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Summer Hornblower Cruise Events


Looking to enhance your vacation experience in San Diego? If you’re staying at one of the hotels by the San Diego Harbor, there’s nothing better than starting or ending your day with a luxurious cruise. There are many popular cruising companies in San Diego, however Hornblower is one of the most popular.

Throughout the summer Hornblower offers numerous cruises that let passengers enjoy the cool summer evening and take in the beautiful sights of downtown San Diego.

If you want to add a Hornblower cruise to your agenda, here is this year’s summer cruise line-up:

  • City Lights Fireworks Dinner Cruises

    Now through the end of August, passengers can enjoy an hour dinner cruise featuring a 3-course meal, a DJ and champagne. The cruise is topped-off with a fireworks display. This is Hornblower’s most popular dinner cruise, so be sure to reserve your tickets, especially for weekend evenings.

  • Lobster Dinner Cruise

    Every Friday and Saturday night passengers can enjoy a great meal featuring a variety of lobster-infused culinary creations. Best of all, these cruises are year round.

  • Bands on the Bay Dinner Cruises

    Every Friday night through September, passengers can dance the night away to live musical performances by different monthly bands.

  • Saturday Champagne Brunches

    Through August 31, passengers can start their day with a 2 hour bay tour while enjoying a glass of champagne. The champagne brunches are also offered year round on Sundays.

  • Full Moon Dinner Cruises

    On nights with a full moon, which will be August 21, September 19, October 19, November 17 and December 17, passengers can dine and bask in the luminous moonlight.

  • Sights and Sips Sunset Cruises

    Every Friday and Saturday night through October 26, passengers can enjoy exclusive Hornblower happy hour specials followed by a majestic San Diego sunset. The sunset cruise will board at 5:30 and will last until 8pm.

3 Ways to Save Big on Summer Travel


We all know that expenses can add up quickly while on summer vacation. That’s why it is even more important to plan accordingly so you can enjoy savings anywhere possible, whether it is while making your airline reservation or ordering a rental car. The Pacific Inn, a cheap San Diego hotel in downtown, offers a few practical tips that will help take the hassle, and the expense, out of your San Diego summer vacation.

  1. Airfare

    When it comes to saving on airfare, the most important savings tip is knowing when to buy. Try to purchase tickets around 8 weeks ahead of time for maximum savings. Industry experts also recommend purchasing in the middle of the week as airlines often put up promotions on Sunday and Monday and raise the prices toward the end of the week on Friday and Saturday.

  2. Hotel

    In addition to comparing hotels online, visit the actual website of the hotel as they usually post additional discounts and deals. If you do not need extra amenities such as a gym or on-site spa, pick hotels that do not offer these as their nightly rates will likely be less expensive. Also, you want to look for cheap hotels near Gaslamp Quarter and other popular attractions such as Little Italy and the San Diego Bay.

  3. Rental Cars

    When making your reservation, reserve the most affordable car that will meet your needs. Remember, you will likely only be driving it for a few days and its appearance is not the most important. If possible, arrive to pick up your rental car as early as possible. If other renters were unable to return their vehicle in the morning and all of the “cheap” cars are unavailable, the rental car agency is required to offer you an upgrade free of charge.

During your trip, don’t forget that in addition to the major tourist attractions, there are many interesting locations to see that are not as expensive. From spending the day in Old Town or hiking along the nature reserves and parks in San Diego, there are many options for inexpensive activities.

Make the most of your vacation and reserve a room at the Pacific Inn San Diego. We offer some of the most affordable rates for hotels in Downtown San Diego and are in close proximity to attractions such as Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and are only a few miles from the Airport. For more information about rates and availability, contact a Reservation Manager today.

Affordable San Diego Activities & Attractions


While San Diego is home to the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland California, not all vacation budgets can accommodate the expensive admissions rates associated with these theme parks. Whether you’ve already visited these attractions during a previous visit or you’re saving them for your next Southern California adventure, there are still many affordable San Diego activities fun for individuals of all ages.

