Hotel Solamar San Diego

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Hotel Solamar San Diego

4 star

Rooms: 235

435 6th Avenue - San Diego - California - 92101 - United States Hotel Website | | 6195318740
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Reviews - Hotel Solamar San Diego

An excellent comfortable hotel
Submitted by: Ruth Soferman in 02/07/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: Israel
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Very nice, good location, very clean, nice and polite stuff, pampered rooms.
1 out of 1 reader found this review helpful
Great Hotel / GreatTime
Submitted by: Laura Crewse in 22/05/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
Stayed on May 20 for a girls night out. Your hotel is awsome! We loved the decor and the rooms. We missed the wine reception however we did start our night a Z bar and had great food and drinks. We are planning to visit again and we highly recommend your hotel.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Solamar San Diego

Fantastic stay!

from ChicagoTraveler3
We had a great stay at this hotel. The check-in process was quick, and the front desk staff was extremely friendly. The hotel decor is hip and fun, and our room was clean. I loved the Aveda toiletries! We had lunch poolside. It was a bit chilly, but snagged seats next to the fireplace. There was a manager's reception (ie free wine), which was a nice touch. I would definitely stay here again, especially if going to a Padres game. The hotel is only a block away.

Lovely Hotel--Poor Service. Does not live up to hype.

from Danni0005
I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in August. GORGEOUS property! BUT, it is NOT what it should be. It is just OK, and it could be outstanding!

Firstly, I had 1 bar of soap in my bathroom, and it is kind of an inconvience to have to keep transferring it back and forth from sink to shower. Yes, it is great soap, but 2 bars would have been nice. The water in the shower was cool to lukewarm at best each time I took a shower.

In the literature it states they have "turndown service." They say that rooms are "refreshed." When I returned to my room, in the evening, it had not been touched. I called down to the front desk and they said I had to request turndown service. I wish they would have let me know that or mention it at check-in or in the literature. I travel frequently and know what turndown service it! When you have to request it they usually let you know that.

So, the next night I return to my room and the pillows are put on the floor. I guess that is turndown service? At a Kimpton Hotel? I don't think so. My towels were still on the floor (from my cold shower). My room service tray was still outside my room (I had room service at 4:30 pm--it was STILL outside my door at 2 am!).

Which brings me to room service...... I called about 3 pm and no one answered. I was transferred to the front desk after several attempts to get in touch w/ someone at room service. THey said they "must be out on a call," and I'd have to call back. So, after 45 min there is still no one in room service. THe guy at the front desk told me a bunch of people had quit, so they were short staffed. It took over an hour just to place an order! The front desk ended up taking my order. When it was taking way too long I called room service and finally got someone. THe guy apologized as the front desk had not even placed my order!

Then, after noon the first day my keys did not work. I had to go back to the front desk and wait for them to check 4 people in before I could get a new key.

The part that bugs me about this is that I wrote a letter detailing these problems to the GM, Ms. Richardson. I wrote it on 8/31. Today is 10/7 and I have not heard a word from this hotel. You would think that they would at least acknowledge my letter. I waited to see if I would hear from them before I wrote my review here...

Was it an awful stay? NO. But it is not a Kimpton caliber hotel. I would not have minded if I was paying $79 a night--but I most certainly was not paying a low rate!

I am, however, staying there again tomorrow night as I do love the lounge. We'll see if there have been any changes. I hope so!

Wonderful experience at the Solamar

from myohmy
This is a boutique hotel with emphasis on design. The decor was well chosen, with elements that are usually overlooked in conventional chain hotels. The room reminded me of bedrooms in model homes in which the designer placed items that makes the room look "home-y".
We stayed during the Labor holiday and got an excellent rate. I had read reviews that advised you to ask for a room away from the pool to avoid the noise from the bar. I also asked a room away from the elevator to avoid foot traffic by our door when I booked the room on line. When we checked in, they acknowledged my request and gave us a spacious, quiet room. The bed was luxurious and the furnishings brand new. The only issue I had was the choice of the bathroom sink. It was shallow and sloped, so drainage was an issue. The faucet head was also so high above the sink that it caused a lot of splashing.

The pool area gets very crowded and it seems that quite a few people who were poolside during the day were not hotel guests. At night when the bar opens up, they charge admission to non-guests and ask hotel guests to show their room key for free admission. If they did that during the day, it might have made the pool experience more pleasant. That being said, the pool is a trendy hotspot right now and great for people watching.

All in all, it was a very pleasant stay.

