The Room: Above average and very clean. The furnishings and feel of the room seem to be geared to attract a younger, hipper bunch but nothing is drastically outlandish (except maybe the leopard print bathrobe). The size of the room is average and is well appointed with large raffia headboards, comfortable beds with exceptionally comfortable down (or likely faux down) pillows and elegant, modern furnishings. The view was nothing spectacular, but I could see the stands of Petco field (home to the San Diego Padres baseball team) and some of the 4th level roof/pool area (Yes, there’s a pool). Rooms on the other side of the hotel are likely to have better views. Snacks and mini-bar are well stocked and prices are average (for example, I paid $5 for an Amstel Light). The bathroom was spacious and stocked with Aveda shampoos and soaps…because who couldn’t use a little aromatherapy?
Service: Average. Check-in was quick but not particularly friendly. The attendant seemed to be in a hurry to get the process over with but supplied me with a bottle of California Merlot (as they do for all guests) upon check in. That made it a little better. Everyone else provided me with average to slightly above average service from the Valet to the guest services attendant who brought me toothpaste.
Perks: Free bottle of wine and free coffee service in the morning. Nothing else comes included in your stay, but there are tons of options for food, drinks, etc right outside in the gaslamp area. View Larger Map
Location: Above Average. Doesnt seem to me like you could get too much closer to the middle of everything…at least not for the price I paid. Whether you’re there to walk around the Gaslamp district or hop the light rail to the Zoo, just about everything is accessible.
Lobby: While the decor and feel of this hotel lends itself to a younger crowd, but I did notice couples and families of all ages. Plenty of space for meeting guests, relatives, clients in their lounge area.
Parking: Below average only because of price. $32 a day seemed excessive to me but might be the best option for 24 hour access to your vehicle.
Overall: Above Average. Modern with welcoming decor and a mostly friendly staff, Hotel Solamar is a great place to stay in San Diego. Comfortable rooms and convenience to attractions also make for a great visit.
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