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Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
1047 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
70 reviews
Great Location

Staff was Excellent! Very upscale, trendy hotel. Perfect location. all restaurants & nightlife, in... See full review

  • Steel City
  • Sep 30, 2013
Relaxing Business Trip

The staff at the Palomar were very friendly and helpful and went above and beyond to make my stay... See full review

  • Trentino Tom
  • Feb 9, 2013
Asian-influenced luxury at downtown hotel

Move into luxury and sophisticated, art-filled style at Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel at the gateway to the Gaslamp District. Rooms are modern and sophisticated. The on-site spa invites you to relax and rejuvenate in remarkable style. The hotel boasts a swanky rooftop pool lounge open to the public and its on-site restaurant, Saltbox Dining & Drinking, offers traditional American bistro fare featuring local seafood. The hotel also sits next to the local House of Blues.

Highlights
  • Swanky rooftop pool lounge open to the public
  • Splurge on a treatment at the on-site spa
  • Nightly wine reception
  • Chauffeur service within a two-mile radius (limited service and times)
Rooms

Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel offers 183 rooms, including 20 one-bedroom suites that feature Brazilian walnut floors and modern furniture. Each room comes standard with a plasma flat-screen TV, an MP3 docking station, animal print robes, luxurious bath amenities, Italian Frette linens, rainforest shower heads, organic honor bars and in-room safe. Floor-to-ceiling windows open so guests can feel the ocean breeze. Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access are available.

Features

Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel was named to the 2009 Hot List by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

All guests receive complimentary access to the rooftop heated pool and on-site 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. At night, the pool deck transforms into a open-air lounge where guests receive free admission. Stays include complimentary chauffeur service around downtown (within a two-mile radius at limited service and times) and a nightly wine reception. Travelers are also entitled to a complimentary overnight shoe shine.

Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel features a full-service spa that invites you to relax and rejuvenate in remarkable style (fees apply).

Grab a meal at Saltbox Dining & Drinking, an American bistro that serves innovative comfort food.

Transportation
  • MTS Bus (2 blocks)
  • San Diego Trolley (8 blocks)
  • San Diego International Airport (4 mi/7 km)
Attractions
  • Gaslamp District (2 blocks)
  • Petco Park (8 blocks)
  • San Diego Zoo (2 mi/3 km)
  • Old Town (3 mi/5 km)
  • Qualcomm Stadium (4 mi/7 km)
  • Point Loma (5 mi/9 km)
  • Sea World (6 mi/10 km)
Business
  • 24-hour business center
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access for Kimpton InTouch loyalty members
  • About 22,000 square feet of meeting space
Policies and fees
  • Valet and self parking are available (fees apply)

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel Rooms

Accessible Deluxe Guest Room wit
Accessible Deluxe 2 Double and Roll-In 402-420 sq ft-acessible tub- comm features-
City Center Skyline Loft with 1
City Center Skyline Loft with 1 King Bed 834 sq ft, views of San Diego, living area, dining table for 6, full kitchen, frette
Gaslamp Skyline Loft with 1 King
Gaslamp Skyline Loft with 1 King Bed 969 sq ft, views of San Diego, balcony, 1.5 bathrooms, living area, dining table for 6
Deluxe Room with 2 Double Beds
Deluxe Guest Room with 2 Double Beds 402-420 sq ft, lower floor, frette linens rainforest shower, MP3 alarm clock, desk
Skyline View with 1 King Bed
Skyline View Guest Room with 1 King Bed 317-446 sq ft views of San Diego, frette linens glass rainforest shower, MP3 alarm clock,desk
Skyline View Suite 1 King Bed
Skyline View Suite with 1 King Bed 581-920 sq ft, views of San Diego, living room frette linens, glass rainforest shower, MP3
Accessible Deluxe Guest Room wit
Accessible Deluxe 2 Double Roll-In 402-420 sq ft, roll-in shower, communication features,
Luxury Three Bedroom Penthouse
Luxury Three Bedroom Penthouse 2779 sq ft, bi-level,3 kings,view of San Diego 2 private balconies, living area, table for 6
Coronado Skyline Loft with 1 Kin
Coronado Skyline Loft with 1 King Bed 1042 sq ft, views of Coronado, two balconies, living area, dining table for 6, full kitchen
SD Harbor Skyline Loft 1 King
San Diego Harbo Skyline Loft with 1 King Bed 942 sq ft, views of the bay, balcony,
Accessible Deluxe Guest Room wit
Accessible Deluxe 1 King Roll-In 380-550 sq ft-lower floor-frette linens Roll in shower commucation ftrs avail
Deluxe Room with 1 King Bed
Deluxe Guest Room with 1 King Bed 380-550 sq ft-lower floor-frette linens rainforest shower-mp3 alarm clock-desk
Luxury 2 Bedroom Penthouse
Luxury Two Bedroom Penthouse 1843 sq ft, bi-level, 2 king, views of Coronado 2 private balconies, living area, table for 6
Balboa Skyline Loft with 1 King
Balboa Skyline Loft with 1 King Bed 1176 sq ft, views of San Diego, balcony, living area, dining table for 4, full kitchen

