San Diego is one of my favorite get away destinations. It’s such an easy city to visit and I love any excuse to enjoy that California sunshine!
We recently enjoyed a hosted stay at the Embassy Suites San Diego Downtown Hotel and I have to say, it is in the perfect location to visit all of San Diego’s hot spots!
This hotel property is situated perfectly by the beautiful San Diego Bay within walking distance of the downtown area and historic Gaslamp Quarter area.
It’s also literally a minutes’ walk from Seaport Village which is the ideal location for shopping, dining and just enjoying a nice stroll along the bay. Also within walking distance is the San Diego Convention Center and the new outdoor amphitheater.
First things first, let’s talk about the hotel itself. A quick ride from the San Diego International Airport, the Embassy Suites San Diego Downtown hotel property is perfect if you are looking for a downtown San Diego hotel as it sits close to the heart of downtown San Diego and the city view is incredible!
Every Room is a Suite at Embassy Suites San Diego Downtown
I’ve said it many time about the Embassy Suites properties, but we love them because EVERY room is a suite.
That means a living room area with a fold out sofa bed, a dining table seating area (great for room service or take out) and a nice kitchenette. Great for families or business travelers, these rooms have an apartment style feel to them and they boast quite a bit of square feet for a hotel room.
You can request a king bed or a two queen bed room and we love the way you can shut off the master area for a private bedroom if needed. The master bedroom has premium bedding and a comfy pillowtop bed.
The separate bedroom makes these a great choice for families with teenagers too – as they also include two television sets. The kids can enjoy their own movie in the front living area while the adults can watch something else.
These modern suites really have everything you need including microwave, refrigerator, a coffee maker / tea maker and complimentary toiletries. If you can, I highly request getting a room with a balcony. The views are amazing and hotel guests can enjoy looking out over the downtown and bay area which is amazing at night.
Room Tour of the Embassy Suites San Diego Downtown Hotel
For a full room tour of the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown Hotel property make sure to watch my room and property tour video here:
FREE Breakfast and Complimentary Cocktail Hour at Embassy Suites San Diego Downtown
Hotel guest can also enjoy an amazing FREE breakfast buffet that is complete with a custom omelette bar, fruit and so much more. Embassy Suites are known for their amazing breakfast offerings and this property did not disappoint. Also awesome is their complimentary evening reception. Each guest can enjoy two free cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages along with hors d’oeuvres and snacks each night in the dining area. You can’t beat complimentary drinks for happy hour!
And since this is a Hilton property, they also offer the usual perks that Hilton hotels offer Hilton Honors members.
Other things worth mentioning include the business center with complimentary computers, the fitness center and heated indoor swimming pool area. We felt this location also had a super friendly staff and we enjoyed the on property gift shop that was a quick and easy way to grab refreshments during our stay.
But really, what we need to talk about is the VIEW! This area is beautiful in all directions and it was so fun to be able to sit on the balcony and watch the San Diego happenings. The views of the bay where incredible and we loved watching the ships go by.
Embassy Suites San Diego Downtown for the 4th of July
The San Diego Bay area is known for the the Big Bay BOOM fireworks show -and actually, from the Embassy Suites San Diego Downtown location you can see shows from Coronado Island and all directions – truly a fantastic place to spend the 4th of July.
If you want a peek at how fabulous it is, watch my video of the Big Bay Boom fireworks show here:
If you are looking for a great destination to spend the Fourth of July, I can’t recommend San Diego enough – it’s been our go-to for years.
Also worth mentioning, is that this Embassy Suites hotel is located cross the street from The Headquarters shopping mall courtyard which used to be the old Police Headquarters, thus the name) and this shopping area now includes a Starbucks, Cheesecake Factory, and more!
Fun Things to Do in San Diego within Close Distance of Embassy Suites San Diego Downtown
As I mentioned above it is also within walking distance is Seaport Village which includes many shops and restaurants and some nice walking and views along the bay. Guests can also walk to the San Diego Symphony Bayside Performance Park also known as The Rady Shell which is a wonderful outdoor concert and movie venue.
The Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown is also less than a mile from San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park, and the USS Midway Museum and a quick Uber or Lyft ride to so many fun places: San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Balboa Park, Mission Bay, Old Town, Coronado Island, The University of San Diego and literally so much more!
We went to every location that I mentioned and I don’t think we had a Lyft or Uber ride that was over $20 before tip… it’s so close to just about everything. Here are a few moments from our favorite San Diego hotspots:
South Mission Beach, Belmont Park and Draft South Mission
A quick Lyft ride from Embassy Suites San Diego Downtown is South Mission Beach which is a wonderful place to play on the beach, enjoy Belmont Park (a small amusement park) and just walk along the boardwalk.
If you do go, don’t miss our on the brussels sprouts at Draft South Mission which is a restaurant located right on the beach.
San Diego Zoo
We love the San Diego Zoo. So much to see and do and a great way to spend the day together as a family.
We usually take one day to take in the Zoo and another day for Sea World. They are both easy to do in one day and both are great for all ages.
SeaWorld on the 4th of July
We absolutely love SeaWorld on the 4th of July! As I’m mentioned, San Diego is such a wonderful destination for this summer holiday, but SeaWorld is the best! As a SeaWorld Let’s See Explorers Ambassador, we enjoyed a hosted day at the park and as always, it didn’t disappoint!
The perfect place to hang out with kids of all ages, there is so much to see and do. We love the rides and of course, the newest addition to the park is the NEW Emperor Dive Coaster! This ride is now open and The Emperor is the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in all of California. Riders enjoy a 90 degree plunge and soar up to 60 miles per hour through exhilarating loops on this exciting Emperor penguin-inspired thrill ride.
Another of our favorite things about visiting SeaWorld is that you can go at a slower pace and just enjoy all of the animals and shows. While the park might get busy, it never seems too packed – and there is always something entertaining to do.
We love to visit The San Diego Zoo and Sea World on the 4th of July. Such a fun and festive place and you enjoy all of the extra celebrations that take place.
Save on Your San Diego Travel and Activities
I love sharing ways that you can save while traveling as a family and I’ve shared a lot recently about ways to save on Disneyland travel, but many of you have asked about ways to save on other travel adventures with Get Away Today, so I’m also including links to those ticket deals below because you can’t go wrong with Get Away Today when booking little extras, they are an amazing company to deal with and they make it so easy to purchase your tickets! PLUS tell them SHESAVED you and you might get an addition discount (if your purchase qualifies, but it’s worth asking!)
San Diego Vacation Packages – SeaWorld
There are SO many ways to save on SeaWorld packages!
With interactive feeding experiences and breathtaking shows, SeaWorld is a must-visit attraction on a San Diego vacation. Fun for all ages, take a peek at the penguins, wave at the walruses and say hello to the residents of Sesame Street in SeaWorld.
San Diego Vacation Packages – San Diego Safari Park
Located about 30 minutes from San Diego, the San Diego Safari Park is 1,800 that serves as home to more than 3,000 animals. Enjoy an immersive experience at the Safari Park, riding in open truck beds or on Segways to get close to all the action.
San Diego Vacation Packages – LEGOLAND
Save BIG on birthdays at LEGOLAND!! For travel January 1 – December 31, 2019, kids ages 3 – 12 receive free admission to LEGOLAND on their birthday. Just bring proof of the child’s birthday to the LEGOLAND gate and redeem one free entrance ticket. The rest of the family can enjoy LEGOLAND with discount tickets purchased from Get Away Today, which include single day and Park Hopper options for LEGOLAND, LEGOLAND Water Park and SEA LIFE.