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I haven't been to many cities out west, but so far San Diego is pretty much the most amazing urban area I've ever visited. First of all, the climate is awesome so every day is the most glorious day of weather ever. In that respect, you can have TONS of fun for free just by walking around outside and exploring parks, boardwalks, etc. Take a 10 minute drive west at any point and you will encounter breathtaking Pacific cliffs and crashing waves. I think Balboa Park is a must see - you could easily spend three days there just walking around enjoying the sunshine and gardens and visiting the dozens of museums. We went to the San Diego Zoo which was also awesome - SO much to see and learn about (we got there at opening and barely had enough time to see everything before closing). It's a non-profit organization so their proceeds go directly toward animal care & conservation. La Jolla is also a fun place to go walk around the little cliff trail and enjoy the view (though the adjacent neighborhood restaurants/bars are quite expensive). La Jolla is also a great place to view wildlife (tons of pelicans, terns, seals, sea lions) but I was horrified/saddened at the amount of people who were approaching the sea lions resting on the beach/rocks. There are signs everywhere saying don't approach or disturb marine life yet everyone just HAD to get a stupid Instagram shot of themselves getting illegally close to wildlife. If you go, please respect the animals and obey the law! As for dining, The Donut Bar is a must! Donuts as large as your face in interesting, drool-worthy flavors (red velvet, s'mores, Samoa, Pop-Tart, creme brulee, etc.) as well as cold brew coffee and chocolate milk on tap! We went on Friday and all the workers were dressed up as Disney princesses with Disney music playing over the speakers. When I asked why they said every Friday was a different dress-up theme. It's just a funky little shop with creatively delicious donuts! Our hotel was also near the Little...
Tracy G. Apr 18, 2015
San Diego is great! My husband and I love it so much that we have decided to buy a small business there, so we can live there in the winter. Most folks around us in Michigan choose Florida as a second home, but we find California so much better. With a direct flight, it is less that 5 hours to get there. People are friendly, like minded, health conscious, there are great vegetarian dining options, and iactively trying to conserve the environment is the norm.
Kathleen S. May 27, 2015
San Diego is amazing as it was my first time exploring the city and also celebrating my boyfriend's birthday. The historic old town and Coronado island are amazing. There are a lot and I mean a whole lot of things to do and I'm just amazed by the city. Sure the drive was long and quite scenic at some points but it sure pays off. There are other places we visited and things done but I'm sure San Diego will cater to your every interest.
Jesus Paolo C. May 13, 2015

Stroll Victorian streets in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego, California, may just be the closest thing to paradise in the continental U.S. Balmy, inviting temperatures year-round and a lively beach scene mean that visitors will want those long summer days to go on and on. Surfers glide seamlessly through the waters, hoping to ride in on the next break, outdoor cafes are filled with the sound of families grabbing lunchtime snacks, and historic districts like downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter house Victorian buildings, archways and old industrial structures. San Diego is a destination for business or pleasure - the Convention Center hosts regular events while the kids will love the zoo, and sports fans can live it up at a Padres home game.

Things to see and do

The city's Gaslamp Quarter is in the heart of the Californian city on the edge of San Diego Bay, a location that gives visitors easy access to San Diego International Airport (SAN) via cabs or the light rail Green line. This central location also means that the majesty of San Diego is right outside the door of nearly every Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter hotel.

Balboa Park

Visitors will be hard-pressed to take in all the splendor of Balboa Park in only a day or two. Many of Balboa Park's renowned museums were built in the style of old Baroque- and Spanish architectural buildings. In addition, the historic green space spans 1,200 acres and contains botanical gardens and natural vegetation-lined trails for an afternoon stroll. The jewel of Balboa Park, however, is the legendary San Diego Zoo.

USS Midway Museum

San Diego's rich history also has roots in national defense, and the city remains an integral part of the U.S. military complex. Many Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter hotels are less than a mile away from Navy Pier and the USS Midway aircraft carrier, which is now an interactive museum. The carrier's deck is loaded with 29 restored planes, and visitors can tour the ship's brig (jail), engine room and flight deck. Celebrate the Fourth of July at the phenomenal party hosted by the USS Midway Museum every year, and enjoy a birds-eye view across the city's extravagant Big Bay Fireworks show.

Old Town trolley tours

One of the easiest ways to experience San Diego is by hopping on board a trolley. The city's Old Town trolleys make several stops in the Gaslamp Quarter, transporting visitors across greater San Diego. Riders of the historic vehicles, which tend to be conveniently hop-on/hop-off, have no-hassle access to Balboa Park, Old Town and Coronado Island.

