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2014 College Fair at the San Diego Convention Center


2014 College Fair San Diego

Are you finally getting ready to send your son or daughter off to college? Prepare yourself for the extensive test-prep courses, college application fees and university tours. Picking the right college can be a difficult and lengthy task, but there’s one organization that is striving to make it easier for your soon-to-be college student. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is devoted to helping students transition into college education by helping them make the right choices early on. One way they aim to help students and their families is by hosting College Fairs all around the country. On Wednesday, April 23, that fair is coming to the San Diego Convention Center. If you’re interested in checking out the event, first start by learning more about Gaslamp Quarter hotels for the NACAC College Fair.

This event is expected to draw in over 6,000 people, all visiting San Diego to explore their college options. Attendees can expect 301 local, national and international 2 and 4-year colleges to be at the fair. Some of the big San Diego schools that will be represented include:

  • California State University- San Marcos (CSUSM)
  • San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • University of California San Diego (UCSD)
  • Design Institute of San Diego
  • University of San Diego (USD)
  • University of Southern  California (USC)

Students can register online for the NACAC College Fair at nacacnet.org. The student inputs pertinent information into an online form, such as intended major, extracurricular activities and SAT score. Once you click “submit”, a printable form will pop up on your screen with a barcode. Bring this form with you to the College Fair so that admission representatives can easily scan your barcode to access your information.

This free event is open to the public so cheap hotels near the San Diego Convention Center will likely start filling up soon. If you haven’t reserved your room yet, call the downtown San Diego Pacific Inn located just 2 miles away from the SDCC at 1-800-571-2933. We’re currently offering 12% off already cheap room rates just for booking in advance.

Are you considering moving to San Diego for school? Explore everything that this amazing city has to offer, all of which is located just minutes from Pacific Inn’s front doors. Our affordable downtown San Diego hotel is just one block away from the San Diego Bay, 2 miles from Downtown San Diego and 10 miles away from the area’s top colleges – University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego.

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Affordable San Diego Restaurants with Patios


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San Diego offers some of the best outdoor dining options because of its near perfect, year-round weather. However, finding the right restaurant with a patio that has great food and affordable prices can be a difficult task. Here are a few patio restaurants in the San Diego area that offer sun, fresh air, and decently priced delicious meals.

Apollonia | La Jolla
Spawned by ingenuity and shaped by simplicity, the dishes at Apollonia are spectacular. Along with old-age Greek favorites that include Moussaka and Dolmathakia, this restaurant uses fresh ingredients and natural flavors to create some surprising meals. Enjoy your mealon the covered and heated patio.

The Blind Burro | Downtown
With its outdoor bar and patio, diners get exquisite views of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Located near Petco Park and San Diego Convention Center hotels, The Blind Burro is the perfect spot to enjoy some Baja Mexican fare and a beer before a big game or after an exhausting work convention. The prices are affordable, ingredients are fresh, and they even serve unique and healthy takes on south of the Border traditions like quinoa mixed green salad and steak tacos.

Jsix Restaurant | Downtown
Not only are farm-to-table meals the emphasis at this American restaurant, but so is a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. Jsix Restaurant offers small plates of fresh produce and sustainably raised meats to ensure quality dining. The bartender also serves quality-focused American cocktails that mix flavor and flash. All of this can be enjoyed on the rooftop lounge that also happens to include a pool and bar. Stay after your meal to sip and socialize at one of downtown’s hottest rooftop lounges, LOUNGEsix. For more information on Downtown San Diego do’s and don’ts while you’re on vacation, click here and find affordable Gaslamp hotels as well!

Indigo Grill | Little Italy
With its covered patio seating and nice views of Little Italy, Indigo Grill serves up class dishes with a modern twist. Rustic and warm, this is a good place to go to enjoy delicious food and a calm atmosphere. Save some money during their great weekday happy hour where they serve $4 beers and 50% off bar food.

At all of the above restaurants, lunch menu items don’t go over $30, so you really can’t go wrong, especially if you’re saving money by staying at a cheap Downtown San Diego hotel room at Pacific Inn & Suites. Pacific Inn is saving you even more money by offering up to 12% off on already cheap hotel rooms just for booking in advance. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933so that you can start planning your San Diego vacation!

