary wireless for members of our loyalty program Kimpton InTouch; I'd recommend you check it out at our hotel's website. There's a lot of great value beyond that perk in that program as well.

I also appreciate the feedback about the water and coffee. We do offer complimentary coffee makers in our rooms, simply ask for one at arrival and we'll be happy to send it up. Along with complimentary coffee in our lobby we also offer fruit infused water all day long prior to complimentary beer and sangria at our SoCal Hour every day at 5pm.

Thanks again for the feedback and please come see us again.

Robert
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Solamar the Friday before Labor Day. We arrived in the evening and were greeted by the friendly staff. We had a room on an upper-level floor (as indicated by my Kimpton InTouch profile), and we received a $10 coupon to raid the mini bar! The decor in the room was trendy, yet comfortable. Being by the ocean, it had a nice "beachy" feel. We chose to go out to dinner, but came back to the hotel for a drink. The outdoor bar was occupied, but not too crowded - perfect. My husband and I enjoyed our drinks on a cozy couch that looked out over the Gas Lamp District. Unfortunately, we could only stay for one night. I would like to go back to fully experience this fantastic hotel!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Betsy Z,

We'd love to have you back for more than a night! Thanks for the great feedback and we hope you both can come join us again soon. Have a wonderful rest of your summer; hopefully it's cooling off in Tucson!

Robert
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Laguna Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I stayed for four nights at the Hotel Solamar to attend a business conference and to make sure my wife joined me during the conference. This hotel’s ambience and service begins with the attentive valet and bell staff. Michael, the valet/bellman was helpful and courteous during our entire stay. The hotel is conveniently located within a five minute walk of Petco Park, 10 minutes from the convention center, just around the corner from the Gaslamp district and a few minutes’ walk to Horton Plaza. The check-in is very friendly and easy. Our corner sunken Jacuzzi room was on a corner and had views of the ballpark and the bay. The room is very comfortable. The pool was quite with outstanding service. There was plenty of room to work and play. They serve complimentary coffee in the morning and wine in the afternoon. This is our San Diego hotel.

Room Tip: Try to get a corner room with the sunken Jacuzzi tub. Check the website for discounts. They do off...
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Green Features: They are very green but not obnoxiously so. I enjoyed the separate recycling trash container in the room.
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear Crewdog13,

We're thrilled to be your San Diego hotel! Thanks very much for the kind words, we really appreciate the feedback. I also was very happy to read the comments about Mike and our wonderful Valet team; they really do set the tone for our service. Have a great rest of the summer and please come back soon.

Robert
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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and everything was perfect. We loved the room and we had a great view of the pool. It was a great afternoon at the pool and lunch at the bar was perfect. The portions were large and both meals were enjoyable. The staff was friendly and helpful and all there recommendations were perfect!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Shellee H
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear ShelleeO,

That's great to hear! We always appreciate when someone trusts us with a milestone event like a birthday. Glad to hear we delivered. Have a great rest of the summer and please come back soon, maybe for your birthday!

Robert
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I have stayed at many real 5 star hotels in the world, but this one while may not be the best from a building or facilities perspective, shines with its staff. From the valet guys to Kim at reception, I had a total blast and would easily stay again because of them.

Better pillows needed for sure, but overall very nice and central! Again will stay there if in San Diego again

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Victor C
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear Victor C,

We love our staff too! They definitely bring the Kimpton spirit to our hotel and we're very lucky to have them. Have a wonderful rest of your summer and please come back soon.

Robert
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Centrally located with the great service and ameninities of a Kimpton Hotel. The hotel is located in the Gaslamp Quarter which has a really high number of restaurants and pubs so you only need to walk a couple blocks for some great dining/evening spots. We did have to take a taxi to the San Diego Zoo and Pacific Beach (although we took public transport back to the hotel from Pacific Beach which was very easy).

Recommendation - valet parking is $40 a night at the hotel but there's an above ground parking lot directly across the street for $10 a day.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Pete C
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear Pete C,

Thanks for coming! Very happy to see you had a chance to venture out beyond the Gaslamp and check out some local's favorites like Balboa Park (home of our famous zoo) and Pacific Beach, one of the last great authentic surf towns. Have a wonderful rest of your summer and please come back soon.

Robert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The Solamar proves that hotels can be both hip and homely!
The location is spot on. Sandwiched in the Gaslamp, a block from 5th Avenue's eateries and Petco Park. Our room was perfect, a decent size located on the top floor (10th) with views over the rooftop pool and a glimpse of the baseball stadium!
Did I say rooftop pool? I did! A perfect retreat after a day out (and perfect for a morning dip, too!). Treading water (okay it's only 3.6ft deep, so technically treading wasn't required!) balancing a martini is a trick to master!
Staff were always polite and the SoCal hour (5pm-6pm each day) with free beers and bites is a delightful way to begin the evening. Coffee and free newspaper available every morning.
Oh and a the fruit-infused water (available all day) is a lovely touch too!

Room Tip: I'd choose a higher floor for the views and being a bit quieter. (our 10th floor room meant no...
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Green Features: Most hotels promote environment-friendly aspects, pleased that the Solamar actually carries that through (hotels often replace towels even though you've indicated that isn't required). I'm always happy to re-use towels, and the Solamar approach meant I could!
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Thank DumDumBoy
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear DumDumBoy,

Thank you so much for coming, glad you enjoyed yourself! Also quite pleased to hear you had a chance to visit our LoungeSIX area to show your martini skills. Have a wonderful rest of the summer and please come back soon.

Robert
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Property: Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel
Address: 435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
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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
#12 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#13 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#19 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#31 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 235
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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