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6 Things for Families to Do in San Diego


San Diego Family-Friendly Activities

No matter where you vacation, you can always find fun things to do that won’t break your budget, and San Diego is no exception. The staff at the Pacific Inn, a family-friendly hotel near the San Diego Airport, suggests these six fun and cheap things to do in San Diego with the whole family.

1. Go to the beach.
As if we really need to tell you. San Diego is full of beaches, all of which are free to the public. La Jolla Beaches are some of the best in the city and La Jolla Shores has a large grassy area and playground for the kids.

2. Wander Seaport Village.
Downtown San Diego’s Seaport Village is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and free entertainment. Located on the San Diego Bay, you can enjoy the incredible view while you explore all the shops.

3. Tour the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Grab the kiddos and head to Chula Vista for a free tour of the 150-acre U.S. Olympic Training Center where you can see the facilities and athlete dorms. Guided tours are given at the Copley Visitor Center starting at 11am on Saturdays. You can also choose to take self-guided tours daily from 9am to 4pm.

4. See the Big Bay.
Stretching 27 miles, The Big Bay is San Diego’s largest attraction. It features a variety of activities, such as parks, marinas, shops, and tons of restaurants. Take the inexpensive ferry from downtown to the Coronado landing and spend some time exploring the island.

5. Head to the San Diego Zoo.
The zoo can be a great family activity. Zoo parking is free, and there are a ton of animals to see. Save money on admission by checking online coupon sites. You can also check with your hotel to see if they offer any discount tickets or packages. The Pacific Inn and Suites offers 15% off your stay with purchase of Zoo tickets.

6. Visit Balboa Park.
Enjoy the Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture, and check out the variety of attractions in Balboa Park. The park includes, 15 museums, free daily tours, free organ concerts on Sundays, and beautiful gardens to explore.

If you’re bringing the whole family to San Diego, make the Pacific Inn & Suites your first choice. Aside from our great rates and being one of the few cheap hotels near the San Diego Convention Center, we also have a Kid’s Suite, which comes with bunk beds perfect for the children. Call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and promotions.

Top Restaurants South of the Border


Restaurants in Tijuana

With San Diego just 30 or so minutes from the Mexican boarder, lots of locals will head down for a day of surfing or a night out with their SO. Heading south can be a little nerve-racking though if you aren’t familiar with the area. The friendly staff at the Pacific Inn, an affordable SAN airport hotel, has selected a few of the best restaurants south of the border if you plan to head down during your stay.

The Mongolian Grill
Price Range: $5 to $11

If you’ve never sampled Korean tacos or Thai chicken pizza, you’re in for a real treat when visiting this Asian restaurant in Rosarito. As an added bonus, most of the menu items are fairly healthy. The service is both responsive and friendly, and the owners are equally engaging.

La Casa Del Pescador
Price Range: $15 to $30

For a south of the border meal with variety, consider a stop here at La Casa Del Pescador in Puerto Nuevo. In addition to lobster and other seafood selections, you’ll discover appetizing chicken dishes and BBQ favorites. The gorgeous ocean view is ideal for sipping margaritas as the sun goes down.

La Querencia
Price Range: $11 to $30

Experience “Baja Med” cuisine, a tasty mix of Mexican flavors and spices, the way it’s supposed to be made at this popular Tijuana restaurant. Highly recommended selections include grilled scallops, duck and lamb tacos, and tuna Madagascar. Daily specials are on the blackboard menu. Don’t forget to check out the wine selections and the dessert menu, if you have any room left.

Sotano Suizo
Price Range: $5 to $35

Both families and adults looking for a night on the town are welcome at this Tijuana restaurant. The drink selections are diverse and the staff is attentive. The background music is usually a mix of ’80s and ’90s favorites, but it’s not too distracting. Menu selections are especially diverse, ranging from European influences to good old-fashioned American-style hot dogs.

Mi Casa Supper Club
Price Range: $10 to $20

This Rosarito delight serves up international cuisine (primarily Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Moroccan) in a warm and cozy atmosphere. Plenty of attention is paid to every meal, and the martinis come with stuffed blue cheese olives on a Rosemary stick. The owners, Bo and Dennis, are known for putting on some memorable holiday parties and the staff takes the time to know your name.

Ready to start your adventure? Look to the San Diego Pacific Inn for a comfortable and affordable room during your stay! We have multiple ongoing promotions, one of which will certainly be able to save you some green, booking is quick, easy, and free, and your dates are flexible. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates!