6 Can’t Miss February Events in San Diego


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If you’re planning a trip to San Diego this month there’s no need to worry about rain or snow to slow you down! You can pack that social calendar to the brim with some of these fun February events:

  1. KuumbaFest San Diego is an annual event that celebrates African-American expression, culture and heritage. This multi-day celebration runs from February 14-16 and is packed full of events that are fun for the whole family. On Saturday alone you can see a dance showcase, and attend a food tasting event and a fashion show. All the weekend’s events will take place in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter near Horton Plaza. Click here if you’re looking to book a cheap San Diego hotel room near Gaslamp Quarter for the weekend!
  2. This Valentine’s Day celebrate a little differently by attending the San Diego Humane Society’s Pet Drive on February 15 from 10 am to 2 pm. This holiday pet adoption will take place at the U.S.S. Midway right on the San Diego Bay. Adopted animals will all be spayed/neutered, have current vaccinations, and have microchip identification. As a gift to you, the adoption fees for all seniors and military are waived! Seniors and military can continue saving money with a 10% off discount at the San Diego Pacific Inn, a budget hotel near the MCRD and U.S.S. Midway.
  3. Come out for Foodie Fridays at La Jolla Playhouse where along with your theater ticket you get access to gourmet food trucks and craft beer. The last two Foodie Fridays of the season are taking place this month on the 21st at 5 pm and the 28th at 6 pm. Green Truck will be there both nights to serve up their famous 100% organic burgers and salads. New York on Rye will also be parked in La Jolla on Friday to prepare authentic NYC deli food and Red Brick Oven will be cooking up fresh, authentic Neapolitan pizzas for theatergoers on Saturday.
  4. The San Diego Museum of Arts in Balboa Park is getting ready for their next Culture and Cocktails event on February 20. This 21+ event turns the museum into a social mixer with multiple bars, a DJ booth, lighting effects, performances and interactive exhibits. Guests can walk around the museum with a cocktail while viewing famous South Asian Art amidst Bollywood dancers, a Henna body art station and a slow motion photo booth.
  5. Do you like beer? If so, you can’t miss the annual San Diego Winter Brewfest on February 22. Tickets will include access to some of the best local craft beer, a souvenir glass and concerts performed by Headshine and Soda Pants. If you want to take your beer tasting experience to the next level, purchase the VIP ticket for entrance into the festival an hour early with a special cheese and beer pairing.
  6. Circus Vargas is back in San Diego and with their new show Magikaria Extreme it’s more action packed than ever before! Gather under the Big Top in San Diego or Mira Mesa through March 3 to experience astonishing magic, music and circus stunts.

So little time, so much to do! San Diego’s events keep rolling which is great if you’re planning a vacation to America’s Finest City. When picking a San Diego hotel it’s important to look at affordability, location and amenities. The Pacific Inn located near Downtown San Diego is proud to say that we offer our guests a variety of discounts, we’re centrally located near all major attractions and we offer a free hot breakfast every morning!

If you want to learn more about the rooms and services offered at our cheap downtown San Diego hotel, please call us at 1-800-571-2933 so that you can start booking your San Diego social events today!

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Little Italy for $100


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Planning a trip to Little Italy in San Diego? If so, you’ve come to the right place! As a cheap downtown hotel, we understand that not all travelers have an unlimited budget. This is why we’ve created a guide for affordable dining in Little Italy. As a pair, enjoy authentic Italian pastries, pastas and prosecco for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all for $100.


For breakfast, head to Café Zucchero. While there are plenty of places to pick up small pastries along the streets of Little Italy, Café Zucchero offers delicious baked goods and has a morning menu that will provide a little more substance.

Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 11:30am and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am to noon, perfect for early risers who are ready to explore the Little Italy district. Their most affordable menu items are their morning paninis, with the most expensive being their bagel and lox at $7.95. They also have a variety of egg based dishes, as well as pancakes, French toast, oatmeal, benedicts and more. The most expensive item on their menu is 12.95, so even with coffees, couples that make sensible breakfast choices can escape spending just around $20.


We can’t emphasize enough that the options for food in Little Italy are endless! So after a hearty breakfast, grab a few slices of pizza and a soda from almost any restaurant in the area for about $15 for two. However, if you’re ready to go all out and you really are up to wine and dine your way through Little Italy, check out Napizza.

