Design Destination: Rise Above It All At Hotel Palomar In San DiegoAuthor:Abigail Stone
Located only two hours south of Los Angeles, San Diego is an easy weekend destination with plenty of attractions for children and adults alike. The city’s history as the site of the first European settlement in California, and its proximity to the Mexican border, flavor the area with equal parts old world charm and new world spirit. The Gaslamp District, constructed during the Victorian era and named for the lighting that illuminated this quarter during that period, is at the center of the action. Poised at its edge, the Hotel Palomar, part of the Kimpton Group of hotels, is ideally situated to take advantage of everything San Diego has to offer from its vibrant nightlife to its amusement parks and beaches.
Rising 20 stories above the city, the hotel’s recently redesigned Skyline Collection of rooms draws its inspiration from the surf, skateboard, and motorcycle cultures that are deeply ingrained in the Southern California lifestyle. Neoprene-covered chairs, tailpipe lights, batik pillows, and tie-dye curtains weave in their vernacular while a palette of blacks and metallics, grounded in seaside blues and greens, wash the look with urban sophistication.
Spectacular views, of downtown, Coronado, or the beaches, are visible from every room. While they may not offer the cityscape outside their windows of the higher-placed Skyline Collections, the lower level rooms don’t skimp on luxuries; all rooms offer free WiFi, down pillows and comforters, plush bathrobes, and rainforest showerheads. And, for those whose preferred traveling companions are four-legged, the hotel welcomes pets.
Though San Diego’s charms are proficient, the hotel’s many offerings make it tempting to stay within its confines. For pampering the body, there’s Nature’s Spa by Jurlique, the brand’s first concept spa in California where treatments center around the line’s organic offerings and range from skin care and body treatments to nail care, massages, and wellness classes. A couple’s suite and treatment room is the setting for romantic indulgences a deux.
The hotel’s gastropub, Saltbox, brings San Diego’s famed farm-to-table cuisine, cocktail culture, and renowned craft beers on-site. Dine at the restaurant or order lunch poolside; the hotel’s infinity pool boosts piped-in music underwater and each day offers a special program on the outdoor deck, from weekend barbecues to exercise classes and games.
Once properly pampered and rested, the town’s sights are literally on the hotel’s doorstep. The House of Blues is contained within the same complex; Qualcomm Stadium, the home of the Padres is nearby; San Diego’s famous zoo is ten minutes away; and the Convention Center is a short walk. Visit Hotel Palomar – San Diego for more information on reservations.