Like San Diego, Hotel Palomar mixes beach and city influences seamlessly. The boutique property’s central location in the Gaslamp Quarter and SoCal-inspired design concept are an ideal combination. Accommodations are outfitted with custom furniture, Brazilian walnut hardwood floors, and sumptuous Italian linens. Windows open to let in the ocean air, while bathrooms showcase floor-to-ceiling limestone tilework and spacious rainforest showers.
The laid-back SoCal spirit extends to the hotel’s services and amenities. In the lobby you can take advantage of free morning tea and coffee, as well as pours of red and white wine during social hour every evening from 5 to 6 p.m. You’ll even find animal-print robes and a yoga mat in every room. During the day soak up the California sun at the infinity rooftop pool overlooking downtown. By night the rooftop turns into a lounge with craft cocktails, bar bites, and occasional DJ appearances.
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The Gaslamp Quarter is home to numerous shops, dining destinations, and entertainment options. If the city and beach have inspired you, channel your creativity with a class at Painting & Vino and leave with a souvenir to take home. Prefer to pick up something you can wear? Head to G St Gypsy for locally designed jewelry and vintage threads. For a drink and a bite, Neighborhood has led San Diego’s gastropub scene and pours a wide selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles. Refined fare such as cheese fries with a farm egg and garlic aioli also raises the bar. Part restaurant, part shop, Café Chloe is another popular Gaslamp spot that serves French-inspired cuisine and sells art books, jewelry, and gourmet groceries.
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Rooms: 186 rooms, 25 suites. From $159. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Saltbox Dining & Drinking highlights its farm-to-table ethos at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Classic dishes with a local twist include the kale Caesar salad, the margherita pizza with burrata and heirloom tomatoes, and the Cali omelet with avocado and pico de gallo. Ordering a drink from the lengthy craft cocktail menu is a must. SummerSalt Pool Deck and Lounge serves small plates like shrimp tempura with ponzu sauce and cocktails such as the Jamaican Shark Attack (rum, Chartreuse, and strawberry-fennel syrup). Spa and gym details:Nature’s Spa by Jurlique performs a full menu of treatments, including a lavender detox wrap and a signature facial that makes use of 15 plant extracts. You can also arrange in-room services. The fitness center offers cardio and weight machines and inspires with city views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows.
Who's it for: Luxury-minded couples and business travelers who desire a trendy, beach-inspired escape in the heart of downtown. Our favorite rooms: Book accommodations in the Skyline Collection, which debuted in May 2015 and comprises 50 surf-themed rooms, studios, and suites on the 16th to 20th floors. Designer decor includes surfboard-style headboards, tie-dye fabrics, surf art, and motorcycle taillight-inspired sconces. You’ll also get impressive views of San Diego Bay, Coronado Island, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Sightsee on two wheels: Rent a complimentary Public bike from the hotel and cruise around the city or along the ocean in eco-minded style.