SAN DIEGO—Kimpton’s Hotel Solamar has completed a major renovation, fully redesigning its meeting spaces, lobby and all 235 guestrooms.
With design at the forefront of the renovation, new rooms and public spaces of the now showcase Spanish contemporary style in an effort to fuse the city’s historic references with contemporary touches.
Launched in 2005, Hotel Solamar was Kimpton’s first Southern California hotel. One of the goals of the renovation was to capture the essence of the city and truly bring its authentic San Diego story to life, according to the company. Pulling inspiration from local historic landmarks, such as Balboa Park and Southern California’s historic Missions, Paletteur’s Gino Castaño and David Lasker were able to blend Spanish-influenced architecture with eclectic modern fixtures and touches.
Design elements include woven vinyl headboards and detailed furnishings, with graphic patterns and rich textures. The color palette is a range of purples, gold, fuchsia, and orange, among others. Glass and mirrors are placed throughout the rooms to help lighten the spaces.
Other highlights include surfboard-inspired bathroom mirrors and Mexican tile-inspired wall coverings, in a black and white palette. Additionally, many of the new guestrooms now include a sofa for extra seating.
“We couldn’t be happier with the renovation and re-launch,” said GM Shannon Foster, Hotel Solamar. “As the first Kimpton in San Diego and, particularly in the downtown neighborhood, we’ve witnessed firsthand this city’s major transformation over the past 11 years. It’s great to be able to now not only offer a stunning new product in the ideal location, but to truly capture the essence of the city as we continue to create genuine guest experiences.”