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“Cute, boutique hotel in Gaslamp district”

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Kimpton Solamar Hotel
Ranked #40 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

I spent three nights at Solamar while attending a conference at the San Diego Conference Center, less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The decor was funky, the room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Valet parking was $40 a night but convenient as you could come and go as you pleased, as opposed to the lot across the street which required you to pay each time you re-entered. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Horton Plaza Mall is within walking distance, but also offers free parking for the first three hours. The hotel provides coffee and tea in the lobby in the mornings and wine in the evenings. If travelling by car, I recommend taking a drive to the Cabrillo National Monument (costs $5 to enter). It's about a 15 minute drive from the hotel and offers spectacular views of the ocean and the San Diego coastline.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Eric M, Director of Sales at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2012

You described us and the area very well.... thank you. Thanks also for staying at the Hotel during your conference. I also liked your photo's you attached... it appears you were able to explore the city quite a bit. I hope you had fun.

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Reviewed 20 October 2012 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights and had no complaints. The room was quiet and comfortable, housekeeping did a good job. There was a nice pool area on the 4th floor. Good location near the Gaslamp District and conference center. I would definitely stay here again.

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Eric M, Director of Sales at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2012

We definitely want you back with us again :) I enjoyed reading your review, so thanks so much for the nice feedback.

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Reviewed 19 October 2012

Very nice, classy boutique hotel, located very conveniently for walking around the gaslamp quarter. The room was beautiful, very big and luxurious with a deep hot tub. Although I could have done without the loud leopard-print bathrobes that were provided for our use. I would suggest not getting a room on the same floor as the pool if you don't like later evening noise, and also I nearly slipped and fell by the elevators since people drip water everywhere going in and out and I was wearing flipflops with poor traction.

The concierge was very helpful when it came to directions, finding restaurants, and getting reservations, and she was also able to get us a free appetizer at Oceanaire when we mentioned her name.

Room Tip: I would try to get a room on a higher floor, away from the pool and the pet-friendly floor.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Eric M, Director of Sales at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2012

Thanks for the great review, and for staying at Solamar. Hopefully we get another chance to have you here with us in the future. The leopard print robes are part of Kimpton's quirkiness as a Hotel company, and we get many compliments on them... although I agree they might not fit everyone's tastes. Thanks again for your feedback and I'm thrilled you enjoyed the Hotel.

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Reviewed 16 October 2012

Very nice hotel. Nice organic, green and dog friendly!! Didn't care too much for mattress and pillows were too small!! Had breakfast at the restaurant and was very good!! Complimentary coffee in hotel was organic and awesome!! Nice pool area but need more help and certainly didn't appreciate the 21 percent gratuity!! Had a 20 percent coupon and then they added that gratuity!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Eric M, Director of Sales at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2012

Thank you for your stay and for your nice comments. We certainly attempt to get high quality mattresses in the guestrooms, although we do understand everyone's sleep preferences are different. All the mattresses are no old than two years old, so they are still in great condition.

Hope we see you again when your travels return you to San Diego.

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Reviewed 14 October 2012

This hotel is perfect for touring the Gas Lamp Quarter and a very short walk to Petco Park. Baseball is an experience not to be missed. Hotel absolutely fine. We had a quiet room, perfect for our short stay. Food by the pool spot on and all staff helpful and friendly. Pool fine for a central hotel location. Reasonable charge to extend room and wine hour is a very lovely touch! Would recommend this hotel to anyone that wants a comfortable stay whilst discovering San Diego!

Room Tip: Must admit - would not have liked a pool side room as could imagine it is quite noisy!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Eric M, Director of Sales at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2012

Thank you so much for your great review. I'm glad you chose Solamar as your hotel of choice in San Diego. We do love our location too, as it's so close to so many activities in the East Village and Gaslamp areas of the city. The noise around the pool area in not too bad at all actually, as we have our house music playing at low levels to allow conversation and socializing. It's more of a Lounge setting. I hope you return to Solamar on your next trip to San Diego.

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Additional Information about Kimpton Solamar Hotel

Address: 435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7007
Region: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , East Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
#9 Spa Hotel in San Diego
#12 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#15 Luxury Hotel in San Diego
#31 Family Hotel in San Diego
Price Range: $193 - $611 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 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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