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Thomas H
Newport Beach, California

Classy & Fun Place Downtown

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Mar 5, 2024via mobile
The gaslamp quarter is so much fun to explore and walk around. Fortunately the Kimpton Alma is located right in the heart of the action. The interior is stylish and modern, everything was perfectly clean, and when we arrived there was lively socializing at the bar in the lobby (on a Monday!). The room we stayed in had probably the largest TV I’ve ever seen in a hotel, and the bed was very comfortable with high quality sheets. Artwork was tasteful and reflected a Mexican-inspired Art Deco aesthetic. Very quiet room too! The reason I didn’t give a 5 star review is because I didn’t fully experience the entire hotel. In a bit of a rush to leave in the morning, I missed out on the dining experiences, and the rooftop lounge/pool deck. Would definitely return to enjoy the city here and I plan on doing a bit more planning prior to my visit next time. Thank you!
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Alma San Diego, responded to this review
Responded Mar 7, 2024
Dear Thomas H,
We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. It is wonderful to read that our convenient location served you well and you were able to explore the area. We are glad that you could return from the action to our comfortable accommodations for some rest. It is wonderful to know that you had a quality stay with us, and the best compliment is that you wish to return. Having you as a guest was a pleasure, and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Sincerely,

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Reviewed March 4, 2024

Arrived well before 4:00pm, checked in bag while waiting for a room to be available. Told that wouldn't be before 4:00 and we'd receive a text. At 4:30 no text, so walked back to the hotel. Told there are no rooms available yet. Interesting, since the two parties before us were given keys and told where to find the elevator. Asked for the manager. "Brandon" came out and said no rooms. When I complained his comments were all about "we START availability at 4:00." I asked if that means that us waiting until say 9:00 would be ok with the hotel. Reply was, "well it wouldn't have been that long." I guess the implication is that they'll get rooms ready when it suits them. I have never heard this kind of thing from any hotel, hotel manager, at any time anywhere in the world. Everyone knows that rooms should be available "at" check-in time.

Brandon and the front desk clerk had terrible attitudes. Never said "I'm sorry" or "we apologize" for not having a room. Absolutely nothing about offering a drink while you wait or free parking or type of "let us make this up to you some way."

So, Brandon types a couple minutes and magically there's a room. Clearly the Alma San Diego can't manage the cleaning process. Yeah, the hotel was sold out the night before and that night. Doesn't matter. It wasn't a surprise to them. Their job is to manage the staffing. Having a bad attitude when rooms aren't available at check-in and offering not a single "I'm sorry" means it's not a well-run hotel and their staff is not well-trained either.

The room was fine. Stylish and clean.

Date of stay: March 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Alma San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2024

While we are happy you enjoyed our clean, comfortable accommodations, we are sorry to hear there were concerns at check-in. Please know we work hard to ensure our rooms are available and spotless at check-in, and that our guests feel heard and respected, so we apologize for your disappointing experience. Your comments are important and will be reviewed with the team to ensure our high standards are always being adhered to. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back and impress you with the top-notch experience we are known for.

Sincerely,

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Reviewed March 4, 2024 via mobile

I previously stayed at this hotel when it was the Palomar and had an amazing birthday weekend, 5 star experience. Fast forward to 2024 birthday weekend and if it wasn’t for my friends it wouldn’t have felt special. We arrived late, tired from a 4 hour drive and were welcomed with the hotel was sold out and my room was on a low floor. They forgot to mention that it was on a corner next to a closet, with a window facing other buildings and the worst room lighting I seen in a hotel room. It was dark, if I didn’t open the windows, which then made the room less private cause it looks right at another hotel room I would be walking in the dark. Even when I turned all the lights, which there was only three dim ceiling lights other than the bathroom.

Also as far as acknowledging my birthday which I noted and told the front desk when they asked why we were visiting I received no acknowledgment. During my last visit I was upgraded to a sky loft suite, a bottle of wine and cookies were waiting for me in the room when I arrived. This time, nothing. I made the most of the stay but if you get assigned room 615 please request a new room you will thank me later other than a central location just a 2min walk to the heart of the gaslamp this hotel now a days offers little. I will try a new hotel during my next visit to SD.

Room tip: Don’t book room 615
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Alma San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2024

Thank you for returning to stay with us and sharing your feedback. We're disappointed to hear this visit didn't meet the high standards of your previous experience. We understand the importance of a special occasion like a birthday and regret any missed opportunities to make your stay memorable. Rest assured, we're dedicated to improving and hope to have the chance to exceed your expectations in the future, ensuring a stay that's as special as the company you keep.

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Reviewed March 2, 2024

Bradly at the bar was amazing! Great service and great cocktails! We ordered an old fashioned and an espresso martini. Both were delicious. The chicken wings were so crispy and flavorful a simple dish that was executed so well. Definitely worth stopping in for.

Room tip: Downstairs they do wine hour 5-6 don’t miss it!
Date of stay: March 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Alma San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2024

Dear Dan,
We greatly appreciate your review and high rating! Thank you so much for the spotlighting our tasty food and amazing team members. Your compliments will be passed along to Bradly and we hope you will come back and join us again in the future!

Sincerely,

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Reviewed March 2, 2024

Room was very nice but had terrible sleeps because the light rail was right below my room and even though I was on the top floor it was extremely loud. The train blows its horn every time it enters the station and at all hours. I get that the hotel can’t control the train noise but they could install better windows for noise control or even offer white noise machines on request. I did mention the loud train and lack of sleep when they checked in by text but did not hear anything back. The evening cocktail hour is a lovely touch.

Date of stay: March 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Alma San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2024

Dear Alaina,
We are sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience with us overall and we apologize for any noise issues during your visit. We understand your frustration regarding this matter and we will be sure to keep your feedback in mind for the future, as we always want our guests to have a relaxing experience. Please consider giving us another chance in the future; we know that we can impress you.

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Reviewed March 1, 2024

Great stay. The food was delicious at Desmond. Aria was an awesome server and recommended some great dishes!
Beefy Cheeks and scallops were delicious.
The hotel is a great place to stay as well.
The location is good and lots of good bars and food.

Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled with family
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General Manager, General Manager at Kimpton Alma San Diego, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2024

Dear Paul,
It was such a pleasure to welcome you to Kimpton Alma San Diego! We're delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and that you had the chance to dine at The Desmond. Receiving recognition for our delicious culinary offerings and stellar service is always appreciated. You can be sure we'll share your praise with Aria! Hopefully, you took full advantage of the convenience our great location affords our guests. Thank you for your kind review and perfect rating, and we hope you return soon!

Sincerely,

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