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Walk Your Way Through San Diego


Itching to stretch your legs and see San Diego on foot? Explore the coast, unique neighborhoods, or the historical core of San Diego with a guided walking tour. There are dozens offered, but the friendly staff at our cheap SAN airport hotel recommends the following.

Bite San Diego
Downtown San Diego Food Tasting and Walking Tour ($45)

Let your culinary senses lead in this tour of the historic Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy. You’ll stop at several restaurants to try a taste of San Diego while taking in tales of the city’s past.

Ghostly Tours in History
Old Town Walking Tour ($25)

Walk into the houses of San Diego’s founding families and spend an evening with the ghosts of Old Town. Don’t let the spooks scare you away from this fascinating journey!

San Diego History Center
Balboa Park History Stroll ($12)

Join the history experts for a lively and informative stroll around Balboa Park, site of the 1915-1917 Panama-California Exposition and some of San Diego’s most beautiful buildings.

Urban Safaris
Hillcrest, the East Side Story ($10)

With Patty in the lead, you’ll experience Hillcrest, the heart of local San Diego life and rich in history. With architectural styles ranging from Egyptian to Spanish, there won’t be a dull moment on this tour!

Another Side of San Diego
La Jolla Historical Walking Tour ($99)

Walk along the shore and past the upscale boutiques of La Jolla, the “jewel” of San Diego. Be mesmerized by the impressive cliffs, storied caves, and barking sea lions.

All San Diego Tours
Torrey Pines State Reserve Hiking Tour ($40)

Ready to leave the urban jungle and become one with nature? Walk among San Diego’s famous Torrey Pines and take in breathtaking views of the coast.

If location and walkability are at the top of your priority list when visiting SD, you’ll want to book a downtown San Diego hotel room situated right in the heart of the city. Aside from our great location, the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites offers great in-room amenities and competitive rates. Reserve your room by calling 1-800-571-2933 or clicking the “Reservations” tab up above.

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in San Diego


Top Vegetarian Restuarants in San Diego

At the Pacific Inn San Diego, CA, we often meet vegetarian guests who are concerned about finding tasty options while on vacation. Although most don’t want to be the sole dissenter in the group and are willing to “find something” on the menu, with options like these, everyone in the party will be happy to eat at a veggie-friendly restaurant.

The Naked Cafe

The Naked Cafe serves food that proves you don’t need to eat meat to enjoy delicious cuisine. The tasty meat-free menu appeals with carnivores and herbivores alike, boasting unique plates like coconut French toast, the pesto scramble with potatoes, tailgate tacos featuring soy chorizo, and the goddess wrap filled with ginger tofu.

Evolution Fast Food

Located on 5th Avenue, Evolution Fast Food is a citywide favorite serving delicious vegan and vegetarian options. Grab a seat and nosh on raw tacos, choose from a variety of burgers, or taste one of their famous wraps. If you’re heading to the zoo or the beach, swing through the drive-thru instead!

Salad Style

Vegetarian foodies unite! Salad Style’s menu includes everything from red pepper bruschetta to Caesar salad wrapped in lavash. The setting is casual and comfortable, welcoming those who want to study or grab a quick bite to go, and their pizzas and salads are made with organic ingredients.

Native Foods Cafe

Colorful dishes and a low-key environment make Native Foods a favorite among vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Adventurous eaters can try Jamaican Callaloo on Mondays or the sesame kale macro, while others might enjoy the chicken run ranch burger or classic deli Reuben. Those who can’t leave without dessert will dig on the gluten-free peanut butter parfait or key lime pie.

Cafe 21

With both vegan and vegetarian menu items, Cafe 21 is a hot spot in downtown San Diego and is known for its hip decor and plates that look like art pieces. Favorites on the menu include the spicy bloody Mary and the tiramisu short stack.

Looking for more local suggestions? When you reserve a room at leading San Diego Convention Center hotel, the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, you can count on friendly customer service available 24/7, comfortable accommodations, and unbeatable rates. Click on the “Reservations” tab above or give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 to book your room!

Top Spots for Surfing in San Diego


Where to Surf in San Diego

Undoubtedly, you plan to spend at least a little time at the beach while visiting San Diego. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer happy to visit some new waves or just getting your feet wet (pun intended), here are a few of San Diego’s top surf spots.

La Jolla Shores

With protection from the southwest winds, this surfing location is safe for beginners and families. Should you prefer your surf with a little more kick, head down the road to Marine Street Beach for a killer break, known locally as “womp,” or Windansea Beach, which has powerful waves due to steep ocean floor slopes.

