Hotel at a Glance: The Dana on Mission Bay
Surrounded by Mission Bay’s nearly 30 miles of shoreline, The Dana on Mission Bay is well situated for water recreation. Guests can rent a kayak or wave runner onsite or take the hotel shuttle to Mission Beach or SeaWorld San Diego, both less than a mile away.
- In-room amenities: flat-screen TVs, fridges, microwaves
- Lanai rooms have private patios opening onto the tropical courtyard or tropical pool area.
- Deluxe Bay-view rooms overlook Mission Bay, have large private patios or balconies, and offer wet bars and sofa beds inside.
- Onsite dining: Enjoy hearty portions of breakfast favorites in the morning, and savor seasonal, local ingredients at Firefly Restaurant & Bar.
- Two pools: The infinity pool overlooks Mission Bay; the tropical pool is surrounded by palm trees.
- Rent a bike to explore the area’s picturesque boardwalk.
- Nearby attractions include Belmont Park, Mission Beach, the San Diego Zoo, and the historical Gaslamp Quarter.
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.