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Downtown San Diego Is Hopping with Fun This Easter


When you visit San Diego this March, you and the family can enjoy some of the city’s most popular Easter events. Make sure you book your stay at one of the comfortable hotels in Little Italy so you can enjoy these fabulous downtown festivities.

The Easter Bunny at Seaport Village

Head over to Seaport Village for a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny to choose from several photo packages for the family. Children will love dressing up in their best Easter attire and getting a professional photo from March 19th to March 26th between the times of 11am to 4pm.

Easter Buffet Brunch

Enjoy a decadent Easter brunch at Extraordinary Desserts with a large buffet that will include a variety of pastries, signature desserts, smoked meats, and gourmet cheeses. Guests will even be able to indulge in a Princess Kaiulani cake, which comes with caramelized coconut cream vanilla bean mousse and white chocolate shortbread chunks. Coffee and tea will also be served during the meal.

Hornblower Easter Brunch Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing brunch cruise, which will allow you to take in beautiful views of the San Diego Bay while dining over an elaborate buffet. Live music and entertainment will be available with free flowing champagne and a chance to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $62 per person.

Benito Bunny’s Great Easter Egg Hunt at Balboa Park’s Puppet Theater

Both children and adults can enjoy seeing a live theater performance from March 23rd to March 27th in Balboa park. Watch a family-friendly story about Benito Bunny and his search for the missing Easter eggs that were stolen by Freddy Fox. Hand puppets and props will be used to tell this fun and festive story. Tickets are $5, but children under the age of 2 are free.

Kroc Church Presents Easter Eggstravaganza

Over 17,000 eggs will be hidden during this elaborate Easter egg hunt that will feature an appearance by the Easter bunny, a bounce house, music, and numerous games. Breakfast will also be served until 9am to fuel your kids as they search for hidden eggs. Admission is free for guests to attend.

When you plan to spend Easter in San Diego this March, make sure you make your reservation at the Pacific Inn & Suites. Our comfortable hotel is located near some of San Diego’s most popular attractions including Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and Little Italy. After a fun and festive day celebrating Easter with the family, head back to your home away from home and enjoy some convenient amenities such as cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and fresh coffee and tea. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 to make your reservation today.

Pop into the Pop-Up Beer Garden Downtown


One of the most anticipated attractions coming to downtown San Diego area is the pop-up beer garden at the Andaz San Diego hotel, which is located at 600 F St. in the Gaslamp Quarter near the cheap Petco Park hotels. The mini beer garden will welcome hotel guests, tourists, and locals in the city to try a variety of craft beer flavors in a laid-back setting at RoofTop600. Guests can order different types of bottled beer and German classics while indulging in a setting that adds to the popular beer culture that’s gained momentum in our beautiful city.

Patrons will also be encouraged to try a variety of German-inspired appetizers, which includes pretzels, schnitzel, and currywurst a few other flavorful menu items with an American twist. The pop-up beer garden stands out from other establishments by offering German-inspired beers from local breweries from around the San Diego area including unique flavors that hail from Lightning Brewery, Ballast Point, and Mike Hess Brewing.

A number of outdoor games will also be available for patrons to partake in while visiting the rooftop location each day to mingle with other guests. Giant Jenga, Cards Against Humanity, Connect Four, Ping-Pong, and other lawn games are all offered at this exclusive location. Guests can also take a dip in the rooftop pool or lounge in one of the private cabanas that can be reserved for groups.

The panoramic views of the city are another benefit of this trendy location, including picturesque sights of the Coronado Bridge, the ocean, and the San Diego skyline. Guests can enjoy soaking up some sun while sipping craft beers and lay out on one of the many lounge chairs set up along the rooftop.

Tourists who want to enjoy the benefits of this upcoming pop-up beer garden can visit the location for a limited time throughout the month of April. The establishment is open daily at 12pm until the evening.

To make a day of it, be sure to enjoy other downtown breweries and beer gardens near the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. Our affordable hotel offers spacious rooms, great rates, and flexible dates for San Diego tourists. We also offer convenient amenities to help you relax after an exciting day sampling popular beers in our fine city. To book your stay today, click here or call 1-800-571-2933 and speak to a friendly Reservation Manager.

Downtown Irish Pubs to Visit on St. Patrick’s Day


Downtown San Diego is always ready to celebrate any occasion, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Book a room at a cheap downtown San Diego hotel, put on your best green outfit, and do as the Irish do at these leprechaun-approved restaurants and pubs in the city.

The Field Irish Pub

This ambient Gaslamp Quarter hot spot will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to the Emerald Isle. Enjoy homemade Irish dishes including Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef & Cabbage, and Shepherd’s Pie this St. Patty’s Day. Their extensive drink menu includes draft beers and signature cocktails like Irish Mule and Sweet Mickey. Use the Code “Field” to get $5 off admission tickets for the 22nd annual ShamROCK celebration on March 17th.