Nearby: Walking trails, formal surfing schools

Ocean Beach Pier

Regardless of how skilled you are when it comes to surfing, you’ll be welcomed at this beach, just 10 or so minutes from several cheap SDCC hotels. Waves tend to fluctuate enough for everyone to get their surf on, from beginners to those more accustomed to riding some serious waves.

Nearby: A great burger place, a cafe, an ice cream shop, and board shops

Sunset Cliffs

First things first–you’ll need to be an experienced shredder if you want to hang ten here. The surf tends to pound the rocks hard, but it’s a thrill if you know what you’re doing. It’ll take some time to get to know the breaks within the coves here, but that’s part of the fun.

Nearby: Nothing but parkland and residential homes

Del Mar

You’ll run into a decent mix of surf conditions along the area between Dog Beach and 15th Street, and there’s plenty of room for all skill levels here. On hot summer days, you’ll have no trouble finding the prime surfing spots along the Del Mar shore since the adjacent beaches are usually deserted. Del Mar is about 20 to 25 minutes north of most hotels in downtown San Diego, so if you head up to surf consider making a day of it and exploring the quaint, and ritzy, neighborhood.

Nearby: Restaurants (a bit pricy, but great views), a surfing school offering private lessons, and some local boutiques

Mission/Pacific Beach

The main surfing spot here is between the Mission Bay Jetty and Crystal Pier. The surf isn’t spectacular, but you’ll find some good peaks here and there. You’ll also find some decent swells and breaks during the winter months when the crowds are gone.

Nearby: Belmont Park, PB Shore Club, board shops, sportswear shops, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants

Imperial Beach Pier

This surfing spot, also a prime fishing destination when the waters are calm, offers a nice combination of mid-to-high tides. Surf cams on the pier allow you to check conditions before grabbing your board.

Nearby: An RV resort, free parking (mid-week), an ice cream shop, a t-shirt place, and restaurants

Heading to surf in San Diego? Book a hotel room near the SAN airport at the Pacific Inn and you’ll have plenty of room to store your board. You’ll also be able to take advantage of booking discounts and our great low rates. Oh, and we offer free Wi-Fi, fresh coffee 24/7, premium cable channels, flexible dates, 24/7 customer service, and we won’t charge your card until you check in. Interested in inquiring about availability? Call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 who can help you out!

San Diego Beach Bars Not to Pass Up


Top San Diego Beach Bars

We don’t have to recommend spending time at a beach bar — we already know you will. We just want to make sure you see some of the best San Diego has to offer, so the staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn has handpicked 4 favorites to start.

1. Lahaina Beach House

Order a pitcher of cold beer and relax with friends after a day on the beach at this charming bar-slash-restaurant. The drink selection includes an assortment of tequila delights, and there’s also a patio where you can sit, enjoy your beverage, and watch the sunset. Keep in mind it’s cash only here and it can definitely get packed.

Try: The burritos and fish tacos get rave reviews.

2. Beachcomber

Just blocks from the sand (and about 10 minutes from cheap hotels by the SAN airport), this rustic bar attracts a diverse crowd that ranges from college partygoers to gray-haired perpetual adolescents at heart. There are plenty of TVs for catching up on sports when you’re not people watching, and the beers are cold, the popcorn is free (should you need to get something in your stomach between refills), and prices are reasonable.

Try: The theme nights, including karaoke night and trivia night.

3. Firehouse American Eatery and Lounge

Although this local favorite is currently closed for renovations, it should be opening any day now. Firehouse is a previous “Best Beach Bar” winner, and will be serving up an all-new cocktail menu, delicious food, and tunes from top local DJs both inside and on the rooftop.

Try: Everything! The food and beverage menus will be brand new.

4. Guava Beach Bar and Grill

If you want to catch some of the game while taking a break from the beach, this sports bar is definitely the place to be when not riding the waves or soaking up rays. The service is friendly and there is a dartboard, pool table, and giant Jenga. The decent happy hour specials provide an added incentive to stop here.

Try: You can’t go wrong with some wings topped and a Bionic Beaver to wash it down.

Ready to spend a little time in the San Diego sun? We thought so! Give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 and reserve a hotel room in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter today! As our guest, you can take advantage of our stellar location, flexible dates, and super-low rates! We look forward to hearing from you!

Don’t Leave Little Italy Without Eating These Foods


Best Foods in San Diego's Little Italy

No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to Little Italy. Of course, the best thing about Little Italy is the food, so plan to try out at least a couple of places your next time there. Here are five favorites that will wow you whether you’re a native Italian or didn’t know there were more than 5 kinds of pasta.

