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Travel Tips for Pet Owners


When you go on vacation, it doesn’t mean your pets have to stay behind. The friendly staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn has some helpful tips for including your furry friend on your trip.

Find Pet-Friendly Accommodations

As soon as you begin planning your trip, you should search for pet-friendly hotels. Accommodations that accept pets tend to fill up faster than those that don’t because more people are bringing pets on vacation these days. Check with the hotel to see if there are any additional fees for pets and if there are any weight limits.

Locate the Nearest Pet Hotels

If you can’t find a pet-friendly hotel, consider taking your pet to a kennel. Many kennels are more like pet hotels complete with private or shared suites, playtimes, potty breaks, and sometimes even TVs. Food is given at least twice a day and there is always trained staff to look after the animals every day and night.

Bring Familiar Items

Your furry friend may get homesick on your journey, so it might help to bring a familiar toy or blanket on your trip. Stuff his or her favorite chew toy in the travel crate and watch the anxiety melt away. Be sure to also include some tasty treats for your travel buddy as it may make a good bribe for good travel behavior.

Pull Over Every Few Hours

Plan on pulling over every four hours with your pet so he or she can stretch and walk around. If you’re concerned about your pet having an accident in the car, you may consider using a portable crate. Map out a few places you would like to visit on the way to your destination so you and your pet can enjoy some side trips.

While planning a vacation with your four-legged friend, be sure to book your stay with us at the Pacific Inn. Our pet-friendly accommodations are spacious and affordable with pillow-top beds and climate control AC. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager.

Public Transit vs. Rental Cars: Which Is Best for San Diego Tourists?


Downtown San Diego is an amazing place. The area is vibrant, filled with activities, and best of all,it’s completely accessible using public transportation. If you’re considering renting a car while visiting our beautiful city, the helpful staff at the Pacific Inn San Diego can provide some insight as to why you should stick with public transportation instead.

Renting a Car Can be Expensive

San Diego is legendary for its high cost of living, but visitors can also feel the pinch. Using public transportation instead of renting a car can save visitors an estimated $63 per day, even if you could finagle a good deal on a rental car. Rental cars are expensive, and when you factor in the fluctuating cost of fuel,you’re much better off riding the trolley or a bus.

Where Will You Park a Car?

The city seems to have more cars than places to park them, whichcan often leave you hunting for a less-than-favorable parking space, which is often a brisk hike from your intended destination. Parking (especially in the downtown district) is almost never free and can easily range from $10-$25. If you don’t want to pay a premium for a compact space several blocks away, pay $5 for an all-day MTS pass.

Public Transportation Reduces Stress

Instead of navigating unfamiliar streets and traffic jams, transit riders can text and ride, peruse their maps, or just enjoy the sites while someone else is behind the wheel, no horn blowing necessary! It’s also a preferred method of transportation if you plan on hitting up the local bars and clubs, so everyone can enjoy a cocktail or two without drawing straws for a designated driver. San Diego mass transit offers a comfortable, affordable, and low-stress transportation for travelers visiting the city.

The Trolley Hits the High Points

You can grab the trolley or bus and visit many of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, including Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium, and the San Diego Convention Center. Additionally, you have the experience of riding the trolley, which is becoming an increasingly popular activity for visitors who simply want to take in the sights.

For an added convenience to your stay in downtown San Diego, why not reserve a room at the Pacific Inn? Our affordable, newly remodeled rooms offer free Wi-Fi, in-room safe, AC and heating, and cable TV. Call a Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 for quick and easy booking!

Diminish Travel Fatigue with These 5 Tips


Traveling is a tiring experience for most people and the fatigue that travelers experience can seep into their vacation time, making it hard to enjoy their time in a new city. Help manage the feelings of tiredness and fatigue that most travelers experience with these tips from the Pacific Hotel San Diego.

1. Be Prepared
Stress adds to travel fatigue by robbing you of quality sleep time. To alleviate the kinds of travel stressors that lead to fatigue, confirm hotel reservations, route driving directions, finish packing, and print your boarding pass ahead of time and get a full night’s sleep before your day of travel.

2. Forget Your Expectations
No matter how carefully you plan, flights can be delayed, baggage may be lost, and traffic can get backed up. Don’t let these stressors wear you out. Rather than stressing about what could go wrong, try to think about how nice it is to be away from work and home. Enjoy the fact that you are not working and appreciate your time to relax.

