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San Diego’s Trendiest Eateries



The San Diego restaurant scene is always changing, which is great for vacationers who are looking to try the best new up-and-coming eateries that the city has to offer. Whether you want to stick to your favorite dishes or you’re hoping to try something new and whimsical, these 4 trendy San Diego restaurants should be just what you’re looking for.

Classic rustic-chic

Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill gives rich Italian food a rustic-chic feel. Dishes are served on wooden plateware, the portions are hefty and flavorful, and the place has an at-home atmosphere. The staff is renowned for their attentiveness and providing a genuinely exquisite experience. You can also shop their extensive wine collection in the adjoining shop. For many, this is just what they need to feel cozy and pampered while on vacation in San Diego.

Nightlife adventure

Starlite in Mission Hills is perfect for enjoying San Diego nightlife. Tucked away between Spruce and Sassafras Streets, its simple unassuming exterior gives way to an exciting atmosphere inside. You can order non-traditional favorites like pan seared saffron risotto, fries in garlic aioli, Jidori chicken with couscous, and ginger beer. They are open for dinner every day and close at 2am. This is definitely for the late-night partier or the adventurous types who like to enjoy the unusual at all hours.

Diverse atmosphere

Searsucker located in downtown San Diego is for the lover of all things diverse. It’s raved as a perfect gathering place for friends to catch up over loud conversation, while mingling with the trendy and eclectic downtown crowd. Where else can you enjoy drinks with the name Peter Rabbit and Treaty of Paris? They are open for lunch and dinner every night of the week but Happy Hour is always packed if you’re looking for a fun mix-n-mingle spot before heading out for the night. If you’re planning on partying in the Gaslamp Quarter, be sure to reserve a room at Pacific Inn, a trusted cheap hotel in Downtown San Diego.

A flare of spice

Indigo Grill located in right next to the top cheap hotels in Little Italy and is currently undergoing a décor makeover and menu expansion. Guests can expect the same award-winning food dishes from Chef Deborah Scott, just served in a more updated ambiance. Food will hold onto its Native American and Latin-influences but the new menu will offer more global options. Diners can expect smaller shared plate sizes but with that comes a smaller price tag. The final finished product will likely feature more craft cocktails, a margarita cart and bright updated colors on the walls. While to total redesign isn’t expected to be completed until November 2014, the restaurant should be re-opening its doors next week on May 28.

So get out there and try some incredible new food during your time in San Diego! If you’d like some more tips on where to dine, drink and dance the night away, you can always ask your front desk concierge at Downtown San Diego Pacific Inn if you booked one of the hotel’s affordable guest rooms. If you still need to reserve your San Diego hotel stay, call Pacific Inn to ask about our available rooms and current discounts: 1-800-571-2933.



Insider’s Guide to Nightlife in Downtown San Diego


Going out in Downtown San Diego

Rumors about downtown San Diego’s nightlife scene seem to travel the world, and many of them are true. Downtown San Diego is, in fact, full of fun, cultural diversity, lavish dance clubs and scenic rooftop bars. The amount of diversions available to visitors in San Diego will leave them with only one thought: I wish I had more time to explore it all!

A great deal of the nightlife in downtown San Diego takes place in a 16 square block area called the Gaslamp Quarter, so named from the gas lanterns that lined the streets in the 1800s. Ninety four historical buildings, mostly from the Victorian era, are now occupied by fun boutiques, great restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.


Whether you want a light snack or a multi-course meal at the trendiest new eatery, the 50+ restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter offer something for every taste and budget. You can “dine around the world” at the diverse options surrounding you. Within a few blocks you’ll see American, French, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Fusion, Steakhouses, and of course restaurants that specialize in San Diego’s deliciously prepared local seafood.

If you’re looking into staying at one of the cheap hotels near Little Italy, right along the outskirts of Downtown San Diego, then consider dining at The Headquarters at Seaport Village where you can enjoy San Diego’s finest tacos at Puesto or arrange for a romantic evening out at Season’s 52.


San Diego has one of the longest happy hours in the nation, which I’m sure will sound appealing after you unpack in a cheap hotel near the San Diego Airport. The airport, located just a few minutes away from Little Italy and Downtown, is in a prime location for a quick post-flight happy hour. Try Ironside Fish and Oyster in Little Italy or for a casual and cheap drink grab a stool at Bub’s @ The Ballpark.