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Heated pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Free local telephone calls
Elevators
24 hour security
Activities
Heated pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Night club
Children's activities
Jogging track
Boating
Scuba diving
Fishing
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Continental breakfast
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Room service
Meal plan - continental
Services
24 hour front desk
Business center
Maid service
Laundry service
Concierge desk
ATM/Cash machine
Security
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Porters
Conference facilities
Gift shop
Copy service
Audio visual equipment
Conference suite
Computer rental
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Valet parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Accessible facilities
Accessible rooms
Accessible parking
Knock light (hearing impaired)
Grab bars in bathroom
TDD telephone machine
Room
DVD player
Television with cable
Radio
Cordless phone
Safe
Phone with speaker
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Mini bar
Hairdryer in room
Outlet adapters
Fire alarm with light
In room movies
Temperature control
Electronic door locks
Iron
Ironing board
International direct dial
Sprinklers in rooms

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Hotel Map

32.7163 -117.1602
Nearby airports
Palm Springs Regional Airport, (PSP), 142.00, MI, S; Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), 125.00, MI, S; McClellan-Palomar Airport, (CLD), 35.00, MI, S; Long Beach Airport Daugherty Field, (LGB), 100.00, MI, S
Area description
City Center

Nearby points of interest

  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 0.5 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 0.6 mi
  • PETCO Park: 0.6 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 0.7 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 0.8 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 0.9 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 1.2 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 1.2 mi
  • Botanical Building: 1.2 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 1.3 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 1.3 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 1.3 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 1.3 mi
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 1.4 mi
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 0.5 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 0.6 mi
  • PETCO Park: 0.6 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 0.7 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 0.8 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 0.9 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 1.2 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 1.2 mi
  • Botanical Building: 1.2 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 1.3 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 1.3 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 1.3 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 1.3 mi
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 1.4 mi
  • Port of San Diego: 2.3 mi
  • Heritage Park: 3.1 mi
  • Whaley House Museum: 3.2 mi
  • Old Town San Diego: 3.4 mi
  • Bazaar Del Mundo: 3.4 mi
  • Junipero Serra Museum: 3.6 mi
  • Qualcomm Stadium: 4.3 mi
  • Hospitality Point: 5 mi
  • Sunset Cliffs: 5.4 mi
  • Mission Bay Park: 6 mi
  • Chula Vista Nature Center: 6.3 mi
  • Belmont Park: 6.5 mi
  • Pacific Beach: 7.3 mi
  • Family Fun Center: 8 mi
  • Sorrento Valley: 12.2 mi
  • California Center For The Arts Museum: 28 mi
  • Legoland: 29.9 mi
  • Cox Arena: 2,118.2 mi

Dining

Saltbox Dining and Drinking
Saltbox raises the bar with its gastro-lounge approach featuring fresh farm-to-table ingredients. Here a deceptively simple menu takes on a spirited focus with skillful food and drink pairings.
SummerSalt Lounge
The lounge is a magnet by day or night where hotel guests and locals alike luxuriate in comfortable casual seating and the open-air pool deck setting.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (70)

Ratings and reviews for Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
70 out of 70
Amenities:
3.8
Room cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.4

73% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Kelbel76
Business
Summer, Pennsylvania
Mar 4, 2014

Pool not working

The pool was not working which was not disclosed prior to booking. Also the bathroom door doesn't close, I understand the modern aspect, however not practical at all and can be very uncomfortable if sharing the room with another person.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Steel City
Business
San Jose, Ca
Sep 30, 2013

Great Location

Staff was Excellent! Very upscale, trendy hotel. Perfect location. all restaurants & nightlife, in walking distance.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Worlb2
Business
Pasadena, California
Jun 24, 2013