Stout Public House

This neighborhood Irish pub offers a full menu featuring specialty burgers and sandwiches, along with Irish classics like Irish Bangers & Mash. Happy Hour starts at 4pm daily and runs until 8pm. Take advantage of their drink selection and kick back with a cold Guinness to get you in the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub has been serving pints since the end of Prohibition. Experience the joys of Happy Hour on any day at any time. Domestic drafts start at $3.50 and bottles start at $3. This historic pub is known as the primer blues club in San Diego and you can enjoy live music every night at 9pm. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at Patrick’s?

Dublin Square Irish Pub & Grill

Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal or a tall glass of Guinness, Dublin Square has you covered. Experience authentic Irish dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and couple it with some tasty cocktails. With dishes like Dublin’s Hangover Scramble and Guinness Braised Beef, you’re in for a dining experience like no other.

If you’re planning on enjoying a wild night in the city this St. Patrick’s Day, it’s important to be responsible and have a nearby place to crash. When you book your stay at the Pacific Inn & Suites, not only will you have access to these and other bars and pubs in the Gaslamp Quarter, but you will also enjoy convenient amenities such as free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and in-room coffee makers. To check for rates and availability, go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today.

Festive March Events in Downtown San Diego


Many people visit San Diego for the rich culture and variety of attractions available throughout the year. If you happen to be visiting the city this March, there are a number of events you can attend. When you stay at the Pacific Inn, an affordable Hotel near Little Italy, you can enjoy the following events in the city.

Spring Busker Festival

March 5th – 6th 

Spring Busker Festival is hosted in Seaport Village will feature numerous street performers who will show off their bizarre talents and entertain the large crowds. From knife swallowing to pogo stick tricks, they will perform a number of different tricks that will astound the audience. The event is free to attend.

California Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet

March 12th – 13th 

The San Diego Balboa Theater will showcase a ballet rendition of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, which will feature a new work by guest choreographer Jared Nelson. Tickets start at $40. Children must be at least six years of age to attend the performance.

ShamROCK Gaslamp Block Party

March 17th

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this event by dressing in green and dancing the night away to musical performances by the Bad Haggis, The Down’s Family, The Fooks, and The Fenians. Over 20,000 guests will be in attendance to drink green beer, dance alongside go-go dancers, and order drinks from a 150-foot Irish pub. General admission is $30 for guests.

Easter Celebration at the Westgate

March 25th – 27th

The Westgate Hotel will be celebrating Easter by hosting a Parisian-themed party where guests can enjoy afternoon tea, a champagne brunch, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny himself. Mini pastries will be available for children who can also participate in an Easter egg hunt hosted on the Riviera Terrace. Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children under the age of 12.

Make the most of your visit to San Diego this March by booking your stay at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. Our affordable hotel gives guests the chance to take advantage of nearby events and attractions in the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and Seaport Village. Making your reservation is quick and easy when you book online or over the phone. Call today at 1-800-571-2933 to make your reservation with a friendly Reservation Manager.

Spend an Unconventional V-D with Your Loved One


If you are fortunate enough to be celebrating Valentine’s Day in San Diego, you have many romantic restaurants and beautiful beaches from which to choose. But these options are available every day of the year, so why not plan something unique for your valentine? When you stay at the downtown San Diego hotel, the Pacific Inn, you can organize on offbeat V-Day your loved one won’t soon forget.

Sail the Ocean of Love

Make a splash this Valentine’s Day with some aquatic adventures. Head out to the ocean for a whale-watching adventure or maybe a leisurely cruise to Coronado. There are local companies that embark right from the harbor area for your convenience.

Swoon Over Sonnets

If you are seeking entertainment, you don’t have to settle for the latest date movie at the box office. San Diego is filled with both conventional and quirky cultural events. The Crow Bookshop and Coffee House in Seaport Village is hosting a Shakespearean sonnet reading for Valentine’s Day. The poetry is free, you just have to buy the coffee.

Capture the Moment

Maybe this is a special Valentine’s Day: an anniversary, your first V-Day together, or perhaps you are even planning to pop the question. You can make it more personal with a photo shoot or sitting for a portrait or caricature. San Diego has terrific photographers and other artists ready to accommodate your needs.

Toast Your Love

If you and your sweetie enjoy wine, San Diego offers Wine and Vineyard Tours through Fare Harbor. Or if you prefer suds to grapes, book a tour through San Diego Breweries. They have many breweries and packages to choose from, including Valentine’s Day specials.

