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Dressing for a Fun Night in the Gaslamp Quarter


There are plenty of clubs to choose from in San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter, especially when you stay in downtown San Diego hotels. While it’s a fairly casual city, dressing for a fun night out will require some basic knowledge of what’s appropriate for most of the clubs found in this lively metropolis of San Diego.


Women have a lot of leeway with what they can wear at most clubs in the Gaslamp Quarter. You’ll want to skip beach attire, which means no bikinis, bathing suits, flip flops or sandals. Dresses can be somewhat fancy or completely casual. So long as you wear something sexy but not trashy, you will be abiding by the dress code.

Tees are the only definite no-no for any club, especially ones with graphic art, colorful sayings, or brand names. While it’s not a rule, you might want to keep a pair of comfy shoes in your bag if you’re going to wear high heels and plan to be walking from one club to the next throughout the night.


Guys need to sport a clean, fresh look. If you look like you can star in your own rap video, go back to your closet and start over. Jeans are usually acceptable as long as they’re not overly baggy or look like they’ve seen better days. Shoes should be semi-formal and close-toed.

Most of the nicer venues request that guys wear a collared shirt, which usually means a dress shirt and not a Polo shirt. You don’t have to wear a jacket unless you want to get tips when you go to the restroom. Sporting a tie is entirely up to you, but not required.


Each Gaslamp Quarter club differs with its specific dress code. Some will allow sneakers and hats and others will not. If you’re not sure where the line between acceptable and unacceptable is for an intended destination, call and ask or check the website for any posted guidelines.

When you visit San Diego, remember to book your stay at Pacific Inn in Little Italy. Our budget-friendly hotel is conveniently located near popular downtown attractions like the Gaslamp Quarter, the Convention Center, and Old Town San Diego. Make your reservation online or call 1-800-571-2933 today.

5 Downtown San Diego Events to Check Out in September


If you are traveling to the great city of San Diego and staying in downtown San Diego hotel this September, there are several events that you want to be sure not to miss.

1. U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

What do you get when you cross 300 tons of sand, great entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and an art show? The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition of course! Taking place over Labor Day weekend, this spectacular event features four days of world-class sand carving by experts from the U.S. and abroad and lots to do for the whole family.

2. Festival of Sail

Also on Labor Day weekend, the Festival of Sail is the biggest tall ship festival on the West Coast and is a celebration of all things nautical. Beginning with an impressive parade of ships, the festival continues with activities such as pilot bay cruises, Maritime Museum tours, and many sailing opportunities. Perhaps the highlight event is the tall ship cannon battles that pit one ship against another in classic 1800s-style battle.

3. Fleet Week: Sea and Air Parade

For the first time in eight years, Fleet Week: Sea and Air Parade will be hosted in San Diego. Celebrating the U.S. Navy and the men and women who serve, the parade will showcase all kinds of incredible ships and aircraft. Destroyers, amphibious ships, submarines, Navy aircraft, and many more will be visible from many viewing areas along the Port of San Diego. While the parade takes place on September 10, ship tours and other events will run through the 14.

4. Annual Taste of Downtown

Experience all the culinary delights San Diego has to offer during the Annual Taste of Downtown on September 15. With one ticket price of $30 or $35, you can tour and taste over forty outstanding participating restaurants in the East Village, Core District, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Getting around is easy with free shuttle rides.

5. Landlubbers Day

Calling all pirates! Landlubbers Day is a celebration of all things pirate in Seaport Village. There’s a performance from a pirate-themed band, pirate-themed specials at local eateries, activities for kids, and costumes are strongly encouraged. So practice your pirate lingo and get down to Seaport Village on September 17.

While making your travel plans, remember to make the Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego your number one choice. In addition to our convenient location, guests will enjoy our affordable accommodations, friendly customer service, and complimentary amenities. Call 1-800-571-2933 today or click here to make your reservation with us.

7 Places to Your Hangover in Downtown San Diego


Did you wake up in your affordable Petco Park hotel with a raging headache and a sour stomach? Are you regretting your time partying in the Gaslamp the night before? No worries. Downtown San Diego is fraught with places to nurse your hangover. We recommend the ones below.

