No matter your age, or interests San Diego is the place to go for every traveler. It is one of my family’s favorite getaway destinations. Tons of activities to do and see, and you can always rely on beautiful weather. San Diego’s proximity to the ocean and low to no budget activity options make it a great spot for budget-minded families on the go. Last month, I planned a mommy daughter trip.
When I travel I like finding smaller hotels that deliver a local, unique experience for guests. San Diego has no shortage of hotel options. This trip we stayed at the Kimpton Solamar in downtown San Diego. A terrific boutique option, the Kimpton is also partnering with Everyday California to offer kayaking adventures off the shores of La Jolla. Everyday California is a La Jolla-based ocean adventure and apparel company so they know their adventure!
The special package runs through September to coincide with Leopard Shark season. My daughter and I have kayaked before so the opportunity to see the bottom-feeding, distinctly leopard patterned sharks during this special time of the year was perfect. Unfortunately, the trip didn’t turn out as planned for us. My eight-year-old daughter and I met with lots of frustration while navigating our kayak which took away from the experience. Although we have kayaked in the past, this particular day and trip required more stamina and coordination then our mother-daughter team was able to deliver. I wouldn’t discourage others from taking advantage of this trip and amazing shark viewing opportunity though. My tips for this adventure would be to be patient, bring plenty of sunblock, rent a locker for your phone, and bring a waterproof camera. You may also want to consider bringing your friend or spouse on this adventure.
Our mother daughter time was exponentially improved by our amazing hotel stay at the Kimpton Solamar. It was the great spa-like getaway that we needed.
San Francisco-based Kimpton often turns older existing buildings into their hotel spaces. We loved the unique boutique style that delivered on the local character and style of our East Village home away from home. Our room, with its view of San Diego’s PETCO Park Baseball Stadium, was decorated with a cool, relaxing California vibe. We loved our quiet room with its comfy queen-sized bed and oversized television. It provided the quiet escape we were seeking while plotting out our next adventure. The huge bathroom, high-pressure shower and dark out curtains let us treat ourselves like queens.
We spent some time decompressing at the pool and hotel lounge area. The heated pool located on the fourth floor is open daily from 7am to 8pm. There is no Jacuzzi, but there is a workout area looking out toward the pool area.
Before seeking out our meal options, we spent time in the hotel lobby. With its tall ceilings, dark drapes and elegant décor our getaway dreams were a reality. We felt like part of a movie – way more sophisticated than our digs at home. The staff was helpful and friendly, and provided us with flavored waters throughout the day. I was also able to get my morning coffee here.
We walked over to Brian’s 24 for breakfast. As its name suggests, they serve huge, hot meals around the clock. My breakfast was tasty and included all-you-could-eat home fries. There were no kid specific menu options, but the mini menu choices more than satisfied my mini-foodie. We typically check out the hotel dining options, but it was hard to stay in when we were surrounded by so many awesome restaurants. Adjacent to the Hotel Solamar, is seasonal American fare at Jsix Restaurant. Check out their Japanese Tomato Salad – ingredients include Japanese tomato, feta brined plum, hyssop anise, crispy Panisse, dill flower. Yum!
I would highly recommend taking advantage of the valet parking, since the East Village area is notoriously difficult to find street parking. The valet staff was helpful and super engaging as they gave us insider tips on things to do and places to eat.
We made a quick drive over to Balboa Park to walk through the rose and Japanese gardens and take in the beauty of the pool areas. There is also a zoo on site to check out. Parking is free, as are many parts of the gardens.
Our one-night stay didn’t allow us to take advantage of all the hotel and area had to offer. When you plan your visit, keep in mind that Wifi for Kimpton Karma Reward Member is free. There are complementary bikes available for loan if you want to explore on wheels. And all of Kimpton properties are pet friendly without fees or size requirements, so consider bringing your four-legged friends on your visit!
The rate code for booking the package is ECAL. Rates start at $209 for both Palomar San Diego and Hotel Solamar. No experience necessary for kayak tours, and kids 6 years of age or older are welcome.
Visit http://www.hotelsolamar.com/san-diego-hotel-deals/ to find out their latest deals! The Everyday California trip must be scheduled by Sept 23.
Thank you to Hotel Solamar for hosting our one night stay. Our opinions and views are our own.