Don’t spend the evening waiting for your pasta and listening to everybody’s conversations. With a little imagination you can have a Valentine’s Day as unique as your love. To enjoy the above date ideas and enhance your Valentine’s Day plans, reserve a room at the Pacific Inn near downtown San Diego. Our convenient location puts guests in the middle of America’s favorite city and everything it has to offer, including Balboa Park, Seaport Village, Little Italy, and much more. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 and let us help make this Valentine’s Day memorable for you and your partner.

New App Makes Touring Little Italy a Breeze


The Little Italy San Diego app, free from the iTunes Store and from Google Play, gives tourists all the tools they need to make the most of their visit to the neighborhood. Designed by the Little Italy Association, a registered non-profit consisting of local business owners and community leaders, the app contains all the best Little Italy has to offer. When you stay at one of the hotels in downtown San Diego, be sure to download this amazing app before heading out on the town.

While exploring Little Italy, check out the events section such as Taste of Little Italy and our annual FESTA! Plan your trip using our Places to Stay hotel list, so you can end your day as late as you want and start again in the morning in the center of it all. Peruse our list of restaurants and let your mouth water in anticipation of authentic Italian and Southern Californian cuisine, from coffeehouse dining and people-watching to seafood on the shore. Don’t forget to schedule in some time for shopping for local handmade decorations and clothing. Also, don’t forget to check out our extensive list of suggested tour stops and pick a few of your must-see favorites.

Once you get here, use the app to give you minute-by-minute directions and insights on the history of Little Italy. If you are the kind of person who likes to wander and get lost on purpose, you can use the app to find the ideal place to explore. Use the app when it is time to rest, get a bite to eat, sightsee indoors, do some dancing, or catch a ride. With the Little Italy San Diego app, you will always be able to find something to do, wherever you are.

You can even use the app to make your reservation at the Pacific Inn in Little Italy. Our comfortable rooms come equipped with convenient amenities to help you unwind after a busy day of exploring the city, including cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and pillow-top mattresses. Go online or call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to make reservations.

4 Little-Known Facts About the Star of India


The Star of India has a rich history and is one of the main treasures of the San Diego Maritime Museum. Aside from providing a versatile space for parties and events, she has become a must-see landmark for those staying in a downtown San Diego hotel like the Pacific Inn. Here are more fun and informative facts about the Star of India:

1. The 1863 Star of India is the oldest ship worldwide that still sails on a regular basis. Unlike most restored ships, her equipment, hull and cabins are almost 100 percent original.

2. In 1926, San Diego’s Zoological Society purchased the Star of India. They planned to use it as the focal point of an aquarium and museum they were developing. When War World II and the Great Depression occurred, it led the society to halt their plans. Not until 1957 did restoration plans commence. Progress was very slow, but the Star of India was finally restored and put to sea once more in 1976.

3. The vessel is kept completely seaworthy by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Along with the many other vessels at this museum, the Star of India ships out at least once a year. The Star of India hosts dozens of educational school tours for well over 6,000 kids every year. The museum also offers a Living History Program where students are transported back in time and involved in history-themed activities during overnight visits on the vessel.

4. The Star of India has made an appearance in a few television shows including Dirty Jobs, Ghost Hunters, Great Ships, and Haunted History. Additionally, the 2013 San Diego Comic Con used the Star of India to advertise and promote Ubisoft’s new video game called Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

When you come to San Diego, book your stay at the Pacific Inn & Suites downtown to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Whether you tour the Maritime Museum ships, stroll through Balboa Park, or shop around in Seaport Village, you won’t be far from your comfortable and affordable hotel room. Go online to check for rates and availability, or call a knowledgeable Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to make your reservation today.

The Return of Mardi Gras to the Gaslamp Quarter


When you stay at the Pacific Inn San Diego this February, be sure to take advantage of one of the most anticipated events in the city. Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter is one of the most popular events in San Diego and returns to the city for the party of the year. The annual event will be held on February 6th from 5pm until midnight, which means guests will enjoy the ultimate block party featuring the Big Easy Parade, and talented performers all night long.

Voted one of the top ten Mardi Gras events to attend in the world by USA Today, this event allows both locals and visitors to dress up in dramatic costumes and masks while enjoying the New Orleans feel of the Gaslamp Quarter. Guests will enjoy the energetic nightlife scene including popular bars, VIP venues, and delicious food in the area.

The Silent Disco stage will be set up at 6th and G Street where two DJs will battle over two separate frequencies to capture the crowd’s attention. The Brazilian Arts Stage on 4th and F Street will include exhilarating Brazilian performances by San Diego artists who will paint amazing art pieces as the music plays. Visit the EDM Stage to enjoy intoxicating electronic music including BASS and beats on the stage. For those with more mainstream tastes, Live Music Stage by Tin Roof will feature a number of big country and blues bands that will get the night started on 4th and G Street.