3. Stay Away from Caffeine and Alcohol
Drinking too many caffeinated or alcoholic beverages can aggravate travel fatigue by interrupting sleep cycles and making it difficult to get to sleep. Try to avoid drinking carbonated, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages at least six hours prior to bedtime to help ensure you can sleep soundly.

4. Keep Normal Hours
As much as possible, try to stay on your home schedule, even if you’ve crossed into a new time zone. This is particularly important when it comes to your sleep schedule. As staying up later than you’re used to and then sleeping late can sometimes result in insomnia or poor-quality sleep, keeping to your normal hours can be the best way to stay refreshed.

5. Relax
Traveling can be exciting and winding down at the end of the day can sometimes be difficult, which can cause you to feel fatigued the next day. To help yourself relax and get to sleep, do a relaxing activity prior to turning in, like taking a bath or drinking herbal tea.

Are you traveling to San Diego for your vacation? Be sure to select a conveniently located hotel in the city. The Pacific Inn & Suites, a leading hotel in San Diego, is situated in the heart of downtown, making it an ideal spot for tourists looking to explore the beautiful Embarcadero and Gaslamp Quarter. Reach out to a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to book a room or reserve your stay online.

How to be Eco-Friendly While Traveling


Travel Tips to Stay Eco-Friendly in San Diego

If you try to be eco-conscious in your day-to-day life, going on vacation can throw a wrench in your plans. However, even when you travel, there are easy ways to stay green. Read on for some eco-friendly suggestions from the staff at the Pacific Inn in San Diego.

1. Eat Local
While you may already know that eating locally grown foods is healthy, eating local foods can also save a lot of energy. During your trip to San Diego, try finding some delicious, locally sourced restaurants to try. Not only will this make for an eco-friendly meal, but you will get to enjoy local dishes made with fresh ingredients.

2. Unplug Your Home
Before you arrive in San Diego, spend a few minutes going around your home and unplugging your electronics and lamps. While it may be a trial to do this on a daily basis, if you will be away from home for a few days, freeing up some of your outlets can save electricity. Even when turned to off, electronics and appliances still use energy when they are plugged in.

3. Keep Your Thermostat Low
In your hotel room, you can conserve energy by keeping your thermostat on a neutral setting when you’re not in the room. Closing the drapes can also help prevent your room from getting too hot while you’re out exploring the city. Likewise, if your room is cold, instead of leaving the heat on, bundle up with a couple blankets.

4. Share Maps
Many tourist attractions hand out pamphlets of papers, ads, and maps to visitors, which can add up over your vacation. Avoid wasting paper by making it clear that your group would only like one map. This way, you can keep the copy you have as a souvenir, and save a significant amount of paper from the trash.

5. Choose Your Hotel’s Location
The best way to have an eco-friendly trip is to do a bit of extra planning before your arrival. One way to be green and to remove some travel stress when you’re on vacation is to pick a hotel that is close to public transportation. If you’re staying close to bus stops or trolley stations, you can avoid renting a car and dealing with parking. This way, you can be eco-friendly and avoid the stress of driving in an unfamiliar city.

Though trying to be eco-friendly while traveling can be a challenge, at the Pacific Inn & Suites, our central location can help. Our downtown San Diego hotel is conveniently located only a minute’s walk from a trolley station, which makes getting around the city in an eco-friendly way fast and easy. Call a Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to find out about our availability and learn more about our central location, just minutes away from major San Diego attractions. Book your reservation today!

How to Plan a Successful Family Vacation


Family Friendly San Diego

While there are a lot of things to coordinate when planning a family trip to San Diego, there are several ways that you can ensure your trip’s success. Check out these four tips by the San Diego Pacific Inn for making your next family vacation a happy one.

1. Cushion Your Budget
One of the most crucial elements to planning a great family vacation is to stay within your budget. Since there can be a number of unplanned expenses on your trip, be sure to leave some breathing room in your budget when you’re booking the essentials. This way, if you do have money left over towards the end of your trip, you may get to splurge for a fancy dinner, or, if an emergency arises, you have the financial flexibility to take care of it.

2. Check for Deals
Along with planning some wiggle room in your budget, you may want to look for deals on discount sites before coming. Groupon has deals for small groups, so you may be able to get a deal on tickets for the whole family to attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, or even Disneyland. Some companies offer special rates for groups of 5 or more people, so if you have a big family, don’t be afraid to ask for discounts before you purchase your tickets.

