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The Gaslamp’s Must-Visit Clubs and Bars

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 26, 2015

If we’re being honest, there’s a really good chance you’re going to go out while visiting San Diego. Good news for people staying in a hotel near San Diego Airport, you are just a stone’s throw from the Gaslamp Quarter and all of its amazing nightlife. If you’re on a limited schedule, make time for the following bars and clubs in the Gaslamp. Onyx Room On the main floor of Onyx Room, you’ll find typical club music (top 40, hip-hop) spun by popular local DJs. The basement offers an entirely different club experience, with some Latin and salsa thrown into the music mix. It’s also a little more relaxed downstairs, with bench seating and a …

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San Diegos Most Delicious Donut Spots

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 22, 2015

San Diego may be one of the most health-conscious cities in the country, but that doesn’t stop residents from indulging in a good old-fashioned donut. Pair the treat with a great cup of coffee to start the morning right. Donut Bar If you’re staying in a hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, you can walk to Donut Bar. The newish spot is a hit among the locals thanks to its creative options and the wide variety of options on the menu. Here, you can find strawberry splits with fresh whipped cream, crème brulee donuts, maple bacon bars, and a few cream-filled crobars. Sunny Donuts Sunny Donuts in Kearny Mesa is where you go if you want …

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What to Do on Coronado Island in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 19, 2015

Coronado Island is treasured among locals and draws throngs of visitors every year, and when you cross the bridge, you immediately understand why. The island, which is also home to a naval base on the far end, is a great place to spend the day. No matter what season you visit San Diego, Coronado offers families, friends, and couples plenty of things to do. Here are a few picks from the staff at the Marina Inn in San Diego to get you started. Bike Along the Bay With the beautiful California weather and amazing natural beauty, Coronado Island is a great place to get out and go biking. Cruise along the scenic Coronado Bike Loop …

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Top Romantic Spots for V-day Date Night in Downtown San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 15, 2015

Downtown San Diego comes to life at night with plenty of romantic restaurants and great entertainment, making it an ideal locale for lovers on Valentine’s Day. But, there are so many options in the downtown area it can be difficult to navigate if you aren’t from around here. Luckily, you have the staff at a popular San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel to guide you in the right direction. Listed below are five of the most fun and romantic spots for couples to visit this February 14th. 1. Bertrand at Mister A’s This classy downtown restaurant, located on 5th Avenue, has a dim, romantic atmosphere and wonderful views of San Diego Bay and downtown skyline. The …

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Where to Taste San Diego’s Best Brews

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 12, 2015

With spectacular views of the ocean and a number of popular attractions, San Diego is a popular place for visitors. The city is also home to the most microbreweries in the country, making it an ideal destination for beer connoisseurs. If you’re all about the brew, pack your pint glass, prepare your taste buds, and book a centrally located hotel near Little Italy or the San Diego Airport to be near some of San Diego’s best microbreweries. Green Flash Brewing Company Green Flash produces beer with a Belgian flavor made by a professional brewmaster. If you’re coming to San Diego soon, you can indulge in the limited edition Palate Wrecker. The Imperial India Pale Ale …

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Need a Late-Night Snack? Look No Further

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 8, 2015

When it’s difficult to get a bit of shuteye or you’ve had a long night out on the town, there are a few restaurants in San Diego offering delicious meals at all hours of the night. Try one of these late-night spots, all favorites of the staff at the San Diego Marina Inn & Suites, if you find your stomach growling long after the sun has set. Studio Diner This old fashioned diner is known for their fresh New England fried clams and hearty Monte Cristo. The small diner is intimate and welcoming, and you’ll see plenty of regulars enjoying the low-key environment at all hours of the day and night. Brian’s 24 For some …

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Secret Places in San Diego Even Locals Don’t Know About

By Marina Inn, 11:09 pm on January 5, 2015

There’s plenty to do in San Diego year round, and visitors rarely, if ever, leave feeling disappointed with the city. But there is more to this sunny paradise than SeaWorld, the Zoo, and amazing beaches. Whether you’re a local or just visiting for a long weekend, check out these secret spots hand selected by the staff at the Marina Inn and Suites in downtown San Diego. A Cave with a Guestbook In the hills of Torrey Pines, there is a small hidden cave with just enough room for one person. It is rather difficult to get to, but if you make it, you can sign the guestbook in the cave. Enter the general area through …

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Best Places in Downtown San Diego for Business Travelers

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 1, 2015

If you’re in San Diego on business, take advantage of that expense account and head out to some of the hottest spots in and around downtown. Since downtown is pretty much only hot spots, the Marina Inn & Suites, a Gaslamp Quarter hotel, has picked a few of the very best to try when business wraps up. Bankers Hill Bar & Restaurant If you’re in the mood for traditional American cuisine, this downtown hotspot is worth visiting. Unique menu selections guaranteed to please your palate include pulled pork tacos and tasty lamb meatballs. Happy hour deals provide some extra enticement to stop here after a full day of meetings. Croce’s West The service is impeccable, …

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Top Choices for Yummy Dinner During San Diego Restaurant Week

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on December 29, 2014

When visiting San Diego this January, try some of the best cuisine in the city handcrafted by the top chefs. Sound spendy? It certainly can be, but San Diego Restaurant Week, which runs January 18th to 24th,  allows locals and visitors to try new flavors at a discounted price. The SDRW-loving  staff at the Marina Inn & Suites, an affordable Little Italy hotel, have made a few tasty dinner suggestions. Solterra Winery & Kitchen Enjoy authentic Spanish food at Solterra Winery & Kitchen. For $30, guests can enjoy three courses with choices like hearty lamb meatballs, fresh pear salad, flavorful seared white fish, and pain perdu or delicate flourless chocolate cake for dessert. The spacious …

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San Diego’s Top Burger Joints

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on December 25, 2014

San Diego has a relaxed atmosphere that includes 70-degree weather pretty much year-round and locals who surf on their lunch break. Besides the outstanding Mexican food it’s known for, the sunny city is also a great place to grab a mouthwatering burger. If you’re in the mood for a juicy piece of beef, check out these top burger picks by the staff at the Marina Inn, a conveniently located downtown San Diego hotel. Hodad’s Known for its quirky decor and laidback environment, Hodad’s offers fresh burgers that are tender and delicately seasoned. They use high quality meat and a handful of toppings for a good old-fashioned burger that has become a staple in the community. …

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