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In the Soul of the City

Hotel near San Diego's Popular Neighborhoods

Understated yet elevated in the city center

Kimpton Alma rises above the historic Gaslamp Quarter and offers sweeping views of San Diego's best neighborhoods. Barring traffic, we’re a ten-minute car ride from the San Diego International Airport. We're just steps away from the chic shops in Little Italy, the walking trails dotting Balboa Park and the latest exhibits at the Museum of Us. Take our custom-designed PUBLIC bikes down to Ocean Beach or La Jolla to watch the waves and work up an appetite. Back at Alma, any of our local hosts can point you to their favorite secret taco joint or hiking trail to cap off the perfect day by the coast. We're proud to say that our downtown San Diego hotel is in the heart of it all, surrounded by the best entertainment that 'America's finest city' has to offer.

Gaslamp Quarter

In San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, Kimpton Alma Hotel puts you close to diverse activities, from shopping to nightlife. Perfect for any occasion—romantic dates, birthdays, parties, or family dinners—the lively neighborhood offers all within a five-minute walk. Immerse yourself in downtown's heart, the Gaslamp Quarter, for unforgettable experiences.

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San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter with a trolly passing by

Little Italy

Stroll through the energetic Piazza della Famiglia, the cobblestone-covered “heart of Little Italy.” Surrounded by lively streets packed with cocktail bars like Craft & Commerce, outdoor dining at Davanti Enoteca, and trendy brewpubs like Bolt Brewery — come with an appetite.

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The sound of the ocean lures you to SoCal's pristine stretches of sand. Take your pick between any number of beaches, including Ocean Beach with its boho vibe and Mission Beach with its classic boardwalk.

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Parks + Hiking

San Diego is full of outdoor activity enthusiasts. Explore 1,200 acres of green space and walking trails in Balboa Park, lace up for a 7 Bridges hike or bike the Torrey Pines trails.

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Arts District

Art and culture are key to downtown San Diego's good vibes. From the 17 museums inside Balboa Park to the Mingei Museum and small galleries, the city thrives off artistic expression.

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Neighborhood Favorites

Catch a live band at the House of Blues. Book a table at a Michelin star eatery. Go rollerblading along Mission Beach. Stay a while and find your favorite thing to do downtown.

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