The Kimpton Hotel Palomar
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA


The four-star Kimpton Hotel Palomar (formerly the Setai San Diegan Hotel) is a 23-story boutique hotel in the vibrant and trendy Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. The scope for the project includes generous hotel guestrooms (originally designed as hotel condominiums), suites and luxurious two-story penthouse lofts, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies or terraces. Other amenities include a restaurant, hotel bar, 20,000 SF of reconfigurable meeting and event spaces, business center, fitness room, and a 7,000 SF rooftop pool deck with private cabanas and a poolside bar.

The fresh modern aesthetic of this project rises from the Historic Jessop building, which has been maintained and incorporated into the hotel’s lobby entrance. This move conveys the history of the Gaslamp quarter at the pedestrian level, while the eye is drawn vertically up a unique, modern, mesh blade representing technology and sustainability.

Green design is considered throughout all aspects of this tower, from recycled building materials to the use of photovoltaic panels at the roof and South wall, which contribute to the energy requirements of the building. Additionally, energy-efficient glazing, a cool roof and horizontal sunshades at the West elevation reduce heat gain reducing energy consumption.


Kimpton Hotels (Formerly Diegan LLC)

Construction Type

Type 1

Construction Cost

$72 million

New / Renovation



2002 Energy Conservation Merit Award, San Diego AIA

Sustainable Design

LEED Gold (Targeted)




144 Guest rooms, and 41 Studio Suites and 2 to 3 BR Lofts.

Building GSF

210,000 GSF


Roel Construction + Ledcor


Veronica Hinkley Reck was responsible for design and coordination of penthouse lofts, while she was Associate Architect at Tannerhecht Architecture.


2017 Haute Living; 2017 Hotel Executive