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Downtown San Diego, CA

San Diego
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From historic streets, waterfront parks and baseball, to performing arts venues, nightlife zones and art and maritime museums, this is the cultural hub of San Diego.

Visit Downtown San Diego to experience the lively urban center of one of California’s most-loved beach cities. Here a flourishing arts scene blends with sophisticated dining, energetic nightlife and waterfront adventures. Tour the many districts of Downtown San Diego to experience the city away from its sun-drenched beaches.

Once a seedy red-light area, today the historic Gaslamp Quarter is known for boutiques, galleries, rooftop bars and taprooms. See cartoon sketches at the Chuck Jones Gallery and retrace local history at the Gaslamp Museum, housed in the 170-year-old William Heath Davis House. Catch shows at Balboa Theatre, Spreckels Theatre and leafy Horton Plaza Park. Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day events and the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade take place in this quarter.

Head to the East Village to watch a San Diego Padres baseball match at Petco Park. Columbia’s business district has excellent art and live music. Attend ballets and operas at San Diego Civic Theatre and touring Broadway musicals at Copley Symphony Hall. Peruse exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and SDSU Downtown Gallery.

Columbia’s western border marks the start of the energetic Embarcadero bayside promenade. Relax at pretty green spaces such as Tuna Harbor Park and Waterfront Park. Delve into maritime history aboard ships and aircraft at the Maritime Museum of San Diego and USS Midway Museum.

Stroll along the Embarcadero to upscale Marina District. Enjoy biking, fishing and picnicking at Embarcadero Marina Park North and Embarcadero Marina Park South. Find interactive family-friendly fun at The New Children’s Museum. Go on a shopping spree at Seaport Village.

Celebrity chefs compete with microbreweries and traditional Italian restaurants in Little Italy. Shop for fresh produce at Saturday’s Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market. Victorian homes dominate the landscape of Cortez Hill, a gateway to sprawling Balboa Park.

A light rail system provides access to the districts and attractions of Downtown San Diego. Travel around on foot or use the hop-on, hop-off Old Town Trolley.


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Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is $169 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of USS Midway Museum and Balboa Park. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Zoo are also ...
4/5Very Good! (4,036 reviews)
"All of the exquisite restaurants on-site. It was the best!!"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
The price is $197 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Downtown San Diego, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, San Diego Convention Center, and USS Midway Museum. Port of ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,255 reviews)
"Hotel has a beautiful view by the pool. Such a great time swimming and having fun with friends"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
4 out of 5
333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is $218 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
This family-friendly San Diego hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 15-minute walk of San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park, and USS Midway Museum. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,704 reviews)
"Very nice view. Near by the water , and restaurant. Great ambiance"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
4 out of 5
1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA
The price is $202 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
This family-friendly San Diego hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park. Seaport Village and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,736 reviews)
"Super kind staff and the facility is beautiful. The garage elevator is a little sketchy though."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
4 out of 5
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
The price is $239 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park. Seaport Village and USS Midway Museum are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,794 reviews)
"I stayed Sun - Wed, and was disappointed that the pool area had no service. Couldn't order a drink or food, that's unfortunate when you want to spend the day just lounging. It is a party hotel, so it has the wear and tear of a party hotel. Otherwise, staff friendly and helpful. No made service during ..."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Omni San Diego Hotel
Omni San Diego Hotel
4 out of 5
675 L St, San Diego, CA
The price is $197 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
This family-friendly San Diego hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Petco Park and New Children's Museum. Gaslamp Quarter Station is ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,421 reviews)
"Strongest water pressure I’ve ever had in hotel…wish they had a restaurant w room service and that a coffee wasn’t $8…best location of any hotel in SD…save money by parking in garage across street(half price at only $25 max whereas the hotel charges $55)...very clean and everyone is friendly…great ..."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Omni San Diego Hotel
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