Hotel Solamar Downtown San Diego

Sleep Tight (and Bring Your Dog!!) to Hotel Solamar in Downtown San Diego

“Chilling out on the bed in your hotel room watching television, while wearing your own pajamas, is sometimes the best part of a vacation.” – Laura Marano

Hotel Solamar view

My fiancé Patrick and I love downtown San Diego. There is something about the area that we are just so attracted to. Maybe it’s the convenience of jumping in our car in North county and heading down for a night of fun. Maybe it’s the hustle and bustle of businessmen and ladies heading to their offices. Maybe it’s the welcoming fitness and health community sprinkled through the streets. Whatever it is, we love spending time downtown. We have stayed a bit too long some nights, causing us to “crash” at a nearby hotel, and some of the locations we have chosen haven’t been the best experiences. (Ah hem, like last year on my birthday when we reserved a room at a hotel downtown, dropped off our car to the hotel valet, ran straight out to celebrate, and came back a few hours later to find that they were booked and gave our room to someone else, even after valet had taken our car in!) Booking a room downtown is a guessing game; you never really know what to expect. (Although we do like Andaz Hotel and  Hard Rock Hotel, here’s why!) But, the other night, we decided to book a staycation at Hotel Solamar while the kids were away on winter break, and it was nothing like our past experiences. It was DELIGHTFUL!

Hotel Solamar

We booked at room at Hotel Solamar online through their easy-to-use website. We chose this hotel because we had never stayed there before, and we were excited to experience something new. The rooms looked spacious, clean and comfortable, and the hotel is close to all of the downtown fun: Petco Park, the convention center, and all of the bars and clubs that we like to go to. They also have a gym in the hotel with cardio and weight training equipment.

Hotel Solamar gym

Hotel Solamar has large conference rooms available for meetings, and a coffee/tea bar in the morning. We packed up, and drove the 27 minutes down I-5 from our home to Hotel Solamar. When we pulled up to the hotel, it was easy to see the area to pull into for valet. They helped get our luggage out of the car as we headed to check-in inside.

Hotel Solamar

The lobby was warm and welcoming and I was thrilled to be starting this staycation! I couldn’t wait to get up to the room, put my bags down and finally relax! We checked in quickly and the staff was very friendly and helpful. They mentioned that the hotel is dog friendly, which almost made me wonder if we should’ve brought our two Labradoodles with us, but after thinking about it a bit more, I was glad we left them with a dog sitter. I wanted to take full advantage of this night away from home, my one chance to sleep in!

Hotel Solamar lobby

Hotel Solamar lobby

We took the elevator to the room, and smiled ear to ear as we walked in. The room had great views of the entertaining downtown streets, and the jacuzzi tub in the suite we reserved was over 3 feet deep! I was in hotel heaven! I took a long quiet bath, and then Patrick and I headed out on the town!

Hotel Solamar view

Hotel Solamar suite

Hotel Solamar suite

Hotel Solamar suite

For dinner downtown, we recommend Greystone, Bice, Kettner Exchange, and Juniper & Ivy. If you’re looking for steaks you can find Donovans (also in La Jolla), Morton’s and Flemings downtown, and if you’re looking for something a little fun and different, head to Dick’s Last Resort! If you’re staying at Hotel Solamar you can always head downstairs to their restaurant JSix and have breakfast, lunch or dinner there.

Hotel Solamar JSix

A few of our favorite spots to go for drinks or a full night of fun are Sidebar, BangBang, RoofTop600 (at the Andaz Hotel), Flux and Omnia. San Diego is also wonderful because after you leave whichever fun place (or places) you decide to go, you can get a ride in a Pedicab, which is a bicycle taxi, back to your hotel. The Pedicab drivers are always biking all around downtown, and they usually have bright colorful lights on their Pedicabs as well, so they are easy to spot! Patrick and I had a ton of fun, and the window coverings on the Hotel Solamar windows kept the sun out the next morning until we were ready to wake up. Perfect!

Hotel Solamar JSix

After we ate breakfast at The Broken Yolk (only 1 block away from Hotel Solamar!) I immediately asked the hotel if I could book an appointment at their spa for that afternoon. Their spa, Nature’s Spa by Jurlique is about 6 blocks away, at their sister hotel, Hotel Palomar, and I was happy to book an appointment for a 60-minute massage. I walked less than 15 minutes down the street and headed inside.

Hotel Solamar spa

Right away I felt wonderful, as the calming ambiance relaxed my tense muscles. I spent time in the lounge before my massage drinking tea and feeling incredibly blessed. I was so happy to have found a cute, fun hotel downtown that my fiancé and I could come stay at anytime we needed a mini-break from home. The masseuse who treated me was wonderful, and the service was very professional. I almost wanted to stay and book all of their services, nails, facial, the whole 9-yards.

Hotel Solamar spa

Hotel Solamar spa

As I walked back to the hotel I couldn’t help but think about what a fun night it had been. San Diego is such a fun city, and downtown really brings out that wild, adventurous attitude in all of us. Patrick and I loved spending our time at Hotel Solamar, as it really made the whole day and night in San Diego an enjoyable and pleasant time.

Hotel Solamar

If you’re looking for a hotel downtown that is pet friendly, has great service (and I mean it, I’ve been to hotels with terrible service) and a friendly staff, make sure to keep Hotel Solamar in mind. It is in a ultra-convenient location for just about everything there is to do downtown. We will be back soon, and we cannot wait until then!

Amanda Henry
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Amanda Henry is a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, photographer, web designer, mom, and freelance blogger living the luxury and active lifestyle in San Diego.

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