Mission Valley Hotel Just a Few Miles from SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo
The first electric trolleys rumbled through the streets of San Diego in the late 1800s. Passengers rode in style—some early models featured cherry-wood interiors, solid-bronze hardware, and mother-of-pearl push buttons, which contrasted sharply from the previous years’ sooty locomotives and horse-drawn carriages. Today, visitors and locals still get around by electric trolley on the modern San Diego Trolley lines. Railcars run to some of the city’s most popular attractions; you can catch a Green Line trolley just two blocks from the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley.
The hotel is located in the north San Diego neighborhood of Mission Valley, just 5 miles from SeaWorld in Mission Bay and 4 miles from the San Diego Zoo. After a full night’s sleep on Serta mattresses topped with down-filled comforters or on an elaborate pillow fort, head to the hotel’s restaurant and lounge, Stish, for a full breakfast buffet (extra fee). Stish also serves a full menu of steaks and seafood—the name is a combination of “steak” and “fish”—as well as cocktails made from local fruits, juices, and herbs. This getaway includes one appetizer and two cocktails at the lounge.
San Diego: Historical Attractions and Electric Nightlife in Southern California
San Diego's sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted vacationing out-of-towners, but the city's inland scene is no slouch, either. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably one of the trendiest listings on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings now occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.
During the day, a stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. There's also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists continuously produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.
Farther north, in Old Town—site of the first European settlement in California—shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful wrestling masks, woven baskets, and maracas. Nearby stands The Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture, eerie dolls, and squeegees for ectoplasm cleanup.