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Hotel Solamar, a Kimpton Hotel in San Diego, CA

Hotel Solamar, a Kimpton Hotel in San Diego, CA

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Hotel Solamar, a Kimpton Hotel embodies the best of San Diego, Sun, Sea, and Fun.  This boutique hotel has a prime location with San Diego's gaslamp district, in walking distance of Petco Park and the San Diego Convention Center.  Featuring our 3rd floor outdoor heated pool with outdoor LoungeSIX, the perfect place to grab a drink before a baseball game. Hotel Solamar's  So Cal hour offers complementary local beer and handcrafted cocktails from 5pm - 6pm . Kickback and relax at Hotel Solamar

History

Established in 2005.

Part of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants with 56 Hotels coast to coast.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.01

Address: 435 6th Ave, San Diego, CA, 92101

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    Comments (579):

    1. elizabeth e.
    i really loved this place! it is beautiful but not pretentious like some of the other gaslamp hotels. very relaxed and inviting atmosohere. the room was VERY spacious and i LOVED the color scheme. i had the corner spa room and the spa tub was enormous! the bed was super comfy the shower was roomy i had a nice sitting area and a great view! location was perfect within walking distance to everything and my experience was very quiet. i was there to have a night of relaxation and that is exactly what i got. i would have given the hotel 5 stars except for a few things...
    i really dont feel hotel "guests" should have to pay 32$ for parking!!! im sorry but thats outrageous!!! of course its only valet so then you have to tip on top of it! you could get a decent steak for that price!!! so parking knocked off half a star for me, the other half of the star was removed due to not having an ipod dock... all hotels have ipod/mp3 hookups nowadays how does this place not have one... thats a big deal to me cuz i love listening to my music when im relaxinng in the tub or getting ready in the mornings to start my day...the last star was knocked off from having to wait a LOOOONG time to check in... there was only one girl at the counter and 1 guest ahead of me not including the guest already at the counter, anyway the guest being helped seemed to be having problems understanding something about his reservation so that was taking forever then finally the person ahead of me gets her turn and as im waiting patiently someone else walks behind the counter doesnt bother to help then leaves meanwhile the rest of the staff is chit-chatting it up at the complimentary wine bar so now im getting really annoyed! the manager finally walks up and tries to help me but the computer he tried logging into isnt working so i get back in line until he can get another computer working. just as he is ready to help me a woman walks up from the wine reception and cuts in front of me and he leaves to help her!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!???? ITS BEEN LIKE 15-20 MINS AT THIS POINT IM GETTING REALLY ANGRY!!! So he comes back apologizes for the wait and checks me in quickly. i think he should have at least comped my parking for the inconvenience... right?!?!
    anyway all in all i did really like my room, i had a great stay and will probably stay again...

    05/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    2. Mama L.
    The hotel is very cute-- Miami-like. Love the pool area on the 4th floor and the L'Occitane room products. Our room was a little small and for $300 a night I expected a slightly more luxurious room. There wasn't even a flat screen in the room and the hair dryer was one of those old school ones that eat up your hair. I asked the front desk to give us a 10am wake up call, but I guess they forgot. Luckily, we woke up on our own. The restaurant was ok, but nothing spectacular. On my next stay in San Diego I might try The Ivy down the street.

    10/09/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    3. vicky n.
    This is a nice, solid hotel for the Gaslamp district and a steal if you need to be at the convention center for a conference - much cheaper than the hotels adjacent to the center, and only 4 or 5 blocks away. A block off of 5th street, which is filled with bars, restaurants, and shopping, Solamar is a little quieter. The rooms are a reasonable size, the decor is sort of an odd mix of French Colonial and Long Beach Island, but it's pleasant. Animal print bathrobes and Aveda toiletry products. They have a free wine hour in the lobby from 5-6 every day, and if you become a member (it's part of the Kimpton group) you get free continental breakfast coupons for the restaurant and a newspaper in the morning. Paid about $111 a night. All in all, a nice place to stay.

    23/11/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    4. Mel R.
    Stayed here for a weekend getaway with my hubby last September.  Love the boutique feel of the hotel and the rooms are nicely appointed.  The bathroom was spacious enough and was stocked with L'Occitane products.  Stylish, clean, great location and standard $$$ valet downtown SD charges.  The JBar in the pool area can get pretty crowded in the evening, but is a nice place to chill during the day.

    27/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Venus A.
    Stayed one night for my husband and I's 8 year anniversary - we decided to stay one more night at the last minute - we stayed at the Marriott the night before.  Definitely a fun time.  DJ at the pool - fun music.  Stylish rooms and comfortable beds.  Nice front-desk service.  Not exactly quiet though - the doors have a gap underneath so you can hear a lot of the hallway traffic.  Our room was on the 4th floor right by the pool.  We had a patio room - I thought that was cool.  This is a great place to go with friends - like an all girls weekend or all boys weekend.  Not really for a quiet getaway for a couple if that's what you are looking for but maybe it was because we were on the 4th floor by the pool.  Definitely a lot of fun - the wine they serve for happy hour is good - it didn't make you cringe at all.  They do need to make the happy hour lounge a little larger.  And the lighting is sort of too dark for my tastes.  Front-desk woman was very nice and was sad that we didn't tell her it was our anniversary celebration  - so make sure to tell them if that's what you are there for :)  Overall a nice hotel.

    01/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Captain J.
    good food soso service small restaurant, I didn't stay in the hotel so I can't comment on the rooms

    24/09/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    7. Steven S.
    Priceline is the shit! So on a recent trip to San Diego with my girlfirend i used priceline to book my room and i made a bid for $50.00 a night for two nights just to see and sure enough i was accepted/chosen by Hotel Solamar. Little did i know about this Hotel or even heard of it until i looked at the website and i was like OMG! this place looks really nice for a 4 star.. and the Rates were  $169-299 a night. We got a One King bed guest room. Everything in that room was amazing. Flat screen, king bed, artwork, recycle bin and garbage, and the comforter was just right not too warm or cold. On the forth floor they have the pool (not reccomended for really swimmin 31/2 ft), a bar and very nice outside lounge. THey gave free wine tasting during the evening and free coffee/tea in the mornings. ALso this place is VERY pet friendly, you can bring your cat/dog in and leave them in your room. the only downside was the $35 valet a night or you can park across the street like i did for $15 a night. This hotel was perfect in location, right in the middle of the gaslamp district, nice nightlife area.

    15/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Marlin P.
    Very nice hotel, part of the Kimpton chain of hotels.  Pet friendly with no extra charge.   Similar to W style hotel with hip J-bar and J-Six restaurant.  In the gaslamp so close to lots of bars/restaurants and to Petco Park.  Aveda bath products and can choose room with oversized jetted bath tub.

    28/01/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Nilo P.
    I love Kimpton hotels. They do such a fabulous job with each of their properties. They all have a unique look and boutique-ish feel. It's trendy like a W, but understated and without attitude. I was here last week around the Comic Con craziness, er festivities. I got a nice suite with it's own balcony for laying out and soaking up some of the San Diego sunshine. When I arrived, there was a fresh fruit and chocolate covered pretzel tray, which I think is unfair, making me decide between two sweets; healthy and not so healthy. :p The suite was a very nice corner unit, with a huge jet tub for 2 overlooking the street, which was lovely at night. The staff was very friendly and helpful during my visit. The location is great as you can walk to several restaurants and shops. I just wish I would have stayed longer, but alas I didn't plan well enough to do so. I'm looking forward to coming back in the future.

    26/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. E K.
    Really nice place, very comfortable. Very clean. I love the L'Occitane products.  The staff was very friendly and teh wine hour was nice and relaxing. Parking is extremely steep though. Will definitley go back on my next trip.

    05/12/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. Christopher T.
    This hotel in the gasslamp of San Diego is done right. The rooms are large and decorated very nicely with some pretty good views of the skyline. The lobby is very intimate and inviting, especially at their complimentary wine hour. The staff was so friendly and very welcoming, especially Christian, tasti-d-light ok. They also offer a gym, somewhat, it is more for those in need of a yoga ball andd 3 machines just to stay oned basically while on holiday. The pool and lounge located up on the roof are so so nice. The music is just right and the open pit fireplace are a great touch. I sat up here one night and wrote in my journal before bed and just people watched and what nots. The only tacky thing was the sand and sea shells in the room, so FL Golden Girls. This is a definite great hotel in San Diego offering something for the young or old...

    07/05/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. M M.
    Hotel Solamar is a gorgeous hotel. I booked a room through Hotwire and reserved a standard room for $89! My boyfriend checked us in and were very helpful. They were out of the traditional standard rooms at the time we arrived, and the person at the front desk upgraded our room to a corner room suite! The decor is very posh and modern, it's definitely a place you would want to stay. The next morning we went to the pool area = BEAUTIFUL!! When you go under water, you can hear music!! This is a hotel that I'd definitely recommend if you're looking to stay DTSD. The only thing holding me back from rating this a full-blown 5 stars is the parking. It sucks, and the boyfriend and I had to walk quite a few blocks for some parking that wasn't overpriced.

    02/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. K M.
    Held two big events here. The first one was great but now that there is a new event coordinator, you are nothing but a dollar sign to them and they will nickel and dime you with hidden costs. BEWARE! Of course there's a food and beverage minimum (with a 22% 'service fee' attached), but it was not until AFTER the event I realized that they ONLY applied sales from ONE bar set up way in the very back (and didn't count any purchases made from the main bar!!!) to my food and beverage minimum....so they charged me the difference and applied the 22% service fee to the difference as well! Consider yourself warned....they will schmooze you and fast talk you and before you know it, you're out way more money than you intended on spending.

    30/08/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    14. Miss Lili F.
    i absolutely love and recommend this hotel to anyone. first of all, it's a great location, right smack in the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter, just a nice walk away from many dining choices (try the Strip Club Steakhouse!). also, close to shopping and a short drive to San Diego Zoo and 15 minutes from dreamy La Jolla.

    the hotel decor was chic, trendy, and fun. the rooms were comfortable with lots of touches of detail. very clean and comfortable beds. they had l'occitane bath products in the bathroom, nice touch! we even brought a little doxie and he enjoyed it too! extra bonus that this was a pet-friendly hotel. the staff was super helpful, courteous and the valet staff was great too. parking can add up - $30 per day for hotel guests.  there is street parking, but its mostly all metered and parking lots are not necessary for overnight.

    got this hotel for an incredible rate on Hotwire (great place to get deals)! another happy customer at Hotel Solamar. would go back in a heartbeat.

    02/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Mui T.
    The rooms are amazing.  Close to the W with more of a Moroccan Twist.  The prices need to be adjusted a little, but overall one of the best hotels in San Diego.

    17/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Tania N.
    Dope place. The pool is awesome during the day and night. The food was really good and I LOVED the Wine hour. The decor is super cute and the rooms were large enough were we were always comfy. I'd come back and stay here when I want to get away from home, but stay home.

    03/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Jill S.
    Loved it!! The service was very friendly and helpful.  Our room smelled like cigarette smoke and they responded VERY fast! Free wine hour down in the lobby everynight. The room decor is very modern and cute.   When I called for extra towels, they brought a whole bunch! The bar @ the poolside was pretty chill... The lighting in the bathroom was a little dim but it's ok.  

    They also have a list of items that they will provide if you forgot it.  I think it was their "Forget it? We got it"... ie: curling iron, flat iron, steamer, etc

    We were fortunate to have a corner room so it was a little extra room.  The overnight parking was a bit pricey but all in all it was worth my stay.

    I will be back!!!

    24/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. M T.
    The hotel manager reacted immediately after I discussed the issue with her and promised a full refund ... Like I said, this hotel has great customer services ... I just wish that we didn't have to go through the whole thing during New Year weekend.

    17/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    19. scott p.
    Again, you could do worse then the Hotel Solamar.  The roof top bar is pretty glamorous as far as San Diego goes, although not "too" glamorous- this is San Diego.  The drinks are expensive.  The downstairs restaurant is very decent, the rooms are small but well appointed.  Parking is a nightmare so expect to valet.

    28/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Shianne S.
    It was perfectly NICE. It wasn't fabulous and it wasn't bad. The decor was really pleasant but the walls are thin so you hear EVERYTHING!! and there is a night club on the roof so plan on listening to club music til 2. but overall it was good...I wouldn't go back though

    03/02/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    21. Steve M.
    Nice hotel. Nightclubs all night music kept me awake. Be prepared to be ripped for $35 for parking.

    17/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    22. Priya K.
    My husband and I wanted to getaway for the weekend and decided to go to San Diego (we live in San Francisco). We picked hotel solamar since it seemed to be great location and had a rooftop pool and bar. We had an amazing time at the hotel and the staff was wonderful, especially Patrick.  The lounge/bar and pool area was really fun and found ourselves hanging out there a lot. Our room had a hot tub and it was so relaxing. Bed was big and comfy too.  The biggest tub I have seen in a room that comfortably fit two people. The hotel location was great and didn't need a car or taxi for anything except for when we when we went hiking.  We came back home relaxed and we already can't wait to go back!

    03/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. None Y.
    It was a Friday night getaway for me and hubby. Hubby reserved a hotel room through hotwire.com and got this hotel. When we first check in, hotel receptionist was very friendly. She asked if this was our first time, and yes, it was. She then gave us complimentary upgraded us to a suite!! Yes, a suite with no charge! It was beautiful!!! The room was absolutely gorgeous, the view is amazing, the pool and bar was very unique and classy. The bed, OMG, was as comfortable as can be. We made sure we had a good use of it..haha
    Would definitely come back and stay in this hotel again, and again, and again..thanks staff members for making our stay a memorable one!

    18/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Douglas James P.
    Let's just say... an incredible digs at pretty affordable prices!  If you want to 'rockstar' like a celeb, save yourself the hassle with the new IVY hotel, and try to get your reservations here, at the Hotel Solamar!  An edgier boutique hotel, Solamar is styled just euro enough without taking away your comfort.  JBAR, the upstairs pool/lounge, is one of the most happening patio's given great weather, so again... save yourself the LA waste at the other locales, and stay @ Solamar, own JBAR, and then escort yourselves at the end of the night right up to your room!
    It's worth risking on Hotwire, too!  I've searched 'last minute' (within the 24hour window) on Hotwire, and 2 out of 3 times I've received accomodations here for less than $130/night-weekend!  Amazing!  It's worth the 4.0 star risk for the GasLamp area on Hotwire, and you'll see what I mean when you get there... Oh, and by the way... Aveda products, wine tasting from 5-6pm, and pretty phenomenal brunch in JSix (the Wolfgang-esque in-house restaurant)
    Again, feel like a 'rockstar' without depleating your savings, yo-
    Cheers!

    22/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Patrick G.
    second trip and they were terrific yet again.  great vibe to the place.  this time i did cheapie and booked via Hotwire.  Got a fourth floor room -- pool level -- with a view of the lounge/pool area.  so leaving the curtains open was out of the question.  that said, i just get some of the best sleep of my life in their beds, and the staff -- front desk, bellmen, room service -- are always very quick to accommodate.  with no attitude, just appreciation and warmth.  Kimpton has its stuff together. mk

    07/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Wendy A.
    We had the suite and received a great AAA rate. The room's decor was excellent. Nice huge bathroom with a shower and a jaccuzzi tub. The living room is spacious enough for up to 6 guests. Just not a good place if you want to have a little privacy. I am a tea person and do not like that each time I needed hot water I had to call room service. And if I wanted to have a cup of coffee I needed to go down to the lobby or call room service again even though I didn't have to wait long. One incident led to the deduction of some points off their customer service. We were on our way out to 7Eleven and anticipated it would be a short trip. I asked the receptionist if he could have a pot of hot water delivered to our room so by the time we came back we would have some without waiting. He gave me a feeling that he thought it was not a reasonable request and wanted us to call room service when we came back. It was not a pleasant moment even though he eventually fulfilled my request. We also visited Jsix, the restaurant within the hotel, and brought back some leftovers. The fridge had full of drinks that we didn't want to move, afraid that we might be charged. Therefore, there was not enough space for us. There was no microwave either so could not heat up our food. Bring ear plugs if you locate on the side of the rooftop lounge. I requested more comforters and pillows when i booked the room...i even called and spoke with front desk before our arrival for more comforters. He was very friendly and said they would be provided. However, we only got the pillows and no extra comforters. If you don't mind the noise, planning on being out all night, do not need privacy....then this is the hotel for you!

    14/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    27. Stephanie C.
    Thought the hotel was nice I have stayed in many hotels all over the world.  Staff was great and friendly
    Hotel was not that clean  hallway carpets were stained ceiling fans were full of dust
    Hotel was dark not very light and airy or very many windows
    Make sure you ask for a quiet room very noisy at night especially on the weekends I did but didn't seem to help too much windows are not very well insulated
    The bottles of shampoo conditioner and bath soap labels are too small to read once in the shower especially for those who wear reading glasses I had to guess which bottle was which???
    Parking way too expensive no need for the 37.00 per night.  
    Don't think we would stay there again
    Disappointed most of the yelp reviews indicated a discount or coupon that was given at check in we recieved nothing.  
    250.00 a night total seems way too much given the choices in downtown
    We were not even staying in town during any special event.

    22/05/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    28. Carson H.
    3 1/2 stars. My husband and I stayed here for a weekend recently. The staff just seems excited to be able to say they work there because the service really sucked. There weren't ANY drawers in the room which was annoying, but the room itself was decorated really sleekly. 4 stars b/c they have a good pool bar. Don't expect to get a chair at the pool on the weekend unless you are there at the crack. It doesn't have enough chairs and the guests were LITERALLY fighting over them.

    23/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. Allen B.
    Checked in yesterday and we still do not have hot water.  We have been here 20 hours and the water is now luke warm at best.  Try taking a shower in luke warm water.  Might change the review if the water problem gets fixed

    08/02/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    30. Raj P.
    Great hotel, great staff.  Conv to life and attractions.  Great for families and singles.  Well maintained.

    28/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Elizabeth A.
    I always enjoy my stay here.  The location is great, the staff is exceptional and the rooms are cozy and chic.  The hote is very pet friendly - with water bowls out front and a board annoncing the arrival of "very important pooches".  They have long been environmentally conscious - long before it became trendy.  They offer free WiFi, a breakfast social and a complimentary wine happy hour.  Yes, they charge $25 per day for parking but it's standard in the city and tough to complain when you don't want to leave your room!

    22/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Erin A.
    I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here last weekend when I was in town for the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon.  Check in was quick and efficient, as I've always experienced at the Kimpton hotels. I called ahead and was easily able to get an early check-in. The lobby area was very cool and filled with very cool-looking people. I always love the 5pm wine reception! The pool was amazing - very "lounge-like" atmosphere with fun music. It had a hint of pretension, but it wasn't obnoxious. The cocktails were pricy, yet delicious.  I noticed that there aren't too many pool chairs out there, but there are tons of places to sit.  Even better, the pool are turns into a vibrant bar scene at night.  Our room was very big and comfortable. Even though I called early and was given a discounted "marathon rate," they still gave us a corner room with tons of windows and a great view.  Plenty of space to move around. Extra points for having Don Julio in the mini bar. The bed was huge and so comfortable that I didn't ever want to get up. The location was perfect for us - we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go in the downtown area. I have stayed at the Hard Rock in the past, but I'm definitely making this my new favorite place - just as cool, but at a MUCH better price.  You really can't beat Kimpton, especially this one.

    10/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    33. jackie g.
    Hooked up my 65+ year old parents with a nice room here for a fantastic price - got in at $127 a night via the Kimtpon e-mail list! The rooms are clean, beds super comfy and the room had huge personal size jacuzzi tub with turbo shower head that made my dad swoon.

    Overall decor is beautiful, down to the faux leather wall tiles in the rooms. Hotel is well kept - staff was charming, and the guest perks like afternoon cocktails in the foyer and popsicles were a very nice touch. Bathroom was HUGE, towels soft and aveda toiletries a nice treat.

    Pool and pool service were terrific - having cabanas and a charming staff helped beat the 100 degree heat~!

    Sometimes the room had some ventilation issues as there was no fan in the bathroom so unless you had the airconditioning on high or a window open you had a very moist room!

    Location is certainly PRIME and weekday visitor parking only FIVE BUCKS which is a steal downtown!

    Weekends get a little crazy at the pool when the 'vegas style' crowds come during the summer but it's still a nice haven.

    "gym" room is a little paltry (one sweaty room with a half dozen cardio machines and a weight machine) but it does have headphones for TVs....

    last minute and peak season rooms might be pricey so I recommend getting on the Kimpton mailing list for special and joining their frequent visitors club (that way you also get free internet..which was slow service at best, but better than NONE).

    31/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    34. Jonny S.
    Wow, great place; great location; great pool.  Kimpton staffers are always top notch.

    11/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Princess P.
    Kimpton Group truly has gotten this one right.  I was on business in San Diego, (poor me) and luckily the Solamar had a room available.  The hotel was very stylish and since I was working late, some meals were in my room with my lap top.  Great food, wonderful friendly staff.

    Since the Hotel is in old town San Diego, there's mighty -big cruising scene on Friday night-- I arrive late Friday night and stupidly went out for food.  It was pretty strange scene.  Twin girls in mini skirts with neon-light-necklaces. Not a good place for kids or folks like me after 10PM. A very big Party scene.

    For a mellow scene-- The hotel has pool bar-- great drinks and nice atmosphere.  I took a couple breaks at the pool bar-- Nice sunshine and booze!

    There's really nothing I can say bad about my experience, expect I wished I could have stayed longer.

    Any if your a Angels Fan  (suckers!), it's right smack next to Petco Park-- a big plus.

    07/04/08  This was a totally different experience, and perhaps a good understanding that this place did not cater to me and Katie.  The food was too fussy for a newly-found-13-year-old-vegetarian.  Kate made me promise never to come back to this place.  First off our room wasn't ready by 4pm -- the business center wasn't working.  the price was high.  and Katie was right it was a club med on steroids.  Lots of young people, which is okay but it was a scene and I prefer more diversity.  

    The pluses were that made Katie mac and cheese even though it's only offered at from 10:00 Pm to 2am.  Not a good place for 13 yr olds.

    05/09/06 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    36. Mike R.
    A nice hotel but there is something missing. The staff is very helpful and attentive and there is a restaurant and bar attached...so what is missing? It the little things..like not having an ice machine on the same floor as your room??? I mean its supposed to be a high end hotel???? Also the TV's and DVD players are not the high end you would expect. One thing to keep in mind..they have in bath robes in leopard print available in your rooms....its kind of corny. If I ever have extra cash this may be a stay-cation spot for me but I wouldn't make it a mainstay for me.

    15/10/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    37. Jillian S.
    Good vibe. Comfy beds! Great service. Fabulous pool. Free wine. What more could you ask for?!

    04/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. Deannie W.
    ***Actual rating - ZERO STAR!***

    STAY FAR FAR FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!!!!

    This hotel should win an award for having the worse customer service ever!!!! I don't care how nice the hotel looks, the location, or the cost of it if it has horrible service. I've booked hotels through Hotwire many times before and never had a problem with check-in or with my stay at the hotels.

    There was traffic going to the hotel since there are many clubs within walking distance from it. I arrived to the hotel after dinner at around 10pm and upon check in that's when all the horrible service starts. My reservation was booked about 2 weeks in advance. Few days prior to my stay, I had called them to see if I can change my reservation to the following weekend instead and was informed that I am unable to since it was booked through Hotwire. I understand that since that was my fault. However, how can they tell me that the hotel is fully booked and that there was no room available besides the hospitality room?!?!?! I made my freaking reservation and all I wanted was a nice comfy bed to sleep in.

    The best they can offer me was the hospitality room with $50 of credit to food/ drinks/ etc. I drove 2 hrs to get there so I gave the hospitality room a try but I just can't force myself to stay at a place like this. The room smells once you walked in, and in sight was just a big dining table, bar with stools, and a couch. Where the f was my bed?!?! The house keeper lady came in and started to take off the cushions from the couch. The mattress on the pull out couch sucks, you can feel the springs when you're sleeping on it. The bathroom didn't have a bathtub, but looks more like a bathroom at the hospital. They weren't joking I guess when they said HOSPITALity room. I complaint at check-in and also after giving a try with the hospitality room. The night manager (Priscella) sucks and have the worse customer service ever. I've been in working in the customer service industry for over 10 years, so I know what customer expects and we should always try our best to accommodate them. I also knew that they have another room available because of the house keeper, who even called down herself and spoke to Priscella. The room was just so bad that I can't torture my mom to stay over night especially with the loud music coming through the sliding door.

    If you want a nice hotel with a good rate, this is not the place to be. You might get a cheaper rate than other hotels but you will not be guarantee an actual room.

    25/04/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    39. Melanie T.
    GREAT place to stay-- very cute and comfortable rooms and extremely friendly service, particularly at the check-in counter.  I took off a star for the bar upstairs.  A beer and mixed drink was $18.  Wow.  However, the area is beautiful and large/open, making it a nice place to hang out.  Maybe stick to beer, though.

    29/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Danielle G.
    I have absolutely no complaints.

    I booked a single night here, and upon check-in, the girl began to inform me that the hotel was "sold out". And I was like "AW HELL NAW" because seriously? Already that week we'd had enough to deal with, travel-wise. I was ready for a relaxing hotel stay! I was about to cut someone!

    ...But then she finished by explaining I could either have a room on the 10th floor with a king-sized bed (nice), or an entire hospitality suite with a patio, which was twice the size of a normal room (SCORE). The caveat, however, was that the room had only a pull-out couch (say what?), but to make up for that, they'd give me a $50 credit, which would either bring my priceline-acquired room down to a whopping $40 (woot), or bring me much happiness at the swank restaurant on-site (double woot). The boyfriend and I went for the gigantor room with the credit, and pull-out couch or not, that shiz was comfortable. The room was fancy schmancy and nice, and we had the luxury of kicking back on our patio and smugly eyeing the people at the hotel bar. Who were there, because they didn't have a patio.

    Anywhere else such a snafu may have resulted in less than ideal accomodations, but it worked out in our favor. I haven't been so pleased to stay in a hotel, and I'm sorry we just had it for one night. But now we know where to stay the next time we're in San Diego (for rilz).

    ~~~ edit: August 12 2009
    Stayed here again for two nights. The morning we were supposed to check out I was crippled-- and I mean CRIPPLED-- by a blinding migraine. I was throwing up, couldn't move, could barely form sentences. We had to change our flights to the next day. My boyfriend went to the desk in hopes of booking a third night. Unfortunately, they were booked, and couldn't. But, the girl at the desk very kindly extended their noon check-out time until the late afternoon (meaning the maids would have to do a marathon cleaning to get it ready for guests). By 3pm or so I had slept off the worst of it and was able to go--luckily we could stay with a friend-- as we checked out, she said she hoped I felt better, and was genuinely sorry she couldn't have extended our stay. That was fine by me; another place might've forced us out by noon, and there was no way I'd have been able to even get to the elevator much less leave. The gesture of letting us stay longer than usual was really helpful, and appreciated.

    30/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    41. Joseph G.
    This hotel is right in the middle of the Gaslamp District. The lobby is beautiful and the service is great. They seem to have a sincere interest in their customers. The room on the other hand was not what I expected. The room had a terrible musk smell, could have been just this one but a room from a four star hotel should not smell foul. The bed was comfortable, would have been nice to have more blankets. The decor is modern and peaceful. The bathroom is nice although the tub is small. There was noise all night long but this is an area filled with clubs. The valet parking was $32, I am not going to share my opinion on that. Overall, its a nice place but I have stayed at other four star hotels and had much better experiences. I would cautiously recommend this place.

    25/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    42. David W.
    This is my favorite hotel in town. Mostly because of the roof top bar. I have always had a good time there and it is definitely the biggest selling point of the hotel. The people who work there are all so nice too. I feel that they are always helpful and very attentive, and seem to be genuinely happy. Stay here!

    18/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. caitlin r.
    after much deliberation for where to spend my 21st birthday weekend. i chose hotel solamar. i'm so glad i did! we got a suite for a fairly decent price (wayy cheaper than hard rock) and great service to go with it. no really, we called down asking for a pack of cards, which they didn't have, but the girl at the the front desk had some in her purse and sent the valet up with them. pretty sweet.

    the room was decently sized with beautiful furniture, a big comfy bed, and a jacuzzi tub (which, despite some random jet bursts while i was filling it up was lovely).

    parking was expensive, which was expected, but the nice part was there were lots of parking options nearby for our friends that came down to hang out, not to mention the trolley stop a couple blocks down.

    everything we needed was in walking distance, also a big plus. i'd recommend this place to anyone!

    09/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Heather W.
    Been here to go up to JBar, but stayed as a guest for the first time on Saturday night. VERY clean, good size rooms. Wine reception and breakfast. is a nice tough. Well appointed. Separate entrance to JBar for hotel guests. Great staff. Walking distance to everything. 100% recommend it.

    18/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. San N.
    Location-  Perfect since it is a short block from the Gas Lamp District and Petco Park.  You can even take the Amtrak and cab over.

    Parking-  Valet only.  $20 a night or something.  Ridiculous....

    Service-  Great.

    Rooms-   Modern furniture, comfortable beds, robes, Aveda toiletries.  Not too many perks or modern technology for the price.

    Pool/Bar-  Small pool.  No privacy and loud bc it is right next to a bar that is open to the public.  Bar has a decent selection of alcohol and signature drinks.

    Cons-
    1.  Rooms are small.
    2.  View is horrible.  
    3.  Very pricey for just your everyday boutique hotel.  The Ivy is much cheaper.
    4. No jacuzzi.

    16/12/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    46. PM M.
    Amazing hotel. Greeted by friendly, attentive staff members upon check in. Very nice decor, the hotel had a comfy, yet upscale boutique feel to it. Rooms were perfect - good size, very clean. Wonderful bed, felt as if I could sleep for days. Left an hour late on Sunday, and no one was nagging me to get going, as cleaning folks often do. Located close to the Gaslamp District, very easy to navigate downtown from the hotel. Overall, a perfect experience, and I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a vibrant, comfortable experience in downtown SD. One of the best experiences I've had in SD.

    12/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Vembra H.
    What a stroke of genuis that we decided to stay Downtown instead of driving back to the North county and that we selected the Kimpton Hotel Solamar.   I had occasion to visit this hotel for a business meeting with the Association of Bridal Consultants and remembered that I thought it was a lovely hotel.  It was everything I remembered and more.  The bell staff and front desk could not have been more friendly and helpful.  The hotel interior is delightful and the room was clean and lovely.  I might add that the price was amazing.  We had to leave early in the Am so we didn't have breakfast but there was coffee and tea available when we went down to check out.  I also love that this is a pet friendly hotel.  I had considered bringing my two schnauzers but in the end didn't need to. However, I was able to request a pet free floor which was also very clever and nice.  The location near all the best of downtown was super.  We walked all over never needing our car once parked at arrival.  Here is my only complaint- the parking is expensive- $36 a night and Ididn't think the staff was very helpful with alternatives.  We were able to park in the Ace down the street (whiched we researched prior to our arrival) about 2 or 3 blocks away and it was only $14 for our overnight.  Here is my suggestion to management.  Why not increase the room rate and provide free parking.  A higher room rate by $30 and Free parking would have made me happy. I could have pulled directly into the hotel, parked and you would have recieved a 5 star rating.

    02/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Karan V.
    We went on a rainy weekend, so I didn't get to experience the outdoor amenities. However, the rooms and lobby were excellent. Very modern and well-kept, and the location is right in the center of the Gaslamp. Don't miss the complimentary wine hour in the evenings.

    30/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    49. Tony K.
    Robin the night shift guy was way cool and super helpful.  Better yet his wife loves the Sharks.....    Front desk was not super friendly (Kim Tran) on Jan 17th   but on the 24th (Johan) was great and made up for the not so nice service the week before.  We stayed for 2 nights,  once before our cruise and one night after .    Free wine and apps every night between 5-6.... The pool is 85-90 degrees in January..  WTF...   I asked the maintence  guy the temp and he offered to even make it warmer. Haha.... The valet and Bell desk were super friendly again... Overall, I love this place.

    27/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    50. Zoey W.
    I stayed here during a business convention.  Very nice setup, clean and close to everything.  They also have a pool area which seemed really nice, but I didn't get to go and didn't bring a bathing suit.  So if you like laying out, bring your polka dot bikini

    22/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    51. Engy A.
    AMAZING. I booked this hotel on hotwire.com last minute, knowing absolutely nothing about it and we got a great surprise.  It's located right in the heart of the Gaslamp quarter, which is great for restaurants, bars, and shops. They have complimentary Starbucks coffee in the lounge in the morning, and complimentary wine hour from 5-6pm daily. The room had a cool decor, VERY comfortable king sized bed, and of course was very clean.The staff was INCREDIBLY friendly.  Example: we were in the elevator going down and the guy in the elevator with us was one of the valet attendants. He remembered us from the day before and asked if we wanted our car. We said yes, and he said he'll bring it right out. By the time we grabbed some coffee it was waiting for us outside. Talk about great service!

    Overall, I had a wonderful experience, and if I come to San Diego again (which I will because I loved it), this is where I'm staying.

    01/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    52. Dani T.
    I went here for my honeymoon and although i'm a native san diegan, I saw San Diego in a different light because of this hotels location!! This was by far the cheapest hotel that offered a jacuzzi tub (it could have been a little bigger) The broken yolk is conveniently across the street from the hotel in case you want to save  money on room service. To top off a great honeymoon get away, fireworks went off on our last night there above petco park.

    31/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    53. christina c.
    Very cute and modern hotel. Not all the rooms are huge as another yelper suggested. Ours was a pretty small King room but we didn't mind. I like their bedding and that's all I care about :) Our room also did not come with a hot tub though that would have been fun!

    Oh the best perk was the L'Occitane products! I stocked up on lotion :)

    This hotel is actually in the Gaslamp district unlike our Holiday Inn on the Bay that we got for our second night off Priceline.

    23/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Alysaun K.
    You can bring dogs into your room for no extra cost and no nasty looks (even though mine kinda looks like a ragamuffin). It has Aveda products, and awesome animal robes to throw on. The beds are ridiculously comfortable and fluffy. And you can walk back from the Gaslamp clubs all effed up (clubs that you got into for free of course, thanks to the concierge). My boyfriend and I stayed here just to get out of the house for a night. We loved it. The room was gorgeous and done up in white and chocolate brown and teal, and I thought it was so pretty.
    I'm easy though. Give me free champagne and my dog and I'm good to go :-)
    oh, and the parking is expensive...I know I worked around that somehow, but I don't remember what I did cuz I got a little drunk that night at Aubergine. oops.

    18/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    55. Tony C.
    Stayed for a nice weekend in September in the Gaslamp. Nicely situated on the east corner of the Gaslamp and with in easy walking distance of everything. Nice hotel and we loved the decor and what we interpreted as an ocean theme. The staff upgraded our room as we were celebrating our anniversary and we ended up with an awesome hot tub bath and glass enclosed shower. The hot tub bath is really deep and the jets worked great. The complimentary bottle of wine was great too. All of the staff were very professional and courteous. We also enjoyed use of the pool. The exercise room was small and sparsely equipped. The only real negatives were that the refrigerator was not working and the handle on the shower door was loose. Everything else was great and we would definitely return. We preferred it to the Hard Rock. More economical and nicer in our opinion.

    17/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    56. Ryan H.
    Very happy with my stay here. Very classy looking place and everything was made easy and convenient. Beautiful hotel and ideal location. I'd recommend this place to anyone. It was also my girlfriend's 30th bday and they upgraded our room!!! :)

    12/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    57. Pheniece J.
    Another fab Kimpton location. Rooms are pretty, if not a bit on the small side. Bathroom came with huge Gilchrest and Soames bath gel, shampoo and conditioner which was pretty sweet. Could have used more lighting and hooks in the bathroom. We had a 4th floor room that opened up onto a patio, which looked out onto the pool. The pool area and bar were the highlights of the stay! Only complaints would be the non-working iron that I asked for a replacement and it never came, overpriced overnight parking, and the beds weren't that comfy.

    23/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    58. Erica M.
    Loved loved loved this hotel!!!! the rooms were beautiful and had real appeal. The beds are super comfortable and the rooms are very modern and chic. The price was actually very reasonable because we booked through hotwire. Would definitely stay here again, and again, and again lol.

    08/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    59. Courtney K.
    I just had my best friend's bachlorette party at Hotel Solemar and abosolutly loved it! The rooms were beautiful, the staff was super helpful and gave us great service, we had an awesome time and the pool and the complimentary wine at 5:00 was a great addition! Jeff Brown, the event manager, was super helpful and really made it a great experience. I would suggest Hotel Solemar to anyone looking for a great place to stay in San Diego.

    30/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    60. Ryan V.
    Solamar is an awesome hotel to stay at if you're looking for a great place in downtown San Diego. Before my first stay, I was tossing between The W and Solamar. I chose Solamar on price, location and Kimpton's reputation that I have grown to love (I stayed at The Allegro in Chicago the weekend before). I was not disappointed - If you're a baseball fan, you can beat the location (unless you stay at the Omni) as many of the rooms have views of PETCO Park's, Park-at-the-Park, as well as the field and you're mere blocks from the gate, not to mention anywhere else in The Gaslamp. Besides the view and location, the rooms are sweet - very clean and shiek, personally, I love'em! The complimentary robes add the perfect touch (one zebra print and one leopard print) if you're a cheeseball like me and love to strut around in the riot gear! =)

    The rest of the hotel amenities are tip-top and the staff is always pleasant and uber-friendly (I'd have to say they're pretty damn patient to have put up with the demands of me and my friends during my stays) ... The pool is small, but hella nice! And offers itself to the nightlife atmosphere of J-Bar once the sun goes down - it's a great spot to call up your friends and have them join you for a drink and conversation ...

    I've chosen Solamar twice since then and on one occassion made a weekend out of a Wednesday birthday - Solamar did not disappoint!

    Living in San Diego has its luxuries - Staying at Solamar has its privelages...

    21/05/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    61. Ralph T.
    The swimming pool is nice, outdoors, and warm enough to swim in even in the wintertime.

    Be sure to make your reservation on the hotel website rather than Expedia etc. because they run specials like $1 drink tickets.

    Gym is small and missing weight training equipment but has some cardio equipment.

    04/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    62. Christina C.
    My H & i drove down here for the San Diego Street Scene. The hotel was in a great location, just a few blocks from the festival. Very convenient and we never had to use the car to drive anywhere all weekend.

    We booked a king room and was able to upgrade to a spa room. The jacuzzi tub was the best thing about the room! Nothing was better than coming back from the show and relaxing in the tub for a while. The decor was cool and the bed was comfortable. Also the room location was really nice, 7th floor and a corner room so we had nice light and air flow.

    The hotel's rooftop pool was nice enough and we were able to lounge by the pool for a little while. There were cabanas set up with couches and chairs.

    We ate at JSix, the restaurant in the hotel, for breakfast. I had a delicious bowl of yogurt & granola and my husband had yogurt & berries. Both were yummy. We did not partake of the wine hour but the coffee in the mornings were very good. We ordered room service one night and it arrived quickly. I ordered the pepperoni pizza and it was delicious! My husband ordered a turkey sandwich and said it was good. The herbed fries were tasty.

    The room itself was pretty pricey and so was parking ($32/night). The bathroom decor was cool for sure but I agree with the other Yelper who wrote about the lame above-counter sinks in the bathroom. I am 5'2" and could not even wash my face without water spilling all over the counter and on my shirt. My husband is 5'10" and he said it was impractical for him as well. Also the hair dryer was old and not powerful so please remember to bring your own if you need a good one.

    Also keep in mind that this is a *very* pet-friendly hotel so you will see people with their dogs all over the place. Somebody down the hall had what sounded like a big dog because whenever anyone walked by the room he would bark a deep growl-bark. It was kind of annoying but I got over it.

    All in all I really enjoyed my stay here and would recommend it to friends & family.

    23/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    63. Angelica T.
    I love this place. I've never been to any hotels here in San Diego and I'm so glad I picked this place for me and my bf's anniversary. Wow factor indeed.

    We got a good package price for a king bed and a pretty decent view of downtown. We were so lucky that there wasn't much going on in the pool area, which is known to be a hot spot on weekends and the noise could've ruined it all. We didn't eat at the J-six, but the location of the hotel gave us a lot of choices. We ate at the Oceanaire (see my review for that place) and it was just minutes away!

    I'd come here again definitely. Loved the bed. The fact that it was so comfy and it was a king size, what's not to like? This place is awesome. And yes, recommended for couples =)

    10/10/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    64. Kat C.
    I used to be a conference planner and have my fair share of scoping hotels to make sure they are "worthy" of people's stay.  I have to say this is HANDS DOWN the most welcoming and accommodating hotel I've ever been to! (And I'm from Nashville, the land of Southern Hospitality!) From the time you enter to have your car parked, they are starting pleasant (not generic) conversation with you. This hotel ALLOWS DOGS and treats them like royalty! I think my dog thought the trip was for her, lol! They have a complimentary "happy hour" (that actually lasts a couple of hours) and let you just take the wine up to your room if you prefer. They brought a dog pillow and water/food bowls up for my pup and there were also 2 complimentary cocktail tickets for their restaurant, JStix, which I also will say is amazing! I had the best seafood plate of my life there! I even loved our cleaning lady and would chit-chat with her in the hallway. It had such a happy vibe about it. And it's not expensive! Pay about $30 more than a Holiday Inn and you get this EXPERIENCE (not just a stay!) They also have a heated pool and social area so you don't even have to leave the hotel to be entertained (although you are so close to the downtown scene you will probably take a "field trip" or two :)  The rooms are very urban and trendy. I had the vibe of a New York room with the San Diego view. Can't beat that combination! This is by far THE place I'm telling all my friends and relatives to stay when they come to San Diego! Still so impressed! I applaud the management, staff, and hotel chain itself for truly standing out of a dense crowd!!

    09/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    65. Ms M.
    This Hotel was AWESOME! My hubby & I are locals but had a milestone B-Day party nearby & we decided to stay downtown so we did not have to drive back home. Every detail is polished, beautiful, and comfortable without being pretentious. The in room minibar & snack options were actually affordable! At my request they put us on the highest floor with a decent view. The staff is very helpful and efficient! If all the above weren't enough...we got an amazing rate on line at the last minute! It doesn't get better than that! Kudos to this Hotel!

    20/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Jenna H.
    The hotel is very cute, nothing super-elaborate, but very classy and boutique-y. The 5 stars is for the service!!! The bellhops and front desk are courteous, kind, patient, and just plain GOOD people. They were ready to help with EVERYTHING, almost to the point of preemptively coming to my aid before *I* even knew I wanted help. Absolutely incredible. And apparently they're pet-friendly too!
    I came on a business trip, so as for cost value I can't really comment, but I had a wonderful experience. Well done!!

    p.s. sign up for the Klimpton Hotel rewards program and get a voucher for $10 at the minibar!!! woo hoo!!

    08/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    67. Deb I.
    Having relationship problems? Skip couples counseling and book a couple nights at the Solamar instead.

    At first look, Solamar is just another hipster, W-esque hotel with a sophisticated Miami vibe. The rooms are done in the soothing combination of chocolate brown and aqua, the bathroom is sleek and modern.

    How will this hotel spice up your relationship, you ask? There is a very comfy, firm king-size bed to start with. There is a large, very strategically placed mirror across from the bed. And in the closet, there are his and her robes in leopard and zebra print which are laughably cheesy, and yet, when you put them on...you find yourself feeling suddenly, urgently amorous. Maybe the leopard print brings out the predator in you...you suddenly have a desire to bite, scratch, attack. Oh, and you don't need to leave the room for sustenance - J-Six, the hotel's restaurant serves up the best chilaquiles and liquados north of the border and will deliver to your room.

    Don't forget to put the "Do Not Disturb" sign out.

    14/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    68. Heather D.
    Everything about this hotel was perfect.  The rooms and beds were great.  The location is close to all the areas for downtown shopping and entertainment.  The pool area is one of my favorite in San Diego.  The best part of the stay was the wonderful hotel staff that helped is with anything we needed.

    12/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    69. Dee T.
    From the second I booked our rez to the second I checked out, I had absolutely no complaints with the customer service or Kimpton staff services. A great experience through and through.

    We had a late check-in of 9:30 PM (12:30 our time) and we were simply exhausted. The front desk staff were friendly, helpful, and provided recommendations for a late dinner of pizza (though it's sad that Papa John's was their first rec - I'm all about keeping it local). We were upgraded as a result of being Kimpton rewards members, but I can't much tell the difference between the room that we got and others I've seen on this site and others - king nonsmoking, jacuzzi tub, on the so-called quiet side of the hotel. The honor bar was fully stocked with goodies - not too expensive for beer/sodas, either - but although I was in desperate need of some lip balm, I just refused to fork over the $5 for Hotel Solamar-branded Chapstick :P

    The room was perfect, no complaints. Decor is exactly my style. Bed linens and mattress were comfy. Bathroom is clean and the jacuzzi tub faucet filled the sucker muy pronto. I did try to access Web TV and use our laptop...we discovered a day later that the connection was out and the Ethernet had to be fixed, but our engineer was also extremely helpful and personable and came to the rescue immediately. He also comped us for the Web TV access without any fuss, which was a nice touch.

    Sadly, we did not get a chance to enjoy the pool or the pool bar...checked it out right before we checked out and it seemed like a great place to hang out. Ditto J6. 'Tis a shame but we had so many other engagements, we just couldn't fit them in.

    Love the daily happy hour in the lobby, as usual! Kimpton has never let me down, and if we visit San Diego again, I intend to make this hotel our home base every time.

    09/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    70. S And B D.
    The place is nice, and there are a few that are nicer. The service is good, and i suppose there is better but not much. The value is terrific and the location is perfect... if you want to have fun. We will definitely be back.

    24/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    71. Jennifer E.
    We stayed here last week with our two pugs. This is a great hotel if you are traveling with pets, they treated my four-legged kids very well. The hotel is in a great neighborhood with lots of bars, restaurants, and Petco park. The hotel has a pool/bar and it was filled with people well into the late night. That being said, if you are in the mood for a quiet weekend then this is not the place for you. Our room overlooked the pool and we were woken up plenty of times during the night by the people at the bar. I did not appreciate it at all. That is really my only negative comment. If I take a future trip with my girlfriends and am looking for a fun weekend, this would be the place.

    03/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    72. Marcus C.
    I actually had a very nice stay and thought the hotel was pretty great ... until I received my credit card bill.  I called to inquire about a mysterious $200 charge and learned that the establishment had charged me an extra night for not canceling a reservation.  What the HELL?  Why would I have two reservations?  

    The first woman I spoke to was very nice and asked me to send her additional information to forward to a second woman.  A second woman who has ignored my inquiry for the past few days.

    As a Kimpton In Touch member, I normally seek out Kimpton properties.  Next time I'm in San Diego, I think I'll stay next door at the Marriott or something.

    05/09/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    73. Emily C.
    I don't think I could have asked for a better place to take my boyfriend for his birthday weekend.  Our standard king room was plenty big enough (not huge, but not tiny either), the bed was comfy, and the bathroom was cute and funky.  The staff was friendly and held our bags for us in the morning after we checked out.  And the LOCATION is key!!  Walk to all the gaslamp bars and restaurants and stumble back drunk.  Yes, I can see how people might be annoyed by noise from the pool bar, but we requested a room on a higher floor that faced the street and didn't hear anything.  And yes, $30 for valet is ridiculously expensive, but this isn't exactly a "budget" hotel either.  

    All in all-- is a room here worth over $300 a night?  Probably not.   But I got a room for 1/2 that through a deal I saw online.  And I'd say it was $150 well spent.  So get on travelzoo or hotwire and start searching!  I know once I find that deal again, I'm going back!

    26/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    74. Vitamin C.
    We are huge fan of the Kimpton hotels and Hotel Solamar does not disappoint! Beautiful decor everywhere, friendly staff, comfy bed, great location, HD TV, free wi-fi, and the list goes on. We will be coming back here when we find ourselves in SD again. And anywhere there is a Kimpton, you'll surely find me there.

    04/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    75. Edwin O.
    I booked the hotel Solamar for my 11th year anniversary with my wife.  I was able to get a great deal using my AAA membership $156 for a deluxe king bed.  I requested early check in and late check out.  They allowed us to check in at 1pm and check out at 1pm.  Upon checking in I mentioned it was our 11th year anniversary and they gave us a free bottle of Chandon Champagne, 2 free drinks at loungeSix, 2 free continential breakfast coupons.  They had a wine hour which they offered red, white wine and watermelon sangria from 5-6pm.  The room was average size with modern decor.  Our room faced the 4th floor pool and loungeSIX.  Make sure to sign up for in Touch membership to get free internet.  The staff was awesome from the valet, to front desk, to housekeeping.  Parking was $36/night so that's the only negative.  Had a dozen friends meet us at loungeSIx around 9pm and the drinks were averaging $8 but our bartender Brian took good care of us even buying a couple shots for us!  We will definitely be back.

    20/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    76. Jen K.
    Had a great experience at Hotel Solamar! The check in was great, the room was great, the housekeeping was amazing and the valet was also fantastic. Overall, wonderful hotel!

    18/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    77. Travis G.
    Pet friendly, fantastic customer service, very nice rooms, reasonable rates, and a good location as well. Only bummer is that valet is a little expensive at $35 a night. Overall it was great and I will stay again for sure.

    30/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    78. Tyson E.
    The best hotel I have stayed at. Staff was super friendly and attentive. Room was comfy and clean. I will stay here whenever I come to San Diego.

    05/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    79. Ashley E.
    Interested in staying here...check out Priceline.com .  Got to stay in the king room with hot tub for 140 bucks on a Friday night. Such a steal.  

    The rooms are huge,,,,decoration super cute.  The hot tub in your room ROCKS.

    MOvie rental def. high but oh well.  Staff super cool!  Cant beat the location!  Stumble from your room to JBar...go lay out at the pool.  I would def. stay here again...

    03/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    80. Bianca J.
    I ended up staying here not by choice. My apartment got flooded and i had to move out for a couple of days while everything got fixed. I was in a pinch so of course i got on yelp and started searching for hotels near to where i work. The Solamar didn't have the cheapest rates but the location was great (in the heart of the Gaslamp) and the website showed beautiful pictures so I gave them a call. They asked me my address and when they realized that my zip code was only two digits off from theirs, they asked why i was choosing to stay with them. I explained to them my situation and they immediately gave me a lower rate... lower than the ones that were posted on other hotel discount websites. After i booked the room I looked through the website and saw that if you register with them online you get a $10 credit towards their snack bar. SWEET! I know downtown very well so i didn't pay the heavy fee for valet. The entrance of the hotel was amazing, it really is beautiful and at the time they were serving lemonade. When i checked in i told them that i had registered online for the free snack bar credit and little did i know that it also gave me free wi-fi for my entire visit! They felt so bad for me that they upgraded my room too! my room was Ah-Mah-Zing! my room had a patio that went into a cabana at the pool! pay for this... so worth it if it's during the summer. the first night i was so pooped that though i was guest-listed at a couple of clubs after i got out of the tub ( i highly recommend the jacuzzi tub) i laid on the bed and completely crashed out. I wish i could take the mattress and the sheets with me! The noise from the pool late night was not heard by me, my windows were sound proof. I went down for complimentary coffee in the morning and stole some tea bags for afternoon tea. I finally took advantage of the free treats and headed out to the pool. I really enjoyed the cabana and pool service. I didn't leave the room often so i can't say much for room service but i really enjoyed my stay overall and checking out at 2pm was so appreciated! Every time i travel to another city i always check to see if there is a Kimpton Hotel in the area. The service is top notch and they haven't let me down since.

    03/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    81. Chantal B.
    i really like this hotel, its relaxing and since your by the ocean it has a very relaxed feel. i always sleep very well when im here. There beds are ridiculously unbelievably comfortable! its like sleeping on a cloud! and there confiture is very fluffy! ikea fluffy... there views are great last time i had a view of petco park.. even thought i hate the padres...anyway i've stayed here twice and the staff is super attentive and very nice!

    20/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    82. Christopher K.
    Great hotel, stayed here for two nights.  Unfortunately, my wife and I did not take advantage of the great ammenities that this hotel seems to offer because our schedule was just packed, so this review is based on the service and room alone, which is ironic because the main reason we booked at this hotel is because of the rooftop pool and lounge.  The clientele, at least the ones I noticed, seemed to be generally younger, good looking couples - so we fit right in =).  

    The bed is very, very comfortable and the rooms are very clean.  The bathroom is nice and clean as well.  I'm a dog lover so it's nice to see people with their pets in the hallways and in the lobby.  They have complimentary wine hour which seemed popular among the guests.  The location is nearly perfect.  My wife and I were able to walk to all the eating establishments and we even walked to a late night restaurant around midnight.  We felt very safe the whole time we were there and other than the very occasional distant dog barks, there was no noise resulting in a very restful nights sleep.

    My only gripe is that there is no complimentary wi-fi, unless you're part of the "Kimpton InTouch" program.

    All in all, very nice hotel with great and friendly service.  Would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a place to stay in San Diego.

    31/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    83. p v.
    Loved this hotel. Everything about it. Cool, modern decor. Free wifi. Free morning New York Times. Dog friendly (although I did not bring a dog) but not a trace of fur or smell anywhere. Beautiful lobby. Really good wine for free at 5 pm. Service staff were intelligent, friendly, pretty. Nice pool. Overall, a very fun experience and I will come back when I am in San Diego again.

    04/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    84. Matt G.
    Just updating with my experience from my wedding on 11/6.  It was a terrific experience.  The cocktail reception on the patio was fantastic, our guests raved about the food and the honeymoon suite was amazing.  Our only complaints were that some of our decor didn't make it to the cocktail reception and they somehow lost the leftover wedding cake.  But they were super cool about the cake and compensated us for the cost of the leftovers (we weren't planning on saving the top of the cake).  I would certainly recommend this place for anyone who would have a corporate event or a wedding.  Just make sure you have a planner to get all of the details secured.

    22/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    85. Barrie C.
    I'm going to review this from a different perspective.  I stayed here while I was in San Diego for business.  Therefore, I don't care about the room rate because I was reimbursed, and I don't care about the $30 per day valet parking fee, although if I weren't reimbursed for that I would think it ridiculous.  I also didn't go to the bar or the pool b/c I went to other places in the Gaslamp District (though they both looked pretty cool).  So this review is strictly based on the room and the staff.

    The room is what you'd expect from a Kimpton hotel: swanky.  It had a nice aqua and chocolate brown theme.  I lucked out and got a corner room, so it was huge!  The bathroom was big as well, with ample counter space.  The best part, though, was the bed.  It was one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in.  I wanted to buy it (and I think you can actually).  

    The front desk staff was nice enough to hold my room key for me at the front desk when I went running, and the valet staff got my car for me within 5-10 minutes, which was great since I didn't want to be late for work.  

    The only fault I can find with the hotel is the fitness center.  It was TINY.  They had an elliptical machine, two treadmills, and a bizarre and cumbersome weight machine that didn't work that well.  But it's a small boutique hotel, so I guess I shouldn't expect much with the fitness center.

    All in all it was a really nice stay for work, and it would be a great place for a weekend getaway with a significant other.

    28/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    86. Debbie C.
    I got a great deal for Hotel Solamar on priceline. I have to travel to San Diego for mecial reasons, so I am always trying to find a great place to stay for an affordable price.
    This place was great. We were able to check in early, we arrived aroung 1:30 p.m.
    The valet attendents were so nice and friendly. The front desk staff also very friendly. I joined the club and got free wi fi and a card to raid the min bar for being a member of Kimpton Hotels. We got 10.00 free for the mini bar.
    We had the King room. It was very nice and quite large. The front desk person gave us a corner room. When I first got up there and looked out the window and as kind of nervous as we were right above the pool and bar. It was a Thursday night and quite quiet.
    There were nice robes in the room plenty of towels and bath product. The sliding door in the bathroom closed properly and was not a problem at all. Large screen flat tv. comfy bed, the pillows were kind of small but firm.
    I do wish the bathroom was not so dark. It needs a light in the shower.

    Well my only negative is the parking. It was 35.00.

    I would be thrilled to stay here again.
    I was  there 2/4/10

    07/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    87. Melanie M.
    The ONLY place I want to stay at when in San Diego.  My husband, baby daughter and I just returned from our trip there and once again, this hotel provided excellent service.  Since I was up at 4:30 every morning with the baby, I would head down to the lobby to play with her and read while not disturbing my hubby's sleep and every morning I was greeted warmly by the Concierge and set up with a complementary tea service. (They also provide free coffee/tea in the morning, hot cocoa in the afternoon and a wine happy hour in the evenings) Very kid friendly and pet friendly too.  They even helped with details I needed to get through a conference I was attending.  
    Located in the Gaslamp District, it is centrally located to the convention center, PETCO Park, the Harbor and just a short train or cab ride from many other attractions in San Diego. Wonderful place, warm and generous staff and overall fabulous place to stay.

    12/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    88. Nathan L.
    I really wanted to like this place but I think in my head I just couldn't stop comparing it to the W in Times Square and it just couldn't compare.  The staff at check-in were very friendly and very helpful.  The lobby was very nice and very trendy as well.

    The room seemed old and dirty for some reason.  It started with the ripped robes in the closet, then was followed by the ripped and dirty bed skirt.  The walls also were dirty in some very strange places which mildly creeped us out a little. I will say the bathroom was very nice and I liked the tile work in there quite a bit.  

    Although I suppose I can't give it a full review because we never did make it out to the pool area or the patio area and  a lot of people seem to like that area a lot.  

    So I don't think I would pay to stay here again...

    14/10/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    89. Courtney T.
    I had never stayed at a Kimpton hotel before, but now I will keep my eyes out for them. We had amazing customer service the moment we stepped in. Erika, the woman at the front desk, was beyond helpful! The free wine hour was perfect before walking down the street to the Padres game. Great location, great service, great price...highly recommend!

