Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

San Diego, USA

The hotel

A sanctuary of style and subtlety in SoCal, Hotel Palomar’s both high-design and low-key. Inside, Brazilian walnut and Jerusalem bone limestone are set against calm earthy colours. And luxury features like the wine reception and gym are set against homely touches, like morning hot drinks. Curadero, the hotel’s flagship restaurant, creates a celebration of soulful Mexican street food with mindfully mixed cocktails. The Level Four rooftop pool and lounge features cocktails with a pool menu and downtown views any time of year. And downtown’s your address here, near the Victorian buildings of the shop and restaurant filled Gaslamp district.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Near the Gaslamp district, recognised as the hub of San Diego’s dining, drinking and entertainment spots, the hotel’s within a walk of the Financial District and convention centre. Claiming to have more than 200 restaurants within an 8 block radius, it is also surrounded by theatres, galleries, museums, and live music venues, and is 2 blocks from Westfield Horton Plaza, a 5 tier open-air shopping mall.

Hotel information

All rooms have a 36” flat-screen TV, WiFi*, alarm clock, honour bar* (with gourmet and organic treats), glass rainforest shower, yoga mat, hairdryer, iron and board, bathrobes, fridge, microwave*, and honour bar restocking* available on request. Deluxe Guestrooms have 1 queen-size or 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Guestrooms with Two Double Beds have large windows, and 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Premier Guestrooms with One King Bed have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Skyline View Guestrooms with One Queen or King Bed are on floors 16-20, and have large windows, partial San Diego or pool deck view, and 1 queen-size or 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Skyline Corner Studio Balcony Rooms with King Bed have a corner location giving wider views of San Diego, a balcony, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

SaltBox Dining & Drinking (coastal Californian cuisine and cocktails, daily breakfast, happy hour and dinner, weekday lunch, and weekend brunch). SummerSalt Pool Bar (pool food menu by SaltBox, cocktails, and live music from Thu-Sat in summer, with Sat barbecues and Sun DJs). Evening wine hour (hosted, 5:00pm-6:00pm). Morning coffee and tea service. 24-hour room service*. Heated rooftop infinity swimming pool (poolside cabanas, fresh towels and water). 24-hour fitness centre. Nature’s Spa by Jurlique*. In-room spa services*. Kimpton-bespoke bicycles (first come, first served). Kimpton Kids program* (with features like a welcome gift, optional ‘Guppy Love’ fish bowl in room, child-friendly dining, kids’ amenities like mini animal-print bathrobes, hula hoops in fitness rooms, babysitting, cribs, equipment rental from strollers to scooters, and child safety kits from nightlights to playpens). WiFi*. ‘Forgot It? We’ve Got It’ service (for essential travel items from mobile chargers to hair straighteners). Concierge service. Same day laundry/dry cleaning services*. Valet parking $45 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change. Discounts for hybrid cars).

*Denotes local charge

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous Happy Hour

Jan 25, 2020 RobCug67 Melbourne, Australia

Let’s start with the big ticket item - The daily FREE happy hour!!! What an awesome concept. Everyday you can go down to the bar between 4pm & 6pm for free craft beer and excellent snacks. Our room was excellent - large, clean, nice views. The customer service excellent with friendly, helpful and engaged staff wanting to ensure you had a… Read more
Let’s start with the big ticket item - The daily FREE happy hour!!! What an awesome concept. Everyday you can go down to the bar between 4pm & 6pm for free craft beer and excellent snacks. Our room was excellent - large, clean, nice views. The customer service excellent with friendly, helpful and engaged staff wanting to ensure you had a great stay amAND a great time in their city. There is nowhere else to stay in my opinion. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Birthday Catering and Stay

Jan 22, 2020 jaycS845KA

Celebrated my wife's birthday. Carey Carnahan set it all up for us, and Alfredo and Mario served us. We had an elvis impersonator in a cozy setting.. it was fantastic. The whole hotel staff knew about it, and we had a fantastic time and stay here. Our son graduated from Marines basic training the following week so we stayed on. The location is… Read more
Celebrated my wife's birthday. Carey Carnahan set it all up for us, and Alfredo and Mario served us. We had an elvis impersonator in a cozy setting.. it was fantastic. The whole hotel staff knew about it, and we had a fantastic time and stay here. Our son graduated from Marines basic training the following week so we stayed on. The location is perfect, we got treated exceptionally well by the front desk staff. The event went off perfectly. I don't write hotel reviews, but based on how well we got treated here, I felt compelled. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Customer Service!