15 Free Things to Do in San Diego


San Diego's Funnest Free Things

The cost to live in San Diego may be astronomical compared to most cities, but not everything in the city is crazy-expensive. In fact, there is an ample amount of free things to do any given day. If you are already paying a pretty penny on a plane ticket or in gas money (but not on a room since you’re booking a cheap San Diego Airport Hotel) check out these 15 fun free things to do in San Diego.

1. A Day at the Beach
The beaches in San Diego can provide hours of free fun just about any time of the year due to the city’s generally pleasant climate. Kids can build sandcastles while the entire family can do a little swimming or pack a picnic lunch and take in the view.

2. Take a Scenic Drive
Take a trip to the International Visitor Information Center and get all the maps and brochures you need (or download the free Discovery Map app for your iPhone). You’ll be all set to take a free scenic driving tour throughout the area. Need a suggestion? Consider a drive through Point Loma, a hilly peninsula offering breathtaking sea views.

3. Listen to a Free Concert
From late June to mid-August you can sample some great music around San Diego at a number of free concerts. You can hear good jazz during the annual Carlsbad TGIF Jazz in the Parks series, take a short drive across the Coronado Bridge to Spreckels Park on Coronado Island for free music under the stars, or head to Point Loma Park for free summer concerts on Fridays.

4. Visit the Gaslamp Quarter
This 16 1/2-block area of San Diego contains beautiful architecture and an assortment of art galleries, shops, and charming boutiques that welcome visitors who wish to do a little browsing. For added convenience, consider staying in one of the affordable Gaslamp Quarter hotels.

5. Fly a Kite
Covering roughly 4200-square miles, Mission Bay Park offers plenty of space free of obstructions such as trees and utility lines where you can spend the afternoon flying a kite.

6. Watch the Hang Gliders Do Their Thing
On most warm days, usually during the summer, you can find some hang gliders putting on a free show along the coastline cliffs for anybody who happens to be at Torrey Pines State Beach.

7. Have a Sunset On the House
The spectacular sunset is worth the trip to La Jolla Cove alone. Nestled between sandstone cliffs, this small beach is also a prime spot for snorkeling and diving since the waters here are typically calm.

8. Olympic Training Center Tour
The U.S. Olympic Training Center, located 15 minutes from San Diego in Chula Vista, offers free facility tours on Saturdays (from the Copley Visitor Center) and free self-guided tours daily.

9. Hike Mt. Laguna
Nestled about an hour east of San Diego, you can go for a hike or just walk around and enjoy the pristine surroundings and gorgeous pine trees – all free of charge.

10. Explore an Old Gold Mining Town
Explore the region’s rich history with a trip to Julian in the Cuyamaca Mountains about an hour east of San Diego. You can take a free self-guided tour of the mining town after picking up a free map from the local Chamber of Commerce.

11. Gaze at the Stars
Gaze at the stars for free just outside of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. The San Diego Astronomy Association sets up a large telescope for free viewing on the first Wednesday of every month.

12. Scenic Walk at Big Bay
Considered San Diego’s “largest free attraction,” The Big Bay is a 27-mile stretch of waterfront with parks perfect for picnics, marinas, and miles of biking trails and walkways.

13. Seaport Village Stroll
If you’re going to go for a casual walk in San Diego, you definitely want to make your way to Seaport Village located behind a few San Diego Convention Center hotels. Get your camera ready and snap some free pics of historic Victorian, Mexican and New England architecture.

14. Art Nights
During Little Italy’s Kettner Art Nights, you can view works on display in various galleries and studios while sampling some free hors d’oeuvres. Art nights tends to take place on Friday evenings. Check the website for exact dates.

15. Train Rides
Take the family on a free train ride through Rohr Park on Sweetwater Road in nearby Bonita (about 15 minutes from Downtown San Diego). Free rides are courtesy of Chula Vista Live Steamers throughout the summer on weekends from noon to 3pm.

Remember that affordable hotel we talked about earlier? Book a room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites in San Diego and put the money you save towards fun activities or good eats during your trip. Booking with us is quick and easy, there is no booking fee, and we have a best rate guarantee we stand behind. Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager today.



Staying in Downtown San Diego? Don’t Skip These Bars and Clubs


Downtown San Diego Bars and Clubs Worth Visiting

Sure, there are people who come to San Diego to do things besides go out. But if you’re reading this, you probably aren’t one of them. That said, the staff at the Pacific Inn, a popular Gaslamp Quarter hotel, has come up with a short list of bars and clubs in the downtown area to visit before your trip in sunny San Diego comes to an end.