If you’re on a romantic vacation, don’t skip:

  • Coronado – The beaches of Coronado are always shimmering under the San Diego sunshine. Watch the sunset, walk along the beach or window shop in town. Whatever you decide to do, Coronado is a great destination for a bit of romance.
  • Happy Hour in the Gaslamp – If you’re on a tight budget, there are many restaurants that offer happy hour in the Gaslamp. From rooftop bars to first class restaurants, dine at happy hour with a specialty cocktail instead of going to a full multi-course meal. Click here for more information about the Gaslamp Quarter.

If you’re traveling with young children, check out:

  • Balboa Park – Guests can explore the park grounds free of charge. Stop by for a picnic lunch and let your kids run around the park’s many grassy hills.
  • Seaport Village – During the day, Seaport Village is the ideal spot for young children. Watch kites fly by, ride the historic carousel or check out street performances by magicians and balloon artists.

If you’re visiting San Diego with teenagers, stop by:

  • The USS Midway Museum – The admissions fee for this museum is significantly less than others in area and provides visitors with a look into the rich history of the USS Midway. Plus, teenagers love the museums’ interactive exhibits.
  • Belmont Park – After spending a day at Mission beach, head to Belmont Park, San Diego’s waterfront amusement park. Admission into the park is free and the cost of rides and games won’t break the bank.

Reserve a room at our cheap hotel in Downtown San Diego and enjoy our central location and save even more by skipping the rental car. If you have additional questions about activities near our hotel, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Shop ‘Till You Drop in San Diego


If you are a shopping fanatic, you know that San Diego is one of the best places in California to shop. While others may dream about the sunny skies, pristine beaches, and fun and exciting downtown district, you gravitate to the area’s large outdoor malls and endless options for shopping. However with so many shopping destinations to explore, how do you know where to start? Here are a few suggestions and some insider tips to navigating the malls in San Diego.

A great shopping mall and downtown attraction is Horton Plaza. Why visit Horton Plaza you ask? This multi level outdoor shopping mall offers a premier shopping experience unlike any other. While the mall includes your typical retailers and shops, you can also find a movie theater, venue for live plays and a comedy club.

Insider Tip: Horton Plaza has its own private parking lot. However, parking is only free for the first 3 hours if you spend $10 at one of the stores in the mall and get it validated on the way out.

After exploring Horton Plaza, step outside and check out the shopping in the popular downtown district, the Gaslamp Quarter. While many view the Gaslamp Quarter as a hub for entertainment and nightlife, there are many unique boutiques and shops that feature everything from jewelry to children’s clothing. Offering a true downtown shopping experience, visitors can easily spend the entire day walking up and down the 16 blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter. For more information about downtown shopping, click here.

Insider Tip: Because the downtown district is also home to the San Diego Convention Center and the Padres stadium, the area may be crowded and streets are known to close frequently for events throughout the year.

If you are staying at a cheap hotel in downtown San Diego, you can use your savings to shop at the nearby Fashion Valley Mall. Although still undergoing construction, the addition of new wicker seating areas, palm trees and an expansive outdoor food court have helped transform the mall into a tropical oasis. For the avid shopper, the far end of the mall has also become home to high end retailers including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, and more.

Insider Tip: There are eight different parking lots along the perimeter of Fashion Valley. The lots in the back of the mall, between the anchor stores of Macy’s and Bloomingdales, offer the most parking options with a multi-story lot. If you do not want to drive, the bus and trolley both run directly to Fashion Valley.

Have any other tips for shopping in San Diego? Share them with us!

Family Activities to do This Weekend in San Diego


Looking for inexpensive family activities to do this weekend in San Diego? Here are a couple suggestions to get you thinking:

  1. Go to the beach.

    The continuously nice weather in San Diego makes almost every weekend an excellent beach weekend. All the beaches have free parking, though at on crowded weekends, it may be hard to find. Make it a complete beach day by bringing your own food and have lunch at the beach.

  2. Go to A Padres Game.

    This weekend, the Padres are playing the San Francisco Giants, so it’s sure to be a packed house. Tickets for Park at the Park inside Petco Park are $5. The Park at the Park has lush grass to relax or have a picnic meal on. A large screen TV broadcasts the game so you don’t miss out on the action. A miniature replica baseball diamond at the Park is also a great place for kids to play and get baseball tips at clinics put on by Padres staff. To find more information about Petco Park, click here.