Where to stay – Gaslamp Quarter hotels

Walk the halls of some of San Diego’s oldest hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter. The cornerstone of the district's historic accommodations is the US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, built in 1910 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For second-to-none views of the bay, especially at sunset, book a stay at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Hotel before sipping a sophisticated cocktail in the lobby. Travelers have their pick of many other 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels in the area too, including the Horton Grand and the Westin San Diego. Per night rates in the Quarter typically begin at around $175.

Special events

San Diego Film Festival

In September, the Gaslamp Quarter plays host to one of the film villages of the San Diego Film Festival. For five days there are independent films, celebrities galore, interviews, early sneak peeks of award-season films and more. Each year, more than 20,000 film buffs attend the annual event.

Comic-Con International

The biggest name in comic conventions, this dynamite event has exploded in popularity in recent years, attracting everyone from comic book artists to A-list celebs. Held in July at the San Diego Convention Center, the four-day event has become so renowned since its inception in 1970 that sessions spill over into adjacent satellite locales.

Best time to visit

Visitors who reside in regions with four distinct seasons should visit San Diego between November and February for indulgently warm weather. During the winter months, the average highs hover around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, with tons of sunshine and average humidity levels. Summer weather in the city is equally spectacular as the temperatures typically range from 60 to 75 degrees daily, and there are few rain showers, giving visitors ample opportunity to surf, sunbathe and otherwise live it up.

Recently booked Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter hotels

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W San Diego
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
10 minutes ago 4 stars $179
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
14 minutes ago 4 stars $224
Horton Grand Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
55 minutes ago 3 stars $142
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
2 hours ago 3 stars $146
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
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3 hours ago 3 stars $151
The Westgate Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
3 hours ago 4 stars $201
500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown
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4 hours ago 2 stars $54
The Sofia Hotel
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6 hours ago 3 stars $153
BEST WESTERN Cabrillo Garden Inn
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6 hours ago 3 stars $160
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
6 hours ago 4 stars $247

Recently Rated Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
The Sofia Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
4.1 / 5
362 reviews
3 stars $153
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
4.3 / 5
162 reviews
4 stars $173
W San Diego
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
3.9 / 5
133 reviews
4 stars $179
The Bristol Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
4.1 / 5
163 reviews
3 stars $154
BEST WESTERN Cabrillo Garden Inn
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
3.9 / 5
22 reviews
3 stars $160
Ramada Inn & Suites - Gaslamp/Convention Center
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
3.3 / 5
206 reviews
3 stars $113
The Westgate Hotel
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
4.2 / 5
163 reviews
4 stars $201
Embassy Suites San Diego Bay - Downtown
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
4.1 / 5
102 reviews
3 stars $179
Gaslamp Plaza Suites
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
3.9 / 5
63 reviews
3 stars $167
The Declan Suites
Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter
3.7 / 5
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3 stars $156

Featured Downtown - Gaslamp Quarter Hotels

From $188

1 Solamar, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 143 reviews

435 6th Avenue

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In-room spa treatments and a complimentary evening wine hour highlight the experience at the Hotel Solamar, a boutique hotel located in the heart of the Gaslamp District. Part of the Kimpton chain,...

Awesome family trip
The Hotel is great, the location can´t be better, and the staff was awesome
Jul 21, 2015
From $146

2 Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

4 stars
4.1 / 5 89 reviews

401 K Street

Breakfast & Parking

The Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter sits across the street from the San Diego Convention Center, making it the most ideal lodging choice for convention goers. The property sits next to Martin...

Very bad experience
The worst trip ever, I got at the hotel and I couldn't check in because they didn't have me in the system even I paid to O....z for my stay.
Jun 23, 2015
From $153

3 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 362 reviews

150 West Broadway

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The Sofia Hotel was designed for business travelers. Guests enjoy the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. Other convenience-oriented amenities in this...

Business Trip
The hotel was wonderful, very clean and comfortable. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The valet service was expensive and it would've been nice if there was complimentary parking, that was the...
Jul 31, 2015
From $202

4 Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

4 stars
3.9 / 5 283 reviews

207 5th Avenue

Situated at the official entrance to the Gaslamp Quarter, the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is hip, cool and anything but ordinary. The rooftop bar has been voted the best in San Diego. Views from...

The weekends are loud and crazy, lots of drunks wandering the halls. The suite setup is not really good for kids, there is no microwave and the fridge is already jam-packed with booze, leaving no...
Jul 22, 2015
From $179

5 Embassy Suites San Diego Bay - Downtown

3 stars
4.1 / 5 102 reviews

601 Pacific Highway

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

Location is everything for the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay – Downtown.  The property is located in the heart of downtown San Diego, a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center and...