The restaurant prides itself on sustainability and offers healthy and organic pizzas made from handmade dough that is prepared fresh daily. They offer classic slices in the price range of $3 to $5.75 and include favorites such as chicken pesto with homemade basil pesto, a parmigiana with eggplant, and a truffle porcini with decadent truffles and fresh mozzarella. You can also order soups and make your own salads.

That being said, you’ll get the most value when selecting from Napizza’s “Happy Belly Combos” menu. For $10 enjoy a slice of pizza, soup or salad and a fountain drink. Substitute pizza for a focaccia panini for just $12. And last but not least for $13 you can enjoy 2 slices of pizza and a draft beer, or 1 slice of pizza, a soup or salad, and a house red or white wine. Say you pick the most expensive combo — with tax and tip, you’re a little over $30.


While the total amount of money spent on dining for the day will depend on what you decided to eat, we’re going to say you’re left with about $50 of your $100. Since we’ve already touched on pastries and pizza, we had to end dinner with a pasta meal at Bencotto. This modern and chic Italian restaurant offers a variety of authentic Italian dishes and has a “pasta your way” section where you are given 7 options for pasta type (all freshly made in house) starting at a base price of $14. You can pick your sauce with options including traditional meat, spicy sausage tomato, creamy cheese, walnut and gorgonzola, and the list goes on. Stick with the basics and you’re at $30 per person or you can choose to add chicken or meatballs for an extra $5 per entrée. Budget foodies should also consider sharing a pasta plate and a bocconi which literally translates to “plates to share” for about the same price.

From this $30 base, add two glasses of sparking, red or white wine, or a beer for about $20 and you’ve hit the $50 ceiling. With tax and tip you might go over your budget a bit, but we can guarantee you’re pretty darn close. And if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, Bencotto also offers tiramisu, cannolis, crème caramels and a pannacotta which add another $10 to your bill, but don’t worry, we won’t tell.

Book your Budget Friendly Trip to Little Italy

Little Italy is one of the best downtown neighborhoods to visit because it offers a great amount of flexibility when it comes to cost for dining. If you are looking for an affordable hotel in the area, click here for information about the Pacific Inn hotel near Little Italy. We are located just a few steps from the historic district and are also within close proximity to the marina and Gaslamp Quarter.

How to Get out of your Parent’s Holiday Guestroom


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In-laws, you love to hate ‘em. The holidays can be especially trying when your parents invite you and your family to stay in their extra guest bedroom for the weekend. But don’t worry, we’re going to help you respectfully get out of it so that you can actually enjoy your trip in the comfort of a quality, yet cheap San Diego hotel room.

We understand that your parents’ hearts are in the right place and that respectfully declining their invitation can be a tricky situation. All you need to do is remember why you’re trying to weasel your way out of staying in a musky and overly-floral guest room in the first place.

  1. No privacy. There is no place for un-awkward intimacy when you’re staying in your parent’s guestroom. Booking a room at the nearby Pacific Inn would allow you to be within driving distance of their home while also enjoying the romance of an affordable Jacuzzi Suite.
  2. Familiarity breeds contempt. Sometime spending that much time in confined quarters with extended family can be difficult and leads to tension or arguments. Having somewhere to detox and spend time alone is crucial and can make the time you do spend together much more enjoyable and worthwhile.
  3. House rules. When you’re staying with your parents or your in-laws, sometimes grandma and grandpa take on the parenting role, trying to govern over you and your children. Be sure to establish your ground by informing parents what is and isn’t appropriate for your children.
  4. Freedom. You may feel obligated to do everything according to your parent’s time table instead of being able to schedule your own trips. Getting a hotel room will allow you the freedom to plan out your vacation as desired. Prioritize time with family but also allow yourself the opportunity to enjoy the San Diego sights like the world-famous Zoo and some of the beautiful San Diego beaches.

When it comes time to let the ‘rents know you’ll be staying at a hotel close by, just inform them that while you appreciate their offer, you didn’t want your family to overstay their welcome and that you need some quality time alone with your spouse and children over this holiday vacation. It also wouldn’t hurt if you happened to stop by Horton Plaza mall to pick them up something nice for Christmas.

Know someone trying to get out of staying with their parents or in-laws this holiday season? Share this article with them on Facebook or Twitter and remind them to take advantage of the Pacific Inn’s advance booking and AAA member discounts!