Beautiful Hotel with Service Glitches

from A TripAdvisor Member
i stayed at the Solamar over a recent weekend and was generally impressed with the design of the hotel and its rooms (except for the lack of towel racks or hooks in the bathroom on which to hang used towels (i prefer not to leave them on the floor)). in particular, the pool/bar on the fourth floor roof-deck is outstanding. the staff, however, was hit or miss.

the valet staff was very friendly and helpful in providing diretions to an out-of-towner, yet the front desk had some problems. in particular, the hotel had misplaced a federal express envelope i was expecting (and had warned them would be arriving). when i came back to the hotel from a day out exploring and checked at the front desk for the delivery, not only could no one locate the envelope, but i was surprised at how little the staff seemed to care that it was missing (even after i gave them the name of the person on their staff who signed for the delivery). although the envelope was later found, i expected a hotel which bills itself as four stars to be far more tuned in to business of its patrons.

apart from this mishap, however, the stay was lovely. again, a beautiful hotel with some service glitches.

Great Designer Hotel - If only the staff were a bit better!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Was in San Diego for the annyal NBTA conference this past week (Aug 14-18) and had a room at the Solamar. Hotel looks and feels GREAT. Lobby is small and cozy with lots of designer details and a really home feel. Evenings at the lobby come with a complimentary wine reception and some funky chinese painting game called the budaboard!! Room coridors are vibrant with black and grey colours and wooden ceiling funs. ROOMS are some of the best I have ever seen (and I am a hotelier). I had a corner room (535) which was huge with three large windows and views over the pool and the outside. designer details everywhere, comfy pillows, gorgeous business desk with all facilities and aveda products in a marine tile bathroom made my stay too comfortable. Too bad that the service was lacking so much. Hotel seems to be understaffed and it was almost impossible to get mini-bar to replenish mineral water in roon. Wake up calls were neglected and room service would not deliver on time. Check-in and check-out was with no problems but again staff could not really care less about their job!!!! Only good service received was housekeeping that would replenish everything daily (including AVEDA products...) Overall a really nice hotel that if it improves on its staff has all the fonts to become a top San Diego attraction.

Ready to rock!

from Matt89
I was very pleased with my stay at this hotel. The rooms were nice, staff friendly and the pool area is fantastic. I just hope the staff stays friendly and does not get too cocky. Most of the servers at the pool were nice but a few had a little attitude throw-in. I liked the decor but if I had to describe it, it would take 10 years. I loved the ceiling fans in the hallways but was with those huge white ceramic birds?

I would love to stay here again!

Loved the Hotel Solamar

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Solamar for five nights -July 15-20, 2005. The decor of the hotel is absolutely stunning. I asked Shoulyn ( a wonderful courteous staff person) about the designer. Ten minutes later she called my room with the contact information. Our room had two views. One of the Jbar a cool upscale sixthfloor bar and pool area. It had cabanas and fire pits. Nice size crowds and good music. The other view was of Petco Park, there was agame one night and the Padres drew a large crowd. We had dinner during the game at Oceanaire-faboulous fresh seafood. This hotel sits withinn walking distance of everything downtown. We will definately stay at this hotel again. We have to come back in the fall because our favourite restaurant; The Palm will open in November. (the place to be and be seen.) We plan to ask for the same room. If you like wine tastings in the evening, young upwardly mobile professionals, you'll enjoy your stay the Hotel Solamar.

Great Hotel /Great Staff

from SoCalTravelGuys
We decided to go to San Diego this past weekend and so I went to a few discount travel sites searching for 2 rooms . I searched all the 4-5 stars hotel available and couldn't find any that were under $269.00 per night. I then decided to go to a website where you make on offer of what you are willing to pay for a 4-5 star rated hotel. So I thought what the heck, I'll offer $150.00 per night and see what comes up. Well was I surprised when the Hotel Solimar accepted my offer. (After we arrived at the hotel we realized this hotel was worth WAY more then what we payed.) I never heard of the Hotel Solimar before and I have been going to San Diego for years. So I then did a search on the Solimar through and read the reviews. The hotel just opened in April and the reviews were mixed but I thought how bad can it be? I later called the Solimar and requested that our 2 rooms be adjoining or at least on the same floor. The reservationist said there would be no problem. When arrived at the Solimar and upon entering the lobby we knew were were in the right place. Its asian inspired decor, the dark woods and friendly staff set the stage for a great weekend for us. We checked into our room before our travel companions and were very impressed by what we saw. We were given rooms on the 10th floor.
It's the highest floor and our room was over looking Petco Ball Park. We were fortunate enough to be there during a Pardres game and we could watch the game from our window . When we opened it we could hear the roar and the cheers of the crowd. The room was decorated in a trendy/ funky style. The bed was extemely comfortable with lots of pillows and a big feather comforter you could get lost in. You'll get a kick out of the big fluffy animal print robes in the closet. Our friends arrived about an hour later and their room was directly across the hall from us . What a view they had. Right over the pool area and as a big added treat a huge fireworks display started a few blocks away just as we all entered their room. As for the staff everyone was extremely friendly from the front desk clerks to the house keeping staff and especially the valet.Even the guests we met in the elevators were friendly.There was always a smile or a "how are you" when someone stepped on to the elevator . The hotel is SO convieniently located to everything in the San Diego area. Your in the Gaslamp distict and a few miniutes drive by car your at Balboa Park/Zoo and the Hillcrest area. Our only complaint is the $24.00 parking fee. All in all its a Great hotel and we will definately be back again.
Mark P.
Long Beach, CA.

