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Budget Travel: Hotel Room Cooking Tips


While there’s something to be said for experiencing the dining delights unique to San Diego, there’s something equally appealing about doing some of the cooking yourself in your cheap Petco Park hotel room. In addition to saving some dough, you’ll also get to explore area markets and mingle with locals as you do your pre-meal shopping.

Ironing Board Basics

Make use of your travel iron to do some quick cooking. If you don’t have an ironing board, place a towel on the counter. With cheese quesadillas, for instance, you’d wrap the flour tortillas and shredded cheese in aluminum foil and press with a hot iron.

Buy Fresh Locally

San Diego has plenty of farmer’s markets where you can find affordable fruits and veggies for your hotel room cooking needs. Deli cold cuts and fresh bread can also serve as the basis for some tasty meals.

Pack Shelf-Ready Food

Pack stuff that’s fairly durable and resistant to going bad. Shelf-ready basics include jars of peanut butter and jelly, packages of crackers, dehydrated veggies and cans of soup. You might also consider bringing some dried seasonings in plastic containers to add some pizzazz to your meal.

Bring Microwave Cooking Aids

From bacon holders to baked potato pouches, there are many handy microwave-cooking products you can bring with you. Don’t forget to bring a few microwave safe bowls and cups to make simple delights like French toast in a cup (torn bread and whisked eggs) and 4-minute corn on the cob (leave the husks on!).

Go Instant

There are several budget-friendly foods requiring minimal prep you can either bring with you or pick up in San Diego. You can’t go wrong with instant oatmeal, instant rice, and even instant refried beans. You could also bring some ramen along for some comfort food on lazy days.

Minimize the Mess

Remember other people will be doing the cleaning when you leave the hotel. Clean up spills, throw garbage into grocery or brown bags and line the sink with napkins when dumping anything greasy down the drain. It will save you and your housekeeper a major headache.

While pre-planning your hotel room meals, remember to book a room at a budget-friendly hotel with the necessary amenities. The Pacific Inn & Suites offers affordable rooms that are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, irons, and ironing boards to make hotel room meal prep quick and easy. We are also conveniently located near some of San Diego’s most beloved attractions including Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and Seaport Village. Click here to book online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to get our best rate guarantee.

Petco Park Offers New Delights for 2015 Season


2015 Season Delights  in Petco Park

Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres, is a great place to catch a game and grab a delicious bite to eat. San Diego’s famous ballpark has more than 60 concessions to choose from, including several new menu items this year. Before you head to the park, plan your in-game dining around these great options hand-picked by the staff at the Pacific Inn Downtown San Diego.

Juicy Lucy Burger at The Patio

The Patio has two spaces in the park this season behind sections 228 and 128. While you will undoubtedly have trouble narrowing down the menu options, the famous cheddar-stuffed Juicy Lucy burger topped with caramelized onions on a brioche bun is a must-have.

Swell Coffee Roasting Co.

If you need a little pick-me-up by the seventh inning, try a coffee from the park’s new concession. The Patio in Left Field will be serving up smooth coffee from Mission Beach’s Swell Coffee Roasting Company all season long.

Cocktails at Deep Eddy Vodka Hideaway

The Vodka Hideaway, from Austin-based Deep Eddy Vodka, will debut in Petco Park this May with a bar located on the Toyota Terrace level. Be sure to try the official craft vodka brand of the Padres during your next game and follow it up with a roll from Zenbu Sushi, which will be featured on the bar’s menu.

Garlic Beer Buddies at the Pizza Port

What’s a game without a good beer? Enjoy a cold one along with the restaurant’s signature garlic beer buddies, served with marinara and ranch sauce. While there are many beers to choose from, try the exclusive Petco Park Pale Ale brew.

Mahi Mahi Tacos at Rimel’s Rooftop Grill

Make game day complete by dining atop the Western Metal Supply Co. Building–previously reserved for private groups only–and enjoying fine Mahi Mahi tacos or rotisserie chicken at Rimels Rotisserie.

Coming to San Diego to catch a few baseball games? Reserve a Gaslamp Quarter hotel room and you can walk to the field as well as all the action after. Give the Pacific Inn a call at 1-800-571-2933 to find out about our great rates and ongoing discounts!

