Win a Stay in San Diego’s Vibrant East Village

Hotel Indigo San Diego

For years, people have known about New York City’s different neighborhoods, each with its own flavor and personality, but it may surprise visitors to San Diego that the beachside city also comprises more than 100 vibrant and distinct neighborhoods. Downtown alone is home to eight distinct neighborhoods, and (like New York) it includes an East Village.

Once an empty warehouse district, the revitalization of San Diego’s East Village was ignited in 2004 with the opening of PETCO Park, the San Diego Padres’ baseball stadium. Today, visitors can enjoy fashionable restaurants and cafes, rooftop bars, adorable boutiques and a variety of hip hotels. One of my favorite places to stay in the East Village is the Hotel Indigo, San Diego’s first LEED Certified hotel with a sleek, boutique vibe at prices that will make even the most budget-savvy traveler happy.

Hotel Indigo San Diego

Hotel Indigo San Diego's lobby and rooftop deck, featuring views of PETCO Park

In addition to their 24-hour “Phi”tness Studio, rooftop terrace with a reflection pool and fire pits, Hotel Indigo is known for their pet-friendly policy, making them a perfect fit for one of the country’s most pet-friendly cities. The ultimate time to check-in at the Hotel Indigo is when the Padres are playing at neighboring PETCO Park. If you’re a baseball fan, you don’t even need a ticket to enjoy the game. Pull up at chair at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, where you’ll have a first class view right into the ballpark.

Cafe Chloe San Diego

Cafe Chloe offers quaint, elegant French fare, including a killer croque madame.

For foodies, the East Village offers up some spectacular eats. Start the day with a buttery croissant and cup of spiced hot chocolate at Cafe Chloe, a quaint bistro that brings the seductive charm and spectacular cuisine of a Parisian cafe to downtown.

Neighborhood and Noble Experiment in San Diego's East Village

Neighborhood is a top dinner destination for locals, and Noble Experiment makes one of the best cocktails in town...if you can find it!

For lunch or dinner, Neighborhood can’t be beat. As the name suggests, San Diego locals frequent this burger joint that is anything but typical. Their burgers, smothered with toppings like béarnaise sauce or tomato confit, are too good for ketchup, which is strictly forbidden here. After dinner, push through a hidden door at Neighborhood to sneak into San Diego’s secret speakeasy, Noble Experiment. This pint-sized bar has a big reputation for unique specialty cocktails crafted to the utmost standards by the city’s most beloved bartenders.

Is the allure of the East Village calling to you? Leave a comment below to enter to win a one-night stay at the Hotel Indigo! A winner will be chosen at random from the commenters on Monday, June 4 at 10:00 am, so don’t miss your chance to take in this vibrant neighborhood first-hand. The Entry Period is Over.

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!). What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day? Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah. What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger. Latest music purchases for my iPod player are… I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately. Follow Candice on Twitter @candicesd

174 thoughts on “Win a Stay in San Diego’s Vibrant East Village

  1. That hotel is so pretty and i hope to maybe stay there someday. because i have family in California near San Diego. and that would give me time to spend with them. I don’t get to much so this hotel would help me so much.

  2. I`m from Spain and I`d love to visit San Diego,right now my fiancé is studing there….so my dream is to be there this summer!!
    Fingers crossed!

  3. This hotel looks wonderful! We usually stay in Pacific Beach-this would be a nice change!

  4. We would Love to stay at Hotel Indigo!!! Live in Oceanside but never stay the night in San Diego!

  5. Sd is so beautiful! Lived here for 18 years and there are still new places to go 🙂

  6. I visited San Diego last year for the first time with a couple of friends and it is amazingly gorgeous! I think it is about time to revisit this beautiful city again!

  7. I visited my sister last year in San Diego.  What a beautiful place.  I would LOVE to move there someday.  It would be nice to see my sister again since we really don’t see each other that often.  Thanks.

  8. I would like to win a one-night stay at the Hotel Indigo, I would like to go and explore because I adore the  Sandiego style always make me smile feeling like sitting in a nice isle. Please pick me and agree I would love to go see!  🙂

  9. It Would Be Absolutely Fabulous to win this stay in East Village… A Much Needed Getaway! PICK ME!

    • Congratulations Cristine! You’ve won the 1-night stay at the Hotel Indigo in San Diego’s vibrant East Village! Please e-mail me at in the next 24 hours to claim your prize.

  10. What an awesome hotel and amazing city! San Diego CONVIS bring me to San Diego for a visit! I miss it there. Fingers crossed!

  11. I’ve never been to San Diego, I really want to go visit there!!it would be a great night away. Thank you hotel Indigo and!!

  12.  I LOVE San Diego! I have never been there but I watch the Wealth channel all the time when it features San Diego and do a lot of dreaming that one day I too can go there.

  13. My fiancé and I love San Diego and are getting married in there in September and are looking for a hotel for the night of the wedding! We are both huge padres fans as well!!!

