Hotel Solamar is all about providing warm SoCal hospitality. Mingle in the lobby during the daily happy hour, and rent a free designer bike for beachside cruising. You can even turn your room into your ideal retreat, thanks to an eight-option pillow “menu” and in-room spa services. Wellness-minded travelers should take advantage of the available yoga mats and tune into yoga, Pilates, and core-strengthening exercise programs on TV. Pets are also given special attention with free amenities that include welcome treats and beds.
The chic downtown hotel is design-focused without being stuffy, creating a laid-back vibe throughout the property. Oversized chairs, sleek mahogany furniture, and plush stitched walls adorn the rooms. Sunny days aren’t hard to come by in San Diego, so don’t miss the fourth-floor terrace with its memorable skyline views. You can also take a dip in the heated Shore Pool or catch some rays on one of the lounge chairs.
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There’s something to be said for a district that you could easily eat and drink your way through all day. Do just that in the Gaslamp Quarter, where a plethora of dining options covers a 16-block area. Start your foodie tour with the famous baked-apple pancake at Richard Walker’s. After you’ve walked that off, head to Searsucker, led by Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey. The menu is full of new American fare like the drunken chicken salad with smoked almonds, port cherries, and brown butter aioli. Happy hour beckons at the Tipsy Crow, where a “drink exchange” board determines prices based on demand.
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Rooms: 219 rooms, 16 suites. From $220. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Jsix Restaurant serves seasonal American fare that highlights herbs from the hotel’s rooftop terrace, house-cured charcuterie, and fresh breads. Build your own granola bowl at breakfast, or try the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with summer squash at dinner. You’ll find LoungeSix beside the rooftop pool. Fire pits and cabanas provide an ideal setting for an alfresco snack or evening cocktail. Spa and gym details:Hotel Solamar brings the spa to you. Eco-friendly products enhance in-room services such as the Lavender Dreams body treatment and the Aroma Journey massage. A 24-hour fitness center is also available. Sunday morning yoga classes are led on the pool terrace.
Who's it for: Youthful, design-minded urbanites and business travelers who desire to be in the heart of downtown’s action. Our favorite rooms: Book a King Spa Corner room or a Masters Suite for 180-degree views of San Diego. Each also comes with an oversized Fuji soaking tub—the perfect excuse to make use of the animal-print robes in each room. Social hour: Head to the lobby every evening at 5 p.m. for SoCal happy hour featuring complimentary seasonal cocktails such as sangria or a pisco paloma. You can also opt for a glass of California wine or beer from a local craft brewery like the Lost Abbey or Saint Archer.