Great Hotel - Small Problems, though

from A TripAdvisor Member
We decided to take a last minute weekend trip to San Diego and stayed at the Hotel Solamar. It is a very nice hotel - great decor and great staff. The rooms are a little small but the sheek decor makes up for that in my book. The bed has to be the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in, even better than mine at home. The only problem we encountered was due to the pool area on the 4th floor. It's a beautiful pool,bar area, and it closes at midnight...and you know when it closes because all of the drunkards come right into the 4th floor lobby to get the elevator and go to wherever they are supposed to go and they are not quiet about it. We stayed on the 4th floor so maybe this was louder than if we had been on another floor but really - this went on for about 1/2 an hour to 45 minutes. Next time I would request to stay on a different floor - and away from the pool area - I felt like I was sleeping in the middle of a bar. Other than that is was a beautiful hotel and great staff.

Not Trendy, Question Business Practices

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Hotel Solamar is the first hotel of many I have reviewed that deserve a "terrible" rating. I normally rate very high, so it is a bummer this hotel could not live up to basic standards. The Hotel Solamar seeks to be trendy in ways that many hotels such as The Standard in Los Angeles have perfected. However, the Solamar fails to meet the expectation of those customers who are truly seeking an alternative boutique hotel. This hotel does not compare to the great hotels located in Coronado or even the Marriott that is right next door. The Solamar praises that it is a 4 star hotel and that it offers customers seeking a trendy alternative a great hotel, but the hotel fails to provide much in the way of true value or 4-star quality. The highlight of the hotel is probably the pool, but the atmosphere can easily be compared to most "pick-up joints' and the drinks are extremely over-priced. The servers at the pool bar mistake giving customers attitude with being trendy. The hotel overall feels fake. Truly great trendy hotels or nice hotels do not need to pretend to be sheek or trendy, it happens automatically without effort. This hotel fails in many regards of offering customers a truly fun stay. I think most importantly I was disappointed with the hotel in regards to being overcharged. The Hotel Solamar wrongfully charged my credit card for a night. Upon notifying them of the mistake, it took them well over a week to correct and they never apologized. Somehow the hotel was upset with me for complaining that they overcharged my card. In addition, after correcting their accounting mistake, the Hotel Solamar went back and charged me for parking that they mistakenly left off the first bill. I came here for business and represent a mult-billion dollar company and this hotel was shameless in their business practices of overcharging me. My company will be sure to hear about this financial error. I must say I love great hotels more than just about anything in my life and I believe in unbiased reviews. I just can't get excited by this hotel based on my experience, I would strongly suggest visiting some of the other classic hotels in San Diego. If you want trendy, please try The Standard in Downtown Los Angeles, you will love it much better then the Hotel Solamar. The Hotel Solamar is disappointing and those reading this review are strongly advised to seek a more classy hotel for their stay.

Top Local Tips for San Diego

Reservations Recommended If you plan on having dinner in the Gaslamp on a weekend, I would make reservations because the nicer restaurants can definitely get crowded with long waitlists.

Something different -A haunted Limo Ride!!! - Fun eclectic evening entertainment This was one of the coolest, most different experience I have done to date! Ushered all around Old town / downtown/ the marina/ del mar/ and the gaslamp district in a wonderful hummer limo with a group of 8 or so other patrons to check out the "most haunted" locations in san diego! Narrated by a wonderful hostess in victorian dress that is oh so knowledgable on all the local haunts and city secrets!!! Wonderful entertainment for believer and sceptic alike!!!!

Something different -A haunted Limo Ride!!! - Fun eclectic evening entertainment This was one of the coolest, most different experience I have done to date! Ushered all around Old town / downtown/ the marina/ del mar/ and the gaslamp district in a wonderful hummer limo with a group of 8 or so other patrons to check out the "most haunted" locations in san diego! Narrated by a wonderful hostess in victorian dress that is oh so knowledgable on all the local haunts and city secrets!!! Wonderful entertainment for believer and sceptic alike!!!!


Other names for Hotel Solamar San Diego

  • kimpton san diego
  • hotel solamar san diego
  • hotel solamar
  • Address: 435 6th Avenue - San Diego - California - 92101 - United States
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