For the Price you can do Better

The hotel location is right in the heart of the Gaslamp District which is great. The hotel is more like a boutique style hotel and is esthetically pleasing and cute but the staff is sub par at service. The valet employees were more professional than the hotel employees. For the price you pay which is not cheap you expect professional employees with exceptional service but everyone there can use training on this and I mean everyone. The front desk told us that our cehckin was at 4pm even though my confirmation showed us 3pm. With no expression she offered us complimentary drink tickets to the bar (keep the tickets and show me some personality). We went up to the bar while we waited for our room and checked our bags at the desk to be delivered to the room. We sat at the bar by the pool and waited 7 minutes until we were acknowledged. We received our drinks and put in a food order but after 30 minutes realized no food and guess what no order had been put in actually because as we signed off on our tab there was nothing...great huh? When we went to our room there was a knock on the door to let us know they could not find our bags and asked us to describe our one bag for them....really? you cannot find the single bag we just left an hour ago?! So the gentleman went back down and came back up after we described our bag and brought it back. When I used the room phone to find out what time the pool closed the front desk told me "hold on let me find out" hold on is more of a command phrase but rather "May I place you on hold while I find that information" and wait shouldn't they have that right away? We went downstairs to ask the front desk for some recommendations of places to eat and stood at the front desk in front of two employees not on calls or with customers for a good three minutes before one of them finally said "have you been helped" really does it look like we have been helped or did you think we were standing there for fun? Again the hotel is pretty but the service is not worth the amount of money you pay!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Holfy
Business
Nottingham UK
Apr 21, 2013

Great stay in San Diego

The location of this hotel was very good, it is very central in the Gaslamp quarter. The staff were efficient and were very willing to help. We particularly enjoyed the complimentary morning coffee and the wine hour from 5 - 6pm. Generally the room was fine, a little tired but comfortable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

We found shopping near the Mexico boarder at the San Ysidro outlet was excellent value and easy to get to using the blue line trolley.

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Trentino Tom
Business
Phoenix, Arizona
Feb 9, 2013

Relaxing Business Trip

The staff at the Palomar were very friendly and helpful and went above and beyond to make my stay enjoyable. The room was clean and comfortable - comfortable enough to spent time in the room working on my computer and making telephone calls. The complimentary coffee in the morning was a nice touch as well as the complimentary happy hour wine selection.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
dsss
Business
az
Dec 29, 2012

almost very good

The staff were all very good. The car people were excellent. The front desk people were excellent. The man who checked us out acted like he could care less. the room keepers were also very good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
kmillinger
Business
Los Angeles. CA
Nov 20, 2012

Good location, BUT TERRIBLE BATHROOM DOOR!

The location was very good if you're going to be spending a lot of time walking around the GasLamp district. The room was small, but ok. I HATED THE BATHROOM DOOR! The bathroom door is tranluscent glass. I'm sorry but I don't want my bathroom activities to be visible from the living quarters. Almost felt like there was no bathroom door at all. And there's a 1 inch gap between the door's edge & the wall when it's closed. I don't care if I'm staying there with my significant other, I'm still modest when it comes to using the toilet! If you feel the same way, then stay away from this hotel. Can not understand what the designer was thinking when they installed these bathroom doors.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Clean Queen
Business
LA
Jul 18, 2012

Don't Be Fooled by the Pictures

We were told we were getting a "skyline view" and all we got was a 3' by 4' view of the roof vents of 7Eleven next door. Opening the windows made it worse, due to the vent air being blown in through our window. Pool opens at 12pm and closes at 8pm. So we never got to swim. It is very small though.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Use GPS, alot of ONEWAY streets

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Mojave Man
Business
Henderson, NV
Jul 4, 2012

Not so special!

I booked this hotel through online bidding and paid $100 per night. Cannot complain much about the price since the room was clean and the location was great and very convenient for us. I would stay at this hotel again for the right price (<$100.00)!!! As far as their regular booking price is concerned, however, I would most certainly not pay $150 or higher to stay at this hotel. First the room was small and the bed and pillows were not comfy. We had a king bed for the family (the three of us) and not a great sleeping experience... Second, internet is an additional charge, except for those who sign up for the hotel's internet deals!!! Sign up online, print it, and hand it to the front desk. You will be asked to use your e-mail address as your password to access the internet. Additionally, they will give you a $10 gift card to be used at the bar. We did not use the bar or other amenities at all, as I didn't find the hotel and its location very family friendly. Especially during the night time!!! The biggest con is the parking fee ($36 + tip per night). But one does not have many alternatives, as dozens of parking garages in the downtown area won't help. They will charge $28 a day! Here is the golden tip: there are numerous parking meters around and parking is free between 6:00 PM and 8:00 AM!!! Just drive around and find an available parking meter. I was lucky to have found one every night effortlessly during our stay. You just need to look around. The Panera Bread (in walking distance<5min) on Broadway and Second (by the NBC Tower) was a life saver. We had our breakfast there every morning. Try their free coffee in the morning! It is really good!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

Free parking between 6:00 PM and 8:00 AM everyday!!! Just locate an available parking meter and you have free on street parking...

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 2, 2012

Weekend Getaway

The hotel staff was fantastic and the room was very comfortable. It is located right in the heart of Gaslamp district and walking anywhere is very easy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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