Go On a Shopping Spree in Downtown San Diego


San Diego has many sites and attractions to see and visit, but for visitors who want to do some shopping, the typical tourist attractions may not be high on their priority list. Fortunately, Guests at the affordable Pacific Inn downtown San Diego hotel, are not only a short drive from the city’s top attractions, we are also located in close proximity to the most popular downtown shopping districts.

One of the best places to shop is at the many boutiques that line the main drag of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. This neighborhood is more commonly known for its bars and nightclubs, but during the day, shoppers can browse a large selection of one-of-a-kind specialty gifts, products and services. Shoppers looking for unique clothing, accessories and paintings which reflect the character of San Diego prefer the small shops in the Gaslamp Quarter. What is so special about these products, you may ask? The majority of the shops are owned by the local artists and designers!

Shoppers looking for more mainstreamed or branded merchandise can head over to the Horton Plaza mall. This is the only shopping mall in downtown San Diego and features a movie theater, comedy club and an underground theater for plays and musicals. The Horton Plaza stores are numerous and will have something for everyone, whether they’re looking for clothes, toys or accessories. Horton Plaza has many dining options including eating in the popular Macy’s café. While shopping, mall visitors can observe the mall’s interesting architecture with narrow, winding walkways and brightly painted walls.

San Diego is one of the few places visitors can shop along the water which is what happens while exploring the quaint shops at Seaport Village. Like the Gaslamp boutiques, these shops feature unique, specialty merchandise. At Seaport Village, shoppers can browse a selection of home goods, toys, clothing and even chocolate and cookies! After a few hours of shopping, visitors can either enjoy a casual waterfront meal in Seaport Village or at the nearby San Diego Harbor restaurants.

Whether you enjoy your time in San Diego by sightseeing or shopping, be sure to reserve your clean and spacious room at the centrally located Pacific Inn.

4 Tips for Saving Your Vacation Budget


When visiting San Diego, there are so many options for activities and entertainment, it can be difficult to keep a vacation budget in check. Fortunately, there are easy ways to save that don’t require you to sacrifice the quality of your trip. At the cheap Pacific Inn San Diego, we’ve listed some of the best ways to explore the downtown district on a limited budget.

  1. Spend a Day along the Water

    With beautiful weather year round, it is easy to spend the day outside. Not only is this a great way to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle of San Diego, it doesn’t cost a thing. Head to one of the city’s popular beaches or take a walk along the San Diego Bay and Embarcadero and watch the boats sail in and out of the harbor.

  2. Visit Little Italy

    Not all of the restaurants and attractions in Little Italy are inexpensive, however there are many more affordable options in comparison to the downtown Gaslamp Quarter. Check out the Little Italy museums and art galleries, and for an inexpensive lunch or dinner, get a slice of pizza in San Diego’s Little Italy from one of the authentic parlors that are scattered throughout the area.

  3. Skip the Rental Car

    This may not be feasible for all vacationers. The final decision whether or not to reserve a rental car will depend on your personal preferences and what you plan on doing during your stay. However, for those staying in the downtown district, getting around the area is extremely easy either by walking or taking advantage of affordable public transportation options.

  4. Stay at an Airport Motel

    With the airport’s prime location in the downtown district, staying at a nearby San Diego Airport motel provides visitors with additional convenience. You won’t have to waste time or money on expensive cab or shuttle rides and most importantly, you have easy access to the many downtown sites. The location of nearby airport motels helps those on a limited budget explore the area.

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Affordable San Diego Activities & Attractions


While San Diego is home to the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland California, not all vacation budgets can accommodate the expensive admissions rates associated with these theme parks. Whether you’ve already visited these attractions during a previous visit or you’re saving them for your next Southern California adventure, there are still many affordable San Diego activities fun for individuals of all ages.

If you’re on a romantic vacation, don’t skip:

  • Coronado – The beaches of Coronado are always shimmering under the San Diego sunshine. Watch the sunset, walk along the beach or window shop in town. Whatever you decide to do, Coronado is a great destination for a bit of romance.
  • Happy Hour in the Gaslamp – If you’re on a tight budget, there are many restaurants that offer happy hour in the Gaslamp. From rooftop bars to first class restaurants, dine at happy hour with a specialty cocktail instead of going to a full multi-course meal. Click here for more information about the Gaslamp Quarter.

If you’re traveling with young children, check out:

  • Balboa Park – Guests can explore the park grounds free of charge. Stop by for a picnic lunch and let your kids run around the park’s many grassy hills.
  • Seaport Village – During the day, Seaport Village is the ideal spot for young children. Watch kites fly by, ride the historic carousel or check out street performances by magicians and balloon artists.

If you’re visiting San Diego with teenagers, stop by:

  • The USS Midway Museum – The admissions fee for this museum is significantly less than others in area and provides visitors with a look into the rich history of the USS Midway. Plus, teenagers love the museums’ interactive exhibits.
  • Belmont Park – After spending a day at Mission beach, head to Belmont Park, San Diego’s waterfront amusement park. Admission into the park is free and the cost of rides and games won’t break the bank.

Reserve a room at our cheap hotel in Downtown San Diego and enjoy our central location and save even more by skipping the rental car. If you have additional questions about activities near our hotel, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Benefits of Staying at a Downtown San Diego Hotel


When planning a trip to San Diego, you have many options for neighborhoods and places to stay. From quaint bed and breakfasts in the northern beach communities to luxury hotels along the San Diego Bay, the endless options can make deciding where to stay difficult for out of town travelers. However, whether you are in town for business, traveling with a partner, or vacationing with family, you can’t go wrong with a downtown San Diego hotel.

One major benefit of staying at a hotel in downtown San Diego is its central location. After flying into the San Diego Airport, visitors are within a 10 minute drive of the popular downtown district. In addition to the many dining option near the San Diego Airport, visitors will have easy access to area’s museums, live-entertainment venues, bars, nightclubs and more.

For families traveling to San Diego, staying downtown puts you in the heart of all the action, just minutes from popular family attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, the USS Midway Museum and the new Children’s Museum. There are also many options for shopping around the Gaslamp Quarter. After a day of sightseeing, children love picking out souvenirs at the local shops to commemorate their trip.

A final benefit of staying at a downtown San Diego hotel is the cost savings. Because you are within walking distance to many popular events and have easy access to transportation, you can cut additional costs such as renting a car. If you are looking for a cheap downtown San Diego hotel for further savings, consider staying at the Pacific Inn. Located steps from Little Italy, the Pacific Inn offers great value to travelers with a prime downtown location, clean and spacious rooms and affordable rates.

Start planning your trip to San Diego today and reserve a room at the Pacific Inn, a top choice in cheap hotels in Downtown San Diego.

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