I don't know what's up with San Diego but it seems that all the hotels in the gaslamp area are charging New York prices. The convention center is very busy with New Orleans convention overflow and any decent place within walking distance of gaslamp is charging about $300/night plus $22 parking. I decided to play Russian roulette with Hotwire and bid a four star gaslamp area hotel for $204/night +taxes (for a Thursday and Friday night stay) I got the Solamar, a new boutique hotel that bills itself as four stars. I’ve read the other reviews here and thought I’d add some comments. The staff was all top notch and I encountered no rude or sub par service as mentioned before. The lobby is well appointed and a nice place to relax and the 4th floor bar is also a nice hangout. The workout room is a joke- the smallest I’ve ever seen with about four pieces of equipment. The pool is also a ridiculous 3’ deep and therefore useless. The hotel is new so the rooms and furnishings are clean. But here is the real point of my review –value. Our room was very, very small –so small that it didn’t have the requisite ‘two chairs and a table by the window set-up’ in case you wanted to invite a guest up to your room. More importantly, the rooms were poorly insulated. Any seasoned traveler knows the awful sound of heavy fireproof hotel doors slamming early in the morning as Business Bob leaves at 6:30AM for a meeting. We could hear next-door conversations and the maid vacuuming at 8:00AM very clearly. All of this does not fit in my definition of a four star hotel. Yes the room was decorated in a funky hip style. But with the room size and noise it felt like the Solamar built regular, small and acoustically sub par rooms and then hired a decorator to do an ‘extreme makeover’ adding drapes, some funky lamps and art. That just doesn’t cut it for their regular $300/night rates. At $204 I felt neither screwed nor did I feel I got any value. If I paid just $5 more a night I might have been pissed. The lobby and bar may look four star but after all I am paying for a room. I’d stay here again but if I had to pay $300 I’d choose the Marriot Gas lamp (NOT the other Marriot monster convention hotel by the water!!) The Marriot Gas lamp may not have a basin type Kohler sink and funky drapes but the standard rooms are big, immaculate, and have an equally unique California Craftsman style about it. Hope this helps!
- 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