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Old 07-31-2012, 08:35 AM
 
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Hi,
I am planning a trip to San Diego in a few months. Can anyone recommend a good hotel location where I can walk around and use trolley/public transportation to get around? Should I stay downtown or Gaslamp Quarter? Also,recommendations on restaurants and places to see. I will only be in San Diego for a week so I know I will not be able to see it all but I would like to see as much as possible. Thanks!
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Monnem Germany/ from San Diego
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Gaslamp is really in the downtown and you can get to Zoo, Balboa Park, Harbor quite easily but personaly I woulld perfer to stay by the beach. Maybe The Bahia or Catamaran in Mission Bay dunno... as a native San Diegen I have never really stayed in hotels there. Hotels on Harbor Island have a great view and are close to downtown. It is San Diego so you have to check out the beach. Coronado, Pt. Loma , Sunset Cliffs, OB, Pacific Beach La Jolla...

What are you interested in.

Downtown and the Tourist stuff is pretty easy to get to with public transportation but to get to the best places a car the way to go.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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It's been a few years since I've been there but when we did we would generally stay at the Vagabond Inn in the Hotel Circle area. As far as my favorite place to eat, I go with Anthony's grotto on Mission Bay harbor. It's a great place to eat for lunch and dinner. I'm not familiar with downtown or the trolleys as usually we're going to football games at Qualcomm stadium. And man, do I love the climate down there!
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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I suggest you also post your question on the San Diego forum.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Stay out of National City and San Ysidro.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:41 PM
 
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Make sure that you get very familiar with the San Diego transit website if you plan to rely on it. You can get a lot of places BUT it will take you a while to get there.

Personally, I would have a rental car but that is your call.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:06 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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...You can get a lot of places BUT it will take you a while to get there.

Personally, I would have a rental car but that is your call.
True for most QUICK trip / destinations in USA. Just a few big / medium cities have decent transportation, and if you are trying to see a lot in a short time, you will be limited by schedules / routes.

I use Priceline / Hotwire and get $5-$20/day unlimited mileage rental cars. Enterprise has weekend rates ~ $20/day. This ends up being very cheap for the flexibility. SD is one place I prefer a car. SF is not, UNLESS I want to also go to coast (Carmel, Monterey...)
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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True for most QUICK trip / destinations in USA. Just a few big / medium cities have decent transportation, and if you are trying to see a lot in a short time, you will be limited by schedules / routes.

I use Priceline / Hotwire and get $5-$20/day unlimited mileage rental cars. Enterprise has weekend rates ~ $20/day. This ends up being very cheap for the flexibility. SD is one place I prefer a car. SF is not, UNLESS I want to also go to coast (Carmel, Monterey...)

And Enterprise will bring the car to your hotel if you are looking to rent a car for a couple of days. Occasionally, off-airport rates are a lot less than the airport rates as there are fewer fees.
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