1. Small Plates at Davanti Enoteca

Small plates are a great way to sample Little Italy without breaking the bank. You can find classic subs and fabulous bruschetta, or try the quintessential Italian appetizer, the antipasto plate. Step out of your hotel in San Diego’s Little Italy and into Davanti Enoteca, where you can select any antipasti for under $12, with amazing marinated or roasted vegetables, candied walnuts, hazelnuts or capers. For true Italian flavor, try the Tuscan fennel salami paired with any one of the imported Italian cheeses. Add a little bread and a glass of wine, and you’ll think you’ve hopped a flight to Rome.

2. Pasta at Bencotto Italian Kitchen

The key to good pasta is to serve it al dente, which means it’s not overcooked and has just the slightest bite to it. Bencotto Italian Kitchen does just that, and for $16-$19, you can have your choice of pasta and sauce, with half-size portions available for kids (Little Italy is a perfect family dining location). Try the fusilli in arrabbiata sauce–corkscrew pasta in a spicy, garlicky tomato sauce familiar on the southern Italian coast.

3. Pizza at Isola Pizza Bar

Pizza aficionados rave about the pizza from Naples, and you can find true Neapolitan pizza in San Diego at Isola Pizza Bar, just minutes from SAN airport hotels. There, you’ll get a hand-tossed crust, imported Italian ingredients and a pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven. For just $12, you can’t beat the margherita pizza–the acid test of Naples-style pizza, made with just San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil. With 17 other pizza combinations, though, everyone in your party is sure to find something they like.

4. Cioppino at Buon Appetito

While you may have tried pasta in clam sauce, have you ever had cioppino? If not, it’s a must at Buon Appetito, originally from San Francisco, as is the dish itself. The blend of fresh fish and shellfish in a flavorful tomato broth is sure to become your new Italian favorite.

5. Dessert

If you know anything about Italian food, you know the desserts are out of this world, so don’t forget to sample dolci (sweets) in Little Italy. While the cookies and cannoli are awesome at so many spots, you’ll want to stop in at Pappalecco for a dish of gelato, Italy’s smoother, richer version of ice cream. A grande cup will only run you $5.95, and for an extra two bucks, add a shot of espresso on top to make an affogato, another wonderful taste of Italy.

Start your culinary tour of Little Italy by reaching out Little Italy’s leading budget hotel, the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We are in the heart of Little Italy, near the airport, and just minutes from downtown. After sightseeing, visitors can relax in their room equipped with premium cable, a fridge and microwave, and free wireless internet. We have the lowest rates around, offer flexible dates, and keep the coffee brewing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager 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!

Give Yourself a Jolt at These Downtown San Diego Coffee Shops


Top Coffee Shops in Downtown San Diego

Whether you love coffee or need a pick-me-up after a long night, swing by these coffee shops in downtown San Diego. Each one has its own character, so try them all and find a favorite for next time!

LION Coffee
If you want 100% Kona coffee, this is the place to find it. This shop is known for their stellar coconut lattes made with espresso, milk, a coconut shot, and a dollop of foam, as well as their lion Thai mocha latte made with espresso, condensed milk and yummy Ghirardelli chocolate. The inside it pretty small, so if you’re planning on sitting and reading or chatting be sure to have a back up plan if you can’t find a spot.

James Coffee Co
Located in Little Italy, around the corner from your cheap Little Italy hotel, this shop maintains a cool Industrial vibe, and has an operating schedule that’s easy to memorize: 7am to 7pm everyday. Bags of beans can be purchased and on-site grinding is available. The shop also supports a no syrup policy–they use sugar, honey, and agave as sweeteners.

Elixir Espresso Bar
Situated in an old historic building among a few San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotels, this shop attracts visitors with its unique vibe and charming characteristics, like the caged elevator that must be taken to access the restroom. Smooth espresso shots, Mexican Mochas, and delicate crepes have made this a favorite stop for locals and tourists alike.

Old Gallery Coffee House
This is the place to go for a legit Mexican breakfast or brunch accompanied by a delicious Mexican Mocha. Prices are reasonable and ample upstairs seating provides a peaceful moment early in the day. It tends to be less crowded than larger well-known coffee shops in the area.

Tabac Specialty Coffee and Cigars
Although they don’t cater to early birds with their 10am opening time, they do offer great coffee and stay open until 1am or 2am depending on the day. They also serve hookah and have an extensive cigar collection.

