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.