Jan 21, 2020 markwN3974NH

I want to recognize the amazing service I received from Steve at the Kipmton Hotel Palomar San Diego! Steve handled multiple requests that I had with confidence, grace and very quickly. I called day of to ask about surprising my girlfriend for our anniversary by having some chocolates delivered to the room... Steve took my call, handled my request… Read more
I want to recognize the amazing service I received from Steve at the Kipmton Hotel Palomar San Diego! Steve handled multiple requests that I had with confidence, grace and very quickly. I called day of to ask about surprising my girlfriend for our anniversary by having some chocolates delivered to the room... Steve took my call, handled my request with ease. Fast forward 6 hours later when I am checking in, and I am greeted by my man, Steve! He checked us in, upgraded my room (for no charge!), didn't say a word about the surprise anniversary chocolates being sent to the room and then even followed up with a quick text to make sure everything was as I wanted... and it was. Much appreciated, Steve! You made my day and week, and I know you did the same for my girlfriend. Thank you again, I really appreciate you going above and beyond! -Mark W. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Usual (cool) decor of Kimption, reasonably priced, some minor complaints

Jan 19, 2020 Makoto N Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I stayed Palomar San Diego for 4 nights for business. I didn't LOVE it, but like it generally, and strongly consider coming back. Pros: (1) In the middle of the downtown, walkable to gaslight neighborhood and the shore area , walkable (a bit long though) to Little Italy. (2) Cool decor, what you expect from a Kimpton hotel. I particular like that… Read more
I stayed Palomar San Diego for 4 nights for business. I didn't LOVE it, but like it generally, and strongly consider coming back. Pros: (1) In the middle of the downtown, walkable to gaslight neighborhood and the shore area , walkable (a bit long though) to Little Italy. (2) Cool decor, what you expect from a Kimpton hotel. I particular like that they have hardwood floor. (3) It's also standard at Kimption, but water all day, and wines in the evening, at the reception area. (4) Efficient staff. Check-in/out was efficient. (5) Free wifi, (I think) with Kimpton membership. (6) I didn't try, but the cafe/restaurant (tacos) seems cool and good. Cons: (1) Not on the shore... The view from my room was... nothing. (2) I wish they have espesso (I think some Kimpton has Nespresso machine, which this hotel doesn't have, and I have to walk a couple of blocks for a decent cup of espresso) instead of water-ly coffee. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent One Night Stay

Jan 18, 2020 ClaireBear04042020 Henderson, Nevada

I just left a one night stay at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in San Diego where I shared a room with my mom to celebrate her birthday. We loved our stay so much that I had to hop right on here and leave a review! First off, this hotel is gorgeous and the location is great right in the heart of downtown San Diego! We loved the decor and ambiance and… Read more
I just left a one night stay at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in San Diego where I shared a room with my mom to celebrate her birthday. We loved our stay so much that I had to hop right on here and leave a review! First off, this hotel is gorgeous and the location is great right in the heart of downtown San Diego! We loved the decor and ambiance and the spa water they served in the lobby. My mom got a great deal and took a gamble on this place on Hotels Tonight, and it definitely was worth it! What really sets this hotel apart is the amazing customer service. From the moment we arrived we were treated with such kindness and genuine care that we were blown away. Ana (I think that’s her name) was working the concierge/front desk and she was super sweet. Cameron working the concierge/front desk last night was also great! We got back from a late night comedy show, and asked him when checkout was, and he offered to give us a late checkout! Very helpful after the late night. And we can’t forget the bellman/porter, Jeremy! He was so helpful with luggage and remembered us the next day when we were checking out and even asked us how the comedy show was! He was also kind enough to retrieve a bag I forgot in our car which had already been taken by the valet and brought it to our room. We also enjoyed dinner at the on-property restaurant, Curadero. We would definitely get a bite to eat or a drink there again! We ordered a grilled ham and cheese from the late night room service menu. It was a bit pricey but was delicious and delivered promptly and with a smile. :) Mom and I both agreed that if we ever need to stay in downtown San Diego again was would definitely book this hotel. Not just because of the amenities and location, but the great customer care provided by the entire team! Thanks everyone! Read less