  14. I stayed at Hotel Indigo when it first opened and would love to stay there again!  I love San Diego

  15. I would love love love to win. Please please please pick me. Much love

  16. San Diego is where my worries disappear and my happiness soars!! LOVE SD!!

  17. Sounds good to me. We would love to
    Check it out. San Diego is a great place to stay and have fun! There is something for everyone

  18. I remember when the only time people would go in this area was for the convention center, now its a beautiful place to spend the day at Petco and grabbing a bite!

  19. Being from the Midwest and now a three year resident of Arizona, I love my many trips to San Diego, and especially spending time at the Hotel Indigo!!  What an awesome and unique establishment with so much to offer on premise (love the roof-top deck) as well as nearby!!  I would never stay anywhere else!! 

  20. My fiancé and I are getting married in San Diego in September and are trying to find a hotel for the night of our wedding! Looks amazing!!

  21. This would be perfect anniversary gift for my girlfriend and I. Please hook us up and we will love you forever. 😉 Thank you Hotel Indigo and

  22. Ooh, I completely love downtown San Diego, it would be so amazing to try and stay there for a night!

  23. I’d LOVE a night away! My son and his fiancé just moved home from Missouri! Love having them home but hubby & I could sure use a break! If you know what I mean…

  24. Sounds amazing!!!  I’d love to stay – San Diego is one of my favorite destinations.

  25. Would love to check out San Diego’s East Village and the Hotel Indigo.

  26. The wonderful staff at Indigo have always made my Padres home game days wonderful! As a local I thoroughly love the food, drinks and amazing view at the Indigo!

  27. OMG i Love San Diego more than life!!! The asians said Id have some luck comming my way! I hope this is it;)

  28. Sounds so awesome. We moved here from Germany and are very excited to explore!!! Keep up the great info

  29. My husband and I are planning a weekend getaway to San Diego and are always looking for new places to see each visit, we would love a night at Hotel Indigo! Looks like allot to do within walking distance! 🙂

  30. Love San Diego, and would love to stay at a hotel right by pet I park so I could watch the padres!

  31. Will be in San Diego on a family vacation from IRELAND in July and it would be fantastic to have a nights out without the kids in Hotel Indigo downtown San Diego the best city in the world!

  32. Hotel Indigo looks amazing! Exploring San Diego from there would be awesome!!!

  33. Living in Phoenix now, but born and raised in San Diego. Just love what they have done to the old warehouse district! Absolutely love it!!.bB”


  35. I was born and raised in NY and have been wanting to visit San Diego all my life. All I hear are such nice stories about how friendly, kind and warm hearted everyone is there and how beautiful it is there. Almost sounds like “heaven” to me from what I hear and see. It’d be wonderful to get away and put my self in that kind of a surrounding for a while. I may not want to leave and end up moving there with my girl friend. 

  36.    Wow, What a fabulous Hotel!  Rooftop Lounge…?!?  I’m there! 
       San Diego is my all time favorite Vacation Destination!   Would love to explore more of what the East Village has to offer.  Thanks!


  38. I lived in San Diego’s Mission Valley for 6 yrs! I can not believe how much it has changed…for the better!!!

  39. Hi! I would like to stay at Hotel Indigo in the East Village in San Diego because the article described a perfect spot for a vacation. There is alot to do in the area too. Sounds like a vibrant area and the photos are lovely. Have a great day. I hope to visit soon 🙂

  40. San Diego….where dreams DO come true!!!  My dream is to escape the hellacious heat of Arizona and enjoy the beauty of San Diego. 

  41. I love San Diego!  There’s always lots to fun, outdoorsy things to do!  

  42. it looks AWESOME! I Love San Diego So Much and its Really friendly People! I’m back in the Summer! <3

  43. I would love to stay here! My husband and I were planning on going to San Diego in a few weeks. It will be our first family vacation since our honeymoon in 2007.

  44. Love East Village!  Great nightlife and restaurants in the area.  Pick me to win!

  45. I am a California native living in Arizona now, would love a chance to visit again!!

  46. Ohmygosh! I have always wanted to stay there! I’ve only heard great things 🙂

  47. I love san diego it is really easy to find you way around and there is a lot to do.

  48. I have never been to San Diego but all my Navy friends say it the next best thing to Paradise!! I love the ocean, my wife and I love baseball and the food looks amazing!!!

  49. What an amazing view I would love to stay here..Thanks for a chance to win

  50. It is so much fun to take a vacation in town. Too often we, who live here, don’t take full advantage of the fun and amazing places. To stay overnight in the Gaslamp and enjoy the sights and sounds would be great!

    • I couldn’t agree more! I’m going to take my husband here for a fun weekend ” getaway” soon! (we live in north county)! no better place to live than San Diego….