1. Cafe 222

We’re willing to bet you’re never too hungover for a bowl of oatmeal with bananas and raisins. It’s made with two key hangover-fighting ingredients and there is no better place to get this fiber-loaded dish than Cafe 222.

2. Hom Korean Kitchen

Tofu is another great way to recharge during a hangover. If you’ve never tried it, the hodo organic tofu at Hom Korean Kitchen is guaranteed to brighten your day and recharge your batteries.

3. Salvatore’s Cucino Italiana

For a tasty cure, try to order something substantial like the zuppa del frantonio. It’s packed with essential veggies and beans, which will replenish your lost nutrients from the night before.

4. Richard Walker Pancake House

Some of the best foods for a hangover can be found at your favorite breakfast eatery. Eggs, toast, and oatmeal are just a few traditional dishes, all of which can be found at downtown San Diego’s award-winning Richard Walker Pancake House.

5. Brickyard Coffee and Tea

Believe it or not, a hangover can have its perks. For a classic remedy, head to Brickyard Coffee and Tea, where you can relax out on the patio and enjoy one of the best cups of coffee or tea in San Diego.

6. BodyFit

If you’re having trouble keeping your breakfast down, try stimulating your metabolism instead. BodyFit has all the state-of-the-art equipment, including free-motion treadmills and professional trainers to help you get the most from your workout and stave off your hangover.

7. B Medical Spa

It might feel like a scene from a sci-fi movie, but B Medical Spa’s IV lounge is no fantasy. It may also be the quickest remedy for those hangover blues. Vitamin cocktail injections are the most efficient way to get antioxidants absorbed into the body, but you can also choose additional services like body sculpting and medical spas to overcome your hangover.

Let’s not forget the most popular hangover remedy: a good night’s sleep. You can get some shuteye to rest and regroup at the Pacific Inn & Suites downtown. Our affordable hotel offers comfortable private rooms with convenient amenities to help you relax. Just call 1-800-571-2933 or book your stay online today.

What Will Become of the Quartyard in Downtown San Diego?


There aren’t very many outdoor multipurpose spaces that locals and visitors to downtown San Diego can enjoy. One of these outdoor areas can be found near affordable hotels near Little Italy, but the urban park’s days in downtown San Diego may be numbered.

Quartyard on Park Blvd and Market Street is a downtown San Diego urban park that is considered to be the local’s backyard. The area consists of over 25,000 square feet available for multiple uses. The park began as an empty lot in 2014 but was transformed into a popular hangout where visitors can play corn hole or attend a concert with 1,000 other guests. A Kickstarter campaign was organized to raise $60,000 to cover the costs of building the park and city fees after multiple workshops were held with the community members. Although the urban park is designed with moveable shipping containers as a temporary structure, the architect behind Quartyard never expected it to be at risk of closing so soon.

Philip Auchettl designed Quartyard to include a coffee shop, a beer garden, and a restaurant. The park even features a gated dog park where locals can bring their four-legged friends to play in a grassy area. The lot is currently owned by the City of San Diego with plans in the works to possibly sell the property when Quartyard’s lease ends in July of 2017. A developer is now interested in the lot and wants to build a condo complex that includes 34 floors and 613 parking spaces, which could force Quartyard to leave even sooner than expected.

If Quartyard is closed down, the architect behind the project will begin looking for another location in the East Village. Civic San Diego and the Downtown Community Planning Council are currently reviewing the proposed plans of the condo complex and will determine whether or not the urban park is allowed to stay long-term. Community members are now petitioning the plans and have voiced their interest in making Quartyard a permanent fixture in the community to continue enjoying outdoor space in the city.

Be sure to visit Quartyard during your next visit to downtown San Diego. When you do visit, be sure to make your reservation at the affordable Pacific Inn. We are a pet-friendly hotel that offers convenient amenities, comfortable rooms, and friendly customer service. In addition to all this, guests will also have easy access to all that downtown San Diego has to offer. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to book your stay with us.

