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Money Saving Ideas for a Memorable Memorial Day in San Diego


Cheap San Diego hotels for Memorial Day

San Diego in the summer is a top tourist destination and the summer traveling all kicks off on Memorial Day weekend. Hotel pools open their doors, beaches start flooding with out of towners and downtown businesses start hiking up prices. A summer vacation in San Diego can get expensive if you don’t plan ahead, but lucky for you, we have some fun family-friendly ideas on how you can spend your Memorial Day weekend without dropping much more than a few bucks.

Just one look at the runners, roller bladers and bicyclist on the Mission Beach Boardwalk and it’s clean that San Diego promotes a healthy and active lifestyle. Cheap outdoor activities are bountiful in this city, and offer a healthy and affordable alternative to visiting local theme parks. Enjoy renting bikes and riding to one of the local beaches where you can spend the day sunbathing or building sand castles. Those staying at a budget hotel in Downtown San Diegonear the bay can try their hand at kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).

Balboa Park is a great 1,200-acre park and has plenty to keep you occupied for the day, especially if you’re staying at a family friendly affordable hotel near the San Diego Zoo. The world famous zoo is located in the park and if you have reservations at the nearby Pacific Inn, you can get 15% off on admission tickets! Some of your free park options include playing at one of many parks, taking a walk through their gardens, setting up a picnic or, if you’re active duty military, you and your dependents can enjoy free museum admission on Tuesdays. In the afternoons during warm summer months free organ concerts are available at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion.

Memorial Day weekend in San Diego is also a great time to visit military museums and historical centers such as the USS Midway Museum and the Command Museum at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Pacific Inn is a cheap hotel near the MCRD and serves as a great home away from home for San Diego vacationers this memorial day. Whether you want to take in San Diego’s rich military history, enjoy a free concert at Balboa Park or cruise the Mission Beach boardwalk, San Diego promises to have plenty of affordable options for money-saving families.

Don’t wait until Pacific Inn is booked solid, take advantage of our Memorial Day weekend discounts today by calling 1-800-571-2933.

May 2014 San Diego Fitness Expos


San Diego Fitness Expo

The month of May brings two health and fitness expos to San Diego, CA. This Saturday, May 3, is the Health Fitness & Family Expo and May 30-31 brings the San Diego: Health & Fitness Expo. Both events are free to attend and are guaranteed to pack plenty of hands-on events, fit tips and health information that you’re not going to want to miss. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning your health-centered trip to San Diego this month:

Health Fitness & Family Expo

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Located at the Downtown San Diego Concourse and Civic Plaza
  • Held in conjunction with the 16th Annual San Diego Grand International Martial Arts Tournament
  • Learn about healthy living, martial arts and self defense

San Diego: Health & Fitness Expo

  • Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Located at the San Diego Convention Center, halls G-H. Click here for more information about the SDCC including affordable nearby hotels.
  • Parking at the SDCC is $15 but there is street parking and alternate parking lots available within walking distance
  • Held in conjunction with the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
  • Will feature new running technology, hands-on exhibits, fitness apparel booths, health and nutrition information and much more.
  • Some of the exhibitors include: Apera, Colombia Sportswear, Garmin, Lorna Jane, PowerBar, San Diego Chargers, Sports Authority and many, many more.

At least 60,000 attendees are expected to be in San Diego during the Health & Fitness Expo which is why we strongly suggest booking your cheap downtown San Diego hotel room as soon as possible.

Pacific Inn is located just minutes from downtown and offers extremely affordable rates. To ask us about our discounts and to book your room over the phone, call us today at 1-800-571-2933.

Satisfy Your Cravings at San Diego’s Newest Eateries


New San Diego Restaurants

There are restaurants all over San Diego, but nothing compares to being one of the first to enjoy the culinary delights at a new eatery. If you are in the area, or you plan to be in San Diego soon, you should try one of the spots highlighted here.

The Fresh Asian Bar and Bistro | 3925 4th Avenue, San Diego

If you’re in the mood for fresh sushi or a spicy noodle dish, this Pan-Asian restaurant is sure to have something to delight your taste buds. This restaurant, affectionately nicknamed FABB, also has a full bar so you can enjoy your favorite sips while noshing on some Asian cuisine.

