Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel San Diego
Being locals we decided to celebrate our anniversary for two nights in our town. The building and facilities are up to par of a Marroitt or Hyatt. The rooms are smaller but its in the middile of the gas lamp action. Very fun hopping five square blocks. The basic standards of having clean windows, getting daily maid service and the advertised robes were details I have never had to correct. The $24 daily parking fee would have been ok if I had known and could have had contact with my car without the services of a valet. Even today Hotel Solamar does not mention you will pay to see your car after you've checked in. Make plans to hold them accountable to basic standards and expect parking to average $30 per day. If you are willing to to that you'll have fun. If not stay on the bay at the Hyatt or Marriott.
I stayed at the Hotel Solamar for a week in early May, and actually got to experience their fantastic Grand Opening! The bed was probably the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on, ever! My room and bathroom matched what is shown on the Internet (not one of those cases where the hotel only shows the grand suite on their website, and their other rooms don't even come close). The hotel was immaculate. I had a room overlooking the pool and bar. I was not bothered by noise, but then again I was not in the room trying to sleep at an early hour! There seemed to be a large number of staff around the hotel, and they were all very nice and always greeted me. The hotel is definitely "design-oriented" and can have some of that "attitude", especially by some of the guests. As a design professional, however, I was not bothered by that. I did not eat at the restaurant, and found the drinks at the pool bar to be pricy, but you have to experience the ambience at least once! I also did not park a car, as I walked or used public transportation to get around. I am trying to get a room at the Solamar for my next trip in January.
Trendy but needs work on the basics
The hotel facilities are great - classy bars and restaurants but they can't seem to get down the basics. I ordered room service at 8:00am on a Tuesday morning and had to call several times just to get someone to answer. Then it took about an hour to get oatmeal delivered. The coffee maker in the room was also broken so I had to wait for coffee as well. Not to mention that each time I called for something they said Hello Mr. Brown - which was not my name. This hotel seems to focus too much on the Trendy aspects of things but has trouble taking care of very basic hotel responsibilities.
The decor of this hotel is very contemporary, the details such as the bathroom tile used, bathroom sink, and towels were exquisite. The bathroom has a great showerhead and the towels are not the usual thin hotel standard but a very plush thick white. Aveda bath products are provided which were very nice. The bed is pretty comfortable, the linens very nice. There is a flat screen tv that comes with a dvd player and a mini bar. Also provided are two very sexy plush robes for your use in the room; one in a leopard print and one in zebra stripes. I took a new one home for a $75. It is lushious!
My husband and I had the amazing opportunity to spend four days in San Diego and chose this hotel. We had a wonderful experience! From the moment we checked in to this property to four days later when we left, it couldn't have been a better stay.
Hotel Solamar is a brand new hotel in downtown San Diego. Being brand new has its pros and cons. Let me explain.
My Wife and I stayed at the Solamar the weekend of 5/7 for our Birthdays and had an unbelievable experience. Do yourself a favor and stay at the Solamar. The hotel is beautiful. Rich organic earth tones combined with a swanky atmosphere are evident throughout.
The Hotel Solamar is the latest location in the Kimpton Group's chain of boutique hotels. All of the distinctive Kimpton touches are there - evening wine reception, premium morning coffee, very comfortable bed, Aveda toiletries, great upscale restaurant on-site. The hotel is on the edge of the Gaslamp entertainment district, so there are plenty of bars, restaurants and a movie theater within walking distance. Due to the newness of the facility, the staff seemed eager but unpolished. Also, the rooms were somewhat smaller than usual--the desk was at the foot of the bed, and it would be very difficult for someone to walk between the desk and the bed if anyone was sitting there. Valet parking was a bit pricey at $24 and there did not appear to be on-site self parking available, but there are cheaper third party lots nearby. Overall, I enjoyed my stay and recommend the Solamar, particularly if you like your hotel with attitude (modern decor, loud music piped throughout the ground floor).
A Great Start ...
We have just returned from a weekend at the new Hotel Solamar. Its a wonderful property with great staff, all of whom treated our yorkie like the little person we think she is. The rooms are well appointed with great beds and amenities. The location is within easy walking distance of load of attractions. The only downside was the service in "J-Six", the restaurant associated with the hotel. The entrance from the hotel is effectively through the service area of the restaurant, which is a little uncomfortable, and the service left quite a bit to be desired. You won't starve though, as there are tons of great restaurants in the surrounding area.
Worth a visit
We stayed at Hotel Salomar for 2 nights about two weeks after it opened. Staff members were enthusiastic and friendly if a bit uninformed. I suppose they haven't had long to get up to speed on the neighborhood but our questions seemed to stump them. The pool and health club had not opened yet. I wish the Kimpton representative had mentioned this when I made the reservation a mere 5 days before arrival. Given more time to work out the kinks, The Salomar will be worth a visit due to the great location and gorgeous rooms.