$139 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 23, 2014 Check-out: Dec 26, 2014

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.

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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

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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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
LI Biz Traveler
Business
Long Island, NY
Oct 6, 2009

Se San Diego

Great hotel. Friendly people and service. Great bathroom and amenities. Room kind of small but everything else was terrific!

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Santa Barbara CA
Sep 23, 2009

Young and hip "in Crowd'

beautiful - clean - and chic surroundings with excellent service and fun welcome beverage in the lounge. Rooms were nice but very small and tiny draweres and closet- barely enough room for 1 person's belongings. Seemed a perfect spot for couples under 40 without children. Party atmosphere at the pool bar - quite a hip crowd and fun to watch but not for swimming. Pool was an extension of the bar. we did not take advantage of the spa services but a disappointment that the spa did not include a jacuzzi or steam room. the location was perfect for walking to restaurants in the gaslamp district, shopping, the convention center, the ball game, the bay area.

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

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

It was fun to be close to the restuarants and club opportunities - easy walking distance.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Real Viking
Business
Central Wisconsin
Sep 14, 2009

Hotel Se

Good location for downtown, superb friendly and helpful staff. Rooms attractive, but quite small. Noise from club loud on weekends. Suite and Tender restaraunt excellent as well as room service. Parking and drinks very spendy.

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

Business

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Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Landlu
Business
Oceanside, CA
Sep 6, 2009

Stay at the Se

We stayed one night at the Se for our anniversary. It was a beautiful building, and had a very competent and courteous staff.

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

Business

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Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lepsik
Business
Mountain View, CA
Aug 4, 2009

Fancy looking hotel. Can be loud

Nice hotel, great design, great location, good service. At about 5-6pm the pool becomes a night club, so you can't swim at night. Also, in the morning most beds around the pool have "reserved" signs. This is stupid, since no one's using them. Vallet parking is expensive. You can park across the street or couple blocks away twice cheaper.

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

Business

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Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Van Nuys, CA
Jul 27, 2009

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

This new hotel is beautiful and chic, without a doubt...but it's missing the essential elements that really make a place comfortable. Our room did not have a dresser, any drawers in the bedside table, nor luggage racks. That means everything that couldn't be hung had to stay in our suitcases--on the floor! There were other basics missing from our room, as well, such as: * A bathtub (shower only) * Hooks on the bathroom walls for towels and robes * Grips, treads, and/or a handle bar to avoid slip and falls in the shower * A dry cleaning service or laundry bags * Hotel magazine or area guide book * And so on. It's almost as if they hired an interior designer who had never actually *stayed* in a hotel. The space was simply not functional. For a weekend trip, it was fine, but had I been there for business, I would have been seriously put out. Finally, although Se claims to be a 5-star hotel, they do not offer 5-star service. The staff is adequate and addresses customers' requests, but they do not go out of their way to make things special nor anticipate the needs of VIP guests. It simply isn't 5-star quality and, thus, is really not worth what it's charging per night.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
JFG
Business
Silver Spring, MD
Jul 18, 2009

Advocate for Se San Diego

This is the place to stay while in San Diego. Everything is within walking distance such as the mall and train station. The staff was very friendly and professional. I will always stay at Se San Diego when I am visiting. I hated to leave but I will definitely be back.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Valencia CA
Jul 17, 2009

HORRIBLE experience here...

SWITCHED ROOMS 2 TIMES. THEY ENDED UP PUTTING US, A FAMILY OF 5 NEXT TO THE DISCO THAT KEPT US UP ALL NIGHT BECAUSE THEY NEEDED OUR ROOM FOR A "VIP"... Then they said they would comp the movie my kids watched and still tried to charge me for it...

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
sacramento, ca
Jul 7, 2009

Amazing Hotel

July 4th weekend. The pool area and lounge is a scene to been scene, scene. Beautiful people all over including the staff. I don't normally stay at $400 a night hotels, but after staying here for several nights might start considering (especially when on sale). Everything fits into place and you really feel as if you are on vacation with no worries. Luxury defined at the Se. I am already planning another trip there.

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

Business

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Review of Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
mwhlee
Business
San Jose, CA
Jul 2, 2009

SE San Diego

It was great. Really professional staff made it a very enjoyable stay. The rooms were a tad smaller than expected, but the beautiful decor made up for it.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Go to San Diego zoo while you are there. It's a must. Spent the whole day there because during summer they are open from 9am - 9pm. check the website, but had a great day out with my girlfriend

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