The Bristol Hotel is a modern boutique property located near the Gaslamp Quarter. A member of the Green Lodging Program, the hotel is one of seven in San Diego to have a Green Eco-Leaf Rating. From energy-efficient technology to eco-friendly amenities, the Bristol’s commitment to lessening its footprint extends to the smallest details. All these measures don’t diminish its focus on comfort and convenience, though. You’ll find down duvets, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and in-room iHome docking stations.
As you explore the property, you’ll find pop art pieces by renowned artists. Be on the lookout for Teddy Roosevelt by Andy Warhol and Oval Office by Roy Lichtenstein. Business travelers will also be pleased to know that the Bristol is downtown San Diego’s only meeting space with a retractable roof. When you’re stuck in conferences all day, you can give a new meaning to multitasking while you work on your tan.
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It’s no surprise that an oceanside city like San Diego has a seemingly endless list of water activities. Adventurous souls should head to Mission Bay Park, a more than 4,000-acre outdoor fun land with opportunities to paddleboard, scuba dive, jet ski, and even strap on a jet pack. For something more low-key, go for a boardwalk stroll between Mission and Pacific beaches. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, a sushi dinner would be fitting. Check out Bang Bang in the Gaslamp Quarter. After being greeted by videos and sounds from Tokyo’s subway system, choose from such specialty rolls as the Bruce Lee (spicy yellowtail and cucumber wrapped with albacore) and the eponymous Bang Bang (crab, avocado, and asparagus topped with salmon).
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Rooms: 102 rooms. From $149. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: First Avenue Bar & Grille does breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour. You’ll find American classics with a twist such as the avocado Reuben and the blackened salmon burger. Thursdays mean prime rib night, which entices with a 10-ounce herb-crusted steak, blue cheese potato gratin, and Yorkshire pudding. Spa and gym details:There’s no spa, but a fitness center has cardio machines and weights.
Who's it for: Business travelers who appreciate the personalized service of a boutique property. Our favorite rooms: The Deluxe King accommodations are the largest rooms and have spacious sitting areas. Request a room on the fifth to eighth floors for the best city views. Start the evening here: Imbibe in house wines and $3 seasonal craft beers paired with snacks such as red and gold beet fries during the daily happy hour at First Avenue Bar & Grille. A signature cocktail worth trying is the Cucumber Fresh with tequila, mint, and lime juice.