Circa Restaurant | 2121 Adams Avenue, University Heights

This new restaurant is off to a great start, serving up traditional American cuisine in a retro and rustic setting. Favorites like meatloaf, chicken & dumplings, and succotash grace this menu. Be sure to bring your appetite so you can eat some of the homemade buttermilk biscuits, which are topped with a little cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. Stop by for their delicious Sunday brunch and a few mimosas, just be sure to have a nearby downtown San Diego budget hotel so that you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving.

Project Pie | Chula Vista and Hillcrest

San Diego may not be world-renowned for their pizza, but this does not mean tasty pies are not available here. Locals love this place because they can get tasty pizza made however they want it. Project Pie now has three locations in San Diego: two in Chula Vista and one in Hillcrest. Guests have the option of ordering one of their specialty pizzas or you can get creative and create your own pizza. Did we mention they have dessert pie??

Ironside Fish & Oyster | 1654 India Street, Little Italy

This restaurant has been one of the most anticipated openings this year and since its doors sung open three weeks ago is hasn’t disappointed. Seafood lovers all over San Diego are satisfied with the culinary options available at Ironside. This open and airy eatery appeals to the casual hipster crowd and has served as a great mix-and-mingle location. People on the East Coast should beware because there is a lobster roll here that can make any seafood lover swoon.

New restaurants are opening and closing on a frequent basis in San Diego, but we think these ones are around for the long haul. Call the above restaurants to set up a reservation and while you’re at it, be sure to book your San Diego hotel room at Pacific Inn. Our cheap San Diego hotel rates will allow you the extra spending money you need to enjoy San Diego’s world-class dining scene.

Call Pacific Inn today at 1-800-571-2933.For every night you book with us you’ll receive a complimentary hot buffet breakfast the next morning. This weekend you can also enjoy the multitude of food options in Old Town during their Cinco de Mayo festival. Our hotel rooms near Old Town will be booking up fast, so don’t wait to take advantage of our discounted early-booking rates.

San Diego Kids Camps Create Time for Parent-Only Vacations


San Diego Kids Summer Camps

America’s Finest City gets even better in the summer. With comfortable, sunny days, the kids are out of school and ready for adventure. Summer camps for kids are a great way to provide fun for the young ones while giving parents some much needed rest. Pack your bags and your kids and head to San Diego for a family vacation, where kids’ camps are abounding.

Get Into Science 

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is well-known for its dedication to hands-on experiences for kids, along with amazing educational movies. Bring your kids down to Balboa Park for a science-oriented kid’s camp. Your little Einstein can spend the day exploring with critical thinking skills developed throughout the week. Also in Balboa Park is the world famous San Diego Zoo. Book a cheap hotel near the San Diego Zoo for a weekend full of fun.

Whale of a Time

Sea World is packed with different camps throughout the summer. Select Resident Camps to have a sleepover all week long. Or treat the little ones to day camps where you pick them up each afternoon. Kids explore the animal tanks and cheer at the shows for an unforgettable summer. For more information on what to see and do at San Diego SeaWorld, click here.


The San Diego Junior Theatre is the perfect place to encourage the arts. Kids from 3 to 18 years old learn about dance, music and acting. They practice all of these arts every day, allowing parents to see their blossoming talent at the end of camp along with a gorgeous end-of-camp performance.

YMCA Tradition

If you want a more traditional summer camp for the kids, look to the YMCA. They take the kids on day trips to parks, events and landmarks throughout the city. Each week poses a new adventure and theme with affordable pricing options. If your children have short attention spans, they’ll love the different experiences offered at the YMCA summer camps.

San Diego has a plethora of various events, parks and experiences open to children of all ages. Sign them up for a fun week or two, giving mom and dad a little free time to relax in San Diego alone. Book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel room at Pacific Inn, located near major summer camp locations like Balboa Park and SeaWorld. Pacific Inn has plenty of room options to suit your needs. Pick the Kids Suite which includes one Queen Bed and one bunk bed if your kids are attending a day camp or opt for the luxurious Jacuzzi suite with an in-room whirlpool tub if you’re looking for romantic time away from the little ones.

Call our reservations line at 1-800-571-2933 to book your family-friendly hotel room today.

The Coronado Flower Show: A Delight for All Ages


Coronado Flower Show 2014

The annual Coronado Flower Show is California’s premier flower show, and the largest tent flower show in the nation. The flower show takes up almost an entire city block including flower exhibits, a wine and beer garden, and live music performances scheduled throughout the day. If you’re staying at one of the downtown San Diego hotels this weekend and are looking for affordable fun this weekend, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Not only is it open to the public, admission is only $5 per person!