    28/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    90. Melissa M.
    Great hotel, nice and helpful staff, cute dogs everywhere- dog friendly - cool rooftop bar. Hotel caters more to a younger crowd. The hotel bar stays open late and can be loud on the weekend nights. Great location- in the heart of gaslamp

    28/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    91. Nikki c.
    I recently got a chance to check this hotel out on a biz trip.  WOOO-HOOOO!  The staff is super nice and very accommodating.  Check for AAA discounts.  The bed was delicious.  I did not want to get out of bed in the morning!

    Here are my small problems:
    -a few areas had a funky smell, I couldn't figure out where it was coming from, but it was near the elevator
    -there's no real alternative to valet parking
    -in the morning when I went to get the paper outside the door, my room service tray from the previous nite was still there.  This is one of my pet peeves with any hotel.

    Here are the bonuses:
    -GREAT BEDS
    -GREAT location
    -wine reception every night
    -free coffee every morning downstairs [but no coffee maker in your room]

    30/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    92. Connie L.
    Great hotel! Right in the middle of Gaslamp, and the hotel is very modern and chic! The rooms are very trendy and the staff here is great! Only downside, valet parking for $35! Other than that, great place to stay and I will be returning if I need a place to stay in the Gaslamp District!

    12/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. george g.
    Well my friend had reserved me a room for my bday sat 28 of  august .. I was super excited to stay at this hotel so I go and check on at 10 pm   and JOSE the receptionist was super rude to me!!! And why?? Because im gay??? Never again will I go there..... He really f...ed up what was suppose to be the best night ever!!!

    02/09/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    94. M D.
    5 stars for value. Trendy (in a good way) decor, great location, superb customer service, free wireless, great rooftop pool/bar, free coffee in the morning. For details see other reviews. These boutique hotels are they way to go. Reminds me of the W and Personality hotel chains. Good stuff.

    13/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    95. Keighley M.
    My boyfriend came up to visit and stayed at this hotel. He got some magical deal online for only $76 a night for a double room, and holy crap what a deal! The hotel is very eco-friendly, which is really great (although I don't know how eco-friendly an 80 degree swimming pool is...). They even have 1/2 priced parking for hybrid cars. The rooms are beautiful, modern, decently sized, and come with a huge flat-screen and dvd player. The JSix restaurant and bar seemed pretty average-priced for a hotel, but the quality of food seemed better than average. And if you are REALLY impressed with the decor, they provide a catalogue of everything in the hotel that you can purchase, including the animal-print bathrobes they provide.

    The pool was my favorite part of the hotel. It a kind-of roof-top pool (on the 4th floor even though there are 10-ish stories of rooms) with amazing bird's eye views of downtown. They even have music playing underwater! And they keep it very warm, possibly since there is no jacuzzi. There are adorable cabanas with couches and chairs to relax in by the pool and an outdoor fireplace. The pool lounge and bar has a great vibe but is hotel guests only.

    If you want to get out of the hotel, it is walking distance from a bunch of great Gaslamp spots and from Horton Plaza shopping center, and is pretty central to everything interesting to do in San Diego

    I wish I didn't live in San Diego so I would have more reasons to stay at this hotel again!

    08/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    96. Michael S.
    I have had great experiences at Kimpton hotels before, and this was no exception. I was traveling for work and staying in San Diego for two nights during the week. Fantastic service starting at check in, where Ashley did a great job setting me up and making me feel welcome. Friendly, cheery, and happy to answer any and all questions. All of the staff were fantastic, and there were plenty of little touches (holding doors, etc) that just made you feel like this was a special hotel.

    The complimentary evening wine reception is also a nice perk. It is a great way to meet other travelers and unwind. The rooftop pool area is gorgeous, I spent some quality time in the afternoons reading by the pool and enjoyed a few meals at the pool area bar, which has decent food and reasonable prices, as well as happy hour specials. The room was modern and clean, the bed was comfortable, and even though my window was just above the pool area, I had no noise issues at all. The wifi is free for Kimpton InTouch members, and had good reception everywhere. This hotel is also in a great location to explore San Diego and the Gaslamp quarter.

    Overall, an excellent stay, as I have come to expect from the Kimpton hotels.

    03/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    97. Hollan M.
    This was a special weekend.  Not only was it a three-day weekend but it was FINALLY time to celebrate my graduation from grad school.  

    My husband and I planned to go on a long-ride on the Harley.  Instead, the weather didn't cooperate so we had a PLAN B.  Found a last-minute room on Expedia.com (the only hard part was deciding between Hotel Solamar, The Ivy and W Hotel).  Plan B was fabulous!  We rode locally for a few chilly hours and then heated up at Hotel Solamar (owned by the Kimpton Hotel Group).

    We were warmly greeted by the valet (even though they couldn't park our bike for us~~~they did allow us to park it right near the front door/valet desk).  The reception was also very welcoming.  Everyone we met was very professional and customer-service oriented.  

    Luv'd the lobby and "Living Room."  Luv'd our very boutiquey choco/light blue modern/artsy room.  Also, they offered some fun robes (animal print) and even girlie cheetah-print lingerie for purchase.  The elevator was speedy ... you'll see! Immediately, we went to J6Bar on the rooftop for drinks to catch the last hour of the Techno-DJ with many tipsy dancers to watch!  Then caught dinner at JSix Restaurant.

    Zzzzz ... you don't need a review on our after-hours activity.  However, I will say there were two different sets of down pillows.  One was more fluffy and firmer than the other.  I guess that's one way to give choices!  The down comforter was fab, too!

    Check-out is at noon (a little later than other hotels!) ... NICE.  My hubby slept in and I went to Hotel Solamar's "Living Room" for complimentary coffee, tea and the morning paper.  The music was very Euro Lounge.  The couch comfy.  The view of the bookshelves and fireplace very kewl.

    My only recommendation is to drink the Mighty Leaf hot tea and skip the very weak and watery coffee.

    Next time, we'll check-in before 5 pm so we can enjoy the complimentary Wine Tasting and Social Hour in the "Living Room" for the guests.

    28/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    98. Yosafena C.
    Haaayted it. This hotel focuses on packing their bar with 21 year olds. The hotel seems like an afterthought. Beds are hideously uncomfortable, walls paper thin, all appointments very cheesy. It's an old Sheraton (or something) and it shows.

    There are Kimpton hotels I like. Not sure why this one is so far under par. No complaints regarding service. Just can't get past the feeling that I'm in a Motel 6 filled with West Elm furniture.

    12/11/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    99. Ro C.
    I spent NYE here and really enjoyed my stay.  It's a contemporary boutique style hotel located in the Gaslamp Quarter.  Everything in this hotel was great.  The lovely lobby, decor, the linens, the huge desk, fully stocked bar, the tv, free wi-fi.  You are also steps away from tons of restaurants, bars, shops, movie theater, 10 min walk to the mall, the convention center, etc. My only vice about this place was that I wish there was better lighting when applying makeup and the tub needs better drainage (well for at least my room the water was not going down the pipes as it should be).  I also didn't get why there were these huge white shelves (aka bookshelf) inside the closet. I mean it was nice to put my makeup bag or toiletries in there but it took up space for us gals who had outfits to hang. We could have moved it but it was super heavy.  Other than that housekeeping was great and overall it was awesome service.  I didn't get to check out the pool since there was a wedding going on.  The concierge was helpful and full of suggestions for places to check out.  Valet was prompt as well.  I would definitely come back here next time I'm in town.

    04/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    100. Prescott B.
    I stay at the Kimpton properties when I can.  This is one of my favorites. Staff on all levels were exceptional!  I spent time at the lounge , having kibble and other libations, with Jeffrey.  Made the experience even more special.  He went out of his way to make dinner recommendations, reservations, town sites, and the rest.  He made my trip special.

    14/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    101. Lou C.
    Third Kimpton I've stayed at as far I know.  Kimpton knows how to run hotels.  Unique and comfortable.  We had a deep jacuzzi tub in our bathroom which was sooooo good.  Nice amenities all around.  Yeah, the parking cost is steep, even for a downtown hotel.  But service was quick and efficient.  Nice view of Petco, and great access to restaurants and nightlife.  Its the place to be.

    28/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    102. M. L.
    Top-notch hotel stay for a bunch of event planners. The staff was exceptionally hospitable, especially given the plethora of 'stupid' questions from us as first-timers to San Diego. The rooms were elegant without being stuffy and the hotel pool bar (that served THE best G&T in CA, IMHO) was laid-back and stylish without being arrogant. We will definitely think of this hotel the next time our team is planning an event!

    19/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    103. Jenny L.
    Really cute hotel!  Book through expedia.com for cheaper rates!  It's so close to bars, clubs, and restaurants in the gas lamp district.  There's bike taxi's located outside of the hotel in case you don't want to walk 5,000 blocks in your heels!!!  :)

    30/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    104. John W.
    Solamar doesn't quite achieve the luxury brand it's aiming for, but it's a solid hotel.

    The staff is incredibly, genuinely nice. The rooms are clean with the requisite designer touches, but nothing special.

    The real highlight is the pool/bar, which seems to be guests only except weekend nights. Great views, good prices, and again, super-friendly.

    04/04/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    105. Jessica K.
    Some sassy and chic girls came down to the sassy and chic Hotel Solamar from Orange County for a girls' weekend. The hotel was a recommendation from Mrs. Sassy and Chic herself, and when we checked in we knew we were in the right place to have the kind of weekend we wanted to have.

    It all started with the wine happy hour in the lovely lobby from 5-6, which was just the way this group wanted to get the weekend started. The staff at the hotel was very friendly and accommodating, and went out of their way to haul all of our crap (8 girls traveling with about three weeks worth of stuff for one weekend...hey, a girl needs options!) up to our rooms and even provide some boxes and organization for our bottles upon bottles of alcohol.

    The main complaint I have about Solamar was our pool experience. The pool cocktail server was a total bitch to our group the entire time we were there, and spoke to us with the most condescending tone I have ever heard from someone in the service industry. We also had to get our own towels and even move around all of the pool chairs ourselves. I don't really stay at a Kimpton hotel with the expectation of performing manual labor, so this was a bit of an irritation. It seems like someone would have been out there to distribute towels and unpack the pool chairs.

    The animal print robes in each room really did a lot to make up for our lukewarm pool experience, and the decor in the rooms was modern enough without losing the friendly and inviting vibe. The brown and blue color scheme was warm and I loved the  mosaic tiles in the bathroom.

    It was a perfect spot for our girls' weekend - great location in SD, and just the right amount of sassy and chic for us. We had a great time at Solamar and I would return in a heartbeat (as long as I could avoid that pool server) for more sassy and chic fun.

    09/05/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    106. Jessica D.
    Such a fantastic deal. Clean, beautiful accommodations and a wonderful value (compared to comparable hotels in the area.) VERY RELAXING! Mature crowd.

    Pleasant customer service and who can argue with free wine hour in the evening??

    Also, love the in-room honor bar and Aveda toiletries!

    The restaurant below has a decent breakfast and the lobby serves delicious coffee for free.

    29/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    107. Yolanda O.
    During my stay in SoCal we decided to take a trip down to San Diego and this hotel was perfect. its smack dab in the middle of everything. A block up was a cupcake shop; around the corner were all the nightclubs and bars of the gas lamp district. And we were a 10 minute walk from  the Chargers Stadium. This Hotel's Service gets an A+. We checked in at around 4pm...first words outta the receptionists mouth: "We have a happy hour going on so feel free to go get your complimentary wine"....now thats what Im talking about. This hotel was beautiful outside and inside. I fell in love with the bathroom. They had an awesome 4th floor heated pool and outdoor lounge bar area. It was a great place to stay at and I wouldn't mind coming back it was great and well priced considering our central location to everything. I am very picky about hotels and I loved its cleanliness and suburb upscale decor.

    09/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    108. Jessica M.
    I came here for a nice weekend away with the Fiance and I have to say I loved this Hotel! The Modern lobby where the had a free wine hour was the perfect way to start our trip. We had a room that overlooked the pool and bar area. The pool area is very well maintained and has lots of wicker lounge furniture all very modern. The Room was very nice but not the most spectacular I've ever been in although the bed was super comfy. Parking was a bit annoying since it is downtown San Diego and they charge you an arm and a leg to park at the hotel so we parked at a $10 lot across the street.

    18/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    109. Curry H.
    If you want a good night's sleep DO NOT stay here on a Friday/Saturday night. We were on the 8th floor (I believe they have 9) and we could hear the music loud and clear till about 1AM. For this reason alone I will not stay at this hotel again.  The hotel is definitely for the younger crowed as evidenced by the parties. The pool as many have said is definitely a hook-up zone with tons of locals strutting their stuff. No kids or families in general at the pool. And in general the hotel is not kid friendly.

    Parking is 35 dollars a night with in and out privileges. The valets are friendly and quiet efficient so thats the only consolation.

    This hotel is your typical boutique hotel, everything is fancy and high end with an eye more towards aesthetics than praticality. The rooms were small by hilton standards and the decor was as strange mix of blue and brown (not to my taste) but nothing to complain about. The only annoying thing was this bathroom sink that rests on top of the counter and splashes water everywhere. It looks real cool but what were they thinking.

    The hotel has a restaurant JSix on the 1st floor and the service is slow. Breakfast is moderately priced at around 16 dollars a head. You might want to try a new breakfast place called Broken Yolk, which is literally 10 steps from the hotel entrance.

    09/10/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    110. Katy C.
    My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights a couple weekends ago, and loved it!  Hotel Solamar is beautiful, in a great location, and the staff was very helpful and accommodating.  Everything is decorated so cute and the bathrooms are sweet and sport the bold look of Kohler.  The bedding was comfortable, and the room is well-stocked with anything you could want or need, and of course they can provide you with anything you may have forgotten.

    The restaurant, J6, was really cute and served us late, even though they were supposed to be closed by the time we got down there.  They also poured us a couple strong drinks, which surprised me because I know we inconvenienced them by showing up so late. Of course it was a bit pricey, but nothing over what you should expect when heading to that part of town.  We also ate there for breakfast on Sunday morning, and it was simple but oh so delicious! I've been craving their rosemary potatoes.

    I know everyone bitches about parking being so expensive ($32/night with in & out privileges, so add whatever you end up tipping to get your car throughout the day).  We did the right thing and booked through Priceline, because I'd heard that you could get the Omni for $90/night on there, but seeing as it was Memorial Day weekend, it was all booked up and nothing was available that cheap.  Once I upped my bid to $120 (with 4 stars and the Gaslamp selected) I got Hotel Solamar, and I'm so happy it worked out that way! After you factor in that discount, we still came out with a pretty sweet deal even though parking is a buttload. I'm assuming the hotel itself is cheaper on non-holiday weekends, so start cheap if you do end up bidding through Priceline.

    02/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    111. Priscilla H.
    Loved this place! I agree with everyone about the cute decor, free wine happy hour, friendly service, and good location. Free New York Times, Aveda soap, and L'Occitane shampoo. Yes, pricey parking but definitely recommend booking on some online discount provider (we paid $160/night, but it looks like you can sometimes get it for cheaper).

    The pool is small, though it worked out for me and my companion since we were the only people in it on a Tuesday evening, though I felt a bit self-conscious at first about being in a bikini in the pool while fully-dressed, older people were having drinks around us, but they didn't care.

    I'd say the only downsides are no dresser drawers, no full-length mirror (though they have a variety of cute mirrors in the room), and no hot tub. I'd definitely come back next time I'm in San Diego.

    21/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    112. Ali L.
    We came here after a less than mediocre experience at the Marriott Del Mar and right when we walked in we were blown away by the night and day difference between the two hotels.

    First of all, they are located right downtown in the gaslamp district so you are able to get anywhere in San Diego, including Horton Plaza very easily. If you drive a hybrid parking is free and the entire hotel is completely green unlike the Marriott where you could barely find a single recycling bin.

    The service has been excellent all day from the wine tasting where were given not one but TWO free bottles and the bartenders at the pool outside who served up $4 fries that tasted almost as good as the $17 ones at the W Hotel in San Francisco.

    The decor is definitely awesome including the $1600 lamps and the cool robes with the animal print.

    This hotel was life changing -- my new goal in life is officially to live in this hotel and sleep in a Range Rover every night.

    hello prestigious yelp community my name is bill and i do not have a YELP account but i just had to chime in on my cousins review of this hotel because it was simply the best time i have had at a hotel in a long time! the pool is fantastic with a wonderful dj and the staff young and incredibly helpful. stay here if you want to be at the forefront of the san diego scene, i guarantee you will meet amazing people.

    24/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    113. Troy H.
    This is my favorite hotel in downtown San Diego (I've stayed at most of them, except for the new Hard Rock). From the patrons, to the staff, to the pool, I just plain like almost all aspects of the hotel.

    My only complaint is the gym...which really isn't much of one.

    02/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    114. Mercedes C.
    This place was pretty cool.  The location is great and there's a trolly station within walking distance.  If you like baseball, you've got Petco Park right there and the Convention Center is also a few steps away.  Aside from a minor flaw the service is great.  Every night at 6 they hold a wine tasting.  The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated.  The room service was ok.  The showers were relaxing due the high water pressure.  I read some complaints about the bar.  My room was next to it, but I had no problem with the level of noise once the window was closed.

    Cons: The room service menu was limited in my opinion.  I wasn't really feeling the sliding door attached to the bathroom.

    17/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    115. Adel O.
    Came here for a pre party before the club at Side Bar.  Ok place.  Odd choice of decorations in room.  I'm talking about the cow spotted throw blanket on the bed.  In the closet they have a leopard robe.  The bathroom is a slide door with no lock.  Very large bathroom which kinda reminds me from a scene in a adult movie.  Shower looks like it's made for senior citizen.  No tub.  Overall tho, it's decent.  No complaints.  Liked how my friend's room overlooked J Bar.  Too bad it was a week day and no hotties to gaze upon.

    28/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    116. Catherine W.
    Hotel Solamar San Diego is a hip boutique luxury hotel, located in the center of downtown San Diego's Gaslamp District. You're just steps away from San Diego's best shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

    The room is artfully designed and decked out in a modern palette of aqua blues and chocolate browns. Plush beds, backed by oversized woven "abaca" headboards, covered in fine white linens and down blankets with spacious working area and flat screen T.V.

    The hotel provides many complimentary services including: Wireless (WiFi) high-speed Internet access in all public spaces, newspaper delivery each morning, morning coffee in the lobby living room, evening wine hour, as well as on-site fitness center, and shoe shine service. The staffs were very friendly and attentive, all in all a great hotel, the only down side is the price for their valet parking is a bit steep.

    08/12/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    117. Melissa B.
    Quit possibly one of the best places I have ever stayed at in San Diego. The Room Decor was damn gorgeous, when I saw they Aveda amenity's I was sold. They even have a compimentary wine tasting in the lounge in the evening. Plus they are attentive to those who stay with the pooches providing fido with gourmet biscuits and a play area!
    Located in the heart of the Gaslamp district next to tons of shops and restaurants, Hell yes I will be back!

    10/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    118. Monique R.
    This is a good place to stay when visiting Gaslamp.  It's walking distance to everything worthwhile and hosts a frEE wine hour every night (swEEt!)  Maybe it's just me but I absolutely luv the decor of this place, very "coastal chic." Rooms are well appointed (yay Aveda products) and beds are super comfy.  Bonus points for having a good bar/lounge on the 4th floor, why stray far when you can get sloshy in the comforts of your own hotel?  
    Minus a star for 1)$35/nt valet and 2)expensive room service and in room goodies.  Remedy both by 1)parking across the street at the public parking and 2)eating at a local joint and hitting up the wine hour!  I also scored on the room rate by having AAA.  If you have it, use it, it has saved me some good $.

    p.s. visit The Broken Yolk Cafe down the street for delicious breakfast!  Their motto: "We've Got Huevos"  And by God, they do, good ones too!

    16/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    119. Leah P.
    Things I loved about this hotel:

    1.  Cool Decor

    2.  Comfortable Beds

    3.  Outdoor lounging chairs/pool

    4.  Great Hotel Bar and Restaurant

    5.  Free Wine during happy hour

    6.  Close to the stadium and great restaurants\

    7.  Great Staff

    I loved this hotel!  The only hotel I have liked more than this was the new Trump in Chicago.  I would reccomend this hotel to all!  :)

    30/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    120. NJ C.
    This NJCHICK went to visit another NJ CHICK (this is dangerous) while on business at this hotel. I decided to bring the whole family along, since there is a pool on the roof (too cool).

    It is located right in the Gaslamp (can't beat that), near the Convention Center, and Petco! The hotel is beautiful, her room was a good size (just for one person, with a king-sized bed over-looking the pool and bar).

    Even though I live in SoCal, if we were looking for a place to say in San Diego, I would book this location ASAP.

    NJCHICK says, Yeah Baby!!!

    28/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    121. An S.
    This hotel was easy to find in downtown San Diego. It is real lavish! I love the decor- I was here only because my friend had her Birthday in one of the suites that were next to the roof top lounge (extra cool) I loved it, I wouldn't mind staying there over night.

    12/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    122. Foster K.
    My first stay at a non-DC Kimpton (I'm a huge fan of the chain), and I have to say it was a pretty mixed experience.  Overall a great hotel, but I was disappointed with some of the service.

    Check-in: fantastic - quick and pleasant help from the front desk, and she even called the room 15 minutes later to check if I was happy

    Room: incredible duplex with a hot tub in the bathroom and a view of Petco Park stadium, the pool, and a little bit of the Coronado bridge.

    Wine tasting: as always a great perk, good wines in an awesome "living room" downstairs.

    Service:
    - great service at check in and check out, wine tasting, and from the valets.
    - my wife had difficulty getting connected to my room when she called.  Twice she was put through to the wrong room.
    - I was all set to watch election night coverage and the TV wouldn't work.  Called downstairs, and the answer I got was that I was using the DVD remote.  No, I can read the letters DVD, and this is the TV remote.  More arguing.  Finally a technician is sent up.  The TV's cable box is missing.  He fixes it.
    - Mysterious charge for "room beverage" appears on my bill.  I didn't even open the minibar.  It gets taken off the bill upon checkout.

    Again, a great hotel in a great location - but they need to take some advice from their colleagues in DC (especially Hotel Topaz) and brush up on the service.

    07/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    123. Jillian V.
    I choose Hotel Solamar over The Ivy Hotel for my recent trip to San Diego...AND I AM GLAD I DID!  First off...They are a dog friendly hotel!  No extra charge to have my best buddy stay with me!  The staff is so friendly and helpful!  I loved the hour of free wine!  This is everyday from 5-6 pm including Thanksgiving Day!  Take advantage!  The rooms are nice and quite.  Housekeeping is very nice.  Bed was very comfortable, water pressure is a bit weak, but it is b/c the conserve water!  I did find the bathroom sink a bit difficult to use...You will see what I mean....The rooms do not have a plug for ipods yet, but they are working on it.  

    Location is in the gaslamp and only 2 blocks from Petco Park.  Free coffee/tea service from 6:30am-9:30am (i wish they had this in the evening!)  Parking is expensive...But there is cheaper parking around the corner for what I found to be anywhere from $5 -$10.  Much cheaper then the $35 they charge at the hotel.  The Jbar is nice...was quite for the weekend I was there.  

    I am happy that I stayed here b/c when I took a stroll over to the Ivy Hotel, it was a scene and from what I understand is the staff cares more for the night club patrons then the guests of hotel.

    03/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    124. Janelle S.
    The staff was beyond helpful in not only answering our questions about the hotel but the surrounding area as well. The hotel location is beyond ideal with food, drinks, and even the baseball stadium within walking distance. I would definitely stay here again the next time I am in the area.

    12/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    125. Glen T.
    I really liked the location of the hotel but the design of the room wasn't designed to get any work done.   There was hardly enough room on the desk for my laptop.  I hate it too when they want to charge you for snacks and water and put it all over the limited counter space.
     One of the things I like to do when I first check in is unpack my suitcase and settle in.  I don't remember exactly what it was because it was a few months ago but I believe there wasn't enough dresser drawers.   I think one of the drawers had snacks in it.
      The new table top sinks are nice if you pick a faucet that keeps the water in.   This faucet splashed the water out of the sink even at very low water flow.  WTF?
      The rooftop bar was nice and the service there was okay.

    26/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    126. Mac M.
    I'm a huge Kimpton fan and Hotel Solamar does not disappoint.   Nicely appointed and sized rooms, spacious bathrooms stocking Aveda products and a helpful staff.  I even love how this place smells when you walk in.  The J-Bar terrace is great for meeting friends for drinks and checking out the San Diego skyline.  Love it!

    01/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    127. Melissa B.
    My husband I and our dog stayed here for two nights while my husband was on business.  The staff was very helpful.  Or room was very comfortable and decorated in a beautiful modern style.  The pool and bar area was very inviting and there is free wine in the lobby each day.  The biggest plus for me was we were able to bring our dog with no extra fee or hassle at all.  A dog friendly hotel with this much flare is hard to find.
    The location was excellent for walking around, with or without our dog.  There are so many shops, restaurants and of coarse PETCO park was right there.

    25/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    128. J S.
    This place left me confused.  I wasn't sure if this is just a straight up family hotel or if this was more geared for the younger partying crowd.  I booked this hotel thinking it was more of a party type hotel considering they have their outdoor bar/pool thing going and that it is in the middle of downtown but my experience here left me to believe otherwise.  For what I paid for I felt like I bought filet mignon but was served a big mac.

    I've stayed at a good amount of hotels and so I think I can make a fair assessment of hotels in general.  The way this hotel is marketed is not really what it exactly is.  You think it's one of these trendy, edgy, young adult, get ready for a night out on the town type hotel but it's really more traditional, sort of family oriented, we don't deal with partying type hotel.

    Prime example:  8pm Saturday night, getting ready to pre-game, we start the drinks and turn the music up a notch. About 8:30ish hotel management comes  knocking and tells us nicely to keep it down.  Ok, I get that.  Here's the kicker, on the way out of the room someone staying in another room tells us to keep it down (in a not so nice way).  Wow, really.  It's not even 10pm and noise is a problem? Ok, now I know what kind of people are staying here.  So that either tells me people who stay here are really sensitive or the walls are paper thin.

    *****   Details of what sucked   *****

    Another issue I have with the hotel was with Management.  I paid a pretty good price for my weekend stay with certain expectations.  When I got my bill it turned out to be more than I was expecting.  There were charges that I had a problem with and the hotel manager basically said my card was going to be charged no matter what and I should basically save my breathe.  Nice explanation.  Thank you management.

    Another problem I experienced was with my checkin.  it kept getting delayed because of cleaning and their need to humidify the room.  I didn't checkin to my room until 5:30 because of maintenance (apparently the previous guest smoked in the room).  When I booked the room they said I could checkin at 10:30am.  I didn't plan for that at all.  What made it a pain was that I would check every 2-3 hours and they kept telling me it'd be ready in an hour.

    *****   What was really good   *****

    The people that worked here (excluding management) were super friendly and helpful.  When I valeted my car the person couldn't have been more polite, helped with getting bags to the room and everything.  Whenever we needed towels, trash bag or anything we got it promptly and the people seemed sincere.

    Despite the earlier run-in with the other patron of the hotel the people staying here were super friendly.  The location of this place is perfect, it's walking distance of about everything you need to get to if you are looking to party.  Just don't expect to have a hardcore rowdy time here.

    *****   Bottom Line   *****

    Like the rating says 'I've experienced better"

    The good: whenever needed anything, bags handled, more towels, valet; service was prompt and super courteous.  The people were super friendly.  Prime location.

    The bad: Management doesn't have a good way of explaining extra charges on bills, checkin times can vary to extremes

    30/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    129. Kimmy T.
    Beautiful hotel with equally beautiful rooms located in the heart of the Gaslamp District.  Although the rooms and bathrooms are a little bit small, they were nice and the beds were comfy.  Front desk staff was extremely friendly and helpful.  Hotel is dog friendly and it was fun to see all different breeds of dogs whenever I went downstairs to the lobby.  Bonus points for providing extra necessities at no cost to guests.  Things like a hair straightener and female necessities and more that I can't recall.  I've never stayed in a hotel that could get a guest these things upon request.  We spent an afternoon at the pool.  The pool area is big but the pool is small.  There are lounge chairs available at no cost and cabanas too (not sure if there's a fee for use).  We had some great tasting mojito pitchers but the food was mediocre.  Service was friendly and attentive.  It was really convenient to stay in this location since we did some partying in the gaslamp.  It was great to be able to just walk right across the street to Stingaree for dinner, drinks and dancing.  Only down side was that valet parking was $35 per night.  Yikes!

    20/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    130. Mark H.
    This is a hip place, comfortable, modern, and stylish.  I've stayed here 2 times and have enjoyed my stay both times.  (But I didn't pay for the stays, so I don't know the quality/price ratio) I would give it 3.5 stars if I could... some nice small touches like citrus-y ice water in the 'living room', free daily NY times, free coffee in the morning and free wine in the evening, and it's in the gaslamp without being right on the most busy/noisy strip.  (The pool bar more than makes up for that, if you have a pool-facing room, however).  Unfortunately, the fitness room is bare-bones (2 treadmills, an elliptical machine, and some weights) and the pool is so incredibly shallow (3'6" throughout) that it's really only good for cooling off (in fact, it's heated) or people-watching.  Or drinking and people-watching.  Would happily stay here again.

    11/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    131. Sean N.
    Very disappointed in my experience this Sat night. Reserved a Virtuoso Suite for my wife and kids. We were going to Padre/dodger game that night and requested an early check in. We wanted to check in, have a couple drinks and let the kids swim. We got there at 215 and was told by front desk clerk that check in is at 3pm. I asked if there was any chance we could get in earlier, she said that they were currently cleaning room. I got the kids in there swim suits and went out to the pool. It was packed with a bunch of party animals, 1/2 naked girls, hardly a very appropriate pool for kids. I was hoping our room would be. Ready quickly. An hour and a half later, still not ready. I have people coming to our room to go to the game and still it wasn't ready. Nobody really went out of there way to expedite the process. I have stayed there a few other times and normally have pretty good service. Not no more. I will take my business to the Marriott or Indigo. Sola mar pool bar is cool but very pricey.

    08/04/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    132. Larry Y.
    Very nice hotel, though the price I paid was higher than normal due to a pop culture convention.    Clean, good decor, and nicely laid out rooms.  Great location near Gaslamp district, baseball park  and convention center.

    Free evening wine and sangria, all of which was drinkable.   Fourth floor lounge and bar by the pool was nice and low key, without the loud, obnoxious music.  And the bartender at the ground floor restaurant actually knew the beer; Trumer Pils is great stuff.   And the food I had there was some of the best on the trip.

    Seriously though,  $5+ for a liter of bottled tap water?  And public parking is nearby for lower rates.

    30/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    133. Ali Randall W.
    Yes, it's all true! Animal print robes for post-shower lounging (your choice of zebra or leopard), L'Occitane bath products, squeaky clean rooms, Kohler sinks, plushy beds, up-to-the-moment decor. The location doesn't hurt, either (a moment's walk to all the Gaslamp madness, convention center, or the harbor).

    The 4th floor sundeck and pool was uncrowded on a Thursday afternoon. However, they are currently doing improvement work so things get a little bit loud here during the day. Beware of sawdust out on deck! Seems like a pretty busy place in the evenings as I peeked out from our 8th floor room. I always wonder if anyone's ever tipped over in the pool after one too many.

    I hope Kimpton opens up more of its boutique hotels around the country. Very refreshing to see a company committ to its people and to its community through sustainibility programs and policies. Also, they have a fantastic "Forgot It? We've Got it Program"-- the premise is that if you've left an item at home (hair straightener, curling iron, fashion tape, etc.), they'll provide it for you, usually free of charge. Fun honor bars, a complimentary in-room yoga program...gimmie more.

    Hotel Solamar provided my boyfriend and I with the ultimate romantic San Diego getaway. Great value and amenities for what you're paying. Overnight parking is a bit steep--$32 per day with in and out privs.

    02/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    134. Tabitha S.
    I was contacted by a hotel representative that offered to rectify the TV issue and having to buy a movie.  I never got around to answering, as the $16 refund for the movie, wasn't a big deal to me.  I was just annoyed the TV never got fixed.  I did however appreciate that they reached out.  I give them an extra star for the customer service.

    05/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    135. M. J.
    We got our room over Valentines Day wkend through a promo they were running for $89 a night.  The staff was great when we got there before regular check in and let us get into our room 2 hrs earlier. After checking in I noticed the cleaning job in the bathroom and on the nightstands was terrible. On our way out to dinner I mentioned it to the front desk and they gave us a 2 drink voucher and discounted our rate. I wasnt expecting either but it was nice to know they have great customer service.  I agree with everyone else that I would not have paid full price for this hotel but the location can't be beat. We were within walking distance to almost everything we wanted to get to.

    One last note is be forewarned though that the walls are super thin and you might end up hearing your neighbors doing things you rather wished you hadnt. =/

    16/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    136. Sara A.
    Hotel Solamar is the shit. In the heart of Down Town SD, amazing roof top bar, super clean rooms and SUPER pet friendly. I have never seen a hotel sooo pet friendly and love love love this place. I stayed at this hotel for Valentines Day and we got a great rate in a package that included champagne and cherries in our room. Our room wasn't ready at the designated check in time...so they offered us two complimentary drinks at the rooftop bar while we wait 10-15 minutes. All the hotel staff provided top notch service.

    12/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    137. Heidi O.
    I booked our room on hotwire and got a great rate - just $69/night.  If I'd paid full price, maybe I would feel differently - but I loved it.  The staff were very helpful with tips on using the public transportation as well as restaurant suggestions, too.  And they seemed to remember us throughout our visit, even checking in to see if we'd found what we were looking for during the day.

    The Room: It was lovely!  Maybe some of the other people who dissed the decor stay at uber nice hotels all the time, but I thought it was very tasteful.  The bed was a little hard, but pretty nice.  Bathroom was great - spacious with a giant tub.

    We also had a nice view of the rooftop bar/pool area.  Yes, the mini-bar prices were high - but when aren't they?  There's a CVS just two blocks away, so if we needed things - we'd walk there.  Or, if we were too lazy, we'd just pay the extra.  :)

    The parking charges were high, so we decided to skip the rental car and walked or used public transportation - which worked well for us.  Got our excercise and didn't feel guilty indulging in great food!  

    All in all - I highly recommend!

    01/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    138. Sasha B.
    This hotel is part of the Kimpton Group hotels and like the other Kimpton hotels this one offered up an amazing stay. All the staff, from the valet to the front desk, is always friendly and super helpful. No question was left unanswered and at no point did they make you feel like you're wasting their time. The rooms were always cleaned to a T. The décor is faboosh, with really big bathrooms (we had a king deluxe which might have something to do with the large bathroom). The views from our room (the 7ths floor) were great (we overlooked Petco Park). The location is also superb...although it's a few blocks from anything downtown/east village related it is not in the center of the mayhem that goes down every weekend in this area of SD.

    Another perk of all the Kimpton hotels is that they serve complimentary coffee and tea in the mornings until 10AM and free wine from 5-7 everyday (hey...we're in a recession so it's time to take advantage of these deals!).

    One thing up for discussion...what is the scent that they use?!?!?! Their lobbies smell fantastic..very floral but not overwhelming. We asked the concierge and they told us that Kimpton won't tell their staff what the scent is. They got it designed specifically for their hotels and they won't share it!! If you know what it is I beg you...please...hook it up!

    02/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    139. Ian M.
    A beautiful and fun spot, with a charming, accomodating staff, beautiful and nicely decorated rooms, and a very pleasant overall atmosphere. I loved the complimentary animal print robes and the very large bathtub and the overall luxurious feel.

    The place is slightly expensive, at least for me; rooms are in the $200 and up range. It's also in the Gaslamp district, where everyone is apparently expected to disregard the actual value of anything in favor of the "I'm on vacation/at a conference/too wealthy to care" approach, so you can't put that all on them. But I was pretty upset to get the bill for 2 plastic-cup vodka gimlets and 2 plastic-cup gin and tonics at the rooftop bar...... for $50. Really?

    03/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    140. C K.
    Stayed here on a trip to San Diego. No major complaints - was a decent hotel for the price (~$150/night). We booked it via Priceline but it seems from the other reviews, it could have been cheaper. I think that if it were cheaper, maybe I would have given it one additional star, based upon value.

    When we checked in there was a mix-up in that when we went to our room, there was already a guy in there! All of us schleped down back to the lobby to sort this out. Ended up with the guy staying in his room & we got an "upgraded" room on a higher floor.

    The room was as expected size for the Gaslamp district at this price point (even the upgraded room). It was clean & functional - nothing outstanding.  Will have to say that it was a plus for the upgraded room & so would rate their service as excellent.

    31/12/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    141. Jeff M.
    I really enjoyed my stay here. Beautiful property. Beautiful room and decor. Spacious, comfortable, huge bathroom, and the bathtub with jets was really nice. Great part of town too, in the Gaslamp Quarter and walking distance to the Embarcadero. Had tickets to the Padres; literally, two blocks over. Great service from valet and the front desk. Had a nice outside area, with a pool and seating. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again, no doubt.

    08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    142. Stella T.
    Stayed here over a year ago for a weekend getaway from LA.  The hotel itself was great, pretty walkable to restaurants/pharmacy (to pick up a few snacks, etc).  Got a deal through Travelocity or one of those sites, so the price was not bad.

    The room was a good size, we got a corner room and it was pretty spacious.  

    The concierge downstairs was great, super helpful and helped us find an awesome low-key sushi joint for dinner one of the nights we were there.  

    We stopped off at the restaurant downstairs for breakfast one morning, which was just okay.  I was a little turned off by the waitress, who dropped a small condiment bowl of ketchup as she was clearing the table, which spilled all over my purse.  Granted it wasn't a Gucci or Louis Vuitton, it was Coach, but I paid full price for that thing and I hate paying full price.  She seemed flustered, but hey.  Now my full-price purse smells like ketchup.  

    The view was cool, I'm not sure which street we were off of, but we could basically look out and see all the cool little stores a couple blocks down.  Unfortunately, there's a club right across the street that was blaring music off of its rooftop patio until about 1:00-2:00am.  Bleh.  Not very mellow, but I'm a total lookie-loo.. upon one of my random peeks out the window, I happened to catch an awesome dude-on-dude punchout (that then escalated into a catfight btwn 2 chicks) in the parking lot directly across from us.  It was like having a bird's-eye view from the comfort of our hotel room!!!  Sweet.  I watched until the bike cops rolled up with their flashing clip-on headlights & the crowd dispersed.

    24/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    143. Gina V.
    GREAT hotel!!! The rooms were nicely appointed... very modern and boutique like.  

    There is a wine reception at 5pm everynight in the living room... FREE.  Yes, take advantage, I know I did... I had to tell the host to stop coming and filling my glass!  It is a great place to socialize... and so close to lots of bars downtown.  Walk down to Basic on 10th... they have the BEST pizza. :)

    The outside bar/pool area is REAL nice, and the wait staff is awesome... a real nice place to hang out.

    20/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    144. Camille W.
    Had a great experience stating here the night before my sister's wedding. We stayed in a big, beautiful suite. I loved the style throughout the hotel, and how helpful all the employees were.  Very cute place and I would recommend it to all my yelp friends :)

    25/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    145. Ang F.
    We went in July for my Best Friends Bachelorette party the choreographer suite was a great room besides it not having a bedroom (that costs extra) We booked the attached room well in advance but when we called down to see if it was ready for us, there was a problem OMG they gave our room to someone else. It took a very angy phone call for them to comp us a room down the hall and no we were not too thrilled about that the whole purpose of getting the Suite was for us to all be in the same room.

    Then @ the pool the waitress kicked us out of our cababa saying it was already reserved by a larger bachelorette party. We had 12 girls they had about 20 so we had asked before we even sat down and got all comfortable if it was reserved and they told us it was first come first serve so of course we were very angry once again and also humuliated that they made us move the the smaller cababa. They sent us over a round of drinks after complaining to the Manager trying to cover for their mistakes again.

    Then they called us a few times that night to quite down or we'd get kicked out when we asked them at the time of booking the room if noise would be a problem knowing that it was a bachelorette party of 12 intoxicated females and they said we woluld be away from families and others that would complain about the noise and said it shouldnt be a problem.

    Not to mention the $64 parking i had to pay when we checked out and i didnt move the car that whole weekend. If you pay that much for a suite i think the parking should be free.

    Overall a bad experience! I would not recomend for a big party to stay at this hotel... Rauly was the only person in the Hotel that was trying to look out for our best intrest! The Hotel itself is Beautiful dont get me wrong and its great that the Awesome Club Stingree is just across the street but the Hotel service is HORRIBLE!

    19/08/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    146. Brooke S.
    I was very happy with the hotel and amenities. I was also happy to see that it was a dog friendly hotel. The only complaint is that housekeeping didn't come the second day. They said they would and they only came in to replace the water bottles we purchased. I had to call down for towels, etc. And when I called housekeeping for them to come they didn't. Strange.

    10/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    147. Grey F.
    We stayed here for the Cisco Live event for six nights. Loved the decor & the staff, everyone was great. We loved the hotel restaurant JSix, overall a great place to stay. Good location, short walking distance to wonderful shopping & eating. Only one complaint, we checked in Saturday & we didn't get a chance to sleep much that night. I'm sure it was because we were located on the pool deck on the forth floor. While we walked to our room after checking in, we walked into a hallway that was filled to the brim with the stench of weed. It was so overwhelming we were concerned about my husband smelling like a pothead while attending the Cisco classes because it permeated our clothing so quickly. Someone complained because shortly after we shut our door, someone from the staff came & knocked on their door notifying them of a possible call to the police if it continued. Housekeeping arrived and promptly started eradicating the smell from the hallway & they did a great job. Later that night though, the noise level of the partiers was pretty loud, some drunk person was banging on our door at around midnight. Luckily, that was the only night that this sort of thing happened. I would recommend staying on any floor except the forth if you will be there on a Friday or Saturday night. Other than that one bad night, this place was great!

    18/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    148. J J.
    Beautiful contemporary hotel! Outside is clean as well as the inside.  Inside decor is nvery modern and chic.  Flat screen TV, roomie, clean modern bathroom.  And on top of that, it's pet friendly! No additional charges for pet's stay. Some hotels charge a non-refundable deposit or additional charge, but Hotel Solamar didn't.  My doggie loved it! Great decor and great location.  You can walk to a lot of the bars at night and to the stores/restaurants near by during the day. Great breakfast joint right on the next block. :)

    I'd have given it 5 stars, except upon check-in, we did not see the promises they made when we made the reservation.  On their website you were able to register your dog/pet.  I registered mine.  When you register, they promised to have a dog bed, dog bowls and treats ready.  But upon check-in I did not find any.  So I told the front desk, they apologized and said they'd bring it up right away.  But nothing came. I told the front desk again the next morning... and finally they brought up two dirty bowls. Yuck.  I bring my dog's bowl with me, but I was kind of looking forward to the doggie goodie bag...

    Other than that, I'd go back again... :)

    03/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    149. Trisha D.
    Trisha D - Elk Grove, CA

    I found our stay at Hotel Solamar one of the best experiences.  From the greeting as we pulled up to the front desk staff to the employees walking around.... Everyone was friendly and wanted to ensure we were enjoying our stay.

    This is a dog friendly hotel... they even had a dog bed and dish for our dogs food and water.   What more can you ask for.

    I would highly recommend Hotel Solamar if you are looking for a place to relax and where you know you will be taken care of.

    15/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    150. Ivy N.
    AAA members 20.% off

    Parking cost $35.00 and you save $7.00 if you have AAA. Comes out to be $27 which was still spendy but at least you know the car will be in good hands.  All the staff here at the hotel were extremely nice and helpful.  The hotel room was $149 plus $20 tax and the $27 parking fee. We came here on a Sat night when there was a padres vs phillies game. The whole gas lamp area was insane.  After the game was over, it became madness!  People in all directions coming out all
    Buzzed and drunk. They were so loud , especially the Philly fans. We stayed on the 6th floor overlooking the pool. No one really went swimming. Kinda awkward and weird to go swimming when you have a guard crossing his arm and watching the whole time. The bar area was sure happening all night up until 2am. I kept peeking outside my window to see when they would leave. They have a cute lounge area with fire Pitts over looking the gas lamp and petco park. Want to hear something gross?  When I was out on the 4th floor, about to sit down next to the fire Pitts. I saw a big, fat cockroach and a couple of other bugs. Nasty!

    My two pets enjoyed their stay and the workers welcome them with open arms.

    Other than the cockroaches, the hotel was nice.

    16/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    151. Tina T.
    A decent little boutique hotel in the middle of the Gaslamp District.  I stayed here on a recent trip to San Diego, and although I enjoyed my stay, I don't know if I would definitely stay there again; not because I did not like it, but because I did not love it.

    I enjoy boutique hotels and Kimpton hotels, and this one doesn't disappoint.  It's in a great location in the Gaslamp district, and it was clean and decent.  Couple of things that I liked:

    -Nice rooftop pool and bar.  Some reviews mentioned that it gets pretty noisy, but our room was away from the area so it did not bother us.  The bar attracts a fairly young demographic that can get a bit immature and out of hand, but otherwise it was a nice place to enjoy a drink.  If only the weather had cooperated when I was there, I'm sure I would have got more use out of it!
    -Appropriate fitness facility, with a couple of treadmills and a freemotion functional trainer, and assorted dumbbells.
    -Complimentary wine at night (though definitely not a high quality wine!)
    -Clean rooms and comfortable bed.

    Things I did not like:
    -One of the concierges was kind of a biotch!  There are no phone books in the room, and I was looking for a couple of businesses in the surrounding area.  I asked her for a phone book, and she haughtily replied, "now why would we need a phone book?"  What is this - Nazi San Diego?  Obviously I need a phone book because I'm looking for information!  Although she gave me some information, it was not all that I needed, and I did not care for her snippy attitude.
    -Bathrooms are small - but they usually are in boutique hotels.
    -Restaurant in the hotel was okay, nothing great.

    In summary, it's a nice place to stay, but I'd probably try out the Hard Rock or the Marriott next time just for kicks.

    04/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    152. Erin H.
    Amazing! We stayed at Hotel Solamar last weekend while on a short trip to San Diego and couldn't have been more pleased with it!

    First, the location is amazing. People love to hang out at the beaches in San Diego, and it seems like they often forget how much fun the Gaslamp District can be.

    Second, the decor is understated but fabulous. Our room was beautifully appointed and had an amazing view of downtown San Diego and Petco Park. We also had a flatscreen TV, large, plush bed, huge bathtub, and reasonably priced minibar.

    Third, the rooftop bar is a blast. It offers an amazing view of downtown San Diego and is a great place to have a few cocktails and relax. The service was outstanding and prompt. We ended up spending a few hours up there at the end of the night.

    Overall, this is a great pick in a fun and funky area of San Diego. If you have a chance to check it out, you shouldn't miss it!

    11/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    153. Joanne C.
    2 STARS...

    It would've been 3 or 4 if only we didn't experience such bad service at our anniversary breakfast. ANY service at all would've been nice, but arriving 5 minutes early for our reservation with two young children in tow was not an easy feat. Standing at the hostess stand waiting for someone to seat us was just utterly irritating. At least 5 of the waiters/waitresses noticed my husband, 2 kids, and I standing there and none of them bothered to let us know they'll be with us, "in a moment," or even bothered to walk over and acknowledge us. Needless to say, we walked out of there after 10 minutes of being ignored (which was longer than I normally would wait around.) We didn't have breakfast and it started off my husband and I's anniversary to a bad start. When I told the restaurant about the incident, they seemed to just brush us off. Whatever.

    The rest of the hotel experience was just so-so. The location is nice since its right there in the gaslamp quarters close to all the shops. We stayed in a suite which was nice because it was spacious (especially with having two kids.) We ordered room service a couple times and they seemed to deliver the goods in a timely manner, food was good too. I liked that they have tea and coffee in the morning and an evening wine hour - kind of breaks it up a bit.

    SERVICE is very important to me. The bad breakfast experience tainted the rest of our stay. We will not be returning. Too bad.

    06/01/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    154. Kellie H.
    I cannot say enough about how wonderful this hotel is.  The location is amazing.  If you like to walk to eateries it's ideal. The staff goes out of their way and I'm a tough customer. We checked in and were placed next to a room with some very loud young men who were obviously there for reasons other than my husband and I. We were looking for some relaxation. We were up at 2:30 am listening to them come in for the evening, I called guest services and within 10 minutes they had it handled. The following morning I asked to have our room moved. The moved us to a quieter floor with a much better view and even had the bell hop come and handle our luggage while we went to breakfast. The new room was a downgraded room compared to what we had the night before but it was quiet which is what we wanted. To make up for the down grade they credited us for the difference in the room price ($40 a night!).  The only difference in the room was there was no spa tub and it was a little smaller, still a lovely room.

    The pool is small but very nice. We had very gloomy weather but were very pleased that the pool was heated nicely so we could still enjoy an hour swimming. The pool staff was excellent as well, very sweet. I did find it strange that there were children at the pool, this is a very boutique type hotel. This hotel isn't really a "kids" hotel... it's more for couples and/or business travelers. One or two kids at the pool can be disruptive plus if they bring their own floats it takes over a big portion of the pool. This is of course not the hotels fault... I would say if you are planning a trip with your children to find another hotel that won't annoy guests that are there for quiet and relaxation, like the Marriott or Hyatt (plus they are walking distance to Seaport Village which is fun for kids).

    They do have coffee (iced and hot) in the lobby every morning which is a nice touch. They also offer complementary wine in the afternoon but we didn't take advantage of that this trip, I'm pregnant and I would be bitter watching everyone enjoying the alcohol :)

    If you do stay at any of the Kimpton properties I would recommend joining the InTouch program. It's free and you get complementary wifi as well as you can raid the mini bar for up to $10! I thought that was fun. Also you get all kinds of great offers emailed to you.

    I would go back to this hotel in a heart beat. The staff is what makes this place so special. I also loved how pet friendly it is, may have to take advantage of that sometime.

    11/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    155. D M Beezy e.
    Great Hotel!

    Very nice sized boutique hotel in San Diego gaslamp district.

    Wonderful decor and atmosphere in rooms and lobby.

    Incredible rooftop bar with views of Petco Park and San Diego.  Again great atmosphere and music.  Set next to the hotel pool.

    Walking distance to tons of great bars and restaurants.

    The valet parking was expensive.

    Overall, very highly recommended.

    21/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    156. Cobra K.
    The Good:
    Beautifully designed hotel and great customer service.  A very gorgeous boutique hotel with awesome rooms (faux tan leather paneling on the walls!).  

    Also comes with a large flat panel TV with DVD player so you can bring movies when on vacation?  As advertised, the rooms are inspired by the sea and are decorated with a contemporary palette of aqua colors and rich and dark mahogany furniture.   They also have a fully loaded honor bar in the mini fridge with libations..not the little one shot deals, large bottles of baileys, etc.  

    Located on a few blocks south of Hustlers!  Whoot!  Whoot!  Pocket Pu$$y!

    Elevator walls are suede...Nice!

    The Bad:
    Bed side radio is so crappy.  The snooze feature didn't work and there wasn't an option to plug in an MP3 player.  Come on people...where's the seemless integration of form and function?

    Beds suck!  Lumpy and you can tell they are second rate.  Spend less money on high thread count sheets and decor for the room and upgrade those mattresses, bitches!

    No coffee maker.  For the advertised price of 159 dollas, I'd expect to have a small coffee maker or even a french press in the room.  If a Mr. Coffee doesn't meet the form and function of a boutique hotel, maybe a Bodum coffee press does.  

    The Ugly:
    $35 a night parking.   I could punch someone in the face for those outrageous prices.  ARGH!

    No free breakfast options or even a continental arrangement.  Only coffee and tea in the mornings downstairs.  For comparison, the Embassy Suites on Pacific Highway (several blocks away from Gaslamp) goes for $169 a night and has a full breakfast option with omlets made to order.

    22/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    157. Tobias L.
    It wouldnt be fair to not say that the place is gorgeous. the room decor is very well done, aside from the desk chair that i will comment on later. the whole vibe of the place as far as looks go is very modern and chic.

    our reason for staying was because of a celebration taking place locally. we were emailed and told that there had been an arrangement made with this hotel for this event. upon booking we were told that they werent sure if there were any more rooms available at this rate but to check with them upon arrival, so we went along and made the reservations hoping for the best.

    upon our arrival we noticed that there was an additional $32 charge for parking each day. we agreed to that fee and went to check in where the lady at the desk said that she would inquire about the rates and would let us know. assuming there would be some form of communication we went to our room. we really didnt mind payng the full ammount but if we could save $200/night that would be cool too.

    i forgot to mention that we were not asked if we needed our bags carried to our room. the staff helped us unload them and then went back to chatting at their desk. this was unusual for a place claiming to be of the caliber it tries to be.

    everything in the room from a design standpoint was stunning. we were very impressed. upon unloading my laptop and sitting down to do some work i noticed a chair that must have been from their conference room. it had that funny pattern & padding on it. it looked very cheap and didnt fit in at all. sitting on it for any length of time was very uncomfortable and made my time there rather unproductive. (i know im being picky but for $400/night you would think they would even at least have a fake herman miller aeron or something) we obviously didnt get the white chair in the pictures. did i mention that they charge an extra $10 for wifi!! to me that is inexcusable.

    that evening, we called for our car 15 minutess in advance and to their credit it was their waiting when we came done. we asked the staff for directions to balboa park which is really close and none of them could help us out. i cant fault them for this because they all geniunely tried but you would think that they would know how to get to most major landmarks in their area.

    upon check out we told the lady that her coworker had told us that she would investigate about the group pricing. she said she knew nothing about it and there was nothing she could do. however she did say that we shouldnt have booked with a third party and we informed her that we in fact had called the hotel directly and booked. she then told us that we should have used a third party to get a price and that they would have matched it. that made very little sense to us.

    we had high hopes after looking at the website and reading reviews. unfortunately we cant take part in posting such a great review. believe me, we really wanted to. for a hotel that is claiming to be so great, they have a few wrinkles to iron out in our opinion. and please take this review as that, our opinion. im sure many others have had and will have great things to say.

    13/07/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    158. Christina P.
    I really love this hotel. With all of the other boutique hotels hitting San Diego, Hotel Solamar still manages to be one of the best.

    They are pet friendly (even though you'd never guess since everything is immaculate and clean)

    Their rooms are designed with YOU in mind. Everything is in a logical place, and the decor is comfy luxe.

    Wine hour with awesome Sangria every evening!

    You barely have to leave the premises to have a good time! Fab pool, and I really like JBar on the rooftop (but don't really enjoy JSix for dining to be honest).

    Fantastic service all around and a true Kimpton hotel.

    30/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    159. Shezadhi K.
    Great hotel, very clean, contemporary style, shower was AWESOME with great pressure. Stayed here 3 nights, want to go back for more.

    25/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    160. B C.
    I decided to delete my last review on solamar and give them a second chance and start Fresh. I am so happy We decided to come back or invited back. We were instantly greeted as soon as we arrived. Our room was a dream I couldn't have asked or thought to pick out something like that myself. It was a suite we even got to check in early! Front desk was awesome they have a print out of hotel information top and near by restaurants and shopping. It's just something extra that they don't have to do but is helpful to customers. Towards the end of the night we got a special call from the manager Eric to see how our stay was going so far and if theirs anything else they could do for us. This is exactly what customer service is all about. We had a great stay super clean, great service, and if u forget your toothbrush no need to panic just call housekeeping they'll bring you up a morning basket. Thank you Eric for a memorable stay! Can't wait to check out the Kimpton Santa Barbara.

    08/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    161. Jowel G.
    I really love boutique hotels and was glad to stay here for my birthday weekend. The property is well-maintained and so are the common areas of the hotel. It was a rough start when our room key did not work. We're standing there outside of our room as the noisiest neighbors across from our room were drunk and screaming at the top of their lungs. There were people coming in and out as we were still trying to get in to our room. We called for another set of keys and those didn't work either! 4 keys and no entry....not good. The hubs marched down and gave them the dirty about the keys and at this point really wanted a quiet room (which we mentioned and we understand they have no control of how guests will be noisy or not, so we were glad they accommodated our request). We were upgraded to another room higher up on another floor.

    The room was nice, clean and large. Good color palette of soft ocean blue and cocoa brown. The entire hotel has the ocean theme going here. I noticed that the shower door was shattered at the top edge because the door opens inward into the shower -what? You'll get wet trying to get the water going (and it's winter cold to start!). The soap holder at the jacuzzi tub cracked the tile - not sure if someone tried to leap over and out of the jacuzzi and into the next room by using the soap holder as a step. I think having free wi-fi is a plus especially when you're travelling for business.
    Had coffee in the lounge the following morning...love the Ray Bros. coffee of SD. Sat on the leather couch with my feet up and was taking in the holiday decor and the candle chandeliers. This is the same spot where they have complimentary wine for guests in the evening.
    I have to say that the valet and bell hops worked it. I had forgotten some of my things in the car and we valeted. I had them trek not once, but twice (sorry!). They were quick and pleasant about it.
    I love that this hotel is across the street from the restaurants and shopping of the Gas Lamp district. Just kicked on some comfy shoes and walked everywhere.
    Try to stay when it's a deal. You can definitely get a room for less than $100/night when it's off-peak and obviously peak (we were here the week of Christmas).

    25/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    162. Violeta H.
    spent the weekend here for my birthday! it was a short two day outing..however i really did enjoy myself.  

    the location: it's great..close the gaslamp district, restaurants, easy access to freeways, and nightlife.

    the hotel:  is classy and nice..they offer a daily wine reception in the evening and coffee in the morning.  the rooms are small but they make the most of the room, with some nice touches..like a comfortable decor and gilchrist & soames bath amenities.

    the staff is friendly and extremely helpful.  i really loved that they sent me a complimentary bottle of champagne to our room!  btw..the valet parking is outrageously expensive..but it's to be expected in the gaslamp area.

