I will be visiting San Diego for the first time in early September with my busband and our 5 year old son.
Planning to have four nights in San Diego and do the usual touristy things: 1 day at the Zoo; 1 day at Seaworld; 1 day for Midway ship, Maritime Museum, La Jolla shores or Mission beach; 1 day for Downtown Gaslapm district, little Italy, old town, some shopping.
We are planning to rent a car, drive from LA to San Diego, then drive to Vegas after our stay at SD. I am a bit nervous about driving on the opposite side of the road so trying to find a hotel which is relatively easier to get to the areas we intend to visit.
I've been looking at hotels in San Diego and have now narrowed down to the following three:
1. Doubletree by Hilton at Mission Valley
3. US Grant
US Grant is on the list simply because Hotwire is offering a good rate ($180 per night including taxes), but I don't like the idea of paying $32 per night for parking and it's valet only.
Between 1 & 2, I am leaning toward 1, because it seems to be within walking distance to Norstrom Rack! I wan to do some shopping there on my own when my son is tired and husband can mind him in the hotel.
1. If we want to have cafe/restaurants within walking distance for breakfast and dinner, which one is better? No. 1 or No. 2? I assume No. 3 would have plenty of choices around...
2. Which hotel is easier to get to the attractions so we don't waste our time sitting in the traffic?
Can someone help me decide? I am going crazy having to choose accomodations for our 6 week holiday! Many thanks in advance.