Downtown San Diego Activities and Attractions

Plan Your Stay in the Gaslamp Quarter

Our 102-room boutique hotel is located in the heart of downtown and conveniently located within walking distance of the best things to do in San Diego, CA: shopping, entertainment, nightlife, beaches and more. The Bristol Hotel shares sidewalks with the Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza and San Diego Bay. This luxury hotel is only minutes away from major downtown San Diego activities and attractions such as the Convention Center, Seaworld, San Diego Zoo and Lindbergh International Airport. Famous trolley stops are just outside our front doors, and is a convenient and fun way to get to the convention center or South of the Border to Tijuana and Mexico. Come experience the fun and history of this fascinating city with a stay in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown San Diego

San Diego Zoo

You will see some of the world's rarest wildlife, including giant pandas and Hua Mei, the only panda cub in the U.S. New at the Zoo is Ituri Forest, a mysterious central African rain forest where adventurers encounter forest buffalos, hippos, otters, okapis, colorful birds and acrobatic monkeys.

San Diego Animal Park

The San Diego Wild Animal Park is a unique adventure -- a zoo unlike traditional zoos -- in which animals roam in entire herds and flocks, in enclosures measured in acres rather than feet.


Located on beautiful San Diego Bay, this water park is one of the best in the country. Visit the home of Shamu and all her friends.

Gaslamp Quarter

Within walking distance of the hotel, experience the many restaurants and nightclubs that downtown San Diego has to offer.

Horton Plaza

World class shopping in one of San Diego's most unique outdoor shopping venues and it is within walking distance of the Bristol Hotel.

San Diego Bay and Beaches

Experience some of the most beautiful and serene beaches the west coast has to offer!

San Diego Opera

Less than one block from the hotel, San Diego Opera makes music worth seeing. Experience truly beautiful music brought to San Diego under the direction of acclaimed General Director Ian D. Campbell.

Spreckels Theatre

Under the rainbow of Spreckels Theatre's neon lights, drama, comedy and dance shine all just one block from the hotel.


Take the kids to a remarkable world of building the impossible dream and fun rides too!

Hornblower Bay Cruises

Hornblower Cruises & Events offers nightly dining, weekend brunch, and other specialty cruises throughout California. Choose from over 30 luxury yachts of all styles and sizes to host your private event.

Little Italy

Located less than a mile from the Bristol, Little Italy is a scenic neighborhood composed mostly of Italian restaurants, Italian retail shops, home design stores, art galleries, and frequently hosts festivals and fairs.