This 20-story skyscraper recently made use of the 30 rooms with the best views (floors 16 to 20) by renovating them with a slick, airy, gentle surfer theme and renaming them its "Skyline Collection"—cheaper rooms are hopefully soon to follow). The pool is on the fourth-floor roof of the neighboring House of Blues building, and although the area often remains in the hotel's shadow until afternoon, it compensates with the well-stocked SummerSalt bar beside it, which in hot weather can get lively. What guests seem to remember most is the sweeping view of San Diego and its proximity to the Gaslamp Quarter, but standard rooms are better than the norm, too, with dark woods, soft beds, loaner yoga mats, plenty of plugs, and huge showers. The Palomar frequently puts out packages and promotions during lean seasons—and throws a free wine hour in the lobby every single afternoon—so it's worth to check its website to see what add-ons are currently in play. As with most Kimptons, it's also extremely dog-friendly, charging no heavy fees and throwing in canine goodies for free.
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Hotel Palomar San Diego
1047 5th Ave., San Diego, CA
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Phone 619/515-3000, 888/288-6601 Prices Double rooms $179–$299 up to $460 in summer, Skyline rooms about 20% more, plus $40/night parking (no self-parking) Units 211 Amenities Pool with pool bar, restaurant, fitness center, valet parking, Wi-Fi (free if you join its free points program) Web site Hotel Palomar San DiegoBook a Room Now
Map1047 5th Ave. San Diego CA San Diego
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