Great Gifts for less than $20


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Buying fun, thoughtful and creative presents for loved ones this holiday season doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. If you’re searching for that perfect gift for an active San Diego loved one or friend, then hunt no more! We took care of the research and now all you have to do is get out of your cheap downtown San Diego hotel to do the shopping! Here’s our list of the top 5 gifts under $20 for adventurous San Diegans:

  1. Extreme Adventure Combo at Belmont Park. For $19.95 you get access to Unlimited RUSH Laser Tag, Sky Ropes, Sky Climb, 10 Laser Maze runs and 20 arcade tokens.
  2. Admission to the Birch Aquarium. Tickets cost $12.50 to $17 but the experience of petting a stingray or seeing a sea dragon is priceless.
  3. Race go karts at K1 Speed. For $19.99 adults get 14 laps and juniors get 12, making racing at K1 a great gift for the entire family!
  4. Snorkel at La Jolla Cove. Rent snorkel gear for just $20 at any location around the Cove and explore the surrounding caves and coves populated by sea lions and leopard sharks. This is a great gift idea for those who have family staying at an affordable hotel near the beach.
  5. Jump around at Sky Zone trampoline park in Chula Vista. During their holiday promo you can get 90 minutes of trampoline time for just $15.

San Diego is a city for lovers, family, friends and adventurers, so pack up your bags and book a budget hotel room near Sea World today to get an advanced booking discount. If you call Pacific Inn at least three days prior to your stay you can reserve our luxurious Jacuzzi Suite at a discounted rate, which would surely make a very special gift. To talk to a reservation’s specialist, call 1-800-571-2933.

Combining Work and Play on a San Diego Business Trip


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As a successful corporate traveler, you practically live in the airport, going from city to city, meeting to meeting. We’re here to remind you how to slow down and stop to enjoy the wonderful places your company is sending you to. San Diego is called America’s Finest City for a reason and there are plenty of things you can do in between work obligations and shaking hands with VIPs.

If you’re attending a conference at the Convention Center, then you are already in a prime location for strolling along the Big Bay, shopping at Seaport Village or trying one of the over 100 restaurants available in the Gaslamp Quarter.  Getting outside is a great way to distress and take in the beautiful San Diego sunshine.

Use the trip to reconnect with old friends or make new ones! Schedule that get together with a friend you haven’t seen in years, meet new people at your work gathering, or just go mix and mingle with the friendly people of San Diego.

Maybe you only have a little bit of time but want to see as much of San Diego as possible. Book a city tour on SanDiego.org and choose from whale watching, birding or a guided Gaslamp tour. Another option is the popular GoCar tour. Drive your own mini GoCar during a guided San Diego tour through downtown, Old Town or the beaches.

Perhaps most importantly, use this time to relax. Book an appointment for a massage, take a hot yoga class or detox in a comfortable downtown San Diego hotel room.

Pacific Inn is a great option because it’s close to downtown San Diego and the MCRD, has affordable rates and you can book a room with a Whirlpool Jacuzzi tub! If you’re interested in booking one of our luxurious Jacuzzi suites for your next business trip, call a reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933 today!

A Salute to Our Soldiers


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While last week we celebrated Veteran’s Day on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Pacific Inn & Suites wanted to take the time to recognize our soldiers for their dedication and service. Plus, with homecomings abound, military families are always looking to get away no matter what time of year, making it fitting for us to share some of the top money saving discounts available to the military in San Diego.

With a valid military ID, the following restaurants in the downtown Gaslamp Quarter offer military discounts and are also great for those traveling with little ones:

  • Rockin’ Baja Lobster – 15% off food and beverage purchases
  • Sammy’s Woodfire Pizza – 20% off food purchases
  • Café Sevilla – 20% off food and beverage purchases
  • Ciro’s Pizzeria – $1 off all draft beer and $2 slices
  • Hardrock Café – 15% off food and non-alcoholic purchases

Other family attractions that offer notable discounts include the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park which offer single one day admission tickets to active duty military, cadets of military academies and reserves with active orders, as well as SeaWorld who also offers single one day admission to active duty service members, activated or drilling reservists and National Guardsmen. The Birch Aquarium and the San Diego Air and Space Museum offer a $2 discount for military and family ticket purchases, and the New Children’s Museum offers a 50% discount!