RoofTop600 at Andaz San Diego
The Andaz San Diego is home to downtown San Diego’s largest rooftop bar. Guests have the option of dancing the night away to live DJs or lounging by the pool overlooking the beautiful downtown skyline. In the summer, Andaz boats one of the best pool parties in town. Private cabanas with personal bottle service are also available.

The Casbah
The Casbah is a historic dive bar that has hosted some of the greatest bands of all time. With its unpretentious and intimate setting, guests are treated to craft beers on tap and amazing live shows. Tickets are decently priced and the lineups are generally very impressive.

FLUXX Nightclub
Just as its name implies, this upscale club’s mood and atmosphere are constantly changing, providing a one-of-a-kind experience on every visit. Featuring a large-scale tree house, a 15-foot chandelier, and attractive art pieces, FLUXX’s decor is eye-catching. The tree house is available for reservations and has a private bar. FLUXX also offers VIP bottle service.

Vin De Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor
Wine enthusiasts will not want to miss out on this underground wine bar. With an atmosphere reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland thanks to communal dining tables, oversized chairs and grass-covered walls, Vin De Syrah offers an unforgettable experience. Their impressive wine list features over 100 tastings and selections.

Sidebar serves as both an upscale lounge and nightclub. With black crystal chandeliers and burgundy velvet couches, its dynamic atmosphere is set off with the giant birdcage in the back club that houses DJs and serves as a stage for the club’s go-go dancers.

If your plane ticket is booked, but your have yet to reserve a hotel room, look no further than the Pacific Inn San Diego. Aside from our unbeatable location and killer rates, we also make booking quick and easy, have free Wi-Fi, and serve fresh coffee and tea 24-hours a day—perfect for the party animals out there. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager.

All About San Diego’s Cat Cafe


The First Cat Cafe in San Diego

You read the article title right: San Diego has a cat café. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, the establishment allows each adoptable cat to bond with customers in a relaxed and playful environment. Although San Diego is known as a pet-friendly community that often welcomes dogs at many of its establishments, the Cat Cafe is the first of its kind in San Diego. Here is everything you need to know about the new café, brought to you by the curious staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites.

Coffee and Cats
San Diego has a long list of cafes for coffee enthusiasts who want to relax and enjoy some freshly brewed beans. However, The Cat Cafe is the first to have cats on-site for guests who want to do more than order coffee or read a good book. Cat Cafes are popular establishments in Taiwan, Japan, London, and Paris, and give adoptable cats a place to get some human love and affection rather than staying in cages at local shelters.

Benefits for Customers
The cats aren’t the only ones to win in the situation, research has shown people who regularly interact with cats experienced reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and endorphin release. If you find a feline you just can’t live without, you don’t have to. All of the cats (with the exception of two full-time cats) are available to adopt on the spot through a partnership with the San Diego Human Society.

The High-Quality Menu
The Cat Café offers a full menu of espresso drinks and locally roasted coffee. It has also partnered with a local bakery to offer delicious muffins and other baked goods.  Food and drink are purchased in a different space, separated by a wall from the cat room, although patrons are allowed to bring their drinks in the room at their own risk.

Kitty Quiet Room
There is an additional, private space for the cats to retreat when they need a break or just want to sleep. It’s also where they are able to do their business since no customer can enjoy coffee in a litter box.

The Cat Café is the first of its kind in the country, so even if you aren’t a cat lover or can’t take one home with you, it might still be worth checking out just to say you did. If you’re planning to visit San Diego soon, make the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites your first choice hotel. Our hotel near San Diego Airport is conveniently located near San Diego’s top attractions, we have several great promotions running, and our rates are downright unbeatable. To reserve your room today, call 1-800-571-2933 and speak with one of our friendly Reservation Managers.

San Diego’s Best Outdoor Activities


Fun Outdoor Activities in San Diego

San Diego offers a long list of activities that make it easy to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors whether you’re a local or just visiting. That means, when you visit, don’t stay cooped up in your hotel near San Diego Airport. Even if you only have one free day, that’s all the more reason to get out and immerse yourself in San Diego’s natural beauty. Unsure what to do? Try one of these fun outside activities.

Riding Bikes in Coronado
Coronado is known for its quaint and cozy neighborhoods that offer a nostalgic feel from the 1950s. Explore the area by riding a tandem or 4-person surrey bike and stopping along the bay and beach. You can grab lunch at one of the local diners, take a tour of the Hotel Del, or gawk at the mansions lining the streets closets to the beach. Bike rentals are available on the island for an average of $15 per hour.