We recommend you hit downtown early, giving you enough time to enjoy the cocktail scene: from kitschy dive bars and microbreweries to swanky rooftop lounges and hidden speakeasy style bars, visitors to the Gaslamp Quarter will be able to extend their evenings into the very late hours.


Dance clubs line every street in the Gaslamp Quarter, attracting hip-hop lovers to Fluxx and Bang Bang, saucy salsa dancers head to Sevilla, some swing aficionados can be seen at Henry’s Pub, and even those that are 18-20 years old can get their groove on at Spin and Bassmnt on designated underage nights.

Not in the mood to dance? Ten different comedy clubs starring national headliners, up and coming local talent, or featuring improv open mike nights will keep you laughing. Try out American Comedy Co. or Shouthouse for a good time.
End the evening at one of the area’s cigar bars or have a late night coffee or nightcap and reflect on your fun-filled day in Downtown San Diego. Before heading out for the night, be sure you already have a room reserved at one of the top San Diego cheap hotels such as Pacific Inn & Suites. Pacific Inn is currently offering up to 12% off on already affordable room rates, but with our busy summer season fast approaching, we strongly suggest you call us now to book your room before we sell out.

To ask us about our availability, amenities and to book a room over the phone, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933.


Birthday Freebies in San Diego County


San Diego Birthday Freebies

There are few better ways to spend your birthday than to cash in on free products and services that help you celebrate the special day. Between getting free cups of coffee to complimentary meals, spending your birthday in San Diego can offer a variety of benefits. For those looking to score their birthday freebies, here are a few places to visit for delicious gifts:

  • Buca di Beppo – For a fun and lively place to dine, Buca di Beppo offers a free brownie on your birthday to celebrate with a sweet treat. Patrons must sign up for their eClub updates to qualify, but can redeem the gift by visiting the location in the downtown area. Book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel with an in-room Jacuzzi for the ultimate birthday getaway.
  • Chili’s – Chili’s offers an ample amount of free food on your day or birth.  Ask for the free chips and salsa and brownie sundae or choose to order their gooey skillet queso dip as a side to the chips.
  • Baskin Robbins – Load up on ice cream on your birthday at BK. Just sign up for their free eClub to receive a coupon for a free serving of celebratory ice cream.
  • Johnny Rockets – To enjoy an all-American meal, Johnny Rockets will be happy to serve a free hamburger to all eClub members on their birthday.
  • Starbucks – If you’re vacationing in San Diego for your birthday, start off a fun-filled day with a complimentary caffeine buzz courtesy of Starbucks. Patrons must sign up for their rewards club to receive the beverage.
  • Applebee’s – A complimentary dessert shooter, such as chocolate mousse or strawberry cheesecake, is waiting for you at your local Applebee’s.
  • Denny’s – Start your day off strong with a free Grand Slam. Your birthday breakfast comes with pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sausage links. However, you can also save the trip and enjoy complimentary breakfast for everyone when you book an affordable hotel room near the Gaslamp Quarter at Pacific Inn.

The Pacific Inn, located near downtown San Diego, is amidst all of San Diego’s top nightlife options, making it the perfect place to celebrate a fun birthday weekend. Save money on your hotel stay and splurge on nightlife, dining and sightseeing. If you want to see some of San Diego’s major attraction while you’re in town, known that Pacific Inn is a top budget hotel near SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo and we can help you save money on admission to both of those attractions. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to find out how!

Pandas to Pierogies: A Day at the Iconic Balboa Park



Balboa Park is one of the most iconic locations in San Diego, CA. With so much to see and do, Balboa Park is a favorite spot for visitors and locals alike. Make sure to hit all the highlights of the park with our helpful list to get the most out of your fun-filled San Diego day.
Morning at the Zoo

Since a day at Balboa Park isn’t complete without a visit to the San Diego Zoo, this famous attraction would serve as an excellent starting point to the day. A morning excursion allows visitors to see more animals while missing the midday crowds. Make sure to visit the pandas in Panda Canyon and walk the new Tiger Trail which opens on May 24! Book a cheap hotel next to the San Diego Zoo so that you can avoid San Diego traffic.

After a few hours with the wild animals, exit the Zoo and head south into the main hub of Balboa Park by walking through the Spanish Village Art Center. This quirky attraction is home to dozens of local artists. Browse through their studios or catch a live art demonstration. If you’re starting to feel hungry, make a quick stop at the Village Grill. This outdoor eatery offers inexpensive and delicious food.

