Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Z
This new hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter ensconces guests in contemporary rooms with free WiFi, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, single-cup coffeemakers, and robe-and-slipper sets. Venture out, and you’ll discover that the hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the restaurants and shopping venues that make the Gaslamp Quarter one of San Diego’s best-known areas.
- Afternoon pick-me-up: Complimentary coffee and pineapple cupcakes are served at the hotel from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
- Pedal power: Guests can borrow bright-yellow cruiser bikes to easily explore the city.
- Nearby attractions: The hotel is a half mile from the San Diego Convention Center, and a 10-minute drive from Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.
- Coronado Beach is just 3 miles away. This stunning beach exudes California cool, with tidepools, fire pits, and an area for dogs. You can park for free on Ocean Boulevard.
- Dogs are invited: For a small fee, dogs of all sizes are welcome; they’ll receive a dog bed, water bowl, and treats at check-in.
San Diego, California: 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 the trendiest listing 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 occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.
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 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.