A beloved community tradition for more than eight decades, the Coronado Flower Show is a true piece of Americana. When the flower show first began in 1922, the local schools provided desks and typewriters for judging, the now famous Hotel Del lent trellises and tables, and the local Boy Scouts camped out in the park overnight to protect the exhibits, ensuring all were safe for the day of the show.

Today the Coronado Flower Show has come a long way, expanding in size and offering opportunities for professionals and community members alike to showcase their talents. In the weeks before the show, approximately 120 local volunteers judge entrees throughout the city, evaluating gardens and floral arrangements at commercial fronts, churches and school gardens, and at more than 6,000 individual homes.

Exhibitors at the two-day weekend event can enter a large selection of flower-related divisions, including holiday themed events, miniature arrangement section, themed design arrangements of cut flowers, tabletop designs including formal and informal table settings, and the very popular “Zoo’s Who” division which features whimsical animals created from fruits and vegetables. There are fresh cut flower divisions for roses, orchids, and hanging plants, and even sections for cacti and bonsai. Even children can join in the green-thumb-fun by entering the children’s competition for small floral arrangements and seed plate designs.

Join in this beloved community tradition on Saturday, April 26th from 1pm to 5pm and on Sunday, April 27th from 10am to 4pm. And if you don’t have accommodations set up already, it’s not too late! Skip the expensive hotels in Coronado and check out some of the more budget-friendly hotels near San Diego Convention Center. This way, you’ll have access to the entire city at night, and can easily travel to the show via the affordable ferry boat which is $5 per person.

For upcoming hotel rates and reservations, contact the Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933. We are one of the more affordable hotels near San Diego Airport, conveniently placing visitors in close proximity to downtown’s top destinations including Little Italy, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter.

San Diego’s Best Beachfront Bars


San Diego Beach Bars

There’s nothing better than sipping a cool drink as the sun slides behind the palm trees and turns the sky into a postcard sunset as it sinks into the Pacific. Fortunately, San Diego offers many opportunities to enjoy a relaxing evening with breathtaking ocean views paired with local brews and craft cocktails. Should you ask the locals about the best places to go for such a sublime experience, these are the first 5 that they’ll recommend.

Cannon Ball
3105 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109

Cannon Ball is known for its laid back atmosphere and prime location for stunning sunsets, especially from restaurant’s rooftop bar. The bar’s location not far from downtown San Diego and its upscale atmosphere makes it a great spot for business travelers, as well as those in town for a convention. While the menu is varied, the full service sushi bar is sure to grab your attention with freshly prepared rolls and sashimi plates. Craft beers can also be had for $6, as well as specialty drinks and cocktails for $10. If you’re looking to try out Cannon Ball, learn more about affordable hotels near the SDCC and Mission Beach.

Sandbar Grill
718 Ventura Place
San Diego, CA 92109

This sports bar couldn’t possibly have better real estate. Located on the oceanfront just steps from Belmont Park, Sandbar is open from 9am to 2am daily and serves an excellent breakfast. The TVs are great for catching a game, and there’s always a spectacular view of the beach if things go South for the home team. The laid back sports like atmosphere also makes it among the favorites for those staying at nearby San Diego MCRD hotels. Stopping for a bite to eat? The bar’s fish tacos come highly recommended and the selection of draft beers is superb. Save a few bucks by hitting up the happy hour specials from 4pm to 7pm every weekday.

The Green Flash
701 Thomas Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109

The patio sits directly on the beach, making the Green Flash a top beach bar in San Diego. And what’s better – it’s as great of a place for drinks as it is for breakfast the next morning. If you’re working your way down the Pacific Beach, the Green Flash is the perfect place to stop for a quick meal. While all of the specialty drinks are delicious, they are known for their bloody mary. The tab can add up quickly if you’re not careful, but you get your money’s worth in scenery and service.

710 Beach Club
710 Garnet Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109

If you’re looking for oceanfront entertainment, there’s no better place to go than the 710 Beach Club. This place has everything. Live music, dancing, karaoke, open mics, trivia nights, Monday Night Football parties. Everything. The prices are good too, with drink specials available every day of the week. The only caveat – nominal cover charges on weekend evenings or when live bands are playing.

