• Hannah

The Horton Grand Hotel: Best Place to Stay in Downtown San Diego?

Updated: Mar 12

Looking for a place to stay in San Diego's Gas Lamp district?


The Horton Grand is central to the historic Gas Lamp district of San Diego.


When we planned our trip to San Diego, we knew we wouldn't hire a car daily, so we wanted to stay somewhere well connected to the transport network. We wanted to stay for around two weeks and so we wanted somewhere comfortable, even if that meant something a bit up from low budget.


We were a little concerned that due to the central location of the hotel and proximity of night-life attractions, we would be inundated with noise but our fears were quickly put to rest and we all slept really well and in peace!


The staff were welcoming, polite and helpful. The room was delightfully boutique style, very comfortable and spacious and felt luxurious. It included soft linen, fridge, tea and coffee machine, AC, TV, microwave, kitchen sink, sofas, (which turned into beds for the kids), ensuite bathroom. It was cosy enough to spend Christmas day there!


We opted not to take our meals at the hotel because of budget restrictions, however the hotel was minutes walk from two supermarkets, from where we purchased our breakfasts, picnic lunches and a few self-catered evening meals.


The hotel was 10 minutes walk from the tram system and local bus stops and so very convenient for getting to and from the coast, the tourist hot spots such as Little Italy, Lego Land, the Zoo and Balboa Park.


The hotel could be improved slightly if it had a more child-friendly approach, such as a little play area. However, we would definitely recommend this hotel for a visit to San Diego, its convenience, unique antique feel and location in the Gas Lamp quarters make it a great choice for accommodation.