Best Hotel Near Little Italy San Diego
Downtown San Diego comprises a number of distinct, vibrant neighborhoods, and with centrally located accommodations here at Hotel Republic, you’re beautiful set up to explore them—not least on foot or by trolley!
Take, for instance, marvelous Little Italy immediately north: A Hotel Republic guest room or suite puts you right on the doorstep! This is one of the most fascinating and popular corners of Downtown, and definitely worth exploring on a pampered Autograph Collection getaway with us.
San Diego’s Little Italy: Deep History, Modern Charm
Unlike the sad fate of many counterparts in other cities around the U.S., San Diego’s Little Italy has been a proud, continuously knit-together ethnic community since the 1920s. Its early days saw some 6,000 families of Italian-Americans settling here, many to labor in what became the global center of the tuna industry. The local canneries benefited directly from the skills and energy of Sicilian and Genovese fishermen.
The decline of the tuna trade was reflected in the neighborhood’s status, but Little Italy has been reborn stronger than ever. Its attractions are many, not least the magnificent, 10,000-square-foot European-style Piazza della Famiglia, with its cobblestones, outdoor dining, and grand fountain. It’s one of several neighborhood squares and public spaces, which also include Piazzas Basilone, Pescatore, Costanza, and others. Then there’s Amici Park—which incorporates the Little Italy Dog Park, an amphitheater, and a bocce-ball court (which you should absolutely experience firsthand, even if you’ve never played)—and Waterfront Park along the harbor.
The Little Italy Association offers a smorgasbord of curated cultural experiences, from cooking classes (including in Neapolitan pizza!) to such guided walkabouts as the Taste of Italy Food Tour and The Story of Little Italy Guided Historical Tour Adventure.
Throw in shopping and dining—and nabbing a souvenir shot of the iconic Little Italy sign—and you’ve got oodles of fun awaiting you among delightful city blocks a stone’s throw from Hotel Republic. Learn more about the neighborhood and what it offers at the Little Italy Association website.
Explore Little Italy on a Boutique Getaway to Hotel Republic in Downtown San Diego
Close proximity to the charms and sights of Little Italy is only one of many reasons to come stay with us here at Hotel Republic in Downtown San Diego. Our boutique guest rooms and Presidential Suite embody the high caliber of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, and alongside those accommodations we offer on-site wining and dining at the Topside Terrace Kitchen & Bar and some 16,000 square feet of event space.
Book your Downtown San Diego getaway at Hotel Republic today, and weave a day or three exploring Little Italy into your itinerary with us!