The Gaslamp Quarter is a top destination in San Diego and where the city began during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The just over 16-block district was once a Wild West town with busy saloons and gambling halls – today it offers visitors a great place to stay in the heart of nearly 100 historic buildings. The area boasts over 100 restaurants, bars and nightlife venues along with some of the best accommodation options in San Diego, including these hotels.
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Hotel Indigo not only offers an ideal location, its top draw is the rooftop, which boasts 4,000 square feet of green space and fire pits to gather around while sipping drinks at the bar and taking in the spectacular views. There’s also a well-equipped fitness center, a 24-hour business center and an on-site restaurant in the lobby serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients. The trendy rooms offer great views of downtown too, along with hardwood floors, iPod docks, 37″ flat-screens, work desks and large bathrooms.
Set within San Diego’s first skyscraper, the Gaslamp Plaza Suites date back to 1913 and is a nationally registered historic site. It not only offers lots of historic charm but a fabulous rooftop terrace with umbrella-covered tables where the complimentary continental breakfast is served. On the ground floor are two full restaurants, including the popular Melting Pot which features fondue and Vin De Syrah with an extensive wine list, small plates and live music. Rooms vary in size and layout, featuring updated furnishings while still preserving historic features. All feature wet bars with mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers while bathrooms include shower/tub combos.
Popular among business travelers thanks to its location near the convention center, the Hilton Gaslamp Quarter Hotel offers everything for your business needs and much more. It has an outdoor pool surrounded by loungers and an on-site restaurant serving a breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner with dishes focused on upscale California-inspired fare. Near the pool is a fitness center with cardio equipment that includes individual TVs, a strength training machine and free weights. Rooms have comfy Hilton Serenity beds and flat-screen TVs. Book one of the large King Whirlpool Room and you’ll get extra space with a sofa and a deep whirlpool tub.
Located at the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, the 10-story Hotel Solamar San Diego boasts a spacious rooftop with a swimming pool, bar and fire pit, providing the perfect place to relax day or night. Enjoy the complimentary beer and wine hour hosted every night and free bicycles to explore the city. There’s a 24/7 fitness center, discounted day passes are available to a nearby gym and poolside yoga every Sunday morning. Rooms have lots of great perks too like large, jetted tubs in the bathrooms, animal print robes, yoga mats and honor bars with organic options along with flat-screen TVs with DVD/CD players.
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is popular for its events hosted poolside, including Comic-Con parties and a Halloween celebration, but year-round it draws lots of young guests looking to party. It has the rock star vibe with a huge selection of music memorabilia the chain is known for and hosts the Float Rooftop Pool and Lounge for sipping cocktails from morning to late nights on the weekend. There are lots of elegant bars and a full-service spa with treatments that are complemented with music vibration. Enjoy the Celebrity Oxygen Facial, a Rock Spa Signature Massage or any one of the other decadent options. There are designated “420 rooms,” and all come with large flat-screen TVs and high-thread-count sheets.
The luxurious Omni San Diego features over 500 rooms that provide dazzling views over the Gaslamp Quarter. It offers an especially convenient location, connected by a sky bridge to the Padres baseball stadium, PETCO Field, and sits right across the street from the convention center. Baseball memorabilia, including glass displays with signed uniforms and baseballs make it uniquely ideal for baseball fans, though everyone can enjoy the huge pool terrace with a tanning deck along with the chain’s signature concierge service. Rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies and DVD players, video game systems and terry robes.
Andaz San Diego is a boutique Hyatt property that is filled with cool local art and boasts a rooftop with a gorgeous pool, fire pit and elegant wine bar that’s so popular it even attracted Prince Harry who came to party here when visiting the city. There’s also a fitness center and an on-site steakhouse, while rooms have a minimalist look featuring plush, white bedding, large flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffeemakers.
The chic Pendry San Diego blends elegance with a cool Southern California vibe. On the rooftop is a pool lined with private cabanas, and downstairs there are a half-dozen restaurants and bars that include a beer hall and a basement social club. Provisional offers traditional dining on seasonal California fare, while Lionfish focuses on fresh-caught fish, oysters and sushi. There’s a spa and fitness center too. Rooms have giant flat-screen TVs, fully stocked minibars and Bluetooth speakers.
The Keating Hotel was designed by the Italian car design company behind Ferrari and Maserati, Pininfarina. You’ll note lots of special touches dedicated to the high-end sports car, from the all-red lobby to painted concrete floors and stainless bathroom fixtures in the rooms. Speaking of rooms, they’re incredibly posh with upscale details throughout like Bluetooth-ready Bang & Olufsen sound systems, Frette linens and Lavazza espresso machines. There’s also a spa that has a private outdoor atrium with a whirlpool and steam shower, while numerous bars and restaurants can be enjoyed nearby.
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter offers urban chic at the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, adjacent to Petco Park, making it popular among Padres’ and other baseball fans. There’s a rooftop terrace for relaxing in the sun, an on-site restaurant paying homage to California’s wine country and Napa Valley cuisine, and a lounge with panoramic views of the skyline, the bay and Coronado Island. Comfortable rooms include all the basics – it’s worth splurging a bit to upgrade to a view room, the higher the floor the better.