Hotel at a Glance: Hercor Hotel
Flat-screen HDTVs, iPod docks, and free WiFi come standard in Hercor Hotel's comfortable guest rooms, as do down comforters and pillows. Fresh from a recent renovation, the hotel's decor is sleek and minimalist, with curated lithographs by Spanish artist Manuel Facal adorning the walls. If you want to get into the city, San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter is just 9 miles south of the property.
- Guest favorite: TripAdvisor users ranked Hercor Hotel No. 1 out of 19 Chula Vista hotels.
- Free breakfast buffet of pastries, eggs, ham, sausage, cheeses, juice, and coffee
- Retail therapy: More than 100 shops are located at the Chula Vista Center, just a six-minute walk away from the hotel.
- Late-night tacos are across the street at Tacos El Gordo, which is open until midnight during the week and 4 a.m. on weekends.
Chula Vista, California: Hiking and Kayaking Minutes from San Diego
Bordered by the Pacific on one side and mountains on the other, Chula Vista earns its name, which means “beautiful view” in Spanish. The weather—sunny and warm almost every day of the year—makes this a great place to hike, kayak, or cool off at the popular water park Aquatica San Diego water park. The city's location offers easy access to the Mexican border and downtown San Diego, both just miles away.
San Diego's 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.