The parade will be one of the highlights of the event and will take place at 9pm. With extravagant floats and over 100 volunteers tossing beads to enthusiastic partygoers, it’s not hard to see why this event is so popular.

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp is for patrons who are at least 21 years of age. You can choose from several experience packages including general admission for $35 to $60 and the VIP tickets, which cost $75 to $100 per person. To stay close to the action this year, make your reservation at the Pacific Inn. After experiencing the excitement of Mardi Gras, you can make yourself at home in one of our comfortable and affordable rooms with convenient amenities like cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to check for availability and make reservations.

Get a Chuckle at a Downtown San Diego Comedy Club in January


Comedy fans will love discovering new comedians as well as popular performers at San Diego’s downtown comedy clubs. No matter what tickles your funny bone, the city is seeing a growing community of comedians honing their material. There is no shortage of great acts coming to the area in January, and when you stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn, you won’t have to miss out on any of them.

The American Comedy Co.

The American Comedy Co. is located in a historic downtown building that used to be home to a speakeasy. Food and drinks are always on the menu and when there isn’t an open mic night, there’s always a popular comic on stage.

Cristela Alonzo
January 14-16th
$18 Per Person
Comedian and TV sitcom star Cristela takes the stage after achieving national fame with her ABC show Cristela, which she also coproduced.

Mad House Comedy Club

Mad House Comedy Club is conveniently situated in the Horton Plaza Shopping Center. The staff validates parking for guests using the Horton Plaza Parking Garage.

Open Mic Night
Various Nights
No Charge
The club promises no cover, no drink minimum and no promises during their famous open mic nights. Take a shot at becoming a comedian or watch others try to become the next great stand-up act.

The Tipsy Crow

Comedian Mal Hall leads a group of comedians that bring east coast humor to San Diego.

The Gaslamp Comedy Show
Various Nights
$7 Per Person
The Tipsy Crow presents a wide range of music and comedy acts. This multi-level venue also offers VIP experiences.

National Comedy Theatre

National Comedy Theatre is San Diego’s home for improv comedy.

Mainstage Show
Fridays and Saturdays Throughout the Month
This 100-minute improv show features some of the finest comedians in the country. The comedians have performed for audiences over the world, and now they come to San Diego to share their talents with locals and tourists alike.

Stay within the city when you book your trip to San Diego and grab some tickets to the hottest comedy acts in town. While you purchase your tickets, be sure to reserve a room at the Pacific Inn. Our downtown hotel is conveniently located near the San Diego Airport, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village and we offer exclusive amenities to our guests. To book your stay, go online or call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager today.

Will Comic-Con Remain in San Diego?


For over 40 years, millions of comic book and pop culture fans have streamed into San Diego for Comic-Con, a massive convention that has been an economic boon to the local community since its inception. In 2014 alone, Comic-Con generated almost $200 million in revenue for San Diego’s economy. That good fortune could be at risk, however, due to the city’s failure to follow through on plans to expand the popular San Diego Convention Center. If you plan on visiting San Diego this year and stay at a San Diego Convention Center hotel like the Pacific Inn, this may be one of the few summers left to enjoy Comic-Con at its original venue.

Other cities were quick in their efforts to capitalize on the stalled expansion of the convention center. Many have made Comic-Con International lucrative offers in an attempt to secure a hosting agreement for the convention. While Comic-Con organizers have stated that they wish to keep the convention in Southern California, they have not ruled out contenders from Anaheim and Los Angeles if San Diego is unable to provide additional space for convention vendors and guests.

In order to retain Comic-Con and stop the move to Los Angeles, a city that is already known forattractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios, San Diego needs to find a way to provide more exhibition space for vendors. The loss of Comic-Con would certainly hurt the city from an economic standpoint, but the event also has sentimental value for residents. Even the community leaders appreciate the popular event. In the past, San Diego’s mayor and city manager have zip-lined into opening ceremonies and even rechristened San Diego in honor of famous comic book locales like Gotham City. These are the kinds of gestures that resonate with comic book fans and why it would be a devastating loss for the city if the organizers relocate the convention.

Still, it is an economic issue at heart and one that San Diego should not take lightly. A Comic-Con exodus could cost San Diego’s local merchants more than $1 billion dollars in revenue over the next ten years. Fortunately for tourists, the organizers of Comic-Con International have promised the city that the convention will take place in San Diego through 2018. Be sure to take advantage of this deadline and book a room at the Pacific Inn & Suites this summer. Our convenient location allows guests to take a quick trolley ride to the Convention Center without the hassle of finding a parking spot. The Pacific Inn also provides guests with comfortable and affordable rooms so they can relax after a long day at Comic-Con. Click here to book online or call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today.

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