3 Pizza Places in Little Italy You Won’t Soon Forget


Best Pizza in Little Italy

No doubt, San Diego is a food lover’s paradise. If you’re staying in a Little Italy San Diego hotel, you have the good fortune of being in one of the best neighborhoods for noshing at all hours of the day. With so many options, you’ll find it hard to prioritize. However, one thing is for certain: When in Little Italy, you must try the pizza!

Isola Pizza Bar

Smack dab in the middle of Little Italy, Isola offers a “fresh, inspired twist on Italian traditions,” and serves pies featuring delicious local ingredients. Favorites like the salciccia with fennel sausage, red onions, tomato, and mushrooms, and the arugula con l’uovo topped with Parmesan, panna, farm egg, arugula, pancetta, and truffle oil have locals in the area coming back time and time again.


Also in Little Italy, Napizza serves gourmet, organic pizza. The crust is homemade, light, and all natural, and pizza is sold by the slice, half-tray, and whole tray. Unique combinations include potato, bacon, and mozzarella; organic chicken, goat cheese, tomato, and pesto; and truffle, porcini, and mozzarella. Gluten-free and vegan pies are also available. As if that wasn’t enough, all food is free of hormones, chemicals, and preservatives.

Cucina Urbana

Just north of Little Italy in Bankers Hill, Cucina Urbana features organic, local produce on every pizza. Pies average $15 and include unique toppings, such as smoked salmon and lemon crème Fraiche; lamb sausage and honey ricotta; olive, fontina, and baby chard; mission fig and Gorgonzola; and smoked prosciutto and pineapple. On Thrifty Thursdays, pizzas are half-off the regular price.

When (or if) you’re ready to branch out, the friendly staff at your hotel in Downtown San Diego can offer some other excellent dining suggestions. Aside from friendly customer service, at the Pacific Inn you can also count on complimentary amenities like free Wi-Fi and fresh coffee and tea served 24-hours a day. We also offer special park and fly and park and cruise packages for our guests. Call 1-800-571-2933 to learn more and book your room!

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in San Diego


Top Vegetarian Restuarants in San Diego

At the Pacific Inn San Diego, CA, we often meet vegetarian guests who are concerned about finding tasty options while on vacation. Although most don’t want to be the sole dissenter in the group and are willing to “find something” on the menu, with options like these, everyone in the party will be happy to eat at a veggie-friendly restaurant.

The Naked Cafe

The Naked Cafe serves food that proves you don’t need to eat meat to enjoy delicious cuisine. The tasty meat-free menu appeals with carnivores and herbivores alike, boasting unique plates like coconut French toast, the pesto scramble with potatoes, tailgate tacos featuring soy chorizo, and the goddess wrap filled with ginger tofu.

Evolution Fast Food

Located on 5th Avenue, Evolution Fast Food is a citywide favorite serving delicious vegan and vegetarian options. Grab a seat and nosh on raw tacos, choose from a variety of burgers, or taste one of their famous wraps. If you’re heading to the zoo or the beach, swing through the drive-thru instead!

Salad Style

Vegetarian foodies unite! Salad Style’s menu includes everything from red pepper bruschetta to Caesar salad wrapped in lavash. The setting is casual and comfortable, welcoming those who want to study or grab a quick bite to go, and their pizzas and salads are made with organic ingredients.

Native Foods Cafe

Colorful dishes and a low-key environment make Native Foods a favorite among vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Adventurous eaters can try Jamaican Callaloo on Mondays or the sesame kale macro, while others might enjoy the chicken run ranch burger or classic deli Reuben. Those who can’t leave without dessert will dig on the gluten-free peanut butter parfait or key lime pie.

Cafe 21

With both vegan and vegetarian menu items, Cafe 21 is a hot spot in downtown San Diego and is known for its hip decor and plates that look like art pieces. Favorites on the menu include the spicy bloody Mary and the tiramisu short stack.

Looking for more local suggestions? When you reserve a room at leading San Diego Convention Center hotel, the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, you can count on friendly customer service available 24/7, comfortable accommodations, and unbeatable rates. Click on the “Reservations” tab above or give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 to book your room!