PB Shore Club
4343 Ocean Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92109

Popular music? Check. Beachfront location? Check. Wednesday night goldfish races? Double check (and watch out, these can get competitive). While the place can get crowded at night, it isn’t overwhelming. The clientele does tend to be younger, though. Case in point – the most popular drink in the house is the RedBull Vodka Slushie. However, before 8pm, the food gets rave reviews from people of all ages.

As you can see, there are a wide variety of options available for everyone looking to spend a San Diego evening on the Beach. Whether you’re looking for a great place for lunch or a nighttime, beachside hotspot, you’ll find some in the heart of San Diego. For more information about local accommodations, contact the Pacific Inn. We are one of the preferred cheap hotels in downtown San Diego offering low nightly rates and spacious and clean rooms and suites. For more information, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.

1 Day Itinerary for Visiting Downtown San Diego


Downtown San Diego 1 Day Itinerary

If you’re spending any time in San Diego or will have the opportunity to stop by during a Southern California vacation, the downtown district is a must visit destination. Downtown San Diego mixes historic charm with new and modern construction for a city feel unlike any other. While some visitors are fortunate enough to spend days or more in the city, we understand that others may be on a tight schedule. If this is the case, here is the ideal one day itinerary for exploring the popular downtown district, presented by the Pacific Inn hotel in downtown San Diego. It might take a bit of hopping around, but it will sure be worth the hustle!

  • 8am – Start the morning off early with breakfast at one of the city’s many great eateries. The famous Hash House A Go Go is known for their farm-chic atmosphere and unbelievably large portions of your favorite morning meals. For a more “whimsical” take on breakfast, Snooze Eatery is your best option, or you could go with classic downtown favorite like Richard Walker’s Pancake House.
  • 10am to 1pm – Work off your morning breakfast by exploring Balboa Park. There are more than a dozen museums nestled among the park rounds including the famous San Diego Museum of Man and the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Check out the list at the visitor’s center and see which museums you’d like to visit and pair them with the admission package that works best. This way you can save and enjoy!
  • 1:30pm to 4pm – Next, head along the coast to nearby Seaport Village, which is the ideal destination or a light lunch at one of the quaint waterfront cafes. Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, Greek or American, you’ll find plenty of dining options. After, stroll along the waterfront, watch a street performance and check out the area’s boutiques for a few souvenirs to take home.
  • 4pm to 6pm – Continue the coastal theme of the afternoon and head over to the Maritime Museum of San Diego and the USS Midway. Select which one interests you the most and tour the large vessels for a look into the history of military life in San Diego. You are sure to be amazed by the resident ships and countless historical exhibits.
  • 7pm to 9pm – While you might think you’ve had plenty to eat, dinner is by far the best meal of the day in San Diego. First, know that you’re going to have difficulty choosing because the options are endless. For classic Italian fare, head to Little Italy and stroll the streets. One of the top restaurants near our affordable Little Italy hotel in San Diego is Isola Pizza Bar, which offers classic pizzas and pastas at affordable prices.
  • 9pm to ? – Even after a long day, the nightlife of downtown San Diego is too great to pass up. As you stroll through the Gaslight quarter, you will have the opportunity to check out many of the quarter’s great nightclubs, bars and pubs. Also, don’t forget to stop by one of San Diego’s signature rooftop bars for a cocktail and a bit of relaxing with the beautiful San Diego skyline in the backdrop.

As you might have noticed the above itinerary doesn’t include a trip to the San Diego Zoo. While it is a top attraction and one that we do find worth going to, it takes a good majority of the day to explore the parks 100 acre lot. Therefore, we suggest staying at one of the cheap San Diego Zoo hotels in the area so you can stop at the zoo the next morning before heading out to your next vacation destination.

Easter Brunches San Diego Visitors Don’t Want to Miss


San Diego Easter Brunches

Easter Sunday is the perfect time to enjoy brunch at one of the many fine restaurants in San Diego. Whether you want to celebrate with a casual family breakfast or an elegant champagne affair, San Diego has something to offer everyone. Start by booking a room for your family at one of the affordable hotels in downtown San Diego and make reservations at one of these first class restaurants for a Sunday meal that your family is sure to remember.

