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The Hilton Garden Inn Old Town San Diego

We stayed at the property as a guest

Hilton Garden Inn Old Town San Diego

While we venture down south to San Diego multiple times a year, we haven’t gone to Old Town for almost ten years. It was while on a staycation visiting Old Town, that my son had his first allergic reaction at the age of two, almost lost his life, and we have never returned until recently.

Flags and decorations in Old Town

Hilton garden Inn San Diego

When we heard the news of the Hilton Garden Inn opening their beautiful new property right in the heart of Old Town San Diego, we felt conflicted at first about whether we should return. We made the decision that there is just too much culture and history that we are keeping away from our kids by never bringing them to Old Town, so we made the choice to book a getaway.

Old Town San Diego

We parked our car at the gorgeous new property, and then walked across the street from the hotel to enjoy the festivities happening in Old Town. We were able to enjoy shopping, entertainment, and an authentic Mexican meal at Fiesta de Reyes.

Awesome entertainment in Old Town San Diego

Entertainment in Old Town San Diego

Dining at Fiesta de Reyes


Once we were done having lunch, we took one of the free historical tours offered by the state park. The 45-minute tour took our children back in time to another era; even the tour guide was dressed in periodic attire. Our kids enjoyed every minute of the tour, and even me and my husband learned a lot about the history of the area while on the tour.

Old Town State Park Tour

Old Town Historical State Park

Before leaving to return to the hotel, we couldn’t leave without visiting the Whaley House. I’ve been wanting to visit this “haunted” historical landmark for most of my life, and couldn’t wait to see if it would live up to all the hype. Some might say that we spotted some ghosts while on the tour, but that can neither be confirmed or denied.

Touring the Whaley House

The Whaley House

Historic Route 101

After a fun filled day of education and entertainment, we returned to the Hilton Garden Inn, Old Town. We were immediately greeted by the friendly staff who had helped to make the check-in process seamless.

kids enjoying complimentary water

Hilton Garden Inn Lobby

Checking into the Hilton Garden inn

The room was spacious, clean, and had a modern look. Our kids settled into the room within minutes and were immediately munching on cookies while watching their favorite cartoons before dinner.

Cookies in Bed

comfortable beds

Artwork in the room of the hilton garden inn

Our kids were exhausted from a full day of fun exploring Old Town, and we didn’t have to worry about leaving the property because they have a wonderful onsite restaurant, Verde Kitchen & Bar. We brought our kids downstairs for dinner where we enjoyed steak, salad, and burgers in the modern-style chic restaurant.

blue cheese nachos

Dining Room of the hilton garden inn

Hilton Garden Inn Bar


Just when we thought that our kids had enough fun for the day, they were fueled with the nutritional goodness at Verde Kitchen & Bar and were immediately begging us for a night swim. The pool had looked tempting since the moment that we arrived, so we couldn’t resist getting our swimsuits on to have a night swim before putting the kids to bed.

Swimming Pool at the Hilton Garden Inn

In the morning, the kids joined me in the gym for a great workout in the fitness room, and then we were able to print our tickets for the San Diego Zoo in the business center. The hotel even had laundry machines were I was able to wash our clothes before returning home.

Fitness Equipment

Exercising at the Hilton Garden Inn

Working in the business center

Fitness Room at Hilton Garden Inn

At the San Diego Zoo

The Hilton Garden Inn Old Town is the best place to stay when visiting the area. The hotel is modern, kid-friendly, and accommodates all your family needs. Make plans for your family to have a staycation at the Hilton Garden Inn online or by calling.

Relaxing by the pool of the Hilton Garden Inn

Kids at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego

Beautiful lights in the hilton garden inn

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