The Se San Diego is Now Kimpton's Hotel Palomar San Diego
The long and winding road for the troubled Se San Diego has come to an...on-ramp to a very happy future with Kimpton Hotels.
The hotel has been rebranded as The Palomar San Diego, making it the second Kimpton property in town (after the Solamar.) Exactly a year ago, the Se was accused of operating illegally and before that, one of our own ran into some issues at check-in. And we can't forget about the kerfuffle over the hotel's intended name--Setai, no relation to the one in Miami.
But now the spot is a full-on Kimpton hotel complete with free WiFi for InTouch members and an evening wine hour. Rooms still look the same (although we bet the minibars will get some new goodies) and the hotel has retained the Se spa and the rooftop bar and lounge as well.
However, what is new is the hotel's restaurant, Saltbox, led by chef Simon Dolinky (who came from Palomar in LA).
The restaurant replaces the old Suite and Tender space and the new menu features a "gastro-lounge" menu with all shared plates under $25. Plus there's a strong (heh) cocktail program led by mixologist Erin Williams of Hush Cocktails and Pegu Club fame.
Se, er, say no more. Now that the hotel is under the loving guidance of Kimpton and that there are new stiff drinks to try, we're ready to book the hotel's 20 percent off Grand Opening with rooms starting at $159 a night. That also includes two glasses of champagne at Saltbox. Whee!
We just have to remember that in case we get too tipsy, the bathrooms are unisex.
[Top Photo: HotelChatter; Photo of Saltbox courtesy of the restaurant]