Give Yourself a Jolt at These Downtown San Diego Coffee Shops


Top Coffee Shops in Downtown San Diego

Whether you love coffee or need a pick-me-up after a long night, swing by these coffee shops in downtown San Diego. Each one has its own character, so try them all and find a favorite for next time!

LION Coffee

If you want 100% Kona coffee, this is the place to find it. This shop is known for their stellar coconut lattes made with espresso, milk, a coconut shot, and a dollop of foam, as well as their lion Thai mocha latte made with espresso, condensed milk and yummy Ghirardelli chocolate. The inside it pretty small, so if you’re planning on sitting and reading or chatting be sure to have a back up plan if you can’t find a spot.

James Coffee Co

Located in Little Italy, around the corner from your cheap Little Italy hotel, this shop maintains a cool Industrial vibe, and has an operating schedule that’s easy to memorize: 7am to 7pm everyday. Bags of beans can be purchased and on-site grinding is available. The shop also supports a no syrup policy–they use sugar, honey, and agave as sweeteners.

Elixir Espresso Bar

Situated in an old historic building among a few San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotels, this shop attracts visitors with its unique vibe and charming characteristics, like the caged elevator that must be taken to access the restroom. Smooth espresso shots, Mexican Mochas, and delicate crepes have made this a favorite stop for locals and tourists alike.

Old Gallery Coffee House

This is the place to go for a legit Mexican breakfast or brunch accompanied by a delicious Mexican Mocha. Prices are reasonable and ample upstairs seating provides a peaceful moment early in the day. It tends to be less crowded than larger well-known coffee shops in the area.

Tabac Specialty Coffee and Cigars

Although they don’t cater to early birds with their 10am opening time, they do offer great coffee and stay open until 1am or 2am depending on the day. They also serve hookah and have an extensive cigar collection.

Gearing up for a trip to San Diego? Reach out to one of the leading downtown San Diego hotels, the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We’ve got an unbeatable location in the heart of city, no booking fees, and the best rate guaranteed. Want to hear more about our amenities? Call 1-800-571-2933 and a Reservation Manager can answer questions, check availability, and help you secure your room!

Grab a Bite at San Diego’s Snackiest Sandwich Shops


Sandwich Shops in San Diego

You’ve packed a beach towel, sunscreen, hat, and tunes, but don’t forget to pack lunch! Swing by a tasty sandwich shop in San Diego before heading to the water. When you’re hot, tired, and hungry, you’ll be happy you did. The friendly staff at a leading hotel in downtown San Diego has created this list to make your decision a little easier.

Devine Pastabilities

Located within the Midway District area of the city, this Italian restaurant has made waves in the San Diego sandwich scene with its signature menu item, the Torpasta. The Torpasta is a crisp, burrito-shaped bread roll that is filled to the brim with the pasta dish of your choice. The divine flavor of the Torpasta is only enhanced by one of Divine Pastabilities’ fresh, homemade sauces.

The Gourmet Bagger

The Gourmet Bagger, also located within the Midway District, features a diverse menu of more than 25 gourmet sandwiches. Their commitment to using only the freshest ingredients can be tasted in the tender slices of steak in the Bagger Cheesesteak or the delectable pesto spread on the Pesto Turkey Burger.

Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant

Mona Lisa has called the Little Italy district its home for nearly 60 years and continues to be an icon of great Italian food. With its own full service deli featuring luscious Italian wines, gourmet cheeses, and specialty dried meats, Mona Lisa is a surefire choice for an authentic taste of Italy in your sandwich.

Chronic Smoothies Blazin Grill

Don’t let the name fool you– Pacific Beach’s Chronic Smoothies serves addictive deli sandwiches using only Boar’s Head meats, and distinctive hot sandwiches such as the Spicy Buffalo Chicken.

Gaglione Brothers

Gaglione Brothers has two locations serving San Diego and each location specializes in flavorful, expertly crafted cheesesteaks stuffed with savory ingredients like Portobello mushrooms, jalapenos, and cherry peppers.

Rubicon Deli

Located right on the main drag of Mission Beach, Rubicon’s appetizing sandwiches pack even more flavor than their colorful names suggest. The Dapper Dipper boasts a heavenly combo of tri-tip and rich horseradish, and the Spicy Tuna on garlic cheese bread will blow your mind.

