Gaslamp Quarter, CA

San Diego
Gaslamp Quarter showing signage, night scenes and street scenes

San Diego’s historic heart has shed its seedy past to emerge as one of the city’s premier dining, shopping and entertainment hubs.

Named after the gas lamps that were installed when this area was developed in the 1860s, the Gaslamp Quarter endured a period of economic hardship soon after it was built. A notorious red-light district emerged here, and for a long time the district was known for its gambling dens and seedy bars. That changed when the area was revamped in the 1980s and the Gaslamp Quarter, covering 16 blocks in downtown San Diego, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today it’s both the cultural and commercial heart of San Diego. The original Victorian buildings have been restored and now house many of the city’s restaurants, shops and galleries. By day, flit between high-end boutiques and well-known chain stores, or take some time out to ponder works of art. The Chuck Jones Gallery is notable for its collection of early cartoon sketches of characters such as Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote. Learn about the area’s history at the Gaslamp Museum, located in the William Heath Davis House, the Gaslamp Quarter’s oldest surviving structure.

The options for night-time entertainment are diverse: take in live music at a traditional Irish pub, sip cocktails in up-market bars, or dance the night away in a Latin-themed nightclub.

The Gaslamp Quarter hosts a number of vibrant festivals throughout the year. The colorful Mardi Gras, which kicks off in February, is the most well-known, followed by St Patrick’s Day in March. Sure to entertain is the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade in December, where owners and their pets don matching costumes and wander the streets.


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Ramada by Wyndham Gaslamp Convention Center
Ramada by Wyndham Gaslamp Convention Center
3 out of 5
830 6th Ave, San Diego, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $79 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lyceum Theatre and Petco Park. Balboa Park and San Diego Convention Center are also within ...
3.6/5 Good! (962 reviews)
"Beautiful historic property with friendly staff and lots of dining options however if you like water pressure in your shower, this might not be the place for you."

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

Ramada by Wyndham Gaslamp Convention Center
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
4 out of 5
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
The price is $169 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Petco Park and San Diego Convention Center. Seaport Village and USS Midway Museum are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,717 reviews)
"super easy check in & check out of the hotel, staff was friendly and attentive. room service was fast and overall super clean hotel"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2021

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Pendry San Diego
Pendry San Diego
5 out of 5
550 J Street, San Diego, CA
The price is $276 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Petco Park and San Diego Convention Center. Seaport Village and USS Midway Museum ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (973 reviews)
"Pendry SD is literally one of my favorite hotels in San Diego. I celebrated my birthday here and it was amazing. The concierge and front desk were exceptional. I was greeted with a bottle of champagne and chocolates. The hotel is a one stop shop. They literally have everything inside the hotel. Restaurants, ..."

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Pendry San Diego
Staypineapple, Hotel Z, Gaslamp San Diego
Staypineapple, Hotel Z, Gaslamp San Diego
3 out of 5
521 6th Ave, San Diego, CA
The price is $82 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 29
Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Petco Park, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, and New Children's Museum. San Diego Repertory ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (958 reviews)
"First time staying at a StayPineapple property and I have to say… you have won me over. Everything was amazing from the comfort of the bed and bedding, the cleanliness, the bikes, and the friendliness of the staff! Thank you… I will definitely be looking for my next stay at StayPineapple!"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Staypineapple, Hotel Z, Gaslamp San Diego
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
4 out of 5
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA
The price is $143 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of San Diego Convention Center, Port of San Diego, and USS Midway Museum. Balboa Park and Petco ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (967 reviews)
"it was cool"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Plaza Suites
Gaslamp Plaza Suites
3.5 out of 5
520 E St, San Diego, CA
The price is $110 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Balboa Park and San Diego Convention Center. USS Midway Museum and San Diego Zoo are also ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
"Easy walking distance to restaurant and theatre."

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2021

Gaslamp Plaza Suites
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