Welcome to San Diego, where the weather hardly dips below 60 degrees, even around Christmas! I love this city, and the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown is one of my favorite parts of the city. Not only does the area have great restaurants and nightlife, but there’s also a wonderful collection of hotels fit for all budgets.
The first time I stayed here was back in 2003, and I was immediately drawn to the hotel’s use of Gerber daisies, my favorite flower. A strange memory, I know, but rest assured that the actual hotel was great as well, and I’ve stayed there two other times since then. It’s a modern, boutique style hotel, with clean lines and a cozy feel to it. The beds are extrememly comfortable, and the rooms are decorated with jazzy patterns which manage to be lively yet not too busy. The staff was very friendly and well-trained. Better yet, the rooms run around $200 per night, which is great for the Gaslamp Quarter!
All the letters in the name are written in lowercase, a tell-tale sign that a hotel thinks of itself as having an attitude. Luckily, in this case the attitude is a great one! All rooms are wired for broadband and you’ll be treated to flat-screen tv’s in the suites. Fiteness afficionados will appreciate the hotel’s private yoga studio and fitness center. The regualr rooms are a bit on the smaller side, so investing in a suite might be a good idea. The bathrooms rock. Suites are under $300 per night, and the regular rooms are around $160.
I think this one is fairly new to the Gaslamp scene, beacuse I’m not that familiar with it. I’ve heard they have a 2-night package which includes a Ferrari rental though! It’s smack in the middle of the Gaslamp and only has 35 (expensive) rooms. The rooms apparently have flat-screened tv’s and the beds have 1000 thread-count sheets. I think I’m going to have to check this place out.
Here’s a great resource for finding other boutique hotels.
If you’re planning a trip, check out flights to flights to San Diego.