  3. Visit Seaport Village.

    Seaport Village is a beautiful, quiet outdoor shopping venue right along the water in downtown San Diego. At Seaport Village, one can shop at small stores, have an inexpensive seafood meal by the water, ride a 1800s carousel or be entertained by various street performers.  A short walk north from Seaport Village will take you to the USS Midway Museum. Click here for more information on how your family can enjoy Seaport Village without breaking the bank.

Families who want affordable hotel accommodations choose the Pacific Inn. The Pacific Inn is a select San Diego cheap hotel, which offers clean spacious rooms and many complimentary services such as parking and breakfast. To reserve a room, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.

Upcoming Events in Downtown San Diego


Staying at a downtown hotel in San Diego provides vacationers who are looking to explore the area with the most convenience and comfort. In addition to a variety of restaurants and shops to check out, there are endless options for fun summer activities. If you are planning a trip to San Diego this July, the Pacific Inn offers a list of our favorite annual events that we recommend you visit!

Balboa Park’s Twilight in the Park

Each year, Balboa Park hosts Twilight in the Park, a summer concert series that features a variety of different artists and genres of music. During the summer, vacationers can visit the Balboa Park Museums during the day and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, can head over to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion where free concerts will take place from 6:15 to 7:15pm. July features a variety of local artists including the San Diego Youth Symphony, the Marine Band San Diego and the San Diego Civic Arts Dance Group.

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

Visitors coming in July are able to enjoy the Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo. This year’s new exibit is the Conrad Prebys Austrain Outback which visitors can enjoy during extended zoo hours. Stay up late with the animals and check out the Zoo’s newest additions including koalas, wallabies, cockatoos, wombats and more. During the nighttime hours, visitors can also enjoy artistic and acrobatic events and live music performances.

San Diego Comic Con

While tickets have been sold out for quite some time now, there is no bigger downtown event than San Diego’s Comic Con. Even if you aren’t going into the Convention Center for Comic Con, feel free to dress up in your favorite super hero costume and hit the town with the thousands of conventioneers who flock to the San Diego Convention Center each year. If you are a first time conventioneer, be prepared for a lot of crowds, not only in the convention center but in the downtown district. Also, make sure to reserve your room at the Pacific Inn, a cheap hotel in downtown San Diego that offers the most value for budget conscious conventioneers and travelers.

Whether you are coming for a specific event or just looking to relax and enjoy the weather, enjoy your time in sunny San Diego!

San Diego Comic Con is Almost Here!


In roughly 12 days, the annual Comic Con will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. Every year, thousands of people descend on San Diego for the four day convention which features a large array of comic books, aspects of popular television shows and films, and the latest popular cultural trends. Comic Con is also a place to people watch as numerous Comic Con goers attend the convention dressed as their favorite superheroes and show off their elaborate costumes.

With its diverse offerings of comic books, movies and latest pop culture trends, Comic Con has something for everyone. During Comic Con, the San Diego Convention Center is packed with people, so think about using the convenient public transportation options by the convention center.

With the popularity of the event, those attending Comic Con are recommended to stay at one of the downtown hotels near the San Diego Convention Center.  Staying at a nearby hotel will make traveling more convenient and affordable.  Being located a couple miles from the San Diego Airport, Comic Con attendees can take a quick bus or taxi ride to the San Diego Convention Center.  These same transportation options are also available to Comic Con goers who stay at a nearby hotel.

The Pacific Inn is a preferred cheap downtown San Diego hotel located two miles from the San Diego Convention Center in Little Italy.  If you’re looking for a hotel that is centrally located to the convention center and other downtown San Diego attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo, be sure to book your stay with Pacific Inn. The Pacific Inn offers guests clean, spacious rooms and many complimentary amenities, including daily breakfast.

Comic Con goers are encouraged to make their reservations as soon as possible as rooms sell out and open rooms become more expensive. To reserve your room at the Pacific Inn hotel in downtown San Diego, contact us at 1-800-571-2933.

Benefits of Staying at a Downtown San Diego Hotel


When planning a trip to San Diego, you have many options for neighborhoods and places to stay. From quaint bed and breakfasts in the northern beach communities to luxury hotels along the San Diego Bay, the endless options can make deciding where to stay difficult for out of town travelers. However, whether you are in town for business, traveling with a partner, or vacationing with family, you can’t go wrong with a downtown San Diego hotel.