    24/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    163. Kayla R.
    This hotel is incredible- its absolutely beautiful, offers free wine, and most importantly has the best service I've ever encountered.  Everyone from the poolside bartender, to the security guard, the valet, and especially the night front desk associate goes so far above and beyond expectations.  I would recommend this place to anyone, and will definitely be back!

    19/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    164. MIGUEL M.
    Solamar Hotel in San Diego

    This was the second time at the Kimpton's 'Solamar' in the Gaslamp District.

    The first time was a fluke stay...total last minute overnight 'let me get out of LA for my Bday' venture. Got a super good rate from the Travelzoo site that made it impossible to pass up. And knowing the chain of Kimptons hotels have never let me down made it easy to trust.

    So this time when work took me to the wonderful city of San Diego for a few days and I was told the hotel of choice was the Solamar, I knew this would be more for leisure than work.

    About the only thing you have to hope for in SanDiego is great weather...and fortunately for us the month of May helps in this department.

    The Hotel is located in the south end of the Gaslamp district. 1 block away from almost every possible attraction in that area. 1 block south is the newly opened Petco Park (home of the Padres), 1 block over is the Gaslamp area with tons of restaurants, shops, bars, and even more bars. 1 block east and you have quite a few art galleries, and 1 block to the north and you have Market St. It's approximately 5 blocks from the Horton Plaza Mall.

    The hotel is designed in Mediterranean style. Their rooms are pretty decent sized and all include a view of the city, petco park, the pool/rooftop lounge, or the gaslamp. Room are equipped with everything you could imagine that you might need - and there's a list of 'things you might have forgotten' that they can provide for you.

    Goods:
    Room Size
    Free WiFi (speedy connection)
    Blue-ray player w/ the flat screen TV
    Happy Hour in the Lobby wine tasting
    Rooftop Lounge/Pool area
    Access to the Lounge afterhours for all Hotel Guest (w/key)
    Friendly staff one step ahead of your request
    Good neighborhood all around
    Free WiFi
    Room service is 24/7 - try that burger
    Plenty of free parking in surrounding streets (just read your signs); or you could pay $20 to park in an outside structure overnight, adjacent to the hotel.
    Did I mention Free WiFi

    Bad:
    No Spa on site...(I think they come to your room, which the gf told me sort of creeped her out)
    Parking is $35/night

    Overall, i have to stay of all the Kimptons, this place really shows the way in customer service and comfort.

    *the Parking situation was a bit of a task the first day. But once I figured out the street signs, it saved me a few bucks. I recommend you park on 'J Street' which is on the south entrance to the hotel.

    *there's a super hot club across the street - 'Stingaree'....line is a block long to get in...rediculous...but apparently during the summer this is the 'place to be.' I can vouch for the rooftop bar at the hotel as being just as trendy and no dealing with the overly egoed bouncers at Stingaree...First time I made it in, was not impressed at all for the heavy cover, music was the only positive. If not, there's always the Gaslamp 1 block over.

    Once you check in, make sure you ask them for a view of Petco Park...if you're given a room in the upper levels, this may just be a great sight for you.

    14/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    165. Baylee J.
    This was the very first time at Kimpton's Solamar Hotel. I booked on-line under the Sun and Sea internet deal which gave me $30 to invest anyplace within the hotel ranging from in-suite dining/room service to valet parking. As a Kimpton In-Touch member (sign up is Free of charge), i also received a $10 credit to the "Honor Bar" which will be the snack and mini-fridge menu.

    26/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    166. Hanna S.
    Loved this Hotel!
    Great location, extremely friendly staff. They had a wine tasting from 5-6 on Saturday and it wasn't a tasting. It was more like open bar for full glasses of wine.
    It looks trendy, the rooms are gorgeous! We stayed here for my birthday and the hotel sent us a bottle of champagne plus some candy gifts.
    I would definitely stay here again. I am not a pet person, but you can bring your pets here. We requested a pet-free floor. So that was also an option.
    Within walking distance of everything. Would come back for sure.

    04/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    167. Rich M.
    Stayed there in January for the weekend for my partner's birthday.  Erika checked us in and inquired as to our plans and told her it was for a birthday weekend and she sent a bottle of wine to our room as well as asked when our flight was on Sunday.  When we told her it was early evening, she automatically offered to give us a 3pm check out as well as gave us options of what floor we wanted to be on.  She offered us great restaurant and bar options and was extremely helpful.  The wine was in our room by the time we got up there.  Our room was very clean and spacious.  The happy hour that they host was extremely popular and the lobby offers many options for seating and relaxing.  The wine attendant even came around and offered refills.  We will definitely go back and have recommended this hotel to many friends.

    27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    168. Wendy P.
    It was a pretty hotel.  Not that user friendly. The sink looked nice but the water splashed everywhere and the shower we had was a jacuzzi which we never used(I feel they would never be clean enough to use) was so big that to get in was very difficult and the shampoo and shower gel was stationed on the wall was so far away you had to get out of the nice flow of water just to reach it. The shower also let alot of water on the floor no matter how hard I tried to keep it in. The suite was just ok with a sliding door that seperated the bedroom from the living room and when the door it was shut the person in the other room never got air condition or heat because it only vented into the one room.
    Also the morning we were to check out we went to breakfast and came back to the room to pack and the hotel cleaning people had come into our room and put a dog bed and bowls into it. We didn't have a dog and we hadn't checked out yet and thought that was very rude and gross. I assume that the dog bed was going to be for the next guest. You also could hear the toilet and shower running above and next to the room and outside traffic. Also there was a safe in the closet that never stayed shut which made it difficult to shut closet door..Internet was free only if you joined there website. Parking was outragous $35.00 a day just park across street for $15.00.
    Would probably find a different hotel to stay at next time visiting San Diego.

    22/03/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    169. Chris C.
    If you ever plan on staying in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, then you should do yourself a favor and stay at the Hotel Solamar. With such a great atmosphere and great location, I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else!

    This place has got a real slick, real clean atmosphere to it. The front desk was super helpful and courteous.  The bed is unbelievably comfortable. It's like you're sleeping on a pillow! The bed alone makes the room super worth it. The room was super clean as well.

    Also, our room had a super huge flat screen TV! In addition, your room is also equipped with it's own mini fridge, hair dryer, etc. A swimming pool and a bar can also be found within the confines of the hotel, but I didn't check it out.

    The only downside to the Hotel Solamar is that they charge $32 bucks a day for parking your car there overnight (the only reason they didn't get a complete 5 stars). It's understandable since it is in Downtown San Diego, but don't fret. There are other alternatives! Around the block, there is $4 dollar parking for 9 hours. I ended up having to check the meter twice, so I paid $12 total, which is a helluva lot better than $32. Just make two lefts from the main entrance, and you are there!

    Great location, right in the heart of Gaslamp. Will definitely come back to stay here. Highly recommended.

    31/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    170. Caitlin L.
    Wow does guest services ever suck here!!! I have truly never been treated so badly at a hotel before. Everyone working the front desk is about 18, completely rude to people and obviously have been trained to treat guests like pieces of meat that they unfortunately have to deal with to keep their jobs. Still waiting for my room in the lobby cause they let someone check out three hours late. Will never stay here again- wish it wasn't too late to cancel my reservation!!!

    11/06/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    171. Kimmi H.
    WE LOVE IT HERE!  (And at FireSky in Arizona, and Palomar in L.A. and...well, those are the only two other Kimpton hotels we've had a chance to hang out in so far!)

    The hotels are beautiful, the pet policy is amazing (no extra fees as long as Fido doesn't destroy anything) and the staff is incredible.  Also, their philosophy on food is insanely awesome - local and organic whenever possible and a huge emphasis on humane-sourcing meat as well.

    LOVE YOU, KIMPTON!

    17/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    172. Tam M.
    First let me say this...we too got a FANTASTIC deal on our room thru Priceline. I asked for $70 a night...and now after having stayed there, I would've been PISSED had I paid full price (as if I could've afforded it). Where they skimped on the room, they made up for it by having a beautiful lobby/livingroom area, free booze...err...WINE, and being centrally located to the Gaslamp district, cool bars and good food.

    I was excited that I got the room for $70 a night, but seeing how nearly all of the reviewers here ALSO got their deals from Priceline, it makes me wonder if the big wigs at the corporate level have yet considered dropping their rates to something more reasonable.

    The room although nice, was HELLA SMALL! So yeah, I don't think I'd be happy paying FULL PRICE for a little bitty room. I LOVED that leather wall paper! HOT!! The windows didn't open much and for whatever reason, we couldn't turn the air up in our room. It was soooo stuffy even with the window open. We didn't get to experience the terrace area because it rained our first night, and yesterday we opted to watch the Super Bowl in our room and headed out afterwards.

    My husband and I both complained about back issues...and no, it wasn't because I was blowin his back out (or vice versa) hehehehe...the bed was frickin lumpy!! And we won't even go into the hard pillows. Oh how I was missing my memory foam pillow all weekend!

    Room service was MAD expensive. My husband ordered a turkey sandwich and after all the taxes and gratuity...it was $19. Who the hell ever heard of a NINETEEN DOLLAR TURKEY SAMMICH?? He said it was good tho...so whatever. Last night after the Super Bowl we went to dinner, but ended up with late night munchies. He had the turkey sammich again and I ordered the ham and cheese panini. I grabbed a $3, 8.5oz diet coke from the minibar and ate while disgusted at the price I was paying for late night munchies...and I don't mean physically. Thank GAWD there's a CVS at the end of the next block up! We loaded up on bottled water because who wants to pay $4 for a bottle of water you can pay less than half for somewhere else?

    Yes, the parking is expensive...nuff said. $35 is ridiculous.

    Now for the nice things...the room WAS clean. We had a decent view of the stadium and the terrace below (we were on the 9th floor). I don't think I'd stay HERE again, but perhaps somewhere just as close to all the places that we usually end up chillin at. I liked being able to walk to our favorite bar, the movies, shopping...I LOVED being able to drink with reckless abandon and not having to worry about DRIVING back to the room!

    Oh...this place is pet friendly. Don't get me wrong, I love my dog...but I'm not taking my dog on vacation, just like I'm not taking my KIDS on vacation with me...that's NOT a vacation! Plus it kinda creeped me out to see people walking thru the hotel with their dogs on a leash...just walking...eww...

    08/02/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    173. Amiee L.
    We were pretty excited to stay at the Hotel Solamar with our doggie and after it was all said and done the only really good part was that they didn't charge an extra fee and there wasn't any weight limit....which by itself is amazing....but with all the literature the Kimpton hotels have out there of well they treat you pet I felt like it feel short.  
    There was no "extra" things that were describe in the booklet in the room & on their website.  There were no doggie bed. All we got were 2 dog bowls.
    Also, outside of the pet thing.....this hotel is pricey. $5 for a bottle of water at the pool, $30 valet parking overnight, and not even a store in the lobby to get anything.
    Some good thing is the free wine hour between 5-6, coffee in the morning from 6-9 and a great location if you want to hang out in downtown.

    03/09/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    174. J T.
    After much thought and a rescinded reservation at the Hotel Del Coronado (made through Expedia.com , no less...cancellation fee OUCH), I decided to surprise my girlfriend with a stay at Hotel Solamar, and we had a great time.

    I had cancelled on Hotel Del Coronado because of its location - being on Coronado is quite removed from the heart of San Diego, the Gaslamp district.  Hotel Solamar improved on this by being just at the southern edge of the bar/nightlife hot spot; close enough that everything you'd venture to do at night was within easy walking distance, but at the periphery so that you weren't constantly subject by loud revelers passing through.  We met with friends on night, and they were able to park in the parking lot across the street, though one would also be able to find metered street parking with diligence.

    Even if one were not inclined to leave the hotel, it would still be possible to have a good time mingling with the crowd on the 4th floor outdoor bar by the hotel pool.  In the evening, this cabana style bar gets quite busy, attracting a clientele that skews a bit older for the area - I'd estimate that upper 20's/early 30's is an accurate breakdown.  There are high tables and love seats strewn about the bar area, and the bar itself is quite large.  

    Some notables about the room and stay itself:
    - valet parking with unlimited in/out privileges was $30/night charged to the room - the valets were extremely helpful and efficient, and in the course of the weekend I got to know a couple of them and appreciated how they did their jobs.  A quick call to the valet stand to bring up my vehicle just prior to leaving my 8th floor room was all that was needed to have the car curbside by the time my girlfriend and I were there.

    - There is usually a 5pm or 6pm complimentary wine bar in the lobby atrium --  we didn't take advantage of this much, but those service it seemed quite helpful

    - Animal print cotton robes in the room closets, two of them.  Quite plush and fun.

    - We had just a standard Queen room, and the bathroom looked just as described on the website - need sink, though a bit shallow.

    - Rooms were probably around 320sqft or so - quite sizable.  Our queen bed a was accompanied by a good sized work desk, a TV stand, a love seat and ottoman.  Everything was clean and neat when we got there,no complaints at all.

    Overall, the much lauded and trendy dcor in both the common areas and the rooms won us over, while the staff made me glad to be there.  I paid a base rate of $284/night in late September, but also shelled out $30/night for parking.  I found that was kind of the sweet spot for something very well located, well furnished, and with a certain amount of "cool" to make an anniversary weekend special.  I'm planning on another trip to the area in the next few months, and I'm having a hard time justifying staying anywhere else in the price range.

    05/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    175. Nikki P.
    The customer service Rocks here! We arrived and the bell hop offered to get ice for my room. They also gave me 25 dollar restaurant credit for signing up for their rewards program. On top of that they gave me a 10 dollar mini-bar credit. When I showed up at 5:55pm for the wine hour which ended at 6:00pm They offered a great service solution and provided us with 2 free drink vouchers at the bar. Upon our return to our room I found a bottle of wine and chocolates.
    The hotel itself is great. The restaurant has great food and bartenders. They also provide good information about the area.
    Our room was a private and quite nautical paradise. The view from our window showcased the city including petco park. We ended up parking off site which was one of the recomendations of the Guest Services Agent to cut costs.
    When we went to check out my husband forgot his leather jacket. We didn't realize until hours later. The Front Desk Agent named Irene went above and beyond including tracking down the Hosekeeping manager and running up to the room personally to retrieve our missing jacket.

    I loved our stay and next time I'm definately opting to stay with Kimpton Hotels! Great Experience!

    25/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    176. Kristina and Raf V.
    This hotel is in the heart of Downtown San Diego. Right across the street from PetCo park and walking distance to everything in the Gaslamp district.

    We were first greeted by a great staff. They had drinks (lemonade and ice water) in the waiting area for those who stayed at the hotel. We booked the Deluxe King size room and we were underwhelmed how "not so big" it was. The interior is extremely nice, but we were expecting a little bigger of a room. Our room was on the 5th floor but we had a direct view of the pool. We could also hear all the music and rambling of the people below, which didn't provide as a great compliment to us sleeping.

    Some pluses though, are free wi-fi from Kimpton Intouch members (which only takes an email to sign up). The bed was nice and comfy, and the bathroom was stylish. The hotel was walking distance from everything that we needed to get to, which was great. It is also an eco-friendly hotel, which is always a plus.

    The hotel is a little pricey, and parking is $35! But not to worry for those who drive hybrids, they give you a discount (only $17) for parking.Overall a great hotel, but if you can, stay higher than the 5th floor to avoid the music and noise from the pool area at night.

    28/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    177. Evita H.
    This hotel was such a dream for a romantic get away weekend. Check in was quick and the staff was consistently efficient and kind. They even helped chill some bottles of wine for me while we were out . Quick note: The website SAYS the rooms are equipped with coffee makers but they aren't, so if you're like me and packed some instant ramen for late night munchies be prepared to ask room service for hot water!

    Our king sized room was elegantly decorated with a big TV, comfy bed, loveseat and a whirlpool. Our window looked out right at Stingaree's across the street. Everything was pretty much walking distance for us in Gaslamp which allowed us to drink freely without worrying about navigating a car in a city we aren't familiar with. We were even able to walk to a Ralphs! The hotel's lounge is also really nice with firepits, a small pool and big bar. We loved our experience here and were so sad to check out on Sunday. If only stays at luxury hotels like this were cheaper!

    14/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    178. Biggest Critique X.
    Very nice hotel, perfect location across the street from a parking lot, Stingaree, Gas Lamp Pizza, and 1 block from 5th ave. Service was excellent, wine in the lobby between 5-6pm.. Pool is ok, its on the 4th floor with bar, large area but there is no spa.  It's a pricey hotel but it was available when all of downtown was sold out. Good choice, you will be happy about this hotel.

    25/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    179. Rob L.
    I cannot think of anything remotely discouraging about this place, as everyone was friendly and helpful, plus they gave us tips on the local venues.  I was there during the week of Comic-Con, where celebrities (i.e. Grace Park from Battlestar Galactica & Ron Jeremy) and paparazzi was at this hotel, yet no one made a scene or caused any disruption.

    The rooms were nice, cool, and clean. The Internet was free and easy enough for me to access from my laptop. The ice machines were within 2 floors, which was acceptable as it was completely functional. The valets and bellhops were very helpful, cordial, and friendly, even if we weren't from the area.  The nightlife area was decent, as drinks were moderately priced & not watered down.  The gym was small, but I knew going in that it was only to do cardio & light weights.

    If I go to Comic-Con next year, I will book this hotel early. For the price I paid and the level of service given, this hotel surpasses the previous experiences I had in San Diego!

    27/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    180. Amy W.
    My husband and I stayed at this hotel lastnight for his brief homecoming.  

    The overall feel for this hotel is great.  We arrived early and so our room was not quite ready.  We were given some complimentary drink coupons to take to either the restaurant or the poolside lounge .  My husband and I went to the poolside lounge and had a few drinks while our room was being prepared.  Very nice and relaxing.

    The staff were extremely friendly and courteous.  Our King suite room was clean and comfortable.  There were even animal print robes for us to use which I loved.  While I don't care for soaking in the jacuzzi tub, my husband was so happy to have one and he used it twice in the one night we stayed there.  

    The only reason why this hotel did not receive 5 stars were due to the following:
    The hotel room's sound insulation could approve.  I understand this hotel is situated in downtown San Diego so it's inevitable to be a little noisy.  I thought they could improve on the insulation though, because I could even hear pretty clearly the people who walked and talked in the hallway.  
    Second, I have a huge issue with the room's sink.  While it's stylish and beautiful to look at, it lacks function.  The sink is shallow and sets on the bathroom counter, so  the water splashes everywhere.  Though I wasn't the one cleaning the sink, I guess I couldn't complain too much.  I also found it a hassle to wash my face in the sink, since its faucet comes all the way up and curves into where my head usually is when I wash my face.  I was having to set my face awkwardly on the side of the sink which made more water splashing out of the sink.  

    The room was otherwise comfortable.  The bed was nice quality and the TV was nice size.  The poolside lounge at night was also a great location to just hang out and people watch.  My husband and I had a great relaxing night lounging by the pool having cocktails.  It was a great experience.  

    I would love to return to this hotel again despite of some minor issues mentioned above.  Next time I'd also love to bring our daughter along so she could swim in the pool while my husband and I have a cocktail by the pool side. ;)

    10/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    181. Paige B.
    What is not great about this hotel? The decor is so great, I took pictures for ideas to take home. Comfortable, great location, really enjoyed the outdoor pool turned lounge area.

    31/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    182. Nicci C.
    Best hotel ever!  Free wine tasting/sangria every day from 5-6.  Pool is poppin' always.  Rooms are fresh and spacious.  What more could you ask for?

    Ordered room service and ended up getting it for free since they thought they took too long- great customer service!

    Only issue is parking- you are only guaranteed one spot per room and if there is any event going on the rest of the lot fills up fast.

    19/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    183. Juan F.
    If you have a choice of where to stay in San Diego's Gaslamp district, stay here.

    The Hotel Solamar is a boutique hotel (who doesn't love to say that) with all sorts of amenities.

    The rooms are great, the decor really modern and the beds super, SUPER comfortable.  They use Frette sheets.  Top quality.

    The hotel hosts a coffee hour in the morning and a cocktail hour starting at 5 PM.  It's a great way to meet other guests and share stores of your time in San Diego.

    At the cocktail hour I met a nice woman who recommended a Flamenco show.  I would have never thought about going to something like that.

    The rooftop bar and pool are also very cool and a great place to hang out after a day of business or sight seeing.

    Kimpton Hotels are great!  I'll be looking for them in all the cities I visit.

    10/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    184. C J.
    Really nice hotel with a friendly staff.  I can't really can't say anything beyond what has already been said either good or bad (like the parking fee -- ouch). Keep on keepin' on!

    09/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    185. Madison A.
    My boyfriend and I recently stayed here over the weekend and we LOVEEEED IT!!!!! The customer service was the best customer service i have every experienced at a hotel. I have stayed at some of the best hotels in the world too. We were greeted immediately by a friendly employee who ran to open the door for us. The concierge suggested some of the best restaurants to eat. She was so helpful and we went to the restaurant she suggested. It was the best breakfast i have ever had. I absolutely love this place and will definitely come back!!! :)
    PS. the lounge on the 4th floor is the best and so much fun!! Definitely recommend getting a cocktail!! :)

    01/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    186. Angela G.
    Couldn't be more satisfied! Perfect hotel to get away for the weekend!
    Located right by Petco park and the gaslamp district made Hotel Solamar so convenient.  I was so thankful it wasn't in the middle of the gaslamp district after we started walking around and saw the amount of traffic.

    Our room had a king size bed and honestly felt so cozy. The decor is very modern, extremely eco-friendly.

    Pros - service of the front desk and valet, location, room, complimentary drink tickets to the restaurant.

    Cons - $36 valet service

    I hope to stay here again or at another Kimpton hotel for my next mini vacation.

    17/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    187. Joe E.
    Can't say enough good stuff about this place.  

    I stayed with them for two weeks last month while in town on business.   Sign up for their loyalty card, it will get you free wi-fi, ten bucks worth of honor bar, and you can select other personalizations like: do like to stay on lower floors or higher floors?, do you prefer feather pillows?  (When I got there I had a room on the 9th floor, and feather pillows, so yes, they actually do pay attention to your answers)

    I was in the middle of buying a house while I was staying there, and the staff was able to accomodate me with all the printing and scanning and emailing that was necessary those 2 weeks.  Big kudos to the folks downstairs.

    The Continental Breakfast is the best one I've come across.  Fruit, pastry, juice, coffee, and for a $7 upgrade...any one selection from the breakfast menu.

    Dinner at the bar was a bit pricey, but the bartender was very good.

    Will definately go back, if at all possible...just need another work trip to SD.

    11/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    188. Kenneth F.
    Mix review really. Great location in the middle of everything. Next to ball park restaurants night life super! The room was very nice and clean weird they only provide two bath towels had to ask for more. The pool was very  small. But all in all so far ok. Here's the rub. Service! Hello people. Be nice treat us well. Service was lacking at EVERY contact from making reservations they wouldn't honor published rate on website without going to manager. Pool service horrible. Three gals more interested in talking to themselves then getting us drinks. Their gym is a total joke! Two treadmills and an elliptical that's it. Complimentary drink tickets wouldn't get a Jack n Coke cuz that's a "premium" drink. We are coming back to SD in Sept but will try another place. YMMV.

    11/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    189. Jessica G.
    Beautiful, warm and interesting boutique hotel located off J and 6th street downtown.  Service is excellent.  Décor is funky; a classic and vibrant mix of modern and traditional - reflecting "the place where the sun meet the sea."  

    My fiancé and I visited this place, looking for a wedding reception venue.  Our first impression - fantastic.  We started by hopping in the elevator and visiting the deck bar on the fourth floor - a spacious patio with a nice pool, fully loaded bar, swanky booths and cabanas, lots of comfortable tables and chairs, and of course, heat lamps.  Tucked just a block east of the main Gaslamp Quarter strip, you can see most of downtown from up there, including PetCo Park.  The view was/is amazing.  

    After some nice glasses of Malbec ($9 each) we asked the concierge (Lauren, I think?) if we could see the special events center.  Without hesitation she took us there, and very politely answered all of our questions.  She even took us upstairs to see the basic room layout, including a few of the suites.  The premier suite is the size of a one bedroom apartment!  They are also pet-friendly (but have one hypo-allergenic floor).  We were beyond impressed.  

    We ended our visit with another glass of wine at JSix, the hotel's restaurant/bar on street level.   Our bartender, Andrew was great - friendly, down-to-earth and knowledgeable.  He recommended a "Spark Your Desire," which is now my new favorite drink.

    The only thing we didn't like about this place was the fact that the elevator to go up to the patio bar required a long wait time.  Also, drinks were pricey, but not above the average for downtown San Diego.   Hotel Solamar's view, ambiance and service place this venue WELL above the competition!

    15/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    190. Christine F.
    we had an AWESOME time at this hotel & its pool for a bachelorette weekend.

    very fun atmosphere, beautiful rooms, great downtown views.

    we called housekeeping/concierge a few times and they always responded SUPER quickly with hairspray, towels, a blanket.

    parking downtown is always 20-30$ overnight, but i was prepared - i parked at Park It On Market (on market and 6th?) for $20. i walked a few blocks.

    great location for bar-hopping. they have their own bar, J-Bar, which is super cute & hip. be prepared to pay $20 for a cocktail.

    midday saturday, the pool had families with kids AND cougars strutting around in fancy heels and bikinis AND college kids smoking. weird mix.

    free wine happy hour! i think it's 5-7 ?

    dog friendly!

    16/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    191. Carrie C.
    I have a few criteria that just must be met in order to achieve 5 stars when it comes to a hotel.  They must have superb BEDS, BATHROOMS, and POOL AREA. Don't get me wrong, there is a whole laundry list of things I'd like to see in my hotels of choice, but those three can be deal-breakers.

    The Hotel Solamar is nicely located in the heart of the Gaslamp district so you can walk to quite a bit of stuff, always a perk. The bed was pretty darn comfy and I slept like a rock...even with my boyfriend kicking all the covers off like usual.  The bathroom was nicely appointed...however, HS, why the HELL would you put a back-light behind the mirror and then not add a brighter light as an option? Kind of hard to see what you're doing with makeup if you know what I mean.  No gal likes to come out looking like a paint-by-number gone tragically wrong.  And the pool...nice if you get there at the crack of dawn and secure a gazebo (which we clued in on on day #2).  There's NO jacuzzi...WHA!?  How could you do that to me?

    So 2 our of three on the MUSTS.  Eh, so so.  BUT, I do have to say that the decor is lovely throughout...tres moderne.  There's free WINE in the afternoon in the lobby.  There's a pretty kickin appetizer menu by the pool (may I suggest the cheese plate?  Oh I can?  Ok then...I suggest it!) and the breakfast in the downstairs menu was also notable.

    All in all...i'd stay here again...can't beat the price for the area....

    01/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    192. Janis L.
    We booked a 2 night stay here for our anniversary.  Upon arriving we were greeted kindly by the front desk staff.  As Kimpton InTouch members we were given $10 credit towards the honor bar and free internet access.  The Solamar is a nice boutique hotel located in Gaslamp near Petco Park, the Hard Rock, and all the nightlife Gaslamp has to offer.  Seaport Village is also about a 15 minute walk away; although after trekking all around the shops and touring the USS Midway, I could hardy walk back to the hotel.  Luckily there are pedicabs waiting outside ready to offer their services.  It cost us $5 per person for a ride back to Gaslamp.  Our pedicab even gave us some suggestions for entertainment and good restaurants in Gaslamp.

    We booked a king deluxe suite with hottub.  Room was clean and of decent size with a sitting area, flat screen tv, and outdoor patio.  Our room was on the 4th floor, same as the rooftop pool and lounge.  Also right next door to the fitness center.  It can get loud in the evenings when the lounge has happy hour and into the late night as people stop here as a prelude into the Gaslamp nightlife, but they promptly cleared out the place by 1am.  And we can hear someone dropping weights in the fitness room right next door, but turn up the tv and the noise is immediately drowned out.

    We didn't get to try the hotel's restaurant, but checking out the room service menu the food and prices looked decent.  The bell/valet staff were friendly.  Parking is $35 per night, but we booked a package where we got 50% off.  They even allowed us to keep our car there for a few hours after we checked out so we can grab a bite to eat and visit Gaslamp one last time before heading home.

    Overall my husband & I were happy with our accomodations.  The Front Desk & Bell/Valet staff were friendly & helpful during our stay.  For anyone ever planning on staying at a Kimpton hotel, be sure to sign up for their InTouch program to earn special perks.

    13/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    193. Elizabeth G.
    We stayed 2 nights at the Hotel Solamar and two nights at the Ivy this past weekend and while the location of the Ivy was perfect for Halloween, I liked the vibe at the Solamar much better.  

    Thursday night we got in late and were upgraded to one of their spa suites...it was awesome.  Ginormous spa tub with separate shower, big living room and separate bedroom.  The guy who checked us in was super friendly and gave us a bottle of wine even!  Great way to start off the weekend.  

    I loved everything about the room....the beachy yet contemporary decor, the fun animal print robes, the comfy bed...

    I love downtown San Diego and the fact that all the great hotels have rooftop bar/pool/lounge areas.  We didn't eat in the restaurant but we did have drinks at the lounge by the pool.  

    Highly recommend!

    03/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    194. Jen G.
    The visit started off really good. The hotel is pretty. But...things didn't go as well as I would have liked.  First, they had a problem with my reservation -- they thought I was coming in 6 months.  Good thing I had my print-out with the reservation. When I asked for a late check-out they said absolutely - call in the morning.  When I called in the morning they said nope.  The refrigerator for the mini bar made a rattling noise all night which made for a pretty bad night of sleep.  And, the water was cold -- not a great shower. Parking was $35/night (kind of pricey). Gym equipment was old and internet was slow.

    08/02/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    195. Laura L.
    I had a quick 24-hour stay in San Diego late last week to help CM Danny W throw an ass-kicking party at the USS Midway Museum. (One of the first times I ever felt sad about living in a landlocked state!)  
    I arrived super early at Hotel Solamar so spent a few hours in the cushy lobby area sipping on coffee and cucumber water while working on my laptop. I fully realize I could have walked down the block to a coffee shop, but I was actually so comfortable I basically just made it my office.

    When I could finally check in, I was SUPER excited about the size of my room. I stayed in a Kimpton hotel in San Fran a few weeks ago, and the rooms were pretty mini. Not so here! I definitely could have thrown a party in my room.

    Bonuses:
    *Daily afternoon wine receptions
    *Beautifully-decorated, spacious rooms - mine had an under-the-sea theme, but not in a tacky way
    *Excellent room service - my 9 p.m. room service order was top notch. Doug took my call and was quick to tell me that they were low or out of two of the things I wanted, but then proceeded to make me the most damn tasty sandwich and salad I've ever had. I may have been slighly starved at that point, but seriously, it was really one of the most light, refreshing, and delicious salads I've ever eaten (at a hotel.) I actually called down to the kitchen to thank them, that's how serious I was about it.

    Note: the mini bar is ubertempting - stocked with top shelf tequila and nice wines. Good thing I was too tired to partake. :)

    22/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    196. Shakeel A.
    Never been to a Kimpton's branch hotel before but if this is any indication of their standards, I AM A FAN! Nice hotel, clean, courteous staff. No problems checking in or out. Location could not have been any better. Hundreds of resteraunts within walking distance to choose from! Followed their recommendations of taking the Old Town Trolly Tour to get an idea of the city. Could not get the same deal (booked through hotwire) for the second night stay and went to Hotel Indigo(also reviewed).

    TIP: Parking is steep as with all hotels in the area. Best would be to try parking outside, usually within a block of many hotels for way much cheaper. We saw our car parked in one oh these parking lots so if its safe enough for them to park our cars in; its safe enough for us to park in it ourselves saving a lot of money. The parking lot right across the street of the hotel gets locked in after midnight.

    21/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    197. Kirk F.
    FABULOUS.  My favorite hotel in San Diego.

    Very classy, stylish rooms.  Nice linens (though the last time I was there the towels were kinda worn out...shame on you, Kimpton!).  Nice looking lobby--with complementary wine tasting every night!  See-and-be-seen pool with a hopping pool bar and a view of Petco Park (do not get a room overlooking the bar on the weekend unless you plan on closing the bar yourself!).  Great food.

    The only irritation I have is that it seems like there is always one less front desk person than would be efficient--I feel like I am always waiting in line for help a few minutes longer than I would like.

    And it is pricey.  So get your money's worth at the free wine happy hour and nothing will bother you!

    09/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    198. Robyn A.
    Weekend getaway spot. Reasonable rates, nice clean rooms, and very comfortable. Good downtown spot, great view of the city, very chic. Parking is expensive, but competitive for overnight hotel parking downtown. Will return!
    Another bonus... free wi-fi if you sign up on the Kimpton website.

    17/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    199. Rachel A.
    Pet-friendly with no extra charges - that is awesome, considering how nice this hotel is!!

    I do have minor complaints (although it didn't hurt my 5-star rating because it's still a great hotel):
    - TV not in HD
    - shower head fell off during a shower
    - pillows are small and they didn't have extras in the closet
    - Service at the restaurant was subpar considering it was a Sunday morning, not full, and we just wanted 2 bloody marys

    Overall - staff was very friendly and the hotel was luxurious and comfortable.  Our pet enjoyed it as well.

    21/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    200. Keila H.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this hotel.  Solamar has now topped my fav hotels loist in SD.  My wonderful bf booked us a night here this past Saturday for a surprise bday trip.  He had been in cahoots with someone at the hotel because everyone knew it was my bday. We got an upgraded room and a bottle of bubbly in our room when we checked in.  We got a spa room with a great deep jacuzzi tub.  The beds were pretty standard though.  The location you just cannot beat, walking distance to everything in Gaslamp and right across the street from tivoli bar.  The rooftop pool/ bar area really is wonderful.  Will be back for sure!

    26/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    201. Rachel A.
    I came to San Diego in Dec 09' for one of my close friends bday. She was celerbating it at Club 207 at The Hard Rock hotel so i wanted to stay at another hotel that wasn't that pricey.  I found hotel solamar, 3 blocks from the club...did my research and the ratings looked good....and i was very pleased with the hotel when i arrived.  I got the room for $98 and for a standard size room, it was very spacious. From 5-6 p.m there's a complimentary wine ceremony in the lobby....your choice of chardonnay or merlot...so definitely took advantage of that.  There are plenty of restaurants, shops, stores within blocks of each other, and this hotel is also right across the street from Stingaree club.  Definitely staying here again when im in town!

    07/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    202. Tati R.
    I stayed at hotel Solamar for a girls getaway. We paid $75 per night by bidding on priceline. Check in was easy, it took about five minutes. Our room was nice, two queen beds, good sized window and decent bathroom. The room had a small fridge, and closet but no dresser. There were hilarious robes, zebra and cheetah print. We enjoyed taking photos of ourselves in them, but other than that I would never wear them. Some people used them to go to the pool area.

    The pool was small but didn't need to be any larger since few people went in, mostly just hung out. There were a lot of towels, some empty cabanas, a bar and a water cooler. On weekend night the bar turns into a lounge at night. There was a decent amount of people but not tons. It was a good spot to have a final drink or the first one before heading out.

    Overall I thought the hotel was very nice. The location was great to walk around. There is cheaper parking across the street and down the block. Tons of food selections all over and the typical gas lamp night life. The hotel has complimentary coffee in the morning, lemonade and ice tea in the afternoon plus wine in the evening. A nice touch.

    28/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    203. Kristin B.
    decided to stay at the Hotel Solamar after i was impressed with my last Kimpton property visit (Hotel Palomar Westwood) for a weekend getaway to SD. location is great - right in the heart of gaslamp and walkable to numerous restaurants, bars, clubs, shops. you can definitley get around here on foot. the staff is super friendly and helpful making the check-in process efficient. rooms are nicely decorated in blues/brown tones and even with surrounding bars/clubs, the windows keep out noise very nicely. upon check-out i noticed a glitch in my bill, but the staff quickly corrected it and was very apologetic. no harm, no foul.

    my favorite part about my stay at the Solamar was the hosted wine hour from 5-6pm. not only did they have tasty wines, but they brought out some food from the hotel restaurant for us to snack on! thought that was a nice touch since at the Palomar, we didnt get any food with our wine haha. while drinking wine in the lounge, make sure to also say hi to Bam Bam, the resident hotel dog. he just roams around the lobby area and is super friendly to all hotel guests...just make sure he doesnt run outside the front door haha

    note: join the free Kimpton in-touch program - you get free wi-fi internet at their properties plus a 'raid the mini bar' card which entitles you to 2 free mini bar items! plus you'll get a nice letter upon check-in thanking you for your stay haha...thought these were pretty cool extra perks!

    03/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    204. Grace T.
    a brief (and crazy fun!) stay at this luxurious downtown hotel for a bachelorette party...awesome location -- within walking distance of bars, clubs, and the broken yolk (gotta nurse that hangover!)...the room we had, although a corner suite, as still a little on the small side, but given it's location in downtown SD, I'd assume most rooms at other comparable hotels are the same...

    I'd say a great place to stay if you can get a good rate or are willing to splurge a little!

    12/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    205. Vicki V.
    I wrote this essay of a review, but it some how did not auto-save, so here I am again.
    First of all, I would like to say Hotel Solamar should be renamed HOTel Solamar, cuz seriously, the place is HOTTTTT! From walking into the holiday/sea inspired lobby, through the roof top bar/lounge, exploring the room and finding: animal print robes, mini wet bar and fridge, swiveling flat screen, dvd player, safe, iron board stuff, love seat lounger with ottoman, comfy desk chair, uber soft 1232314 thread count sheets, AND a massively beautiful bathroom--I fell in love with its hotness!! The bathroom had a jetted spa (big enough for two adults or 5 midgets), large glass shower, a closeup mirror, hair dryer, towels, and offered a long list of items that you may have for gotten--free of charge! I think the list included toothbrush, paste, fashion tape, etc.  There was another list that had contact soln, etc for a small fee. You can even order up a curling iron or straightener to borrow.  
    The service was outstanding. The only bad part was the forced $35 valet during our stay. A good tip is if you want to take your car out, call down to valet from your room so you don't have to wait long. Another tip if you're using the spa is to rinse the tub and jets! I think the last guests let their dog swim around in the tub because there were small hairs all over the place! blech! That's what you get for staying at a pet friendly hotel. At least it didn't stink like wet dog.
    BTW- After checking out, my friend told me that Lady Gaga was chilling at the bar right next to Hotel Solamar after her concert. No wonder there was a lot of noise down there..probably from all her papa, paparazzi.
    k enough. - I WISHHHH to return here someday.

    02/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    206. Maria B.
    Perfect location for Gaslamp District and a nice hotel.

    The room was very nice and we liked the "sea" decor throughout (the lobby was very pretty at night).  The staff was very friendly and the location was perfect for walking to restaurants and stores.  The only downside was $35 a night for valet parking, which we thought was a little high.  You can even bring your dogs to the hotel, but mine would've taken a bite out of every staff member, so I wouldn't have trusted him there...

    I could definitely recommend this hotel as a nice place to stay in San Diego.  I just still haven't found my perfect hotel in San Diego yet, so I'll keep trying different places until then...

    14/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    207. Mishel F.
    Can I give them 10 stars?

    Just hosted an event at their rooftop bar for one of my clients and it was amazing!  The entire staff went above and beyond to accomodate my many requests.  From planning to execution they were willing to help and provide input and great ideas (ice sculpture of our logo and a globo image on the nearby building were a huge hit plus specialty cocktails with our company's name).  I do a lot of events and I've never received this level of service.  The food was fantastic, love the focus on organic and sustainable ingredients as well (thanks Kimptom hotels!). If I were not local to the area, I'd definitely stay at this charming little hotel, have enjoyed J Sixx restaurant many times and it's always delicious.

    12/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    208. Christa A.
    Hotel Solamar couldn't have been more perfect for our last minute weekend. It was comfortable and romantic. It was located near all the right spots for us to walk to.  We booked a great deal less than 24 hours of checking in and when we even showed up early they were able to accommodate us with early check-in.

    We are definitely are coming back, as the hotel and whole weekend went above and beyond our expectations. The best part is when we come back we can bring our doggies for no extra charge. The entire hotel is super pet friendly.

    Maybe it is because we has such an amazing weekend but we recommend for all couples to stay at Hotel Solamar and check prices through the deal sites.

    30/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    209. Jenny W.
    If you are looking for a nice hotel downtown, affordable, pet-friendly, and customer service oriented - look no further than Hotel Solamar. Here is why it received 4 stars in my book.

    The Good
    - Nice fairly spacious rooms. For some reason I thought the rooms would be small but it was very spacious. Also very beautiful in my opinion - not over the top.
    - Comfortable bed - great for sleeping and all other activities
    - Flat screen tv in the room
    - WINE HOUR 5-6pm daily for guests. They have a different red and white wine for each month.  Loved this - this was like my pre-pre party for new years!
    - Hot cocoa bar! with marshmallows and chocolate. such a cute idea! It rarely gets cold in SD but boy was it nippy this last week of December.
    - Super Pet friendly. I loved seeing so many dogs of all sizes coming in and out of the hotel. They even have a little bowl set up at their front door for the dogs.
    - Entirely non-smoking! whee!
    - super cool giant ipod-like concierge machine in the front. Big, touch screen, very handy - you can look up local restaurants, nightlife, shopping, etc. It pulls up google maps and you can print out the directions immediately. This is probably one of the neatest things I've seen. More hotels definitely should get this. You don't have to wait around to talk to a concierge person when you just want to quickly look up directions or ideas for local places. I love love love that you can actually print out your search results. A+ idea!!
    - only $17 (vs $35) for parking if you have a hybrid!! love that!

    The Bad: overall not much to complain about!
    - Only 2 elevators, slightly slow, closes on you in seconds (this is something that i'm not so sure they can do much about other than getting new elevators)

    The Ugly: MY ONLY GRIPE WAS WITH THE VALET PARKING!!!
    **I preface this by admitting that yes, it was new year's day, but still....**
    - Inefficient when many people are waiting around. Everyone kind of just stands around at the front  without a line - many guests didn't realize that you needed to just find a valet worker who was running around and hand them your ticket. The problem with this is there is no order as to when you get your car. My boyfriend and I waited 20 minutes as we saw guests that came after us immediately get their cars. We didn't know what was going on and went to talk to the valet guy who said he would find out what was going on and that in itself took another 5-10 minutes. They really should collect the tickets and place them on some sort of rack in the order that they are received. It was completely ridiculous waiting 20 minutes. They were lucky that they finally pulled up our car because I was already walking to find the manager of the hotel. Both my boyfriend and I had really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Solamar - it is unfortunate that we left with a bitter taste in our mouth as there really is no excuse for waiting 20 minutes for the valet when people were getting their cars immediately even though they arrived after we did. I understand that it was a very busy day and I'm sure on any other day it would have been less crazy, but still something for them to work on improving.

    ALL IN ALL - I will definitely stay at another Kimpton hotel.

    01/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    210. Olivia M.
    3.5 stars.  I am local to San Diego but because we were partying with a bunch of friends and none of us wanted to be DD, we booked a hotel room.  The place was really nice, there were a cute water bowl outside valet parking for your pets, the parking attendants were pretty nice, and we checked in in the early evening so there was wine happy hour available.  The place was within walking distance to dinner and the bars we were planning on going to.

    After the night was over, we came back and went to sleep.  Somewhere during the night, someone next door/downstairs/down the hall/not remotely sure where took advantage of the thin walls and were really loud during the night, causing us to not sleep that well.  That part really sucked.

    After we checked out, the check-out process was easy and our car didn't take long to grab from valet.  

    I am aware that there is a bar in this hotel, but we didn't go there.

    24/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    211. Kari T.
    My friends & I chose this hotel for a girls get away in December. The SD weather was great; sunny & warm! We were really looking forward to having a fun weekend before the stress of the holidays!

    We made our reservation a month in advance. We had requested 2 adjoining rooms for the 6 of us and we were instantly disappointed when we checked in; our request was not satisfied. Our rooms were at least on the same floor and next to each other but they were not adjoining.

    And later, within an hour of checking in we needed to be separated. One group was moved to a different floor because when they had used their hotel room shower the bathroom had flooded.

    Despite our disappointment, we decided to check out the hotel lobby happy hour, which includes free wine, but only lasts for an hour from 5pm to 6pm. The wine that was served was Barefoot, might as well have been rubbing alcohol.

    Our group left for dinner and after we had hit up a few of the bars in the Gaslamp District we had planned to return to the Hotel Patio Bar- LOUNGEsix. We arrived back at the hotel around 12:30am on a Saturday night and the Hotel Patio Bar was already closed :(

    The rooms were nicely decorated, beds decent, hotel room lighting was okay. Overall not the best hotel experience.

    24/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    212. Andrea R.
    Great decor, very friendly staff. I love the coffee/tea in the morning.

    The hotel seems to have a focus on being eco-friendly - recycling bins in rooms, options to keep your towels and sheets, etc. We thought the bed was too soft (and actually, my boyfriend's back was hurting after two nights here), but that's just our personal preference for firmer beds.

    We only stayed for two nights, but it was comfortable and we liked the location. $35 for parking is steep, but can be balanced out with hotel room specials.

    Also love that it's pet-friendly, even though we stayed on a "two-legged guests only" floor :(

    06/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    213. Melissa G.
    Cannot ask for better!  The rooms are always top-notch and the staff is customer centered.  Everything you need or think you need is provided and if there is any hiccup they are there to make it right immediately.  We have tried staying at other non-Kimpton properties and always end up coming back because of their excellent service.  
    The location of this hotel is ideal for walking and taking in the sites.  There are great spots to grab food and the trolley is just a few blocks away.  If you happen to be a runner the hotel even provides quick tip maps, with marked distances.
    Another nice feature of the hotel is the adjacent restaurant.  The food is tasty and the atmosphere is very pleasant.  Be sure to take advantage of any specials they are running that add the cost of food onto your room for very nominal fees.

    03/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    214. Alison V.
    Great room with a comfortable bed.  Wonderful staff.  Top-notch service.  I love you Kimpton!

    12/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    215. Patrick D.
    Nice hotel, needs work.

    I booked because I got a REALLY good rate and it was in the Gaslamp.  Nice looking room, with trendy decor.  Friendly staff that was very helpful and seemed willing to answer questions.  They have nice and free events all the time in the "living room" (lobby), like wine in the afternoons and coffee and tea in the mornings.  $35 parking seems high, unless you think about where you're staying.  And they have free internet, though you need to sign up for their rewards program and provide an email and mailing address.

    The downsides?  First of all, the sink in the bathroom: it's so high you'd have to  be 6'5" to use it; it's shaped so that when you turn the water too high or try to rinse your mouth, water gets everywhere.  Second, all toiletries (except lotion) are in dispensers: seriously, in a 4 star hotel?  Third, the room was pretty noisy: I could hear my neighbor's tv program...let's just say he wasn't watching a Disney movie.

    Overall, it served its purpose as a place to stay, but the finer details could use work, especially for a place purportedly rated 4 starts with AAA.

    07/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    216. Penny Lane X.
    Got a GREAT deal on Priceline for Hotel Solamar. I would stay here again.

    PROS:
    -SUPER comfy beds and fluffy pillows
    -CLEAN room
    -Pretty decor
    -Mini fridge in room
    -FREE coffee (in lobby in the morning at 6am)
    -Friendly staff
    -Lots of HOT water and GREAT water pressure in the shower!

    CONS:
    -$32 for Valet parking!!! (park at a nearby Parking garage for way less than that! We parked in the garage on K st, about 2 blocks to the South for $14 overnight).
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    The bathroom has a bar of Aveeno soap and a (not aveeno) small bottle of lotion. The Shower Gel, Shampoo, and Conditioner are pump bottles that are in the shower.

    NOTE: sign up for their "In Touch" (rewards) program (it's free!) and you can get complimentary wi-fi and a coupon for 2 complimentary items (up to a $10 value) from the honor-bar/fridge in your room. Of course, 1 liter of Aqua Fina water is $5.50 and a juice bottle is $3.00...(ya know, over inflated hotel prices).

    01/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    217. Cara C.
    My hubby and I decided to treat ourselves to a staycation. It was nice being right downtown and this hotel is amazing. We had a beautiful view of downtown from our jacuzzi tub for two. Our bedroom overlooked the gorgeous pool area. The room service was great. We ordered a fresh fruit and cheese platter with a bottle of wine that was just perfect; fresh figs, strawberries, other fruits and a very nice selection of yummy cheeses. So good! I hope to return one of these days to check out some of their other rooms. I would say that advanced booking is highly reccomended. I booked close to a month out. Something tells me they're a popular place to stay. Oh and they're pet friendly for those of you who take your poochie with you everywhere as I do ;)

    11/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    218. Lindsey L.
    Last week my boyfriend and I had to go to San Diego to celebrate my dad's birthday. My Great Dane, Luna, invited herself along. We chose Hotel Solamar because it  was highly recommended by a Great Dane website we frequent.  After playing on the beach all day, we checked into Hotel Solamar. It is a beautiful hotel and the front desk staff were very friendly. They even sent water dishes and a dog bed to our room for Luna. We set up her bed, gave her a couple chews and left her alone while we went to dinner.

    Two hours into the dinner, we got a call from the front desk of the hotel. Apparently a hotel guest discovered Luna RIDING THE ELEVATOR. They were very nice and said not to worry, they were bringing her back to our room. Of course we left dinner immediately and high-tailed it back. When we arrived back at the valet, who's down there hanging out? Luna. She was tied to the valet stand with a bowl of water. A group of guests were surrounding her and fawning over her. She looked like she was having the time of her life.

    The hotel staff really went above and beyond the call of duty when Luna broke out of the room (without a collar or tags) not once but twice. They took great care of her until we got back. (Keep in mind she is a 105-pound goofy slobberface, and sometimes people cross to other side of the street when they see her coming.) Not at Hotel Solamar - it really seemed like all of the employees are dog lovers. That's not to say that Hotel Solamar is in any way a "dog hotel." It's better described as a luxury boutique hotel that just happens to allow dogs. Anyway, we were more than impressed (and relieved) by the level of care they took and their positive attitudes.

    Also, the hotel restaurant breakfast was delicious!

    12/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    219. Samantha C.
    Great overall experience staying here and reasonable price. Decor is beautiful, excellent front desk and valet service. I got the standard room with 1 king size which I think was too small. The great thing was that the room was very nicely decorated, and felt clean! However, I'll probably get either a suite or standard room with 2 beds (at minimum) assuming the room sizes for those would be bigger. Loved the bathroom with the powerful shower head! I'm a very light sleeper and surprisingly, I did not get woken up in the middle of the night. The leopard and tiger print robes were just hilarious and started our SD trip with a good laugh.  Valet overnight parking is $35 per night which is a bit steep, but pretty convenient if you need to get access to your car. Otherwise, check to see if you can park overnight at the lot across the street or at the meters.

    31/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    220. Crystal H.
    Stayed one night with my two German Shephards, very clean.  Rooms are dark brown Pergo with tile bathroom, excellent for easily cleaning after any pet!
    Hotel staff were friendly (except one bad experience with a woman in housekeeping who was rude). Valet parking is $38, a bit pricey.  Park across the street if you do not need in/out service for $26
    And....They have the New York Times.  
    I will go back.

    14/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    221. Marie P.
    Boutique hotel that is small but fabulous.  LOVE the super giant deep jacuzzi tub that could fit six people :-)  Small room but very nice.

    29/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    222. Andrew D.
    All Dogs don't need to go to heaven.  They just need to go to the Hotel Solamar.  This isn't just some hotel that is dog "friendly..." i.e. they endure dogs to bring in a little extra business that otherwise wouldn't come...no, these folks at the Hotel Solamar, are dog fans.

    Pooches of all sizes and shapes and noise levels welcome.  And I didn't run into one staff member that didn't talk to my dog before they talked to me.  Any other situation, that's just rude, but definitely not in this case.  Not only does the staff want to personally meet your beast with a few hearty scratches, but they want to ply him with treats, and they also want tp make sure that you know all the great local spots in the area that will welcome your dog as well.  Hell, even the car valet was giving treats to the dogs!

    Now for some things the "uprights" are more worried about- the rooms are spacious and up to date, and insanely clean (figuring they welcome dogs).  There is fresh coffee, tea and hot chocolate every morning in the lobby... and complimentary happy hour booze in the p.m. as well.  This place took all the stress out of vacationing with a dog.

    29/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    223. Mary L.
    I stayed here 3 nights with my husband and our 60+ lb border collie/Aussie. We found a great deal on Expedia. I could not believe the great value, very nice spacious room with a king bed and the bathroom was huge and very nice. The hotel really gives a great ambience of being high end/luxurious. The pool area was very nice. The location was great in the Gaslamp district. I really recommend catching a Padres game if you are staying there. The staff is really nice and greeted us warmly every time.  There is free coffee and tea in the morning. My two favorite things were the complimentary wine hour (and they even had imported beer one night), and that they were so welcoming to my large dog. She had her own bed, food/water bowls, and her name on the marquee out front the entire stay. I really appreciate finding a nice hotel willing to house my large pup at no additional costs nonetheless! I did find the $40/night parking a bit steep, especially being from Vegas where valet parking is free most places, but it was no big deal to find cheaper self parking a block away. BTW, this is the first time I have given 5 stars to anyone on Yelp!

    02/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    224. Janet C.
    Cute boutique that doesn't sacrifice any of the quality, cleanliness, or comfort of a five star stay.  Rooms were modern yet warm and inviting and not cramped like many boutiques in downtown SD.  Beds were super comfy.  Pillows not so much unless you like the feathers to part for head to mattress contact. The pillows are really my only complaint.  Bathroom was clean AND had nice smelling toiletries.  Staff was super down-to-earth friendly.  In fact, service was great all around.  FREE WINE in the lobby from 5-6pm daily.  Heated ROOFTOP POOL.  Centrally located in the Gaslamp.  Pretty much loved everything about this hotel and think everyone old and young would enjoy staying here.

    12/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    225. dan p.
    I would give them 6 if I could. With a 45 day stay due to unforeseen circumstances, I actually would call this living at home and the staff treated me like a family member.

    First super pet friendly and that's always a huge plus.

    The front desk staff Wendy, Osage, Carly, Jose, Paige and others are amazing!!!! Their management has found a gold mine in their staffing.
    They bent over backwards every which way to make sure that due to my other stressors I had none at the hotel.

    They have a refreshment table in the lobby and server coffee in the morning. Lemonade, and Ice Tea in the afternoons, and a complimentary wine and nosh happy hour. All three are amazing and no cheap skating here.

    The pool area is great and turn into a outdoor lounge at night. The bartenders they were all great and the waitress's as well.

    The parking fee is a little steep I agree with alot of other reviews on that , however that is only by 10-15 dollars. So it's not like it's free at every other hotel downtown or anything of the sorts.

    Loved and I'm coming back Kimpton will be my new favorite hotel chain. If I do a San Diego Staycation this is where you'll find me

    01/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    226. Dave R.
    Great hotel!  Superb rooms.
    Only drawback is the $35.00 overnight parking!

    14/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    227. Adria D.
    For being a pet friendly hotel I was worried about hair, odor, etc when I won this place on a bid on Priceline. However I was pleasantly surprised. There were no signs or smells that any pet had ever ventured through the halls or rooms!

    In fact I have stayed at a few places downtown when i know I will be partying, it's the safest thing to do and sometimes cheaper than a cab for me.
    Hotel Salomar has modern yet beach themed decor. It's an odd combination, but they made it work. I loved it! The halls are dimly lit which I really appreciate especially when i am hung over! The beds were super comfy! I was relieved they did not have those big polka dot blankets on the bed as pictured in the photo's on here, they looked kind of cheesey. I liked the rooms much better than the Omni or W. They have a room safe, plasma, fridge, bathrobes, blow dryers, and free wi fi if you register with their hotel club.

    They have a complimentary wine hour between 5 and 6pm and coffee in the morning in the lobby.
    I would park at the lot across the street if I were you.
    It is way cheaper than valet especially if your staying more than 24 hours.

    They also have a great pool bar that happens to be one of the most happening spots downtown. It gets pretty packed and it is so much fun! It's also a great spot for a nice martini lunch. The burgers at the J Six pool bar are excellent. I highly recommend the burger! I did not try the restaurant, but it was quite busy and looked good, very modern and elegant. I am sure I will stop in and try it later, several friends of mine really love the restaurant.

    26/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    228. SoCal J.
    This is a nice hotel and the rooms are very trendy. The staff was extremely helpful and courteous.  I have to give it four stars based on one of the biggest amenities not being able to handle the number of guests.  The pool deck is just way to small.  They have cabanas and they have loungers, but there just is not enough space for everyone who wants to use the pool.  There are probably about 12 loungers.  We were fortunate and were able to grab one but we watched many guests walk out and have to stand around waiting or put there things on the ground or a planter wall to be able to use the pool.  This may be a way to ensure that guests rent cabanas.  I was surprised by how much space was used for the bar by the pool, a little of that could have gone toward more deck space.  I would definitely stay here again, just would be sure that if I were going to use the pool that I would go early and get some space!

    22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    229. Victoria N.
    Let me break it down for you:

    Pros:
    - Really beautiful decor. The hotel was decorated for Christmas and I loved it!
    -Pet-friendly: Great for those people with pets. For those without pets, the top two floors are humans only.
    -Jacuzzi tub!!!! Great to use for some pre-(or post) partying. In my case, my friends and I soaked our feet in the tub and had a glass of vino. I also liked the fact that there was a huge window next to the tub so we could watch the sun setting.
    -Prompt room service: We called downstairs for extra comforters and towels and they brought it up very quickly.
    -Bed had the right level of firmness :)
    -Perfect location if you don't want to drive within Gaslamp (and since parking is $35, you're better off walking anyway...unless you're a baller). Everything was reachable by walking.

    Cons:
    -I really don't understand why there isn't a coffee maker in the room. Is this a boutique hotel trend? When we asked the front desk if we could have a small coffee maker in the room, they kept on telling us that we had to call room service for the hot water. Kinda odd...
    -Sofa bed was too soft...it kinda sagged in the middle so if you have back problems, you'd be better off sleeping on the floor or on the real bed.
    -Too few towels in the bathroom. 3 large ones and 3 small towels were all that we found.
    -Bathroom and bedroom door had no lock so if you're sharing the room, just be careful. Also I think it would have been more convenient had the toilet been a separate room so others could use the sinks and etc. while someone is doing their #1 or #2.