3. Invite a Friend
Traveling can be more fun for you and your children if they have a friend or sibling to share it with. If you will be traveling with just one child, consider having your child invite one of his or her friends along on the trip. While you will need to foot the bill for an extra person, having a friend along means that your child will be kept occupied, which means you can have some time to relax.

4. Get a Consensus
Another important step for making your trip successful is to make sure that everyone’s interests are given equal attention. Before the trip, make a list of all of the destinations in the city that are interesting to your family. Then, let everyone vote for their top 2 choices. Make sure to visit everyone’s top destination choice, and then try to squeeze in each person’s secondary choices if time allows. This way no one will feel left out, and everyone will get to do at least one thing that they’re interested in.

Planning family vacations is a challenge for most families, but picking a hotel that will work for your family doesn’t have to be. Reserve a room at the Pacific Inn San Diego and rest assured that your stay will be a comfortable and affordable one. Call a Reservation Manager today to learn more about our complimentary amenities and to find out about our availability. We look forward to welcoming you!


Make the Most of Your Business Trip


Business Travelers in San Diego

San Diego is a major destination for business professionals and for hosting conventions. Unfortunately, business travel often sounds more glamorous than it really is. It can be challenging to find time to see the sights and relax when you’re busy attending meetings or conferences. The following tips will help you make the most of your trip and enjoy some personal time away from work.

Plan Ahead
No matter how busy you expect to be during the trip, spend some time researching things to do in the city before you go. You can also email friends and colleagues who have been to San Diego for recommendations. Prepare a list of the restaurants, destinations, and events you hope to see while you’re in town so you have suggestions at hand if you can find time to get away.

Meet Clients at an Exhibition or Restaurant
If there’s something you want to see in town, plan to meet clients or colleagues there instead of in your hotel’s lobby. Meeting at the restaurant or museum maximizes your time and gives you an excuse to visit a location you otherwise would not have had time to see.

Add Extra Time
If possible, add an extra day or two to your trip to get in a bit of sightseeing. Arriving even a day early for a business trip gives you time to get settled in your hotel in downtown San Diego and explore.

Use Travel Time
A great deal of business travel involves merely waiting to get to a destination. Use your wait time on the plane or in the taxi to get through your work to-do list so you have more time to explore the city.

Get in a Workout
If your days are packed with meetings, nothing melts away the stress of work and travel better than getting in some exercise. When you have little downtime, take advantage of the beautiful San Diego weather to go for a walk or run before work and see the city up close.

Try New Foods
Instead of eating the lunch your company provides, suggest that your coworkers explore local restaurants near your hotel or business destination. Use Yelp and other review apps to find out where the locals like to eat. Work up the bravery to try some local cuisine, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. Nopales (cactus) tacos are a favorite at many San Diego Mexican restaurants.

Coming to San Diego for a work trip? Book a room at one of the top hotels in downtown. The conveniently located Pacific Inn is close to the San Diego International Airport, as well as local attractions, like the Gaslamp Quarter and the famous San Diego Zoo. Reach out to one of our Reservation Managers at 1-800-571-2933 for available dates, or reserve your room today!

Top Tips to Make the Airport a Breeze


SAN Aiport Tips

No matter how excited you might be to head out to a warmer climate, going to the airport at the start of your trip can be a real mood-killer. This is especially true if you happen to be traveling with kids in tow, during a busy season, or with lots of luggage. Fortunately, you can make travel a breeze with these innovative airport hacks.

Take a Quick Picture of Your Parking Spot

You think you’ll remember where you parked, or you write it down on scrap paper at your hotel in San Diego Gaslamp Quarter but accidently throw it in the trash. Instead, use your phone to photograph your parking space before flying will eliminate all of the stress and hassle of finding your car once you get back in.

Secure Luggage Zippers with Cable Ties

Before checking your bags, use a few zip ties to keep your zippers securely closed. This will prevent your luggage from falling open when loaded and unloaded, and it will also protect all of the important items that you have stowed inside.

Use a Mobile App to Find the Fastest Security Line

If there are multiple security stations at the airport that you’re leaving from, use a mobile phone app like MyTSA to find out which of these is moving fastest.

