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Great location in downtown San Diego, the Palomar offers good, a comfortable bed and friendly service. I always enjoy staying at Kimpton Hotels – I like the boutique small hotel concept. However, the Palomar needs some improvement. I had reserved a “deluxe” King Room. None were available at check-in so the Concierge, Michael, offered us a Queen Bed Room. The room was anything but deluxe. I am not sure it was even standard. The curtains were torn and there were water marks staining the window sill. Every time I opened the closet door, the safe opened as well so the closet door could not be shut unless I reached down near the floor to shut it. The bathroom sink drained ever so slowly. I asked for maintenance twice – it they did anything to allow the sink to drain more quickly, it was lost on me. The whole hotel looks worn and shabby, in need of some refurnishing. The room also faced 5th Street. The street noise was loud, starting about 5am with the delivery trucks and trains starting up for the day. There was no restaurant on site. The hotel said they would have a “complementary” breakfast – and they did – it consisted of some muffins in the lobby. The morning coffee service is well done and you should not miss the evening wine happy hour. Wine always helps my attitude. However, on my next trip to San Diego, I will consider all the other downtown hotels before I go back to this particular Kimpton. They need help.
"Boutique, but very average"
booked this hotel for its proximity to Gaslamp Quarter -- unfortunately its about 1.5 blocks from the tourist area. this means its really just in a standard downtown location with no real advantages. restaurant was closed for renovations while i stayed there. room was slightly modern, but small. really felt like I was staying in a dorm room. the halls and elevator and common area were updated, but just doesn't have a luxury feel to it. room service was reasonable, food was Meh... wouldn't recommend it unless you got a great deal. not a bad place to stay, but rather average.
"Take the Upgrade, Skip the Buffet"
Recently, our good friend turned fabulous fifty, so her husband hosted a birthday bash at the Palomar's poolside lounge. Many of us booked rooms at the hotel so we wouldn't have to drive home late at night after the festivities. I was able to snag one of the catering-rate rooms, but with the $45 valet parking fee, I ended up still paying more than I wanted, especially since our particular room was small and dark and had a view of the air conditioning ducts on top of a lower building. However, another friend of ours was offered an upgrade for a mere $20, and his room was amazing. Situated on the 19th floor, the corner room had a large bathroom with a soaking tub, a walk-in closet, and a bank of windows with a bench running the length of the room. But it was the large balcony and stunning view of downtown that made this room a great place for an after-party. Not so great was the buffet the next morning. With the regular restaurant under renovation, breakfast was served in the same lounge space by the pool as our party the night before. Our friends told us to come at 9, but when we arrived all the food needed to be replenished. The lone waitress was scurrying around bringing out more eggs, sausage, and after a lengthy wait, breakfast burritos. Then there was no silverware to be had. Then more guests came but there were no plates or condiments. The lone waiter tried diligently to keep up with the coffee and juice orders, but it was obvious this "restaurant" was understaffed for a busy Sunday morning. It was hard to pay $15+ pp for a half of a breakfast burrito, oj, and bland chocolate croissant. Still, some good things to note about the Palomar: Contemporary (read hipster) decor Cool front entrance Nice evening wine hour Morning coffee service Free rental bikes Pretty pool-side space Would I stay at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar again' If I could get one of those corner balcony rooms for a great price, I might think about it.
"Great location in Gaslamp District"
I like the general vibe of this Kimpton, although there was some good and not as good about the property. The location at the top end of the Gaslamp was convenient, within walking distance to so many restaurants, bars, and a CVS. The staff was friendly and accommodating, and the spa was excellent. I had a wonderful 60 minute massage for $79 with appointment made pre check in. The rooms were surprisingly small. I traveled solo and it would have been cramped for 2 people. They were also not particularly well designed- TV to the side of bed, a spot by the window begging for a chair, no doors on the shower. The restaurant was closed for renovations, not that big a deal. They had a pop-up bar in the lobby, but it only stayed open until 9. The pool space was beautiful, but the pool bar wasn't open in the summer. This seemed odd since so many other rooftop spaces in the city were open. But overall I enjoyed my stay, just didn't spend that much time in the room.
"San Diego Weekend Stay"
Took a weekend visit to San Diego to bike ride and explore. Landed at Kimpton Hotel through one of those 'mystery discount' hotel offers that you only learn where you are staying after telling them the general area where you want to stay and price. In terms of proximity to weekend night action in Gaslamp district, this hotel is very convenient. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and accommodating and even provided some Triple AAA type advice in terms of my returning to Arizona via the Southern California mountains to see wildflowers. Hotel was clean, quiet, and no one blinked an eye when I walked my high dollar mountain bike to the room. Only complaint I have has nothing to do with the Kimpton hotel really. It has to do with parking. So I thought I would be a spendthrift and park on the street at a meter. Last fed meter at 5:49 figuring that they quit patrolling at 8 and who would be checking the meters after 7:45 on a Friday night anyway' Next morning I had a $45 parking ticket issued 8 minutes before 8:00 p.m. AND another $45 ticket for having a car with an expired out of state plate parked in a public parking space. Holy cow. Valet parking price doesn't seem so bad after all.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 4:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM