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Beware of Upcoming Travel Delays


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The holiday season is a busy time of year for a variety of businesses, and airlines are no exception. The day before Thanksgiving is recognized as “the busiest travel day of the year” and with December overflowing with holiday gatherings and extravagant New Years Eve celebrations, you can be sure that airports will be packed with people and flights at maximum capacity.

What that being said, any smart traveler will be prepared for flight delays and even the possible cancellation. As a San Diego hotel near the airport, we know how many airlines use our city as a layover destination and want travelers to know what they can do to handle a delayed or cancelled flight in San Diego!

The San Diego International Airport has recently undergone major renovations, creating a Zen-like atmosphere for those traveling in and out of terminal 2. With new shops, local restaurants and even an on-site spa, the airport has taken travel experience to a whole new level, trading layover horror to terminal bliss. However, for those not traveling internationally out of terminal 2, your options are still less than favorable with only a few minor updates to dining options.

So what will help you survive a layover in San Diego? First, pack your electronics and your chargers in your carry-on. There’s nothing worse than having your phone’s battery die with your charger stowed in your checked luggage. The San Diego Airport offers complimentary Wi-Fi and there are charging stations and outlets throughout the terminal so you can surf the web, catch up on emails or watch a movie while waiting for your flight. If you’re bored and want to pick up a keepsake to remember your short San Diego stint, Baja Books and Passport in Terminal 1 are good choices for local San Diego beach themed gifts. They might not offer much beyond your ordinary airport shops, but browsing will definitely help pass the time.

For those delayed by a few hours or longer, you may have time to explore a bit of San Diego. Liberty Station is home to a variety of restaurants including the new Stone Brewery and the USS Midway and Marina District are only a few minutes’ drive. Hail a taxi outside the airport and for about $10, head to San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp Quarter and grab a quick bite while walking down the historic 5th and 6th streets. Also, check with your airline and see if they can forward travel updates to your cell phone. This way if there are any changes in your flight schedule, you can rest assured you won’t miss your boarding, further delaying your holiday travels.

If your flight is unfortunately delayed overnight, know that airlines might not provide you with accommodations. Generally speaking, travelers will only be reimbursed if there are mechanical problems. Travel that is delayed overnight due to weather is considered out of the airline’s control, and typically requires passengers to find and pay for their own overnight lodging. Also be aware that San Diego has a “no fly” policy after 11:30pm, meaning no flights are allowed to depart from the airport after said time.

If you are in need of an affordable place to stay to accommodate a cancelled or delayed flight in San Diego, contact the Pacific Inn located a few miles from the airport. Our nightly rates are available year round, even during the busy holiday season and we always have a variety of hotel promotions so be sure to ask about current deals for additional savings. We understand delayed travel can be stressful and want to help make the process of finding a clean and cheap hotel last minute as hassle and headache-free as possible. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve a room or suite!

Downtown San Diego Bars that Stay Classy


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San Diego is home to more than just the San Diego Zoo and glorious beaches, we are also full of hot up and coming clubs and bars which are made even better by the beautiful people that frequent them. If you’re visiting San Diego and happen to be single and ready to mingle, we have a list of the top bars in San Diego that are known for their good looking clientele and easy-on-the-eyes wait staff.

  1. Southpaw Social Club is a newer bar and restaurant right next to San Diego’s Petco Park. They have a Social Hour in lieu of a Happy Hour where San Diego’s casually sexy crowd chat each other up over $5 cocktails and half priced bottles of wine. They also have live music on Thursday and Friday and a DJ spinning beats Friday through Sunday.
  2. Bang Bang, which opened downtown last summer on Market Street, has quickly become the new go-to spot in San Diego. Complete with a Ryan Gosling-covered bathroom and an ambiance that combines a Tokyo subway with San Diego’s Comic Con, it’s clear why the city’s socialites flock to this unique bar and restaurant. This is the place to grab a late night dinner and then stay for drinks and dancing.
  3. Searsucker is impossibly crowded on weekend nights with good looking business men and women, both locals and tourists alike. If you’re tired of the booming club scene and wants somewhere that is classy and trendy at the same time, then Searsucker will likely meet your needs. If you’re lucky you might catch the celebrity-chef owner, Brian Malarkey, who is known to stop by for cookbook signings and a friendly ‘hello.’

Less than two miles away from these hot spots is the classy and affordable downtown Pacific Inn. If you’re interested in getting our advanced booking rate, call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak to a reservations specialist.

Off the Beaten Path in San Diego


New Attractions for Tourists

San Diego is famous for its beautiful weather, tourist attractions and premier dining. Almost every guide book will recommend a trip to the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and La Jolla Cove. And after, if budget permits, will encourage you to stop at Donovan’s Steak and Chop, Blue Point Coastal, Oceanaire or Fleming’s for a first class meal and an unparalleled dining experience.

However, what if you’re looking for something off the beaten path? That’s where we come in. The Pacific Inn offers a list of our favorite “hidden gems” of San Diego. Whether it’s your first, second or tenth time visiting San Diego, check out these “not-as-popular” but just as exceptional, attractions, activities and restaurants:

  • Mount Soledad – Mount Soledad is the perfect landmark for the outdoorsy vacationer. Climb to the peak of Mount Soledad and take in some of the most breathtaking views of San Diego’s coastal shoreline. On clear days, visitors can enjoy the 360 degree view which includes the entire city of La Jolla, all the way to the edge of Mexico. Additionally, at the top of the hill sits a cross, acting as a memorial and tribute for our nation’s fallen soldiers.
  • Whaley House – If you love paranormal activity, the Whaley House in Old Town San Diego is a must stop for visitors. While the area attracts tourists for its Mexican and Latin inspired cuisine, visitors should consider touring the Whaley House premises. Ranked in the number one position on the “America’s Most Haunted” show on the Travel Channel, you’ll have to see for yourself if the historic 1800’s home is truly haunted.
  • 30th Street in North Park – Are you a foodie or mixologist? Maybe you’re both! Either way, anyone with a serious passion for gourmet food and drinks will fall in love with the colorful neighborhood of North Park. The neighborhood’s main drag, 30th Street, is overflowing with bars, breweries and gourmet eateries, all with a whole lot of flair. For those staying in a more popular area such as downtown San Diego, worry not, as a simple hop on the SDMTS or a short taxi ride can get you to and from North Park in no time.
  • 3rd Corner in Ocean Beach – This premier wine bar and bistro is tucked away amongst Ocean Beach’s dive bars and coastal retail shops. Once a small wine shop, the eatery began serving small plates and soon an expansion became necessary to accommodate its growing popularity. The true California Bistro menu can be paired with more than 800 and champagnes from around the world, guests enjoy fantastic food for great prices. Love brunch? Stop by on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm and enjoy Bottomless Mimosa Brunch which includes a decadent entrée, all for less than $20 per person.

Need a place to stay during your trip? Reserve a room at the cheap Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego. Although our convenient downtown location isn’t necessarily off the beaten path, you can travel to any desired sites and attractions with ease. Plus, our affordable accommodations ensure you’ll have plenty of cash left to spend on dining and entertainment. For more information about our hotel deals, rates and availability, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.

Guide to San Diego Beer Week


Guide to San Diego's 5th Beer on the Pier Event

San Diego Beer Week officially kicks off with the Brewer’s Guild Festival this Friday and Saturday. Appropriately named “Beer on the Pier,” the brew tasting event will take place on the Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego.

This event is a short 12 minute walk from some of the top Downtown San Diego hotels, like the Pacific Inn, which is perfect for those who plan on using all of their 15-20 beer taster tickets. Friday’s $75 VIP Brewery Takeover tickets include unlimited beer and food tasting and an opportunity to get to know local brewing experts. A combo ticket, good for Friday and Saturday, is on sale for $100, or you could opt for general admission which is $40 for 15 samples. For an extra hour of tasting and 5 more beer ticket, purchase the premiere pass for $55.

You can purchase tickets online at www.brownpaperbag.com or get your general admission tickets at the door. If you feel like going to soak up the experience without soaking up the suds, designated driver tickets are $50 for Friday and $25 for Saturday’s event.

This downtown festival, which is less than two miles from San Diego’s Horton Plaza, is bringing in live music to entertain beer aficionados as well as food trucks to satiate those alcohol-induced munchies. Another bonus is that all beer drinkers receive a free commemorative glass, in which you’ll have the opportunity to sample everything from the hoppiest of IPAs to smooth and rich porters from some of the best local breweries.

The Brewer’s Guild Festival is just the start of a 10 day long series of beer events designed to celebrate San Diego’s growing microbrewery industry. There will be exciting tasting events and parties throughout the county, all of which you can find on the SDBW website.

Those staying near Balboa Park and the Gaslamp in downtown San Diego can also check out some nearby SDBW participants including Hamilton’s, Monkey Paw, Carnitas Snack Shack, and Ritual Kitchen. One thing’s for certain, residents and visitors will definitely have plenty of options when it comes to an ice cold brew!

Car Sharing Services Gain Popularity in San Diego


Ride sharing is a great option for San Diego visitors.

If you are visiting San Diego, you’re probably faced with the age old question of should you rent a car? For most visitors, it comes down to price and convenience. Your vacation budget and how much you’re willing to spend, as well as what area of San Diego you are staying in are going to be key factors in helping make a decision.

For instance, if you have a larger vacation budget, you may opt to stay in a central area such as downtown San Diego, not far from the SAN Airport. Then, you can walk or cab to a variety of activities, allowing you to skip the rental car. On the other hand, if you have a more limited budget, staying further from the city center may allow you to save on your accommodations and reserving a rental car will allow you travel on your own schedule. What if we told you there was a new way of travel that gave you the best of both worlds?

Ride sharing, also known as car-sharing services are taking San Diego and other major cities such a San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta and New York by storm. Ride sharing makes transportation accessible to individuals with a simple smartphone app. All you have to do is request a ride and a driver will arrive at your destination within minutes to take you to your desired destination. While it sounds like a cab, the drivers are people just like you, and their fares are significantly less.

In San Diego in particular, you can expect a ride to be almost a third less of what it would cost from a typical cab. A few well known services in San Diego are Uber and Lyft. Both provide transportation throughout the San Diego County. This type of transportation was introduced to provide car-reliant metro areas with large college populations (where transportation might not be preferred), a more efficient travel solution. However, in addition to being great for locals, it’s also a great option for visitors.

Visitors who are interested in staying downtown can opt for more affordable hotels outside of the Gaslamp Quarter and do not have to worry about the expensive daily rate for renting a car as a car-sharing service can get you from the airport to your downtown hotel or the San Diego Convention Center for about $9 including tip! And if you’re going a few blocks, you can expect fares to be less than $5. Everything is cashless making the transaction even more convenient.

So the next time you’re in a new city, check to see what ride sharing services are available and if you’re visiting San Diego, think about skipping the rental car!

6 Reasons to Visit San Diego in the Fall


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San Diego is known for its sunshine, beautiful beaches and laid back surf culture. However, that doesn’t mean that summer is the only great time to visit America’s Finest City. If you’re planning an end of the year trip, you really should consider San Diego as a destination. Need some convincing? Here are the top 7 reasons to visit San Diego in the fall.

  1. Weather. Although we can’t promise clear blue skies, San Diego generally doesn’t get too much rain. You’ll likely still be able to do a variety of activities during your trip and the chances that you’ll be hindered by storm weather make taking a gamble worth it. Plus, unless your other options for a fall vacation include a few tropical destinations, finding great weather is a problem you’ll run into in most places.
  2. Price. San Diego during the fall is the perfect for budget vacationers because it is considered “off-peak” season. Prices for downtown hotels and rental cars will likely be offered at a cheaper price in order to entice visitors to stay. You can stay at a clean, centrally located hotel, for prices around $75 a night. Who can beat a deal like that?
  3. Attractions. Many of the San Diego attractions in San Diego are just as beautiful during the fall as they are in the summer. Plus, with places like the San Diego Zoo, it’s often better to come during the cooler months as this is when the animals will be the most active. In addition to the zoo, other attractions vacationers can still visit during the fall include SeaWorld, Balboa Park, Little Italy and Old Town.
  4. Events. With a variety of holidays scattered throughout the fall and early winter, a visit to San Diego allows visitors to enjoy a variety of highly anticipated events that only come around once a year. A few of our favorite annual November and December events include San Diego Beer Week, the Old Globe Theatre’s production of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival, Holiday of Lights in Del Mar and Balboa Park’s  December Nights.
  5. Restaurants. The restaurants in San Diego highlight cuisines from around the world at price points comfortable for all visitors. Many restaurants and eateries also change their menus seasonally, using only the freshest produce. Enjoy some of the area’s top fall produce, seafood and more.
  6. Crowds. No matter where you go in San Diego during the fall, there is likely going to be less people. So whether you’re heading to a theme park or checking out some of area’s local attractions, there won’t be as many people checking them out with you. You’ll get to take advantage of the same great events without having to worry about waiting in long lines.

What more reason could you need to visit San Diego this fall? Visit www.pacificinnsd.com to check out our current hotel deals or call 1-800-571-2933 to speak to a Reservation Manager and start planning your autumn vacation!

From Out of State and Don’t Know where to Stay in San Diego?


San Diego travel tips for out of state visitors

San Diego attracts thousands of travelers and vacationers from around the nation each year. However, if you’re not from the Golden State, you may have not have a single idea of where you want to stay. Plus, depending where you’re from, the high costs of accommodations and attractions in California might surprise you! So here are a few suggestions for where to stay based on the most popular reasons for visiting San Diego, as well as some insider tips on how to save on hotel rates.

Adventurous vacationer.
If you’re coming to San Diego for a vacation, you’ll likely get the most out of staying in or near the downtown district of San Diego. In addition to the endless nightlife of the famous Gaslamp Quarter, there are a variety of attractions to enjoy including the USS Midway, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and for sports fanatics, Petco Park. You’ll be within a few blocks of all the 24/7 action with options including restaurants, bars and entertainment.

  • Insider savings tips: If you’re trying to save money, reserving a room near Petco Park in neighboring areas like Little Italy will ensure additional savings, while still providing the same great accommodations. Plus, you’ll only be a mile or two from the Gaslamp, an easy cab or bus ride away.

Beach bum.
If you love the beach, San Diego’s more than 70 miles of pristine coastline creates the ideal place for you to vacation. Choose from great beaches including Coronado, La Jolla, Mission, Pacific and Ocean beaches. Coronado and La Jolla are upscale beach communities, whereas Mission, Pacific and Ocean beaches are more laid back and are great for students and families. Almost all of the beaches have renting companies along the shore as well, so if you want to try your hand at surfing, snorkeling, kayaking or whale watching, you’ll have plenty of options.

  • Insider savings tips: Staying on the beach will be the most expensive option, typically starting at $150 a night and depending on the area and your dates of travel, can be as expensive as $350. If you’re looking for affordable accommodations near San Diego beaches, staying in central San Diego near Hotel Circle or downtown gives you easy access to the beaches, all about 10 minutes away by car.

Family fun.
There are so many wonderful family attractions, museums and theme parks in San Diego including the Zoo, SeaWorld, the Children’s Museum, the Wild Animal Park and Legoland. Talk with your kids about the attractions they’ll want to see most so you can make sure to make the most out of your visit. Those flying into the San Diego Airport will be able to access all of these attractions either by rental car, taxi or private transportation.

  • Insider savings tips: Do your research before you decide where to go! If you’re on a tight budget, certain parks are more expensive than others and some attractions like the San Diego Zoo include free parking while others do not. If you choose to stay at a San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld preferred hotel like the Pacific Inn, be sure to ask about discounted admission tickets.

Curious student.
San Diego is home to three major universities so you have plenty of options if you’re scouting campuses for the upcoming school year. San Diego State is located the furthest from the airport, more inland toward Mission Valley. University of California San Diego is located in La Jolla and University of San Diego sits perched atop a hill in the neighborhood of Morena. All can be explored in a day or two (depending on your pace) and each offers their own campus tour designed specifically for prospective students.

  • Insider savings tips: If you have a flexible schedule, travel during the week as the costs of hotel rooms will be lower than on the weekend. Additionally, because students apply for university in San Diego’s non-peak season, try to plan your trip around this time to take advantage of the lowest hotel rates.

Ready to start planning your San Diego vacation? Click here or contact the Pacific Inn & Suites directly at 1-800-571-2933 to learn about current hotel specials and upcoming rates and availability. We offer a variety of hotel deals throughout the year to make sure our guests are able to use their savings for the countless attractions and events that take place in our beautiful city. Make the most of your vacation with the Pacific Inn and take advantage of our complimentary amenities including parking, wireless internet, daily breakfast and more!

Best Haunted Houses Based on Fear Factor


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If you’re deciding where you should go for your fall travel destination this month, consider San Diego! San Diego has Halloween fun for all ages, including over five haunted houses throughout the county. Pacific Inn has narrowed down the list of our favorites and we’re telling you where they are, what ages should go, and what to expect.

