Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Many people come to the city to enjoy SeaWorld’s exhibits and shows or the world-famous San Diego Zoo, but there is much more to explore around town.
You can spend days visiting the museums at Balboa Park, take a sunset dinner cruise in the harbor or climb aboard an Aircraft Carrier.
On a recent visit to San Diego, we stayed at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa for two nights and loved every minute of our stay.
The resort is right on the bay and has everything you need for fun and relaxation.
The beds were the right firmness for my wife and me, with plush comforters and many fluffy pillows to choose from. The large quilted headboards made sitting in bed very comforting.
Our room had a breakfast nook which contained the fridge, microwave and coffeemaker. Straw furniture overlooking the patio, garden and beach provided a nice relaxing place to sip our morning coffee.
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The room has adequate lighting, plenty of outlets for our electronics, a small desk, chairs, a closet and clean and well-stocked bathroom. My wife especially liked the selection of shampoo and body wash and the fluffy towels. We also enjoyed the large flat screen TV with plenty of digital channels.
Our building has a courtyard with pools and waterfalls and a family of ducks running around or swimming. In one corner of the courtyard, we enjoyed a secluded Jacuzzi with towel service. It was always a nice ending to our day – to just soak in the hot water and relax.
Right outside the patio there is a very well maintained garden and a beautiful gazebo. The gazebo was decorated with vibrant flowers with the bay view in the background. An amazing spot for some romantic pictures.
The main pool area is spacious with a heated pool, lounge chairs, cabanas, a fire pit and a Jacuzzi. Right at poolside, you can enjoy snacks and drinks at “Fresco's Bar & Grill”. Also during summer nights, the whole family can enjoy a poolside movie.
The resort sits right on the Bay. You can stroll along the boardwalk or you can rent a bike from the “Sand Box” rental shop. The rental shack has surreys, beach cruisers, kids bikes and trailers and beach toys.
For those who love watersports, you can rent power boats, paddle boards, aqua bikes, sailboat or Jet Skis.
If you want to stay in shape, the resort has a fully equipped fitness center with lockers and showers. The workout machines are state of the art with screens to monitor your progress or to watch a movie or TV show.
There is also a store next to the lobby with many essentials and souvenirs. If you need a quick snack, water or beer you can find it here. Or if you forgot to bring a swimsuit, hairbrush or toothbrush, they have it all and their prices are reasonable.
We tried Acqua for breakfast and for dinner. On both occasions, we opted for patio seating with a great view of the bay.
For breakfast, we chose the all you can eat buffet. I usually try to avoid buffets, but we looked the food over before we ordered and we like what we saw. The buffet was stocked with all our favorites like scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, French toast and pancakes. We also had a large choice of pastries and fruit.
The dinner was also delicious and done right. I wasn’t very hungry so I ordered the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and Mixed Green Salad. The soup was creamy and tasty. My wife ordered the Mushroom Crusted Filet of Salmon. She said it was cooked just right.
On the first night, we didn’t have time to stop for dinner so we ordered room service. We ordered BLT sandwiches. They were very tasty and filling. We actually couldn’t finish them and we had enough for snacks the following day.
Location, Location, Location
But obviously you didn’t come here to stay in your hotel room.
From your room, you probably can see SeaWorld in the distance. At night you can actually enjoy their spectacular fireworks show from the bay shore. Some rooms have a direct view to Seaworld from their windows. The resort offers a free shuttle to SeaWorld. Check with the front desk for information.
A short drive away you can enjoy Coronado Island, USS Midway, Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village and Balboa Park – to name a few.
You can take a trolley to all of those destinations and leave your car behind. Read about the historic Trolley Tours here. Ask the front desk about a shuttle that will take you to the first stop on this trolley tour of San Diego.