  • Bertrand at Mister A’s – Exceptional French cuisine and a spectacular view of the city are part of the ambience at Mister A’s, another 4 star favorite. Among brunch selections is Maine lobster salad, Hawaiian bread French toast, and specialty brunch cocktails including a variety of create your own Bloody Marys.
  • Indigo GrillIf you chose to stay at one of the cheap hotels near San Diego’s Little Italy, Indio Grill is a must-visit restaurant that is offering a 30 course brunch menu from 11am to 3pm. Chef Debrorah Scott will be whipping up twists on classic favorites such as Pineapple Upside Down French Toast which comes with cardamom ice cream, a chipotle braised chicken burrito and a spinach and mushroom egg white scramble to name a few.
  • Humphrey’s Restaurant – The beautiful Humphrey’s on the waterfront is a favorite spot for locals and yachters who appreciate contemporary California cuisine. Celebrate Easter Sunday and indulge in a Champagne brunch that features delicious, prime rib, made-to-order omelets, chocolate covered strawberries, and unlimited champagne.
  • Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant – The stylish yet casual Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with a unique California flair, in a setting reminiscent of a villa on the Mediterranean coast. Hearty breakfast buffet selections include french toast with homemade cinnamon bread and pure maple syrup from Vermont. Also be sure to try a specialty house drink like Sangria with pomegranate.

Restaurants that serve Sunday brunch offer fixed menu items as well as a la carte menus, with excellent wines, champagne, and specialty cocktails. Sunday brunch at one of San Diego’s excellent restaurants is even more special when you celebrate Easter with family and friends.

Know someone going to San Diego for Easter? Share this blog post with them so they can enjoy the San Diego dining scene as the locals do! And don’t forget to tell them to reserve an affordable hotel near the San Diego Airport for maximum convenience during their trip.

Visiting San Diego for Easter? Learn how you can save.


Cheap Easter Hotels San Diego

San Diego is home to miles of pristine coastline, an eccentric downtown district, stunning outdoor shopping malls and jaw dropping amusement parks and animal kingdoms. With hundreds of things to see and do, visitors won’t be hard pressed to fill their vacation itineraries. While this sunny California city does offer ample activities and attractions for both singles and families, many find that San Diego is a little more expensive than anticipated.

If you’re heading to San Diego for Easter break, planning should be your number one priority! Planning appropriately and being aware of affordable events and alternatives for some of the more expensive San Diego sights can allow you to save big, without sacrificing any of the fun. The Pacific Inn, a cheap San Diego spring break hotel, knows the importance of value and offers savings tips and affordable activities that will fit seamlessly into your vacation schedule.

  • Check out local events. Younger kids won’t have to worry about missing out on the Easter Bunny as San Diego will be hosting dozens of Easter egg hunts throughout the county. Some of the most notable include Coronado’s Egg-streme Fun event which will include a free egg hunt, as well as carnival games from 1pm – 3:30pm and the free Easter Egg hunt at the La Jolla Recreation Center which starts at 10am. For a full list of affordable Easter events happening in San Diego, click here.
  • Find “double duty” attractions. If you’re like most visitors, you probably have a trip to the San Diego Zoo on your list. As one of the largest zoos in the country, this is the perfect place to spend your holiday. However, with the expensive price tag for admission, you’ll want to take advantage of all the free offers or opportunities for extras. For instance, the Zoo is currently holding zoo days where visitors can meet and greet extinct animals and ask their trainers questions about a day in the life.
  • Stop for Sunday brunch. Brunch is an event in San Diego and many restaurants offer bundled meal deals for lunch which can help you save. There will also be special brunch events for Easter for those who are looking to try upscale restaurants at a below average price. If you’re staying at one of the cheap hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter, be sure to check out the Easter Brunch menus for Buca di Beppo, Marina Kitchen, Bandar and for those looking to go all out, The Westgate.
  • Enjoy the outdoors. Take advantage of San Diego’s beautiful year-round weather by enjoying the city’s many free outdoor activities. Spreckels Park hosts free concerts, while Mission San Luis Rey lets you learn more about the history of the city. You can even head to Mission Bay Park, enjoying various hiking trails that lead to spectacular city views.

By working free activities and low cost events into your San Diego plans, you can see all of the city without blowing your budget out of the water. And of course, don’t forget to book a cheap hotel room at the Pacific Inn. We are an affordable hotel near Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town and many other historic San Diego neighborhoods. We are also minutes from the San Diego Airport, providing our guests with additional travel convenience.

Interested in staying with us? Contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 and ask about our hotel deals and discounts and see how much you can save on already low nightly rates.

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 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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