Tour the Museums

Not far from the Village Grill is El Prado, Balboa’s main thoroughfare and the central location for most of the museums. The Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, a perennial favorite, is found here. This interactive museum is a big hit with visitors of all ages because of the IMAX theater and the multitude of hands-on exhibits. Another favorite is the San Diego Natural History Museum which features several permanent collections along with special rotating installments.

Anyone looking for a more artistic museum should head west along El Prado to the Museum of Photographic Arts or the Timken Museum. Make sure to take advantage of the Passport/Zoo Combo, a pass which includes entrance to the zoo and all museums. Families can also take advantage of the savings offered with the Go San Diego Card which includes discounted admission at 46 local attractions including the Zoo and San Diego SeaWorld. For more information about SeaWorld click here and to buy your Go Card visit

Grab some Grub

After a couple hours of museum hopping, a bite to eat is just the thing. A good budget option is one of the museum restaurants. Of course, if you happen to be in Balboa on a Sunday, head towards the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. One of the cottages should be hosting a lawn program that includes food. Expect to be tempted by lamb shawarma or Polish pierogies. The experience is an excellent way to end to the day!

A trip to San Diego simply isn’t complete unless you plan a day at Balboa Park. Pack a picnic, plan your discounts and fill up on a complimentary breakfast if you have a room booked at a cheap San Diego hotel nearby like Pacific Inn & Suites. Pacific Inn is less than 3 miles away from Balboa Park, making it an easy walk or cheap cab ride away if you would like to avoid the busy park traffic.

If you call us and book your stay today, you could qualify for up to 12% off just for booking in advance. You can also purchase your discounted Zoo or SeaWorld admission tickets from us to receive 15% off on your hotel stay. Call us now at 1-800-571-2933 to see how much money we can save you during your upcoming San Diego vacation.

Scoping Out Local Comedy & Improv Clubs in San Diego


pacific comedy

As with any modern metropolis, the greater San Diego area is practically flooded with some of the nation’s best comedy and improve clubs. Amidst this sea of humor are a few pearls of quality comedy worth diving into during your San Diego vacation. While these venues are not often hosted by the household names one will find at comedy clubs in Los Angeles, the significant benefit to this is that the price of admission is low, and sometimes even free.

One such venue is Comedy Heights located in the University Heights area, just down the street from cheap hotels near the San Diego Zoo. Every Saturday evening they host a free show free of any cover charge or drink minimums. Their slogan “he who laughs…lasts” promises an evening of revelry, and as one of the highest-rated comedy clubs in the area, you can expect several hearty chuckles to take over the room throughout the night.

On the other end of the local comedy spectrum, the Mad House Comedy Club located in the downtown Horton Plaza Mall. Don’t let is shopping-center location dissuade you from attending as they offer a wide variety of stand-up performances, and three hours of mall validated parking. Mad House regularly brings in big name headliners who have had appearances on Mad TV, Comedy Central and late night TV without the big name price. For more information about downtown San Diego and Horton Plaza mall, click here.

Ticket prices for a San Diego comedy show vary based on the venue and the comedian but, as a general rule, the more popular the comedy club and the comedian, the faster the tickets sell out. So don’t hesitate to check out the respective clubs’ websites for online ticket purchases or to call their individual box offices in advance. For highly discounted or free comedy show tickets, visit or sign up for various comedy club newsletter for possible discounts.

If Improv is more to your liking, look no further than Finest City Improv, offering unscripted comedic hijinks several nights per week with a full bar and menu. Sip on some Pirate Grog while chowing down on spicy shrimp while taking in the variety of improv shows, including those featuring local up-and-coming talent and young adult performers. The Friday Night Comedy Mutiny show is one of the most popular and often features special guests. If you’re looking to check out somewhere a bit off the beaten path, The Roar Theatre in Banker’s Hill offers short and long form improv shows with their cast of self-proclaimed “Roarriers.”

Something else that might have you laughing out of pure joy is the extremely discounted rates currently being offered at Pacific Inn, a trusted and affordable downtown San Diego hotel. If you already know what comedy show you want to see in San Diego, book your tickets and reserve your stay at our hotel in advance for an easy 12% off on already low prices. For more information on our available rooms and discounts, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-571-2933.


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.

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