The pool, which gets all the hype, is neat. Very lounge like with big screen TV's and nice ambience....but the rest of the hotel needs a serious upgrade in management. I honestly can't say I have ever seen dirty carpet to this extreme in any hotel. Large dust bunnies in the recessed areas at the entrance of most doorways, less than average in room cleanliness, and a very odd smell..particularly in some hallways. Maybe this is due to a pet friendly policy, but it smelled more like must/mold than pet chemicals. I will say that one housekeeping staff was very good, and one of the girls at the front desk was very friendly and nice with directions, however another acted as if the last place she wanted to be was working at the front desk of a hotel. We also had a door key issue when we checked in late one night that ended up with maintenance working on our door at 11pm at night. Sorry neighbors! This was after 2 keys would not work upon check-in. We asked for another (equal) room instead the might be quieter anyway, since we had prerequested a quiet room and ours was right outside the pool area where the action can get loud at night, but they were bound and determined to fix the door and wanted to move us the next day instead. This allowed us two different floors, one MUCH cleaner than the other, but I can not in good conscience recommend this hotel for anyone but those under 25 that are there to party and crash. The drunken, falling guys in the lobby area one night make this apparent as well as the lack of seriousness in upkeep of this hotel.
- 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