One major benefit of staying at a hotel in downtown San Diego is its central location. After flying into the San Diego Airport, visitors are within a 10 minute drive of the popular downtown district. In addition to the many dining option near the San Diego Airport, visitors will have easy access to area’s museums, live-entertainment venues, bars, nightclubs and more.

For families traveling to San Diego, staying downtown puts you in the heart of all the action, just minutes from popular family attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, the USS Midway Museum and the new Children’s Museum. There are also many options for shopping around the Gaslamp Quarter. After a day of sightseeing, children love picking out souvenirs at the local shops to commemorate their trip.

A final benefit of staying at a downtown San Diego hotel is the cost savings. Because you are within walking distance to many popular events and have easy access to transportation, you can cut additional costs such as renting a car. If you are looking for a cheap downtown San Diego hotel for further savings, consider staying at the Pacific Inn. Located steps from Little Italy, the Pacific Inn offers great value to travelers with a prime downtown location, clean and spacious rooms and affordable rates.

Start planning your trip to San Diego today and reserve a room at the Pacific Inn, a top choice in cheap hotels in Downtown San Diego.

Why Stay at a Hotel near the San Diego Airport


If you’re planning on taking a vacation to San Diego, consider staying at a hotel near the airport.  Reserving accommodations by the airport can save you money and open up new sightseeing possibilities.

One of the benefits of staying at a hotel near the San Diego airport is the savings you can enjoy. A typical taxi fare from the San Diego airport to a downtown hotel is usually less than $15. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about rental car fees, gas or paying for parking. Another tip is to stay at a nearby airport hotel that is not in the heart of the Gaslamp. Hotels a few blocks outside of the Gaslamp often offer the same great amenities, comfort and convenience, but charge a less expensive nightly rate.

Vacationers who stay at a hotel near the San Diego Airport are also in the “center of it all” being surrounded by many tourist attractions.  By staying at a quality, but cheap hotel near the Gaslamp Quarter, you can save your vacation budget for nearby attractions such as Seaport Village, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and Little Italy.

San Diego airport hotels are also in close proximity to a variety of water activities including snorkeling, kayaking and surfing. Downtown airport hotels in particular are in close proximity to the bay where you can catch a whale-watching tour or simply a ride around the bay. Also consider taking the ferry to the infamous island of Coronado and enjoy the white sands and premier shopping and dining. Click here to read more about why you should stay at a cheap San Diego airport hotel.

If you are overwhelmed by your hotel options near the San Diego airport, contact the Pacific Inn. We are located within 2 miles of the airport and are within walking distance to a variety of tourist attractions including the USS Midway Museum, the San Diego Harbor and top Little Italy restaurants. If you have any questions about our hotel or would like to check upcoming availability, contact a Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933.

Why San Diego is Popular among Vacationers


Each year San Diego attracts thousands of vacationers from the United States and abroad who come to enjoy its warm weather, world-famous attractions and relaxing beaches. Come and experience why vacationers visit San Diego for yourself and stay at The Pacific Inn & Suites, located in the heart of downtown San Diego and minutes away from San Diego’s top tourist destinations.

San Diego is home to world-renowned attractions. When visiting, you must visit the San Diego Zoo which is home to one of the world’s largest selections of wild animals. If you like marine animals, visit nearby SeaWorld, home to the famous orca whale named “Shamu.” There is also the San Diego Safari Park which features a safari-like tram that allows visitors to see animals in a natural setting. Visitors who are interested in visiting the Zoo, SeaWorld and the Safari Park should stay at a downtown hotel close to the San Diego Zoo because of its prime, central location.

Another reason why vacationers are attracted to San Diego is because of its warm, sunny weather and beautiful beaches. Vacationers who stay at a downtown hotel near San Diego beaches can enjoy snorkeling at La Jolla Cove, biking through Mission and Pacific Beaches, hiking at Torrey Pines State Beach and exploring the Hotel Del at Silver Strand State Beach.

With a variety of tourist attractions and beautiful and relaxing beaches, San Diego is a popular vacation destination. Come and stay at the Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego and enjoy spacious and clean accommodations and free amenities including parking, wireless internet and fresh, daily breakfast. To reserve a room contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.

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