Pack Inflatable Toys for the Kids

An empty gate and an inflatable beach ball are all you need to keep kids entertained when experiencing flight delays. You can also pack board games, playing cards and drawing kits. Making sure that kids have plenty to do will make it easier for you to manage them while waiting to depart.

Carry a Refillable Water Bottle

While you can’t carry a full bottle of water onto the plane, you can carry your own refillable water bottle. This way, you can fill it up once you’ve made your way through the security station and won’t have to spend money to buy expensive beverages in the airport.

Look for a Luggage Cart in the Pick-Up Area

If you need a luggage cart, you may be able to save a little cash by snagging one that was recently used. You can usually find these in the pick-up zone.

Hang Near an Airport Lounge for Free Wi-Fi Access

Although some airports have free Wi-Fi, many limit your access to 30 or 60 minutes. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi offered in airport lounges by sitting close to the lounge entrances. For more room to spread out and full-access to all of the features offered in airport lounges, you can also consider splurging on a day pass.

Before you ever take off, don’t forget to book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel like the Pacific Inn. We don’t believe in sacrificing comfort for price, so in addition to our low rates we offer newly remodeled rooms, HBO and ESPN, and 24/7 customer service. Find out how much you can save by calling 1-900-571-2933 and reserving your room today!

Tips for Traveling During Peak Allergy Season


Allergy Season Tip for Travelers

Allergies can derail even the best-planned vacations. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies that make it much easier to prepare for new climates, exposure to new allergens and the ravages of an unexpected allergy attack. Following are several things you can do to ensure your next trip is a smooth one, in spite of food allergies or negative responses to airborne allergens.

Stow Your Allergy Medicines in Your Carry-On

Lost luggage can create significant problems for people who are reliant upon prescription allergy medicines or over-the-counter products that are difficult to find. Antihistamines and epinephrine pens might additionally be necessary in-flight if people come in contact with dust mites or foods that trigger allergic reactions. You should also make sure to have a bracelet, necklace or card on hand at all times that lists your allergies and any essential medications. If you plan on bringing prescription medicine, be sure to bring the actual prescription just in case.

Opt for a Pet-Free Room

Make sure your hotel puts you in a room that has always been pet-free. Discuss your allergies with the Downtown San Diego hotel manager when making your reservations so that the likelihood of in-room allergens is minimized. Make sure your room is away from indoor swimming pools and bring your own hypoallergenic pillow case and mattress cover.

Find a Nearby Allergist

If you suffer from severe allergies, find the name and contact information of a reputable allergist before departing. Should you need an urgent appointment after having reached your destination, you won’t have to spend time hunting down a good provider.

Get Your Prescriptions Refilled Before Departing

Discuss your travel plans with your doctor before heading out. He or she may be able to recommend several short-term adjustments to help limit adverse responses to new allergens. This is also a good time to get all of your prescriptions refilled. Make sure you have sufficient amounts of each medication for the duration of your trip.

Download a Pollen Report

Many companies offer comprehensive pollen reports online. Find a report that is specific to your destination, and follow this before and during your trip. This will let you know which days are best for outside activities. You can also download a mobile app to stay current with local pollen counts while visiting San Diego.

Order Local Honey

Although there is still limited evidence concerning the efficacy of consuming local honey to control pollen allergies, many people assert local honey has helped them naturally manage seasonal allergies. You can use the web to find a supplier of honey that is local to your intended destination. Consume at least one teaspoon per day starting several weeks before your trip. This could minimize your response to airborne pollen, thereby making it easier for you to get outside and enjoy yourself, even on high pollen days.

The Pacific Inn hotel near the San Diego Convention Center is a great choice for location and comfort. We offer several discounts, including a Park & Fly package, 24/7 customer service, and the best rate around. To speak with a Reservation Manager, call 1-800-571-2933 and book a room today!

Keep It Safe in San Diego This Summer


Summer Safety Tips for San Diego

Every year, millions of tourists flock to San Diego, especially in the summer. Generally speaking, locals will tell you San Diego is a safe place. But we are a big city with a bustling nightlife, so there are a few basic safety precautions worth taking to ensure your vacation is memorable in a fun way. As a leading downtown San Diego hotel for summer breakers, we’d like to share a few tips with incoming tourists.

