Boutique Hotel Near Old Town San Diego
San Diego includes a host of amazing neighborhoods with their own distinct culture, vibe, and attractions. With Marriott Autograph Collection accommodations right Downtown at Hotel Republic, you’re ideally poised to explore these varied districts. And none of them comes older than Old Town San Diego, just a hop, skip, and a jump from your Hotel Republic guest room or suite.
Old Town San Diego: Playground for History Buffs
Old Town comes by its name honestly: It encompasses the ground first settled by Europeans in the San Diego area, and in fact in all of California. Of course, this beautiful and fertile landscape mosaic of coastal hills, uplands, estuaries, and ocean coves had, by the time the Spanish first built here in the 1700s, already been inhabited for millennia by people. This is the traditional homeland of the Kumeyaay culture, after all.
Among Presidio Park’s 40 beautiful acres, you can visit the sites of that early Spanish occupation, including the San Diego Presidio and the Mission San Diego de Alcada. The Junipero Serra Museum tells the story of the Spanish friar who established the latter in 1769, while also evoking the deeper history of the Kumeyaay.
Numerous historic buildings, including such 19th-century structures as the adobe Casa de Estudillo and the Whaley House—said to be the most haunted in the U.S.—populate the Old Town San Diego Historic District and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Guided tours (including rather irresistible ghost tours) offer the perfect introduction to the multicultural heritage and historical evolution of Old Town.
Other Attractions in Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego is far from a museum piece. This neighborhood also boasts more than 30 restaurants—including some of the best Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine in town—and many dozens of shops and boutiques. Catch a live performance at the Cygnet Theatre, or enjoy mariachi music and ballet folkloric dancing. Old Town has a marvelously busy calendar of annual happenings, from markets, bazaars, festivals, and living-history events to such holiday celebrations as the Old Town 4th of July, Christmas, and Dia de los Muertos.
Explore Old Town’s History, Arts, and Culture on a Downtown San Diego Getaway at Hotel Republic
Situated just minutes from the free museums, historical sites, eateries, shops, and soirees of Old Town, Hotel Republic showers you with the utmost in Autograph Collection hospitality in the heart of Downtown San Diego. Come join us, and delve into some deep San Diego history when you do!