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Hotel advice please

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Hotel advice please

We are busy planning a 4 night get away in mid Oct. to San Diego. This will be our first visit and we love walking along a nice beach and trying different restaurants within walking distance from our hotel. Currently finding it all overwhelming as what location would be best. We are in our mid 50's and looking forward to a much needed romantic get away. Any hotel recomendations or area's we should focus on would be greatly appreciated. Looking at a mid price range accommodation. Your thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated, Thanks so much.

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What is your nightly budget? "Mid-Price" is something different to every one? $250,$350,$450/night??

The beach areas Id suggest would be:

Coronado

La Jolla

Del Mar

Being that its mid-Oct, you should get great weather without the high season prices. So depending on your budget you probably will be able to find something beach front.

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Wow, thank you for your quick response. $350/night would be our absolute max. Is there a hotel you would suggest on a nice beach within walking distance to restaurants and shops. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

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Hi,

I agree with the beach suggestions above.

Many of our beach areas have decent restaurants but few have both restaurants and interesting shops.

On Coronado this might be a good romantic choice for you:

http://www.1906lodge.com/

Coronado is located across the bay from downtown San Diego. It is reached by a 15min. drive over a no toll bridge. It has a small town feel with a gorgeous quiet beach and a main street with restaurants and shops.

At La Jolla Cove you might consider the Grande Colonial Hotel(there are others )

La Jolla is a neighborhood of the city of San Diego that is upscale. The cove has small rock enclosed beaches and there are many restaurants and boutiques in walking distance.

Del Mar is the first suburb just north of the La Jolla neighborhood.

There you might consider L'Auberge which is walking distance to the beach and to the local restaurants and shops. Del Mar in that area also has a small town/downtown feel to it.

Let us know if any of these look good and if not tell us why and we can fine tune other recs for you.

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Thank you Riff M for your detail response. You have given us a great start which is exactly what we are looking for. We spent some time reviewing 1906 lodge in Coronado( love the suggestion ) and will also research the other options you listed. We have to admit as we never even heard of Coronado prior to yesterday. If we stay at 1906 lodge and want to explore is the access easy if we decide to do day trips from Coronado to other areas in San Diego ?. We will have a car. Thanks again

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Yes, With a car you will be over the bridge in about 15min. and that will put you just outside of downtown.

Along the downtown bayfront there are ships to visit/bay cruises/restaurants and more shops.

It is also only a short distance from the downtown side of the bridge to Balboa Park with its small museums,gardens,outdoor entertainment,artisan shops, restaurants,walking trails, and live theater.

Our zoo is also located in Balboa Park.

In another 20min. you will can be at Cabrillo National Monument for Ca. history ,great views,and tide pooling at low tides. You also will be able to reach other beach areas including Pacific Beach with its cement walkway along the ocean and our La Jolla neighborhood with its boutiques, seals and sea birds in their native environment etc. BTW just north of La Jolla Cove is the La Jolla Shores area which also has a lovely beach with a hotel right on the sand(La Jolla Shores Hotel) but I didn't mention it because the shops would be a real walk from there to La Jolla Cove and I thought you wanted them closer.

There are many other possible places that you could visit in our county which is the size of the USA state of Connecticut and includes mts. and desert areas along with the coastal areas we have discussed.

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Hi,

Coronado is a great place as others have suggested. Most of the shops and restaurants in the "village" are within about 3/4 of a mile of the Hotel del Coronado on Orange Avenue. There are others at or near the Coronado Ferry Landing as well.

A couple of other places to look into on Coronado are the Glorietta Bay Inn across from the Hotel del Coronado:

http://www.gloriettabayinn.com/

And the Marriott Resort near the ferry landing on the harbor side of the island.

marriott.com/hotels/…

If you wanted, you could take the ferry across the harbor to the Convention Center or to Broadway Street for a mini-harbor cruise. It takes 15 minutes and costs $4.25 per person each way. If you land at the Broadway Street pier, you'll be two blocks away from the transit center at the Santa Fe Depot where you can hop on the San Diego Trolley (light rail) and explore the city with it.

http://www.sdmts.com/

Both would be in your price range.

(You'd have to drive about 10 min. to get to the beach from the Marriott; you can walk to the beach from the Glorietta Bay Inn.)

Also, don't rule out the Hotel del Coronado. Sometimes they have stay 2 nights get a 3rd night free package deal. They even have a stay 5 nights for the price of 3 deal:

http://www.hoteldel.com/free-night.aspx

Unfortunately, the resort fee and parking fees will add to your daily rate, but you can't beat the hotel or the location.

The one issue with staying on Coronado can be the afternoon traffic. Coronado is home to the naval air station and several aircraft carriers, so beginning around 3 PM to 5:30 PM, there's a lot of traffic leaving the base heading across the bridge back to San Diego. That can slow you down from the otherwise 10-15 minute trip to downtown. Just time your travels to avoid it and you'll be fine.

Hope that helps with your planning.

Zed

www.coronadovisitorcenter.com/CVC/index.html

http://coronadoferrylandingshops.com/

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Our favorite, romantic hotel in SD is located in Pacific Beach. Large balconies overlooking the ocean, big rooms and swimming pool. Boardwalk to take nice walks. La Jolla is close by, as is the freeway to take you to the sites.

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>>Our favorite, romantic hotel in SD is located in Pacific Beach. Large balconies overlooking the ocean, big rooms and swimming pool. Boardwalk to take nice walks. La Jolla is close by, as is the freeway to take you to the sites.>>

Copying from CANative.

We had a wonderful four days at Capri by the Sea, a condo complex where every unit faces the ocean with large windows. Free, underground assigned parking. Right on the 'boardwalk", actually a cement path which goes forever north and south. We had a wonderful time watching all of the surfers and boogie boarders and families having picnics.

Because we have stayed there, today I got a promo message. The promo will not help you for your dates unless they repeat it in October, but here is the link.

http://web.mail.comcast.net/service/home/~/X3e_8C803099.pdf?auth=co&loc=en_US&id=803485&part=2

Edited: 18 April 2013, 04:10
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That link did not work. Try this one.

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We are going that time of year also...I was going to suggest capri by the sae as another poster just did...we got a condo there on vrbo...reasonable and beautiful...walking distance to shops and restaurants