Sunbathing in San Diego: What You Have to Bring


No summer trip to San Diego is complete without a trip to the beach. While you may not be much of a swimmer, sunbathing is a relaxing and beneficial alternative. Before you leave your cheap Petco Park hotel in downtown San Diego, make sure you have the following sunbathing essentials to optimize the experience.


Soak up San Diego’s rays with the protection of a good sunblock that has a minimum of SPF 30. Be sure to reapply every two hours, too. You don’t want to suffer painful sunburn during your trip.


Sunblock can protect your skin from the sun, but it never hurts to have a little additional defense. Bring a wide-brimmed hat to give your skin extra shielding from the sun’s rays. You get extra points if you opt for a UV sun hat that’s equipped with built-in sun protection, too.


Hydration is key for anyone who wants to have a pleasant sunbathing experience. Make the most out of your sunbathing session by bringing along some refreshments. Keep a sports drink, coconut water or classic H20 by your side to stay alert, energetic and in good spirits. Keep a cooler on hand to ensure your beverages are nice and cool when you’re ready to gulp them down.


Few things can be more fun and relaxing than feeling the warm glow of the sun, unless you’re enjoying a really engaging book while you sunbathe. If you’re in the mood for lighter reading material, a couple fashion or cooking magazines should be able to keep you entertained during your time in the sun.


Music is an essential component for anyone who loves sunbathing. While it can be lovely to revel in the sounds of the waves crashing against the beach, it can also be fun to change things up and bring in some mellow tunes that match your laid-back mood.

Beach Blanket

Last but not least, a cozy and large beach blanket is a must-have item for anyone who wants to get comfortable while sunbathing. Beach blankets can keep messy sand at bay and also feel pleasantly soft against the body.

After a relaxing day on the beach, head back to the Pacific Inn to refresh and prepare for a night out on the town. Our budget-friendly hotel is conveniently located in downtown San Diego near popular attractions like Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village. Book your stay online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager.

What to Do in Downtown San Diego This August


Downtown San Diego is always bustling with activity, which means if you’re spending part of your summer in SD this August, you won’t have any trouble finding something to do in the downtown area. Be sure to book your stay in a hotel in Little Italy so you can have easy access to the following events.

Padres Games

When: August 1-3; 5-7; 18-24
Where: Petco Park
Price: $15 to $100 depending on the day

There are plenty of opportunities to catch the San Diego Padres playing at Petco Park this August. Don’t forget to get some peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and fish tacos during the game to round out your Padres experience.

Film in the Garden

When: August 1 from 7:45pm-9:45pm
Where: 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park
Price: Free

How to Make an American Quilt, starring Winona Ryder and Anne Bancroft, will be one of the featured movies at the San Diego Museum of Art in August. Get to Balboa Park around 4pm to scope out a good seat. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic or order from Panama 66, the restaurant and bar at the museum, to complete this movie in the garden.

Bayside Summer Nights: Summer Pops 2016

When: August 7 from 7:30pm-10pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South on Marina Park Way
Price: $20 to $85

Listen to the San Diego Symphony perform selections inspired by the Bard during A Midsummer Night’s Concert at the city’s waterfront park. Actors will also give short performances from Shakespeare’s most popular plays sonnets for fans of this literary genius.

Maks & Val Live on Tour: Our Way

When: August 10 from 8pm-9:45pm
Where: San Diego Civic Theatre at 1100 3rd Avenue
Price: Tickets start at $49.50

Dancing with the Stars alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy joins his brother Valentin for Maks & Val Live On Tour: Our Way. The two will bring their passion for the art of dance to San Diego in a show that’s sure to keep you captivated from start to finish.

Bike the Bay

When: August 28 from 5:30am-12:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park
Price: $55 to $60

Explore San Diego by taking a 25-mile bike ride that will start and finish at Embarcadero Marina Park in downtown SD. Riders of all skill levels are welcome to participate in this non-competitive bike ride that will go through five different, yet incredibly scenic, communities before wrapping up with a post-ride celebration.

Wrap up any of these exciting days by heading back to your room at the Pacific Inn in Little Italy. Our affordable hotel is conveniently located near some of downtown San Diego’s most famous attractions including Horton Plaza, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village. Click here to book your stay online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager.