    Not really a con for us but could be for others:
    -The hotel is located right in the Gaslamp district and there is a rooftop lounge right next door so you can bet there will be loud music, sounds of people talking and laughing, and regular traffic sounds going until very early in the morning.

    I wish I could have given this hotel 3.5 stars. It's cute but I'm not sure if I'll be staying here next time.

    14/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    230. Aleks G.
    Everything was nice...except the $35 parking fee!

    Why do hotels charge an additional cost for parking AT the hotel. I'm already paying over $100 for the room and this felt really over the top.

    I wouldn't recommend just based on this. There are plenty other hotels in the immediate area to pick from,

    20/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    231. Seong P.
    I got to go to San Diego for my birthday.  I'd driven through on the way to Baja over the years but  had never actually hung out there so it seemed like a good time to go.  Plus, we wanted someplace warm with beaches.  

    There were beaches but no sun until the day we left, of course.  I didn't know where we were staying until right before we checked in and actually, I was told it was the Palomar.  Some people don't have good memories.  The name didn't mean anything but once I walked into the lobby, I was impressed.  Good lighting, a gorgeous lounge off to the side and just a mellow friendly vibe.  When the friend started doing some Digable Planets, one of the concierges joined in.  Who wouldn't love that?  

    We got a corner room on the top floor, the decor was tasteful, there were animal print bathrobes (I chose zebra), WiFi  in the room, super comfy feathertop bed and L'Occitane products.   We had a view of the rooftop bar and pool but since it was so cold, we just looked at it from above.  

    The wine happy hour was nice.  We got to try some South African Shiraz and I won at checkers.  This may have been one of my best birthdays ever.

    22/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    232. Robin W.
    Wonderful hotel in the middle of the Gaslamp District. 5 pm Wine Happy Hour? Yes, please!

    Dog friendly with a blackboard announcing their VIPs (Very Important Pooches - this is not necessarily a positive for me but some people might like this).

    Gorgeous decor to every last detail. I want their decorator to come to my house and go to town.

    Delightful rooftop lounge. Great views all around. More beautiful decor. Heated benches. Fire pits. Cabanas. Room service and alcohol. Perfect.

    Suites are huge. Valet parking is $35/night. One of the few negatives.

    Staff is extra-friendly and not in an annoying way.  Would stay here over and over again.

    16/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    233. Hazel Q.
    I love, love, love me some Kimpton Hotels. From SF to Portland to San Diego, they've yet to let me down. The Hotel Solamar is right up there with the best of 'em too. My fave Kimpton pad remains the Hotel Monaco in Portland, but Solamar definitely held their own.

    Sure, they've got comfy beds, stylish bathrooms, animal print robes, and the snazzy rooftop bar - but what really makes Solamar is the service. From the front desk offering to call when my room was ready (after I tried to check in far too early) to the most patient 2am room service guy I've ever met.

    Yep, I said 2am room service. I'm not sure if it's 24 hours, or if it's everyday, all I know is that the staff at the Solamar very patient and graciously dealt with a room full of drunkards ordering chicken fingers and repeatedly asking for wasabi mayo at 2am on a Thursday night.

    Plus, it may be a bit pricey, but if you get beat by SD's early liquor rules, they've got an honor bar just for you.

    Also...chicken fingers were tasty, but sadly, wasabi mayo was too absurd of a request at 2am.

    02/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    234. Charlene S.
    I love this hotel. The staff is exceptional. The beds are sooo somfortable and the rooms are spacious. Great location in the Gaslamp district.  Complimentary coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. What more can you ask for? J Six restaurant has has lot to offer too.  I can't say enough about the great experience I have at this hotel.

    09/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    235. Lina C.
    Not the experience I was expecting, based on previous yelp reviews. I must've just had a bad experience...

    #1- When I checked in, I was given a room on the 4th floor. When I stepped in that Friday afternoon, I could hear music and bass blasting through the walls. My room led directly to the outdoor patio/lounge/pool area- yes the windows did not lend themselves to privacy... I requested a quieter room, which the staff kindly and prompty switched me to.

    #2- When I came in, the bathroom light was out, and I had to call for engineering to replace the bulb.

    #3- When returning the next day around 4pm, I came back to a room that was not yet cleaned! I called downstairs and they said that usually housekeeping comes before 5pm- so they sent someone ASAP.

    #4- I went to the small pool at 3pm on Sunday- it was PACKED. I could NOT find one seat to lay out on, so I had to sit in the cabana. Not only that, the hotel is an L shape, with all the windows on upper floors looking right down onto the pool area. It isnt very private at all.

    #5- For some reason, the lobby area smelled like the exhaust that comes out of buildings. Sort of the sulfur-like stuffy air.

    #6- Walls are thin, I could hear voices from next door

    TIP: I was able to find free street parking on Sun, Mon, Tues. There are about 6 spots on 6th avenue right outside Solamar that are FREE street parking: no meters, fees, but watch out for street cleaning between 3-6am on certain days of the week. Saved me over $100 of valet parking fees here!

    TIP: sign up for the FREE hotel membership- it gives you free internet, and $10 credit on the mini-bar in the room. Logging onto internet was easy.

    The location is excellent, and overall the hotel is well kept, offers good service. I like their eco-friendly services too. Bottom line is, I'd still consider staying here again if on a budget, because it was still about 40% less $$$  than other big hotels in this area. I just wish things went smoother.

    18/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    236. Jessica B.
    LOVE this hotel! Perfect location. The decor is beautiful! The hotel pool is heated. This place is top of the line. The valet is $40 a night...which is insane but the valet guys were very nice and helpful so I didn't mind paying that much. We found a really good deal on Priceline. I can't wait to go back!!!

    28/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    237. Evan K.
    The Solamar is very trendy and in a very good location. My girlfriend and I walked to almost everywhere we wanted to go (restaurants, Petco Park, bars, and lounges). However, considering how much I spent, the hotel has some glaring flaws.

    First, the door connecting adjacent rooms, which we kept closed, was very thin and at 3 am was woken up for about a hour by the people next door talking. They weren't talking loud -- it was the door. The main purpose of a hotel is to sleep and I couldn't do that.

    Second, the maid never cleaned my room. We checked in Friday and checked out Sunday. The maid came to our room at 4 pm on Saturday and we told her we'd be out in a hour and to come back then. When we got back later that night, the room was still a mess. I called the front desk but they said all the maid had gone home for the night and they must've thought I said I didn't want service. In my conversation with the maid, I said "Can you come back in a hour?" and she said "Okay". It doesn't get much clearer than that.

    Third, the down from the bed was coming out the entire stay. The glass nightstand was covered in feathers by Sunday morning.

    The hotel is very trendy and swanky, but they're missing some very essential and basic details that really left a bad taste in my mouth. I told the front desk, but they didn't seem to care much and didn't offer to make my stay more enjoyable in any way. For these reasons, I suggest you take your money and stay in another hotel.

    24/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    238. Scott B.
    My wife decided for a road trip on July 4th and picked this hotel as our ground zero.  We are more of the conventional types when it comes to hotels, so this was a welcomed change.  The location is on the edge of the Gaslamp...a block from Petco and a block to 5th street and all the restaurants.  The parking charge ($35) is a bit steep, but you can park across the street for $25 and let the homeless have at your ride.  

    The hotel itself is "dog friendly" but seemingly "kid unfriendly".  I like dogs but I don't know if I want my room to have been inhabited by man's best friend the night before.  The pool is small and can fit 10 adults comfortably.  The staff is courteous, kind, knowledgeable and on their best behavior.  We ate lunch at Bub's, across the street and it was great (sports bar with numerous tv's).  

    All in all, a nice change from the standard hotel, with hip decorating, nice ambiance and a unique spin on the hotel experience....but can we leave the dogs in a boarding house?

    07/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    239. Lynn F.
    We were told by the front desk when we made our reservation that this is a kid friendly hotel, it is NOT.  When we arrived we went to the pool only to see about 30 adults standing in the pool drinking HEAVILY.  The pool is not that big so there was no room for my 2 kids to swim.  We did not stay long as it is clearly not a place for kids. The 1 star I gave it was only because it is a great location.

    18/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    240. Eric L.
    Rented 3 rooms for a bachelor party.

    Great decor, good room, comfy bed.  The only problem is that the rooms are tiny.  The suite we reserved had a balcony that was on the same floor as the pool with a glass wall separating it and oh man was that great to have a good view during our drinking escapades.

    Great place to stay but a little pricey.  I'd stay here again though.

    12/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    241. Sandy G.
    Looved this hotel! It is dog friendly, although we didnt bring our dog, and the customer service is awesome!! We came here midweek June 18th-20th for a sports competition.  I suggested this hotel to the other competitors because I read rave reviews.  So we ended up booking 4 different rooms for our group.  We had a great time!  I was able to check-in early (although I really didnt need the room, I just wanted to drop off my luggage and then head to my event), no questions asked! He just gave me my keys! He was awesome! There is nightly social wine hour in the lobby from 5-6pm, although I didnt have time to partake in that, my friends said it was nice.  One of the workers was soo kind and friendly.. she gave us free cocktail passes to the rooftop bar! AWESOME service! Room was also very nice and clean.. walking distance to everything.. couldnt ask for more..

    03/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    242. Drew K.
    We had a great stay at this Hotel.  Got a Hotwire rate of $92 a night.  Parking was $34 a night which is pricey, but figured with the great nightly rate that it wasn't too bad.

    Everyone at the hotel was really nice and they had free wine from 5-7 every evening.

    Great Location near bars and ballpark.  Not too far from Trolley stop for tour.

    I would definatly stay there again!

    06/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    243. Elizabeth A.
    Great hotel is located perfectly in gas lamp district. Don't bother with cabs you can walk to nice restaurants and hip bars from this location. Best part it's a dog friendly hotel!!!!! Yup!!! Any dog, any size they treat them like family. Rooms are clean, staff is friendly and walls are super sound proof . Couldn't hear my friends 2 boys playing next door.

    28/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    244. Steve K.
    Great location, great staff and very welcoming to our dog. Loved the hotel, room was very nice. Bella, our English bulldog had her own special bed and bowl waiting for her in the room. The nightly wine social hour was a nice touch. Would definitely recommend the hotel for anyone with or without a pet. We will stay again.

    07/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    245. Sheena M.
    My fiance stayed here during Comic-Con and had a pretty good experience, so when we decided to come back to the city, he suggested we stay here again. Overall the hotel was clean and the staff was friendly, it was just a very average experience. Our room, which was a handicapped room, had an awkward shower/tub combo that we did not enjoy, we had incredibly loud neighbors (I'm talking banging on the walls at 2am) and it took almost 45 minutes for the hotel manager to make a call asking them to quiet down and when we checked in our TV didn't work and had to wait to have that fixed as well.

    Overall there are far better hotels in the gaslamp and I do not anticipate us returning anytime soon.

    11/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    246. Samantha S.
    This was the best hotel we've been to in the Gaslamp District.  We were able to bring our dog, with out extra fees attached and everything about the hotel was extremely dog friendly! They even have an adorable chalkboard outside where they put all the names of their VIPS (the doggies : ) ). The staff was amazing and the rooms were great!. They even gave us a bed and food bowls for our pup. Loved this place and would absolutely recommend staying here if you have a dog!

    17/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    247. Jon G.
    My girlfriend and I stayed at the Solamar for a total of 4 nights this past March and I cannot believe it has taken me this long to post about it.  First, we were greeted with a lovely note and bottle of wine from the Front Office Manager and a letter from the staff welcoming us to the hotel. We also had requested information from the staff on their to-go places near the hotel and must see's and do's. We went to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld, Coronado Island for some lovely beach walks, and even dined at JSix. The staff was amazing, the service was impeccable, and we will for sure be back.  

    If you truly want an excellent experience from one of the nicest hotels and greatest staffs on San Diego, the Solamar is for you!

    07/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    248. Steve D.
    This one of the nicer places I've stayed at in SD. I only marked it down one star because it's a pet friendly hotel. We requested a floor with no pets but I still feel a 5 star hotel shouldn't allow pets. So I gave it 4 stars.

    I would stay here again and it's perfectly located in the middle of everything in the Gaslamp Quarter.

    29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    249. T J.
    We booked our room via Hotwire for 7 days at this hotel and got what appeared to be a reasonable rate considering all 3star hotels were no less than $280. When we arrived the lobby itself seemed pleasant, once we got to our small room and started unpacking we realized this room was for handicap accessible patrons. I quickly called the front desk and explained our situation, my fiance is 6'4 which would make it a little uncomrfortable to stay a whole week in this room.  She called back and very matter of factly stated it was how we booked our reservation, they were booked and there was nothing she could do.
    The room itself seemed to have gone under a cheap renovation, the bed was like laying directly on a box spring making noises everytime we moved...horrible.  The room was so small, when someone was sitting at the desk, the other person had to crawl over the bed to get to the other side.  The closet could only fit short hanging clothes, I had to hang all of the long items on the cheesy mirror and headboard in the room.  The duvet and sheets were dingy, we had to ask them to be changed.  Parking was an additional $40 per night and WIFI was an additional $11.99 per day.    There were only a few drawers, we pretty much lived out of our suitcases the whole week.
    Then there was the pool.  On the weekend it appeared to be an all day/night club with the music blasting, not an environment to relax with drunk people running around in soiled bathrobes.  During the week, the hotel seemed to host some company convention for the travel industry.  Not only was the pool blocked off for multiple nights during the week, AGAIN the music was blasting into our room.
    We had breakfast one time in Jsix, our bill was $75 without tip for 2 entrees, coffee, juice and 2 side dishes.  We ordered a pot of coffee and a side in the morning a few times, this bill on average was $30.
    For $350 per night, we were extremely dissappointed.   We schedule 1 week a year in the summer to take a great vacation and thus far have had great experiences in places coast to coast, this was such a waste of our hard earned money.  I'm especially ashamed because I am from SoCal.  The only positive points were the valet guys who were extremely helpful and the hotel was close to Petco park and the Blind Burro who had great margaritas.

    04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    250. Michaela L.
    Nice place, though extremely spendy during the con (duh).  It's a short walk to the convention center and obviously close to all the downtown restaurants.  

    The rooms are decorated in that chocolate-and-aqua color scheme that's going to be extremely dated in 5-10 years, but for now, they're very nice.  The bathrooms have those fancy above-counter sinks that are more pretty than functional, but what the hey, you're not living in the place forever.  

    SyFy (eyeroll) and Entertainment Weekly took over the place for a party on the last Saturday of the con, so we got to have some fun celebrity-spotting in the lobby.  We ran into Ron Jeremy.  I was amused.

    Skip the restaurant for breakfast -- we had better luck at the Broken Yolk Cafe a block down the street.  

    Would stay again, assuming we can get in -- reservations around the time of the con are nuts...

    31/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    251. Natasha K.
    Will never stay here again. Couldn't check into the room because they took hours to clean, couldn't get a drink by the bar because there was no staff to be found, and valets forgot all my luggage and had to go down twice to get everything . Complete lack of customer service.

    20/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    252. Hungrycat X.
    A 4 star hotel without the 4 star price. Beautifully decorated, luxurious, and classy, this is one of the best hotels I've encountered.  I love their Gilchrist and Soames soap, shampoo, and lotion. The shampoo made my hair silky smooth. After blow drying my hair, I actually thought to myself, I must be in the middle of an Herbal Essence commercial! "yes! Yes! YES!"

    Cons:
    - Not enough blankets.
    - $35 for parking. You can find $5 parking everywhere else around it.
    - Inverted sink in the bathroom. What a stupid idea. Why bother re-inventing the wheel?

    16/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    253. L R.
    Great wine reception (and good selections) in the evening. Room was very clean and hotel was nice overall. Facilities were nice and locations was excellent for us as well. Coffee/tea/hot chocolate bar in the morning was a nice addition.
    Service would just be 4 stars, nothing spectacular. Had requested early check-in, they said they'd call when room was ready- called 10 minutes before check-in began... Felt the hallways/lobby was very dark- but again was very clean.
    Don't bother with the food- much better choices outside of hotel (as is usually the case).

    30/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    254. Christina P.
    Enjoyed this place so much that we decided to stay an extra day.  Everyone at the hotel was helpful and nice, especially the boys who work the valet.  They were really incredible, each and everyone of them.  They offered suggestions on where to eat and how to get around.  We even got a deal for a free meal at a local Mexican spot because of them.  

    The room was amazing.  We had an awesome view. Loved the windows and the breeze that came through when we opened all of them.  Bed was so comfy.  Shower was amazing.  

    Free coffee is served in the morning. Free wine in the evening.  Definitely can't beat that.  Parking is a bit pricey but if you are a AAA member you can get a discount on both your room and parking.  Only complaint is that the gym was tiny.  There was only one elliptical machine which was being used so I had to use one of the two treadmills.  Wasn't a variety to choose from and certainly wasn't a whole lot of room to move around. Still, this was my only complaint.  Love everything else about this place.

    We definitely will not stay anywhere else when we travel to San Diego.

    07/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    255. Jack F.
    When I arrived, I found a bottle of wine, two bottles of Saratoga spring water, a box of chocolates, and a box of dried fruit and nuts.  All the more reason why I'm planning on keeping my Inner Circle Status.  Hotel Solamar keeps up with its Kimpton brand.  Compared against other hotels, it's definitely a 5-star hotel but, as I've said before, Kimptons have to be graded on a level on its own.  Cozy, plush lobby that encourages people to hang out, a posh outdoor pool & bar on the 4th floor, and a great location in the Gaslight district.  The exercise room is pretty poor but, then again, you'd rather be running outside anyway.  [Original Visit: February 25, 2011]

    02/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    256. Hal L.
    While the hotel is nice and the staff seemed friendly, if you plan on going to sleep before 2am on a Saturday evening, the club down the street will prevent it and you'll find yourself helpless to do anything. Sure do wish someone had told me before I booked the room. While the proximity to Petco was a plus (we were in town to catch a couple of games), I would trade distance for the ability to sleep on my own terms. HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. Definitely a disappointment based on what I paid for our room plus parking. If this is a common complaint, maybe some sort of soundproofing is in order. I know it's not impossible, or else nobody would stay at the Hard Rock.

    22/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    257. Ali U.
    Classic Kimpton hotel with ample amenities and a swanky setup. Hotel Solamar is in the vibrant Gaslamp district which is great for dining and nightlife.  The lounge and pool area offers the perfect place to relax with a drink while enjoying the San Diego sun. Short trip from the airport and within walking distance to great restaurants and shops.

    12/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    258. Jamie H.
    Hotel Solamar definitely does not live up to the level of other Kimpton establishments I've experienced before. Although my boyfriend and I still had a great time on our little Valentine's getaway, I was super disappointed in our stay at this hotel.

    First off, check-in time is 3pm. We arrived at around 2:40 and front desk informs us that the room isn't ready yet. Okay, fine -- we'll just take a little stroll around the area before then. An hour pass and we go back to check with front desk again... it still isn't ready. We wait for about another hour until the housekeepers finally get to cleaning our room. We were already tired from our drive into San Diego and still had to wait two hours for a room that should have already been tidied up way before 3pm. We did get complimentary drinks at their bar, but this was strike one for me.

    Strike two? The beds were incredibly uncomfortable! I thought my boyfriend was joking around, but there was literally a lump in the middle of the mattress that gave him bruises on his knees. Not to mention the decor was pretty mediocre. I can see where they were trying to go with the beach-chic vibe, but it fell a little short. I kid you not, but one of the walls was decorated with a shadow box filled with sand and shells -- I felt like I was looking at a 4th graders open house project!

    Strike three is the worst of them all. At the wee hours of the morning, I would hear constant slamming of doors. I thought it was the neighbors at first and eventually got so irritated that I had to peek out to see who the hell it was! And guess what?! It was the house keepers! I watched them go in and out of the room across from mine and literally slam the door repeatedly with full force! What the hell is that?! Maybe they're totally fed up with their job, but really?! I got absolutely no sleep with this and the crappy bed!

    And the last and final strike. Valet totally screwed up the remote key to my new car. I don't know if they dropped it on the floor or what, but it looks as if they used another key to try and pry my remote apart. Thank god that was the only damage, because I would've flipped out if my car had any scratches or dents.

    Overall, this is a hotel I would never want to go back to again. The staff wasn't too friendly or helpful in any way and the wine served during their reception was horrible -- it tasted like vinegar! One sip and I had to dump it out.

    The only great thing about this hotel is the fact that our car, a hybrid, costs way less to park overnight in valet. It was $17, where as regular rate would be $35. It was also in a pretty convenient location, but other than that... eh.

    My advice would be to really do your research and not get caught up in the hype of these boutique hotels. Yes, there are some great ones out there... but I wouldn't put Hotel Solamar on that list.

    17/02/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    259. Ashley G.
    Absolutely LOVE this place! We were looking for a hotel that we could bring our 115# Bernese and found this place on yelp. The hotel was sooo nice and so were the people that worked there. Great location, super clean, FREE WINE every night in the lobby!! I mean seriously, can it get any better?? Our room was great, too. We had the big jacuzzi tub, it was so worth the little extra for the night. The only downside is the price of parking, but we were happy to pay it knowing that it was downtown parking. I understand why the price is high. We will definitely be back!!

    13/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    260. Sheila D.
    What a great, dog friendly hotel. It was wonderful to be able to take the beloved "'el poocho" along, and know he was safe when left in the room alone. Comfy bed and even a bed for the pooch. Nice wine hour and dogs are welcome to join you. Cool bar on the roof, next to the pool...dogs not allowed, but no problem. Drinks a bit pricey, but you're on vacay. Restaurant was tasty for breakfast and lots of good restaurants within walking distance.Make sure to request a room with a view. I cannot wait to go back when we are visiting San Diego!

    18/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    261. Jennifer T.
    We stayed at this hotel for our honeymoon.  I liked it a lot.  It was clean & the tub was a dream.  I loved the sliding barn doors by the tub so you could watch tv from it if you wanted to.  The room was a good size, the bed was comfy.  I loved the little love seat they had in the room by the window.  I still dream of the bathroom wall tile too.  Kudos to the concierge for telling us a yummy place for breakfast too!  

    We had a pleasant experience in this hotel.  I didn't enjoy their restaurant though.  We definitely had better breakfasts than that one.

    27/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    262. Sarah H.
    Great hotel! Felt like I scored when I got Hotel Solamar after bidding on Priceline....and I was right!
    The service at the hotel is fantastic..the front desk gave us a free drink for 2 at a nearby wine bar and showed us a map of good restaurants/bars in the area (without even asking).
    Free wine and sangria from 5pm - 6pm in the lobby so you can mingle with other guests. Clean, modern rooms and an awesome rooftop pool with a bar.
    Only downside is the $40/night valet hotel parking (but you can park right across the street for $25/night but no in and out privileges), and the hotel bar is only open until 9pm.
    Fabulous stay, already recommended his hotel to a friend and they are staying there July 4th weekend...I'm sure they won't be disappointed either.

    14/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    263. rachel g.
    Now I have to be clear....this 3 star review is for the overall experience here....including breakfast at the restaurant Jsix.

    Upon check in, we were greeted warmly and brought a glass of wine to bring up to our room. Wish we would have checked in in time to enjoy the wine hour in the lobby, but really....what an amazing addition to a hotel stay!!!

    Room was small but very nice. Comfortable bed, minimal city view....awesome cheetah robes! (Ha!!).

    Room service at 12:30 am was not needed but had to be done when 24 hour room service is offered. Delivery was quick and the pepperoni pizza was delish.

    The hotel itself gets 4 stars. My only complaints are not even complaints...but little things we noticed. There was a bit of rust in the shower that kind of gave the effect of blood dripping into the bath tub. As much as I love a good scary movie....I don't love the special effects in my hotel room. Only other issue I had was the price of the overnight parking. $40 is a bit ridiculous for overnight parking, especially when day guests only pay $20. We parked across the street overnight in a lot for $30. I think the hotel you are staying in should offer the best price for you to keep your car...but hey...that's just me.

    Now on to the culprit of the 3 star review. Jsix. I love the idea of being able to walk downstairs and have breakfast in the hotel...did not love Jsix. Our waiter was...hungover? Sad? Just blah. Brought us coffee, no cream, no sugar, no spoons. The coffee was not half as good as what was served in the morning in the lobby...in fact it tasted quite horrible. Weak, and room temperature. The food was mediocre, not reflective of the price. French toast was a bit stale and tasteless, the restaurants version of the eggs Benedict was good. Plates were white and had those time stains that sometimes occur in white plates. If they can't be served clean I think different plates should be used, even if they are oven stains or what not. It unfortunately gave the effect of filthy plates with our breakfast on it. I would not come back to the restaurant...ever.

    I realize these are technically two different spots to review, but since the whole experience was part of the same hotel stay they got reviewed together. Hotel solamar...a gem! Love the pet friendly vibe. Jsix...a dud. Not worth the time or money.

    13/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    264. Jackie D.
    Really liked this hotel. I am a big fan of the Kimpton hotel chain and this location is one of my favorites. Centrally located in the Gaslamp district, it is walking distance to everywhere you will want to go ( Shops, restaurants, freeway to Coronado and the convention center).

    The staff was really top notch with the valet guys really standing out. They brought our car around about 6-7 times over the 3 day period, always opened the door for us and were generally happy to help.

    Check-in was a breeze with a $10 mini bar voucher :)

    The room itself was a great size, had a comfortable bed, and a really nice view of the pool. Our only two complaints were that there wasn't any drawer space for clothes, just a closet. The useless piece of furniture in front of the mirror could have been replaced by one. The second was the non-functional pretty bathroom. The sink was sooo annoying. Every time you tried to wash your face the entire sink area would be wet. The shower was also an accident waiting to happen. A large tub but no handles for getting in and out of the shower. If you saw how large this tub was you would understand.

    Room Service- Turkey burger and fries were okay. The second time we called the estimated time was over an hour and a half. Uh no.

    The hot chocolate/tea/coffee service in the morning is great along with the wine hour everyday at 5pm.

    I would highly recommend this hotel and cant wait to come in the summer so I can take advantage of the great pool area/bar.

    20/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    265. Robert P.
    Went here on a Friday night with a bunch of friends for my sisters bday on 9-7-13. Worst experience at a hotel in my life! We paid $600 for this room and were harassed by one of the workers for a noise complaint when there is a club in the center of this hotel! Oh his response was that it was a lounge, yea a lounge with loud ass music. We asked to speak to management and was told there was no management there at the time. We spoke with the guys who were working outside at the lounge and they agreed that we weren't being loud or crazy either. We also ordered drinks through room service that had NO Alcohol in them and were charged $114! We told them to take them back since there was no alcohol and again they refused to do anything and there was no manager there. This place is a joke! Don't stay here! If management would like to talk to me to change some things I MIGHT change the review. I travel all over the world and this place doesn't care about you at all. They just want to take your money and run.

    12/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    266. Geoff G.
    Nice hotel, comfortable with a good staff, but don't pick this place if you're a light sleeper!  My room overlooked the pool and the BOOM BOOM BOOM music is intolerable if you're trying to sleep.  I had an early flight and called down to the front desk at 10:15pm asking when it was going to quiet down - "By midnight for sure!" was the reply.  I don't get why hotels feel they need to turn into nightclubs, or, if they do, why they can't put in excellent soundproofing.  If you're a 20-something who isn't here to sleep then by all means book, but if you're day is done by 10pm then by all means head somewhere else.

    29/11/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    267. Jon S.
    A pretty standard Kimpton hotel (which means it is really great with outstanding service and attention to detail).  I stayed here for three days and the first day my room (a master suite) had a musty smell which went away afterwards (so I blame the previous guest).  However, I really wasn't bothered by the smell and the stay was very pleasant b/c of the great accommodations and the friendliness of the staff.  Also, a big plus was its proximity to the convention center (I was attending a conference at that venue).  Other than the hotels adjacent to the convention center, this hotel is one of the closest.

    04/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    268. Heather D.
    Wonderful Hotel. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here over spring break.  Beautiful hotel, perfect location and Fantastic front desk staff (they supplied me with numerous maps and highlighted a running map for me as well.  Room service was even top notch. I highly recommend this hotel. Check out that famous wine hour, it is quite relaxing after a busy day.

    03/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    269. Teresita C.
    One of my best girls was down from Hell A for a quick business trip and after my first  choice was booked I suggested the Solamar, based on both it's fabu location and dirty cheap internet price.

    I adore the smaller boutique hotels, they are a breath of fresh air compared to the bloated dinosaurs of the Hilton and Marriott species. The service is great, the design is stylish and the rooms are usually pretty swank.

    The most phenomenal detail here was the bed. I've slept in some crap-ass futon-quality, backache inducing wrecks in my hotel staying-history and this bed was so darn cushy I fell asleep within seconds of hitting the pillow, as if a nearby hypnotist had counted me down from five.

    The only negatives I could surmise were the weirdly positioned sink which made face washing a chore and the distance to Stingaree.

    As far as the sink goes, I can handle a little water on my nightie, and crossing the street as I blessed myself with the sign of the cross seemed to protect me from the StingarEVIL.

    04/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    270. Stephie P.
    The staff at Salomar are super friendly! To me, that's very important, great customer service.

    My room was on the 6th floor and we could see the hotel pool and lounge from our window. Compared to Palomar, another Kimpton hotel, I would say Salomar has a cozier touch to it. The bed/pillows were super comfortable. The bathroom had a sliding door for privacy along with a shower and tub. I should mention that the hair dryer in the room is very high powered, which is a plus for me because I hate packing my own dryer when I go on trips.

    Brought my chihuahua to this pet friendly hotel and she loved her stay with the complimentary giant doggy bed that was provided. I definitely recommend hotel Salomar to those who love to travel with their pets!

    Salomar also has complimentary coffee and teas in the morning downstairs at the lobby!

    Overall, I was highly satisfied with my stay at Salomar.

    07/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    271. C W.
    Stayed for one night and it was Amazing. I checked in intime for the complimentary wine.  I had about 4 glasses of wine and you must try the apple cider Jim bean drink they make.  The staff was friendly.  The room was great.  And it's even pet friendly and a reasonable price.  Will definitely come back !!'

    20/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    272. Johanna D.
    There's a lot to be said about boutique hotels but there's even more to be said about the Kimpton Hotels!

    I was introduced to the Kimpton Hotels through my company who apparently favors working with Kimpton for our corporate meetings and the like, throughout the US.

    And without dropping names (wink wink), I can testify that the organization that I work for is accustomed to phenomenal customer service and excellent taste. When a hotel is over-pouring with both qualities, you cannot help but become loyal and consistent clients.

    During my first stay at Hotel Solamar in the Gaslamp, I became infatuated as there is not one thing that I would change about this hotel! From the professional manner in which they conduct business for corporate meetings to the way that they adore each guest with special treatment and accommodating thoughtfulness - it was ALL absolutely superb!!!

    My room (suite) was fabulous and while I always prefer to sleep in my own bed, I didn't seem to mind being away for once...even though it was for a week-long work conference. Also, I can be a little OCD when it comes to cleanliness and germs (unless you're a pup or a child), and Solamar exceeded my expectations!

    The staff was as friendly as could be and if you needed anything at all, they jumped at the opportunity of providing that to you...all while cheerfully smiling and never once making you feel like you have inconvenienced them in any way.

    If I could give Hotel Solamar a 6th star, it would be for their welcoming attitude towards 4-legged friends. Actually more like family members! My two pups would love Solamar and their staff; and maybe next time, I'll have to find a way to bring them along.

    I hate to close with this and please don't misunderstand me because this is less of a complaint and more of an observation and warning: be weary of staying in one of the 4th floor suites that share the patio with the pool and bar area. If you're okay with staying in a beautiful suite on the pool deck that is typically quiet but becomes lively at night, then you'll love these rooms! However, just note that the bar area does get filled with good music and fun people in the evenings, but maybe that's exactly what you should be looking for when staying in the Gaslamp.  ;-)

    23/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    273. Robyn B.
    We very much are in love with this hotel.  This was our first stay at any Kimpton hotel.  We brought our two kids (dogs), and they were welcomed at no extra charge!  I mentioned during our reservations that my husband and I would be celebrating our wedding anniversary, and they brought us a bottle of wine for the occasion.  They do have some grassy areas outside of the hotel for the kids to relieve themselves, however I wish they had an enclosed grassy area where we could let them off leash to do their business (Sammi was afraid of all the city noises so it would take her awhile to find a good potty location).  Anyway, all of the staff was friendly, most of them were knowledgeable when we asked for pet friendly food and play recommendations.  Also, although we did not utilize this service (and I wish I had due to having a bum foot), they have free bikes to use to get around the city on.  Oh, and free happy hour (always a plus for me).  In the future, even if we travel without our pups, we are likely to stay at Hotel Solamar again.

    11/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    274. Barbara G.
    I'd just like to say, that Rob, the Solamar GM, is a stand up guy.  He cares about his hotel, his guests and his employees.   Not many GMs take the time to read and reply to so many reviews.   I've dealt with him on a professional level and have been impressed with how considerate he is.   It definitely reflects on how well the hotel is run and the good reviews it gets.

    08/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    275. Lisa T.
    What's new at the Hotel Solamar?

    Well, it's still awesome and 100% non-smoking throughout the building. If you smoke in your room, get ready to shell out a hefty $250 in cleaning fees, punk!

    Free wi-fi for Kimpton InTouch members (membership is free).

    Eco-friendly is the over-arching theme here. Signage on the desk, bed, in the shower encourages you to turn out the lights when not in use, re-use towels, conserve water, etc.

    Gilchrist and Soames luxury shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel in the shower smells great but is also attached as a fixture so it eliminates the waste of mini-bottles since they just refill the unit whenever it gets low.

    The honor bar boasts wine glasses, 2-serving bottles of wine, a wine key, Moet, and Greygoose, Don Julio, Bailey's, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, a 10 Cane Mojito kit, organic snacks, first aid kit, intimacy kit, and more (including a Kimpton CD to set the mood).

    LG flat screen, DVD/CD player. Power strip on desk for easy access.

    Take advantage of the complimentary wine happy hour in the lobby lounge, and if you are in the mood to relax in the evening then the roof top pool converts to a Miami-inspired lounge after 9pm. It is really quite nice and pretty spacious up there, with fire pits and ambient lighting. Great views of PETCO Park, music is sensibly mixed, bistro table seating as well as cabanas, palms trees and a tv or 2 so you can catch the game.

    19/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    276. Jessica C.
    Stayed here for a birthday trip for a few nights. I managed to get a deal and got the spa suite with the jacuzzi soak tub. I could have sat in that tub for hours it was amazing! It's definitely a fancy, trendy hotel. The valet guys were very friendly and down to earth. It's in a good location, everything is in walking distance of a few blocks (CVS, restaurants, Starbucks). Will stay here again when possible!

    01/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    277. Rebecca S.
    This is my husband and I's favorite place to stay in San Diego! Sign up to be a Kimpton In Touch member (free) for sales specials through e-mail. We usually go once or twice a year when we find a good deal. The rooms are spacious and modern and I love the giant jacuzzi tubs! I also love the sea theme in the hotel. I know that they accept pets, but we've never heard pet noise any of the times we've stayed there.

    They have a free wine reception certain evenings. The outdoor pool and bar are great - a fun place to have a cocktail in the afternoon. At night, we're not really into the loud club scene, so we usually have a few drinks at the JSix restaurant & bar on the first floor - Andrew is our favorite bartender! The restaurant and bar are beautiful and are quite mellow - perfect for a late-night cocktail or two.

    The best part about this hotel is that you are in the middle of the Gaslamp District, so everything within the district is within walking distance. We usually park the car and don't see it again until our stay is over.

    The only downside is the overnight parking fee, but it's typical for the area and nothing that's Solamar-specific. There are several parking lots in the area that allow for overnight parking, so if you want to save a few bucks, just park at one of those.

    02/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    278. Sparky H.
    There are plusses and minusses.  On the whole, for the $120 I paid ( a group rate for the conference I was attending), it was a great deal.

    Plusses:  Great location.  Beautiful decor.  Extremely comfy bed.  Very helpful (almost obsequious) personnel.  They can supply almost any little necessity that you've forgotten, including a cell phone charger, in most cases for free.  They have a free wine hour in the evening; the wine was actually quite good, and the hors d'oeuvres were outstanding.  They're pet-friendly -- but I appreciated it that I didn't hear other people's pets and I didn't see any pet hair or pet stains in the room.  If you join their loyalty club, you get free "wi-fi" (not literally wi-fi, because you have to plug in, but it's easy and, contrary to other commenters, speedy).

    Minusses:  A few chintzy touches, like the sliding bathroom door (so no hook to hang your clothes on while you shower) and no take-home toiletries.  The lobby and other public areas are very dark.

    *Big, big minus*:  It's in a nightclub district, so on Friday and Saturday nights, there's LOUD music until the wee hours.  Contrary to other commenters, this isn't coming from the hotel's own lounge, it's coming from the neighborhood, so it's everywhere and the hotel can't really do anything about it.  It wasn't a problem on weeknights, however.

    09/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    279. N J.
    We booked Hotel Solamar for our week-long anniversary trip to San Diego and they were wonderful!

    First, we arrived early and were easily accommodated by Jose and received a room before the 4:00pm check-in time.  

    Second, we mentioned that we were celebrating our anniversary and they (Jose, Kelsey and Katie at the front desk) were so sweet to send us a bottle of wine to our room.  

    Third, we signed up for the InTouch membership right before our trip and got to free internet and $10 credit to the in-room well stocked snack/drink bar.  

    Fourth, we visited the Kimpton Hotel Facebook page and found out the monthly password and received 2 complimentary cocktails at their bar.  

    Fifth, during our check-out we returned our unopened bottle of wine that we didn't get a chance to enjoy and couldn't take on the plane with us, so someone else could enjoy it, and they gave us a box of yummy dark chocolate covered orange peels and a box of honey roasted peanuts instead.  And boy we were so glad to have those snacks on the flight home!

    All this on top of the fact that they are perfectly located in the Gaslamp district, near a bunch of shops, restaurants, the convention center, trolley station, and a short walk to the waterfront area.

    The rooms are very modern and full of personality.  There's a heated pool and bar on the fourth floor.  

    We enjoyed our stay and really appreciated the customer service and friendly staff at the Solamar!  I highly recommend this hotel and the Kimpton chain as well.

    31/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    280. Asuka N.
    What a fantastic choice it was to stay here. We were originally going to stay out in the Pacific Beach/Mission Bay area, but after a friend of mine who lives in SD said that Gaslamp is the place to be, we ended up here after checking it out on hotels.com . What a winner this turned out to be. Parking is a little on the pricey side ($36 for the majority unlucky enough not to drive a hybrid and get a cheaper price), but aside from that, everything was great. Checking in was a breeze, and the overall service was great. I don't think I have been to a hotel that has had a bottle of wine (a very full-bodied and delicious 2008 Banrock Station Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon) on the house...from the valet parking guys! Nor have I been somewhere where upon dialing room service slightly intoxicated, have I been told that we shouldn't order their pizza and to order from Domino's...and then after striking out on all the fast-food pizzas (nothing was open that late), having pizzas delivered, free of charge, to the room. True, the pizza was definitely DiGiorno or something of the frozen pizza variety, but that was amazing. The free tea in the afternoon was also a plus.

    The furnishings themselves were also very nice - modern get-up of the room, plush bedding, big flatscreen TV, and a minibar that had stuff I would actually drink. The bathroom was also top-notch - a very good shower, along with a modernist sink. There were also bathrobes with lion prints, which was a little ridiculous and over the top but was great nonetheless. There's a pool and outdoor bar, which I frequented one night - not too shabby - and the exercise room, which definitely was better-furnished than most rooms. The only downside is that you had to pay $10/day for the Internet, but I didn't really need it for anything, so it wasn't a huge deal.

    Definitely glad that we stayed here. It's within walking distance of the main Gaslamp strip and a bunch of other restaurants in the area, as well as the waterfront and Petco Park. Highly recommended, and not too expensive either.

    01/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    281. Becky J.
    Great design, nice touches throughout the hotel, but the hotel gym is laughable beyond belief. It is teeny tiny, and I think there are three cardio machines jammed in there.

    The one major annoyance was the bathroom sink. It looked cool, but it sat so high on the counter, and the faucet was really tall, so it was impossible to use the sink without getting water everywhere. I'm medium height, so I have no idea what this would be like for someone shorter -- I'd swear a step stool would be required for some.

    I liked the complimentary beverages in the lobby, as well as the selection of newspapers.

    23/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    282. Rhea B.
    This is a Great Kimpton pet-friendly hotel located in San Diego's gaslamp.  It's walking distance to Petco Park, shops, restaurants, clubs, etc. You name it, you can probably walk to it.  It's also a very short 10 minute drive to Balboa Park.

    I loved the complimentary wine and sangria they served in the evening around 5pm.  The booze runs out fast, so be sure to get there before they run out.  It was so much fun to grab a glass of wine and mingle with the other guests in the lobby.  Great way to start our vacation.

    Our Dachsund Terrier also loved Solamar, because they really know how to cater to pets.  We entered our room to find he had a large pet bed, pet bowl, and food samples.  All his conveniences were taken care of.  The best part is that Solamar does NOT charge a pet fee.  The only downside was that the only place he could do his business was out in front of the hotel on a small patch of grass.  Otherwise, perfect pet-friendly hotel.

    The hotel room was beautifully chic.  The bed and pillows were extremely comfortable.  They offer complimentary wireless internet if you join the Kimpton reward program.  The outdoor lounge / pool area is beautiful and has a decent view of gaslamp.  My only complaint about Solamar was the $35 valet fee for parking.  But expensive parking is to be expected when you stay in Gaslamp.

    I'm a huge fan of Kimpton, and would love to keep coming back to this hotel anytime I'm in San Diego.

    09/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    283. Ross A.
    Zero stars. It's past midnight on a Wednesday, and the rooftop bar is so obnoxiously loud, a sleeping pill isn't helping. The later it gets, the angrier I become. I've only been at one hotel before, in Laguna Beach, that had similar noise problems. I will NEVER return to either establishment and warn against anyone else visiting, unless you intend to dance the night away. The party sounds fun, but I have to get up at 6 AM. I could not be more disappointed in this aspect of the service here. Sleep deprivation should be highlighted in the hotel's literature as its most striking amenity. HORRIBLE. Stay away!!

    22/11/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    284. william v.
    I had a horrible stay at this hotel. First things first, there is a horrible odor when entering the hotel. I was later told that it is a dog friendly hotel an lots of people bring their dogs. Second, while the rooms are nice looking, ours faced the pool and the noise from the pool bar lasted till 2am. I had a 7 month old with me so this was not a good thing. Third, the beds were really disgusting. I have pictures that show how bad they were. The mattress wasn't fully covered by the mattress cover and the cover was ripped and dirty. I didn't even bother complaining because it was one night and I wasn't going back there ever again. I did complain about other things and did get comp'd for a half a days stay. I still don't think this hotel should be rated a 4 star hotel. They don't even have shuttle service to the airport. The bellhop took us in his personal car as he explained they do on their own and has nothing to do with the hotel. I guess they really need the tips. Was not happy with my stay at all.

    12/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    285. Will C.
    Take my advice, the Hotel Solamar offers the best bang for buck if you want to stay in the Gaslamp Quarter. At about $145/night, it was by far the cheapest of the luxury hotels within walking distance of the San Diego Convention Center.

    Just a few things that the hotel offers:
    - 4th floor outdoor bar and pool patio that overlooks Petco Park
    - modern room amenities with the comfiest hotel bed I've ever slept on
    - complimentary wine served in the lobby between 5-6pm
    - 38-inch flat screen LCD tv's in the room
    - each room has a fridge and microwave
    - massive garden tub with pivoting shower head
    - in-n-out privileges with valet parking

    You can bet that I got plenty of rest each night.

    It's about a 10 minute walk from the hotel to the Convention Center. And, really just a straight shot. It's slightly off the Gaslamp Quarter, about one block off where the Gaslamp officially is.

    The staff was friendly. Everyone from the valet attendants to the cleaning staff to the ladies at the check-in counters. One of the valet attendants even recommended me a couple of good places nearby for a hearty breakfast.

    Hotel is very modern, very clean, and very eye-appealing.

    I highly recommend staying here. Avoid the Marriott. It's overrated. Stay here.

    15/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    286. Andrea R.
    I've said it before and I'll say it again...
    You can't go wrong when staying at a Kimpton Hotel....and the Hotel Solamar is no exception!

    It was a very brief stay, but a lovely one.  After a very speedy check-in process I found myself in an enormous and nicely decorated room.  As usual, the awesome folks at the Kimpton were sweet enough to have a present waiting for me in my room.  While it's been fruit baskets and other fun stuff in the past, this time it was a box of Swedish fish. My favorite! How did they know? I ate all the good ones (the red ones- duh) and left the others behind.

    The bathroom was a bit on the small side and the shower was unimpressive, but I had just been beyond spoiled by the most amazing bathroom ever at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach.  But I'd overlook the small bathroom and stay here again...especially if there happened to be another present awaiting me!

    09/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    287. Jessie G.
    My fiance and I stayed here for a week during Easter holiday.

    Ashley in Guest Services made our stay at the hotel magnificent. Super friendly and outstanding customer service. THANK YOU!!

    5 Star service from the Valet staff. Every single gentleman was easy to approach, always helpful, great ideas and suggestions for us to do in San Diego. The work they did and how they are able to control the driveway is remarkable. Good job guys!

    The Room: Corner Spa Guestroom

    BIG room, BIG bed, BIG jetted bath tub!!! Great view of east village/petco park.

    Thank you for a great stay! We will definitely be back!

    13/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    288. Sonia A.
    Stayed here in December and when we checked in we were immediately told about complimentary wine hour which already put a smile on my face (but also hoping wine was going to be up to par), went to room and was nice and clean.  I would give 5 star but had to go up a floor for ice...found out ice is only on every other floor.  But wine hour was great, very nice service and had my favorite options, Pinot Grigio and Cab so I was happy.

    Great experience, hotel was nice, only stayed for a night.  What was a huge plus was how they dealt with me leaving an item in the room.  I didn't realize it until about 2 1/2 weeks after the visit.  I left a message for lost and found department and Kelsey called me back immediately letting me know she had my item.  She was extremely nice and shipped it out that day, Im in Los Angeles and it came in the mail the next day!  That alone will bring me back to this hotel, knowing how they treat and respect not only me but my possessions.  She even sent it back with a nice note.  5 stars for Kelsey, thanks, look forward to another stay at Solamar when Im in SD!

    10/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    289. Rina M.
    Stayed here for a 3 day weekend a few weeks ago and loved it! For a "boutique" hotel, this place is HUGE! The decor was modern and artsy, not to mention, our valet staff was so pleasant throughout our visit. The complimentary drinks at happy hour and outdoor lounge were a nice touch, too. We stayed in a room overlooking the lounge/cabana area and personally, didn't have any issue with excessive noise (even around midnight). The amenities in the room were good, just be prepared for a forceful shower (hello water pressure!). Unfortunately, we had left 2 travel wine glasses in our room, which seemed to be disposed by housekeeping while we were out. The blonde lady at the checkout counter really didn't care about our complaint and offered no effort in addressing the issue. She never called us back with an update on what happened to them even though she said she would. I don't care about $6 glasses but poor customer service is unacceptable. Such a shame because this was a great stay outside of that one hiccup.

    05/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    290. Daryl S.
    My husband and I stayed for one night at Hotel Solamar. It has a great location in the gaslamp district and was in walking distance to great restaurants and the movie theater. We stayed on the eighth floor in a king bed room. The rooms are small, but they have all the amenities, LCD TV, refrigerator and nice bathroom.

    If you stay in rooms from _21 through _33 you will be facing the roof deck pool. The night we were staying was a little loud until after midnight.

    Also, you pretty much have to valet your car. It's $32 for the night, except for our hybrid the price was cut in half!!!

    I love the idea of the wine hour (which we did not go to) but we did enjoy the complimentary coffee and tea in the morning.

    The staff were nice and helpful. We are fans of Kimpton hotels but got a better deal when we booked through expedia, versus their website. They would not allow us to use add the room to our rewards card because we booked throuh a third party. They suggested that next time we call Kimpton, tell them the deal we could get, they'll match it and then we can get our rewards.

    30/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    291. Kristin R.
    I traveled to San Diego during December and was very excited to stay at the Hotel Solamar, but left a bit disappointed.  

    Check-in was quick and easy.  My boyfriend and I headed up the elevator to our room while chatting with some other hotel guests.  We all got off at the same floor and to our surprise....the same room!  We were given a new hotel room and two drink vouchers for our inconvenience (a thoughtful idea for a possibly VERY awkward accident).  Another frustration came with the air conditioner/heater.  The sun hit directly on our room and kept it very toasty.  Too toasty.  Unfortunately, the air conditioner only blew hot air.  When I called downstairs and explained the situation, I was informed that they were unaware of a problem and that no one else had complained- offering no solution or even apology.  

    On the bright side, the hotel was modern and clean.  We enjoyed the location and the wine happy hour.

    11/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    292. Michelle T.
    Awesome hotel!!!
    -Super comfy beds
    -Nice modern bathrooms
    -Spacious rooms
    -Free wine hour
    -Nice pool/lounge area that turns into more of a club atmosphere at night
    -Right in the middle of Gaslamp
    -Saw lots of dogs but did not smell them at all. I'm allergic and had no problems there. Actually, the hotel smells really good, as soon as you walk in, it smells like flowers
    I would definitely recommend staying here. FYI- there is a $35/day parking charge

    02/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    293. Kendra S.
    We were down for a girls' weekend and the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, staying 3/22-3/24. This hotel is dog friendly, but I didn't bring mine with me this time. It is located in the Gaslamp. The hotel's ventilation seems a bit weak, so when it was warm out, it felt stuffy. The ventilation/air circulation continued in our room even with the A/C, but this hotel allows a window to open, getting fresh air, which was nice. The room was comfortable and nicely decorated. I loved the bathroom and the full size shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in the shower.

    The Gaslamp is a party place, so street noise was to be expected. Our room was in a quiet location facing the stadium. (We did hear a crying baby in an adjacent room the first night, but they must have checked out on Saturday). The pool area was crowded with sunbathers and drinkers, so we had some drinks by the bar area. Smoking was only allowed inside this gazebo-type structure, which was wonderful.

    The hotel offers nightly wine from 5 to 6 pm and complimentary coffee. The adjacent restaurant, JSIX, is organic and delicious as well.

    I would recommend this hotel and would stay here again.

    01/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    294. Renu D.
    May be it was the reviews or may be it was the pictures on the website, but I expected a lilttle more from Solamar. Its a good place to stay if you get yourself a deal. Without a deal price, this can be pricey for no reason.

    The goods- Coffee and lounge in the reception area.
    proximity to downtown hot spots
    Maintenance and cleanliness of the property
    Wines in the evenings

    The Downs - Room service from jsix - our breakfast was served cold and they add 23% gratuity plus room service charge.
    the pool - is just 3 1/2 ft deep. so u can just about soak in it.
    the gym - well I did not even go in .. it was so gloomy looking.

    Its nice and clean. but not worth the hype.

    24/12/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    295. Gabi M.
    I'm actually typing this review from my upgraded and extremely comfortable room at the Solamar.  I'm only here for one night but right about now, I'm wishing I could stay longer!

    I arrived around noon today and luckily my room was ready... I did some work for awhile and then took a break to explore the Gaslamp District a bit and pick up lunch.  Great location!  There are a ton of coffee shops, restaurants, and stores all within walking distance, not to mention that I can see Petco Park from my window!

    The staff has been friendly enough, and since it's Halloween weekend, they've participated in a pumpkin carving contest with the pumpkins on display in the lobby... the hotel guests are the judges; we vote on categories including: most frightening, most humorous and most creative.

    I ordered room service around 9:15 tonight and it was just ok.  I was starving so I ate it although the scallops were way overcooked and the dinner was way overpriced.  I'm hoping to check out the fitness room in the morning to work off the beers I drank at the Elite event and the late night dinner I ate... I have a feeling I will sleep well tonight.

    I know I'm not even gone yet, but already, I hope to come visit again soon.  However, next time I will pass on room service... or at least I'll pass on the scallops.

    30/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    296. Cynthia M.
    The customer service at Hotel Solamar is top notch. Our room at this boutique hotel was extremely clean and really nicely decorated. I love the soap scent, which is ridiculously important to me (it was the first thing I did--smell the products). They do not use harsh chemicals to clean the room and are all about recycling.

    I also LOVE that is it super pet friendly. They even have a sign out front that welcomes the pets by name.

    Jsix (the open air bar on the 4th floor) does get loud on Saturday nights, but they close at midnight so it wasn't a problem for us at all. I actually found the drunken people to be quite hilarious. But if that bugs you, I would simply ask for a room away from that area.

    02/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    297. christy r.
    I am not new to nice hotels or bad ones from coast to coast. Calling to confirm my reservation days prior I asked the lady if my room faces the water. Her answer was " We Only Have 10 Floors ". That did not make sense nor did the rest of her information.
    Upon driving into their front area, there was no one to take my car. It was raining and I waited 5 minutes, no one. I left the car entered the lobby that was very dark and was a bit confusing as to where the front desk was as it was empty, as well as, no signs.  I went to an area and just called out to an office area and 2 young girls came out , no apology for the lack of valet or their absence from the front. Their reply was " well sometimes it happens " . It was 1:30 on a Saturday and it was pouring rain and the place was empty. I asked , and had prior to arriving, for an early check in, even to pay more for it as it was pouring rain. She said the maid staff is working on the room but there is no way to know. She said she even hoped it would be by the 3:00 check in but she just did not know and could not really do anything about it and continued her personal chat with the other girl at the desk. As there were no customers anywhere I asked if I could  change to a room that is ready or upgrade , anything as we could not walk around in the rain and did not know the area .  She said no and I asked her to call my cell to let us know when it was ready. There were no attempts of any kind of empathy, she said we could just sit in our car and wait and returned to her personal chat with the other girl named Katie.
    I received a call at 2:45, which, was nice. Upon giving the car to the valet there was a sign that it was $40 per day to park the car. Crazy steep. The room was on the top 10th floor and a corner with windows. The room was a nice size, however, there was no coffee, you had to go to the lobby from 8 to 10:30 and get it yourself ( 4 star hotel ??). The toilet flushed so weak it left debris and you had to wait 6 minutes and shake the handle to try and get it to a point to re-flush and there was no way anything of weight would even flush. I called them and they questioned my flushing technique, could not fix it, and could not give us another room..so I had to go downstairs in the lobby bathroom  if I had something I really needed to do. There were no normal things a 4 star offered in a bathroom setting except for kleenix and 2 tiny bottles of shampoo and lotion and a card  saying if I needed anything they would get it, for a price. There was one extra roll of TP , which , we did not need as the toilet could not flush anything of weight.
    The breakfast room service at 10am was a one hour wait and when I said we would just have to wait the man was trying to talk me out of it and not only forgot part of our order but as they did not use a cart, the tiny tray it was all piled on had food just wrapped in napkins instead of on plates...
    The air or heat in the room did not work so we opened the 3 windows, and between the construction and the 2 beer bars beneath and across from the hotel there was unbelievable noise until 2:30am...and a car alarm at 8am until 10am....
    The elevators were not all working so the 10th floor decent to go to the lobby to use the bathroom was a wait and a stop on all floors.
    Katie at the front desk would not apply my AAA discount and again blew me off as did the other young girls. Their excuse for all of their situations was that they are a Boutique hotel and run things very easy going. There were big dogs in the lobby barking as well.  On a good note the Valet men, once you could find them, were very friendly....also the room service men delivering were nice as well. The 3 women at the front desk had no empathy or customer service training at all. I almost felt like their parents owned the hotel as their attitude was so lax.
    My Holiday Inn stay was stellar compared to this ..... I cannot believe they will stay in business... whatever a Kimpton Hotel is , it is not geared to the customer in any way...

    08/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    298. RJ W.
    One of the more disappointing hotel stays I have experienced in some time. Front office staff , one in particular, was just plain rude. They forgot to give us our Package gift, room service was served on our bed as there was not table... and we received absolutely nothing in terms of compensation from management other than a $50 credit for what was supposed to be part of our package.. and which we paid for by purchasing the package..thus , nothing.

    ...on the good side, location is good but I would not want to be there during a baseball game..it is so close I cannot imagine the noise factor during a night game ... and the pool, albeit pretty small, is a cool scene...

    There are so many other options in SD, I just would not chose this one in the future...sorry..

    13/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    299. Regina I.
    Be forewarned that any hotel in this area will charge an exorbitant parking fee... so carpool or forfeit valuable spending/drinking/eating money to have your car sit in a garage. The upside, of course, is that while you're in the gaslamp area, all you'll need is your foot mobile.

    I was invited here as a guest to my friend's company trip. Although we only stayed one night, the place was so enjoyable that it felt like time slowed down. I used to be of the mindset that a cheapie, dirty, hotel wasn't such a bad thing, but there's something to be said about the value of a boutique hotel.

    The entire experience really solidifies the feel of being on vacation. The beds were comfortable- they passed the SPLAT test (which involves diving face down to see how much face gets sucked into the mattress). The rooms were adorable. The service was tremendous.

    Upon check in, you're given a complimentary bottle of wine. At 5pm each night, there's also a wine tasting (at which appetizers are passed around)- it's like wine is flowing everywhere and they really want you to get your party started right away.

    It's perfect for staying in- the pool area and bar can suck all your time in. However, it's also great for wandering the Gaslamp quarters as it's perfectly located and within walking distance to, I don't know, everything.

