My friend and I decided that after the previous year of staying way out in Mission Valley for Comic Con, we'd move in closer. We chose the Hotel Solamar because it seemed like the happening place to be during the entire Comic Con invasion. Boy were we right!
The hotel itself is beautifully decorated and very welcoming. We didn't partake in the Wine Happy Hour, but the set up was simple. We had plenty of room for us in our double room and the bathroom was clean and tidy. All the staff we encountered were friendly, helpful and just great.
The roof top pool was a perfect spot to spend an afternoon, soaking up rays (or enjoying a cabana) and getting a cool drink too. Any day the pool was actually open, we were there relaxing before heading out into the street.
The hotel is situated just at the start of the Gas Lamp District and is in walking distance of shops and restaurants in the area. We didn't need a car for anything and only took a taxi or bus for the zoo and the shopping center downtown.
And of course, this was the hotel headquarters of the SyFy channel, the FX Maxim pool party, and other parties during the week. So celebrity sightings were daily. Stars from the SyFy channel shows were always coming and going (as they stayed at the hotel as well). We also saw Danny DeVito, Kristen Bauer van Straten (Pam from True Blood), David Zayas and C.S. Lee (Dexter), and Elijah Wood just to name a few.
All in all, excellent trip to a great hotel. I highly reccommend staying here and know I will when I return in the future...whether it's for Comic-Con or not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the apex of cosmopolitan downtown San Diego, the boutique Kimpton Hotel Solamar lounges between the exciting Gaslamp Quarter, trendy East Village and stunning San Diego Convention Center. These vibrant neighborhoods complement the luxury hotel's coastal cool décor and personable service. Home to the sassy rooftop LOUNGEsix and adjacent Jsix restaurant, Hotel Solamar is also moments from PETCO Ballpark, San Diego Bay, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo and miles of beaches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton San Diego
- Hotel Solamar San Diego