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which area for a first visit ?

We will be in San Diego for 2 nights in May. It is part of our 3 weeks trip on the west coast. After Sann Diego we are going to Las vegas.

Because we will be there for only 2 nights, we want to know which area would be the better choice for an hotel ? We want to be near restaurants and shops. We want to be near pedestrians area. We also would appreciate a place with a particular ambiance.

What would be our best choice to be charm by San Diego ?

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1. Re: which area for a first visit ?

Will you have a rental car? What is your price range for a hotel. There are many different areas that are charming and pedestrian friendly.

There is our downtown "gaslamp" area which has a highrise city feel.

There is Coronado ,across the bay from downtown ,which has a small town feel. There is our L aJolla neighborhood which also has a "village" feel. there are modern hotels ,historic hotels, motels and small inns. Which do you prefer?

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2. Re: which area for a first visit ?

Thank you for your fast reply!

We will have a car but we would like to let it in a parking. We don't want to use it.

About the range of price for the hotel, around 120.00 - 150.00 would be good.

We are 2 adults. We like marina area, pedestrian area with shop and restaurants with terrasse. We would appreciate a safe place to walk day and night. We like to walk alot.

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3. Re: which area for a first visit ?

We stayed in Coronado for 3 nights at the Del and really enjoyed the area in Coronado. The El Cordova Hotel may be in your price range, walking distance to shops and restaurants, it is across the street from the ocean. We had a nice dinner at Migue's there, it is located in the heart of the garden courtyard at El Cordova. The Rhinoceros Cafe is also a nice place to grab a bite to eat in Coronado.

La Jolla would be my second choice for a place with charm, if you find lodging on Prospect St. you will be within walking distance of some nice restaurants and shops in this area, there is also a nice cove and grassy park in La Jolla where we enjoyed spending time. Happy travels! :)

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4. Re: which area for a first visit ?

syrahgirl mentioned 2 of the areas that I also like.

I fyou want to be able to walk around the heart of the city then you could stay in our downtown area facing the bay. There's the Holiday Inn ON Thebay(not others with similar names) and the BestWestern Bayside which are both in you r price range. In this area you could walk along the bay on a sidewalk and also walk to our 'gaslamp" area with lots of restaurants and bars, AND also walk to little Italy with more restaurants etc.

There is also Porto Vista and La pensione in our little Italy neighborhood just north of downtown proper BUT not on the bay.

The Coronado area that syrahgirl and I mentioned,is across the bay from downtown. It is reached by a short bridge just south of downtown OR by a passenger ferry or water taxi. There are restaurants there but you'd have to come in to downtown for shopping.

the other area that has water views an dshopping is our La jolla neighborhood. I fyou are driving from the north to get to SanDiego you can pass by La Jolla cove and stop there to see the scenery,seals,lovely boutiques and restaurants. The hotels there tend to cost more money but you might be able to stay at the Best Western Inn by the Sea.

If you want to get the flavor of our city then staying on the bayfront downtownor in little italy,will give you the most choices of places to walk and public transportation to use instead of your car.

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