The Bottom Line
They're also extremely pet friendly, accepting pets of any kind and size, with no extra fees. They also have rooms that are pet-free, if you prefer.
- Good location near Gaslamp, PETCO Park and the convention center
- Clean, modern design
- Generous pet policies
- Noise from the street can leak into rooms on lower floors
- Housekeeping is not the best (mold in the shower)
- Lots of hotels do it, but we think it's a negative: they charge for Wireless Internet
- Hotel Solamar San Diego
435 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA
877-230-0300 (reservations), 619-819-9500, 619-819-9539 (fax)
- 235 rooms and suites
- Valet parking (expensive), but reduced for hybrid vehicles
- WiFi for a fee (free for Kimpton InTouch members)
- Fitness Center
- Standard amenities for a boutique hotel
- 100% non-smoking
- Restaurant on premises, 24-hour room service, morning coffee/tea, afternoon wine hour
- Pet friendly (any kind, any size - no extra fees) - they also have pet-free rooms
- Earth-friendly toiletries, organic snacks, water- and energy-conserving features
Guide Review - Hotel Solamar San Diego
It's similar to lots of other hotels that have opened in the past few years, with the standard palette: taupe, brown and aqua. Rooms at the Hotel Solamar San Diego are stylish, with all the amenities you'd expect: flat panel television, a cozy love seat and well-arranged working area. The bathroom was so big that loud noises made an echo.
The fourth floor outdoor bar and pool area is pleasant and has great city views. During the day, you can lounge in a private cabana by the pool and at night, LOUNGEsix is a popular place for evening cocktails, especially on a balmy, summer evening. The staff seems to be keeping it quiet enough that it doesn't disturb those in rooms overlooking it.
However, the Hotel Solamar San Diego can't do quite so much about everyone else. This part of San Diego can be noisy at night, especially on weekends, with noise from surrounding bars and night spots leaking into the rooms, including the one we stayed in, three levels above the street.
A couple of things you should know about the Hotel Solamar San Diego: Their parking fee seems high at first, but is actually on par with other hotels in same area. The tap water tastes terrible and bottled water sold in the room is $5.50 per liter. We'd suggest bringing your own. Also, our corner king room had lots of space, but from reading other visitors' reviews, it appears that not all are equal and some can be quite small.
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