Kimpton Solamar Hotel

San Diego, USA

The hotel

Hip meets elegance, quirky and funky; this distinctive new boutique hotel has bright, contemporary rooms and a fun atmosphere, the epitome of urban coastal chic. Solamar, meaning sun and sea, is in a convenient location between the historic Gaslamp Quarter and the vibrant East Village area of downtown San Diego, with an indulgence of restaurants, bars and local shopping. The hotel's own restaurant, JSix serves creative cuisine, based on the world-renowned cooking of California, but with an added global twist. The 4th-floor outdoor pool area with its large, curving bar and plentiful loungers is a great place to hang out on days when you've decided to give the sightseeing a miss. The rooms have all the latest gadgets, such as flat screen TVs and WiFi access, and the hotel's nightly wine tasting is a sociable treat. The city's trolley system is just a short walk away.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the historic Gaslamp Quarter area, surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops. Also one block away from Petco Park, the baseball stadium. Two blocks from San Diego's famous trolley system, linking Gaslamp with Old Town, Del Mar (via the Coaster).

Hotel information

235 rooms on 10 floors in 1 building. All with air-conditioning, flat screen TV with DVD/CD player, gourmet mini-bar, WiFi*, safe, hairdryer, iron and board. Deluxe King Rooms, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Deluxe Queen Rooms, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

JSix restaurant serving Californian cuisine with a global twist. Bar serving great cocktails and snacks. 4th-floor outdoor pool with large deck overlooking Petco Park and downtown. Pool bar. Health club with fitness room. WiFi*. Complimentary evening wine hour. 24-hour room service*. Business centre. Valet parking $41 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: A resort fee of $20 plus tax per room, per day is payable locally and includes the following benefits:

- WiFi

- Local and domestic long distance calls

- Select business/printing services

- Public bike usage, based on availability

- Yoga classes on the pool deck on select days

Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

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Oct 18, 2019 SJLZ001

Great hotel in the Gaslamp district. Room was lovely and clean. Staff were courteous. Kids loved the pool and the games. Couldn’t have asked for anything else. Only negative was valet parking was expensive so we self parked down the road (very short walk) for $15 overnight. Resort fee also annoying. Complimentary coffee in the morning was… Read more
Great hotel in the Gaslamp district. Room was lovely and clean. Staff were courteous. Kids loved the pool and the games. Couldn’t have asked for anything else. Only negative was valet parking was expensive so we self parked down the road (very short walk) for $15 overnight. Resort fee also annoying. Complimentary coffee in the morning was nice. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place to stay in San Diego

Oct 10, 2019 reedo452 Trumbull, Connecticut

Was at the Solamar for 5 days on business. A nice property with clean contemporary decor. Nice firm mattress, Free morning coffee in lobby. Conveniently located-walking distance to Petco Park, Convention Center. The area is full of retaurants and bars to choose from. The only con is the gym was very small, but had dumbells, a universal machine and… Read more
Was at the Solamar for 5 days on business. A nice property with clean contemporary decor. Nice firm mattress, Free morning coffee in lobby. Conveniently located-walking distance to Petco Park, Convention Center. The area is full of retaurants and bars to choose from. The only con is the gym was very small, but had dumbells, a universal machine and a few treadmills. Staff was very friendly and personable. I would definately stay there again and recommend the place. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ripoff valet, but otherwise great

Oct 9, 2019 veeRob Las Vegas, NV

This hotel is pretty dope, and close to 5* in my book. But there were just a few things that didn't quite knock it out of the park. First, the good... Location is obviously great, and the room was plenty big and had all the amenities I would need. They offer free coffee in the morning but happily offered a coffee machine be brought up for free,… Read more
This hotel is pretty dope, and close to 5* in my book. But there were just a few things that didn't quite knock it out of the park. First, the good... Location is obviously great, and the room was plenty big and had all the amenities I would need. They offer free coffee in the morning but happily offered a coffee machine be brought up for free, which was unexpected. There's a fridge in the room though it's mostly full with minibar items, I was able to cram a bottle of water and some leftovers in there. Staff was overall very nice. I did have an issue with parking. They charge $49/night for valet which is absolutely insane. My friend was parking for work later that night and said to just park my car and we'd switch out later. I checked with the valet staff to make sure this was OK and he basically said no. I tried to explain that we wouldn't have both cars in the garage at the same time, but he wouldn't make an exception or even ask someone else. You're charging 3x the going rate for parking and you can't even accommodate a vehicle swap? Furthermore, I said what if I had a rental and switched vehicles and he said that was OK but I already told him it's for a different car. Bad attitude, so I did street parking and had my friend park his car off property. So the hotel lost $49 in revenue they were going to get if they had worked with me. Also, one of the outlets didn't work. I texted to ask someone to come take a look, mostly just so I could show them and they could fix it for the next guest. Nobody ever came which made me pretty frustrated that I was sitting there waiting. I texted hours later to let them know they dropped the ball, and even hours later they apologized. In fairness, they in my mind completely made it up to me and then some by sending up a charcuterie plate that was amazing, so this is more a positive note than a negative. A broken outlet wasn't a huge deal, and they definitely excelled in customer service here, made me wonder why they didn't at the valet stand. Perhaps it's a different company running things. We did enjoy the free happy hour from 5pm-6pm in the lobby, and the beer they served was really good, too. Reflecting upon my stay, I'd say the valet incident was really the only thing keeping them from getting 5* all around. Read less
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Sep 26, 2019 Lindsicle Denver, Colorado

Stayed just 2 nights here using a travelzoo deal, it was absolutely fantastic. The location is PERFECT, steps from everything. The rooms were nice, the staff was nice, and the pool was AWESOME. We had 20 percent off at jsix for breakfast and the food was excellent, exceeded my expectations. I most loved the day I spent at the pool, it has a… Read more
Stayed just 2 nights here using a travelzoo deal, it was absolutely fantastic. The location is PERFECT, steps from everything. The rooms were nice, the staff was nice, and the pool was AWESOME. We had 20 percent off at jsix for breakfast and the food was excellent, exceeded my expectations. I most loved the day I spent at the pool, it has a bar/food if you want, nice loungers, and a fun environment. I would definitely stay here if back in SD! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing staff & hotel

Sep 25, 2019 kelcieandmyles Rancho Santa Margarita, California

We stayed here for my 23rd birthday and I couldn’t have been any more pleased with the hotel and staff. From the second we pulled in Jose in valet was very welcoming and helpful, Brian at check in was so friendly and funny that it made a for a great check in process. Seneca in valet gave us the BEST dinner recommendation, perfect for my birthday.… Read more
We stayed here for my 23rd birthday and I couldn’t have been any more pleased with the hotel and staff. From the second we pulled in Jose in valet was very welcoming and helpful, Brian at check in was so friendly and funny that it made a for a great check in process. Seneca in valet gave us the BEST dinner recommendation, perfect for my birthday. And lastly Karinne at check out was so sweet, and professional we couldn’t have asked for anything better. Thank you to everyone on the kimpton team, it’s always an amazing stay!! Read less