Many cities have a revitalized historic area that represents that city’s historical past. For San Diego, that equates to the Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown’s premier tourist destination. It’s conveniently located across Harbor Drive from the San Diego Convention Center and runs to Horton Plaza on West Broadway. Nestled between two other popular downtown neighborhoods – the Marina District and East Village – it is the hub of San Diego’s culture and history, posh nightlife, and festive events. Thousands of visitors flock to this 16-block walkable neighborhood year-round.
Hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter are typically either historic luxury hotels or sophisticated boutique hotels. The high-end nature of these hotels is on par with the upscale ambiance of the neighborhood. The unmatched opulence of the US Grant Hotel and the historic grandeur of the Horton Grand Hotel are the neighborhood’s royal accommodations. Guests can expect an epicurean experience at either of these historic hotels. Both are located on the edges of the Gaslamp Quarter and offer quiet reprieve from the district’s exuberant spirit.
Boutique hotels like the Keating Hotel, the St. James Hotel, and the Sofia Hotel pepper the neighborhood offering spa-like accommodations. The five-story Romanesque Revival-style Keating Hotel was San Diego’s first luxury hotel. The St. James still uses 1913 twin cage elevators, once deemed the fastest in the world, and the trendy Sofia Hotel has been inducted into the National Trust for Historic Hotels of America. Expect historical charm and modern amenities at these and other Gaslamp boutique hotels.
Who Should Stay Here
Limousines, haute couture, and specialty martinis are Gaslamp Quarter signatures. This Downtown neighborhood flaunts the best of San Diego nightlife marked by the trendiest places to see and be seen. With over 200 bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and rooftop lounges, the fashionable elite will be right at home in the Gaslamp at night. Those who are as fond of glamour as they are a good time will appreciate their hotel’s proximity to the nightlife here.
Young adults who thrive in a high-energy environment and hate feeling like they’re missing out will also love the Gaslamp where it’s a year-round party. The flamboyant Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration lights up the Quarter in February. Mid-March 20,000+ people converge on the neighborhood again for the ShamROCK Festival. Comic-Con International takes center stage in June with a colorful and comic extravaganza, the Dos XX Monster Bash Block Party makes a scene at Halloween, and it’s a battle of the college bands along 5th Avenue during December’s Poinsettia Bowl.
Beneath the glitzy nightlife and high-octane events, the Gaslamp Quarter is first and foremost San Diego’s historical and cultural heartbeat. Visitors whose tastes lean toward the symphony, the theater, museums, art galleries, or other cultural attractions will be happy they chose the Gaslamp as their home base. The neighborhood contains all these, plus enough walking tours, lectures, and Victorian era architecture to satisfy even the most discriminating vacationer.