Hotel at a Glance: Omni San Diego Hotel
Recent renovations to the Omni San Diego Hotel have paid off in a big way: the hotel won AAA’s Four Diamond Award in 2014 and picked up a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013. Conveniently located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel sits across the street from the San Diego Convention Center, adjacent to PETCO Park, and next to the L Street Fine Art gallery.
- Newly renovated accommodations Guest rooms overlook downtown San Diego or the Gaslamp Quarter.
- Press accolades: Frommer’s recommends the hotel, saying “the airy, contemporary rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows (that open)—some have balconies—and provide awesome vistas.”
- Catch a ballgame: The hotel is connected via skybridge to PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres
- Fresh seafood and aged steaks: Dig in at McCormick & Schmick’s, located on site
- Soak up some rays on the expansive 6th-floor outdoor terrace, which has a stone fireplace, tanning deck, outdoor pool, and a restaurant
- Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi
- Break a sweat in the full-service fitness center
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 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. <p>