The heartbeat of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. San Diego’s thriving urban center offers an abundance of options for accommodations, activities, dining and cultural attractions, all easily accessible by foot, bike, car or public transportation. In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where modern architecture and Victorian-Age buildings stand side-by-side, you’ll discover eclectic galleries, chic boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars, gastropubs, craft beer haunts and fine dining restaurants lining the streets.
Attractions 10 minutes away
Balboa Park (www.balboapark.org)
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park with open space areas, green belts, natural vegetation zones, walking paths and gardens. It also features several theaters, museums, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
Gaslamp Quarter (www.gaslamp.org)
This vibrant district consists of a 16½-block area located in downtown San Diego offering a mixture of modern shopping, dining and nightlife and historic 1880s flair. Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is located just ½ mile from the historic Gaslamp Quarter.
San Diego Zoo (zoo.sandiegozoo.org)
The biggest attraction within Balboa Park, the world-renowned San Diego Zoo showcases more than 3,700 animals from around the world. Explore the rainforest aviary and get a good laugh as Dr. Zoolittle ‘talks’ to the animals.
USS Midway (http://www.midway.org/)
Take the entire family on an adventure to explore the USS Midway Museum. Enjoy exciting things, like an audio tour for kids and adults, a cool climb-in aircraft, flight simulators, movie nights, free concerts, and firework shows.
Coronado’s coastline offers wide sandy beaches with sparkling sand, courtesy of the mineral Mica, that draw visitors from around the world. With its elegant gardens, old-world mansions, quaint shops, and oceanfront dining with spectacular sunset views, no wonder this charmed small town has been dubbed “The Crown City,” as Coronado means “the crowned one” in Spanish.
Old Town (www.oldtownsandiego.org)
Would you like to know what was it like in California in 1850? Then visit Historic Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California where the first Europeans settled. History awaits you along with the finest in professional theatre, museums, historical sites, artisans, galleries and authentic Mexican restaurants
With its location on the water, it’s not surprising that San Diego would have a seaport village. Pick up the latest styles or accessories at some of the 50 shops, just steps from our hotel. Take advantage of the Pacific’s bounty at a seafood restaurant. Stop along your travels to enjoy a magician or musical group performing throughout the village. Grab the brass ring on the village carousel for nostalgic San Diego fun.
As one of the oldest and most iconic historical areas of San Diego, Little Italy has come a long way since its origins as a fishing community for Italian immigrants. Little Italy has grown to cover over 48-square-blocks; making it the largest Little Italy in the nation. You will love the feel of this cute and quaint little part of San Diego near the harbor that is packed full of locals having fun and enjoying each other. There are many restaurants, coffee spots, shops, and stores to visit. There is even a Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.
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