Top Hotels Near the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA

A Downtown San Diego perch at Hotel Republic gives you ready access to many of the best-known and best-loved neighborhoods, districts, and attractions of America’s Finest City.

Among them is that history-drenched swath of Downtown known as the Gaslamp Quarter, a nationally designated historic district and one of San Diego’s top destinations for shopping, dining, and nightlife.

A Marriott Autograph Collection room or suite at Hotel Republic puts you within easy strolling distance of the Gaslamp, an absolute must-do on any Downtown San Diego itinerary!

The Gaslamp Quarter: Fascinating History, Vibrant Here-&-Now Culture

The Gaslamp Quarter Historic District encompasses some of foundational real estate in San Diego, its beginnings tracing back to early development efforts by William Heath Davis and Alonzo Horton in the 1850s and ’60s.

Initially distinguished from the original Spanish settlement of San Diego as “New Town,” the Gaslamp Quarter’s earned itself quite a few different monikers over its sweeping history, including such ignominious ones as “Rabbitville”—reflecting a period in the 19th century when those hopping mammals sometimes seemed to be its main residents—and “Stingaree,” which referenced the Gaslamp’s late-19th-century and early-20th-century red-light district of brothels, saloons, and gambling dens. None other than famed former lawman Wyatt Earp was among the notable characters of Stingaree, running a few gambling halls here himself.

The Gaslamp Quarter has seen some rough-and-tumble days and long timespans of neglect and decline over the years, but a major redevelopment initiative decades ago transformed it into what it is today: one of the most popular destinations in Downtown San Diego, with a splendid assortment of historic buildings framing one of the city’s densest concentrations of stores, restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Get in the Halloween Spirit in the Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is an especially fun place to visit this Halloween-y time of year, given its deep, colorful history and ghostly associations.

The Gaslamp Foundation offers a Ghosts of the Gaslamp Friday Walking Tour, a guided perambulation around the neighborhood that showers you with intriguing (and spooky) stories and ends up with a big finish at one of America’s most famously haunted locales: the 1850-built Davis-Horton House, host to the Gaslamp Museum and legendary among paranormal enthusiasts.

Explore the Gaslamp Quarter on a Getaway to Downtown San Diego at Hotel Republic

Whether you’re taking a guided ghost tour or a self-guided architectural walkabout, or just hitting up some of the talked-about eateries, watering holes, or boutiques, put the Gaslamp Quarter on the itinerary for your next getaway here at Hotel Republic in Downtown San Diego!


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