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Our History

Respecting Our Roots

The evolution of what is now Margaritaville Hotel San Diego Gaslamp Quarter has taken place over the last 17 years. Developed in 2005 by JMI as a Kimpton Hotel in partnership with LaSalle Holdings, Solamar opened its doors as one of the first boutique lifestyle hotels in the up-and-coming downtown neighborhoods of East Village and the Gaslamp Quarter. The name Solamar is a play on “sol y mar,” which is Spanish for sun and sea, the goal of the architects and designers was to bring a California feel to San Diego’s revitalized downtown.

The Solamar brought two elite food and beverage establishments that quickly became the place to see, and to be seen while dining on eclectic bites and craft cocktails. Originally the outlets were named JSix and JBar rooftop pool and lounge, and have been converted into what we know now as LandShark, and 5 o'Clock Somewhere.

JSix opened featuring Modern American Cuisine, an open kitchen concept to excite and inspire its patrons.  Opening Executive Chef Christian Graves took on the role of bringing an artisan touch to every dining experience while being a pioneer in the emerging farm-to-table movement. Following Graves was the beloved Chef Anthony Sinsay who progressed culinary excellence by introducing the flavors of the Philippines to San Diego. The current Executive Chef Mike Minor leads the hotel's culinary efforts, bringing island-influenced tastes of the Caribbean and coastal California to LandShark and 5 o’Clock Somewhere.

JBar was one of the first and the largest, most versatile rooftops in San Diego. In 2017, it was transformed into Upper East Bar, a beach lux lounge serving amazing cocktails and a playful menu. A lush poolside oasis with sweeping city views provided an excellent experience for hotel guests and locals alike.

While we say bon voyage to Hotel Solamar, we will never forget the message it encompasses, capturing the allure of San Diego – an area rich with the sun and proximity to the ocean.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Margaritaville Hotel San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 5 o’Clock Somewhere, LandShark, and Margaritaville Coffee.

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