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.