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 and TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014. Conveniently located in 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 guest rooms overlook downtown San Diego or the Gaslamp Quarter.
- Fresh seafood and aged steaks: Dig in at the onsite McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant.
- Soak up some rays on the expansive sixth-floor outdoor terrace, which has a stone fireplace, a tanning deck, a heated pool, and a restaurant.
- 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 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.