Fun Times For Our Family Vacation
Awesome hotel was everything we had hoped for!!!! I would recommend this hotel for sure. Great location for all activities in San Diego.
Jul 28, 2015
From $142

6 Horton Grand Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 198 reviews

311 Island Ave.

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Located in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Horton Grand Hotel is the modern incarnation of two Victorian hotels that opened in the late 1880s. The hotel's oak grand staircase, marble...

Fun getaway
We loved this hotel. Location was very convenient. Staff was excellent. Our room could have used a little updating (carpet was worn and paint was chipping in the bathroom). Restraunt in the hotel...
Jul 18, 2015
From $173


4 stars
4.3 / 5 162 reviews

509 9th Avenue

Sophisticated and swanky, the Hotel Indigo San Diego sits on the edge of the city's most exciting neighborhood: The Gaslamp District. This modern hotel is within walking distance to restaurants,...

Business Trip
Overall nice place. Great location. Didn't know what to expect. Property is well maintained and being near the gas lamp quarter makes it a plus. Employees are real friendly and helpful. I would...
Jul 30, 2015
From $108

8 Porto Vista Hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 299 reviews

1835 Columbia Street

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Located in the heart of San Diego's modest Little Italy neighborhood, the Porto Vista Hotel offers a taste of Europe. The Mediterranean style hotel features an interior open-air courtyard and...

Quick Stay in the City
This was my first experience in San Diego, so did not know much about where to stay. If I go back, I think I will stay somewhere else. I picked this because it was a little cheaper but it still...
Jul 23, 2015
From $166

9 The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

4 stars
4.0 / 5 166 reviews

910 Broadway Circle

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Don't let the size of The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter fool you. Though the hulking property boasts 450 rooms, the lodging experience is intimate and cozy. Most of the refurbished rooms have...

Holiday getaway
Hotel is perfectly located in the Gaslamp Quarter. Rooms were refurbished and clean. Hotel staff was friendly and helpful. You can walk to any of the attractions in the area, including Seaport...
Feb 15, 2015
From $154

10 The Bristol Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 163 reviews

1055 First Ave.

Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel

Situated in the heart of downtown San Diego, just blocks from the Gaslamp District, the Bristol Hotel offers modern boutique luxury. The property, owned and operated by Greystone Hotels, features...

Family Trip
best service & very good Locution, love the staff service.
Jul 29, 2015
From $151

11 Wyndham San Diego Bayside

3 stars
3.6 / 5 259 reviews

1355 North Harbor Drive

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Location is everything for this outpost of the prevalent Wyndham. The hotel, which comprises three separate buildings, is located just steps from the shores of San Diego Bay and sits within...

This was my family's first trip to San Diego
The hotel was downtown close to restaurants, across from beautiful scenery, bike riding and a huge park next door the kids could go play and get wet. Our room was cleaned to perfection each and...
Jul 20, 2015
From $179

12 Andaz San Diego

5 stars
4.0 / 5 36 reviews

600 F St

Rate includes breakfast for 2

Located downtown in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Andaz San Diego - a concept by Hyatt is in the heart of the shopping, dining and entertainment hub. Rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi Internet...

Nice location
A nice, clean hotel in a very good location. The rooftop bar/club is really nice, with a killer view. I would definitely stay here again.
Apr 6, 2015
From $179

13 W San Diego

4 stars
3.9 / 5 133 reviews

421 West B Street

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The swanky W San Diego sits on the doorstep of the Gaslamp Quarter, one of the most happening neighborhoods in all of San Diego.  The property features many of the same amenities found at...

Decent but outdated
The W is usually a great find, but this one feels outdated and super dark. The room was supposed to be upgraded, and I was instead given a square next to the housekeeping office.
Jul 30, 2015
From $113

14 Ramada Inn & Suites - Gaslamp/Convention Center

3 stars
3.3 / 5 206 reviews

830 6th Ave.

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Opened in 1913 as the St. James Hotel, the ten-story Ramada Inn & Suites Gaslamp/Convention Center has been renovated to incorporate modern conveniences into one of the most historic structures...

Business Trip
Met my expectations. Great location near heart of SD attractions.
Jul 29, 2015
From $224

15 Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4 stars
4.3 / 5 240 reviews

333 West Harbor Drive

Rate includes breakfast

The San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is the centerpiece of the beautiful San Diego harbor and bay. Boasting 1,360 guest rooms, 75,000 square feet of meeting space and close proximity to the...

Great long weekend
Hotel was nice, easy to get to - staff went above and beyond to help out with any needs. They moved us to a balcony room that had a great view of the fireworks on the 4th.
Jul 8, 2015