How to Protect Your Fragile Souvenirs During the Packing Process


Packing fragile souvenirs can seem rather tricky. Items made out of glass, for example, may be particularly intimidating. The reality, however, isn’t that daunting. Before leaving your room at the Pacific Inn San Diego, follow these simple packing tips to protect your souvenirs while in transit.

Use Clothing as Padding

Wrap especially fragile objects using clothing items such as T-shirts, socks, and jeans. Remember, too, that layers are your best friends when it comes to protecting your valuables. People often say that the key to successful packing is packing light, but that isn’t always the case. Packing light can be a recipe for disaster for people who have fragile souvenirs waiting inside of their suitcases. Fill up any gaps with smaller pieces of clothing including undergarments and socks to keep your fragile souvenirs from bumping into each other and breaking.

Wrap Items in Bubble Wrap

Some people like to bring home lovely wine or perfume bottles after fun-filled vacations. The only problem is that these items can be rather fragile. After you return home from a trip, the last thing you want to see is all of your belongings drenched in liquid and covered in glass. You can avoid this nightmare scenario, however, by cautiously and meticulously wrapping any glass items you have in bubble wrap. Once your bottles are fully covered with bubble wrap, put them in the middle section of your suitcase. This placement can offer your items the most secure protection during travel.

Store Objects in Small Boxes

Get some extra protection from boxes. Keep any fragile souvenirs you’re bringing home in tiptop shape by getting durable boxes to put them in. A simple shoebox, for example, can be extremely useful for the packing of fragile items. That doesn’t mean that you can neglect the use of bubble wrap or clothing to protect your items, however. Keep your fragile souvenirs safe and sound by carefully wrapping them and placing them in small boxes.

Buying souvenirs is one of the best parts of traveling to San Diego. Fortunately when you stay at the Pacific Inn, you won’t be far from nearby shopping centers and boutiques in downtown San Diego. Our affordable hotel also offers quick and easy booking, friendly customer service, and convenient amenities to help you make the most of your visit. Make your reservation online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager.

Petco Park Will Host the 2016 MLB All-Star Game


For San Diego baseball fans, the MLB All-Star Game is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Scheduled to take place July 12 at Petco Park, the 2016 game will feature many of the league’s most prominent players. Before the game, fans can take part in FanFest from July 8-12. The annual event will be a festive and star-studded celebration not only for die-hard baseball fans, but also San Diego residents, business owners, and cheap Petco Park hotels that will be gearing up to welcome tourists into the city.

Petco Park, located in downtown San Diego, has been home to the Padres since 2004. In July 2016, the stadium will join Wrigley field, Yankee Stadium, and a long list of other famous ballparks in MLB All-Star history. This year, fans can look forward to the famed All-Star Sunday, which includes a softball match-up between celebrities and MLB Hall of Fame inductees. Among the celebrities slotted to join the lineup are model Nina Agdal, actor J.K. Simmons, and rocker Pete Wentz. The team will face off against the baseball legends such as Tim Raines and Ozzie Smith, an All-Star veteran who made his Major League Baseball debut as a San Diego Padre.

The first All-Star game took place in 1933 at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, and since then, the tradition has been an integral part of the baseball season. One of the more distinguishing aspects of the game is the incorporation of fan voting into the selection process. This year, fans have already chosen Baltimore Oriole, Adam Jones, who graduated from Morse High School in San Diego. Fans can also expect to get a close-up look at top minor league prospects at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game during All-Star Sunday on July 10. For those who don’t attend any of the games, the weekend will be filled with other exciting events like the concert, which will feature musical guests like Gwen Stefani, One Republic, and Tori Kelly.

Don’t miss the big game when you visit San Diego this July. Buy your tickets online and remember to book your stay at a nearby Petco Park hotel like the Pacific Inn. Our budget-friendly hotel offers easy access to popular attractions like Petco Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the San Diego Convention Center. Click here to book online or call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today.

