"An elegant hotel in the gaslamp district" Hotel Solamar - A Kimpton Hotel Tip by ari1974

Hotel Solamar - A Kimpton Hotel, San Diego: 1,834 reviews and 7 photos

  The room. Great view of Petco Park.
by ari1974
  • The room.  Great view of Petco Park. - San Diego
      The room. Great view of Petco Park.
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  • Bathroom with jacuzzi tub - San Diego
      Bathroom with jacuzzi tub
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  • The hotel put together a great floral arrangement - San Diego
      The hotel put together a great floral arrangement
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  • View of Petco Park out the window - San Diego
      View of Petco Park out the window
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  • View of the hotel from Petco Park - San Diego
      View of the hotel from Petco Park
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I booked this hotel as part of a weekend getaway to San Diego with my fiancee. We were quite happy we stayed at Hotel Solamar, because of its fantastic location, elegance, and comfort.

I knew I was going to propose that weekend, so I went a bit luxurious and booked a Corner Spa Guest Room. It turned out to be relatively affordable (only about 25% more than a normal room), and well worth the difference.

The room itself was amazing (see the pictures). It has a huge jacuzzi tub, and a fantastic view of Petco park and the gaslamp quarter.

The hotel interior is a bit dark, but elegant, and they had complimentary drinks each day at 5. Given its location, the hotel actually had almost too many amenities -- if you are in the middle of the gaslamp quarter in San Diego, it seems almost overkill to have a great hotel pool area with a full bar. That said, the number of guests who were there when we checked it out indicates that quite a few people just wanted to spend the day chilling out by the pool, rather than exploring more of the area.

A few downsides:
Because of the central location, you can definitely hear the noise from the gaslamp quarter. Even on the 8th floor, it was still pretty loud. This might be less pronounced if you aren't in a corner room, or weren't facing Petco Park.

Parking in almost any hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter is ridiculously expensive, and Hotel Solamar is no exception -- it will cost you $36/night (half as much if you have a hybrid). They disclose this upfront on the website.

Unique Qualities: Great location -- In the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter

Spa rooms:
View of Petco Park
Jacuzzi Tub
Incredibly comfortable (great couch, comfortable bed)

4th floor pool area

Free drinks once a day

Address: 435 6th Ave, San Diego, California, 92101, United States
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Gaslamp district in San Diego
Phone: 619-531-8740
Price: US$180 and up
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://www.hotelsolamar.com/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 12, 2011
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