Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
1047 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.7
out of 5
121 reviews
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
Great Location

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

  • Steel City
  • Sep 30, 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-
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
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
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
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
SD Harbor Skyline Loft 1 King
San Diego Harbo Skyline Loft with 1 King Bed 942 sq ft, views of the bay, balcony,
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 Queen Bed
Skyline View Guest Room with 1 Queen Bed 344 sq ft, views of San Diego, frette linens, glass rainforest shower, MP3 alarm clock
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 with 2 Double Beds
Skyline View Guest Room with 2 Double Beds 420-560 sq ft views of San Diego, frette linens glass rainforest shower, MP3 alarm clock, desk
Accessible Skyline View Suite wi
Accessible Skyline Suite 1 King Roll-In 581-920 sq ft, roll-in shower, comm features,
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,
Accessible Skyline View Suite wi
Accessible Skyline Suite 1 King 581-920 sq ft, communication features,
Accessible Skyline View Guest Ro
Accessible Skyline 1 King Roll-in 317-446 sq ft, roll-in shower, communication features,
Accessible Skyline View Guest Ro
Accessible Skyline 1 King 317-446 sq ft, communication features,
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
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

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

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
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 0.7 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
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 0.5 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 0.6 mi
  • PETCO Park: 0.6 mi
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 0.7 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
  • Sea World: 5.2 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 (121)

Ratings and reviews for Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Overall score

3.7 / 5
5.01.0
121 out of 121
Amenities:
3.9
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.1
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.5

72% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Los Angeles, Ca
Nov 22, 2010

Hotel Feedback

Every thing was great!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Not a Bro
Riverside, CA
Jun 8, 2010

I hope you like VERY LOUD DISCO

This hotel was NOISY! Not just a little noisy but really noisy. And don't bother calling the front desk to complain because they don't care. So if you like hearing disco all night long and being accosted by homeless people in the front then this is the hotel for you. I will not be staying here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
1
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Stay at a different hotel.

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Not a Bro
Riverside, CA
Jun 8, 2010

I hope you like VERY LOUD DISCO

This hotel was NOISY! Not just a little noisy but really noisy. And don't bother calling the front desk to complain because they don't care. So if you like hearing disco all night long and being accosted by homeless people in the front then this is the hotel for you. I will not be staying here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
1
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Stay at a different hotel.

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 2, 2010

Hotel is great if you want to party 24/7

We paid the extra for the "city view". Our city view consisted of facing a rather large building, and about an inch of city view. I don't recommend paying the extra amount. The lobby was super nice and our room was nice, but they didn't clean it very well. There were sunflower seeds on the ground (not from us) and corona bottle caps. (also not from us) If you are looking for a good place to party with a bunch of "frat boys" this is the hotel for you. I don't know if it was because of memorial weekend or if that is just how it always is. The walls were super thin and we could hear the people above us and hear conversations out in the hall. I do like to drink and there were plenty of bars within walking distance so you didn't have to stay at the hotel. The food however was amazing. We didn't eat in the restaurant but we did order room service for breakfast. The breakfast burrito was the best breakfast ever!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
2
Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

I would recommend this hotel to single people who are looking to party. It is a great area with great bars and food.

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 2, 2010

Hotel is great if you want to party 24/7

We paid the extra for the "city view". Our city view consisted of facing a rather large building, and about an inch of city view. I don't recommend paying the extra amount. The lobby was super nice and our room was nice, but they didn't clean it very well. There were sunflower seeds on the ground (not from us) and corona bottle caps. (also not from us) If you are looking for a good place to party with a bunch of "frat boys" this is the hotel for you. I don't know if it was because of memorial weekend or if that is just how it always is. The walls were super thin and we could hear the people above us and hear conversations out in the hall. I do like to drink and there were plenty of bars within walking distance so you didn't have to stay at the hotel. The food however was amazing. We didn't eat in the restaurant but we did order room service for breakfast. The breakfast burrito was the best breakfast ever!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
2
Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

I would recommend this hotel to single people who are looking to party. It is a great area with great bars and food.

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
tjm
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 13, 2010

[...]

[...] we were put in a small room that was over the pool, which also serves as a bar at night, which was very loud until 2am.This is the second time my wife and I had stayed at Se San Diego, the first time was an amazing experience, but our return trip has me questioning whether I would stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
tjm
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 13, 2010

[...]

[...] we were put in a small room that was over the pool, which also serves as a bar at night, which was very loud until 2am.This is the second time my wife and I had stayed at Se San Diego, the first time was an amazing experience, but our return trip has me questioning whether I would stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Indianapolis, IN
Apr 11, 2010

April 7th-April 11

Good get away. Little on the loud side.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Your about a block and half from Gas Lamp district. It seems pretty seedy when you are walking around but as long as you stay on 5th, it will get better quick. On friday/Saturday night dont miss the bar on the 4th floor. Good ambiance/entertainment.

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Indianapolis, IN
Apr 11, 2010

April 7th-April 11

Good get away. Little on the loud side.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Your about a block and half from Gas Lamp district. It seems pretty seedy when you are walking around but as long as you stay on 5th, it will get better quick. On friday/Saturday night dont miss the bar on the 4th floor. Good ambiance/entertainment.

Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Lindsay N.
Cambridge, MA
Mar 20, 2010

Luxury is about more than appearances!

It is fun to be in the gaslamp quarter, but you have to be careful: one block in the wrong direction and it's seedy. Great restaurants nearby, but if I went back to San Diego, I would definitely stay on one of the beaches (maybe La Jolla Shores or PB). I did not want to spend any time in the hotel room because it was uncomfortable. I kept getting the impression that it would be great for a single guy: someone who doesn't care about details. The furniture didn't seem to fit right. Bare walls. Dusty, dirty floors and surfaces. The bed was comfortable, but all I wanted to do in the room was sleep there. You could barely even find enough surface to open a bottle of wine or put down a glass. super weird decisions made in the bathroom: the door to the bathroom is a sliding frosted glass door that leaves an inch gap so there is really no privacy. There is no door to the shower and only a pane of glass covering half of the shower, so there's no privacy there either if you're sharing the room with someone. The shower head was directly over head so if you wanted a quick shower without getting your hair wet, you had to do some acrobatics (even with the shower cap on). Also, seemed like a very wasteful shower head for a place that should be a little concerned about water consumption. the gym and business center were good. The swimming pool was lovely, but no sun if you want to sunbathe. It's a very sexy place, but not comfortable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
3
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

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