The highly anticipated Comic Con is less than two weeks away and downtown San Diego hotels, restaurants and shops are starting to prepare for their influx of visitors and vacationers. This four day event attracts more than 100,000 attendees from locations throughout the world and highlights some of the best in comic books, movies, pop culture and more.
In addition to the thousands of conventioneers that will be dressed in their favorite action hero costumes, those going to the convention center can expect to see some of this year’s top writers and actors in panels scheduled throughout the day. Some of this year’s most anticipated TV panels include X Files, Dr. Who and S.H.I.E.L.D, while conventioneers are looking forward to the X-Men, Catching Fire and Veronica Mars movie panels.
Insider Tip: If this is your first Comic Con event and there is a panel you want to see, it is advised to get to the hall or room in which the panel will appear later that day as early as possible. In other words, to ensure you get to see the panel you want, be prepared to wait all day, even through other panel presentations that you may not be as interested in.
While it may seem like a no brainer, be prepared to fight the crowds, both at the convention center and in the downtown district. The convention center offers a few discounts to restaurants and shops outside of the venue, however, keep in mind that these will be most crowded. Restaurants further from the convention center will likely be better options if you may be a bit impatient after a long day of visiting exhibits.
If you haven’t already, reserve a room at the Marina Inn, a San Diego Convention Center hotel located in downtown San Diego. Offering competitive pricing for Comic Con weekend and a variety of free amenities, a stay with us is sure to be comfortable and relaxing. For rates and availability, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.
San Diego is the ideal place to enjoy many ocean activities all year long. Visitors who stay at one of the hotels in downtown San Diego, are within minutes of beautiful beaches, whale watching tours and harbor cruises.
One of the great beaches to enjoy the water is La Jolla Shores. Here you’ll find nearby surf shops that offer surf lessons and camps for individuals of all ages and skill levels. Another fun family activity is taking a kayaking tour along the caves of La Jolla. These relaxing and inexpensive water activities are within minutes of the Marina Inn, a preferred San Diego beach hotel.
If you don’t want to get wet, but still want to enjoy the ocean, go on a whale watching tour. During the months of December through April, tourists can watch the annual whale migration. Whale watching is the most popular water activity in the bay and many sightseeing and whale watching companies provide tours.
Another activity for water lovers is to take a ferry to Coronado. These ferries will also transport your car, so you can explore Coronado and return via the famous Coronado Bridge. Another boating option is a harbor cruise which goes up and down the bay giving passengers a view of the San Diego downtown skyline.
When taking your vacation, stay at the centrally located Marina Inn hotel downtown San Diego. Our affordable hotel near the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and Little Italy is perfect for vacationers and we offer a variety of complimentary amenities including wireless internet and daily breakfast. Call us now at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve one of our spacious rooms.
In the heart of San Diego lies a beautiful and exciting downtown district. Located within minutes from the San Diego airport, the eccentric district offers ample options for accommodations, activities, dining and cultural attractions. Visitors staying at one of the Marina Inn, a downtown San Diego hotel, have easy access by foot or by trolley to several popular neighborhoods and attractions.
One of the most popular and unique areas in downtown San Diego is the Gaslamp Quarter. A sixteen block district is a historic area of downtown that has been beautifully restored to highlight original Victorian architecture from the mid 1800’s. Many vacationers enjoy walking through the Gaslamp quarter, embracing the many sights, sounds and smells. From modern and upscale restaurants to live music venues to boutique shops, there is plenty to be explored and embraced.
Another popular downtown destination is Little Italy. If you are planning a trip to San Diego, the Marina Inn is located within walking distance of the Italian district. A trip to Little Italy transports visitors to Italy with its cobble stone streets and many family owned stores, museums and art galleries. What typically appeals most to tourists are the many Italian restaurants from small cafes to authentic trattorias featuring classic dishes of homemade pasta and fresh seafood.
Another must see attraction is Petro Park, home of the Padres. This state of the art baseball stadium offers a view from nothing short of spectacular. In addition to enjoying the stadium, visitors have a 360 degree view of the city and the Pacific. Even if you are staying at one of the hotels near Petco Park during the off season, you should stop by to enjoy its beautiful architecture and exhibits that are open all year round. There is a small grassy park within the stadium that hosts events throughout the off season as well as guided tours lead by community volunteers.
Finally, a trip to downtown San Diego wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the San Diego Zoo. Located in Balboa Park, the zoo is one of the largest in the nation and offers a one of a kind experience with exhibits that mimic habitats from around the world. Balboa Park also boasts over a dozen other museums that can be enjoyed when you purchase a combination park and zoo package.
The Marina Inn Hotel in downtown San Diego is the perfect destination to enjoy the many attractions of downtown, as well as the vibrant nightlife. In the center of the action, our hotel also offers a variety of amenities including cable television with HBO, free wireless internet and complimentary hot breakfast prepared daily. Start planning your downtown San Diego vacation now and reserve your spacious room by calling 1-800-571-2933.