San Diego Journals

Downtown in San Diego

A February 2006 trip to San Diego by Asia Traveler

Quote: Recently, a conference took me to San Diego. I enjoyed the food, the weather, and the chance to explore downtown.

Downtown in San Diego

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Overview

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The weather! In my opinion, one of the best reasons to go to San Diego is that it is sunny and mild almost every day of the year. It may rain occasionally, but even then you probably won't get very wet. I have never seen it pour in Southern California as it does in the Midwest.The food is also great! If you want real Mexican food without heading to Mexico, San Diego is one place you can get it. And, if you want to go to Mexico, you can ride the trolley all the way to the border.Plus, the scenery is wonderful! There is the coastline, with its beaches and oceanfront. Plus, the mountains are not far away. In addition, there are historical buildings that have been restored, such as the...Read More
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It was wonderful how this new hotel in downtown San Diego was able to keep such a nice hotel within my budget. Located just north of the 5, it is an easy walk to the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Balboa park, and other downtown locations. Hotel Occidental is cheaper than anything else I found downtown, and has some really nice amenities. Each room has a sink, fridge, microwave, safe, and enough dishes for the standard occupancy of the room. Most of the rooms have DVD players (although mine did not), and the hotel has a DVD library. Wireless internet (free), continental breakfast (free), and laundry ($1.25 a load for washing or drying), are all available on-site. The cheapest rooms do f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2006

Hotel Occidental
410 Elm St.
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 232-1336

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The Omni was everything you'd expect from a high-end hotel. The rooms are very comfortable and spacious, including a desk, bed, and entertainment center with cable, video games (for a fee), pay-per-view movies, and internet (for a fee). The usual bathroom amenities are offered, such as shampoo and conditioner, and even a robe. The location is great, too, just on the edge of the Gaslamp district (lots of shopping and dining), and next to the Convention Center. However, nothing really sets it apart in my mind, from other high-end hotels I've been to. The prices were higher than I would ever pay for myself (I was there for a conference). The staff was friendly and helpful, they arranged ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2006

Omni San Diego Hotel
675 L Street
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 231-6664

Darband Fifth Avenue Grill

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Restaurant

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Having passed a Persian Restaurant in the taxi on my way to the hotel, I decided to go back and give it a try (I love culinary adventures). I wasn't disappointed. Although at first I felt slightly out of place in this ethnic restaurant, the people were helpful and the food was great! Darband Fifth Avenue Grill is a cross between a sit-down restaurant and a fast food place. You order and pay at the counter and then receive a number and your food is brought out to you. I had a kabob wrap, which took all the traditional ingredients of a shish kabob and wrapped them up with lettuce and tomato in a wrap. It was excellent and very filling. If I thought I would have the opportunity to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2006

Darband Fifth Avenue Grill
1556 5th Avenue
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 230-1001

Alambres

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Restaurant | "Los Alambres"

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After walking throughout the downtown area, I was looking for a light, inexpensive dinner while walking back up through the Gaslamp District. However, inexpensive is not a word that applies to most restaurants in that area, so I was happy to come across Alambres, a relatively inexpensive Mexican restaurant.Alambres was mostly empty on Saturday night, so the service was prompt and I had my pick of seats in the restaurant. The food, however, was not what I expected. I had been to San Diego several times before and had eaten at other authentic Mexican restaurants, so I thought I knew what to expect. However, when my chicken tacos came, I was surprised to discover that that was a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2006

Alambres
756 Fifth Ave
San Diego, California 92101
+1 619 233 2838

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On my early arrival in San Diego for a conference, I was looking for something to do with the rest of the sunny Saturday afternoon without having to spend a lot of money. The hotel clerk recommended taking a walk through the downtown area. So that is what I did.The route she recommended had me walk down Fourth Street, then over on Ash to the harbor, along the harbor to Seaport Village, and then across again and up Fifthth Avenue through the Gaslamp District. It was a very good route to walk, as it took me through several major areas of downtown San Diego. However, it was long (probably 3 to 4 miles), and by the time I started up Fifth through the Gaslamp, I was exhausted (and it was getting da...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2006

Coronado Beach

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Attraction

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Monday afternoon, we had a break from our conference, so we decided to go over to Coronado and explore. One of the guys had been there before, so we kind of knew where we were going.We walked from the Omni Hotel up to the ferry landing (a bit of a walk, but it was a nice day). Unfortunately, we arrived just after the ferry had left and had to wait around for the next ferry, 45 minutes later. We bought our round-trip tickets (first mistake) and poked around the gift shop until it was time to go. The ferry ride over to Coronado was nice, but it was a bit breezy and cool.When we arrived on Coronado, we headed over to the beach and the Coronado Hotel. The bus that circles Coronado actually pulled up right...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2006

Coronado Beach
Orange Avenue
San Diego, California