  51. WooHoo, San Diego! Always looking for a new place to stay when I visit!!!

  52. What an amazing hotel! I can’t wait to explore all of the amazing things that East Village has in store!

  53. Love San Diego! Always stayed in Mission Valley area, looks I need to stay in new area.

  54. Looks like an amazing hotel! We are new to the area and have no idea what neighborhood we want to settle in…this would provide us an amazing opportunity to explore your neighborhood!

  55. Love, Love, Love Hotel Indigo!  The most beautiful “pet friendly” hotel in San Diego!

  56. Would LOVE a chance to experience America’s finest city and cheer for the Padres at Petco Park! Hotel Indigo looks/sounds like heaven on earth…and we all need a time to experience paradise! 🙂

  57. Looks amazing!!  We have been wanting to get back for a visit.  LOVE San Diego!

  58. Loveeee San Diego can’t wait to go back! Would be a great Wedding present for us!

  59. Pet-friendly hotels are a huge draw and who doesn’t love a great cocktail in a speakeasy atmosphere?

  60. San Diego is one of my favorite cities and now the luxury of the Hotel Indigo makes me miss it even more!

  61. Would absolutely love to win a trip to your hotel…..Have been wanting to return to your beautiful city for quite come time!

  62. I’ve only been to San Diego once, and am dying to go back soon! We love it there! 🙂

  63. Looks like a beautiful hotel! Would love to spend the night there during our visit to San Diego in July

  64. Over the last twenty years since moving to San Diego, my family & I are changing and growing along with the city. I appreciate the downtown neighborhoods and the outlying areas too – each has its own flair.

  65. Love Cafe Chloe in the East Village when I was visiting SD from San Francisco.  Would love to return to SD for another visit and check out other restaurants in that area including Neighborhood.

  66. San diego has it all and now with the all the new downtown attractions it really does have everything and Hotel Indigo is the place to see it and enjoy it.

  67. They say “be kind to your mother-in-law, and pay for her board at a nice hotel” but  I think the better idea is for us to stay at the Indigo Hotel and let my mother stay at home with the kids! 

  68. Sipping specialty crafted bourbon cocktails at Noble Experiment after noshing on high-end burgers at Neighborhood, then finishing up the evening by relaxing under the stars on Hotel Indigo’s rooftop terrace? Sounds like a perfect night.

  69. Love walking downtown, shopping at Horton plaza, and just hanging with the family at the ball park.

  70. Would love this!  I’m planning to relocate it and this will give me a great perspective of city life.

  71. I’m french and I went to San Diego 2years ago to realise my dream I stayed 2 weeks… I wanna realise it again and again, SD is really the America’s Finest but 2weeks are too short to discover the city and meet San Diegans. The Hotel looks better than where I was 2years ago^^… A dream multiplied by infinity! Love form Laval (France) to San Diego. 

  72. I walk by this hotel every other week on my way to meet friends. It’s beautiful and I’d love to win a stay there.

  73. My husband i would love to win this trip! We have a toddler and dont get away very much 🙂

  74. I would loooove to win this trip! Always looking for great hotels where I can bring my pup along 🙂

  75. My husband and I would love this. Our one year wedding anniversary is June 5th so it would be perfect timing. 🙂

  76. My boyfriend and I love going to California each summer to visit my sister!! It would be so much fun for us to get away to San Diego and stay at Hotel Indigo <3 I hope we win 🙂

  77. I love San Diego just for those lovely beaches… who wudnt want to spend a summer at the beach….

  78. I am living in San Diego for almost 10 months now and definetelly chose the right place to come for a year studying abroad. San Diego is the nicest place in California, with the most characteristic nature, people, habits and sunsets in California. It gave me more than I expected… EVERY SINGLE DAY. Would love to win this stay in East Village because I will be leaving in a couple weks and did not explore enough that part of the city yet. Should be amazing!

  79. I have yet to stay at Hotel Indigo.. Would love to.. I lived in La Jolla 20 plus years ago and go back quite often. I love the new Vibe of downtown and Little Iyaly. The new clubs, boutiques, etc.
    This Hotel is walking distance to the finest of all. Even if you are up to it take a walk to Shelter Island. All is paradise!!

  80. My boyfriend and I have been working 2 full time jobs each for our start-up company.  This sounds like the perfect little break that we sorely need…. sigh.  🙂

  81. San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, IMO. I love to visit there as often as possible. The beaches are gorgeous, the people are friendly and the culture is both varied and unique. Please choose me; I have been wanting to go and take my two babies, a Yorkie and Pekaterrier. (She has upside down fangs in a Pekingese face. The hotels and hot-spots are pet friendly, for the most part because this city appreciates pet lovers.

  82. i want to come HOME even if it’s just for a few days on the glorious sand and surf of San Diego !!!!  I can taste it now 🙂  

    • I would love a stay in the hotel! Does that include air fare from Chicago ?

      • Hi Trina,

        Great question. To clarify, the sweepstakes is only for a one-night hotel stay at the Hotel Indigo and does not include airfare.

        Best of luck,

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