Unlike many Hilton Garden Inn hotels, the new 179-room San Diego Old Town/SeaWorld Area property blends in with the cultural and historic feel of the surrounding area with true-to-the-neighborhood landscaping and Spanish-influenced archways. Opened in November 2015 as the first new-build hotel in San Diego’s Old Town district in 12 years, the property is inspired by the past but built for the future, says Raechel Prochnow, director of sales and marketing. “While the exterior echoes that influence, it has a modern [feel] while keeping true to the historic Old Town theme,” she notes.
Known as the birthplace of California, Old Town has a history that runs as deep as its charm. Several museums and Mexican eateries are within walking distance of the budget-friendly Hilton Garden Inn. Prochnow recommends visitors stop by the nearby Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, take a complimentary interactive tour at San Diego Mormon Battalion Historic Site and dine at Casa Guadalajara across the street, although you can also score authentic Mexican cuisine on-site at the hotel’s Verde Kitchen & Bar, a locally influenced departure from the brand’s standard Great American Grill concept. For easy access to San Diego Convention Center, which is less than 5 miles from the Hilton Garden Inn, guests can hop aboard the San Diego Trolley system, which stops a five-minute walk from the property.
For small on-site meetings, the Hilton Garden Inn has two rooms with arched windows flooding the space with California sunshine. The Padre can accommodate up to 49 people,and the smaller Conservatory is a boardroom seating 12.
Book the Old Town Break for snack time, complete with fresh corn tortilla chips, homemade salsa, guacamole and churros.
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