We don’t have sandwiches, but at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites you can count on a comfortable room, 24/7 customer service, and the best rate guaranteed. If location is important to you, you will be happy to know we are a leading SAN airport hotel, and also close to Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter. Give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about availability!

All About San Diego’s Cat Cafe


The First Cat Cafe in San Diego

You read the article title right: San Diego has a cat café. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, the establishment allows each adoptable cat to bond with customers in a relaxed and playful environment. Although San Diego is known as a pet-friendly community that often welcomes dogs at many of its establishments, the Cat Cafe is the first of its kind in San Diego. Here is everything you need to know about the new café, brought to you by the curious staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites.

Coffee and Cats

San Diego has a long list of cafes for coffee enthusiasts who want to relax and enjoy some freshly brewed beans. However, The Cat Cafe is the first to have cats on-site for guests who want to do more than order coffee or read a good book. Cat Cafes are popular establishments in Taiwan, Japan, London, and Paris, and give adoptable cats a place to get some human love and affection rather than staying in cages at local shelters.

Benefits for Customers

The cats aren’t the only ones to win in the situation, research has shown people who regularly interact with cats experienced reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and endorphin release. If you find a feline you just can’t live without, you don’t have to. All of the cats (with the exception of two full-time cats) are available to adopt on the spot through a partnership with the San Diego Human Society.

The High-Quality Menu

The Cat Café offers a full menu of espresso drinks and locally roasted coffee. It has also partnered with a local bakery to offer delicious muffins and other baked goods.  Food and drink are purchased in a different space, separated by a wall from the cat room, although patrons are allowed to bring their drinks in the room at their own risk.

Kitty Quiet Room

There is an additional, private space for the cats to retreat when they need a break or just want to sleep. It’s also where they are able to do their business since no customer can enjoy coffee in a litter box.

The Cat Café is the first of its kind in the country, so even if you aren’t a cat lover or can’t take one home with you, it might still be worth checking out just to say you did. If you’re planning to visit San Diego soon, make the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites your first choice hotel. Our hotel near San Diego Airport is conveniently located near San Diego’s top attractions, we have several great promotions running, and our rates are downright unbeatable. To reserve your room today, call 1-800-571-2933 and speak with one of our friendly Reservation Managers.

Where to Go for Business Dinners in Downtown SD


Top Downtown SD Restaurants for Business Dinners

Besides awesome beaches, amusement parks, and the Zoo, San Diego is a mecca for business meetings, largely in part to the many conventions hosted each year. If you’re coming to visit sunny San Diego on business, the knowledgeable staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites near downtown urges you to consider these downtown San Diego restaurants perfect for discussing details of a new deal or catching up with associates you haven’t seen in a while.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Enjoy some of the best seafood in San Diego while having a business dinner at this popular downtown restaurant. The servers are friendly and the food is fresh and perfectly prepared. The fresh selections at the oyster bar are available a la carte and the wine selection is impressive. Oceanaire is also conveniently located near several inexpensive San Diego Convention Center hotels.

Café Chloe

This cozy café nestled in the heart of downtown San Diego is an ideal spot for mouthwatering business dinners with a French twist. The waiters are more than willing to make helpful suggestions should you have trouble narrowing down your menu selections. If you’re planning a larger business gathering, consider booking at Olive & Rose, Café Chloe’s event space conveniently located right next door.

Greystone the Steakhouse

If you prefer upscale dining for your business dinner, you can’t go wrong with Greystone, a multilevel space with plenty of ambiance. Greystone’s signature elk chop prepared with a blackberry glaze comes highly recommended, and the steak selection is outstanding.  Wrap up dinner with some creme brûlée cheesecake and you won’t be disappointed.

Bice Ristorante

You’ll find it hard to keep your mind on business when sampling the delicious Italian cuisine found at this downtown San Diego dining destination. The service is attentive and the atmosphere is at a level where you can still conduct business or catch up with associates without shouting or struggling to hear. Sample something from the cheese bar or dive right into the classic, yet modern, entrees. Bice also offers a private dining room for larger parties.

If your convention ticket is paid for but you haven’t found a room yet, make the Pacific Inn, a top San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel, your first choice. The Pacific Inn offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour fresh coffee and tea, and the best rate around guaranteed. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and reserve your room today.