    Oh, and their shampoo was great and their robes are bad ass! =)

    26/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    300. Jacob H.
    So my boss asked me to find a room in San Diego gaslamp district, so I went on google and did a quick search. Found this hotel and decided to book it. It was only 99 a night and it includes coffee in the morning and also you get to go to their wine reception at 6pm. We got there at around 8 so we missed that but definitely would love to check that out next time. Boss was impressed.. so that's all that mattered.

    One thing I found interesting was that the snack/alcohol bar was wide open. I don't know if this was done on purpose but it's pretty smart. When it's laying out there in front of the guests, they are probably more likely to open up a bottle and drink it. I know I wanted to seeing that bottle of patron.

    Overall a great hotel and very close to all the bars that gaslamp district has to offer. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful.

    04/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    301. Paulette K.
    This hotel is such a secret little gem downtown. It's a boutique hotel so it's intimate and personable. You get to know the really nice staff and you don't feel like your being cattled through. The rooms are clean and spacious and the place over all feels like a modern little beach resort in the middle of downtown. There's a cool rooftop bar with a great view and the restaurant J6 is really good. The location is perfectly situated to walk to whatever you need. This is where I like to spend my SD staycations.

    12/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    302. Kristy I.
    If I paid full price I don't know if I'd still be a fan of Hotel Solamar, but at the price my bf and I paid, it was a GREAT deal (aside from the ridic. parking fee, boo.)  No jacuzzi tub in our room, but the room was clean and cozy, and the hotel is in a great location--a 3 minute walk to all the great bars, restaurants, and shops in the Gaslamp district.  It's a fun place for 20-somethings to stay for bar hopping or relaxing and having a good meal.

    Very comfy beds and pillows, nicely decorated room and bathroom, friendly hotel staff, complimentary wine tasting at 5 pm!, large flat screen TVs, complimentary wifi (just become an inTouch member for free), mini fridge, and the list goes on.

    The only complaints I have are that it's damn near impossible to wash your face at the sink, and HOW is parking $35??  I was splashing water everywhere at the sink, so I would say sacrifice form for function, Solamar!  Oh, and that bathroom door is so hard to open and close, I stopped caring about privacy.  Thankfully I've been with the bf for 5 years so he didn't care either.

    07/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    303. Natalie K.
    Cute hotel, nice design, but I bad sleep.

    I stayed here about 2 months ago. The hotel was nice, and the location was great. The pool area was crowded and happening with music and a couple cabanas. Here is the part that killed it for me. There is a rooftop club right across the street. The bass was shaking my room and I couldn't sleep the whole night. When we talked to the hotel manager about it, he just said how that is impossible because the rooms are soundproof. That's rude. You try sleeping in that room.

    So basically, if you want to sleep at night, don't come here. If you plan to be up all night partying, then this place is ok.

    07/12/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    304. Colin B.
    Solamar is all kinds of awesome from the fit and finish to the customer service. Valet guys are usually douche bag dudes that double as bouncers at night and are saving up money to open a gym, but these kids were cool. Every one of them was helpful, knowledgeable and willing to just hang out and talk. The front desk staff was courteous and professional and I enjoyed them nearly as much.

    The location of the hotel is ideal, close to tons of great restaurants, bars, PetCo Park and other great things to do.

    Watch out for the $35 a night valet, but enjoy the quiet and comfortable room.

    17/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    305. Bianca A.
    loooveeeeeeee this place ! thank you solamar for making my stay so enjoyable and memorable! Stayed for 2 nights at the spa suite and I absolutely loved the suite and my jacuzzi tub overlooking downtown San Diego ! When we first arrived I immediately noticed my dogs name on the VIP ( very important pooches ) board in front of the door entrance along with the other dogs name that stayed that day I thought that was a cleaver way to make their guests feel welcomed and feel happy about!  As soon as we checked in, the front desk was so nice and friendly they even recommended some restaurants for us to try out. What I like about this hotel was that the owner is very pet friendly so he decided to make his hotel pet friendly and add no extra charge for your dog and I had 3 dogs at that time and no extra charge was added! This is definitely a pet friendly hotel and it's also located right by petco park so  you can take your dogs for a nice walk...

    They also give you dog bowls and dog place mats for your room and I love their mini bar snack selection as well!

    Another big + about this hotel is that they have a open sangria and wine bar at the lobby from 5-6pm and they also have light appetizers so if you would like to try out the appetizers go downstairs quick before they run out! I invited 2 of my high school friends so we had a really nice time catching up sitting down in the lobby seating area w free champagne :) the pool here is awesome too because it's heated and the rooftop is just so gorgeous especially at night!

    Now the only - thing about this place is the parking yes it's $36 a day to park your car at the hotel but parking in downtown is a hassle and across the street parking is $10 cheaper but you can't take your car in and out so my advice is just park your car at the hotel :)

    29/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    306. Tiffany N.
    On a recent trip to San Diego I was able to stay at the Hotel Solamar for under $100. Crazy, right? I guess it was because December is not a busy season in SD? Anyway, this room was easily worth twice the price that I paid. It was huge and super nice. It was big enough that I even had a sitting area with a loveseat and ottoman.

    But, let's talk about the bathroom. Holy smokes! I wanted to get into the gargantuan Jacuzzi tub and stay there for hours. Unfortunately I had work to do. The cool thing about the tub area is that is separate and there were sliding walls you could close around it if you need privacy. Or you could leave them open and watch the TV from a distance.

    Just like all Kimptons I've stayed at they do a complimentary wine hour and the staff are uber friendly. All that and it's located downtown makes the Hotel Solamar an easy choice for where to stay on my trips down South.

    25/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    307. Sam M.
    Could have been amazing -  but missed at key points.

    Came here for my birthday with my boyfriend, looking for a lovely romantic 3 nights away. Far from getting the special treatment lots of reviewers have mentioned, I felt our reception was less than adequate.

    At first it seemed lovely - the room was lovely and the cocktail hour was a big plus.
    Day 1 - bar closed at 8 - just as we were going for a drink.
    Day 2 - maid didn't make up the bedroom, only the bathroom - and left an empty  pizza box outside our room for several hours. The bar/restaurant for some reason, did not open all day/night.
    Day 3 - In the morning we had to deal with having our coffee in a room next to road works, since they don't have coffee in the bedrooms?? The coffee was no better than standard in room coffee, it felt like they were just being cheap requiring us to get up early and go downstairs to get it.
    We then went to have a swim to get away from the noise - only to have to listen to workmen spend the entire time we were there attempting to dry concrete with a leaf blower.
    After a day at the zoo, we tried again to have a drink at the bar/restaurant which closed at 10.30pm...even though it was a Friday night???? We ended up going to the loft bar which was much nicer (not to mention OPEN).
    The final straw was when we discovered the hotel was pet friendly. I get very nervous around dogs, especially in tight places like elevators (I was attacked as a child). This in itself would not have been a downer, but they did not mention this on checkin, and did not even tell us they had a pet free floor!!! Instead we were with all the dogs and you could hear them bark (the walls are very thin).

    Overall, I'd say it was disappointing and unromantic.

    21/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    308. Connie Z.
    I stayed here randomly one night when I booked through hotwire and I was very pleased with the room I was offered for a great price! I was on the 4th floor and had a nice view of the street below and stadium.

    This hotel has a lounge and restaurant, but I think the lounge is only open till midnight or so. The lounge is outdoors and has a pool but on that night it was way too cold to hang out up there.

    Only bad thing I have to say about this place is that they charge for overnight parking. For some reason, the night I stayed there it was valet only so I ended up paying $35 for parking. Total crap since I couldv'e used that towards my liquor budget! Apparently there is a parking lot across the street that charges less but yeah, I'm lazy and that was inconvenient for me!

    Also, not sure about the Wi-Fi....the laptop picked up the Kimpton Wi-Fi and it was free even though they had said there was a charge for it but I was never charged.

    The room almost felt like I was at a beach hotel. It was very marine theme with all the blue color scheme. And there's a fridge inside with no sensor system so you can definitely bring your own anything and keep it in there. The shower also has its own shampoo, conditioner, AND body wash! Not to mention the sink has hand soap, NOT a bar of crappy motel soap that you have to use for everything!

    This hotel is close to everything so if you're ready to walk out your door and party then this is the place for you!

    03/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    309. Eugi H.
    I planned a surprise birthday weekend in SD for my boyfriend and booked the Virtuoso Suite here to stay. Boutique hotels are my new infatuations, and Hotel Solamar seemed to fit the bill. They had a corporate rate for me and compared to some of the other boutique hotels in the area, they are cheaper and in a prime location.

    I requested a late check-in and the staff was super nice about it. I had also made a note with them that it was for a birthday and asked if they could do something for us, but alas, there was nothing upon arrival. Oh wells. Yelpers were right that the rooms here run a little small, it's more the size of a studio suite that you would find in Vegas. But the location is excellent, you can't ask for a better spot to stay in SD. It's right in the middle of all the nightlife and next to the ocean, surrounded by a bunch of good food places and close to Balboa park too. The hotel is also very pet friendly which I loved, even though I don't have a dog myself. It's just nice to see hotels that treat animals well.

    My only complaint would be their valet. It's pretty steep, at $35/night. Which would be fine, but I noticed that they had gone through my glove compartment. How did I know that, you ask? Well, I have a charm hanging right in front of it, and when they closed the glove compartment back up , it got caught inside the compartment, and I guess they didn't notice, cuz I found my charm smashed in there like that. I don't know what their business was going through it, but I'm sure it had nothing to do with parking and retrieving my car for me.  So that was minus one star. I don't keep anything valuable in my glove compartment anyways.

    25/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    310. Ann W.
    Amazing!

    I would highly, highly, highly recommend this place. The $40 a night valet was a little much, especially due to the fact we could not find parking anywhere around, but we only stayed one night. Everyone from the valet to the front desk was VERY kind and professional.

    The decor was amazing, fresh cookies, water, and coffee while you checked in. They are pet friendly and even had a sign out front with the pet's name on it welcoming them. I'm not a pet owner and wondered, but I never smelled any pets or saw any hair.

    The room was amazing, very clean, and the bed very comfortable. I would jump to stay here again, as it was only two blocks (5 min) walk to Petco Field for a baseball game and in the middle of the gas lamp district so restaurants were abundant. Book it now!

    13/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    311. Reese G.
    Stayed here over the weekend for my sister's bachellorrete party and we all loved it. The staff is amazingly very friendly and helpful! they were so nice and always happy.
    The room was great and very nice. It is across from Stingaree so it was so convenient and is near everything else. They also have VIPs (very important pooches) which is nice to know and saw many people with their cute dogs. They also have free coffee and tea in the morning and always have iced tea and water out in the front. The noise from outside can be heard inside the room when the windows are open. It did not bother me though because it made me feel like I was really living in the city like New York haha. They also have a lot of complimentary items in case you leave some stuff or forget them. LOVE this place!!! free wifi if you sign up as a member. cool!

    Only bad thing was that the pool was closed for construction WHICH WE WERE NOT aware of. We were pretty disappointed and sad when we got there and found out we had to be driven to their sister hotel. Wish they gave us a heads up before we booked :(

    24/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    312. Eve K.
    One of my favorite hotel stays. Stellar modern boutique hotel in a prime downtown location with a superb staff. 4.7 stars

    Cost to worth it rating: 4 (similar prices to standard large chains but better experience)

    Highlights:
    - Atmosphere/personality: modern, classy, and fun. Like a smaller, more comfortable, friendly, more mature, less obnoxious W
    - Rooms: artfully and whimsically decorated but comfortable
    - Location: right downtown so it's just a block away from the main drag but on the edge so it's a bit quieter
    - Special treatment: when they found it we were there as part of a babymoon, they left a sweet note in room our room along with nice waters and chocolate covered cherries
    - Special packages: we got one for $10 more we got a $25 restaurant/lounge/room service credit, movie and popcorn ($15 value), and 50% parking (full price $35)
    - Hotel restaurant bar: cool bartender Andrew made mocktails

    Lowlights:
    - Our popcorn took 45 minutes to arrive and had to call to check on it
    - Package on website didn't synch up with what the front desk had (didn't include the parking), so I needed to show them the website for them to take it out

    Had a fantastic time here and would return again next time in San Diego.

    12/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    313. Anna R.
    This has got to be one of my faves in the Kimpton collection! Upon walking in we felt instantly welcomed when the valet attendants swung those big doors open.  Then we had the pleasure of being greeted by the Front Office Manager, Wendy, just in passing. Right away we felt the warmth in their welcome.

    The property itself is gorgeous and in true Kimpton boutique style with it's sleek decor in the lobby, guest rooms and even the bathrooms. The rooms are spacious and clean with Gilchrist & Soames amenities.

    The Solamar is in a prime location just steps away from the Gaslamp, Horton Plaza and the convention center. They also offer coffee service in the lobby in the morning and a hosted wine hour in the evening.

    Definitely a must stay when visiting San Diego!

    15/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    314. Jennifer L.
    LOVED this place!!! Clean, beautiful and so conveniently located to everything. Yes, noisy but when it gets to be too much then SHUT the window. There. Problem solved. Comfy beds. Great front desk service. Can't wait to go again.

    17/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    315. Fannie S.
    I liked this place actually.  Shockingly.  Even though I honestly dislike Gaslamp District.

    The interior is beautiful.  The exterior is a bit out of place with all of the surrounding buildings but it's okay.

    Free tea and coffee in the wee early mornings, and free wine tasting in the early evening.

    Amenities, beautiful but we did not have time to enjoy it.

    Prices = pricey.  But let's be honest, we used Priceline.com (or as he said ...the Shatner!) for this place and then it was very affordable! ;)

    Parking = pay to park in their lot, or whatever it may be.  We chose to use street parking and saved some money.  Granted, having the PetCo ballpark nearby, and being there post-game, was not helpful....lol  

    Tip: arrived in SD after 2 a.m., and you'll find plenty of parking along with the trash, rickshaws and barely dressed females and loud males.  God, I miss SD but not that. HA!

    18/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    316. Gail P.
    Well my experience with boutique hotels is somewhat limited so I will say right up front, that I made sure to keep my expectations unbridled for the Hotel Solamar. Mainly I have stayed at the Ayres chain up in Los Angeles and Orange county-I was a San Diego boutique hotel virgin when I experienced the Solamar.

    First-the location is excellent. Not actually in the bustling heart of the busy Gaslamp quarter, but more along the more leisurely outskirts. This is an important point-in order to be fully rested to hit all the great restaurants and nightclubs down here, one must'nt be too overly stimulated with all the urban noises found further up the street.

    Petco Park is also very near. For baseball fans and whatever else goes on there throughout the year-this is an excellent base of action, and of course the Convention Center and trolley is near by too. Now the rooms here at the Solamar is what my bone of contention will be. They are very small-almost cramped and the "suites" lack that "suite-ish" feeling of luxurious repose because of the tight spaces. Though colorfully decorated and with a AWESOME step-in bathtub, I still did not like feeling so jammed up.

    The lovely, comfortable bed with a really nice comforter was overwhelming furniture in this tight spot and even the front room of the suite was a hurdle to get around in. The conference table I was working at was very in-your-face and personal space-violated.
    Perhaps this is due to my inexperience with boutique properties or the fact that I am a tall lady?

    Furthermore, the lobby itself was very dimly lit and almost too dark.
    The lobby had a nice drink station set up but divided it into 2 parts-the tea part and the coffee part. While in a pre-caffeinated daze, I wondered around trying to figure it all out.

    But in praise of the Solamar, I will say this: it does seem to be a VERY TRENDY PLACE! The painted walls and cool arty flourishes that abounded throughout the hotel were very nice. The scones I enjoyed were tasty and they put floating slices of lemon and lime in their servings of water, like I prefer. Upon checking out, I noticed a big van full of what looked to be prosperous Oakland Raider wives and such- unloading in the valet area. So maybe after all, the image, trendiness factor and location of a particular property may supercede whatever architectural design shortfalls may accompany it?

    That is a question only an astute visitor can make for themselves.

    05/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    317. Del P.
    nice location but cant get around the fact they knew their hotel was under going major construction and did not tell me about it when i booked. Day one meant no pool, no lounge/grill and a horrible lobby experience. The good: Nice staff, except Natasha needs to learn customer service skills, nice location, etc. You wont be disappointed if there is no construction.

    12/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    318. Britt G.
    To borrow shamelessly from Clueless:  This place is a Monet.  From far away it looks really awesome, but as you continue to take a closer look, it's a bit of a mess.

    I have to say, I think the highlight of my stay was their free coffee in the lobby in the morning.  It was seriously bomb.com .

    Other things I was a fan of included:

    $157 a night on Hotwire for a 1 bdrm suite, approximately 550 sq ft.;

    Very convenient Gaslamp location;

    All the cute dogs in the guests' tow;

    Friendly, courteous staff; and

    The cheese plate we ordered to snack on while we got ready for pre-dinner drinks on Saturday (Hello, Humboldt Fog).

    There were a couple issues, though. I am very skeptical when a hotel claims to be of the luxury variety and keep things supermodern.  Kimpton is decorated kind of like Ikea on 'roids.  Didn't see anything making me feel the least bit pampered, not even in our 1 bdrm suite, which sported a very weird combo of animal print and beach decor.

    The things I wasn't a fan of:

    The bed didn't even have a duvet cover--just a white zebra embossed sheet over the comforter, along with 4 tiny, uncomfortable pillows.  I get you're going for minimalist, but the vibe was more like your housekeeping didn't feel up to making the rest of the bed;

    The actual bedroom was tiny, with an oddly, very off-centered positioned TV;

    Walls are THIN;

    Living room featured wicker couch with uncomfortable cushions and looked like it belonged outside on a patio, not masquerading as an indoor sofa;

    While this possibly would only annoy someone like me, our jacuzzi tub was combined with the shower instead of separate, which I felt like was sort of a mislead from hotel website photos;

    Drunk pyro set fire to paper towels in lobby mensroom about 2am Sunday morning, rendering our elevators inoperable for awhile in the morning because of engineering issues after the blaze was put out.  I'll chalk that one up to freak accident, though.

    I kind of feel like my experience is indicative of this anecdote: After showering the first evening, my bald, super low-maintenance boyfriend comes out of the bathroom and tells me he really wasn't impressed with the shower gel and shampoo.  (Yes, I died laughing and also wondered why he had even endeavored to use the shampoo at all).  Basically, there were some decent expectations when we got there, and the hotel stay wasn't a per se bad experience, or anything; it just really wasn't a visit I'd go sing praises about.  I might stay here again, but I'll just be paying for a regular room next time, because Solamar certainly didn't make my suite stay feel like anything worth repeating.

    14/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    319. Al C.
    Worst bed I have EVER slept on !!!!! Stayed here this past weekend with my wife to get away for some relaxation and good food at gaslamp. This hotel needs to get the most basic thing right first the bed. I actually spent the second  night sleeping on the chair ya it was that bad ! Sure they have a good bar by pool ,free wine hour ,great location,good windows cause I was right by pool and couldn't hear anything from the pool bar once I closed the  window but none of that means anything if the bed will not let you sleep. It was so hard. I let the front
    desk know at check out and I just got a" o really that's too bad. You now at the end of weekend I feel more tired than when I arrived cause I couldn't sleep on that dam hard bed. .. checked under bed to see if there was something under matress making it so hard i didnt find anything but i did notice the matress was under two twin box springs instead of it being under one fof a king bed i dont know if that was reason for it being hard but it was torture sleeping on that dam hard
    bed

    21/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    320. debbie w.
    We stayed at Solamar over Xmas 2013. We came home after golfing only to find our suite hadn't been cleaned. When calling housekeeping, they said they clean through 4pm- so we waited, and well, they didn't clean the room. The reason the hotel gets a 5 rating is because of Wanda in housekeeping, her manager Holman, and Jessica the manager on duty during our stay. They quickly made everything right for us, and Wanda went an extra step ensuring that the room was not only clean, but we also had rose petals on the bed, wine, water and snacks. Going above and beyond to make a guest feel welcome is why you stay at places. We will be back.

    15/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    321. Brittany C.
    Where to begin about this hotel??

    My wife and I decided on this hotel for our wedding week! We had previously stayed at the Hotel Palomar and knew another Kimpton hotel would be awesome!!

    When we arrived, we valeted our our. Their valets are always awesome!! We checked in with Jose who was also from Phoenix. He was the best!! made casual conversation. Let us know about cocktail hour and coffee in the morning.

    We headed up to our room. Once again, blown away at a Kimpton!! The room was huge!! Loved being about to see the city from our room. We had a spa as well in our room. Great decor!

    We changed and headed up to the pool bar for a few cocktails before cocktail hour. I could have stayed up there our whole trip. It was a great view and great service. The pool was nice and private. Being able to hang out on the corner of the building and look at the city was awesome!!

    We headed down to grab a cocktail before heading to dinner. They do free sangira and beer from 5pm to 6pm. My wife fell in love with the dark beer they were serving that day.

    Before dinner, we stopped by Heavenly Cupcakes for our wedding cake which is near by. On our way out we stopped to ask Jose if he knew of any gay bars near by and he was able to suggest we go to Hillcrest! Great suggestion.

    Hotel is in such a great location with so many restaurants and shops nearby!

    That night I ordered room service and it was really good. Great portion.

    Once we checked out, I realized I forgot our cupcakes!! The MOD was helpful and took me back to the room to get them.

    I would love to stay here again and recommend it to everyone!!!!

    04/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    322. Christina P.
    Thanks to my company's corporate rate, Kimpton hotels are beginning to feel like home to me. And yet it's still exciting to visit the different properties and see what's what!

    I spent just one night at the Solamar this week on my first trip to San Diego ever. Things got off to a bit of a rough start when we arrived and they didn't have our rooms ready and they told us there were about 4 rooms to be filled before ours. We had gotten there pretty early so we weren't mad. But after running around town running errands, we started to wonder why we weren't getting calls on our cell phones as promised. We took a chance and headed back to the hotel and they told us that our rooms were in fact ready. No explanation as to why we didn't receive a call, but I was sure glad we came back when we did because there was a group of about 40 right behind us in line waiting to check in.

    Once I got to my room, all was ok again. I loved the white subway tiles in the bathroom and it felt spacious. I looked out the window and saw the amazing 4th floor fitness/pool area and was highly impressed. If only I had time to use it!

    Later that day, we had to print some papers for work and used the business center. I balked at the rates ($6 for 15 minutes and $1.49 for a color copy) but we had no choice so I tried to charge it to my room. No luck...the option seemed to be broken. So I eventually charged it to my credit card, but they didn't give me an option to print a receipt, which was disappointing because I needed to expense it. The hotel made up for it the next day at check-out when I mentioned it to them and they called up the wireless company for me and had them email me a receipt. But shouldn't there be an easier way?

    My final complaint was with the valet service. While I found the rest of the staff very professional and nice, I got a definite cranky vibe from the valet dudes. Granted, we were going back and forth a lot causing them some work, but isn't that why one pays $35 for a night of parking with in and out privileges?

    Any complaints I have about the hotel, however, are overshadowed by how impressed I was at the understanding, kind service we received when we returned to the hotel and acted like a bunch of fools in a room at about 2:30 am. The late night room service guys were endlessly patient as some of us (cough cough) tried for 15 minutes or so to express how much we wanted french fries and chicken tenders.

    So thank you Solamar, I hope to be back soon!

    01/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    323. April B.
    This hotel has a great location in Gaslamp, very easy to walk to everything or a quick taxi away.  

    For some reason we got a handicapped room which was fine, but the bathroom had a shower without the tub which created a problem for us.  Every time we showered the water sprayed out into the bathroom creating a lake! We did everything we could to place the shower head in the right location and have a towel mat.  For some reason I don't think the drain situation was that up to speed to where it would slope down to keep it in the shower.  Hmm... The bathroom also didn't have a fan so it fogged up pretty quickly.

    The overall hotel was very pretty - the pool was awesome except crowded. We couldn't get a seat and had to sit on the restaurant side.  I am not sure if they let people that aren't staying there come up and use the pool but if so, that was disappointing since it was small and there wasn't a lot of room.  All I wanted to do was lay in a lounge chair, get some sun and nap. And I wish they would have made the cabanas first come instead of charging for them.  Also, $8.00 for 15 minutes of internet in the business center was a rip off.  

    The people at the front desk were awesome!  They helped us plan out some of the excursions and tours we went on and were very helpful.  Overall we had a great time!

    12/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    324. Kristine A.
    Love it love it love it!!! I did not want to check out.  In fact I think I was almost begging at the front desk for me to stay another night!  

    First, location - wow does it get better? Right near Petco park, East Village, everything easy walking distance.  Lots of shops, restaurants, bars, etc so close by it is crazy!

    Second - the staff were fabulous.  From the bell boys who greated us and helped hold our luggage after check out to the front desk staff who were welcoming and knowledgable.  Even got a nice welcoming card from Ashley, wishing us a happy anniversary. Very classy.

    Third - they are very pet friendly.  Have a greeting sign at the front door with pets names on it and water bowl - how cute!  Got a bed for the dog and their own water/food dish.  Nice!  The dogs are welcome in all areas, but the pool area.  So it was nice to go the the nightly reception and bring our 4 legged friend. There is a grassy area right in front of the hotel and Petco Park (park n the park) is close by for walking, etc.  They will give you a map and on it are little dog indicators for where you can take your dog.

    Fourth - the evening wine reception. Always a nice thing about staying in a Kimpton property.  They had red or white wine and watermelon sangria plus a tray of apps.  Very nice and fun to meet and talk to some of the fellow guests.

    I'm losing track of the count - but the pool area is great (though the pool is a bit smallish).  also not a lot of lounge chairs right around the pool (they fill up quickly).  Cabanas are nice.  The lounge and bar area by the pool is cool and lots of seating to hang out and fire pits.  

    The restaurants on site - JSix is good, but we didn't eat there this time - too many choices.  

    Probably the biggest negative was the parking fee ($40 per night - what?!). Seems too much.

    Now the rooms:  nice, clean, modern, well appointed.  Had a nice room on 8th floor overlooking the pool.  Even had a partial water/harbor view!  Bed was very comfortable.  Nice flat screen TV and nice chair in the room.  Mini fridge.  Water pressure in the shower was AMAZING.  MIght have been one of the best showers of my life!!  

    Great stay - I will be back.

    13/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    325. Lindsey R.
    I have nothing but the best things to say about Hotel Solamar.

    I LOVE the entrance with the little sign that lists all the VIP (Very important pooches) and as soon as we got to the check in we felt at home. The staff is amazing and we got upgraded to a corner view room.

    The room was beautiful!! It is super clean and the king size bed was so comfortable. The animal print robes are a riot and I wore mine the entire time. The rooftop lounge is so fun. The hubs and I loved hanging out having some drinks (great bartenders) and sitting under the heaters, still cool in May!

    The proximety to Gaslamp, the convention center, Balboa Park and the water taxi to Coronado is excellent. We walked everywhere and got to see what a beautiful place San Diego is.

    We loved our trip and can't wait to come back to the Solamar- will stay here every time when we visit.

    16/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    326. Debbie D.
    I love this hotel. Stayed in a king suite (with an unbelievable jetted bath tub) for my birthday. The staff could not have been nicer. Every single employee I encountered was beyond fabulous and friendly. I wonder why other hotels have trouble with this simple thing?? BE NICE TO YOUR GUESTS! :-) Anyway, the room was great, with the exception of the bed. I don't know why, but it felt like the mattress was broken or something. It was lumpy and sort of on a slope. Same with the pull out couch. ALAS, nobody slept very well but the bath tub was amazing!!

    Ordered room service 3 times, and the food was just "ok". Breakfast was the biggest disappointment, but a minor thing as far as I'm concerned. I would stay at this hotel again in a second! Close to everything downtown and the balll park.

    Again-whomever is instilling the customer service AWESOMENESS in the staff down there is doing a great job. Love it.

    13/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    327. Italian Bird Q.
    What an amazing hotel! Everything from check in to check out was superior. Fantastic location, you can walk to anything in Gaslamp. The bar on the 4th floor offered beautiful views of San Diego, which only added to the already amazing Solamar. Rooms were very comfortable and well appointed, and the bathrooms were modern. The staff were all very helpful, no request was too big. I loved staying here, and would return in a heartbeat. Go Kimpton!

    31/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    328. Javier V.
    Pros:
    - Very centrally located hotel in the Gaslamp SD area me and my gf never had to go to far to get to where we wanted to go.  
    - Wine hour from 5-6 was a big plus (you have to try their sangria!)!
    - Pool was real nice, and at night time they have a set up lounge.
    - Friendly staff.
    - Clean guest room with large tub!

    Cons:
    - Took 45 minutes to get 2 towels delivered to our guest room.
    -  Fitness facility needs to be maintained a little more (treadmill down, and didn't have any wipes to clean machines).

    Overall I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. See you soon Solamar!

    22/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    329. Margaret P.
    Stayed here last minute when flight got cancelled.  Great location, but I think rooms were overpriced and not as clean as I have come to expect from other Kimpton properties.  Restaurant was being remodeled so lobby was a mess, tiny fitness center and hard to get coffee in am.  I wish I could report better but I would choose another hotel in the area if I had to do it over again.

    04/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    330. Hector G.
    I was trying to find the perfect hotel for my gf and I and I think I got really close.
    First off, I didn't know they were a dog friendly hotel. In fact, they love the pooch more than the paying customers.
    They have this cool board out front with all the pooches names on it and water bowls. I didn't see my name on a board and the water was $6!!

    Valet service is 5/5. Hands down, nicest group of valets I've ever met and that's a tough gig so I give them props for busting ass.

    The rooms are clean, small, cozy and comfortable. In my drinking days, I would have been super impressed with the stocked bar. They had some serious drank up in this bizzy. They also have wine Happy Hour on the house later in the afternoon/early evening. They have some douchey white guy standing around pouring wine for everyone. How about cut that douche from the payroll and spend that cash on lowering the parking rates for guests??

    Pool/Lounge area on the 4th floor is very cool. We didn't spend any time out there but it was crackin' all night. I could feel the house music bumpin' while I was bumpin' up in the room.

    Cost is where I have an issue. My girl paid for the room(she's a sweetheart like that) but it was a bit pricey and then AND THEN they charge $36 a day to park. They can do this b/c there is limited parking in the area and I guess if you can rob people, why bother wearing a ski mask??

    I'd likely stay here again, but would like to check out some of the other cool spots around that area before I do.

    01/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    331. Zakia W.
    This was one of the best hotels I've stayed at. We wanted a quick weekend trip to San Diego for fun and wanted to bring our 2 dogs. My friend recommended the hotel and raved about it. The hotel is in the center of the Gaslamp area and so much to do around there. Right next to Petco Park, Seaport Village and tons of restaurants and bars. The staff was so accommodating to us and our dogs. They even gave our dogs a bunch of treats!! They had water bowls available for them too. The food at the restaurant was yummy! There is a really cool lounge with a pool on the 4th floor that looks out at the city.  The décor of the hotel and room is really cool and chic. I have zero complaints! I will definitely stay here again.  The staff was so nice, accommodating and knowledgeable.

    17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    332. Dina S.
    Thank you so much Hotel Solamar-You made us feel like superstars! Very chill, but five star service at the same time. We were so impressed! Well done! We are not easy to please girls either :)
    Clean, stylish, Eco-friendly and Pets are VIP!
    We passed on the complimentary wine reception (RAD that this is offered) and hit up the Jsix (hotel restaurant) Happy Hour. I will be back for the Basil Gimlet-I'm already addicted.
    Will stay here again and I hope it's sooner rather than later.

    07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    333. J C.
    Fantastic Weekend!

    Spent the long weekend at Solamar.  Our experience was fantastic!  Room and service couldn't have been better.  We had a corner spa suite on the southeast side, 10th floor.  Great room, spa tub, perfectly quiet.  Upon check in we received a card for two free local beers (part of the "Craft rate"), as well as another card for $10.00 credit toward the mini bar.  nice!  Room wasn't ready as we got there quite early, but they gave us a key to the pool area so we could enjoy that while we waited.

    Our whole stay was great!  Staff was super helpful, even Wanda the maid who saw me looking for the ice machine one morning and cheerfully offered not just to give me directions, but to go get the ice for me.  I even had to fight her to accept a tip when she brought it!    

    Loved this place!

    Some key points:

    - Book a Corner suite or at least a room on the opposite side from the pool.  It does get a bit noisy at the pool but it was super quiet on the Southeast side.

    - Be prepared to pay $40 per day for parking. Yes it is quite steep, and really one of the only negatives to staying here, but the valet did let us know about other options.

    - On Weekends the pool/ bar area becomes quite a scene.  Apparently they allow locals to use the pool for a fee, as well as book outside parties.  It becomes quite crowded with good looking 20-30 somethings. (I felt like maybe I missed the requirement of having several tattoos when using the pool area) The pool is small and  there are only a few lounge chairs.  The security staff is very good though, and make sure hotel guests get priority, and they clear unused chairs immediately when not in use so people don't stake them out all day.  We came in at a very crowded time, and the security guy got us two chairs withing about 5 minutes.

    -If the pillows are too hard for you, call the front desk and ask, they will gladly bring you some nice soft feather ones, as they did for us.  

    In summary,  like I said, this place is great and well managed.  Service is top notch.

    13/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    334. Elizabeth S.
    Nice hotel, great decor and ambiance. Great location, we walked everywhere in the gaslamp district. Small but nice and comfy room. Great they have a wine hour. Only qualm is the thin walls, and the noises that kept me awake all night, including sirens, doors slamming, security banging on someones door, yelling and even someones intimate moments! Lol. Overall though nice place.

    27/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    335. Hannah L.
    Another Kimpton win! Cool decor, incredibly comfy beds and pillows, and a nice jetted tub so long I had to stick my toes straight out to keep from sliding under the water....And all this for far less than you'd pay at any other hotel in the Gaslamp district of San Diego.

    Aside from the things Kimpton's known for (striving for environmental friendliness, the great mattresses, funky decor, excellent service), Solamar had its own nice touches. I loved the dog bowls at the entryway with VIP pups' names. I loved the excellent organic coffee (better than what I've had at other Kimptons) in the lobby each morning. I loved the little running routes map tucked atop the desk (with two, four, six, and eight mile suggestions). I loved the easy-to-access business center.

    My only suggestion if you're staying here would be to get a room that overlooks the street as opposed to LoungeSix, the "rooftop" lounge (and heated pool). The lounge is outside on the fourth floor, but the hotel rooms begin on the fourth floor and move up to the tenth, so if you face the lounge you're treated to a soundtrack of club music and drunken laughter until very late into the night. Fortunately, the closed window severely dampened the sound and I didn't have any trouble sleeping (even though I'm not a particularly deep sleeper).

    Especially if you have a dog you travel with (and even if you don't!), always look for Kimpton first. Next time I have to travel to San Diego for business or leisure I'll stay here again....Why go anywhere else?!

    23/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    336. Tanya C.
    Nice roof top bar easy to go to. Eight months new to San Diego I met here for a business lunch. Drinks were $8-12 bucks a piece and subpar....way too much juice or otherwise. Food menu is small and limited but otherwise, furniture or setup is nice. If I was literally coming to get a tan, I'd be back again.

    24/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    337. Steph And Mo W.
    We stayed here 2/23/14 and were very impressed. Our room wasn't ready in time, so they upgraded us to an amazing room! Each member of the staff we encountered was amazing; they really made us and our puppy feel at home. We will be staying here again!

    04/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    338. April J.
    4 stars due to the ecoconscious-ness and pet friendly-ness of the hotel.  They have a complementary wine hour, then you can continue the libations at their LOUNGEsix bar.

    JSix is the restaurant tied to the hotel which is great fare.

    30/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    339. Jason H.
    My favorite hotel in the gaslamp is this one by Kimpton. Their hotels are always great and a reasonable price, so I don't waste a lot of time trying to game a hotel value system or whatever. I just book the Kimpton and have a drink. It's a better use of my time.

    There is another Kimpton a few blocks away, but I like the location of this one a little better, plus it has a nice pool deck that is open later and better rooms, I think.

    Free wine happy hour, dog friendly, great beds, good specials on rooms a lot. Love this place.  I'll be back again soon!

    05/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    340. Adam E.
    Probably one of the best hotels I have stayed in.  Period.  The service was great, the ambiance was modern but not pretentious, the location was super convenient, and the rooms were clean, comfortable and quiet.  They also have a rooftop garden and pool which was the primary reason i booked the place.  The rooftop garden has great security, multiple fire pits, a full bar and friendly staff.  

    The beds were super comfortable.  The small pillows threw me off, but i slept like a baby in an environmentally friendly, possibly LEED certified cradle.  The price was also really reasonable.    And it is walking distance to tons of great shops and restaurants.  Being next to PetCo Park is another plus. though i imagine that might change during an actual game.

    It is worth mentioning that this is a pet friendly hotel, which could either be a plus or minus depending on how you feel about animals.  What i can tell you though, is that this place doesn't look or smell like a hotel that is pet friendly.  There is no dog hair all over the place, no crappy carpets in the hallways and rooms, or the smell of wet or dry dog food anywhere.  I highly recommend this place and would definitely stay here again.

    20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    341. christopher h.
    I'm a fan of this place, super dog friendly and the staff here is super nice.  The hotel pool bar is pretty hilarious thou.  Reminded me of hooters with all the colors they use, definitely a bro spot and seems out of place for the hotel, but I enjoyed it.

    12/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    342. Kate D.
    We stayed there for 4 nights during the week between Christmas & New Years. We chose it because it was a Kimpton hotel, and we've had good experiences with them.

    The staff was friendly and helpful, and the room was almost perfect for my husband, my 9-yr-old, and me. The bathroom was a little overly designed, with a bit more emphasis on form rather than function. We couldn't help but splash water everywhere when I washed my face or my husband shaved.

    My kid enjoyed the heated pool (despite the chilly December weather) and it was a great location to get to see the sights in San Diego. The free wine hour was nice, as was the tea and coffee in the morning.

    We ended up joining the Kimpton loyalty program to get the free in-room wi-fi. Not super-happy about having to do that, but at least it was an option.

    Overall, it was a pretty good experience.

    07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    343. Freda R.
    Very accommodating, courteous and friendly!   A++++ across the board!

    Seth you rocked in trying to help bump us up to a better room at the same rate.  
    Valet guys were awesome!

    The standard room may be a bit small if you are traveling with a family of three but hey, everything worked out just fine!

    16/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    344. Juice C.
    The location of the hotel is in the heart of the Gas Lamp district in San Diego. Its walking minutes to all the upscale and posh dining locations in San Diego. I must say their amenities are great and the people that frequent the hotel all the well to do crowd and  "cool crowd." Breakfast was good and expensive, what can you expect from A place like this? Free beer and wine in the evening is a winner, along with a nice cozy bar attached to the facility, house keeping is another story.

    First, when I check into my room the, the mini bar location is covered in dust bunnies and the mirror inside the bar. I had a few small stains on the bar, so I had them clean it. Next day day I decided to use the toiletries some were used and housekeeping left a cleaning rag in my sink EWWWW!! Prices for the room snack bar are ridiculous $7 for a small bag ($1 in vending machine) of chips and $8 for a bottle of water. The hotel was always HOT whenever walking thru the hallways and the carpet needed cleaning. I'm thinking of giving them a two star but three is my final decision because breakfast service and the lounge was OK.

    20/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    345. April R.
    We booked a last minute stay at Hotel Solamar on Labor Day weekend! We got a great price using a discount website and we were so happy with our stay. We were most excited that pets stay for free but in addition to that they offered a complimentary cocktail hour which was nice too. The ambiance of the hotel was great, the staff was friendly and we also enjoyed the rooftop pool. We highly recommend staying here if you're looking for a chill vibe.

    08/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    346. Jason L.
    I stayed here because of all the reviews and I was not disappointed!  Loved our stay.  It was nice, comfortable, clean, and fun!  The pool lounge was very nice and the fact we didn't need to leave our hotel made it that much better.  Oh and love the free coffee in the mornings.

    Also the parking lot across the street is much cheaper so just park there!

    06/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    347. Sarah V.
    One of my favorite hotels OF ALL TIME.  Every employee we encountered were pleasant, helpful, and more than willing to make our stay the best that it could be.  They accomodated us with a room that overlooked the pool and Petco Field.  We got to spy on a pretty interesting event that took place down at the pool.  At night the pool area is lit up in the most enchanting way you could imagine.  

    I don't know why I get excited over bathrooms, but I do.  And I absolutely loved the decor at Solamar.  Doesn't take much to get me excited these days.  

    The wooden floors in the front entry way of the elevators "floored" me.  I literally took pictures and saved it in my "home ideas" file on my PC (yes, I have a file specifically saved for that purpose).  There were sea turtles on the rugs, and the furniture just spoke to me.  I wanted to cuddle up next to the fire and read something.  Even if it was just the back of my water bottle.  

    You know, say what you want about the parking charge ($35) but try and find parking anywhere downtown and you're lucky it's only that much.  It's convenient, and the valets grab your car for you whenever you want it.  Some think the cost of the parking is outrageous, but I think it's reasonable.  Getting back to the hotel on a game night served a nice portion of aggrevation though.  I'll never leave the area during a Padre's game again.  Took us an hour to get back to our hotel.  Boo, but not the hotel's fault.  It's not like they can have an express lane throughout downtown for hotel Solamar!!  Like Batman

    When I visit San Diego in September, I will be looking for rooms here.  Its got a sentimental place in my heart.  Spent the weekend here with my hubby when he was in town.

    20/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    348. Stephanie H.
    Really like this place. The roof-top bar was always a fun stop-off for the night. Beautiful hotel, great location, and happy hour. You can walk everywhere in the Gaslamp from this spot.

    27/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    349. Laura B.
    What's not to love about this hotel?? Super friendly and helpful staff greet you and are willing to help whatever way they can with a smile on their faces. It's a beautiful, chic, hip hotel with an eco-friendly twist. Nice to know they they care about the environment, but you won't feel preached to at this boutique hotel.

    They have beautiful, spacious rooms and bathrooms with delightful smelling Gilchrist and Soames products. We had a great view of downtown SD and a awesome view of Petco park. It's located in the heart of the Gaslamp district, so it's walking distance from plenty of stores, bars, restaurants, and clubs.  

    They offer a complimentary wine hour every evening and coffee and tea in the morning gratis. What I loved most about the hotel is that it is incredibly pet friendly! Lots of people brought their four-legged friends of all sizes to hang out in the lobby during wine hour and were obliging if non-pet vacationers (me) wanted to pet their pooches. The hotel has a water bowl for arriving pupsters, along with their names on the VIP (very important pooches) board, welcoming them to the hotel. Read: This would not be a good place to stay if you have pet allergies.

    I'd love to come back and stay the next time I'm in SD!

    P.S. Parking is a bit steep at $35 a night, but if you drive a hybrid (like I do), then it's only $17! Sweet!

    15/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    350. Michelle L.
    I am a fan of this Kimpton hotel. This was the second time my husband and I stayed here. First stay was December 2011-second stay was September 2013 for our anniversary.  This time we stayed in a corner deluxe spa room with a view of petco park & the east village (room 734). The room was great with a complementary bottle of Cab to help celebrate our anniversary. Nice touch for sure! Great view! Very spacious! Clean! All the employees we spoke to were very kind and professional. The decor has a chic fun twist to it.  A couple more things to love about this hotel- the hosted wine hour. They served a lovely watermelon sangria and yummy craft beers, along with some light hors devours. The pool scene was fun-definely young adult-not too many kiddies here, which was great for our couples weekend.  They also have 2 Public Bikes to borrow on a first-come-first-serve-basis. I did take off a star for a couple of quirky-didn't-love-reasons. Quirk #1-the street noise from our room was louder than expected, which is funny because J St. and 7th are not busy roads, and there wasn't a Padres game going on. Windows might be a little chintzy. It wasn't out-of-control-noise, but it is definitely in the background as you are falling asleep, and there to greet you in the morning. I had requested a room on the top floor, but that didn't happen. Perhaps those rooms are quieter...During our last stay in 2011, we faced the pool. That time we could hear the music playing from the pool bar...all day into the late evening (midnight-ish). So, if that's your thing,  you'd enjoy one of those rooms. Quirk #2-the box-spring on our bed was sooo squeaky! I noticed another reviewer had mentioned this as well.  Didn't love that. All in all, it's a good, clean, chic little hotel, walking distance to everything fun in downtown SD.  We'll be back.

    15/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    351. Sharon G.
    We stayed here for our honeymoon. It's in a great location in the Gas Lamp district, close to everything downtown. It's a little too hip in ways. The restaurant downstairs visibly frowned when we used our package breakfast coupons. It didn't make us want to come back, free breakfast or no, and we certainly wouldn't pay to go to that restaurant after our experience. The size of the mini bar in the room is ridiculous. Mixologists have less access to this kind of variety. I kept worrying that one of us would trip into it and owe the hotel several hundred dollars. The rooms were stylish and comfortable and we had a nice view. At one point, smoke was filling our room from a nearby room where someone was illegally smoking. They took care of it and got us a new room right away. The rooftop area is lovely in the evenings.

    19/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    352. Katie B.
    I am so sad that when I checked in (of the Yelp App variety) the other day that I only had 2 check-ins at this San Diego dwell. I have stayed here more times than I have digits on my two hands and I can't believe I have never given it any props. The staff is super accommodating and even if I call the day of, they will always squeeze me in. I love the complimentary beverages that they have in the lobby and that they change seasonally, for instance this time around they had hot chocolate (virgin and not so virgin). The beds are super comfy and I am a huge fan of the sitting couch in each room. Since my trips are so brief I never fully get to take advantage of that cozy nook, but one day I will. I will.

    $35 for valet per night is a little bit much, but you can take it out as often as you'd like, so that's a nice touch.

    Hotel Solamar is one of the reasons I never say no to an SD visit!

    16/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    353. Aubrey R.
    Such a beautiful hotel and pet friendly. We got to the hotel a little early so our room wasn't ready, but the hotel recommended a restaurant to us and we walked over. By the time we got back, our room was ready. The room is a good size. We had a room overlooking the pool, a higher floor with a king size bed. What a nice touch to have a photo of our dogs on the desk, it was very welcoming and surprised my husband. The room was very clean. The hotel is clean, staff is friendly and nice. They were so helpful with directions and recommendations. Valet is $40 a day but you have in and out access and we live in Chicago, so we are use to paying a lot for parking. Every morning there was tea and coffee in the lobby and every evening, there was sangria and beer offered. The pool area is nice, we never had any issues finding a lounge chair. The location is great, in the heart of everything. Close walk to Petco Park, restaurants and shops are a block or two away. Would definitely stay here again.

    26/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    354. brooke e.
    I just returned from Hotel Solamar today and I had the hardest time leaving.

    The customer service at this hotel is beyond amazing. They provide complimentary coffee and tea in the morning and wine during the evening (between 5&6 I believe). They are so tentative to your wants and needs and want to ensure that your stay, as well as your pets, is everything you desire.

    It was my birthday during my stay and they surprised me with a cupcake (with a happy birthday candle!) a bottle of my favorite type of wine and a card. That is just one example of how they go above and beyond.

    The food is delicious, I would highly recommend their banana pancakes and every dessert they have on the menu (tried each one!).  They also have a great variety of cocktails, even providing "skinny" options which are fabulous to drink by their pool and rooftop lounge.

    It is safe to say that I have never had a better stay at a hotel before. Their location is PERFECT and I would highly recommend this hotel.

    30/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    355. Ernest T.
    I love this place...

    Complimentary wine, sangria and appetizers at the lobby. Pet friendly which can be a good or bad depending on you, but I like it.

    Cool pool area where you can go and chill. Maybe a little small, but its comparable to other pools in gaslamp.

    The staff was very nice and friendly. Our room was ready a little late, so they gave us all complimentary drink passes, basically, 20 free quality beers.

    Right across the street from Stingaree, so you can get wasted on not have to get in a taxi. Really close to petco park.

    This place is great and a good deal.

    12/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    356. Jonathan C.
    Modern. Chic. Nice rooms.

    We had a great stay at the Hotel Solamar. It is in the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter and about two blocks from Petco Park and the San Diego Convention Center.

    The rooms are clean and modern. Each room comes with a fully booked bar and almost every amenity you would ever need including an "intimacy kit."

    Good: Nice hotel. Even nicer location.

    Bad: Parking is a little pricey but in comparison to prices in the area, it's not that bad.

    Final: Will come and stay again!

    23/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    357. Dan D.
    I headed to San Diego to see some baseball.  I booked on Hotwire and got a great price.  I showed up at noon and the 1st game I was going to started at 12:40.  Figured I could check my luggage and head to the game, but I gave it a shot and asked if I could check in early.  The woman at the check-in desk didn't bat an eye, but went strait to the computer and said they had one room ready so it was no problem.  Other places I've asked typically don't even look at the computer and just say no.  The room was clean, modern and comfortable with a fully stocked mini bar.  It was just a bit on the smaller side, but hey, I wasn't there to entertain!  The window looked out on the ballpark.  The back door to the hotel was a half block to the ballpark! There was a very pleasant pool and bar on the 4th floor.  And the hotel is also only a block from all the action on 5th St.  The convention center is close by.  Great location for a hotel.

    To top it all off, I left one of my jackets in the closet.  I called and the hotel manager and he contacted the supervisor of housekeeping who called me back 2 minutes later.  I had my jacket back almost right away.  They could have saved some money and sent it USPS or FedEx ground, but no, they put it on FedEx Air and I had it the next business day.  This alone gets them a star in my rating.  Will I be going back? Most definitely!

    11/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    358. Justin J.
    Not horrible, but we won't go back. I couldn't sleep in their bed. The mattress was too firm for me, but the pillows offered no support. I called down for a different pillow. They said they had a foam pillow they would send up. Never did. So I stopped by the front desk and asked them to bring me a foam pillow. They brought me another feather pillow. Ug. The body wash provided was resistant to lather and we never really felt clean like when showering at home.

    The pluses are that the room was clean and up to date, the location is great, and the staff were all nice.

    11/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    359. Rosie S.
    My friend and recently stayed at the Hotel Solamar for Memorial Day weekend. We choose the Solamar based on the large roof deck with a pool and bar. As well as the trendy, modern decor.

    The valet guys were a ton of fun when we arrived. They have you try to make a basket in the valet area to help take money off of the cost of parking. I didn't make it, bummer!

    Once in, the front desk staff was very friendly. The gentlemen that was helping me said that our room wasn't ready yet, despite the fact that we arrived after 3pm. He stepped away for a moment for something and was gone for 20 minutes. We had started to think he forgot about us when he finally returned. It wouldn't have been so annoying but while I was standing there waiting, 3 other parties were able to check in with the other receptionist.

    Our room was great, cute decor, and a very tempting snack/mini bar. The robes in there are very "special". :)

    My biggest let down of the hotel was the pool area. It seemed MUCH bigger on the website. There were only about 10-12 chaise lounge chairs. Unless you get there right as they open, you will not be getting a chair. There were a lot of disappointed hipsters out there. We thankfully thought ahead and got there early and were able to sit back and laugh at them in there neon ray bans.

    Lounge Six was a great experience. The Pear Flower drink is delicious!!

    Overall, I was satisfied with my stay. It was Memorial Day weekend and a lot of local graduations that weekend I stayed, so next time we will plan for a different month!

    18/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    360. Andrea F.
    Their  bar on top of the building was pretty fun and awesome enviroment

    11/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    361. Karen D.
    Ok, so I booked my hotel on May 18th (Saturday) about a month or so in advance. I requested a corner suite. I was coming into town to celebrate my birthday. I booked the MASTERS KING SUITE W/ a Living Room. When I booked the room, it clearly stated that there will be a living room. Let me tell you what the reservation website said: "1 King Bed, 570 sq. ft., corner suite, living room, sofa sleeper, Fuji soak tub, separate shower, Views of Gaslamp Quarter"

    Upon arrival, the front desk persons were great, I got my room key and was introduced to all the perks (free wine time) and such. I was waiting to have a great time for my birthday with my boyfriend in downtown San Diego. When I went to my room, I saw that the room was smaller than I expected. Yes, it was a corner suite that I requested. but NO it did not have a living room. It was small. In the description box for the reservation website, it clearly said "corner suite," so how come I didn't get a living room? Or why didn't I get a Sofa Sleeper? I was angry. Great start to my birthday. I went down to the front desk to ask about what had happened. In all honesty, I don't think they would've said a WORD if i didn't go downstairs to complain, and would've charged me the normal rate. He told me "Oh, because you have a corner suite, we scarified the living room" Okay, so you're telling me that I don't get a living room because I have a corner suite? With no consent from anyone from the hotel staff, I had to sacrifice  a larger room. THIS ROOM WAS NOT 570 Square feet. In return, he "changed the rates" of my room. Ok, he changed it to $200. Not satisfied. He also told me "Oh, I would give you the largest suite but we're sold out" I HAD ALREADY BOOKED THE SECOND TO THE LARGEST SUITE AND I GET STUCK WITH A SMALLER ONE? A customer that had booked a month in advance gets stuck in a smaller one? You would book it? Nice to know that you would've booked it for me but couldn't. He then gave me a voucher for free drinks and continental breakfast. I'd rather have my LARGE room that was promised than these horrible accommodations. I don't want food or drinks. I'd rather have my room. That was at the top of my list.

    That night, I found a large cockroach in my bathroom. I can send this picture to management if requested.

    Overall, disgusted by the cockroach and the so called great service here. Don't get me wrong, the people were nice. But I don't think that they really have the customer's satisfaction in mind.

    27/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    362. Tom B.
    So far it has been nothing short of amazing. Jen (one of the managers) has gone to great lengths to make our stay here memorable. She definitely helped to bring the "wow factor" from the moment we arrived. She helped coordinate wine and flowers in the room, massages on sunday morning with a late checkout. She even had our picture on the nightstand with rose petals in the bedroom.  She has definitely raised the bar for any future anniversaries. I would recommend this hotel to anyone that wants more than just a place to sleep when coming to this area.

    14/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    363. Stephanie T.
    I have stayed at Hotel Solamar 4 times in the past 5 years. I used to love the place, but after staying here last week, it seems like it has gone downhill.

    You can tell they are implementing a lot of cost-saving measures to improve their bottom line. Understandable in our economy, but the changes are noticeable. The carpet in the hallway is very worn out and pretty dirty. The tolietries have changed from the fabulous L'Occitane brand to something generic. The nice iPod docs have been replaced by cheapo alarm clocks. Only one robe in the room instead of the standard two. No more complimentary razors although toothbrush/paste were still available. The WiFi is HORRENDOUS! It only worked about 10% of the time, and it was very slow.

    The lobby is still great and customer service is wonderful. I loved the iced coffee that was put out in the morning.

    Overall, it's an ok value if you get a rate of $125 or so.

    06/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    364. Mindi D.
    This past weekend I had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Solamar. From the moment I stepped foot onto the property, I was greeted by the valet guys who were incredibly polite. The hospitality only continued to get better inside the swanky lobby. The ladies who checked me in were beyond wonderful and continued to be great assets through out my trip. Not only were they super friendly but they truly new the area and where to eat, what to see and so on.

    The room was super clean and modern. Even the bath products were top notch. The bed and pillows were very comfortable as well. The hotel is VERY pet friendly, though they have 3 floors were only humans could roam (the top floor where I stayed was one of them). I absolutely love the pet interactions in the hotel and would consider brining my 4 legged kids next time.

    NOTE: if you don't bring your dogs/cats with you...the hotel will provide you with a pet goldfish for your start (boy was I glad to have George to keep me company!)

    There is complimentary coffee every morning and each evening there was a complimentary wine bar from 5-6pm...and they were very generous :)

    I only ate at the attached restaurant Jsix for breakfast 1 morning and it was decent. There are so many great places to eat around the hotel as well. Just ask the girls at the desk for suggestions :)

    The pool deck is great, with a heated pool, nice chaise lounge chairs and couches...and it's on the 4th floor with a nice view :)

    The only downside that I found was that parking was $40/day plus tax (or $20/day with a hybrid). I decided to not rent my car and got along just fine by walking or taking a quick cab ride :)

    I honestly cannot wait to stay there again the next time I'm in San Diego...but for the mean time I may have to try there Phoenix locations for a stay-cation!

    28/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    365. Catherine C.
    My mom, sister and I just got back from our yearly "girls trip," and we had the best time, thanks to Hotel Solamar! We had a full day of driving, so when we arrived at midnight, we were all a hot mess. The front desk host welcomed us with a bottle of wine because we missed wine hour, what a doll!

    After an amazing nights sleep, we woke up refreshed and headed to the pool where we were able to snag a cabana. Needless to say, we wasted the day away there; sun, pool, drinks, and delicious food. Our poolside server was Amanda, what a sweetheart! Not only did she provide amazing service, filling our water glasses up every 10 minutes, and doting on some of our overzealous requests, she gave us amazing recommendations for our trip.

    The location was perfect. In the middle of the fun provided by the gas lamp district, a 5 minute drive to Old Town, and 10 minutes to the beach.

    The room was clean, and we lucked out with a 4th floor room, right next to the pool. Even with the nightlife on the pool deck, the sound did not bother us one bit.

    The staff, decor, food, and amenities were all top notch. When you are "ballin on a budget" like us, this is the place to get the most bang for your buck.

    I will be back!

    ENJOY!

    13/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    366. Alyson M.
    I really like this hotel, great location and fantastic staff......but the beds are horrible! I recently stayed for four nights. Staff let me see five rooms but the beds were all bad. I ended up staying in my original room because the view was the best of the bunch. Definitely request a corner room! Those rooms are much bigger and the view much nicer. The social hour watermelon sangria is quite tasty!

    17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    367. Matt W.
    This hotel is not recommended for people who want to sleep. Between the parties on the outdoor pool deck, the music from the outdoor lounge, the heavy heavy bass from the outdoor club across the street, the fireworks from petco park across the street, or the thin walls and rattling noise when someone runs a shower or bath above you, sleeping does not happen here.

    Further info - The rooms were nice and the staff tried to be helpful, perhaps begrudingly so.  The guys at valet were the standouts.

    If you want to sleep, pass on Solamar. If you are a vampire or a robot, perhaps consider it.