San Diego Halloween for Kids (Scare level: Low)

If you have little kids that scare very easy then Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park might be more up your alley. The scariest thing you’re going to witness here on October 29 is the doggie costume contest. Museums will be opening their doors for free (for children 12 and under), crafts will be made and costumes will be worn.

Halloween Fun for the Easily Frightened (Scare level: Medium)

The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds offers something for everyone.So what can you expect at this haunted wonderland? A haunted hayride, the super spooky House of Horror, a Zombie Paintball Safari, and The Chamber maze (complete with a dead-bolted exit). As a token of appreciation for all the San Diego military men and women, Scream Zone has discounted tickets available at all of our local bases. Click here for additional information about military accommodations and discounts.

Haunted Houses for Adults Only (Scare level: High)

If you’re interested in going to downtown San Diego’s Haunted Hotel orThe Haunted Trails in Balboa Park we recommend leaving the kiddos at home. The terrifying actors that fill up the dark corners on these tours aren’t messing around; they think chainsaws and scary clowns are child’s play. The Haunted Hotel now features a “Walking Dead” dungeon that will have the hair on the back of your neck standing up, and The Haunted Trails takes you on a twisted one-mile stroll through the dark park which will surely get your heart pumping.

Other Options for Halloween Haunts

If you are thinking you want a thrill that’s a little more authentic, then stay near the historical Old Town San Diego where the Whaley House is waiting to give you chills. This is the city’s famous real haunted house and the house staff is throwing in extra Halloween surprises for tour guests during the month of October.

Need a place to stay that isn’t haunted? If you’re planning your trip to San Diego be sure to check out the Pacific Inn Hotel, where we guaranteeall of our guestrooms areghost free. Call 1-800-571-2933 to ask about our discounts and to make a reservation.

Top 5 Romantic Date Spots in San Diego


Great date night destinations in San Diego

Just picture it: dim lighting, a sexy ambiance, soft glowing candles, and the sweet sound of music flowing in the background. If you’re looking for a new romantic spot to take your honey, or the best place to impress a first date, then read this list of the top 5 places to spend a romantic evening in San Diego.

  1. Balboa Park. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this. Balboa Park is full of beautiful flowers, lush landscaping, and prime picnic spots. Not to mention there are plenty of hidden grottos and gardens where you can sneak a kiss. If you want to keep the night going, the Pacific Inn hotel in San Diego near Balboa Park offers a luxurious in-room Jacuzzi suite.
  2. Seaport Village. This quaint little seaside shopping and dining town is a great place to go if you’re staying in one of the affordable San Diego hotels near Seaport Village. Couples can stroll along the bay hand-in-hand or grab a bite to eat at the San Diego Pier Café, which sits right above the water.
  3. George’s at the Cove. If you want a place where you simply can’t go wrong, this is it. George’s is famed for its magnificent ocean view on the outdoor terrace, where you’re almost always guaranteed a spectacular sunset. Its prime location in downtown La Jolla also makes this a great area for exploring bars and dessert spots after dinner.

If you want to have a romantic weekend, instead of just one night, consider booking an affordable romantic getaway at the Pacific Inn hotel in downtown San Diego. Call 1-800-571-2933 to book a room or to ask about the discounts we offer!

San Diego’s Top Military Museums


San Diego is one of the country’s largest military towns with over seven Navy and Marine bases scattered throughout the County and home to about 95,000 military personnel. Our military presence makes San Diego one of the best places to appreciate the service provided by the country’s military men and woman. It also provides a beautiful backdrop to soak up military history at some of the area’s best museums and war-related sights.

  • USS Midway Museum: This large vessel was the U.S. Navy’s longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century but it now serves as a floating museum. The self-guided audio that is provided with admission allows for USS Midway tours that are conducted at your own pace.
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum: Located in Balboa Park, this is the place to go for everything related to military and futuristic aircraft. The museum features planes as far back as WWI and currently has a Centennial of Naval Aviation Exhibit highlighting the past 100 years of navy aircraft.
  • MCRD Command Museum: Located at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), this museum proudly displays the legacy of the Marine Corps throughout the years. The location not only serves as a location to preserve military artifacts, but it also acts as a training ground for new recruits.
  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum: This noteworthy museum at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar features 29 aircraft from WWII to today and is the country’s only Marine Corps aviation museum.

Tell Pacific Inn San Diego what your favorite military museum or memorial is in San Diego!

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