Mediterranean-inspired hotel 24 miles north of downtown San Diego has a year-round outdoor pool area, a restaurant, and free WiFi
Hotel at a Glance: Radisson Hotel San Diego Rancho Bernardo
The Radisson Hotel San Diego Rancho Bernardo resembles a Mediterranean villa, with a stucco exterior and terra-cotta roof tiles. Continuing the theme, the hotel centers on a landscaped courtyard. The palm-studded outdoor space is outfitted with a heated pool and hot tub that stay open all year.
- In-room amenities: mini fridges and free WiFi
- Where to eat: C3 Restaurant and Bar preps omelets made from cage-free eggs for breakfast and pizzas topped with organic, housemade sauce for dinner.
- 24-hour fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights
- Distance from downtown San Diego: 24 miles
San Diego, California: Electric Nightlife and Historical Attractions
San Diego’s sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted 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 nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings occupied by high-end boutiques and gourmet restaurants.
A stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 museums, as well as the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists produce pottery and oil paintings. In Old Town, shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful 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 and eerie dolls.