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.

Rating summary

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Jul 9, 2021 kevinkB4387SV

The rooms are dirty and old. Windows and bathroom mirrors were not washed. Everything felt unclean. It definitely did not feel like the class of hotel that it represents itself to be. Only saving grace is location, which is ideal.
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Jul 8, 2021 alexander4729 Fullerton, California

I came to San Diego for 4th of July weekend and stayed at Hotel Solamar and I was very pleased. The room I had was very nice, clean and spacious. The city views were nice and it was centrally located, walking or Ubering was less than 10-15min in any direction. I will say it was not the BEST stay I've ever had at a hotel but I managed to book a… Read more
I came to San Diego for 4th of July weekend and stayed at Hotel Solamar and I was very pleased. The room I had was very nice, clean and spacious. The city views were nice and it was centrally located, walking or Ubering was less than 10-15min in any direction. I will say it was not the BEST stay I've ever had at a hotel but I managed to book a room less than 8 days before the 4th and they had reasonable rates even days away from a holiday. PRO: Views, location, friendly staff, nice amenities CON: Took almost an entire week to confirm my reservation which lead to some stressful moments, No breakfast or eating area you have to leave property for food aside from the pool bar All in all, I would definitely stay here again, the cons weren't a big issue once I got there but they should be known. Read less
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Jun 28, 2021 Unsung_Hero86

We got this room as a birthday gift for my GF, so we were only in town one night. Couple major issues that I could not overlook during my stay. 1. The bed was the most uncomfortable, cheap, springy nightmare I had ever seen in a "upscale hotel". 2. Tried calling front desk multiple times and could not get a hold of anyone. 3. Finally after… Read more
We got this room as a birthday gift for my GF, so we were only in town one night. Couple major issues that I could not overlook during my stay. 1. The bed was the most uncomfortable, cheap, springy nightmare I had ever seen in a "upscale hotel". 2. Tried calling front desk multiple times and could not get a hold of anyone. 3. Finally after numerous attempts we contacted the front desk to ask for a fan, they said it would be a few minutes......fan never showed up. 4. We were in a hearing impaired room (neither of us is hearing impaired) and it had the loudest constant whistling noise through the window. It sounded like the HVAC system so it made that sound for the entirety of the trip. Personally I would never in a million years ever stay at this hotel again, way to expensive and you get ZERO beneftis. Read less
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Jun 27, 2021 alons675 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Loud music from the pool area going into the night and into the room. Clueless staff, talking much doing really nothing to solve problems. Not enough parking for late arrivals. And more maintenance issues that are probably routine with carpet so wet to probably safety hazard. Stay away !!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stylish Boutique Hotel in the heart Gaslamp area

Jun 15, 2021 Audrea S

My daughter and I came to visit San Diego for 1 day. This hotel did not disappoint. The rooms are clean, the location is prime, the staff are responsive. The only drawback is the $50.00 per night valet parking on site. We parked at a nearby parking garage