5 Reasons to Celebrate Independence Day in Coronado


Independence Day is the perfect time to enjoy the best of what Coronado Island has to offer. In addition to patriotic parades and breathtaking fireworks displays, you can also treat yourself to free entertainment including concerts and swim contests. Book your stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn so you don’t miss out on all the fun this 4th of July. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss it.

1. Crown City Classic

Start the day off right with a little exercise by making your way to Tidelands Park to run in the Crown City Classic. You will have your choice of running a 12K or a 5K while children can partake in a kid-friendly half-mile fun run. Register online to join the Crown City Classic.

2. Rough Water Swim

Stay cool on a hot, sunny day by taking part in the annual Rough Water Swim at Central Beach. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in at 9am. Register at the foot of the stairs if you wish to take part. Swimmers under the age of 18 must be USAS swimmers. For an alternate activity, make your way to family-friendly Glorietta Bay and enjoy a more leisurely swim at the beach.

3. Independence Day Parade

Starting on Orange Avenue from 1st Street and continuing to Churchill Place, Coronado’s annual Independence Day Parade kicks off at 10am and continues until 12:30pm. Towards the end of the parade, be sure to stick around to watch the 21 Gun Salute in honor of America’s 240th birthday.

4. Art in the Park

Take in an amazing concert performed by the Coronado Community Band in the gazebo. The show starts at 4pm in Spreckels Park on Orange Avenue, which also has picnic tables and a playground for kids to use.

5. Fireworks

Wrap up Independence Day with Fireworks Over Glorietta Bay, Coronado’s spectacular fireworks show. Avoid the traffic and walk over to the bay at a leisurely pace or rent a bike for the day. The fireworks are synchronized to music and start around 9pm. Tune into KYXY 96.5 FM to hear what patriotic songs they paired with the pyrotechnics.

Once the show is over, head back to your room at the Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego. Our affordable hotel is a comfortable place for guests to unwind after an exciting day in the city. Take advantage of our convenient location by exploring local favorites including Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village. Let us help you book your stay today when you call 1-800-571-2933 to check for rates and availability.

4 Fabulous Events to Enjoy This July


Staying in a San Diego downtown hotel this July and looking for something to do? That’s easy! Summertime is when America’s Finest City shines the brightest in terms of exciting events. We’ll help you get started on your quest for summer fun. Here are four exciting events coming up this July that you’re sure to love.

1. Summer Movies in the Park

Enjoy the Summer Movies in the Park event at the USS Midway Museum. Venture to the picturesque Navy Pier on Saturday, July 2, to watch the 1989 Kevin Costner fantasy classic Field of Dreams. When you want to combine high-quality cinematic entertainment with fresh air and friendly company, Summer Movies in the Park is exactly what you need.

2. Coronado Independence Day Parade

Show off your patriotic side in lovely downtown San Diego by spending the day at the Coronado Independence Day Parade. This awe-inspiring Fourth of July event begins on Orange Avenue and First Street and goes all the way to Churchill Place. If possible, try to get to the event early. It’s always fun to have a good spot that allows you to see the wonders of the parade up close.

3. Twilight in the Park

Experience the joys of Twilight in the Park’s free summertime concerts. You can listen to beautiful live music when you head to Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion on Tuesday, July 21t, to witness the extraordinary talents of the San Diego Youth Symphony. Twilight in the Park is perfect for people who want to enjoy cultural experiences in San Diego. This concert is an hour in length and begins at 6:30pm.

4. Trade Winds Concert

Seaport Village is a popular San Diego dining and shopping destination located right by the stunning San Diego Bay and is the perfect spot for summertime fun. Head to Seaport Village’s East Plaza Gazebo on Sunday, July 31, to revel in some classic rock tunes from Trade Winds, a well-known local musical act. If the idea of classic rock with a breezy island flair sounds appealing to you, this free concert will make your day.

Don’t forget to make your reservation at the Pacific Inn & Suites while planning your vacation. Our budget-friendly hotel makes it easy for guests to save their money for San Diego’s star attractions like Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Coronado Island. We also offer convenient amenities to help you relax after a fun-filled day of exciting summertime events. Book your stay when you call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today.

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