For those who are traveling without the little ones, enjoy a romantic dinner at Katsuya which offers a 10% discount off one’s total purchase, or head to Latitude Lounge for 15% off food purchase. If you’re looking to dance the night away after date night, the popular nightclub Stingaree has no cover for military before 10pm.

Here at the Pacific Inn & Suites, we always offer 10% off to active military and veterans. While some may be here enjoying the coastal city of San Diego, others may be in town for graduation! Located within a few minutes of the San Diego MCRD, the airport and downtown San Diego, we are an affordable and convenient choice for travelers.

Also keep in mind that San Diego is a popular military city and most restaurants and retailers offer some form of a discount, even if it’s not advertised so be sure to ask! If you have a loved one in the military in San Diego or know a military family traveling to the seaside city in the future, help them save by sharing this article with them on Facaebook or Twitter.

Pack Up & Head to Julian for the Day


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If you’re vacationing in San Diego and want to take a day to enjoy the country life of Julian, located an hournorth east of downtown, we have a guide to get you there. Julian is one of the closest places to San Diego that gets enough snow for snowball fights, sledding and snowman making. It’s also a great place for handmade crafts, delicious desserts and wine tasting.

How to get to Julian from the downtown district near the SDCC:

  • Take CA 94 east, merge onto 94 E
  • Exit to the left for CA-125 north
  • Take I-8 east
  • Take the I-79 north exit towards Julian, turn left to stay on I-79 N
  • Turn left on Main Street

Julian is a very small and cozy town, which is why it makes for the perfect day trip if you’re visiting San Diego. Once you get to Julian, be sure to try the famous Mom’s Pies, pick apples at Julian Pie Company, go boating at Lake Cuyamaca, or go on a wine tour. All of the activities in this town make for a great romantic day date.

November 30 is a great day to plan a visit to Julian because you can shop at their Town Hall Market off Main Street or go to the Shelter Valley Art Fundraiser at the Shelter Valley Community Center. If you still haven’t had enough, head to Museum’s Memorial Park for the Julian County Christmas and Tree Lighting event for carols, Santa and more.

When it comes time to head back to the San Diego city lights, stop at Dudley’s Bakery for some apple pie and grab a bottle of wine at Witch Creek Winery to enjoy back at your Pacific Inn Jacuzzi suite, near San Diego’s Balboa Park.

To book a romantic room in San Diego at a discounted rate, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 today!

San Diego’s Snow Season Tips


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Winter is officially upon us and it’s time for San Diegans to prepare for ski and snowboard season! The best place to get everything you could possibly need is at this weekend’s San Diego Snow Jam Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Tickets for the annual event are $15 online or $18 at the door, which also come with a free Snow Valley lift ticket and a SnowJam Card which has discounts on lift tickets and gear throughout the whole season.

After you grab all your gear and you’re set for the season, the question is where to go.The top snow resorts for San Diego vacationers and locals alike, just a couple hours away in San Bernardino County, are:

  • Big Bear Mountain and Snow Summit
  • Mountain High
  • Snow Valley
  • Mt. Baldy

And then there’s Mammoth Mountain. Mammoth is a massive resort about six hours north of San Diego. If you don’t feel like a road trip just grab a hotel near the San Diego airport and hop on a direct flight the next morning. From December 13 through April 13, Alaskan Airlines offers direct flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the San Diego International Airport to Mammoth Lakes. The $80 one-way plane ticket is definitely worth the breathtaking views and immaculate slopes from an 11,000’ elevation (nearly twice as tall as Big Bear).

If you want a little snow closer to home, you can drive to Palomar Mountain in San Diego County! In December and January you will likely find some great snow tubing spots but leave the skis at home. Palomar Mountain State Park doesn’t allow any skiing or snowboarding, but it is a great day trip for San Diego families and friends.

Maybe, being a San Diegan and all, snow isn’t your thing. You can always stay in your sunny hometown and celebrate winter festivities near Little Italy. On December 7 you can partake in their Tree Lighting Ceremony within a snow-free Christmas Village. There will be vendors, food, hot cider, live music, dancing and did we mention food?

If you need a place to stay near Little Italy or the San Diego airport, call Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites at 1-800-571-2933 today. We believe sharing is caring! So if you know someone who loves the snow season and the holidays, share this article with them on Facebook or Twitter.

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