Know What Areas to Avoid

When you’re exploring on vacation, most people don’t know the good from the bad areas and it can be easy enough to wander into the wrong side of town. Do your research ahead of time and avoid locations that are isolated or away from tourist attractions. Know which streets to avoid and stay in areas that are well-lit with plenty of traffic.

Place a Napkin Over Your Drink

When you’re mingling with other people at a bar or party, place a napkin over your drink as you socialize. Although it may be a difficult habit to begin practicing or you might feel funny at first, holding a napkin over your drink (you can poke a hole for the straw) can prevent someone from easily slipping something into your drink the moment you turn the other way.

Rely on Taxis

Even if you “feel fine,” if you’ve been drinking at all rely on taxis and car sharing. Aside from the fact that this is just responsible behavior, San Diego sets up check points for all the big holidays as well as sporadically throughout the year, especially during summer months. Have the phone number of a local taxi company on hand ahead of time for a plan of action that ensures that you arrive safely back at your hotel without an accident. You can also reserve a hotel room in the Gaslamp Quarter, making it easy to just walk (or stumble) back to your hotel at the end of your night.

Go Home with Friends

One of the most common mistakes made on vacation is going to a party or bar with friends and leaving the event with a stranger. This can easily threaten your safety and make you vulnerable to a dangerous situation. Stick with your friends and have a buddy system in place to ensure that you don’t succumb to a stranger’s ulterior motives.

As with any vacation, it’s important to plan ahead (at least a little) and keep a few safety tips in the back of your mind at all times. For more safety ideas, or to book a downtown or Little Italy hotel, reach out to the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We are minutes from downtown, the airport, and the convention center, and we also offer great rates and promotions. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to learn more!

Visiting the Beach While in San Diego? Read These Tips First


Beach Tips for San Diego Tourists

Thinking of heading out to one of the beaches in San Diego? Follow these simple tips to have the most enjoyable experience during your day of sun and sand!

1. Check your beach attire.

While Black’s Beach may be clothing optional, most of San Diego’s beaches are family oriented. Unless you’ll be in a secluded location, make sure your beach attire is appropriate for eyes of all ages. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable, have to buy a new suit, or drive back to your Little Italy San Diego hotel to change.

2. Don’t assume Fido is welcome.

Want to bring your pup to frolic in the surf as well? For the majority of the beaches, from April 1st to October 31st, dogs are not allowed on the beach from 9am to 6pm and must be leashed when at the beach.

Dog Beach, North Beach Dog Run, Fiesta Island, and Del Mar Dog Beach all cater to the canines and have individual rules. Dog Beach is one of the oldest dog-friendly sites and is open 24 hours. Leashes are optional.

3. Be mentally prepared for parking.

It might sound like an exaggeration, but if you aren’t mentally prepared for parking at a San Diego beach during high season you’ll quickly be overwhelmed and discouraged. Be polite, don’t engage people who swoop in and steal a spot even though you had your blinker on, and if you wait for a person leaving and follow them to their car let them know you want their spot and aren’t just being a creep. Most importantly, depending on the day, the time, and the beach, you could easily spend 20-30 minutes trying to park.

4. Keep your sunscreen to yourself.

Some beachgoers have shunned old-fashioned sun block in favor of the spray on brands. If you prefer the spray, make sure you pay attention to your nearest neighbors as well as the direction of the wind so your fellow beachgoers don’t end up with a mouthful of SPF.

5. Headphones are a must have.

Respect your neighbors on the sand and employ your headphones to listen to your favorite beats! They also come in handy if other beachgoers aren’t using headphones and you’re just not in the mood to listen to their music.

6. Watch your children.

While many beaches employ lifeguards, it is still your responsibility to keep an eye on your offspring and ensure they are not only safe, but not pestering other beach goers who are intent on relaxing.

7. Properly pack up.

When it’s time to head back to your hotel near the SDCC, ensure you shake out your beach towels away from the crowds. Also pick up all of the trash and ensure you leave your space clean for the next visitor.

Visiting a San Diego beach is a wonderful way to spend a beautiful day outdoors, and following these few simple tips will help ensure you have an amazing visit.

For more beach tips or to secure a room for your San Diego stay, reach out to the Pacific Inn San Diego. Our recently remodeled rooms are comfortable and spacious, we offer free Wi-Fi, and always have fresh tea and coffee brewing. You can also count on quick booking, no booking fee, and the best rate guaranteed. Speak with a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 and reserve your room today!

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