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“A Modern Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kimpton Solamar Hotel

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Kimpton Solamar Hotel
Ranked #43 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
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Moose Factory, Canada
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53 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“A Modern Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

First the hotel is really modern, with bikes to borrow, a amazing pool with cabana's and all the southern California sun. Close to the paths on the ocean. The room was great and the staff is very helpful especially the valet guys. The only issue we had was the bathrobes, there suppose to have animal print bathrobes but when we got up to our room there worn't there, so the next morning I ask the front desk. They said they would take care of it, we where there for a full week and we never seen them.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Dear jamesjegan,

Thanks for joining us! Glad you had a good time although I want to apologize for the issue with the bathrobes. We'll get with our Housekeeping team and ensure they're properly stocked. Thanks again and please come back soon!

Robert
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Hotel Solamar - a very Kimpton Hotel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

This hotel is perfectly located in the Gaslamp district, just two blocks from the convention center. The area appears quite safe during the day and in the night. Definitely recommended if you are going to San Diego for a meeting in the convention center: 5 minutes walking distance, and the advantage of being really downtown after the convention, instead of having to walk form the seaside hotels.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Dear GLS/ALS,

Thanks so much for joining us and taking the time to outline your experience. Very happy that you enjoyed yourself and had a chance to check out our amazing Gaslamp. Have a great autumn and please come back soon!

Robert
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

I stayed 2 nights at this hotel on a business trip. You can never go wrong with Kimpton! This one is in the Gaslamp District and well located for access to downtown and the convention center. My room was comfortable and quiet (8th fl). Had dinner and a breakfast in restaurant on site -- both were terrific. One of the special things about this hotels is the rooftop bar and cafe, overlooking the city. Highly recommended.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Dear Susan G,

Thanks for joining us! It was a pleasure hosting you and we're thrilled you enjoyed yourself. Very happy as well you had a chance to check out Jsix, We love the work they do and are very proud to be their partner. Have a great autumn and please come back soon.

Robert
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England
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

After a long drive from LA it was nice to land in this hotel.

The decor was fantastic throughout, making it a luxurious yet comfortable place to stay.

It was also nice to see so many 4 legged guests (dogs) they were made to feel welcome and reminded me of my mutt we left at home.

We stayed for 2 nights so did not experience everything the hotel has to offer but from what we did see we were impressed.

The pool area on the roof deck was a lovely feature and had a few log burners and firepits to offer a lovely ambiance.

We only ate breakfast here but we found this full of choice and reasonably priced for California.

The hotle is situated a block away from the Gas lamp quarter where it is the place to see at night.

The hotel was very clean, staff uber friendly and had a well stocked and interesting mini bar.

The wifi is free if you sign up for an Intouch account, this also got us $10 towards the mini bar too.

Would definately stay here again.

Room Tip: View over the pool is great and you get a glimpse of the Gas Lamp Quarter too.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Dear Lynseylou7,

Thanks very much! Very happy you had a chance to check us out and experience the Gaslamp. The fact that you didn't get to see it all means you have to come back!

Robert
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Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is a true Kimpton Hotel experience--pet-friendly, person-centered--just absolutely wonderful. The first night of my stay, the hotel delivered a cheese/cracker/fruit plate (delicious). A paper was hung on my door each morning. The rooms were clean and quiet. The hotel was conveniently located to the Convention Center and in a safe location! Hotel staff were attentive and wonderful! The wine and beer reception hour (complimentary) was nice after a long day at work and play.

Room Tip: Choose a room not facing 6th avenue for the most restful sleep. (Across the street is a club, the S...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KrisG3333
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear KrisG3333,

Wow, thanks so much! So happy you enjoyed yourself and I'm very grateful for you acknowledging the hard work of our team. Have a great autumn and please come back soon.

Robert
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

Hubby, dog and I just stayed there for 3 nites. It is a lovely hotel in the Gaslamp District and an easy walk to the Convention Center and most of the places you wld want to visit in the GLD. But - the real eye opener was the outstanding staff. They knocked themselves out anytime they had an opportunity to interact with us. Everyone was warm, friendly and tried to go the extra mile if there was anything at all we needed. And, of course the bonus was that our little dog was treated as the princess she obviously is - right from her name on the welcome board to the offer of treats, a poofy hotel dog bed and a color co-ordinated bowl. While I hate to give a shout-out only to these people - it's simply because I can't remember everyone else's names. There so many kind people. So - a BIG thanks to Randall the superb bartender and Jennifer in housekeeping and of course valets/concierges Mike, Kyle and Trevor. You all made our stay in San Diego wonderful. We are now very loyal Kimpton folks. Go there and take your dog to this exceptional and dog-friendly hotel with the great staff Thank you all very much!!!!

Room Tip: The Master Suite, which has a jacuzzi, is roomier than the Virtuoso - also a bit higher priced - [ma...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bb0314
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Dear BB0314,

Wow, what amazing feedback! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for such kind words about our team. We're very lucky and grateful to work with individuals like Randall, Jennifer, Mike, Kyle and Trevor. Have a great autumn and please come back soon!

Robert
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

Love the Kimpton Boutique Hotel group!! Hotel Solarmar in San Diego was just perfect. Warmly greeting by Mike with a huge smile with Valet Parking.

Trevor and Lauren greeted us with a huge smile and hotel hospitality like one would expect. Decor amazing!

The pool bar lovely as it is was not impressive with wait staff.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Robert_Hannigan, General Manager at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Dear Stonecreekmanor,

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for your kind words about Trevor, Lauren and Super Mike. They're the secret to our success and we're very lucky to have them. Thanks again and please come back soon.

Robert
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Property: Kimpton Solamar Hotel
Address: 435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7007
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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
#16 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#31 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Solamar 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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