Review: Hilton San Diego Bayfront

San Diego Hilton Bayfront

If you’re searching for a weekend getaway, San Diego packs a big vacation punch. Thanks to a range of public transportation options, it’s an excellent choice if you’re considering a car-free getaway.

I spent a recent weekend luxuriating at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. If you think big brand hotels are all cookie cutter, prepare to have your mind changed.

This sleek property is a trendsetter when it comes to incorporating indigenous elements into its ethos and esthetics. Guests dine on wild edibles and produce sourced from nearby farms, sip San Diego County craft beer and view a rotating exhibit of artwork created by talented locals.

The Hilton Bayfront has one of the largest heated salt-water pools in the state. It’s whimsically shaped like an anchor, a nod to this city’s nautical heritage. Indulge poolside with savory small bites paired with a Moscow Mule, the bar’s signature cocktail, and plunge in.

When you’re properly refreshed, walk five minutes and you’ll find yourself in the center of San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter. This pedestrian paradise is a cosmopolitan culinary haven, nightlife hotspot and shopper’s delight. Baseball fans rejoice, as the San Diego Padre’s home stadium, Petco Park, is conveniently situated here.

When hunger strikes, head to Cucina Urbana, just a stone’s throw from Balboa Park, San Diego’s urban oasis. Cucina Urbana’s design evokes a modern Italian kitchen combined with the history and comfort of a rustic country farm. The menu offers a selection of ingredients sourced from nearby farms that seamlessly weaves California with Italia, creating a delicious tapestry. Pasta dishes shine, pizzas are top-notch and fresh sea creatures are delectable. The comprehensive wine list includes biodynamic bottles from small-production wineries. A broad selection of clever cocktails and microbrews should please every palate.

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