Tastiest Restaurants in the Gaslamp


Best Gaslamp Restaurants

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It offers a picturesque backdrop of modern offices and historical buildings, and boasts dozens of shops, clubs, bars, and, of course, restaurants offering a variety of tastes from local fare to international cuisine. After you get situated at your hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, head out for a bite at one of these four local favorites.

1. Blue Point – 565 5th Avenue

This popular seafood and oyster bar was the first of its kind in the Gaslamp. The food is fresh and delicious, and mouthwatering assorted fresh oysters go for $16. Indulge in the chef’s seafood tower or the rich lobster bisque, a hearty soup that entices the palate. Seafood entrees range from $36-$48. Steaks are over $40.

2. La Fiesta – 628 5th Avenue

This is the spot for authentic Mexican food bursting with bold flavors. Menu options include tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas and tortas. Complement your meal with a margarita, and, depending on when you go, music from a DJ. Lunch entrees range from $11 to $16.

3. Nobu – 207 5th Avenue (Hard Rock Hotel)

The finest and freshest Japanese delicacies are here, from sushi and sashimi to unique tobanyaki-style beef and seafood. Creative menu options are seemingly endless, though any choice will stun you with an explosion of taste. Look to spend about $30 for most items, including salmon tataki, red snapper sashimi, and octopus carpaccio.

4. Royal India – 329 Market Street

Royal India offers an elegant dining atmosphere with an outdoor patio for when the weather is nice. The tandoori butter chicken is succulent and tender in texture, and the chicken tika masala is a local favorite. Most chicken items are priced at $18, while beef dishes, like seekh kebab curry, are closer to $20.

Pack your bags and come eat your way through the historic Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. If you haven’t found a hotel yet, don’t worry, the San Diego Pacific Inn has a room waiting for you. We offer flexible dates, free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee and tea around-the-clock, and, best of all, a best rate guarantee. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and promotions.

Places to Eat Near the San Diego Airport


Top Restaurants Near San Diego Airport

San Diego is a foodie heaven. Each and every neighborhood has its own unique flare and diverse offerings to excite taste buds. If you’re staying in a hotel near SAN airport, you have the pleasure of being centrally located among some of the best neighborhood restaurants.

Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop – under $10

Lucha Libre is an authentic, family-owned Mexican restaurant that uses all fresh ingredients. The taco shop holds the community award for best burrito, and is vegetarian friendly. The eclectic menu features both traditional dishes, like burritos, and tasty innovations like pork carnitas topped baked potatoes.

C-Level – $15-30

C-Level’s stunning waterfront views and outdoor seating make this restaurant a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Their menu features American fare like seafood, burgers, steaks, lettuce wraps, and salads. Local favorites include the lobster mac and cheese and the sweet potato fries. Happy hour offers great discounts for travelers looking to pinch a few pennies.

Phil’s BBQ – $10-25

A chain exclusive to San Diego county, Phil’s BBQ’s dishes feature the secret homemade family BBQ recipe. Phil’s prides itself in being a restaurant for clientele driving in on “skateboards or Bentleys.” The restaurant serves quality comfort food like beef ribs, onion rings, and pulled pork.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen – $10-20

Bencotto Italian Kitchen has a modern atmosphere that serves old-world Italian food. The menu is filled with family style dishes, making the restaurant a great place to dine for families or groups traveling together. The  pasta is handcrafted, and “pasta your way” allows guests to create their own dish combinations.

Island Deli – under $10

Island Deli serves breakfast and lunch only, and is a great stop for a quick bite. Everything is made in-house, including roasted turkey, slow cooked pulled pork, handmade chips, and fresh coleslaw.

Depending on how long you’re staying and your budget, you might be so inclined to try every place rather than making  the toughest decision of your trip and choosing just one. In addition to being near the airport, all of these yummy restaurants are located just minutes from the historic Gaslamp Quarter and several San Diego Convention Center hotels.  Haven’t booked a hotel yet? Don’t pass up the Pacific Inn. We offer a best rate guarantee, flexible dates, free Wi-Fi, and newly remodeled rooms. Contact us to learn more about current rates and promotions, or call 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room.


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