Hilton Shows Local San Diegans a Little Love

The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa on Mission Bay is inviting locals to drop in on Sundays for a little poolside R&R.

From 11:00 am until 7:00 pm on Sundays through Sept. 4, locals can lounge by the pool at this AAA Four Diamond bayside resort – for free.  Enjoy live music from 4:00 until 7:00 pm – and Happy Hour specials at Fresco’s, the poolside bar, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.  (Register online at www.sandiegohiltonlocals.com to win a weekly drawing for a $50 gift card to Fresco’s.  To win, you’ll have to be present at the 6 PM Sunday drawing.)

“We hope to do this for locals every summer,” said resort spokeswoman Lisa Campbell.

Locals who’d like to extend their fun can get half off all available rooms on Sunday nights, through Sept. 4.  (Add $28 for overnight parking; daytime parking is free.) The hotel’s 357 rooms were renovated in 2007. All have patios or balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows; some suites have expansive patios with firepits. You’ll need a valid San Diego ID to get the deal and it’s available only to those 21 and older.

Set on 18 acres of lush tropical gardens and rolling lawns, the resort has its own sandy beachfront and a private dock where guests can rent equipment for nearly every land or water sport imaginable. There’s a luxe full-service Spa Brezza, a fitness center, five tennis courts and a jogging track – though jogging along the path that stretches along the bayfront is likely to be far more interesting, especially on Sundays, when roller-skaters gather for a dance jam on a wide swath near the hotel.

The hotel is at 1775 East Mission Bay Drive. For reservations, phone 619-276-4010 or go to www.sandiegohilton.com.

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About Alison

I’m a junkie. Addicted to travel. Logged 15 years as Travel Editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune – a labor of love. But always appreciate coming home to my favorite city: San Diego. My newest labor of love is an app – San Diego Essential Guide – a tool that lets me share with other travelers what I love most about my hometown.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego Day?

I’d meet girlfriends at South Mission for a low-tide walk along the ocean front to Pacific Beach. Before heading back, we’d hit a boardwalk restaurant for an eggs Benedict breakfast.  We’d spend the afternoon at La Jolla Shores with our boogie boards – sun and fun in 72-degree-plus waves.  I’d meet my husband for a sunset picnic on a grassy oceanfront bluff at Coast Boulevard Park. We’d end up at Humphreys Backstage Live on Shelter Island, dancing the night away.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

Can’t think of anyplace I wouldn’t want to be seen in San Diego – except maybe Lindbergh Field, if it would help me speed through security and avoid the body scanner.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguini and red wine?

Dad was a commercial fisherman, so I’m spoiled. Give me barely seared ahi, fresh crab or a fish taco.

What’s your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Fishing – it’s in my blood. But I’m happy doing anything where I can smell saltwater: paragliding from Torrey Pines, kayaking the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, riding my boogie board, picnicking on the beach, chillin’ at a Summer Pops concert.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player?

I’m downloading more apps than music these days. My iPod is full of funky Old School stuff – the best of MJ, Gap Band, Gnarls Barkley, Cameo, Hammer and lots of old Motown sounds: Temptations, Four Tops, The Miracles.

3 thoughts on “Hilton Shows Local San Diegans a Little Love

  1. Wow – such a deal!! You can’t beat free! And one of the nicest locations in San Diego. It’s about time local retailers thought about us citizens. Fantastic INSIDER TIP – thanks to this writer, Alison, for spreading the word. Any more?

  2. What a generous offer from the Hilton to allow us locals to enjoy the pool. Great tip our family will take advantage of!

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