Hotel at a Glance: The Declan Suites San Diego
You’ll have plenty of room to stretch out in a two-room deluxe suite at Declan Suites San Diego, which is conveniently located downtown, near trendy neighborhoods, restaurants, and shops. It’s around the corner from the San Diego Symphony and just minutes from attractions such as the San Diego Zoo.
- Where you’ll stay: Suites have city views, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, separate sitting rooms, and free WiFi.
- Walk to the Gaslamp Quarter in 15 minutes.
- Signature dish: Try a veggie sandwich with marinated portobello and sriracha aioli at the onsite Deck 12 restaurant.
- Work up a sweat in the onsite fitness center or swim in the indoor heated pool.
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.