    EDITS---- As shown below, the manager reached to me. This act alone has left a very positive impression on me, and I will be speaking to him directly.  I want to clarify some points:

    ---Petco park wasn't an issue, really. The fireworks went off at 10:30, but was temporary.
    ---The hotel's outdoor lounge can get noisy, not from music but from people "woohoo"ing and drunk yelling.
    ---The main (noise) issue was the outdoor, rooftop club across the narrow street. Our room was literally rattling until 2 am. I can't imagine this happens all the time (it was a Friday night).
    ----The staff and us got off to a bad start, and it never really got straightened out. Perhaps we all just had a bad day(s). The guys at valet (aside from the one who got "woo'ed" by a really rude girl parking her truck and blocking the hotel entrance) were very professional and very helpful.

    I'm leaving the rating unchanged, as this visit to Solamar warranted 1 star. It seems, in hindsight, it could have just been a cluster of bad coincidences, although the noise was unforgivable. If we take the manager's recommendation on trying to hotel again, I hope it goes much better and we can leave a second, much higher review.

    03/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    368. Adam E.
    I'm not someone who gets all excited about hotels. I don't need much, just a clean, comfortable, quiet place to snooze. Solamar has that, and throws in some bonuses that make it truly excellent. There's a wine hour, which I did not partake in. Wine scares me. It reminds me of the Real Housewives and Kathie Lee. Shudder. But I'm sure it's great. There's also free wi-if if you join their customer loyalty program. Now you're talking!
    This hotel is staffed by some seriously friendly folks. Every time we came and went, we got a smile and enthusiastic, "Have a great day!" Or "Welcome back!" They were also more than willing to hold on to our bags and steer us toward some local eateries when we arrived early (no rooms were ready yet). Not just like, "yeah there's some stuff that way," either, they really went through the map with us. They also tried their best to find a charger for a laptop (I forgot to pack it, oops) but sadly could not. But, they checked all over and called when they gave up, many hours later.
    The room itself was clean and nicely decorated with a modern/beachy theme. It actually had character, unlike most hotel rooms. Cool furniture, a fancy, oversized headboard, interesting/mismatched lamps, and an antiquey mirror holding center stage. Plenty of outlets to charge your devices, a good sized closet, and well-appointed bathroom round out the deal. The soap, shampoo, and conditioner smelled great and were in pump dispensers. So you're not struggling with a tiny conditioner bottle, banging it against your hand to get a drop into your hair. The only weird thing was the lack of towel bars. There was nowhere to put the hand towels, and the only place for bath towels was in the shower. Odd, but not a big deal.
    Location is close enough to the convention center that you'll get to your poster session in five minutes, but far enough away that you won't be tempted to eat at the shitty tourist traps that proliferate every convention center area in the US. Explore the Gaslamp District, it's full of independent shops and restaurants!

    15/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    369. Sarah Marie D.
    'Tis a nice, clean, and modern hotel that seemed to cater to the 20s and 30s crowd. However, my fellow bachelorette party goers and I were thoroughly disappointed when "security" came to give us a warning at one of our Master Suites at 8:00pm for being way to loud. The night was still young, so we (classy, young professionals just trying to have fun) kept our cool. BUT REALLY?! We heard so many good things about this hotel (IN DOWNTOWN SD mind you) particularly for bachelorette celebrations as this one and we got a warning for being too loud at 8:00pm?!?!?!?!? No. You just lost a star for deceiving your guests into thinking Hotel Solamar is a hip and trendy hotel. And you lost another star for the RUDE SECURITY trying to act super macho and intimidating when telling us to be quiet when you could have just been simply polite and professional about the entire matter. The remaining stars are for the friendly valet/doormen and housekeepers, and the professional front desk clerks. On the other hand, I do recommend this place for families and retired folks. :-P (that's too bad because I would have recommended this place to all my event planning friends..)

    24/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    370. Austin C.
    Came here for an impromptu mini vacation, the room was nice and clean, the pool was awesome, enjoyed the free happy hour, concierges was very helpful in getting a reservation. However, 40 dollars for overnight parking is a little steep even if it is downtown SD. Overall had a great time!

    26/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    371. Ashley D.
    First time staying here. Much better than I expected!

    You come in valet and are greeted by a group of nice friendly men who open doors for you.  OFF TO A GOOD START. More men take your credit card and give you room keys - very friendly staff.

    FREE WINE AND APPETIZERS EVERYDAY AT 5?!?!?!?!? LET'S BE REAL HERE. that's awesome.

    ANIMAL PRINT ROBES IN THE CLOSET?!!?!? LOL. how awesome is that?!?!

    Beds were comfy and full sized shampoo and conditioner?! awesome!!!!!!!

    my boyfriend and i stayed here for a night and it was pretty enjoyable!!!

    would stay here again! oh it's in the heart of gaslamp so everything was in walking distance!!

    29/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    372. Colin W.
    I have a 5 month old so this review is going to be short or will never be finished.

    As I now see others have mentioned...the bed was literally the worst we've ever slept on. We're fresh out of our college years and like most, we've slept on some pretty shady things after a night out with friends but I've knocked out on couches and have woken up with significantly less back pain than after a night in this 220 dollar room. It was pretty terrible.

    I ordered room service. Only wanted a plate of chicken fingers and an order of fries. They were 12 bucks and 8 bucks respectively. That's pretty reasonable for room service, I guess. Except that I missed the fine print that said there was a 5 dollar room delivery fee and an automatic 20% gratuity. They brought the covered food to my room and I signed off on a 20 dollar charge, plus a tip because, even though they add a freakin' 20% tip themselves, they still leave that line there. They "hadn't heard" the fries I asked for, so I when I brought my food inside and uncovered it I realized I had just paid 20 bucks... plus extra tip, for 4 chicken wings. I don't mind paying extra for things that go above and beyond but I thought that was just crazy. If a pizza place charges me 3 bucks to get my food several miles away, and is tipped at my mercy, I'm not sure where these guys get off on charging me 5 bucks + to bring food to a different part of the same building.

    2 stars because the staff are very nice and were kind to us and our dog. Their pet policy is what brought us here. Next time we will get a puppy sitter and save our backs and wallet. And will probably opt for the Westin...with this new appreciation for a decent bed.

    16/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    373. Kim P.
    i have one thing to say:

    THE VALET LOST MY CAR!! when i went to retrieve it they brought back a honda civic. fyi... i do not drive a honda civic. wtf.

    louie was the valet guy and he wouldnt even comp my ticket. and he couldnt take american express. i had to pay full prince to valet my car that they subsequently lost.

    what a rip

    10/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    374. Clark W.
    Obviously all these 5 star ratings are from people that have never stayed anyplace better than a Holiday Inn.
    Arrived at 1:30, knowing check-in is 3pm.  Checked once around 2:45 as sternly told I would be called on my cell when room is ready.  Checked again at 3:30 and clerk finally said, "hmmm, you're blocked in a room that's not ready, let me see if something else is."   Wow - could have done that at 1:30, no?

    Be warned - this is a party hotel.  This is not where you go for a relaxing weekend and a good nights sleep.  Think South Beach or The Palms in Vegas.

    Between our room and the elevator, we counted 4 rooms with screaming 20-somethings and loud music partying in their rooms (7pm).  Upon returning at 9:45pm we still heard the same parties going on.  Went to front desk and we were told security starts at 10pm and they'll start patrolling the floors then.  Desk manager said she'd go to the floors to quiet people down.
    By 10pm, room next door still partying so loud I could record it on my cell phone through the wall.  Back to the front desk and asked to be moved.  they moved us to a room on the 4th floor down the hall from a very loud bachelorette party going on.

    Keep in mind, regardless of the room parties, if you face the pool, the night club at the pool has loud music until 2am.

    At 10:15pm we went to the front desk with our luggage, bags, dog, etc. and told them to refund our room and left for the Hilton Bayshore.  They take dogs and we did not hear a single peep out of rooms in our new hotel.

    THIS IS A PARTY PLACE.  THIS IS NOT A HOTEL IF YOU WANT TO RELAX AND SLEEP.

    Rule number 1 of operating a hotel, offer a quiet stop for travelers.

    I've stayed at their sister property in San Diego (Palomar, formerly The Se Hotel) a couple years ago and had the worst nights sleep of my life in a hotel because of the parties.

    Done with Kimpton in San Diego.  I hope their other properties don't follow the party hotel trend.

    24/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    375. David B.
    Hotel is modern, staff friendly and location almost perfect. Of course the thing that always bothers me is how these hip/modern hotels have Internet you have to pay for. That's just ridiculous, especially with the rates of rooms - it's not cheap. They do have a complimentary wine hour in the lobby and coffee in the morning which sort of make up for the Internet flaw. The other thing you have to realize is that this hotel is across the street from a loud and busy club called stingaree. If you happen to get back to the hotel on Friday or Saturday before 2 am, it'll be hard to drown out the base from the techno music being pumped out by the rooftop lounge.

    29/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    376. Heather S.
    As I was perusing all my reviews, I realized, I never did one for the Solamar...I cannot imagine how I forgot- since our stay, I compare all others to the Solamar.

    My two friends and I stayed here a yr ago, first time in San Diego and all I can say is- STAY HERE. Was such a fun, warm, trendy-without-being-douchey atmosphere. We loved everthing and you cannot beat the location.

    Free wine, pet friendly, comfy beds, cool staff, awesome rooftop pool and bar....just wish it was a wee less expensive. But, for all that, the price is fitting.

    If this tells you anything about how much I dig the place, in Novemeber, when going through Hotwire to book a room in SD in the spirit of saving a little $$, it was like shooting craps in Vegas..." C'mon!! Please be the Solamar, please be the Solamar, c'mon...!" (Sadly, I ended up w/ the Westin- meh.)

    09/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    377. Eli G.
    Hotel Solamar was my pick for our weekend in San Diego, due in part to a few good review from yelp friends, a picture of some great looking bathrobes, and a prime downtown location.

    I really have no complaints. The bed and bath were both very nice, especially the super deep spa tub. The TV was okay but lacked much HD programming.

    I probably didn't need to get the suite since we never used the living room, but it was nice to have the space. I'd consider going back.

    28/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    378. Samantha S.
    If it were just based on looks and comfort this hotel would be 5 stars.. However, the front staff could use some more training. While we were there everything seemed fine, the women who checked us in was very nice and helpful.  The day I checked out I realized I had left my phone charger plugged in the room when I got home that day. When I called the first time a young Lady said the only thing I could do was leave a message with lost and found and they would get back to me. Even before leaving the message the recording also assured you that they check it often and call you back. In my message I couldn't have spoken more clearly or slower so I am sure the reason I didn't get a call is they just don't care. Nevertheless, I don't like to be pushy so I gave it a couple days before calling again. 2nd time same ordeal but I didn't bother leaving a message (i knew they wouldn't call anyways) and just decided when I call again to make sure I tell them I hadn't heard back. I did Just that and the Lady who answered seemed eager to help and promised she would call back after checking with housekeeping and lost and found. Still nothing. I know I could just grab another charger off eBay but the point is that they don't even bother to call you to say its gone. I work in customer service and go above and beyond if a customer thinks they left something (which is all the time). Point is the place is gorgeous, comfy, quiet, and the staff is friendly enough. But once you've gone you're no longer important. Oh well.

    23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    379. Tyler B.
    I booked a one night stay at Hotel Solamar for a valentine's getaway for me and my girlfriend. We live not too far away in Temecula but we both love San Diego and Coronado so I figured it would be a fun surprise. Neither of us have ever stayed directly in Gaslamp before so the location was perfect. Anything you could think of doing is literally right outside the hotel within walking distance.

    I booked the room directly with them via their website. Confirmation e-mail went out immediately. I called ahead a day or two to confirm the reservation and inquire about a few special requests. The girl that I spoke to was wonderful and very accommodating assuring me that my requests could be easily handled. One of my requests was a room with a nice view which I did not anticipate receiving because of the holiday weekend. To my surprise they gave a us a room on the 10th floor room facing west with a fantastic view. We also brought our bicycles with us and they had a spot near valet where they could be stored. We arrived almost an hour before check-in and they had no problem letting us check in early. As many have said, the valet is expensive at $40 a night. However this includes in and out privileges and you can easily call from your room and have everything ready whenever you need to leave.

    Everyone from the valet staff, to the front desk, and everyone we encountered at our stay was personable, friendly, and appeared happy to be at work and enjoying themselves. I really can't say enough nice things about our stay here. We didn't get a chance to take advantage of many of the perks (such as the wine hour) since we spent most of our stay biking around coronado and seaport village, but knowing they were there was nice. The rooftop pool area is really nice and the water is very warm. We had time for a quick dip before we checked out.

    Next time we are in San Diego, we'll definitely stay here again. Probably one of the best hotel experiences I've ever had!

    27/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    380. Gina M.
    Location is ideal.  Walking distance to all Gaslamp.  Pleased with our King Spa room.  A requisite for us this trip was an in-room, jetted soaking tub - loved the sliding privacy panel.  Room was very modern, clean and quiet.  Staff were very friendly and we found a chilled bottle of champagne waiting in the room for us.  Learned here that parking on site was $40  so we parked at Park it on Market 2 blocks away and paid only $15.  Did not bring our bulldog this trip, but I would have no reservations about doing so in the future - pet friendly.  Recommend!

    03/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    381. Jen S.
    I love this place.  I have stayed here a couple of times and the service is top notch.  I had an issue with noisy neighbors, which was swiftly handled.  They brought up a gold. fish for my son and the addition of little red wagons for kids is fantastic for use in the gas lamp district.   I have always stayed by the pool, but it is a little loud so be forewarned.  Tried a spa bath room last time, to die for.

    Love the wine hour....

    11/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    382. Stephen W.
    Location Location Location. Most important bit about a hotel. Oh ya + a pimpass room, fairly nice outdoor lounge, and an awesome bathroom. Jetted tub? Yes please... just wish I had a bottle of bubbly to enjoy while I was watching TV from the Bathroom. Yes the bedroom does open up to the bathroom when you slide open the divider.

    So no, this ain't a good place to go with a bunch of guys to Comic Con unless you're ready to deal with pranks-o-plenty with your drunk-ass buddy, but it makes for a great romantic getaway.

    ++ In and out privelages at the valet for guests. Super useful if you need to go out and about town, but honestly the surrounding neighborhood has pretty much everything you need.

    Only nits:
    - Don't advertise a wine hour if you just have two bottles of ho-hum wine :(

    - the TV remote was a b|tch to get to work/change channels. It didn't seem like the battery was dying, rather the whole cable TV network the hotel was using was slow as molasses.

    09/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    383. Melissa H.
    Great location with really awesome rooms. This would have been 5 stars but the check-in process was a bit odd. We showed up about 2 hours early, hoping to get an early check-in. The were sold out the night before so it was a no-go - no big deal, but they did tell us that they would be sure to put the two rooms on our reservation together. Well, when we returned 3 hours later, they assigned two rooms that were on different floors. Now, had they not made the effort to tell me that they could put us on the same floor when we first arrived, I wouldn't have cared. But the fact was, they had told me the rooms would be across from one another. When I brought this up, the concierge was flustered and said there was nothing she could do. Without trying, she was adamant that nothing could be done. Oddly, one of the other staff people overheard and came over and fixed it right away. Lesson learned is that not all of this hotel's staff is created equal. This was not a big issue, but it was definitely less than pleasant to be told one thing by one person and not have it followed through on right away. Overall, would not mind staying here again.

    Also, if you are a Kimpton In-Touch member, at check-in they give you a $10 credit to "raid" the mini bar. So cool! Free peanuts and a chocolate bar? Yes, please!

    19/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    384. Keith E.
    The outdoor lounge is lovely, with a nice view of downtown. The room itself is standard, but with a nice tub. The lobby is hip, but a little dark. Free wine hour is nice.

    Failing to bring preordered breakfast on time is not acceptable. A half-an-hour delivery window should not be too hard to make, and I'm not going to sit around in my room when I have places to be.  

    Verdict: I'd rather stay in a slightly less cool place that gets the job done.

    04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    385. Kelly S.
    We stayed here for 9 days while we remodeled our new downtown condo.  The staff was wonderful.  they made us and our dogs feel special.  I will recommend this hotel to all of our out of town guests.  THANK YOU for making a stressful time in our lives enjoyable!!!!

    22/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    386. William E.
    The bed sheets were completely dirty-I thought it was a joke at first.  I don't know why it would be surprisingly hard to keep the coffee and cream from running out at breakfast. Super nice folks at check-in and Bell station.

    29/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    387. Jen M.
    Stayed here for one night before a cruise. A few days before we arrived I got an email saying that if I was going to be missing someone at home I could send in a picture and they would have it in my room. So cute! I didn't send in a picture but I thought that was a nice personal touch. This place is in a great location about a 20 dollar cab ride from the airport and in the middle of it all. Great places to eat and party all around. I mentioned when making the reservation that it was our anniversary and when we opened the door to our room we found champagne on ice with 2 glasses and a hand written note wishing us a happy anniversary. Nice! We arrived around 4 which gave us an hour to drink the champagne before the complimentary wine/beer hour. I will not lie, this is why we chose this hotel. This place was awesome. Nice room with a view of the rooftop pool and bar and Petco Park. The room had a pretty nice mini bar and really nice decor. For sure a nice start to our anniversary weekend. Would reccomend this place to anyone looking to have a good time in San Diego!

    20/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    388. Lisa M J.
    How have I never stayed at a Kimpton Property before?  This place was awesome.

    1.  Spacious room including a large bathroom with cool giant whirlpool tub.  Decor was sort of  modern  with hint of cool farmhouse ... the bathroom had a opening around the big tub so that you could sit in the tub and watch TV in the room.  For privacy there was a white sliding wood door that closed off this open from the room (hence the country part - just looked this way against the blue wall).  Also, no worries the bathroom also had a regular door for entering/exiting.

    2. Amazing perks - Became an in-touch member (free)  when I made my reservation  and benefited from the free WiFi (decent speed too).  Wine hour at night and complementary coffee/tea/hot cocoa in the lobby in them morning.  Newspaper also came with my room and ample copies in the lobby.

    3.  Fantastic staff -  Gentleman at the front desk who processed my check-in was working many of the nights during my stay.  He always addressed me by name as I passed through the lobby and asked if I needed anything.   During my stay I had two random requests (superglue for a broken piece of jewelry and tape for a package I needed to ship)  -- the staff at the front desk was promptly able to help with both of these requests and didn't act like they were being "put out" by doing so... they seemed genuinely happy to help.

    Hotel Solamar may have converted me into a Kimpton convert ... I will certainly look for this brand when booking any future trips.

    PS - It is also pet friendly for those who want to travel with Fido. Although it didn't matter to me either way --  I ended up on a pet-free floor and am sure those who are more pet-averse can inquire about rooms on these floors.

    30/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    389. Chris K.
    Came here for a bachelorette weekend.  I have to say certain aspects of this hotel were awesome and some were so so.  Decor is really nice and not your typical hotel style.  Beds were comfy and the full-sized soap and toiletries in the bathrooms were a nice touch.  Bummed as there were no shower caps.  Drapes were super hard to close (not on a track) and barely functional.  Bathroom and grout were definitely showing their age and carpets had a sort of musty odor.  Since the girls were sharing a room it would have been nice to have more than one functional mirror (the bathroom one was the only one that was easy to use...the others were at odd heights and had panels).

    Housekeeping did not clean our room after we called and requested them to come.  :(

    The "gourmet" morning coffee was not overly impressive, though slightly better than your standard hotel coffee.  Would actually rather have something in-room so I didn't have to go to the lobby in my PJ's.

    The gym was bare bones (3 treadmills, an elliptical, mats, free weights and hula hoops).

    The pool area was nice, but smaller than we expected.  Get there early to get a lounge chair!  We rented a cabana one day and have to say it was truly worth it.  Our server was AMAZING and the food and drinks on the menu were delish.

    23/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    390. ernie d.
    I always stay here. It's always clean the staff is attentive and the lounge is great!!  My only complaint is 40 bucks to park is a little much. Otherwise I will continue to return here!  The pool is small but it's the spot to have a drink and people watch. Rooms decor is modern with a  San Diego  twist. As with all Kimpton's wine and beer hour is always fun. Become and InTouch member for free wifi and some credit to raid the mini bar.

    01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    391. Melissa S.
    My husband and I wanted to have a getaway weekend & we decided to stay downtown & go to a nice dinner. We booked the trip on Hotwire & we were pleasantly surprised to see that we were going to be staying at a 4-star hotel downtown. We checked in, got ready, went to dinner & then came home around 8pm. We could hear some music but we couldn't tell where it was coming from. We then realized it was coming from the room next door. It wasn't terribly loud at first, but then they turned it up so loud that I could hear every lyric clearly without any distortion from being heard through the walls. We heard some people come in & they were talking & being loud, but we gave them the benefit of the doubt that they were going to be going out & would be leaving soon. They left around 9pm & came back around 1030pm. Loud music & loud voices started up again. They left, again, around 11pm & we finally thought we would have some peace & quiet. At 230am I was rudely awakened by screaming voices in the hallway & then loud music again. My husband woke up at 245 & we finally decided that we were going to go home because this was unacceptable. We got our things & checked out. When we went downstairs to check out we told the person at the front desk that we wanted to check out (at 3am!!!!) because the people in the room next to us were insanely loud & had been that way since 8pm. He was very rude & condescending saying that the hotel was located in the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter & that we should have called down to file a noise complaint. Essentially, he was saying it was our fault that we didn't call down & if we didn't like the noise we shouldn't stay in a hotel in the Gaslamp. I'm sorry, but I have NEVER had that problem in any other hotel I have ever stayed at. Espeically, at a hotel that claims to be 4-stars. I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel & didn't have this problem. I stayed at the Westin San Diego & didn't have this problem. We asked if we could at least have the valet charge ($40!!!!) comp'd & he said no. Totally unacceptable service from a hotel that claims to have 4-star service. I will never stay here again.

    I didn't even mention the fact that the bed is harder than rock, the pillows suck, the complimentary robes are NASTY (they feel old), and the AC sucks (I had the fan on HIGH at 60 degrees & I will still pushing the covers off because I was hot).

    Ew. Horrible service. Horrible hotel. Definitely not worth 4 stars. Don't spend $150-200 on this terrible hotel & just get a cab back to your quiet, air-conditioned, comfortable bed & apartment.

    30/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    392. John D.
    Stayed here for a week for the ESRI User Conference. It's a nice hotel but Wednesday evening they were having some sort of festival or party on the cabana which my room had a view of and the music was just absolutely obnoxious and way too loud. I couldn't get my TV loud enough to drown it out and it was just terrible. While the hotel is nice every other night except that one, I'll probably stay at the other Kimpton down the street next time to avoid this.

    16/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    393. C B.
    AMAZING!! Great location if you want to be in the middle of it all! Right next to Petco Park. As a kimpton in touch member I was able to request early check in, the staff was super friendly and welcoming. They recommended restaurants and made sure we knew about the hosted happy hour! We had a problem with our bed being broken but Kimpton staff saved the day! They moved us to another room on the same floor, the 4th floor but it was even better!! It came with a patio and a spa tub! Just a suggestion if you don't like noise don't stay on the fourth floor, we didn't mind it at all but the rooftop lounge and pool is there and it sometimes can get a little noisy. The next day the person I was staying with was ironing and the iron stained the item. I'm sure you would think that person just can't iron and leave it at that but Kimpton staff to the rescue again! After mentioning it just so we made sure they removed the iron from the room, they gave us food/beverage credit for the JSix restaurant in their hotel worth the amount of the item that was damaged! So many possibilities for a bad experience but they really went above and beyond!! This place is a bit pricey but in the end it's definitely worth it if you're looking for a flawless vacation!

    08/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    394. Brynn G.
    Really cute boutique hotel down town. Great decor in the rooms..very clean too!
    They have a fun bar by the pool. Great location for restaurants and bars.

    06/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    395. Riza T.
    We stayed in November 2011. I was not disappointed with this hotel. The customer service we received from concierge, guest services, valet and housekeeping was superb. We felt very welcome here.

    I love the fact that my doggies are "greeted". Kinda heartwarming to me.
    You have to walk the dogs at the side of the building to relieve themselves.. it isn't too far.

    I used a AAA discount. Valet not included with this one though. It ended to be almost $180/night.

    Most restaurants and bars a just a few minutes walk away. Great location that you do not have to drive home after having a couple of drinks.

    22/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    396. Michael R.
    I LOVED this hotel! I went there for my honeymoon with my amazing wife and she was so proud of me for finding such a good hotel! The jacuzzi tub was AWESOME! It was very spacious and super romantic. The wine hour was pretty awesome, IT'S FREE! The most awesome part of the hotel stay was the nice note and cupcakes from the hotel just saying congratulations on your wedding, super kind.

    We didn't really have to drive anywhere because this hotel was SUPER close to everything that you would want to be near in San Diego. We walked to the baseball game in like 5 minutes!

    All in all, this place was perfect. Reasonably priced, great location, and awesome customer service. I WILL definitely be back!

    06/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    397. Melanie Y.
    My fiancé has been really stressed with work so I decided to surprise him with a mini getaway. When he pulled into our drive way I told him don't ask questions just get in the car. He got in, but of course once we got on the freeway he wouldn't stop asking questions. We stopped to use the restroom and I used this time to call the hotel and ask if they can send a champagne bottle to our room. I spoke with Dahlia. She was very nice and curious as to if this was a special occasion. I told her the reason and she said "aww let me see what we can do." Once she got back on the phone she said "ok all set!" I asked how much it would be and she said "don't worry it's all taken care of." Wow really? That's awesome! Three hours later we arrived and checked in with ease. Our room was nice and clean and our champagne bottle was chilling in ice with a sweet note. It's nice to know there is still good customer service out there. It's the little things that can make a trip!

    08/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    398. Allison R.
    Wonderful customer service, clean room, great location.  We liked the pool/lounge, the happy hour in the lobby and the coffee in the morning.  It is pet friendly, but non-pet floors are available which we liked. (no offense doggies).  There were 4 of us staying in one room with 2 beds.  We made it work, but the bathroom was so tiny that we had to take shifts to get cleaned up.  We requested extra towels, linens, TP, etc. and received it promptly and with friendly staff.  They let us check in early and check out late. The restaurant was closed due to remodeling, but it wasn't a big deal as there are so many places to eat right outside the door.  There is a CVS one block away for supplies.  We will definately stay here again.  The only bummer was no hot tub and the bar/lounge at the pool area has to close early because it can get too noisy for adjoining rooms. (understandable though)

    04/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    399. Roxanne D.
    I got what I expected from this mid-priced hotel.  While we were there, they hosted a teachers' workshop/conference.  It did seem to me that the complimentary cocktail hour in the living room was well enjoyed by the visiting teachers.

    The staff were pleasant at the front desk at check in and when we departed.  We stayed for 3 nights.  I cannot comment about the housekeeping staff as we did not use their services during our stay.

    There is a well stocked honor bar, with prices to match the valet parking, in each room.  Bottles of water prominently placed on the nightstand are listed on the honor bar price list located across the room.  If you don't care to spend $7 a bottle for a liter of "spring water", consider using the tap.  Or walk to the deli a couple of blocks away and buy some there.

    11/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    400. Jerry S.
    Was here over the weekend to attend a wedding.  I love the fact that they take special care of dogs.  The rooms were nice and big, albeit it seems like it could use a couple more pieces of furniture in our room.  Bathrooms were clean and free toiletries were available.  Just a hint, there are three parking spots right outside of the hotel.  Those are the only three spots in that entire area that aren't metered.  Yes i'm Chinese and these things are very important.

    Anyways, the hotel looks great, location is great, amenities are great. and the staff was accommodating (allowed me to use an employee's cord to charge my iphone 5 because my cord died).

    31/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    401. Kaity J.
    What a wonderful experience this place is!

    Located in the heart of the Gaslamp District, you are able to walk to a large number of shops and restaurants with ease.

    Every staff member is kind-hearted, friendly, approachable, and helpful.

    The hotel is lovely, and comes with plenty of spaces for you to enjoy outside of your room, including a beautiful lounge area downstairs and a rooftop bar area with a heated pool, fire pits, cabanas, a bar, and lots of space for sitting.

    The rooms are clean and beautifully decorated with comfy beds and big bath tubs.

    Pet friendly. Free wine hour every night. Free coffee & tea (and hot chocolate in the winter time) in the mornings.

    Just great!

    29/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    402. Thomas H.
    A friend of mine recommended this boutique hotel for a one night stay in San Diego away from the kids.  I must say, although fairly expensive, this was the nicest hotel we've ever stayed in.  The room was immaculate, the decor was great, the concierge was on it and informative, and the pool area was beautiful.

    When we decided to not park our car over night at the hotel ($40.00 valet for a night), after we had already parked, they had no problem waving our fee.  When they told us at 5:00 there were free drinks by the pool and we told them we had plans, they handed us two drink tickets each to use at our leisure.

    This was one of the nicest dates with my wife I've ever had.  It beat our honeymoon to death on quality of life and enjoyment.

    25/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    403. Jean L.
    I LOVED THIS HOTEL!  I cannot say that enough.

    Upon arrival, we opted for structure parking (the maximum they could charge is $17, while valet is $35 per night at Solamar...ALTHOUGH AAA members save 20%).
    I stayed on a Saturday night, and while the normal rate for my King Spa room would have been near $300, my AAA rate was $187.
    On top of which, Solamar was one of the only hotels that didn't pile tax on top of tax.  I believe my tax/fees came out to about $20, which was so nice.
    If you sign up for their loyalty program (free), you also get complimentary internet.

    I requested to get a King Spa Room on one of their 2 pet-free rooms as I have allergies to certain breeds (and dirty) dogs.  However, there were only two of those kind of rooms on the pet-free floors, and they were both occupied.
    Since the hotel staff knew I had allergies, they requested my room be cleaned three times, and they held another room on a pet-free floor (smaller)..just in case.  Had I opted for the smaller room, the hotel would give me a -$50 rate.
    I was surprised with the quality of cleanliness.  I had next-to-no allergies during my entire stay!
    In fact, the hotel held on to the back-up room for 4 hours before they called to confirm that I did not need it.
    ..talk about customer service!

    Another plus, the hotel's mini-fridge is not sensor-triggered...meaning, you can move stuff around to accommodate your needs!

    27/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    404. L _.
    Everything was exceptional. Unfortunately, Hotel Solamar added an extra charge after our stay and were unresponsive to any questions about it.

    The Good: You and your pet are treated like a VIPs from beginning to end. With the Intouch membership (free), you get a $10 raid the bar and free wi-fi. Can't beat that! Valet is $40 a night ($20/night if you have a hybrid), but at least it's secure. If you're not too fond of the rate, then park 2 blocks north at Park it on Market structure. It's open 24hrs. The hotel also have great 5-6 p.m. wine hour. Take a glass, mingle or just lounge.

    The Bad:

    Unfortunately, this occurred after the stay. I noticed a separate charge that wasn't reviewed with me upon check-out. We were very careful to keep track of everything during our stay so it was a surprise to see that extra charge. No big deal, right? Just call up Accounting and they'll take care of it.

    HA. Yeah right.

    After leaving a couple messages with Sean from Accounting and receiving NO responses, I realized that their customer service only extended as far as their doors (and into your wallet). I'm extremely disappointed in Hotel Solamar for its lack of post-visit service.

    I'm not sure if this is a unique case, but I hope to the Yelp Gods that this isn't pervasive with other Yelpers who stay here.

    29/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    405. Adam S.
    Great hospitality, great location.. and a pet friendly hotel.  Had an amazing balcony suite overlooking the city.  Next door to stingaree and some other great spots

    30/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    406. Karen C.
    This hotel is BEAUTIFUL. I didn't stay here, but visited a friend. I can't wait to get back to the rooftop pool.  Also, the restaurant is AWESOME!!  Yummiest tapenade!  I should leave a separate review for the restaurant, but let me tell you, this is HIGH on my list of comic con hotels now!! Close to the action but far enough away that you could sleep!

    09/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    407. Michelle M.
    I Loooved staying at the Hotel Solamar.  It was my first time staying here this past weekend with with some girlfriends.  We were celebrating one of my friend's 25th birthday.  

    PROS:

    1.  Staff is so welcoming and warm.  Thanks Erika for coordinating with our friend Gary in decorating our hotel room with balloons, roses, and chocolate strawberries.

    2.  Valet and bellboys are also friendly and the staff always greets you as you walk in through the door.

    3.  FREE WINE HAPPY HOUR!  If you LOVE wine like I do, you will appreciate just how awesome this is.  From 5pm-6pm every night, they have free red/white wine offered in the lobby; and they are so generous with their refills.  Me and my gfs went back for seconds and thirds!

    4.  Pool!  Unfortunately, we didn't get to enjoy the pool, but it is located on the 4th floor complete with cabanas and bar.  Awesome!  I will have to make a mental note to come back in the summer time.

    5.  Location!  This place is located in the heart of the gaslamp district and an easy walk to everywhere! CVS- you got it, just one block down.  Clothes? You got it- one block down.  Food?  You got it! One block down!  Clubs? You got it!  One block down is your nearest club.  Everything is basically walking distance.

    6.  Even for a pet friendly hotel, the hotels are super clean and the hotel even leaves cute water bowls out in the front for some refreshment for your pet. :)

    CONS:

    The only con that I can think of is the $40 per night valet parking.  YIKES!  Not to fear though, upon leaving, I noticed that there is a lot right across the hotel that offers overnight parking for $25 per night.  

    *TIP:  If you have a AAA card, bring it and you will get 10% off!  Hey- a deal is a deal! :)

    OVERALL:

    I will DEFINITELY be coming back here to stay!  Lovely staff, great room, great location!

    17/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    408. Lisa T.
    Great Hotel location location location, went here for our anniversary, the staff was amazing, made our stay extra special, next visit to SD we will be staying here again.

    25/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    409. Aaron B.
    Great hotel in a wonderful location. Walking distance to countless restaurants and the rooftop pool has a great atmosphere. Loved the service and the complementary wine hour is always a hit. Kimpton hotels are wonderful and this one is definitely a favorite in the SoCal area.

    15/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    410. Jennifer A.
    My boyfriend and I recently stayed here for a 5 day vacation. We got a good deal on Hotels.com . The room was very big, the bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was very spacious. I enjoyed the plush robe and the yoga mat.
    The pool and sun deck were very nice.
    The hotel was in a great location, walking distance to many restaurants, shops and Petco park.
    My only complaint was that we stayed on the side of the hotel that faces the pool deck and lounge. We heard music all day long and up until the bar closes at midnight. I think it is a bit inconsiderate to play loud music until midnight. If I were to return to this hotel, I would definitely ask to stay on the side of the hotel opposite the bar.

    06/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    411. Belvedere J.
    My Lady friend and I had a little staycation this weekend.  The rooms at the Solamar are clean classy and uber comfortable.  We had a blast at the rooftop night club.   The staff made us feel like VIPs.

    18/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    412. Emily W.
    We booked a room at the Hotel Solamar for a little Staycation after an exhausting semester, and we could not have been more impressed.  It was a five star experience all around.  We got a corner king suite overlooking the city.  The room was spectacular--soft bedding, beautiful modern decor, complimentary bath robes, etc.  The service was excellent; we were greeted by everyone we passed, including housekeepers.  The highlight, of course, was the huge jacuzzi tub, which we enjoyed with a glass of champagne.  We loved the free coffee in the mornings and free wine and local craft beer in the evening.  Because it's in the heart of the gaslamp district, we were able to walk to EVERYTHING--The Nutcracker at Spreckels Theater, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine for dinner, Cafe 222 for brunch, etc.

    I notice that some reviews mentioned dog smells in the room, hearing barking, and not being able to sleep due to noise.  This was not our experience at all.

    Two important tips:
    1. If you're like us and need to save where you can, don't park at the hotel--it's $40 a night.  Go to Park it on Market, located at 6th and Market.  It was $14 a night for us to park there.

    2. Sign up for the Kimpton Loyalty program before you go, which is free to join.  You get free Internet access and $10 worth of stuff from the minibar.

    22/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    413. Barry W.
    *** Pet friendly boutique hotel with free wifi ... big cheers! ***

    It has gotta flat tv, a king bed, a wet bar, and a bath that fits me.
    Need I say more?  Well, why not.  It is in the Gaslamp District too.
    So it's located just steps away from fun bars, clubs and restaurants.

    Lobby lounge is cool, but 4th floor pool and bar area is more better.
    Looks like I'm a fan of Kimpton Hotel Group for sure. I'll def be back.

    *** Valet prkg is $35 for in/out all day but do you need a car?  No. ***

    25/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    414. Cheryl R.
    I lived in San Diego for 10 years, have been to JSix, but never ever stepped into this hotel...until now.  I won a promotion that Kimpton was doing, and received a free night's stay.  I am up in LA now and needed to go to SD for work, so I thought why not try this hotel??  I was pleasantly surprised by my experience here!  Before I arrived, I realized I left my gift certificate at home (I SERIOUSLY panicked), but the nice people here honored my reservation and accepted a scanned/e-mailed copy of my certificate (luckily my dad was able to do that for me).

    First, the valets were seriously the most outgoing, friendly valet staff I've ever dealt with.  They were courteous and always had smiles on their faces.  Some people may not think too much of it, but when it's your first time at a hotel and you are warmly received right from the get-go, that is really fantastic.  The front desk staff were also very friendly, as were the 2 people hosting the wine happy hour!  

    The hotel is conveniently located in the gaslamp and is close to Petco Park.  The decor of the hotel is really modern and I really liked it.  Our room was great, and our sunken spa tub was AWESOME!!!  It was too bad that we left our pup up in LA....they accommodate pets!  Next time for sure.  

    I am trying to think of another excuse to go down to SD just so I can stay there again!!

    13/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    415. Robert K.
    This is a typical Kimpton Hotel.  It was clean and the rooms are modern.  I like the Wine Hour that they have for free booze.

    07/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    416. R L.
    We had a great stay at Hotel Solamar. I literally have no complaints...and that's exceptionally rare. Attentive staff, clean rooms that are well-stocked and nicely decorated. The mini-bar had a great selection and even reasonable prices.

    Hint, they have a military rate (if you can get it).

    08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    417. Ryan K.
    I really enjoyed my stay, the room, food/snacks and meeting service. I recommend this hotel for meetings (especially smaller groups of 40 to 80 people).

    22/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    418. Scott O.
    Coming to town for a large conference always leads one to question conference hotel (Manchester Grand Hyatt) or step outside the busy hustle.  We opted for the latter.  After looking for alternatives, this hotel seemed perfect.  Shame on me for not researching a little more.  While the hotel is comfortable and handsome, we did not appreciate the location (as others suggested, loud bar scene with booming base all night long, construction right against hotel as they cram in another building, and numerous indigents and witnessing drug deals makes the atmosphere less than comfortable).  The room is standard.  I expected something different I guess as they advertise a "boutique hotel."   Walls and doors are not sound proof and you will hear your neighbor emptying their bladder or slamming their doors.  Wifi is "free" with Kimpton Karma, but wifi is horrible.  Drops every minute or two (no lie).   As others suggest, if your goal is to stay in the gaslamp quarter to stay up all night and drink your meals this hotel is sufficient.  Due to many of these issues, we checked out 3 nights early and moved to the Manchester Grand Hyatt, club level room (free food and awesome views!!!) for $40-100 cheaper per night (depending on night).  Slept like a baby....

    23/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    419. Shanna Z.
    Couldnt get the double beds as priceline stated, Room was dusty, our view was of the construction going on across the street, couldn't open window unless u wanted more dust and noise. Very unpleased and left within an hour of checking in. 3 days later was charged more money I WILL NEVER STAY AT A KIMPTON HOTEL EVER AGAIN IN MY LIFE!! Def. not a 4 star hotel!! George was cool tho he helped me fix the unauthorized charges on my card

    27/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    420. Reena L.
    I'm going to sound like a crazy dog lady here, so consider yourself warned.

    Getting kicked out of your house for a couple days so they can tent it for termites is a pretty stressful situation. Even more so when you have two dogs. But Solamar really made the whole experience wonderful.

    When we got there, out dogs' names were on the board, welcoming them to the hotel. Like someone else said, they don't just tolerate dogs, they are big fans of them. The valets always had treats for them, there was always water by the door. When we got to room, there were bowls, a dog bed and a sign for the door so the cleaning staff knew they were there.

    The floor and the room didn't smell like animals AT ALL. Not even a little. The room was comfortable and stylish. I was working remote during my time as a refugee and the room was very conducive to work- large desk, free wi-fi and for those that need a break, there is a free wine happy hour at 5 in the lobby. I chose the large comfy chair and ottoman in front of the window. Nothing like overlooking the pool while your crank through your email.

    The bathroom was small but I loved the fixtures and the pump bottles of shampoo/conditioner/shower gel right in the shower. I agree, the sink was a little more fashion than function, but still.

    My dogs (a French Bulldog mix and an English Bulldog) are on the high maintenance side and typically don't like change but I think the friendly staff, comfy room and all the treats won them over as much as it did me. They were so well behaved, they barely made a peep. And maybe it was the floor I was on (6th) but I couldn't hear anything through the walls. Our neighbors were blasting music and we didn't hear it until we were in the hall.

    Thank you Hotel Solamar for taking a situation I was dreading and turning it into something great.

    08/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    421. Laura L.
    I had a frustrating situation with booking a room for Hotel Solamar through a third party website (one that I had vetted by calling the hotel directly).  Hotel Solamar accidentally released too many rooms to a second party travel agency and the effect trickled down from there.  In the end, Hotel Solamar cancelled my reservation due to overbooking errors on their end.

    I was disappointed and upset - Especially considering that the reservation was not for me, but for my boss.  We found out about the cancellation the day prior to the reservation.  While my boss made other arrangements, he was also upset and asked me to contact both the third party booking site and Hotel Solamar to give our feedback on the unsatisfactory situation.

    I received a response from Hotel Solamar's General Manager claiming complete responsibility by the hotel, explaining the error, apologizing for the way it was handled, and highlighting the efforts being made to terminate their association with the third party site.  As a gesture of good faith, he offered a free night's stay and referred me to an in-house contact specializing in hands-on customer care for future bookings.

    Yesterday I was admittedly pissed off.  Yet, when a mistake happens, it's not the mistake that you need to judge, but instead it's the way it was handled.  Hotel Solamar stepped up to the plate.  They embraced the blame and turned it into a positive learning experience. They did agree that the situation was an error and should never had happened, there was not much to do after the fact except damage control.

    I am impressed with the way Hotel Solamar handled the situation in the end.  My original review was a 2-star denuded version of my letter of complaint, I'm updating it to reflect my final impression.  Hotel Solamar provided a 5-star response to a 2-star situation.  So, I'm giving them 4-stars for customer service, and I'm sure that this will turn into a 5-star review based on accommodations once I have an opportunity to stay there myself.

    19/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    422. Shelby S.
    Just stayed here this past weekend (3/15, 3/16).

    The hotel does not seem to have curb appeal and the main entrance is nothing special, although the huge doors are pretty awesome.
    The lobby is dark, but it can be considered cozy. I love that they have water available.
    I didn't personally deal with the front desk but I didn't pick up very friendly vibes...perhaps they were just too busy this past weekend. Check in is at 3 and when we arrived (which was definitely 3 or later) our room was not ready.

    Decided to have a late lunch while our room was being taken care of. When we returned you could tell that the room was somewhat rushed...nothing to complain about but I could just tell with the smudges on the mirror and a few minor details.

    It's funny how the water in the lobby is free but the water in the room is $7 a bottle. When did hotels stop offering complementary water in the rooms? At least they put a huge $7 on the cap so you know you're paying for it!

    We stayed on the 5th floor and had a horrible view of a brick building and heard a little bit of the club across the street, Stinagree.

    I wish the toilet was able to be closed off from the rest of the bathroom.

    Despite all those cons, the pros would make me consider a second stay. The tub is amazing. Although the bed is uncomfortable the pillows were great. I also liked the couch in the room; it was nice to not just have a chair. I appreciate the smaller mirror because it made it easy to do my makeup.

    The best part of this hotel is the location. There are tons of restaurants and shops within walking distance.

    My overall experience was just okay. I feel like the staff need to be a bit more friendly. Would recommend this place to my pet-loving/pet-owning friends, but the next time I stay in the Gaslamp I may opt for a different hotel.

    20/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    423. Michael V.
    Nice hotel in a nice part of town.  The rooms, lobby, rooftop pool and customer service is great.  I would stay here again.

    15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    424. Matt M.
    I booked a room a week in advance thinking it was perfect. A rooftop pool and dog friendly! I arrived and they were doing construction. It was so noisy I couldn't even hear the valet! When I got to the concierge, they informed me that the pool was closed because of the construction. I was disappointed to say the least. When I got into my room is reeked of urine. The staff was very friendly and moved us to their sister hotel.

    02/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    425. Lucy V.
    I absolutely loved this hotel! I brought my boyfriend here for his 21st birthday, spent the weekend and it was perfect!

    When you arrive you are offered valet parking for $40 a night, which isn't to bad considering that there's hardly anywhere to park in the Gas lamp district!  (Plus you'll know your car is safe). The valet is so friendly they run to your car right away and greet you, open your door and ask if you need help with your bags.

    The reception area is so nice and the receptionists there are very very friendly when we checked in there was a problem, we had booked this hotel with a third party( hotels.com ) and apparently they hadn't sent our confirmation number yet so we did have to wait about half an hr before going to our room, it was a little frustrating but the staff assured us it wasn't our fault and they would get everything settled right away, they even gave us 2 complimentary passes for cocktails! I thought this was very thoughtful of them.

    As soon as we got to our room we were both amazed! It was such a simple yet beautiful room! The bed sheets were amazing, the bathroom was so pretty, it was just what we wanted! Our room came with a mini bar and snack bar (there stuffs a bit pricy) but other than that everything was clean, beautiful, and comforting.

    This is a pet friendly hotel! I love animals but I was a little nervous about that, I was nervous it would smell like dog and I would hear barks at night BUT to my surprise the hotel was so clean smelled so good, and I did not here a single bark! Next time I'll probably bring my dog!!!

    All in all this place was amazing, and beautiful I definitely recommend it! We will definitely be back soon!

    04/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    426. Aubrey B.
    My boyfriend and I stayed here two nights. Upon checking in, the girl at the desk asked to put a $100 credit card hold as a deposit for incidentals. Neither of us had credit cards on us and she physically wanted to hold my boyfriend's debit card for our entire stay. Uh?? Not gonna happen. I offered her $100 cash instead, which she took but said they would also need to take everything from the mini bar in our room. Fine. Room service came and did take everything from the mini bar. We then went down to the lobby for happy hour (the only reason this hotel gets 2 stars, it's a nice touch) and since they confiscated everything from the mini bar I figured they would give me my $100 back, makes sense right? But the girl said they couldn't until check out. If the point of the deposit is to cover mini bar expenses why not give the money back? Or why keep a credit card for the whole stay rather than making a charge and refunding at check out? Didn't really make sense to me. The pool was nice but small for how busy it was. You have to pay for cabanas which is kinda lame. The $41 parking fee per night also seemed crazy but maybe that's SD standards. At check out the girl deducted the parking fee from my $100 cash which is fine but it would have been nice if she asked whether we wanted to pay cash or use the card we used to pay the room. The hotel really doesn't throw you any bones though and you could stay somewhere nicer for the money.

    11/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    427. Suki B.
    I absolutely LOVED this hotel! It's located right in the middle of everything! Literally walking distance to all the clubs and great restaurants!  The rooms are spacious and the decor is really pretty! The customer service was excellent! They charge $40 per night for parking, but they were kind enough to take care of the charges for us! They also have complimentary wine and sangria in the lobby everyday from 5-6pm!

    The rooftop pool is amazinnng!

    Hotel is also dog friendly! woof!

    25/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    428. Taylor S.
    This is a beautiful hotel!  I booked the Spa Deluxe room with a king bed for two nights.  That bathtub is off the hook! I wanted to stay in that thing for my entire visit.  What could be better than watching TV from a giant spa tub???

    The location is great and the staff was very attentive. They quickly addressed the few small issues I had.

    16/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    429. Jessica M.
    My husband and I have just made it past our first 6 months of marriage...woohoo!! Normally, this isn't such a huge deal but we have not had a chance to go on a honeymoon yet, because we have four beautiful little girls who keep us very busy. We finally got a weekend to ourselves and decided to spend the night at this hotel. When we checked in, we were greeted with a happy hour that offered free beer and wine. This was an awesome way to get our staycation started. Once we got to our room, it was nice to see such a huge soak tub with jets!!! The room was very cute and very clean. Upon checkout, the staff was dealing with a loud, unhappy guest at the front desk and they made sure to apologize to me and processed everything very quickly. They were pleasant and helpful. The only downside of the whole stay was looking out of our window and having a huge construction site blocking our view. When I made the phone reservation, I specifically mentioned to the operator we would like a nice view of downtown. We ended up getting to total opposite. Hopefully, we will be able to stay here again soon and get a better view from our window.

    02/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    430. M B.
    This review and score is entirely about their horrible beds! The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful and the decor is beautiful.

    The bed is the hardest and most painful I have ever slept on in a hotel of this caliber. I expected soft and comfortable and I can't even sleep. The pillows are way too firm/hard as well. The chair in the room is better than the bed!

    I won't likely stay here again due to the beds and was surprised after staying at other Kimpton properties in recent years.

    17/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    431. Jen C.
    Super cute Boutique hotel.  Clean & free wine during 5-6!  Drinks at the bar upstairs however, were a tad pricey.  We requested a late check which was granted then got a call from the Housekeeping Manager asking what time we'd be leaving and I told her that we requested a late checkout.  30 mins after someone entered the room without knocking.. luckily I was dressed!!  I'm almost certain that housekeeping must knock before entering but I guess they just wanted us out of there!!  Aside from feeling a tad violated when I left.. overall the other 3 days of our stay were awesome!! This place would have been a 5-star rating for sure if not for the random entry.

    21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    432. Stephanie H.
    We booked our hotel via Hotwire and wow, what a great deal to have gotten Hotel Solamar.  Hotel was great...no complaints at all!  Excellent location in the heart of the gaslamp qtr.

    Our room was clean, modern and exactly what you would expect from a Kimpton hotel.  Room size was on the smaller size but no biggie.  Free wireless internet if you join their loyalty program.  You also get a $10 raid the mini bar coupon so our $7 water ended up being comped.

    There is a heated pool on the 4th floor which reminds me of a miami/vegas pool which the cabanas and bottle service.  Was pretty happening during the afternoon with more than one bachelorette party but by the evening, area was pretty quiet and chill.

    From 5pm-6pm, there is a happy hour with sangria and local craft beers.  When we were there, they were serving two beers from lost abbey.  There was some appetizers available too.

    I wanted to do a morning run and they had a running map giving you 3, 6, and 8 mile loops which was great! There is also a yoga mat in your hotel if you needed to get your yoga on while staying at the hotel.

    Ok i lied..i have one small complaint.  The business center is basically a computer that you can log on and print some docs.  Had to print some tickets (4 pages) so ended up costing us $11.00 which is kinda pricey but that's our bad for losing our tickets i guess.

    20/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    433. Hannah W.
    We visited in January, and brought our 53lb lab/shepherd mix. This was by far, the best hotel I have ever stayed at. Not only was it a great price right in the middle of the gaslamp district, but the staff was amazing.
    Hotel was clean, updated, free happy hour with alcoholic beverages every night downstairs. Bar by the pool is excellent. The highlight of our trip, was that they were totally fine with us leaving our trained, well behaved dog in the room by herself, while we went out to a nice dinner. No other hotel allows that. As long as the dog doesn't bark excessively and doesn't chew and go potty in the room, they are ok with the dog staying in there. That was the biggest hit for us.
    I highly recommend this place, it has exceeded our expectations and we plan on staying here again during our next weekend getaway to San Diego.

    20/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    434. Brian S.
    Hotel Solamar is a great location smack dab in Gaslamp, only a couple blocks from Petco Park.  Parking is $20 a day for valet but you can park in the deck about 100 yards away for around $10 a day, only downfall is you can't get your car anytime. Breakfast is pretty much none...but the BEST thing about this hotel is the showers!!  They're amazing, I've stayed in my share of hotels and have never been in showers like this before!

    24/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    435. Libby R.
    I am not a fan of sleeping in places other than my bed.

    I think this odd issue stems from my childhood.  My father was a bit over protective and pretty much put the idea of sleepovers with my friends on the never gonna happen list.  And the few times I was allowed to the preteen rite of passage, I hated the whole waking up in someone else's house thing.  I hate mornings anyway, but mornings with some weird family forcing weird food on me and some weirdly early hour was not the best way to start the day.

    I even have a hard time playing grown up sleep over at the homes of my special "friends" so it should be no surprise that hotels are not my favorite places in the world.

    But every so often I am forced to lay my weary head in some strange city and a few of those times, the experience has not reminding me of my dislike for waking up in a strange bed (sometimes next to a strange person).

    Recently, the best friend turned 30 (the little whippersnapper) and wanted a special trip to celebrate the momentous event.  How could I refuse?  

    He decided on a Hotel Solamar for the four of us to grab a nice room for the big night out.  

    We walked into a lovely lobby and were greeted by a super friendly staff.  They wished my friend happy birthday and were so sweet, my mind was already set at ease..this wasn't going to be that bad.

    As we entered the room, I was quite taken.  It was gorgeous.  There was plenty of room even with the two queen sized beds, the bathroom was beautiful and we were placed on the same floor as the pool and had a huge patio!  For a little over $300, I thought it was well worth it.

    Once we settled in, we hit the pool.  Fantastic.  The water was warm, the people were nice, the drinks were strong and it was a lovely time.  
    After our night out, when we stumbled back, not only was the bed comfy, the sheets and pillows were so soft and inviting I dozed off forgetting I was in a strange room.

    The next morning, I realized that if sleeping over was always like this, I would do it a lot more.  And even when I had to fork over the $40 for keeping my car there overnight, I drove away smiling and resolved to sleep over at Hotel Solamar again.

    03/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    436. Venus G.
    My husband and I stayed at this hotel a couple weeks ago and loved it. Very chic decor and amazing service throughout. The hotel is very dog friendly...we brought them as well. The dogs were given beds and bowls and there were also other amenities offered. There was even a happy hour with complimentary drinks from 5-6 for hotel guests which we definitely took advantage of. Dahlia was very sweet and helpful at the front desk and the bartender, Nate was amazing! The drinks at the bar were like none that I've ever had...all fresh ingredients with a flare. We didn't eat at the restaurant but their menu items are organic and local. Can't wait to stay there again!

    05/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    437. aimee l.
    I stayed at this hotel recently and couldn't have been more pleased with the friendly staff, clean rooms, and quality for the price.

    The hotel is located right in the Gaslamp, close to nightlife and restaurants. There is also the rooftop pool and lounge which is nice to go to at night.

    As a testament to the customer service, I needed the hotel to ship some things that were left behind during my stay. They were nice enough to take care of the shipping cost.

    I will definitely choose this hotel next time I stay in San Diego!

    17/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    438. Kevin V.
    Solamar is my home away from home when in SD. Everyting about this hotel is top notch. Friendly staff, free wine hour 5-6, really cool bar/pool area with really cool and friendly bartenders. I've stayed at a couple of other hotels close by and Solamar is far and away the best. Also join their In Touch program and you'll get a mini bar comp. Solamar is the main reason that I try to stay at Kimpton Hotels if possible whenever I travel.

    09/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    439. BETH E.
    This was my 3rd time staying at Hotel Solamar.   If you are looking for a quaint alternative to a large chain hotel this is perfect.

    This time we stayed in a Jr Suite. The bathroom is an excellent size, and any amenity you would need is there in the bathroom.   Bedroom and extra room and moveable divider if needed. Linens are very nice quality.     TV in both areas of suite.

    We found everyone from Valet to Front desk to be kind , polite and more than hospitable.   Love it that the hotel is dog friendly.   Location is excellent .  Walking distance to anything you would need in the Gas lamp district.

    4th level bar / pool area is very nice and quite large.

    I would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay here again.

    18/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    440. Melissa P.
    I love staying at Kimpton hotels because of the warm & friendly service - this hotel left me underwhelmed. Our first day there, we returned back to the hotel in the evening to find a nice note from housekeeping yet the room wasn't even cleaned (beds weren't made, we didn't have new clean towels or glasses either. Most people working there weren't that friendly with exception of Jen at the front desk.

    Same amenities that I love (complimentary happy hour and bike rentals), but will pass on this location next time.

    01/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    441. Steven B.
    Stayed here with friends over Halloween. The hotel's pumpkin toss off the top floor down to the pool level was hysterical and great fun. Rooms were nice and the pool/bar area was enjoyable to hang out in. A great hotel in the heart of the Gaslamp. I'd definitely come back here on a long weekend.

    19/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    442. Tammy L.
    Last year, a gap pal and I stayed in the sister hotel Palomar which was funky, modern and had nice rooms. Hubby and I decided spur of the moment to Hotwire a hotel and ended up with the Solamar which I thought would be great as well, being from the same hotel chain.

    The lobby area was nice but definitely on the petite side.  The decor was darker and more intimate with the reception desk being only just a couple computers.  Upon arrival at our floor, it became abundantly clear that this was definitely a grade below the Palomar.  The building (likely just a remodel of an older building) had low ceilings and our room was fairly small as well.  The bathroom was just a standard size and amenities were dispensed out of pump bottles mounted to the shower wall.  Pretty basic in terms of accommodations.

    I was little scared of the mold I noticed on the ceiling of the shower - definitely, had we been there a couple days longer, I would have mentioned it to them.  

    All in all, the location is a short walk to the heart of the Gaslamp, you just have to cross a short block of sketchiness.  VERY short.  You get a whiff of pee here and there but nothing that's horrific.  It's basically a budget hotel dressed up in a modern way.