Gearing up for a trip to San Diego? Reach out to one of the leading downtown San Diego hotels, the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We’ve got an unbeatable location in the heart of city, no booking fees, and the best rate guaranteed. Want to hear more about our amenities? Call 1-800-571-2933 and a Reservation Manager can answer questions, check availability, and help you secure your room!

Spring in San Diego: Events for the Whole Family


San Diego Spring Events

Spring is one of the best seasons to spend in San Diego. Most days aren’t too hot or too cold, there are fewer visitors than summer, and there are a number of really awesome family-friendly events. The Pacific Inn in San Diego has narrowed the long list down to a few of the most enjoyable for all ages.

90th Annual Coronado Flower Show
Apr. 18-19

Just across the bay from cheap San Diego Convention Center hotels, visitors will find the country’s largest tented flower show. This annual event in Coronado features dozens of flower exhibits in tents that surround a central gazebo, which is the central stage for entertainment and presentations. Those 21 and up can relax and listen to live music in the wine and beer garden. Tickets are $5.

25th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
April 19

Over 300 exhibits will be featured in Balboa Park at this annual event promoting environmentalism. Visitors can enjoy art, dine at the food pavilion, and even tour different themed areas that are all focused on preserving Mother Earth and informing the community. There will also be an area for kids featuring crafts, face painting, games, hands-on activities, and a stage with youth-focused entertainment.

Annual Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo
May 2

To celebrate Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, Old Town will be hosting a celebration for Cinco de Mayo a few days early with authentic Mexican food, live entertainment, and three music stages. Both kids and adults can enjoy viewing a low rider car show or participating in a soccer competition with other guests. A children’s area and stagecoach rides will also be available. Admission is free.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
May 31

Folks travel from all over to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Both adults and kids can run or watch this annual event that features different types of music played along the way, a health and fitness expo, and the Racekids Kids Camp. Registration starts at $40.

Planning to pack your running shoes? Don’t wait to book a room. Cheap downtown San Diego hotel rooms wont’s last long. Call the Pacific Inn & Suites at 1-800-571-2933 and find out about our best rate guarantee. We also offer guests top amenities, a great location, and flexible dates. We look forward to hearing from you!

Secret San Diego: Hidden Bars


San Diego's Secret Bars

When the sun goes down and you wash the sand out of your hair, check out San Diego’s secret bars.

The Noble Experiment
Where: 777 G Street

With a name inspired by the failed “noble experiment” of prohibition back in the 1920s, this bar is actually located near your San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel within a restaurant called The Neighborhood. The bartenders, self-proclaimed “mixologists,” will make a drink suited to your preferences if you’re in the mood for something a little more personalized. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly required.

Where: 548 5th Avenue

Put on your best Bond duds (there actually is a dress code) and make your way to…a law office? Don’t be fooled. Just press the buzzer and a doorman will greet you and explain the house rules. It’s first-come, first-served, so start your exploration efforts early in the evening. They’re open Wednesday through Saturday from 7pm to 2am.

Cherry Bomb
Where: 2237 1st Avenue

Located in a strip mall next to a laundry mat just up the hill from several hotels in Little Italy, San Diego, this little bar can be hard to find since the signage isn’t all that great, but it’s worth the effort. Bartenders tend to be friendly and the drinks are strong (but really, one drink here is like three at other bars). In addition to a jukebox, there’s also a pool table and a foosball table here.

Dussini’s Loft Bar
Where: 275 5th Avenue

Found in The Old Spaghetti Factory not far from Petco Park, this hidden Gaslamp Quarter gem includes a fireplace, a pool table and an “ice ring” around the bar area to keep your beverages cool. Drink selections range from fancy (raspberry and champagne mojitos) to simple (good, old-fashioned beer), and the menu here is a bit more extensive than what you get at most bars.

Vin De Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor
Where: 901 5th Avenue

Even the door to this bar is hard to spot, but that’s part of the fun. Once you get inside, you’ll probably hear claps from the patrons since there’s a hidden camera outside that allows those already inside to watch in amusement as people try to find the door. After making your way inside, you’ll definitely be taken by surprise by the Alice in Wonderland decor. The vibe is laid back and the staff tends to be attentive and friendly.

Wondering what else to do in SD? Reserve a hotel room in Downtown San Diego and you will never be at a loss for fun. When you book with the Pacific Inn, you’ll be minutes from Little Italy, the Gaslamp, the convention center, the marina, and the embarcadero. You’ll also keep more money in your pocket thanks to our ongoing promotions and low rates. Call 1-800-571-2933 and a friendly Reservation Manager can help you reserve your room!

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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