Fishing on the Pier
For a great way to lounge, fish off one of the several piers in San Diego like the Ocean Beach Pier or Embarcadero Marina Park Pier. You don’t need a fishing license for the OB Pier, but the Embarcadero Pier is walking distance from several hotels near San Diego Convention Center.

Eating S’mores on the Beach
When you’ve finished surfing the waves or lying out on the warm sand, you can enjoy a bonfire during sunset. Many people prefer to end a day at the beach by roasting marshmallows over the open fire as a delicious end to a perfect day. Fire pits are scattered throughout the bay and beach areas, and there is also a local 1-man company that will set up a bonfire, provide supplies, and do the cleanup for a small fee.

To experience a bit of adventure on the water, spend the day sailing. Enjoy spectacular views and possibly see dolphins or whales (depending on the time of year) swim by. Several San Diego companies offer sailing tours like day sails, sunset sails, and whale watching. Keep in mind sailing doesn’t come cheap. Prepare to spend $80 and up per person.

Pack some comfortable clothes, good walking shoes, and an adventurous attitude and head to San Diego. When you come visit the sunny city, make Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites your number one choice for accommodations.  We have great promotions, flexible dates, and unbeatable rates. Give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager today.

Exploring Kensington, San Diego


Things to Do in Kensington San Diego

One off-the-grid place to visit while in San Diego is Kensington, which is known for its trendy boutiques, hipster cafes, and vintage charm. If you’re looking to explore a little while you’re here, the area is certainly worth checking out. You can start with the following places, recommended by the staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, located just a short drive from this quaint neighborhood.

Clem’s Bottle House
This family-owned establishment serves delicious handmade sandwiches and the highest quality of craft beer available. You can enjoy your sandwich in the laid-back environment (classical music is always playing in the background), or you can spend a good while combing the huge selection of beer and take a brew and sandwich to go. There’s also a tap house if you’re interested in trying a beer flight.

Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant
Known as the best place to grab authentic Mexican food in the neighborhood, Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant has been open since 1969 and continues to draw in both locals and tourists with its incredible cuisine. Their homemade guacamole is fresh, and special dishes include the enchilada suizas, tortilla soup, and garlic butter shrimp.

Ken Theater
This quaint little movie theater is a great place to stop and see an indie film. For something a little different, attend one of the midnight showings that are often available throughout the month. It offers old-fashioned charm and matinee shows are reasonably priced.

Kensington Cafe
Spending the weekend in Kensington isn’t complete without stopping for a hearty brunch at the most popular cafe in the area. The location serves flavorful ahi salads, fresh acai bowls, hearty scrambles, and fresh waffles that come with a variety of delicious toppings.

If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, and we certainly hope you are, reserve a room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We are an affordable hotel near San Diego Airport, Little Italy, and downtown San Diego. Guests benefit from a variety of promotions, like advanced booking discounts or weekday discounts, and we have the best rate guaranteed. Give us a call today at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager today and get the ball rolling on your San Diego vacation!

Top Bars Near Train Stops on the Way to San Diego


Bars by Train Stops Heading to San Diego

In addition to stunning views and the romance of train travel, people often choose the train for road trips, so to speak, over driving because drinking on the train is totally legit. If you’re taking the train down to San Diego, not only can you can get off and stretch your legs, you can pop in and enjoy a drink at a few nearby bars before boarding the train again. In all fairness, the staff at the Pacific Inn, a leading downtown San Diego hotel, hasn’t stopped by every one of these, but we have serious sources confirming the following bars are some favorites among train riders.

Union Ale Brewing Company
214 State Street
Santa Barbara
Enjoy a cold, crafted brew at this Santa Barbara microbrewery. You can also snack on one of their delicious gourmet hamburgers or a Canadian wowie pie while you enjoy a short break from the train. Time your stop right and you can catch part of the game (pick a game, any game) on one of their many televisions.

Blue Tavern
119 State Street
Santa Barbara
Here, you can enjoy a beer or one of their specially designed cocktails. Local faves include the pisco sour, maracuya caipirnha, and the classic margarita. In addition to an extensive drink menu, there are a variety of scrumptious salads and brick-oven fired pizzas.

Traxx Restaurant & Bar
800 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles
This quaint bar is actually tucked away in a corner of the train station, making it especially convenient if your stop isn’t very long. They offer beer, wine and delightful selection of cocktails.

Far Bar
347 East 1st Street
Los Angeles
If you are looking for something a little off the beaten path, you can select from among their large selection of Japanese beers or try one of their specialty cocktails. Also, they offer a selection of Asian fusion dishes and tasty sushi to satisfy your hunger.

