We recently got the opportunity to stay at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter after their $22.5 million renovation! The 286 room hotel has received a complete makeover with new designs and furnishings.
I had never been inside this hotel before and was thoroughly impressed with its beauty. I would describe it as retro chic. Very luxe, very posh but still family-friendly and approachable. Not to mention it is in the heart of the Gaslamp District meaning you can do a TON in one day without catching an Uber!
The hotel has a rabbit theme which may seem strange at first until you learn about the Gaslamp’s ties to rabbits historically. Apparently before downtown became a bustling city, it was known as a nowhere land that only rabbits would live at. Its nickname was Rabbitville.
For the Gaslamp’s 150 year anniversary it hired 15 artists to decorate jumbo fiberglass rabbits to celebrate. Some of the Gaslamp’s top hotels have these rabbits displayed inside their properties. See if you can find the painted rabbits during your visit!
We stayed in their King Bedded Loft Suite, featuring an oversize soaking tub and views overlooking 5th avenue and the Iconic Gaslamp Sign. We truly felt like we were living our best lives here!
A really fun feature we got to experience was their glamping tent which is an add-on for children! Although our baby was only 6 months at the time, she still loved the tent and her new, furry friends. Also, check out our view from below! I have never seen the Gaslamp sign from this perspective!
We received a welcome package which contained a charcuterie board, wine and cookies! I was told the cookies are part of the kid’s glamping package. Our baby is not old enough to eat cookies so more for us haha. I’m not joking when I say these were some of the best cookies we’ve ever had!! They were peanut butter chocolate chip and baked to perfection!
The Wild Hare Bar Garden is the Hilton’s new bar & restaurant which offers locally-sourced produce and meats with organic ingredients and herbs from the hotel’s herb garden.
As with the rest of the hotel, the restaurant is also rabbit-themed, hence the name Enjoy rabbit-punned cocktails (or mocktails) and know that great efforts have been put in place to keep everything as sustainable as possible. Even the straws are made from the agave plant!
Our dinner was fantastic! We started off with some appetizers which included the mushroom empanadas, aguachiles and and drinks:
For dinner we had flat iron steak and papadelle pasta:
We then headed back down to the bar for some evening cocktails while enjoying the fire pits:
I found a couple fun catwalks that give you great views of the convention center and the hustle and bustle of the city life below:
The next morning was spent relaxing in the ultra-cozy bed then finally making our way downstairs to bask in the perfect weather and eventually have some breakfast! Note that a lot of the brickwork in the terrace is from the original building that was once on this site:
Part of the kids glamping package is a free breakfast with an adult entrée. To the right is a picture of the chef’s garden which can be seen on the terrace!
Lastly, I really liked that they have a 24/7 snack shack near the lobby where you can pick up snacks and refreshments:
This was such a fun staycation and I hope to return again one day!