A Foodie’s Paradise In San Diego’s Little Italy

San Diego is one of those cities filled with countless nooks and crannies to explore and stay in. Whether you head up to La Jolla Shores for a weekend on the beach or you are attending a convention and visit the Gaslamp, you get a chance to explore a city that has a plethora of things to offers. One of my favorite neighborhoods to visit and explore is San Diego’s Little Italy.

You can visit Little Italy for just an afternoon or evening to take in a good meal, but it’s also worth staying in the area for a weekend and getting a chance to visit a variety of what they have to offer. From local breweries to classic Italian to new twists on seafood dishes you won’t want to only enjoy one spot in San Diego’s Little Italy.

This is where the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown/Bayside comes into play. Stay right in Little Italy at this brand new hotel, that opened in the summer of 2016. Giving every foodie a perfect spot to explore Little Italy from, starting with their on-site restaurant.Where to stay in San Diego's Little Italy. From delicious food to modern rooms to perfect spots to relax

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Tucked Along San Diego’s Little Italy’s Edge

Whether you’re looking for a perfect breakfast spot, to dig into some of San Diego’s seafood, try one of their best-known breweries or classic Italian, San Diego’s Little Italy is the perfect spot. With countless restaurants within a short walk (not even counting everything in the Gaslamp that is only a 20-minute walk away) you’ll find a foodie’s paradise.Where to stay in San Diego's Little Italy. From delicious food to modern rooms to perfect spots to relax

The location becomes even more convenient when you realize it is only a $10 Uber ride from the airport. Without a car, you can easily get to and explore the area. Even the convention center is a short Uber ride away or a 20-minute walk.

The Hilton Garden Inn is one of the few hotels in the area. Little Italy tends to run a little quieter from the Gaslamp where many other hotels are located. In Little Italy, you’ll find locals and tourists coming in to enjoy a delicious meal instead of a night of partying.

Classy, Modern Rooms

I love old hotels but at the same time, the rooms are often a challenge, especially with all the technology we drag along nowadays. On the other hand, the rooms a the Hilton Garden Inn had every modern amenity you might need. I couldn’t even count the number of outlets that were easily accessible. No moving the furniture here to find what you need.Where to stay in San Diego's Little Italy. From delicious food to modern rooms to perfect spots to relax

The room itself gives a modern feel with clean cut furniture and decoration. The view from many of the rooms also includes a beautiful look out over the bay that doesn’t hurt a bit.

Plenty of Amenities to Help You Relax

When you walk out of your room you’ll continue to be relaxed. Head down to the second floor where you can spend a piece of your day relaxing at the beautiful pool that overlooks the bay. With good spots to lounge around where you can enjoy some of the best of what San Diego has to offer, getting outside. All without leaving the hotel.Where to stay in San Diego's Little Italy. From delicious food to modern rooms to perfect spots to relaxBeyond the pool itself, the Hilton Garden Inn has what seems like countless cozy spots to settle in and relax. Both inside and on their beautiful patio space downstairs, you’ll find great spots to curl up and relax with a book. Or sit by one of the fire pits in the evening and enjoy a glass of wine with friend.s

Top-Notch Dining On Site at Pacific Standard

San Diego’s Little Italy is known for one thing in particular and that is great food. It would be wrong to open a new hotel in the neighborhood without including a high-quality restaurant. Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen provides just that for the Hilton Garden Inn. Whether you’re going to grab breakfast, having a lazy night or just looking for a drink at the bar you won’t be disappointed.Where to stay in San Diego's Little Italy. From delicious food to modern rooms to perfect spots to relaxThe restaurant has a Top Chef alum at the helm and you can see the care that comes through in every aspect of the place. With a well-rounded menu of delicious options, you’ll want to come by and enjoy more than one meal. On top of the food, they have a great selection of San Diego beers on tap and California wines to choose from.

Get to Know One of San Diego’s Best Neighborhoods Without Breaking the Bank

Depending on when you visit San Diego can become a pricey city to visit. Thankfully, the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown/Bayside can help you avoid some of those excessive costs. Their room rates start at $150 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see deals roll in as the season change. It’s also a perfect place to stay without a car. You can easily Uber to the main attractions in the area or even walk.

San Diego’s Little Italy is filled with friendly people, some of the best restaurants around, local breweries, cute shops and offers a beautiful walk along the bayside. It’s a perfect destination for your San Diego getaway whether it’s a short weekend trip or a week-long conference. Find some of my other favorite places to explore in San Diego here.

For more information about San Diego check out these great books on Amazon including Fodor’s San DiegoTop 10 San Diego, and San Diego Brewery Guide.


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About Megan

Megan MacNee is the founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver. From nine to five she works in the non-profit world in California. She focuses on exploring the world from her own backyard to across the globe. You'll find her sharing about explorations through food, books, travel, and more.