Old Town Saloon
2495 San Diego Avenue
San Diego
From the outside, this bar looks like it was meant to be in the Wild West era. Grab a drink before your train departs or upon arrival in San Diego. While you enjoy a cold brew, you can shoot a game of pool or select some music from the jukebox.

Ready to board the train? We thought so. When you arrive in San Diego, unpack your bags at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, conveniently located near the train station, SAN airport, Little Italy, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Booking with us is quick and easy, your dates are flexible, and we have the best rate guaranteed. Contact us here or call 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room!

Valentine’s in San Diego: Unique Spots for You and Your SO


Date Ideas for Valentine's in San Diego

San Diego is known for beaches, not romance. However, if you’re visiting over Valentine’s weekend, you will find many wonderful options to celebrate. Whether you thrive on heart, flowers, and chocolates or see it as just any other date night, San Diego has a Valentine’s date perfect for you. Here are a few suggestions from the downtown San Diego Pacific Inn.

For the Romantic Couple

This year, Hornblower Cruises has a special evening planned for those with romance on the brain. This special cruise includes a four-course meal and dancing under the stars. You and your special someone can enjoy unlimited champagne and beautiful views of the San Diego skyline as you sail along San Diego’s coastline. You and your sweetie can also take the special Valentine’s brunch cruise, which includes a full brunch buffet, decadent dessert buffet, and all-you-can-drink champagne.

For the Just-Another-Day Couple

If you want to do something fun this year for Valentine’s Day without all the pressure, the Mad House Comedy Club has just what you are looking for. On February 14, the club will have a special show featuring Paul Ogata (you may have seen him on Showtime, Comedy Central, or Comics Unleashed). There are two shows, 7:30pm and 9:45pm, and you can purchase individual tickets or splurge on a table.

For the Nature-Loving Couple

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to do some whale watching because this holiday falls smack in the middle of the blue whale’s migration season from Alaska to Baja, California. You can use this holiday as the excuse you and your sweetheart need to treat yourself to day out on the water, enjoying the beauty and majesty of these animals. There are several tour operators in San Diego that regularly take groups out on the water to whale watch. Or, if you and your SO aren’t much for boats, you can watch on land near Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Torrey Pines State Reserve, or Cabrillo National Monument.

If you are planning a romantic getaway in San Diego for Valentine’s this year, you’ve made a good choice. Make another good choice and reserve a room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites.  Our hotel near Little Italy San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the San Diego Airport is an ideal choice for visitors whose number one priority is great location. We also offer excellent promotions (meaning more moolah to spend on a nice night out), flexible dates (in case you need an extra day of romance), and 24-hour fresh tea and coffee (because that’s just a nice thing to do). Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about rates and reserve your room!

Top Local Breweries in San Diego


Top San Diego Breweries

If you love trying locally crafted beer, San Diego will not disappoint. This beachside town has become a big player in the small brewery market. The staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, a cheap Gaslamp Quarter hotel, carefully evaluated San Diego’s breweries to narrow the long list down to a handful of must-try microbreweries.

Latitude 33 Brewing Company
When you want to find a beer that blends the best of California with the British Isles, this is the place for a pint. From wheat ale to brown ale with a hint of rye, this is the brewery that dares to try something new.

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
At Ballast Point it is all about choices, and they have something for everyone. You can enjoy ales or lagers, and if you are feeling adventurous you can try the chili beers or a smoked beer. Whatever you choose, no one leaves unsatisfied from this local hotspot.

Green Flash Brewing Company
This brewery made the decision to hire a master brewer a decade ago and the brewer breathed new life into the company. Today, people flock to the brewery in search of delightful high-flavored beers like the 30th Street India Pale Ale with fruity and floral aromas and the Double Stout Black Ale that balances a hint of coffee against bittersweet chocolate.

Alpine Beer Co.
Although a little further out, this tiny brewery offers a wide selection of brews that are worth making the trip. It has become one of the most popular breweries to visit by local beer aficionados for the large selection of lagers, ales, and sours.

Pizza Port
This local brewery offers a variety of beers perfect for washing down a few delicious slices of pizza. It is one of the oldest breweries in the city, and has been home to many amazing brewmasters that have since opened their own local breweries. (Don’t worry–as one awesome brewmaster exits, another stellar one joins the staff).

Feeling excited yet for your trip to San Diego? How about knowing you can get the best hotel rate guaranteed by reserving a room at the San Diego Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites? Aside from unbeatable rates, we offer flexible dates, around-the-clock customer service, and no booking fees. Ready to reserve your room? Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager today.

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