    26/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    443. Alisa D.
    I was looking for a hotel downtown for my husbands birthday. I saw reviews and thought I would give this hotel a try. Thanks fellow yelpers!!! It was a great hotel. I booked the king corner spa room which had great views of the ballpark and city. I told them we were celebrating my husbands birthday when we booked and there was a cupcake with a note from the front desk staff. A great surprise! The jacuzzi tub was very deep and very relaxing. We had dinner at JSix and it was great. Again, because it was my husbands birthday, they gave him a free dessert and coffee. The waitress was over the top nice and let us take it up to the room since we were full from dinner. She even made sure we could carry it alright and offered help - above and beyond.

    Like other yelpers say- every single staff member from the housekeepers to the front desk staff are very friendly.

    My only one minor, minor compliant - the housekeepers (very nice) were a little loud. She was greeting other guests, but called down the hall which we could clearly hear. Good intentions tho...

    15/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    444. Kathy H.
    Solamar is a great place to stay. Truly I have no complains with the hotel.
    Sincere staff, well décor rooms and spacious too really rare one is praise able.
    Comparatively low price
    Must back ..........

    18/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    445. Mark Y.
    Stayed here this past week for four nights for a conference that was taking place at the nearby San Diego Convention Center.  I've stayed at many Kimpton properties in the past and have been satisfied with all of my stays, so I expected this to be the same.  Rooms were nice but you can hear everything that happens in the hallway.  Do beware that the hotel accepts pets as guests, which is cool until you have a little yappy one next door.

    Location wise, this is a fantastic place to stay if you're in town for a baseball game or an event at the convention center.  There are plenty of restaurants in the gaslamp area, although none of them are all that great.  You need to travel outside the downtown area for better food.  The in-house restaurant does serve a good breakfast at a not outrageously high price (thinking the $30 Four Seasons breakfasts).  Complimentary coffee in the morning and wine in the afternoon are also served.  Wifi was very reliable on all four days.  Don't pay for internet!  Join the Kimpton loyalty program and internet access is free!  Apparently, members also receive a $10 mini bar credit as well, but I wasn't told that (see my compliant below).  

    Every employee I encountered, with the exception of one, was super pleasant and helpful.  The lone exception was the front desk agent who helped me at check-in.  I expect to be greeted, told which room I'm in, and where the elevators are when I check in.  She basically just threw the key in front of me and didn't say a thing.  I wasn't even sure if the transaction has been completed or not!  This incident wasn't a huge deal to me, but with the exceptional service I've received in the past from Kimpton employees, I just had to point it out.

    26/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    446. P D.
    This hotel is very nice looking inside and outside. The staff is nice too. They have been helpful to us. Only down fall is that the room was dusty. You can see the dust particles on the phone, remote, bathroom, counter etc. I expected a clean room not dusty, because it is not cheap to stay here.

    The location of the hotel is great! Gaslamp district is walking distance. That is why we stayed here. If you stay here...try to get a view of the pool area. It is a nice view!

    I probably won't stay here again though due to the cleanliness.

    11/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    447. Chris C.
    Great Hotel for the $$ . Took my GF to SD for the weekend and the solamar was perfect. Great location, Very clean room, awesome staff! They even had a special Bday present for her in the room!

    22/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    448. Farrah N.
    AWFUL EXPERIENCE AND SERVICE WITH THIS HOTEL.

    first, after having made a reservation we show up only to be told they didn't have our reserved room - which was for a large suit room with two queen beds; they had a small king bed room instead. Then, we were told they only had one rollaway bed - which never arrived. Two hours later we called about it only to be told it was broken. Another hour passed before we got blankets instead for us to sleep on the floor!!!!

    Top this all off with there being a huge cockroach by the pool and bugs in the sheets in our room. My friend got big bites on her leg sleeping in that room. The manager in duty didn't even flinch when we told him about the cockroach.

    To their credit we were able to get breakfast fully comped the next day, but my friend had to work really hard and get up at 8 am to talk to a manager because the manager on duty just apologized and kept saying there's nothing he can do but give us a couple of free drink tickets. At least the nice breakfast made for a good start to our next day leaving this hotel behind.

    It is a beautiful hotel with beautiful colorful art pieces everywhere. We wish we could've had a good experience of it's beauty and not the dirty, ugly floor and roaches.

    24/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    449. Barry A.
    We always love staying in the Gaslamp District when we visit San Diego.  We love Hotel Indigo but it was booked, so this was a first to the Hotel Solamar.  We enjoyed it very much and found it almost perfect.  The room was truly beautiful, comfortable, as was the entire hotel  (5 stars!) - spacious and very clean, all signs of thoughtful attention to detail.  All of the staff we encountered were very polite and professional.  We enjoyed the rooftop pool area and nighttime views.  

    The restaurant in the hotel happened to be closed for renovation during our visit, so we ordered marinated olives, Cesar salads, and cocktails by the pool.  None of those were the best we've had but the beauty of hotel and the staff made up for that.  

    Final comment: Considering that the US public spent over $60 billion on their non-human family members last year, the hotels in San Diego are smart to make provisions for them.  We have found San Diego the most friendly and welcoming in this regard.  That is the single most decisive factor in our choice of lodging, destinations, and travel accommodations.  Hotel Solamar is tangible proof that non-human guests can be less disruptive and troublesome than humans - of any age ( usnews.com/news/articles… ).

    26/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    450. Guy V.
    The Solamar is located in an ideal location in the Gas Lamp District of San Diego, the rooms were great and the staff was as courteous and fun as any I've met during my many travels worldwide. I also found it quite nice to know they were dog friendly, even though I didn't bring mine.

    The hotel is within walking distance of many fabulous restaurants, clubs and sightseeing stops. It is quite simply a great choice if looking to stay in San Diego for a few days.

    And I will be staying there again.

    It's really a 4.5 star hotel!

    10/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    451. D L.
    I loved the location of this hotel, everything, including a drug store is nearby. The room was clean and pretty, but a little small, and we had a view of the pool.They have a happy hour with wine and beer between 5-6. It was a little weird that they allow dogs, but I didn't have any issues.If you want to save $11 a day, just park across the street. There was a dripping sound under the sink maintenance will want to address and the bed was a little creaky, other than that, no complaints.

    17/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    452. Carole m.
    Room service for 6 entrees was quickly brought in on a plastic tray and set down on the table and server left. No table cloth or room service finesse. Two of the entrees were incorrect, butter wasn't provided for the bread and glasses were not provided for the bottles of water.
    I ordered 2 blankets, 1 was delivered and it was so old and poor quality I felt badly putting it on my Grandson's bed.
    The next morning, our room was cleaned, I think. The bath salts and bath gel was not replaced. There was hair in the sink and the carpet wasn't clean. Blinds in bathroom wouldn't open. We stayed in a Master Suite. TRAVELER BEWARE!!

    28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    453. Joe B.
    Just there this past weekend for San Diego half marathon. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful experience.
    From the moment we pulled into valet we greeted with great people.
    The front desk was nice
    The free wine and beer hour was amazing
    When we wanted to go to dinner they called ahead to little Italy to get us a reservation
    Offered to drive us there in the hotel car so we wouldn't have to deal with parking.
    The room was perfect. The pool looked amazing but there was a wedding so we decided not to head out there.
    We are planning a weekend getaway there when we can both enjoy a little boozing and we don't have to get up early for the marathon!!! Thank you for the wonderful hospitality!!!

    10/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    454. Amanda S.
    Freaking Finally!

    I have literally crisscrossed this country multiple times. I've been everywhere (man) from Motel 6 to luxurious hotels where you can order a $60.00 bath. Yes, a bath, the kind where somebody will come and fill up the tub, light candles, drop a bucket of champagne next to you and leave you and your lover alone to decide what to do with the little tub of chocolate sauce on the tray. Tee hee hee heeeee...

    Good times.

    But Solamar is by far my new favorite hotel. I will admit we scored a really good deal when we booked the "Blues Package", which included a night of free parking, complimentary movie, and two complimentary drinks at the bar. We were also honeymooners so housekeeping came by to drop off a little present when we checked in (not chocolate sauce).

    The Solamar doesn't even feel like a hotel; it feels like the home of a super-loaded friend and is very comfortable and welcoming. We brought our "son" with us and they didn't charge us any extra fees and even provided him with his own little bed and food dish. I could tell he was more comfortable staying there than he had been at other hotels, in fact we even let him out of the crate a couple of times while we were gone and his little paw managed to find the R&B smooth jams station on the clock radio. The little guy doesn't even have his pom poms anymore and yet he still digs music that sets the mood right... that's my boy.

    The hotel was amazingly clean and well maintained and even though there were probably about as many dogs as people you would never in a million years know it. It was a great place for my baby to sniff the butts of his new friends without getting any side-eye from the staff. Unlike some hotels that tolerate dogs for a fee, the employees of the Solamar are genuine dog lovers that like having them there, so awesome.

    Our room was beautiful, fresh, and had all of the comforts of home like an iPod dock, leopard-print robes, and bottles of gin, tequila, beer, etc... for purchase at somewhat (for a mini-bar) reasonable prices. They also had little snacks, breath mints, and a little lube and condom set for purchase in the room just in case. Tee hee hee heeeeee.

    More good times, indeed.

    Staff was top-notch and the hotel provided extra touches like a wine hour and served a continental breakfast to guests on Thanksgiving morning. The location could not be beat, we were within walking distance to Horton Plaza, Hard Rock Hotel and the Gaslamp Quarter. I just really, really love this place.

    Apparently they will also give you a goldfish if you want a little pet in your room. We would have taken advantage of this but I'm afraid our baby would have thought we were giving him a fresh snack. No bueno!

    The hotel really seems to attract a good group of friendly people that stay there as well. Like the guy who saw my husband power-walking down the hallway with his hands full of empty take-out boxes from Spaghetti Factory yelp.com/biz/the-old-spa… . When the tie on his robe just so happened to fall open, exposing his goods, my man tried to explain that he was looking for the garbage.

    And the guy's response?

    "That's not garbage"

    Damn right it's not garbage honey, why do you think I married him?

    27/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    455. Courtney L.
    We stayed at the Solamar for our wedding and had a wonderful time! Unfortunately, at the end of our stay, we lost something very special to us! The hotel has been doing a wonderful job trying to find it, but we need your help! If you were at the Solamar on Saturday, July 19th, please help up find this bunny!!! He was last seen Saturday morning in Room 602! youtube.com/watch?v=nQLs…

    24/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    456. Kimberly B.
    My boyfriend and I stayed at the Hotel Salomar over the 4th of July weekend, which is also my boyfriend's birthday. Great location, very close to Petco Park (Go Giants!). Very close to a lot of really great restaurants. All of the employees that we interacted with were all very helpful and friendly. Loved the free coffee in the morning and the citrus water throughout the day. I also liked all of the lounge areas. We hung out in one of them before having to leave for our flight. We would stay here again.

    07/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    457. David B.
    My wife and I spent three nights here recently with our six year-old daughter.  Overall we enjoyed our stay, but there were a couple of things that could have been improved.

    Booking our stay was an absolute nightmare.  It took four phone calls, totaling well over 90 minutes, to get our three night stay booked.  My first call was answered after eight minutes - then they couldn't find the promo code that was advertized on their website, and then an update to their Karma rewards system invalidated our rewards number.  After I finally got the room booked, I received a voicemail saying that their computer had crashed and we would have to re-make the reservation.  That took another three calls.

    When we arrived, the woman who checked us in was very helpful.  She comped a room upgrade and gave us a couple of drinks coupons because we had missed the happy hour.

    Our room was nice - a larger corner room with a spa tub.  The room was spacious, quiet, and the spa tub was huge.  My wife noticed that wasn't a dresser for clothes (just a closet), but I wasn't convinced that was a huge deal.  The dirt in the room did bother me a little.  The bathroom was pretty nasty, and we made sure to collect glasses from room service and the pool rather than risk the disgusting minibar glasses.

    The food at JSix and the pool bar was good, as were the drinks.  We had room service breakfast twice - the first time was very good, and the second time was weak across all three dishes we ordered.

    One key thing to note is that the pool is a party scene - think Hard Rock in Las Vegas.  The hotel website, and even the signage at the pool, says that the pool is reserved for hotel guests, but there is a large sign out on the sidewalk inviting people to the rooftop pool, and easily 90% of the pool patrons were not staying at the hotel.   Except for the early morning, the pool was extremely crowded with adults standing around drinking - it was difficult to keep track of my six year-old daughter even though the pool is quite small.  

    Service at the pool was hit and miss.  There were so many people that the wait staff were stretched very thin.   On our first day, I waited 45 minutes for a beer (to be fair, when the waitress came back 45 minutes later and asked if I wanted another I mentioned the delay and she comped my drink).  The second day, we rented a cabana, which seemed to provide us much better service.

    Next time we come to San Diego, we'll consider staying here again, but I think we will probably explore other options as well.

    30/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    458. Suzane C.
    Juicy SD hotel in the gaslamp district

    The place was very nice and clean. The colors of the hotel are blue and very soothing to the eyes. The decor is absolutely beautiful. One of the better affordable hotels in the gaslamp district. Very convenient and comfortable.

    The staff is accomodating and helpful. There is coffee in the morning and water in the afternoon in the lobby.

    The beds are super comfy and the linens are super clean.

    There is a cheetah robe that is available in your room which is not the best material but it's nice that they even have that for you.

    You can request for slippers and they give it to you complimentary.

    The valet is super expensive, $40 a night with in and out. That is absurd. However, I liked the fact that there was a parking lot across the street for only $25 a night without in and out privileges.

    13/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    459. Trish B.
    The best hotel I've stayed at so far. They have a nightly beer tasting in which they sample local craft brews. We had the pleasure of sampling two Manzanita brews; both delicious as well as a watermelon sangria which was spectacular!! We briefly spoke with Rob, the GM who was more than happy to give us some great recommendations for places we should consider while in San Diego and we had a great experience with Lauren at arrival which was the highlight of our stay. We celebrated our Honeymoon and was sent a bottle of Champagne! She was so delightful and went over some great bars with us on the map she provided. This is definitely the only hotel to stay at while in San Diego! I can't say enough about how amazing the room and our Honeymoon was. I also enjoyed the view of the pool and city skyline from the fitnes center. This is a gem of a hotel! Thank you for your kind hospitality!

    25/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    460. Devina G.
    I Love this hotel!

    During a recent trip to San Diego, we decided to stay at hotel Solamar. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp district, we were able to walk to a large number of shops and restaurants with ease.
    We booked the corner deluxe spa room and we were so pleased with how everything turned out. Great jacuzzi tub!
    This is a pet friendly hotel btw.
    Best part of this place? the complimentary wine hour. They served sangria, craft beer and hors d'oeuvres.  We were told that this is a Kimpton hotel tradition, and they do this daily. Awesome!!!!
    The rooftob bar was really nice as well. Only thing I disliked were the pillows. There were only two small pillows on the bed. I was hoping for large, luxurious, fluffy pillows. Oh and valet price was a little steep.  

    Well, nonetheless, we had a wonderful stay. I am now a big fan of the Kimpton hotels!

    12/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    461. Woody M.
    Pretty darn good hotel in San Diego  

    Pros:
    PET FRIENDLY - yay, this is a really big deal.
    Love the 4th floor pool deck and cabana area with outdoor bar and restaurant
    Rooms are pretty good, nice modern appointments and towels and linens are good but not great (Westin/W have way nicer stuff)
    Lobby is nice, open but no lobby bar to hang/meet people
    On site restaurant is nice, staff is kinda scattered but they try hard

    Cons:
    shitty shower head
    squeaky bed
    they allow smoking at the outdoor pool bar and restaurant area, this is a major turnoff to one of the primary reasons to stay here...so BOO! for allowing smoking
    Food ordered at the Pool/caban area comes from the restaurant downstairs - food quality is good, but hit and miss if it is cold fries...the ingredients are really good so it's a bummer to get cold food.

    21/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    462. Kim P.
    Lovely hotel but hardly dog friendly with no dog friendly restaurants or place to get the dogs out without going down 4 stories to a dried up small patch of grass.  No park nearby and very difficult for dog owners at night to get the dogs down to go to the bathroom. Will not be back here with our dogs !

    13/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    463. Stephanie A.
    Let me start by saying that I first stayed here years ago when it first opened up. That was back in 2005 and I had an excellent experience. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up staying a few more times over the last couple years.

    Fast forward to 2014, I recently stayed here over the weekend (for my birthday) and I was gearing up for another excellent experience, but let me tell you it was anything but that. I don't know what's happened to the staff, but over the years it seems like they care less and less and didn't even acknowledge me when I was there.

    Lets talk about the room: I requested a room with a jacuzzi tub to get the extra relaxation I needed for my birthday, but the noise (constant yelling and slamming of doors) and the smell (the air-conditioning was pumped full of marijuana) made for an extremely long and sleepless night. After my long unpleasant night, I went to checkout and the girl at the front desk, Samantha, didn't even ask me how my stay was. Maybe she too knew that it was horrible.

    Sadly, I will not be staying here again and they've lost good business from someone who used to be a regular.

    08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    464. Ryan P.
    There is a lot to like about this hotel, but it also has one flaw that is hard to overcome. First off, the lobby is clean and inviting and the guest services was friendly and helpful. I was given a cold beer at check in which is a nice touch. There were dogs everywhere at this place which may or may not be your thing- just something to keep in mind. The room was nice- maybe a touch run down, but not that bad. The location is PERFECT-- central to everything and walking distance to the best stuff.  OK, so the problem? The walls. They are like paper. I could here my neighbor talking on the phone and I could hear every word the person on the other end was saying! So when they got, well, intimate, it was quite disturbing. I thought they might come crashing through the wall any second. The doors are very loud as well, so anytime that anyone leaves their room it wakes you up. But, hey, other than the noise, I loved the place.

    08/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    465. Zack G.
    Customer service done right.  Thank you so much for making my stay memorable.  I chose Solamar for the rooftop bar (J-Six).  I got engaged the day of my check-in, and I made sure the hotel staff knew it--they treated me right.

    I got an amazing room on the corner of the hotel, complimentary champagne in the room, and rose petals decorating the room.  It blew my new fiance away.

    Thank you so much.  i will stay at Hotel Solamar any chance I get.

    Very friendly and accommodating to military.

    23/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    466. Carolyn S.
    The good: clean rooms and comfortable beds. The staff are courteous. It's in a great location - walking distance from a ton of restaurants and shops.
    The bad: the sink is terrible and water splashes out of the bowl. You can't brush your teeth without getting your shirt soaked. The rooms are very dark, let alone the whole hotel. Even with your curtains open. Oh, and we couldn't open our curtains without seeing a handful of construction workers on scaffolding about 25 feet from our window. We asked to use their shiny red bikes to ride around town but they only have TWO bikes, and one was in the shop. They shouldn't promote that so much on their website home page if they only have a couple bikes. It was a little deceiving. We would have liked to see the roof bar and pool deck but it was closed for a private work event, so that was a bummer. After our room was cleaned, we noticed our trash was still on the counter and glasses were still dirty. Since the cleaning lady was still in the hallway, we asked her if our glasses could be cleaned, so she walked in and cleaned them in the bathroom sink with our liquid soap. That was strange.

    I have stayed in Kimpton Hotels in SF and Washington, and they were wonderful. However this one did not impress. It needs some updating for sure. It was very dark and dreary. I also would have liked to know about the major construction going on around the entire building when I booked the hotel.

    25/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    467. Kristi J.
    My husband I and stayed at Hotel Solamar for his birthday! When I booked the room I told them we were celebrating his birthday and they decorated our room and left us cupcakes and champagne. A very nice surprise. The hotel has a cocktail hour from 5-6pm and they were serving craft beer and water melon sangria which was free and bottomless. So good!! The staff was so friendly and knew we were celebrating my husbands birthday without me telling them. We will be back!!

    15/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    468. Tony J.
    I took the Super Shuttle from the airport to the Kimpton's downtown Hotel Palomar for only $10. When I arrived I quickly discovered I came to the wrong hotel when they could not find my reservation. I checked my TripIt and found my reservation was at the nearby Kimpton Hotel Solamar and not Hotel Palomar. This rarely happens to be honest with a well experienced traveler like myself. Well Palomar or Solamar...they all sound the same to me.

    Being sister hotels they immediately arranged the hotel car service to drive me over to the Hotel Solamar. Several minutes later I was there.

    Hotel Solamar is also located in the Gaslamp district of downtown San Diego. The hotel has a real residence feel rather than a typical hotel feel. The hotel lobby is very welcoming with a real living room look and feel with a gas fireplace. The rooms are quite nice. There is a sleek swimming pool terrace on the 4th floor with an outdoor cocktail lounge overlooking downtown. My $185 room #1028 on the tenth floor was quite nice, overlooking the Ballpark District. I was here for 3 nights. The hotel is also within a half mile of the convention center or seaport village.

    I had to walk to the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where were my business meetings were, but, the weather was great.  

    I have stayed at other Kimpton hotels in other cities and have been quite satisfied by these upscale boutique hotels. I am also a Kimpton In-Touch member. As an In-Touch member I also enjoyed complimentary high-speed WiFi access and a $10 raid the mini-bar credit, which I did use for a $6 Corona beer. When I checked out they credited my account the full $10, which was nice. My account received a net credit of $4.

    As most other Kimptons the hotel hosted an evening wine hour from 5 - 6 p.m. daily in the hotel lobby. Complimentary morning coffee is also provided in the lobby. Not Starbucks quality, but, pretty good. The hotel is 100% non-smoking throughout, which I prefer. The hotel also includes pet-friendly accommodations although this did not matter in my case. There is in-room spa treatment and a small 24-hour fitness center on the 4th floor near the pool entrance.

    The hotel also includes accessibility features for disabled people.

    Check out my pics.

    23/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    469. Donald G.
    August 30 - Sept 3 (Labor Day Weekend, our fourth wedding anniversary)

    We choose this dog-friendly hotel following our extraordinary experience with the uber-Gay-friendly Palomar Hotel in San Francisco. And all of the Kimptons are now dog-friendly. Yeah!

    25/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    470. Christopher J.
    Very nice hotel.  Highly recommend if you can find a good deal, otherwise, it is pretty pricey.

    We stayed in a corner room with view and spa tub.  Room was clean, modern, and very nice.  Bed and pillows were comfy.  There was a refrigerator stocked with water and alcohol as well as bottles of liquor available for you if you dare.  I ended opening a Corona and it was $6, not too bad.  Also, during our stay we received vouchers for 2 free drinks at the bar so that was a plus.  

    Also, CVS Pharmacy is just up the street just in case you forgot something or need something.  The popular club Stingaree is just across the street and everything else was within walking distance.

    I would definitely stay here again when budget allows.

    05/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    471. Jeff B.
    DON'T STAY AT HOTEL SOLAMAR. I stayed at Hotel Solamar for one night for a business meeting on October 17th, 2014. I valet parked my 2014 Maserati with the valet staff. When I picked up my car the next morning I had major damage to the right side of my vehicle. Both of my 22" rims have major red paint scratches and damage to them. The entire rocker between both rims on the right side of my car was scratched with red marks. It was very clear that the valet damaged my car as the first staff member I talked to said it happens there all the time with a sharp turn going into their valet garage and the red curb hugging the turn. I went through their standard process to make a claim and get my car fixed. Hotel Solamar is refusing to pay for the damage to be fixed although there is very clear evidence via: photos, videos, admission of Hotel Solamar staff, damage to the car that matches the red curb going to the parking garage, and much more that Hotel Solamar damaged my car. I am going to take them to small claims court and have to get my attorneys involved just to be made whole. Now I have spent hours on this and will also sue for damages associated to my lost time and efforts trying to get them to do the right thing. DO NOT stay there or ever valet park your car there. They are dishonest and do not run a good business. They will take advantage of you and not treat you like a good hotel guest should be treated. Steer clear of Hotel Solamar, JSix and LoungeSix.
    jeff @ jeffb@chosenpayments.com

    09/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    472. Joseph P.
    Very accommodating and customer focused staff.  Fourth floor pool and bar looked interesting but did not check out.  Like the wine and beer tasting from 5-6 pm.  Gym is too small given the customer demographic.  Great location in the Gaslight District.  No problems or complaints about housekeeping.  Do seem to allow for dogs, which does not work for me. Maybe more transparency around that for non-dog worshippers so they can decide if they want to deal with that.

    10/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    473. Ty F.
    Cute, boutique hotel. Check in staff was pretty helpful "did you hear what I said to the two girls in front of you?" she asked because she didn't want to have to give her whole sphiel again. Okay, whatever. Our room (1034) looked GREAT, a corner room with a gigantic two-person Jacuzzi tub. Wonderful and relaxing after sitting on the train for 5 hours.

    The free sangria and craft beer hour (5-6pm) was a nice welcome. The only thing is that the room has a view of Petco Park which is great if you're into that sort of thing. There was a game and as we were trying to sleep (about 10:30 pm) we'd here the roar of a cheering crowd. About 10:45 pm was a fireworks show which would have been annoying since the curtains don't close all the way (and even moving the heavy curtains takes a bit of doing, see picture someone else took-ridiculous curtains!), but it was kind of cool to have a front row seat to the fireworks. I took pictures!

    Tip: If you are a Padres fan, you must stay in this room. Great view of the stadium and a bird's eye view of the fireworks.

    The bed was surprisingly squeaky. Not the headboard, the mattress squeaked which was weird. Nice bed, but not like as nice as the wonderful nesty beds at the Intercontinental. Another weird quirk is that our bed was short-sheeted TWICE. The fitted sheet (which is not fitted) was tucked in all hospital cornered on the top by the pillows, but at the foot, the sheet came up to about 1" from the end of the bed. So my 6' tall bf had his toes on the mattress pad. Weird, huh? I told the receptionist when we checked out and she seemed surprised. Maybe no one kicks off the comforter and sheets like I do. I dunno.

    Two bikes available for use on a first come first served basis.

    25/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    474. Michael B.
    2.5 stars, no i'll go 3.Great customer service, pet friendly, open bar from 5-6pm, nice enough rooms I suppose.. BUT, The walls however seemed paper thin and we could hear convos on both sides of our rooms at night. A Loud drunken dude begging his GF for some action for at least 45 mins ( never happened btw) and on the otherside of us 2 drunken club rats yammering on about which one was the bigger skank that night. Other than that our bed wasn't very comfortable, no fan in the bathroom so the bathroom seems to get very steamy and the room a bit musty, NO hot tub here by the pool and 40$ to valet or 30$ to park 24 hrs overnight across the street. Oh and there's construction goin on behind the hotel during the day. Good times!

    29/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    475. Evelyn B.
    I'm officially a Kimpton fan now!

    Just spent 3 fabulous days at this hotel and I have absolutely no complaints.  Well maybe one but it's very minimal so lets get it out of the way. I requested some shaving cream at the front desk and they never sent it up to me.  But everything else was so great that the whole shaving cream incident was a non factor.

    Perfect location!  Only a few blocks away from Petco Park (for any sports fans), like a block away from all of the bars and yummy restaurants like The Broken Yolk and The Blind Burrito, 5 blocks away from Fluxx (club), and a 10/15 minute drive to Sea World.

    Very nice boutique decor, and everything was clean.  I especially loved the big whrill pool tub for bubble baths.  Also loved the pool bar/ lounge area.  There are heating lamps and fire pits to stay cozy while you grab a drink at night.  During the day you can relax pool side while sipping on the delicious Watermelon Margaritas or my personal fav: the Spicy Mango Margarita.

    Quirky perks I loved: leopard print robes in the room, along with bath salts for your tub, a yoga mat in your closet with free on demand yoga workouts on your tv, local jogging maps, and towels and hula hoops in the gym.

    Oh and the best part, wait for it.... WINE HOUR!!!  From 5-6pm you could enjoy local craft beers or Watermelon Sangeria or Wine in the lobby with other guests for free, daily!

    Needless to say I'll be back. :)

    Warning: Daily overnight parking is $40 a day, even for hotel guests.  So factor that cost in.

    23/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    476. Matt F.
    This review is because of Jose Rodriguez (employee at the Kimpton). Who went well out of his way to make our stay outstanding on both occasions.

    This is the second time we stayed here this year and I have to say, my wife and I will not stay anywhere else in SD. San Diego international airport is where we fly out for business and we like to stay close by for a night or two before a trip. We've stayed in many places along the coast from L'Auberge to the Omni and always find ourselves excited to stay at a Kimpton hotel.   Both times everyone was more than friendly once with kids and dogs and now with just my wife and I.

    26/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    477. Lynsey E.
    Not terrible but disappointed overall.
    Pros: always been a fan of that leopard print bathrobe but that's about it
    Cons: lots of hair (including pubic hair) in bathtub - so gross.  I travel a lot for work and honestly have never seen so much.   The room service guy just walked into my room immediately upon me opening door which I thought was weird and off-putting (they usually ask permission to enter).  Some of the minibar snacks were expired.  The bed is springy and feels cheap.  Not a fan of any hotel that doesn't give you toiletries you can take home (who wants to use a soap pump used by hundreds of other guests?).  Also, no lotion at all in bathroom.   When I ordered dinner from room service, I asked for a glass of ice water and was given bottled and charged for it.  They also substituted my tortilla soup for potato leek without asking until meal arrived if I minded the change (kinda weird).

    12/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    478. Rachel L.
    Great hotel, location, pet friendly. Super nice. The rooftop bar at night looks great, we just ran out of time, but swung by right before it closed and will defibitly make that a priority next visit.

    Minus one star because of a few things. One, by late afternoon, the two water jugs were empty. They are all pretty and filled with fruit and on display, but once it runs out, that's it. Seemed kind of tacky to have two big empty ice jugs in the lobby. Second, really short coffee service in the lobby in the mornings as well. Over by 9am.

    Because of the short coffee service, we ordered room service. Room service breakfast was really disappointing. The coffee pot didn't keep the coffee warm, it was slightly defective, the lid wouldn't close. My English muffin was so lightly toasted it was almost non-existent, and doesn't come with jelly, just a pat of butter. So be sure to ask for jelly. I ordered this a separate side. If it came with my meal I might not have expected jelly (maybe). The fruit and yogurt was disappointing too. The English breakfast turned out fine. I don't think I will do room service on my next visit. I will be back though, Hotel Solamar is pretty awesome.

    The pillows on the bed were small and cheapy. I am not a big luxury pillow person, but the pillows on our bed were borderline sad. I should also say, the rooms were very quiet. I never once heard a peep from the other rooms, and never heard any dogs barking. That was a relief to us, because a dog barking in the hall or another room might have prompted my dog to bark. Instead, we enjoyed a bark free quiet night. :)

    26/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    479. Jason Y.
    The word 'hotel' may automatically suggest to us surprise charges and or terrible service. This is nothing like the Bates Motel.

    --BACKGROUND--

    Came here to stay for a NYE party and booked a double queen for a solid price. The room was clean, no foul odor, and was big enough for 4 guys. We had some other guests come visit and at one point the room had 12 people with all of us getting ready for NYE.

    --HOW IS THE SERVICE--

    Front desk was keen on the spot, the price confirmation was the same as the online confirmation so no surprises there. Valet was (41$) a bit high in my opinion, but I suppose that is due to the NYE party. Hotel staff was friendly. I asked for toiletries and blankets, which were brought up within a 20 minute window time.

    --WHAT IS THE PRICE--

    I booked through hotels.com for New Year's one month in advance for a 2 queen bedroom at a cost of ~250.

    Source: Stayed here for New Years, and I would stay again.

    02/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    480. Tones T.
    First timer here, not a perfect visit but they seem to try. I can only imagine all the logistics involved in such a place, so credit to them for that.

    A little side note here. Perhaps I failed to recognize it but it would be nice to get a warning during your booking if a Mardi Gras festival is scheduled to march by at a stone's throw... while this may certainly be view as an extra perk for vacationers, not so great if on business mode.

    Rooms very clean, acceptable sizes, helpful staff,  plenty of amenities and perks like the free happy hour that I missed on my own doing.

    So go on, book your rooms now! oh! Did I forget to mention the location? yeah, it's like being the sun and everything else's around you. But don't take my word for it! Look it up in a damn map! Awesome location!

    08/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    481. David B.
    Super Friendly, super pet friendly, luxurious and well maintained.
    We had to evacuate because of the San Diego fires, with the whole family and three dogs, including a Rottweiler.  The staff was so helpful and courteous, even though we were disheveled and panicked.  Didn't get to use all of the facilities, but they looked very nice.  Highly recommended!

    02/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    482. Linda T.
    I stayed here in October 2012 while attending a conference at the convention center.  The hotels affiliated with the conference were pretty pricey, so I went looking online for something else close by, & this is what I found.

    The location was great!  Easy walk to the convention center, Gaslamp quarter, lots of good eats nearby, Petco park.  It's a block off the busy main drag of retail, restaurants, & bars, so a little quieter.

    Rooms were clean, comfortable, decorated nicely.  The bed is nice & comfortable.  No noise problems for me.

    Staff is really nice, friendly, relaxed, yet polite & professional.  If my memory serves me correctly, the valets/bellhops by the front door called me "Miss" when they wished me a good day whenever I walked out in the morning, which I found entertaining, since I'm just as likely to be called "ma'am" nowadays.

    It is a Kimpton hotel, a smaller boutique hotel group which is pet friendly (certain floors), so if you bring your dog when you travel, this works well.  If you sign up online for the Kimpton hotel group's loyalty program, you can get free wi-fi.

    I can't say I used many amenities, since I was there attending a conference.  So, no, I didn't check out the pool, rooftop bar, restaurant, room service, wine reception in the early evening, fitness room, etc.  I did have a view of the pool with the rooftop bar, which looked nice.  
    They have cold water in the lobby in a self serve container, & I believe I saw coffee down there in the mornings too.

    I didn't see any self-park, so if you bring a car, it may be valet only.

    When my sister (who's a local in the San Diego area) met up with me in my room, she mentioned that she's stayed at the hotel for a bachelorette party & liked it too.

    Anyway, I enjoyed my stay, & I'm now a fan of Kimpton hotels!  I just need to see if they're available at my next destination.

    On the northwest corner of 6th & J.  One way streets in the area, so plan ahead.

    24/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    483. Stephanie R.
    We stayed here on a priceline special and enjoyed every second.  Advice is DON'T drive/park though, as it is $42/night and honestly everything is in walking distance anyhow. If you have a pet, wow... they love them, even put their names on a board welcoming them! Then they have this super nice rooftop pool lounge area with comfy couches. Top notch place.

    29/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    484. T K.
    This is our 3rd stay at a Kimpton and I am sad to say that I am slightly disappointed.

    We checked in and the lady that helped us was nice, no problems there. We got to our room, settled in, opened the window and saw some dirt, pipes, dead plants and a sliver of the pool area. Ok so the view sucks, moving right along...

    We went out to dinner and to a blues bar. When the night was over we returned to the hotel. Walking down the hall I can hear a ruckus and see the security standing outside a closed door. I was slightly annoyed and asked the security guard if he was going to take care of the situation. He told me he was about to. Satisfied with his response I went to my room and went to bed.

    Woken up around 1:00 or so I hear more ruckus. I open the door to see what was going on and I see the same security guard talking to the guests staying directly  across from us. Apparently they too were having a radical party in the room because when I saw inside their room the mattress   was partially off the bed and there was an intoxicated man hidden underneath. Thankfully that security guard handled the situation and I was able to go back to bed only to be woken up a few hours later to the sound of vacuums and housekeepers. Yes the walls are paper thin as others have mentioned in their reviews.

    This hotel is not horrible but I would not come here for romance or relaxation. If you are looking to party then this might be a hotel for you. Just make sure to be kind to the security guard. He seemed like such a nice guy and probably has a really crappy job.

    23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    485. Jana M.
    My husband and I stayed here a couple of weekends ago. Our first impression of the hotel upon walking into the lobby was that it looked nice. I didn't care for the front desk girl that checked us in. She was not the warm, welcoming type and came across as very bitchy.

    When we arrived in our room we dumped our luggage and left immediately to explore the town. When we returned to our room late that night we noticed how dirty our bathroom was. There was a small pool of dried up urine mixed with blood on the floor next to the toilet and both head and pubic hair everywhere. Aside from the unclean bathroom, other complaints were the fixtures in the bathroom. The toilet paper holder was bent down to a 45 degree angle so if you tried to unroll the TP, the entire roll fell to the floor. The sink faucet was set back too far from the sink that when you ran water it would flood the counter top (keep all electronic devices and make up off the counter unless you want them ruined). Also, not a huge deal but the outlet cover plate was installed crooked to where it was so visibly obvious. The lack of care shown in the implementation of these simple details separates this hotel from a quality hotel.

    We complained to the front desk that next morning upon checkout and they comped our $41 overnight parking. This hotel is definitely not worth the $350 we paid for a one-night stay. Will definitely be staying someplace else next time.

    29/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    486. Saeed C.
    The room was clean but had a weird smell. The ac vent blows air right into your face if you sleep on the side of the bed facing it; perhaps it's a better idea to set Thebes on the opposite side of the room! They don't provide many things that other hotels do such as qtips. There is a sheet in the room which says they provide a lot of things complementary if you ask; it says that they will get things listed there if they don't have it but they don't do such thing! The staff is not very friendly either; On a Sunday we asked for late check out and they said they won't let us. Every hotel I have stayed at has give me late check out at 1 or 2pm. They provide fruit infused water at the entrance which tastes metallic, like they use unfiltered tap water for that. The pool area is very small and not as nice as it is in the pictures they have on their website. They don't have free internet as default, you have to sign up for a reward program and give them your personal info (DOB,address, email) in order to use the wifi. They charge $45/night for parking!!! There was also construction from 7am on Saturday outside our room! Instead of not renting rooms that face the construction area they put a note with earplugs!! I won't come back to this s hotel. There are better choices in SD.

    29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    487. Carmen V.
    Pet friendly hotel, beautifull decorated and in the heart of Gaslamp. Competitive prices and very accomodating staff. I was 'second hand' guest as I could not have some friends staying at my place visiting from my country and attending conferences at the Convention Center. So that was my selection for them. The all ended up very happy with the location, the comfort level in the rooms, the cleanness and the whole experience. Rooms are on the small side, but many visitors just want to slep comfortable and be in an accessible area in town. Solamar is perfect for that.

    02/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    488. Walter M.
    We all go to Vegas under disguise with fake names and accents and backstories, so what's so wrong with having a staycation and doing the same, just in your hometown. Granted I hail from the northern most city within San Diego I've spent plenty of time here in Gaslamp, but not enough to be recognized.

    Boutique hotels. Is it that they aren't as cookie cutter and that they cater to you more? Idk, but there are certain amenities and schemes I miss like a stark white bathroom and robes because the stuff I keep at home is not so, I'm longing for something I don't get on a daily so the flashiness just didn't do it for me. Kimpton hotels are supposed to be chef driven, but my separate review of JSix doesn't quite suggest that considering DTSD has sooo much other food to offer than hotel restys. Wine hour is like a singles bar downstairs. Don't check in during that time. I suggest after hitting this up to mozy on out in the streets and return properly liquored and accompanied.

    I suggest booking with them direct. I know that's difficult since 3rd party sites are all the rage. Of the two stays I had the direct booking was much simpler and nominally more expensive.

    Great bathrooms, funky robes, whirlpool tubs and a very LA vibe. I felt like I was staying in a woman's room because of the décor, not androgynous. Some of the pictures posted here are outdated and not reflective of the current state. I've seen it decline slightly between my visits.

    Lots of amenities, thoughtful. Location is as good as it gets for being smack in the middle of everything. Walking distance to some of the best DTSD has to offer. Pool is well hidden, private, and small, best visited at night for the lighting. Eastern rooms have a more boring view. Hallways are small.

    It's a great hotel and concept, the downfall for me was the décor may not be masculine enough, small, could use better hotel resty.

    24/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    489. Joe B.
    So, I'm staying at the hotel and they have a great lobby and nice rooms. However... I am in San Diego to have fun as well as business .
    WIFI? Cost me 12:00 for my laptop while I was at a meeting, then while at the bar and in my room I had to pay another 12:00 to add it to my  cell phone.. Really ... Chasing Dollars while getting pennies. The bar manager agreed it was BS but it's a corporate thing.
    The downstairs lounge was very very loud! Need some sort of noise reduction baffils or something.
    Not sure I would stay again even though it was a 12:00 issue.
    Internet is cheep , why do hotels ask for customers to pay is beyond me!  Put it on the cost of the room CEO?

    25/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    490. Bopha P.
    Beautiful hotel and beautiful room. Checking in was quick and easy, though I had just missed happy hour that the hotel offer (free wine and beer) which is from 5-6 pm. The female that checked us in gave us drink vouchers to make up :-). Wish I got to explore the area a lot more, the only downfall of this place is $40/night parking. I can see why considering the area though I do plan on staying here again will just have to get here early to explore.

    20/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    491. nadine g.
    First time staying here.  Checked in on the first game for the Padre Baseball season. Great location to Petco park and all the festivities going around the stadium. Within walking distance to anything you'd want to do in gaslamp. Loved the hotel's style, the room was chic. Loved that this is a pet friendly hotel, also with all the pets that I saw during the day not once did I hear any barking or noises while I was in my room in the evening. Loved the view from our hotel room.  The concierge left some yummy cupcakes as I let them know we were staying there to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. Absolutely loved my stay here and would recommend to everyone!

    01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    492. Danica J.
    Hotel Solamar was the first hotel I stayed at when I arrived in the USA and after a horrible 13 hour flight then a 3 hour drive from LAX to San Diego, I was relieved to be welcomed by many smiling employees who happily opened doors for visitors (which doesn't happen in Australia!) The receptionist was quick to let us into our room and the room was very clean which was a major plus since i've stayed in many dirty and unhygienic hotels in major cities in Australia. The rooftop pool was amazing! The refreshments in the lobby were extremely delicious and very appreciated as we did a lot of walking! Overall this hotel was my absolute favourite hotel which left a very high expectation for other hotels! I will 100% be staying at a Kimpton hotel in future travels! Thank you for making my first stop in America lovely!

    12/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    493. Ethan S.
    Nicely designed hotel with expensive and well appointed rooms. However...

    The whole place is infested with big disgusting roaches. Gross. I will never stay here again.

    28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    494. Kenny Y.
    Have had several stays at the Salomar, usually a week long each for a conference in town.

    This most recent trip, stayed for 5 nights in the Masters Suite.  Luckily a relative works for Kimpton so I get to enjoy the hotel at a employee/family discount.

    The room itself is gorgeous and spacious.  1 kind bed, full living area with sofa/sleeper, decent sized kitchen/bar area with refrigerator and microwave upon request, as well as huge bathroom with stall shower and fuji soak tub, as well as a huge patio area with a 6 person patio table and plenty of space to enjoy a meal or just relax and have a cup of coffee.  The room also has 2 huge 40" TVs so you and a friend can enjoy different TV shows at once.

    The hotel itself is up-to-date... absolutely gorgeous with high-end finishes and wonderfully decorated.  Service is exceptional as you are always greeted with a smile.  They offer free coffee/tea in the morning as well as wine/beer hour in the evenings.

    My main complaints are as follows:
    1. NOISE - the walls seem to be thin.  I've stayed in 3 different rooms here and all 3 times, noises have kept me awake.  Whether it be a neighboring hotel dweller, a flag hitting against the flag pole outside the window, to the large AC unit or the party goers/sirens going through downtown, the rooms can be quite noisy at times.

    2. Sofa bed is terrible, lumpy, squeaky.  Regular beds are much better... however they are starting to get warn as you can feel them sagging towards the middle.

    3. $40 a night or parking.  UGH! (around the area is $30 I think.. so not really too bad).  Also, there is plenty of street parking if you are willing to wake up and move your car around... in our case we were in conferences from 9-5 so we avoided the parking charge.

    Other than that, the benefits here far outweigh the negatives.  It's also a pet-friendly hotel so if you have a furry friend, this is a great option.  They'll even welcome your buddy with their name on the chalkboard out front and some yummy treats.  Would love to give them 5 stars... however the walls are just too thin!  Not sure how they can fix this problem but if they ever did, I would give them all 5 stars they deserve.

    04/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    495. Holly B.
    This hotel has the PERFECT location! I've lived downtown for the last 4 1/2 years and moved this weekend and needed a place to stay as I was moving. Upon checking in on Saturday, the team member at front desk was super sweet (sorry I don't know her name). It was during the complimentary cocktail hour, she asked what I wanted and ran over to get me a glass of wine. The rooms are clean and cute! Bed is super comfortable! Only downside was how thin the walls are, I could here a bunch of girls next door laughing and talking. Rooftop bar is somewhere I had been to as a downtown resident, so I've been a fan! 100% satisfied with my stay here.

    03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    496. Kevin H.
    I stayed here for about a week and I have nothing but high praises to offer the staff of this establishment.  Everyone was friendly and helpful and made sure to help me out if I looked lost or confused on may in and out, and around the hotel.  The front desk check-in process was painless, and they made sure to tell me where everything was.  The maintenance staff and maid service was courteous and professional.  The valet parking was also out of this world.  My car would be delivered within a minute or two of me asking for it and everyone made sure I knew where I was going and asked if I needed directions.  The valet staff was also very helpful in giving me pointed about places to check out in the city and restaurants and bars to try.  

    As far as the facilities go, this place was flawless.  It was clean and spotless and the decor was very modern with the times.  The restaurant offered some different choices for every meal as well as a large drink menu.  The Pool bar was much the same.  I didn't get a chance to use the pool itself, but it looked clean and very refreshing, especially during the mini heat wave.  I read some previous reviews about people complaining about noise, but I didn't have any problems.  My room was facing the bars and I didn't hear a thing.

    I would probably rate this hotel as one of the best i have stayed in over the last few years.  Next time I am in the city I will definitely bring my business back to this location.  As a whole I have noticed Kimpton Hotels are a step above all over brands.  I reccomend this place to anyone who wants to stay in the Gaslamp District, especially those who are planning on checking out a baseball, as the stadium is just 1.5 blocks away.

    19/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    497. Jonny C.
    Im all Kimpton, all the time. I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Solamar, as well as hosting a 350 person, 5 star conference and reception on the roof.

    As for the stay: my suite was nice, but wasnt as recently rennovated as other Kimptons and could have used a touch up. Still, the space was nice, bathroom was ample and bed comfy.

    As for the event, the staff at the Solamar was amazing. From their AV and film guys, to their caterers and bar staff, this was an amazing event that served my audience well, and was well organized and polished throughout.

    Rooftop terrace is one of the coolest spots in the Gaslamp.

    Likey.

    17/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    498. Eli E.
    After staying at Hotel Sofia Boutique, I booked this hotel given it's great reviews and most of all it's location.

    Once arriving at the property, 6:30pm, I was told my room was not ready. I turned and asked my cousin, "That's odd", as she went to check on the status of the room. Not entirely a big deal, as it was ready in 15min.

    The property looks beautiful. Defiantly caters to a younger demographic. The location is so perfect. The parking is a big headache for $47! I heard another reviewer reccomend parking two-three blocks down, at the stadium, baseball stadium. I ended up paying $22 from Friday 6:30pm - Sunday 12pm. So if your willing to keep your vehicle there, you'll save a lot of money!

    The room decor was good. The cleanliness of the hotel was also good. I didn't like the fact they had a minibar & snack bar as well as 2 bottles of water each for $7 next to the double beds! I usually move them out of sight as I'm not willing to pay for overpriced stuff! But that's me. I didn't like the LCD TV in the room, felt like it needed to be a tad larger but hey, that's my thoughts. The bed wasn't to my liking also.

    If you find this spot less then $150 a night I would say it's worth it. For the location, security & comfort it's a good spot to venture to Gaslamp.

    Take my suggestion for parking!

    24/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    499. Bill K.
    Overall Summary: Fairly decent hotel in the Gaslamp if you have Marmaduke tagging along or don't mind sharing the elevator with a pack of smelly dogs.

    In depth review:
    Hotel Solamar had solid reviews so I booked it for a romantic wknd getaway through a third party website. Requested a quiet room with a view. After the long 5+ hour drive we arrived around 7pm on a Friday. Drive up curbside check-in was convenient. Declined the $40 per night valet service and parked directly across the street in the giant city owned public lot for $25. Bellmen were very attentive. At the check-in desk I requested a quiet room and explained that I was a light sleeper and very tired. The lady at the check-in gave us room 830 on the 8th floor, facing away from the Gaslamps busy streets on the south side of the building. She claimed this would be the most quiet location available to us.

    So we get to the room and it looks decent. Not blown away but not upset about it. Noticed some cosmetic issues like a large crack across the ceiling, carpet was shredding next to the walls, no cups etc. Dropped my tired body onto the bed and it felt like falling on to the cement. Was the hardest and creakiest mattress I have encountered in a long time at a hotel. The Weston with it's soft "Heavenly" beds was mocking me when I looked out the window and saw it across the street!

    So I am in the bathroom and getting myself cleaned up and I hear a conversation. This is not a muffled conversation but loud and clear as if they are talking in the bathroom I am standing in. Realize its the people next door and the noise is coming through the air vents. Can hear them discussing their dinner plans etc. Very odd and uncomfortable. Then it happens... woof, woof, woof. Barking from dogs. Not a dog, but what sounds like several dogs. Large dogs. Angry dogs. I cannot believe what I am hearing in this room!

    I love dogs, I am an animal lover, but I was on a wknd getaway to SD to relax and unwind. Now I have several dogs barking at every noise they hear. People walking down the hallway set them off. Any sort of noise made them react. Cannot believe what is happening! I call the front desk and they inform me they are now sold out and cannot move me till tmw.

    The next morning I am on my way to the front desk to talk with them and I see my neighbors and their two full grown pups, large boxers. We actually share an elevator and their dogs attempt to smell my crotch. Very odd as I am on my way down to the front desk to complain about them and switch rooms.

    The new and nice lady at the front desk informs me that they actually have "pet-free" floors above me and that they can switch me. Not sure why we were not given this room the day prior? We move to room 904 and it is indeed much quieter. I also do not hear the conversation of our neighbors and finally get a decent nights sleep on the hard mattress.

    The hotel was clean, just reeked of smelly dog. Again, nothing against dogs but this hotel should try to cover up the wet dog smell - especially in their elevators. It was foul and it lingered all wknd while we were visiting.

    Pool is very small but very nice. They definitely need more pool lounge chairs as they were all taken by 1pm and several hotel guests looked annoyed that they had to sit on a towel on the concrete. The servers at the pool did a great job keeping us hydrated.  

    Overall, do not think we will return or recommend this hotel. The competition is tough in the Gaslamp and their are more ideal hotels in the same price range close by (Indigo, Weston etc.). If you are not a light sleeper, don't mind dogs, their odors or barking than this might be your spot.

    25/09/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    500. Kyla C.
    Quinn and Allen were so phenomenal at the valet. So service oriented and truly cared about our stay in San Diego. This is the type of service we love!

    21/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    501. Cheryl S.
    Beautiful hotel in a great location! Super close to Petco Park, the Gaslamp and the Convention center if you are here on business.

    My husband and I travel frequently, so here are the things I liked and didn't like:

    GREAT staff - everyone from the valet who greets you to the housekeeper you pass in the hall. Super friendly and service oriented!
    Free wine & beer hour - what a fun way to mingle and meet other hotel guests!
    Rooftop lounge & pool was happening and fun - again, great way to meet other guests or just chill out with your loved one in the sun.
    Free bikes to ride around. Wow. really?
    Walking proximity to tons of nightlife and restaurants.
    FREE WIFI if you sign up for their email program. No brainer.

    Didn't like:

    $41 a day for parking. Ouch! And it's valet and no self-parking so leaving costs even more money if you want to say, go to the beach (which requires driving - there isn't one close).
    No coffee in the room This was awful for me. I wake up WAY earlier than everyone else in my family and I usually make coffee and read until everyone gets up. Here I had to try to sneak out of the room quietly and go down to the lobby to get coffee. Kind of a pain.
    NOISY - the gaslamp is noisy is night and so are the drunk people. The walls are super thin and we could, ahem, hear our neighbors.

    It really depends on your vacation desires - overall I would say if you are looking to be in the heart of the action, this is a great place to stay. If you want a quieter getaway, not so much. I don't think I would stay here with my kids. It's great for a romantic., energetic getaway but we would have to leave to keep the kids entertained.

    29/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    502. Trang H.
    Solamar is a beautiful hotel in the Gaslamp, walking distance from the many shops, restaurants, and Petco park.

    The good:

    1. Clean rooms
    2. Great location
    3. High pressure shower heads
    4. Free bikes!

    The bad:

    1. A strange nonstop beeping noise kept me up all night.
    2. While parking fees are normal with hotels, they still drive me crazy. I only include this to warn others, but I do not deduct stars for this. You can park down the street for a nominal fee.
    3. I felt the staff indifferent to me at check-in. This was rather disappointing after I read so many great reviews.

    21/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    503. Rick L.
    I absolutely love Kimpton Hotels and The Salomar doesn't disappoint. What a gorgeous property perfectly located in The Gas Lamp District and around the corner from Petco Park. I have stayed at most of The Kimptons on the East Coast and this is my first stay out West. I can honestly say The Salomar is now one of my favorite properties.

    Special thanks to Tasha who upgraded my room. I stayed here using one of my free nights so I didn't expect that. Just one of the many reasons I love Kimptons...the employees.

    12/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    504. A C.
    One star for location. One star for the friendly staff. This property is extremely noisy as mentioned in many other reviews. Unfortunately the Management can't do much to fix it. There's a HUGE construction project across the street, actually a new high rise, and night clubs that are loud and open until 2am. We tried to get some sleep after the clubs closed and made sure to put out our (do not disturb) sign. Nice try, but every hotel room door is very heavy and automatically SLAMS SHUT so whenever guests enter/exit their rooms anytime day or night you are rudely awoken by these slamming doors, over and over again. Our room literally rattled sometimes. We were exhausted after two nights of no sleep, we couldn't wait to check out.
    The beds are not comfortable either, which was surprising for a Kimpton property. This Hotel seems (road hard) maybe due to the vicinity of Petco Field?  
    During our stay the pool area wasn't  busy, just littered with used ashtrays, left over food trays, glasses, etc and the furniture looked really uncomfortable. Nobody was picking up after the earlier guests. OMG, and if management is reading this PLEASE oil the hinge on the pool gate! Geez!!!
    If you are staying here on business ask for ear plugs at the front desk, if you are staying here for a romantic getaway and rest, go elsewhere. If you are staying here to go to a game, party all night and pass out in your room after a long night of clubbing, this might be the place for you......

    22/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    505. Taniya A.
    Okay by far the best... Have had many side cars (alch drink) and this dude Jesse has the best side cars. Ever! Makes the best. I'll always come back to stay at this hotel because of Jesse and his drinks.

    23/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    506. Sharra C.
    My stay at Solamar was absolutely a 5-star experience. I was welcomed to the room with a hand written note, cake pops, and Champagne (I was there for  Bachelorette party). The room was clean, modern, and had an AMAZING patio!!!!! The location was also great, being that it was conveniently located close to Gas Lamp restaurants and bars. My stay was only 24hrs long, but I would absolutely return, next time I visit San Diego! Highly recommended. Thank you. Solamar!

    01/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    507. Kim B.
    Not the worst hotel I've stayed in, but I wouldn't stay here again.

    On the plus side, the hotel is very trendy if you're into that kind of thing. When I walked in it felt more like a nightclub than a hotel.  They serve fruit infused water all day, and a couple times a day you can get coffee. The desk staff was responsive to my issues.  Very, VERY stocked mini-bar.  I liked the pet-friendliness.  They had bowls of water outside for passing pets.

    I had a pretty noisy stay though.  The room I stayed in overlooked some active construction, and that was a bit disruptive, plus since it seems to be sort of a "party" hotel, there were people in the hallways at all hours who seemed to have little regard for sleepers. I could also hear a lot of thumping music from the nightclub across the street.

    Housekeeping was indifferent at best.  When I checked in I noticed that one of the water glasses had dried toothpaste smeared around in it, so I set that glass out so the housekeeping would replace it.  Instead, it seems they swirled a little water around in it and put it back (it had water droplets in it when I came back).  That dirty glass stayed there for three days.  If I filled the ice bucket, they left it full of water.  I ran out of the pump soap they have in the shower and that didn't end up being replaced either, until I finally contacted the front desk and asked them to address these issues on like day 4.

    Overall I would have preferred a greater focus on comfort and less focus on being trendy.

    20/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    508. Nina N.
    4th floor pool rooftop serves delicious cocktails! If you live around the Downtown or surrounding areas. This is the place to go for the summer. The 4th floor has an open rooftop deck with a full service bar and cabanas and tanning chairs to lay out in. Great for hanging out with your girlfriends or significant other to get some rays and lay out.

    The service was really great and accommodating, they made sure you were never parched or without a beverage in hand whether that be water or alcoholic beverage.

    I looked up more about the hotel and it is also pet friendly which is a major plus. I attended the Mother's Day buffet brunch which was $30 per head. Kind of pricey for me since I tend to not eat a lot at buffets. I did however enjoy the $10 bottomless mimosas and the make your own bloody-mary bar. This is definitely a cute fun semi casual spot to stay-cation if you are a San Diego local. Or just stop by the J-SIX restaurant bar attached to the hotel to have some drinks and watch a couple of games.

    The bartenders were super friendly and accomodating too!

    12/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    509. Kris C.
    What a knock out place this is! The decor is nice and the location is outstanding. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive. They have a nice fourth story bar with a cool vibe. This is a pet friendly hotel, but you wouldn't know it...meaning, the rooms are nicely kept and there was no foul smell. It is 41 bucks a night to valet park, which is an average for the area.

    27/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    510. Sharron R.
    Staff is friendly and helpful, rooms are fine, meeting space is generous and comfortable, all good.  But what is truly extraordinary about this place is the farm-to-market restaurant.  We especially enjoyed the breakfast and the waitress who was so informative and friendly while maintaining a crisp professionalism. Loved It!

    07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    511. S B.
    Hi Eric,
    While I appreciate your response, you are mistaken. I have not received a call.  I spoke with the person that shared a room with me and I understand that your associate called her. The disappointing thing is that nothing was resolved during that call.  My understanding was that the agreement between the two was to agree to disagree.  Also, even though the neighborhood construction was mentioned in my prior post, I think it was clear that that was not the true issue that I was addressing..  The issue was the lack of security in the hotel and the lack of control of the party folks during an unreasonable hour. While the hotel does not have control over the neighborhood construction, it does have control over a loud yelling, loud music playing drunken group of young adults that clearly have more than 4 people occupying a hotel room.  That you DO have control over.

    14/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    512. Amanda B.
    My husband and I just finished our two night stay here and WOW...It was amazing. The hotel is beautiful and clean and you might just see three horse sized dogs walking through the lobby. The bell men out front are friendly and provided great service. Some of the highlights were definetly the roof top bar and pool, and the happy hour in the lobby. I loved the room too. The bathroom amenadies were nice and not the little boap bars and mini shampoos, they were full size products in pumps in the shower. I really appriciated that touch. If you are lucky enough to be here on a Sunday...there is free yoga on the pool deck at 9 on sundays and yoga matts in each room. The class was really good and i even got the hubby up there. We will for sure be staying here again the next we are in SD. Absolutely loved it!

    08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    513. Debra H.
    So far in 2014 we had vacation stays at Kimpton's Firesky Resort in Phoenix, and their Surfcomber in Miami. We just returned from a three night stay at the Solamar in San Diego. And we have plans to stay at a Kimpton in October when running the Portland marathon.

    For us what sets the Kimpton hotels apart from other choices: the staff.

    Valet/Check In: Fast and easy. Quite a few cars had pulled in at the same time for check in, there isn't a lot of room in the driveway. Our taxi couldn't pull in so we got out in the street and took our luggage to the front desk. Easy and no problems.

    Check In: We had indicated an early arrival of 1pm in our reservation and were pleased that our room was ready for us.

    Room: Really nice corner room, large jacuzzi, view of Petco. Location on the 7th floor. We love pets but I am highly allergic and we were placed on a pet free floor. As requested a Keurig coffee maker was placed in our room.

    Amenities: Coffee and tea are available in the lobby each morning, there is also a wine tasting between 5-6pm. Fruit infused water available during the day. We were so busy on this trip we never made it to the wine tasting. There was also a free yoga class on Sunday at the pool which was a great added touch. Be sure to ask about classes.

    Concierge emails guests before arrival asking if you need any help with your stay, etc. This time they also mentioned sending a photo of your loved ones. We did and loved that they had framed a picture of our cats that we had emailed and had it in our room. We had mentioned that the stay was for the San Diego Rock n Roll marathon and we thank Marissa, Sam and Bernice for the wonderful note and basket of running related refreshments that were placed in our room for my husband. This hotel also offered complimentary pre-race food (oatmeal, bananas, water) in the lobby starting at 4am which was appreciated by all participating in the marathon.

    We had drinks by the pool which were really enjoyed on Friday night. We also ate at the restaurant which will be a separate review. We ate at the Blind Burro for lunch, Chianti in Gaslamp and our favorite Mission which is also close by for brunch.

    We will definitely stay at this hotel again in the future. I highly recommend!

    03/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    514. Diana B.
    I stayed here for a bachelorette party in two connected rooms. We fit 7 girls in the rooms, which is a definite "pro" when chatting about hotels. If you're booking a large party, room 427 is pretty big with a frig, bed, pull out couch and your own cabana right by the pool.  Great place for a large party and close to so many bars and restaurants.  The pool area was pretty busy on Saturday afternoon; Friday afternoon was far less busy.

    The girls at the front desk were helpful with tips of where to go out each night.

    PROS: very friendly staff (they even brought double sided tape up to the room, had all three cars ready by the time we got down to the lobby, and quickly brought up a roll away bed midnight), location is great, very clean rooms with plenty of space, free coffee in the lobby in the morning, free beer/wine happy hour, pet friendly

    CONS: over night parking is horribly expensive at $41 a night ($10-$15 during the day), the pool area can get a little loud if you're in a room right next to it

    13/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    515. April R.
    A wonderful hotel.  Very friendly staff, great concierge services and excellent valet services.  Check-in was a breeze and the hotel was very accommodating to our dogs from the moment we stepped out of our car.

    Our room was spacious and had a furnished balcony and nice views of downtown San Diego. The real star of the room was the Fuji soaking tub,  It had to be the deepest tub I have ever seen! Soaking may be an understatement, you could easily float in the tub.

    They also helped to make our 22nd anniversary special. They sent a nice bottle of wine and a hand written note to our room upon arrival and assisted us with  reservations at
    Fleming's for dinner.

    Saying the staff is exceptional is really selling them short. They were always attentive, addressed us by name, and ready to help at any moment,  Our dogs loved the valet staff who always had a treat for them every time we called for our car.

    I highly recommend the Solomar, its location in the Gas Lamp quarter is great, the staff is fantastic, and the rooms are exceptional.

    20/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    516. Kelly C.
    This is our second time staying at the Solamar, and it's a great property. Great location, cool rooms, generally great staff.

    Rooms: we stayed in a standard room. They're really well-decorated and they have just about the most comfortable beds you've ever slept on. I did not want to get out in the morning. The bathrooms are standard size, but are really nicely designed, so they feel bigger than most hotel bathrooms.

    Lobby: They feature local art. I kept finding new pieces that were really cool. They have a cocktail hour for their guests every day with a reasonable selection of beverage. Their sitting area is dark and has coffered ceilings and is everything I want my living room to be.

    Foodstuffs: They have a great restaurant downstairs, and a rooftop bar and pool on the fourth floor. I reviewed that area separately, but I definitely recommend checking it out. I

    I'm a huge fan of the Kimpton chain of hotels, and was surprised by a couple small hiccups in this stay:
    1)  there was a mix-up on the date of a service we were supposed to receive (scheduled for our anniversary, they tried to make it happen on a different day when we were on our way to a ballgame), and the first staff members we spoke with said there was no refund and no way to fix the situation. This was later fixed by a different set of staff -- but that was the first time I've ever encountered a Kimpton staff member who wasn't super friendly and willing to help.
    2) they tried to put parking on the bill when we arrived and left via taxi from the airport. The front desk removed it when asked.

    I'm hopeful that these were just fluke issues, and both ended up okay, but it causes just the slightest hesitation. I will still recommend the Solamar to any friends going to SD, but I'm going to be a little more cautious when looking at my bill at Kimpton hotels.

    13/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    517. Katie C.
    We were hoping to be more excited than we were for this place. Overall just a bit underwhelmed.

    I will say the bed was comfortable, the roomservice and JSix were both EXCELLENT and the Bell-Staff were our saviors when it came to getting around on public transportation.

    Our room had stained marble in the tub, and peeling wall paper in the bathroom. There were a few scuff marks on the wall also.

    There was only a single treadmill in their fitness center and the hula-hoops they were so proud of were available. But there was no space to use them.

    We found the pool incredibly crowded with a very "vegas" set most days. Although my 6 year old had no trouble swimming along side of them, she probably learned a few new words in the process.

    Tips:
    -Ask the bellmen for advice, rather than the front desk, they seem to be a little more familiar with the area.
    -Do Not miss the food at the restaurant
    -sign up for Kimpton Hotel rewards to get free internet

    14/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    518. Chas Y.
    I would say this was a 3.5 stars place. Had the pleasure of staying here for 5 days/4 nights for a work convention and meeting between clients and my company's VPs.

    First, the events coordinator (Lauren) and the support staff were wonderful. Lauren made sure to check in with me before the meeting and even after. Everything was on point with the meeting set up. They offer quality food and a pleasant set up.

    Second, room-wise, I had a good view of the roof top pool and bar. It would be nice if the area was a little more exciting being it's in the Gas Lamp area -- but the bar was pretty empty almost the entire stay there. My room was a good size and clean. The only complaint is it sounded like the bed had some plastic covering on one side so when you sit on that side, it makes a sound.

    One of my co-workers had some issues with her room where she said it wasn't clean when she checked in. Saw there were other reviews with that same comment.

    All in all, it was a comfortable stay and in a great area that is walking distance from the convention center, Petco Park, etc.

    I have stayed at maybe 5-6 different Kimpton's across the country and this is more on the lower end in terms of decor, furniture, room size, etc. but totally comfortable.

    16/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    519. Tamar F.
    I enjoyed my stay here with my husband and our little beast.  Many hotels in the downtown/Gaslamp area of SD are dog friendly, but most have huge pet fees (US Grant and W, I'm looking at you!)  Solamar doesn't charge for pooches, and even supplies a dog bowl & bed if you want.  That may or may not have been a major reason why we booked here.

    When looking for a hotel, this is what matters most to me:
    1. Cleanliness
    2. Nice bathroom (since we have a crappy one at home)
    3. No fee for the beast (if traveling with him)

    Hotel Solamar fit all 3.  We booked under a "Suite Deal" promotion, so got a King suite that included one of their redonkulous bathtubs.  Can I please take it home with me?  The bathtub alone was worth staying at Solamar for.

    The room was pretty clean, though as a few people mentioned there's little things (snags in carpet, worn wallpaper) that could be upgraded a little more to put it in real 4-star territory.  But I slept well and liked the white sheets.

    I only briefly attended the Urban Hour, but props for them doing it.  We didn't eat in the hotel or do room service or stay by the pool (though the pool looked super nice). The only real downside is that the walls are fairly thin (we could hear our neighbors having a conversation).  Parking is very expensive ($40 w/in & out privileges) so we parked about a block away for $15/day at one of the public lots.  There's no in & out privileges at those lots but is still substantially cheaper if you have to go in & out ($1/hr).

    I'd definitely stay here again!

    11/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    520. Robert L.
    I have been staying at the Solamar for the past few years during my trips to SD.  Location, location, location!  This property definitely has a great location... It is right in the heart of the Gas Lamp, and walking distance to a great variety of food, fun, and bars!  

    The hotel itself has a great lounge/pool area that is always a good idea for a place to hang out and have some drinks.  The rooms are spacious, well-decorated, clean, and well-maintained.  There are plenty of room options for different price ranges, whether you are just looking for a room to crash in, ones to enjoy the weather on your own patio, or suites with spa tubs, living rooms, and tons of space to share with company.

    The staff is always friendly and try their best to accommodate your requests if possible.  They always greet the guests, and host a great wine hour in the lobby area.

    I'd recommend the Hotel Solamar to friends, families, and people looking for fun!  It's a Kimpton Hotel, so you know you're going to get great service (welcome notes, amenities in your room, and pet friendly appreciated)!

    30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    521. Denise M.
    Great location if you want to be steps from petco park and gaslamp area.  
    I really wanted to go for a swim and lounge around the pool to relax before heading to the baseball game... I looked out my window and saw nothing but a crowded muggy water pool, so not appealing. Not that kind of pool... but for sure a party one. The bar down there was busy till past midnight for sure.

    Huge plus on location and comp. happy hour and appetizers in the lobby area at 5! by time we got down at 5:05 the lobby was packed...so get there early folks. lol
    Comp. coffee and tea in the mornings and water all day in the lobby is always great!

    Comfortable and clean room.  Despite the partying going on at pool, still quiet inside.

    Knocking off one start for the small pool and the slow guest service.  We had to call more than 2x when we asked for extra sheets and also when we asked for extra cups because there was only ONE already there.

    22/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    522. S. B.
    Wonderful stay at Hotel Solamar.
    We stayed here for 2 nights Wed-Friday. The room was nice & I loved the Jacuzzi tub, it was wonderful to soak in. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary so they had chocolate covered strawberries & champagne waiting for us. The beds were comfortable and the room was spacious. Our view was not the best(construction going on next door). We got a discount on valet parking due to having a hybrid car, that was nice.  They had a small happy hour free of charge for 5pm-6pm (limited type of drinks). We hung out at the pool deck bar that overlooked the gas lamp district which had a nice view. Over all it was a wonderful stay.

    18/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    523. Emilio Z.
    This hotel is very nice. Comfortable beads, nice shower, pool area with a bar, small gym, great happy hour in the lobby, clean and helpful staff. It does not get a five because of the room service. Their menu is great for breakfast but not for lunch and dinner. They noise level depends on your tolerance. There was a barking dog next to my room during the day. At night it was quiet so it not bother me. There is construction next door so make sure you get a room facing the pool. Overall, great place, maybe a little bit more affordable now because of the construction.

    17/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    524. shyla a.
    My favorite hotel in San Diego! I loved my gold fish pet in my room. Named him Wiggles. The craft beer at complimentary happy hour was delicious. The pool area is beautiful. Super cool during a Padres game as you can hear the crowd cheering from the pool. The rooms are clean and stylish. Room service was delightful at breakfast. The parking price is typical of big cities. Just drink that value at happy hour!

    05/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    525. Jo-Ellen D.
    Always fantastic.  Free happy hour in the lobby most nights.  Splurge for the jacuzzi room, it's deinitely worth it!  Great gaslamp location, walking distance from  lots of great spots.  Leopard print robes!

    09/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    526. Brenda K.
    Not a big fan of the rooftop bar. The music is very low, can't enjoy it and can't even dance to it because it's not loud enough. The drinks are disgusting. I ordered a vodka water and it was gross! How does one mess that up? Tasted like dirty water in ice.

    The food is good though.

    This place can be so much better. I was very disappointed.

    31/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    527. Marisela O.
    Loved it! The location is perfect! 1 block away from all the Gaslamp action!
    Parking attendant gave the best suggestion to save money on parking, to park at the "Park it On Market" public lot 1 block down to pay $15 rather than $45 for parking.
    Loved the hotel, the staff was great. Not the best view of construction site from our room, but that's the least of my worries.
    I've stayed at the Omni, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Hyatt and Hard Rock in Gaslamp, and The Hotel Solamar has to be my NEW spot to stay in San Diego from now on!

    12/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    528. Rae G.
    Service is outstanding! Hotel is well maintained and clean! Great place to stay! Its not big or small; therefore, you a personal touch.

    27/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    529. Todd F.
    Stayed here for one night for a quick birthday and anniversary get-a-way.  The staff is 5 stars, as is the location.  The furniture is just a tiny bit dated - not anything that would keep us away, mind you;  and we were - well - kind of locked out of our room due to a faulty door lock, for about 30 minutes.  

    But really, if and when we head back San Diego, we'll look to Hotel Solamar first.

    Go check it out for yourself, don't be nervous that it's not a big 'ol chain!  It's a great place!

    16/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    530. Ryan R.
    Amazing service, great room and friendly staff in the best part of downtown
    We were traveling with our dog and they treated her like she was a special guest!
    Will definitely stay there again whether we have our boxer or not!

    09/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    531. Jen R.
    Hmm...the room was 5 stars, but the staff was 1.  

    First off, although we prepaid and gave them a heads up that our flight would arrive late, they gave away our two bed non-smoking room.  Since I was traveling with my friend and his boyfriend, that left me to sleep on a cot.  After my friend threw a bitch fit they hooked me up with my own non-smoking room free of charge, which was f'ing awesome.

    What's not so awesome?  After dropping off our bags, we were yelled at by security for trying to get a drink at their rooftop bar, not knowing it was closed to a private party.  Even more not awesome?  Two hours later having that whole private party of about 10 people having their after party in the room next to you.  That led to a phone call to the front desk asking to move rooms.  Of course, they thought it was better to send security, which led to members of the party banging on the doors of the the rooms closest to theirs, threatening to beat the shit out of whoever complained.  Another call to the front desk led nowhere (awesome, because she could clearly hear their pounding on the door and threats over the phone), until I said I was calling the police.  The light bulb went off and they sent security to escort me to another room.

    After that, things were fine, I was happy with my room, it was cute, modern, clean, and quiet (although their gym is tiny and useless).  Still, I couldn't shake the bad impression from my first night at the hotel.  It also didn't help that when we had a package delivered, I had to go down and get it, because after several calls over the course of the day, no one could find the time to bring it to our room.  The kicker?  The guy at the front desk asked for a tip while giving me the package.  Please, Solamar, put that front desk through some customer service bootcamp and you'll have a five star hotel.

    09/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    532. Michelle P.
    Stayed here last weekend for my birthday
    -The check in people were super nice and helpful. Got a free bottle of wine, and they had left me a cupcake / birthday card when I got into my room.:) I feel like the staff would go above and beyond for their guests.
    -The room/bathroom decor was so nice! (And clean) Kinda beachy which is my fav. I like how there was a desk and ipod speaker too.
    -They have free bikes you can take for the day which was fun!
    -The location was great. Right in downtown SD (Gaslamp District) so it was easy to go out at night.
    -The only thing I wasn't happy with was the $40/night parking. But I think that's just how San Diego is.

    All in all, I had a wonderful stay.

    13/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    533. Renata G.
    Stayed here one night. Wanted to try a new hotel I've never been to before.

    Pretty hotel. Great design.
    The valet and the staff at the front desk are very polite and helpful.

    The rooms are kind of cramped though.

    The hotel was in a great location within walking distance from all the great places (At least the ones still open).

    It was a nice place. Nothing too crazy that sticks out in my mind in either direction.

    Will probably return, but may not be my first choice.

    10/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    534. Lindsay L.
    Had a lovely experience here at this hotel! It's located in a great  area, being one block from Petco Park (if that) and around all types of restaurants and bars. It's also a pet friendly hotel!!! This was huge since we like to take our pup everywhere. The hotel even had a 5 o'clock 'Happy Hour' with free beer, wine and snacks.

    The rooms were so cute and just enough room. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the carpet in the rooms I would definitely bring your own slippers or socks to walk around in. Other than that, it was very clean and we will absolutely be back.

    Also, try the breakfast place that is attached, it has great food! And the roof top pool looked like so much fun, but we didn't have enough time.

    04/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    535. Ailyne H.
    What's in the closet? Yoga mat, check! Cheetah robe, check!

    I really like the location of this hotel. Although on the pricey side, the hotel and location itself more than make up for itself!

    ROOM: clean, roomy, decent water pressure, and great air ventilation. It's stocked with many tempting items: candy, water, sodas, beers, good variety of liquor - none of which we touched, but I am sure it comes with a hefty price tag! If you're ballin' go ahead and help yourself, otherwise there is a CVS up the street. There's also a mini fridge to store any perishable goodies.

    SERVICE: friendly and accommodating. You can even bring your furry friends along and Solamar like all other Kimptons will furnish a nice comfy bed for your little companion.

    There's free WiFi if you sign up to be a Kimpton InTouch member, it's free - just the price of your email. I was able to get some work done while on vacation but did run into some issues while trying to access certain webpages of my company's intranet.

    Additionally, they offer complimentary wine/cocktail/beer hour from 5-6pm daily. Their parking is a bit steep at around $30-$35/night but there is a parking lot up the street that housed our car during our stay for half the price at $15.

    They have a nice pool and bar outside on the 4th floor - the BF and I tried to venture down around 11pm for a nightcap but they were closed, probably because it was a Tuesday night.

    Tons of great restaurants, bars, wine bars, stores, mall within walking distance. I will definitely keep this hotel in my back pocket for any time I plan to stay in SD for a few days. Until then, so long Solamar - until next time!

    24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    536. Temenah C.
    I got a great deal on this hotel from Trivago! No, I wasn't paid to say that. The deal was incredible. We stayed here after the bf's holiday party and I have no complaints. The room was spacious, comfortable, clean, and so nice I almost didn't want to leave for the night. Like, I seriously thought about not going to another company holiday party with rubber chicken.

    Upon check-in, the valet and front desk staff were helpful without being stuffy. I'll also throw in that this is a pet friendly hotel, but only certain floors are designated for pets. As someone that loves animals from afar and in small doses, I really appreciated that.

    The mini bar was legit with wine, craft beer (of course, it's SD), liquor, and mixers. There was also snacks like nuts, chips, crackers and candy to munch on. Of course all of that came at a hefty price so I discovered early on that I wouldn't be partaking of anything from the mini bar. The one thing I appreciated in the mini bar was a pleasure kit. There were all kinds of adult needs to include prophylactics, lubrication and anything your freak a$$ might need to get it poppin. Seriously, why leave the hotel?!

    I'd definitely stay here again, but I'm not leaving the room;)

    29/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    537. Heath D.
    The best place to bring your dogs!  I have been hitting the Solomar regularly for small getaways with the wife and my pooches for the past 2 years and there is a reason I keep coming back to this hotel.  Simply put, this is one of the PREMIER hotels to stay in with great upgrades, professional atmosphere, soft beds, and walking (or staggering) distance to everything that the Gaslamp can throw at you!

    Seriously, I have been a Con goer for 20 something years in San Diego and I can count the number of hotels I would return too on one hand. The Hotel Solomar tops them all.   They always greet my Corgi, Edison, like he is a King returning to the throne and are warm and cordial to my wife looking for rest and relaxation.

    Take advantage of their recommendations, their restaurant and bar, and any of their services.  They will really go the extra mile.

    I am heading out there again for my 10 year wedding anniversary at the end of April.  This is a special time for a special lady and that should tell you something about this hotel if we ignore places like the W or the new Hilton for this special date.

    UPDATE: Well we had a wonderful weekend and rang in our 10 year anniversary in a very special way.  Hotel Solamar went out of their way to not only get us into a lovely room suite with a lovely corner view but surprised us with a bottle of bubbly and chocolate dipped Strawberries!

    Thank you for the memorable time.  We look forward to coming back each and every time!

    11/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    538. Carly K.
    Very disappointing experience. I've been staying at Kimptons for years and spent quite a bit of money with them. Recently I stayed at the Solamar and after this week (and a LOT of money spent with them) I will no longer be returning to any Kimpton again. First, I was I set up with a filthy room: stains all over the furniture, sand all over the floor, gnats flying everywhere (I called and then took me to another room which was fine, but nothing worth going back to). Then I asked to have them call me a cab to go to La Jolla. I did an uber fair estimate which quoted me $19-$23, I had another yellow cab driver tell me earlier in the week that it might be up to $35. They called me a cab that had no meter. I clarified that it should onyl be $35, he said "with a lot of traffic it coudl be $60") I said fine. We got there in record time, not a bit of traffic and when he went to charge me he said it was $60. I felt extremely uncomfortable arguing with the man and asked him why it was $60 if there was no traffic, he said "it's a flat rate". He is obviously paying out these bell hops at the Kimpton to send him these "tourists". The worst part is - when I called the hotel to let them know about this horrible experience THEY set me up with, they refused to do anything about it and demanded that $60 was the normal price for a cab. I did another uber estimate, it still said $19, my friends who were there the weekend before said they paid $22 for the same drive. Finally after 3 different people called me back from the hotel (without doing anything) they claimed the manager was still on a conference call but that the best they could do was offer me $10 credit towards my room. What a joke! To make it worse - I took a cab back on the same exact route 3 days later and the fair was $23 which included tip (the $60 scam didn't even include tip). Next time I'll stay somewhere that knows how to treat their customers.

    11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    539. Darrin D.
    Checked in on a Friday with the family.  A bit busy as we waited for our room for about an hour.  Management provided free wine as we waited so that was great.  The amenities and the room was gorgeous...kind of a euro-asian theme throughout.  Came back home and realized I had left a credit card at the hotel!  I immediately called lost and found.  The card was turned in and mailed to my home immediately.  Thank you Hotel Solamar for your honesty and excellent service.

    08/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    540. JoAnne R.
    I thought I'd already written a review since I was so impressed by the quality and service of their amazing staff and their pet-friendly policies. We live locally so establishing a relationship for out of town guests is huge. We often need 3 or 4 rooms for a week or so and look for the relationship aspect. We love Kimpton hotels overall, but every local has their own vibe. Solamar is great and their Jsix restaurant is by far some of the best food we've had in San Diego. Period. It's creative, fresh, served hot and perfectly sized. George, Chris and others are helpful, courteous and knowledgeable. I haven't ever stayed in the rooms but guests have said they were great. I particularly like their packages - such as the outlaw the inlaws. I wish I could give them a 4.5 because there is always room for improvement, but cost, location and especially service - they rate 9 out of 10.

    Join their club before you book and visit their Facebook pages for more information.I did hear they'd just been bought, but we haven't noticed anything different. Same great smiling faces.

    22/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    541. Ramy D.
    Okay, So we celebrated new year's 2014 at this hotel thinking it'll be a nice romantic hotel. Well, as the good old saying goes "see, then it'll be an experience" (totally made that up)

    But honestly, it was a huge disappointment. Rooms are good enough for few nights, services is okay, View of the room is not very pleasant, and room services menu is Disgusting. I hate, writing bad reviews but that goes w/o saying, I like expressing some true feedbacks. We also celebrated new year's night at their top roof with few family members. Their top roof party was also bad experience, because they only allow you to enter the party "once" if you exit you can not re-enter. Not sure if this was just because it was "new year" party or always? hmm.. either way i was a bit annoyed.

    Once we were done partying, me and the wife came back to the room and we were super hungry for some good room services food. Honestly, its also the best part of staying at a hotel. Yet, it came with huge disappointment, we ordered pizza, chicken strips and fries. Being drunk thats the first thing I would want is some real fatty food.... Seriously the pizza was so bad, I'd rather eat the "Kid cuisine frozen pizza", and this is not over exaggerating! Chicken strips were also horrible, & fries were cold. But here is the worse part of it all, my total was $65.00 + a $10 tip. lol Oh and I tip regardless of the food services because its not his/her fault serving the hotel's menu.

    Having said that, I will not be staying there again, Oh oh unless I have a "pet" as they are pet friendly and allow pets at their hotel.

    Thank you for reading my review. Cheers and Happy Yelp

    13/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    542. Khan A.
    I really enjoy staying in this hotel. The room was nice and clean so as bathroom. Every day fresh and clean towels. Bed was probably the best one I slept on. The pillows and blanket were so soft like a cloud;) One thing that surprised me is that they didnt have a clothes drawers, First time Ive seen something like that. Customer service could be better especially at the pool. When I ask for a towel the lady just pointed at it instead of bringing. And don't get me wrong I have no problem to get it myself but previously when I stay in kimpton hotels the customer service was 5 stars. Also when I try to order a cocktail and two of them they couldn't make due to a missing ingredient. One of them was coconut water. How hard is it to get it? The restaurant located right in the building is not the best. No customer service what so ever. Would not recommend. However restaurant located one block from Main Street where you can find lots of great restaurants. One tip if you can avoid using car do it. Valley parking is $42.

    04/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    543. Andrew B.
    Went with my lady and stayed April 18-20. Paid $157/night

    What I liked:

    Valet service
    Friendly staff
    Comfortable bed
    Excellent water pressure (one neglects this until its missing usually)
    Hot water even during morning rush
    Incredible location next to Petco Park in the gaslamp quarter of downtown.
    Free beer 5-6pm in lobby.

    Things I didn't like:

    This was a hotel that allowed pets to stay there. I don't know about you, but I sure don't want to sleep in a bed that somebody's dogs have rolled all over in. That may be my fault for not seeing that advertised but I never thought to.

    The cleaning staff did a half-assed job.
    There was dust everywhere, I found cat claws in the sheets, and there was only one roll of toilet paper in the bathroom.

    How the heck are you not going to show the Padres game on the television!?  I could have had better channel selection from rabbit ears.

    The "rooftop bar" was on the 4th floor of an 11 floor building (uh... Okay?) and it was so expensive!  The drinks there were 3x as much as the countless bars and pubs in the gaslamp quarter.

    I get it that you want to be cool and stuff, but at least let me use the refrigerator. It was filled with booze (which is rad) but I would prefer to use the refrigerator. My father is diabetic and needs his insulin refrigerated. There is no room for that. And what if my lady was lactating? The bottles would spoil!

    21/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    544. Corey G.
    Great hotel and great service. Very clean and customer friendly. They go over and above to make sure you are happy and comfortable.

    23/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    545. Sam S.
    I've stayed at the Hotel Solamar a few times and have very much enjoyed it. The hotel is modern and well-maintained. My room was nicely furnished and the bed was soft and comfortable. I had a great view of downtown San Diego from my window and the hotel is within walking distance of the Gaslamp District and the convention center. Staff is friendly and helpful. I highly recommend the Hotel Solamar.

    09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    546. Jtc C.
    $45 a day for parking? Please...
    Rooms are nice, clean. Swank hotel. Pool area is nice if you can find a spot. Rather small. No jacuzzi. Would give this place 3.5 stars if possible. If you need to print something- plan on paying 7.95 per 15 minutes and .79 per page. Construction had us up early. If you are getting up before 7 this may be ok. If you're here for vacation it may wake you up. Overall it just seems overpriced.

    19/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    547. Jayne M.
    Great hotel.
    I've been here for weddings and we have filmed here.
    Customer service is amazing. Staff are always willing to help you with something or another. Rooms are a nice size too.
    I've sent quite a few clients to this hotel.

    02/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    548. Taylor W.
    4.5 stars (YELP- get on it with the half stars!)  My thoughts:

    1. Kimpton hotel = cute, boutique and trendy.
    2. DOG FRIENDLY.  Seriously, these they were GREAT with my two dogs.  When we checked in they gave us dog pillows, bowls and doggie bags.  SERIOUS points.
    3. Service is great.  Our room wasn't ready when we checked in so they brought us a drink from the bar gratis.  High five.
    4. The room was spacious, clean and modern.  The bathroom was HUGE as was the bathtub.  Major plus.  The view wasn't great, but there is so much construction in SD you can't really complain.
    5. Fun stuff!  There is a happy hour every day from 5-6, dog friendly, that is free for guests.  Go check it out and make new friends.  There is also a coffee bar in the lobby in the morning, and hot chocolate (seasonal) and water in the afternoons.
    6. Location is amazing.  Seriously you can walk to everything gas lamp related.
    7. Price is average for a boutique hotel.  This isn't a cheap hotel, but you definitely get what you paid for.
    8. My half star: the room service menu.  There is a restaurant attached to the hotel where you can order room service.  The dinner menu had only a few items that were all extremely expensive.

    Overall I had a wonderful experience.  I will definitely be back.

    23/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    549. Lindsey L.
    When you first get into the hotel you'll experience a very refreshing atmosphere. The staff is equipped with smiles and knowledge and are all ready to help make your stay enjoyable. The queen bed spa room fit my mother and I as well as a pack n play for my daughter.
    They lost a star because of room service, while prompt the food was sub par for such an expensive and nice hotel. To start the menu is very small, second we ordered two cheese boards and they came looking completely different with what can only be described as the remnince of what was left in the kitchen. The meat on the tray was old. the cheese on my tray was an unknown tasteless ricotta looking cheese and a small hunk of blue cheese with one strawberry and a few grapes. I've never recurved blue cheese on a cheese board unaccompanied by bread or crackers. My mother's board had a hunk of blue cheese, bree, and two triangles of a quite tasteless white cheese. Bree and blue cheese without something to spread them on.
    All and all a nice hotel with nice amenities but I would walk to one of the many delicious restaurants in gaslamp quarter rather than take your chances with room service.

    10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    550. Matthew J.
    My girlfriend and I have stayed at the Solamar three times. Prime location with awesome rooms. The hotel offers a free happy hour in the lounge to guests, which was the icing on the cake for me (so what if I'm a borderline alcoholic?!) So close to Petco you could practically handstand walk there and right near all the Gaslamp attractions. Highly recommend.

    01/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    551. Dustin W.
    We live 20 minutes away from the Solamar and this is the go-to hotel for my wife and I when we need a one night getaway from home to de-stress. The service has always been great and with lots of stuff to do within walking distance, it's a way for us to get away and have a few hours to forget all of the stresses of working our own business.  

    As for the rooms...we typically get a Master Suite and ask for a Fuji Soak tub.  There is a ton more room in the Fuji tub than there is in the Jetted Jacuzzi tubs that really only fit one person.  For us, we'd rather have the giant tub without jets that we can both fit in, than the jetted tub that only one fits in.  The rooms are big, super nice, and if you sign up for their Kimpton program, you get WiFi for free, plus perks and discounts from time to time.  

    The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is that for us, the price is a stretch.  I am not saying it is not fair...I believe it is.  It's just that our income bracket keeps us limited in the number of times per year we can stay in that nice of a room and hotel.

    04/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    552. Mark J.
    CLOSE TO CONVENTION, CLOSE TO RESTAURANTS.

    I stayed here while attending a convention in August of 2014 and I booked this hotel at least 3 months ahead so I was able to get a great deal. The things they say on the website stay true when you check in, you are welcomed with a welcome drink and if you make it during the cocktail hour, you are able to enjoy FREE wine and BEER in the area just adjacent to the main lobby (when you enter the hotel, the cocktail area is located to your left). I love their customer service and even the bellboys outside the hotel doors actually can help you with restaurant suggestions because they are local to the area and this hotel is located at the heart of the Gaslamp District where you are literally minutes walking distance from some very good restaurants.

    The ROOM is great, we have a TWO QUEENS and it is kept clean daily. The bed is very comfortable and the bathroom has a very modern feel to it. Because of its central location, you are almost guaranteed a room with a view of the city.

    The Swimming Pool area is actually the rooftop bar of the restaurant and bar attached to the hotel, but as a hotel guest, you have access to it from the hotel building via your card key to keep the building secure.

    Overall, this was a 5 star stay for me and I would come back again. It is great that it is only a little more than a 10-minute walk from the convention but I wake up every morning to excellent breakfast places around the district before I head to the event. On the days I stayed, I would wake up at 6 AM and go for a nice cool jog around town all the way to the Marina to smell the fresh air and water. EXCELLENT PLACE TO STAY IF YOU WANT TO BE CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE CONVENTION AND YET HAVE EASY ACCESS TO NIGHTLIFE AND GOOD FOOD.

    21/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    553. Risya L.
    The staff is always friendly, and always seem happy.  Usually the same people there that I see every year I come out here for comic con.

    Rooms are really clean, and the pool area is amazing with a full bar! highly recommend!

    OH, lets not forget only 2 blocks away from the convention center :)

    28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    554. Matt A.
    My wife and kids are officially huge fans of Hotel Solomar! For the last 6 years we normally take a trip out San Diego to catch our Pittsburgh Pirates play at Petco. Usually it's a go down and come back up same day kind of thing but this year we decided to switch it up last minute. This year we decided to make it a 3 day trip and not only catch all 3 Pirate games but also take the kids to SeaWorld and the Zoo. Looking online for Hotels, we decided to go with the Hotel Solomar based on how close it was to Petco.

    Upon arriving the valet gentleman asked my wife what our plans were for our stay and when she told him he ran to his desk and gave us some awesome coupons for both amusement parks and for the ballgames. Literally for the Zoo it was a kids get in for free coupon which saved us quite a bit of money.

    During check-in our kids were talking about going to the pool and overhearing that the lady checking us in tells us "I got a perfect room for you if you love going to the pool." And boy did she ever. Our room had a patio that overlooked the pool and had us literally seconds from the entrance. In the room they even went the extra mile and put two kid robes with their names on them.  Our kids loved it! The pool was great. Since we were coming up on a Sunday it was pretty "clubby" atmosphere wise and busy, but we still found a little corner of the pool for the kids to play and us to lounge so it was fun. They have a bar and food there so we spent quite some time just hanging out and having fun. Because the pool can become kind of like a club type atmosphere, the water in the pool can get a little dirty with shredded napkins and cocktail straws floating around but that didn't bother us too much, we just moved to a cleaner area. There were other times where the pool was all families so the kids had others to play and splash with. (we kept the splashing to a minimum during the club times).

    We were familiar with Gaslamp so we knew where to go when we did hit the town. This Hotel is in a PERFECT location for all of that. We were walking distance from everything so it was nice to keep the car parked and walk around. Our goal was to try a new restaurant for lunch and dinner each day and the Solomar was so close to everything it made it super convenient and possible.

    After our first experience with the Solomar, my kids could not stop talking about going back. We are Disneyland pass holders, yet all my 3 year old kept saying is "San Diego! San Diego!" The funny part was we went to a Chargers game (go there and come home), and when he heard we were going to San Diego he was excited. When he found out it was just to the game he told us "This isn't San Diego!". To him, it isn't truly San Diego unless we're at the Solomar.
    Needless to say we enjoyed our stay, so much so we've gone back 2 more times this year since then. We were so amazed by the awesome experience we had, we wanted to see if it was the norm, and it definitely was. Each time something special waiting for the kids in the room. From a fishbowl to cupcakes. The staff is super friendly and treat us amazing. My 6 year old daughter and the front desk were writing notes back and forth during our last stay, it made my wife melt. Each time we got back to the room there would be a new note waiting for her. It's little things like that which meant the most and truly shows what a good hotel is all about. They definitely go above and beyond here and we really appreciate it. We've gone a total of 3 times this year and each time was great with zero complaints. With that success record I'd safely say we found a winner.

    I am elated to see that my Pittsburgh Pirates come out this season for 4 GAMES at the end of May! We are already planning our next trip out there and will for sure be staying at the Solomar. We definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in that area including our own family and friends who might be joining us for the Pirate games this season!

    16/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    555. Bill D.
    Nice room, nice stay.
    Front desk was great but the bartender at the pool had a bad attitude the day we met him.  Small pool area but nicely done and comfy cozy.
    Overall, I'll be back...

    07/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    556. Maria W.
    I feel that the hotel isn't too strongly advertised but wow is it great!
    Free beer & wine happy hour 5-6pm
    Free coffee in the morning.
    The staff is so friendly!
    Lounging by the pool and without even asking waitress brought us water.
    Pool is so nice & relaxing!
    Our room had a great view of the harbor.

    And biggest plus is they gave a pretty significant military discount!

    Basically you can just tell this hotel places extra emphasis in taking care of their guest, with simple complimentary things that mean a lot!

    14/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    557. Sharon O.
    All in all, one of the nicest hotels I've stayed at and would happily go back again. The breakdown:

    PROS:
    -Beautiful, beautiful hotel in the heart of the Gaslamp district. Easy to walk to restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.
    -Complementary happy hour, coffee in the morning, and fruit-infused water all the time. Nice bathroom amenities as well.
    -Friendly and helpful staff from the front desk, bell-hop, bar, to cleaning people.
    -THE TUB. OMG THE DEEP SOAK TUB. Extremely luxurious and relaxing, worth the price of admission over and over. It was an incredibly romantic touch for an anniversary.
    -The pool/bar on the 4th floor was a peaceful surprise. You don't have to pay extra to lounge in a cabana or near a fireplace, either.
    -Nice gym, with yoga and hula hoops :)

    CONS:
    -Construction and noise. Could easily hear everything going on around me, especially the loud bachelorette party going on until 5am next door. Thank god for the free ear plugs!
    -Some of our sheets had some rips and stains on them. Not a big deal since they got switched out, but surprising for the quality of the hotel.
    -Our sink went berserk often, spraying on your clothes one day, no water pressure at all the next. Again, not a big deal, but inconvenient getting showered when hand washing.
    -The bathroom on the 4th floor by the bar/pool was pretty dirty, wet, and gross. I know it was the end of the day when I went, but it still didn't feel right to have wet toilet paper all over the floor.

    11/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    558. Van And Patty F.
    Excellent front desk, facilities and social hour. Room was comfortable and well lit. Pool was nice, albeit a bit hard to find a sunny spot if you sleep in. Location is minutes from most everything. Would certainly stay again.

    One thing though, the bar's carding policy could stand to be more thought through; definitely not a "everybody under thirty gets carded" kind of place. Much moreso a grab the drink out of your hand, "Let me see your ID" after it had already been served and paid for. Just a little thing, but a policy that could be more patron friendly to avoid confrontational situations. Not a big deal though.

    LOVED the bathrobes and free bike rentals.

    Be WARNED bathroom floors are VERY slippery.

    I opted to self park my car less than a block away in a public garage; much cheaper and (IMO safer) than the young men running valet.

    Overall, very enjoyable (week long) stay, highly recommended (especially if you get a deal on Priceline).

    22/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    559. Chris K.
    $50 late checkout ? I haven't paid for wi fi access in a hotel room in forever until I got here.  Reservations told us 3pm check in and the front desk told us 4pm, annoying.  We laid out by the pool and the servers were very attentive, great service.  The rooms are ok but the walls are paper thin. The restaurant downstairs was very so so.   The room rate was good but all the nickel and diming with parking and wi fi adds up.

    05/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    560. Tee K.
    At first I would've definitely left 5 stars the people were so nice and courteous and everything was so neat and clean. As I am writing my review it is my last night here and I received a phone call from the front desk stating they didn't have a credit card on file for me mind you I was in the middle of nursing my daughter to sleep. Anyway, I was asked to go down at 10:00pm to take my card (mind you I provided it upon check in) so I have to take my daughter down with me and give them my card and I explained they already had it on file and they put a hold of a near $500 on my card on top of what I had already pre paid for the room yet they want to charge me more?! The guy was nice about it and basically told me he doesn't know why I was charged a almost as I stated additional $500 and it seemed like a bit much and basically it seems as if I am the only one in the hotel that got charged that ridiculous amount. That is highly ILLEGAL especially if I was the only one charged that amount. So much for a good mothers day for myself. They ruined my trip and its still up in the air if I get my money back. I have to apparently wake up at 7am to talk to the manager. If they pin pointed me because of racial issue that would be even worse. I am beyond dissatisfied, disappointed, and upset that this happened. So no, I do not recommend this Hotel. Stay at the Sofia or the Ramada they're not as fancy but the service is guaranteed and they won't charge an additional $500 upon check in. Once again thank you for disrupting my daughters feeding so late (not all of us young people are party people and some of us do sleep and have kids) and ruining my mother's day with my family.

    09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    561. Casey C.
    After an amazing stay at the Kimpton/Burnham Hotel in Chicago, we were looking forward to staying at the Solamar last weekend in San Diego. While the hotel itself was ok, we kept finding issue with the customer service side of life there...starting with booking through their central reservation desk. We found a cheaper price via a 3rd party, tried to have central reservations match it...they were unwilling to. Fine. We booked through the 3rd party. On our way down, we called to let them know we would be checking in late, and again got the central reservations number... they said they'd let the hotel know, but when I asked to make sure the down-free room was in order (severe allergy issue for me), the guy couldn't have been more unhelpful. (including his tone when saying "ohhh, you booked through a third party'.  The disdain was obvious.)  After checking in, and having all the bedding changed out, (and noticing a significant amount of dust on the night stand)  we decided to grab a drink at their pool-side bar.  The tiny waitress made her way over to us eventually, sans menus, and asked if we were there just to hang out, or did we want a drink? After letting her know we were there to partake in libations,  she slowly walked back across the bar area to get menus. She took our drink order, without nudging when I hesitated on the snack portion of the menu. When she returned with our drinks, she had in-hand the bill and said she could take it when we were ready. Huh?? It was 10pm on a Friday...hardly last call. She never asked if we wanted anything else.  It would have taken NO effort to more than double, if not triple our tab.  We quickly decided we wouldn't be back during our 5 day stay, and commented that her tiny size must be the only reason she was hired, because it definitely wasn't her amazing service.  

    Being that CA is in the midst of a horrible drought, the signage in the bathroom directs you to hang your towels if you're willing to use them more than once, which we happily did...only to find them replaced. We figured this was a one-off....but no, every day we had room service, our towels were replaced. (but the toilet went uncleaned, and the previous visitors toothpaste splatter on the wallpaper went unnoticed)  :-(

    Upon checking out, we asked about the $10 bar credit as per the Kimpton Rewards program, only to be informed that since we booked through a third party, we weren't eligible.. but for 'future reference, you can always call central reservations and the price will be matched'.  We informed the desk agent that we had,  and in fact, had had TWO less than impressive experiences with the central reservation line.  She just sort of shrugged and said 'oh'..and proceeded to hand us the concierge business card and said to call directly 'next time'.   Why would there be a next time?  At this point, any loyalty I had toward Kimpton was pretty much sacked with her nonplussed attitude, continual sloppiness  and "can't give two F*&@%" attitude we kept encountering with the staff during our stay.  It's decidedly NOT a San Diego thing, either, as every other establishment we did business with went above and beyond in their customer care endeavors.  I'm bummed, truth be told, because we really, REALLY wanted to love this place as we did the Burnham, which excelled on EVERY level.

    09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    562. Caitlin H.
    What a terrific hotel! I loved the fact that they pretty much can supply you with anything you might have left at home. Eg. comb, toothbrush, curling iron, etc. Who lends out curling irons? That's a first for me.

    The maid was SUPER nice and gave us a BUNCH of towels, duvets, blankets, etc. We stuffed 6 girls in a 2 bed room. I love how they have large pump bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the shower, Much more environmentally conscious than using those little tiny bottles.

    All in all, we had a great time staying at this hotel. They even offer an evening cocktail mingling hour in the lobby, with complimentary wine, beer and snacks.

    10/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    563. Jennifer L.
    This is an elegant and hip hotel. My only complaint is the overnight parking price, $35-40. Everything else was great. Check-in was easy and the room was modern and comfortable. We weren't able to enjoy the rooftop pool, but it looked poppin' and fun. We had a nice view of the pool and the city.

    The location is great, walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and bars. After shopping, we joined the crowd in the lobby for champagne and wine. It was a nice touch. There were also bikes sitting out for guests to use.

    After a night out, we checked out the next morning, and there were coffee and tea sitting out in the lobby. The tea was great for our drive home. I'm looking forward to staying at more Kimpton hotels in the future.

    14/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    564. Joshua B.
    Stayed here for a night while celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary in San Diego. The room was clean and quiet which was very nice. Looked outside for a view and saw the swimming pool with lots of people outside so kept the curtains closed most of the time.

    But mainly the reason for 3 stars is because of 2 things. Honestly I actually want to give it less but other than these 2 things the stay wasn't too bad.

    First, the valet parking is $45 a night. You have the choice of parking somewhere else or paying $45. Come on yelpers! I would want to know this information more than anything else as someone looking for a hotel.

    Second, there is a huge construction going on right next to the hotel so in order to get in... I had to take a detour EVERY SINGLE TIME I WENT IN AND OUT. Keep in mind... there are multiple one way streets surrounding the hotel so it made for a less than pleasant detour EVERY SINGLE TIME I WENT IN AND OUT.

    But other than these two things the stay wasn't bad. However, the only thing to keep in mind is this... for the price you're paying... there are other hotels in the area with cheaper valet or self parking systems and no next door construction.

    If I had a choice next time... bump for sure.

    11/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    565. Derek M.
    Stayed here with the family a while back and it was top notch. People were very friendly and they even brought my daughter a pet fish since she was admiring the one at the welcome desk.

    Will be staying again in the future!

    20/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    566. Rachel Y.
    My husband and I have stayed at Kimpton hotels across the country. I love their pet policy and take my small dog everywhere so it works out. This is probably the least impressive of all the Kimptons we've visited.

    The parking charge ($45) is just insane but I'm more annoyed by the cleanliness of the room. We booked a corner spa suite and it was just ok. The rug seemed dirty and smelled, the wallpaper in the bathroom was stained and the jacuzzi was very dated and filthy. Oh and our view was of the construction next door!

    The staff is not very friendliest, I could go on and on. The location is great but that's all this hotel has going for it.

    22/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    567. Jessica L.
    Stayed for a weekend and was very impressed with this hotel.  The staff was very courteous, hotel room very clean and up to date.  They offer various complimentary items in the hotel lobby throughout the day.  Coffee and tea in the morning, and wine and beer from 5-6pm.  The pool bar was perfect for enjoying a San Diego night.  Great view of the city and a nice fire pit to sit and enjoy a glass of wine.  The Solamar is also in a fantastic location.  Walking distance to everything downtown.  Lots of options for shopping, pampering, food and drinks.  Can't wait to come back.

    13/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    568. Don B.
    I've always been a fan of the Kimpton hotel chain. They do a good job of keeping fairly unique, boutique properties that seem different enough from one another, but have some of the key core sameness that makes the ins-and-outs of hotel life comfortable.

    Take, for instance, the ubiquitous 5pm wine hour. This exists at every Kimpton property I've stayed at. So whether I'm in the tuscan-inspired craziness of a Monaco or the more subdued Solamar, I know I'll get my Two Vines or a local craft beer at 5pm, like clockwork. I also know I'll see the cute sign out front welcoming the pet guests of the day by name, and I'll likely get to pet some pooches in the parlor while enjoying my glass of free house red. It's the little things that make life nice when I'm away from home.

    That said, as far as Kimptons go, this is a great one. Location is super solid - right in the Gaslamp. The lobby is nice, with dark wood and sectioned off areas that offer a cozy feel. Staff was impeccable while I was there. The restaurant bar in the lobby closes a bit early for my taste, but my simple room service breakfast was good and delivered with haste.

    My room itself was large. It faced the pool (on the pool level) and featured a huge, deep, Japanese-style-ish jacuzzi tub. At least 3 feet deep! You know I took advantage of that. The wifi was quick (thanks for the comped access... it should be free for everyone!) and reliable. There were outlets a-plenty on the desk for all my devices. And while I didn't enjoy the pool (it was raining, if you can believe that) it looked small but decent.

    The only real downside to my stay was the insane construction racket happening during the daytime hours. Since I work remote I spend a lot of time in-room on my computer, and I could hear the lobby construction even up on the 4th floor. However I'm sure (hopeful) that this is a temporary thing. And aside from that nuisance, I can't say I'd need or expect anything more from this hotel, especially for the price.

    Bravo Kimpton, another fine job. And thanks to the Solamar folks for the great hospitality.

    18/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    569. Sam D.
    The staff was very nice and the hotel was pretty clean but there were a few things that would keep us from returning to this hotel:

    - the room was a bit smelly (musty) and it didn't seem to go away the whole time we were there.

    - the walls are thin - there wasn't a time that we couldn't hear people on the phone or yelling in the hallways.

    -there wasn't a fan in the bathroom; being in a relatively humid area, in a tiny little room, with no fan in the bathroom means super steamy room (for quite a while) when anyone takes a shower.

    -the pool area is super tiny and you have to fight for space to lay out. The staff up there is nice, though. The drinks are weak (sorry to say so bluntly); maybe because I live in Vegas and we do pools differently, but the drinks were just very disappointing.

    -$45/night for valet - I know this is somewhat average for the area, but seriously; you have people staying at the hotel, with parking structures one to two blocks away that charge max. $15/day. Offer a higher package rate that includes overnight valet at a 20% discount off regular valet charges or something - little things go a long way.

    Good parts
    -the restaurant is very good; super cute decor and friendly service; good food

    -the price for the hotel was pretty reasonable; you get what you pay for.

    -I didn't use it, but I believe wifi was free if you sign up for the rewards program; free wifi is good.

    Didn't have a bad weekend, just would select another hotel for our preferences next time we're in the area.

    27/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    570. Tera E.
    We really had a great time during our stay at Hotel Solmar. We chose it based on its pet policy and that some friends had recommended the gas lamp district. The other perks like free happy hour, free drink coupons, and complimentary yoga were also great. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. The parking is a little pricy but very convenient - especially if there are events going on downtown. I really loved the location! There were so many great shops, bars and restaurants close by. Every morning my pup and I would grab a (free!) delicious tea in the lobby and walk down to the waterfront. Perfect! My only small complaint was that there were pup names on a chalkboard when you walked in to the hotel but my Gracie never ended up on there. Thankfully she can't read yet and didn't notice ;) Can't wait for our next visit!

    17/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    571. Shelly C.
    To start with something positive, the employees are all very nice.  They take a personal interest in their guests. Now...onto the rest. The pool area is nice looking BUT you can't get any food or drinks up there unless it's high season. Also, they told my sister that she couldn't have a baby in the pool bar area after 9pm and threatened to call the police on her...we were surrounded by friends and family and my sister had to leave.

    The room was weird, there was nowhere to put your clothes. The closet for about 5 hangers and they shives this giant white shelving unit in it which was weird. Beds were moderately comfortable. Basically the room was set up to look good in pictures with no real substance.

    14/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    572. Shu Jin S.
    Great stay for a work trip. I kind of liked the personal email I received before my arrival. They asked for a photo of someone you'll miss while you're away from home and as a surprise, they print out the photos and leave them in your room pin board. As a new puppy parent, it made me miss my pup just a little less!

    There's a great pool/bar area, the rooms are lovely and a NORMAL large hair dryer.

    Excellent customer service too, especially the folks who check you in/out. I'd stay here again.

    10/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    573. Matthew L.
    Hotel Solamar is always going to have a special place in my heart because it was the very first Kimpton Hotel I stayed at.   I had chosen the Hotel Solamar because it offered a perfect location that was close by all the neat downtown eats while being relatively close (15-20 min walk) to the SD Convention Center.  Also, the reviews looked awesome on Yelp and I was enticed by the nightly wine hour & loyalty program (then called "InTouch").

    Last year in April, I was coming down to SD for a conference, and tried to find cheap hotel options.  Most hotels in the downtown area tend to be expensive (especially if it's close to the convention center), but for me... I was pretty lucky with the Hotel Solamar.  As a AAA member, I was able to snag a pretty good rate.  So the best thing to do is to book early (since with anything...rates tend to be better when you book earlier than latr).  Prior to my stay, I had joined the free InTouch program to enhance my stay with (1) raid the minibar benefits, (2) free WiFi, and (3) being able to set my "stay preferences".

    During check-in, the front desk staff were friendly and cordial.  They were able to pull my personal information up, being able to provide me with a room that met my "stay preferences".  I had listed myself as "doctor" in my personal profile, and to my surprise, the front desk staff referred to me as "doctor". I was very impressed by how the staff were able to honor my personal preferences.  Furthermore, to my surprise, I was also offered an upgraded room to a corner junior suite at no extra charge.  Not sure why, because at the time I was not an Inner Circle member (this being my very first Kimpton experience)...but I was definitely pleased and impressed with the hospitality and generosity of the upgrade!  

    My room was pretty amazing... I was so happy with the trendy, spacious swanky room I had... from the cool leopard print robes, to the extra comfy bed, to the wonderfully smelling Gilchrist & Soames bath products (including fun bath salts!)... With all these great amenities...I felt like I was tasting a bit of heaven.  The pretty cool thing about the junior suite that I had was the separate living room and bedroom areas separated by sliding doors.  These sliding doors were a nice touch as they were the "ear plugs" of the room-- blocking out sound that could potentially radiate from the front door (e.g. elevator noise, or slamming doors outside).

    With the great amenities, great customer service and central location in downtown SD, Hotel Solamar created a great first impression of the Kimpton hotel product and was what inspired me to stay (i.e. try out) out other Kimptons across the nation.  Thanks for an awesome stay, and hope to see you again sometime soon when I visit SD!

    04/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    574. richard f.
    Stayed here over the weekend. Gave me a room that had a connecting room. The people next door were talking loud all nit. At 3:30 in the morning I called down to the front desk, they called security. By 4:30 they finally shut up and then woke up at 7 in the morning and they were at it again. did not sleep all night. Woudnt you think that they should tell people that are in connecting rooms that they need to shut it down after 10? they moved my room and gave me one day of free parking and a 50 dollar credit. Thought they should of done more considering I did not get to sleep all nite. would never stay here again. Bad enough they drain you on the parking fee. used to be a cleaner hotel. bad experience

    18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    575. Jenny C.
    Beautiful rooms, (the bathroom and the bedroom mirrors were amazing!) Awesome staff, front staff was amazing as well as management. The bar is amazing of course. Very comfortable beds. I recommend parking at the hotel- I tried to get by by street parking- thought I scored and got a ticket! Perfect location right by the Gaslamp. Awesome stay and property, can't wait to go back!

    22/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    576. Chris C.
    $45 per night for parking. This hotel has by far the most expensive parking in the area.

    After being annoyed with the parking situation, upon entering our room for the first time it was filthy and smelled terrible. The pillows were messed up and looked like somebody was sleeping on the bed before we got there. We were accommodated to another room on a higher floor with a somewhat nice view although one side had a new construction blocking out everything.

    Also I was under the impression that each room had the jacuzzi tub when I asked the front desk he said yes, NO they do not. It's at least a $50 per night upgrade.

    Not a fan of this hotel, I've stayed at The Manchester  Grand Hyatt and the Hilton in San Diego and had much better experiences at those locations and will be staying there my next visit.

    Unfortunately Hotwire let me down. This should not be a 4 Star Hotel.

    21/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    577. Carl S.
    Local San Diego hotel right in the middle of the gaslamp.

    Great place to stay while padres are in town walking distance to the park

    Rooms are clean and neat. The staff is great on customer service.  

    Loved our stay and will being come back for sure. Great San Diego. Local getaway!!

    15/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    578. Lauren O.
    Just spent two nights here.

    Pros: Convenient location in gaslamp, very friendly staff, free wifi if you join their reward program, umbrella in the closet as we were there while it rained, big bath tub with jets, on site parking, we didn't use them but they had cute touches like a happy hour for guests, bikes you could use and an honor pay bar with a lot of choices, and a DVD player in our room, along with a yoga mat and leopard robes.

    Cons: Like other reviews have said very expensive valet during your stay but you do have in/out privileges, king size bed didn't have a fitted sheet on it but what appears to be a waterproof pad and a flat sheet on top of that, bath tub is incredibly noisy to fill and drain and the jets are loud so they are more annoying than relaxing. The fridge in our room had a weird smell, but in their defense we didn't bother having it looked at. Just would have been nice if it didn't smell like it had been recently defrosted and left sitting. There is no coffee maker in room, which was disappointing. Also there is construction going on, and in order to have any natural lighting it felt like workers about easily be able to see in, hopefully it won't be a problem with whatever that building ends up being used as.

    Overall it was a reasonable price for our last minute staycation. It wasn't anything to write home about, but it wasn't the bates motel either.

    16/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    579. Kristi R.
    My best friend and I stayed here for a girls weekend away.  We didn't want to stay at a typical large hotel.  This "boutique" hotel was great. Our room was nice, clean, and had a large bathroom so we could both get ready at the same time.  We loved the outdoor pool bar.  The music was great and the bartenders were a lot of fun.  

    The best thing about this hotel was that I left 2 dresses and a new ipad in the closet when we checked out.  I didn't realize it till we were home.  I called and they called me back a few hours later and they had the items and they were shipped to me.  I was so worried they would be taken and I'm sure they could've easily been taken by the cleaning staff but thankfully they were not!  

    We will return!!!

    17/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0