Hotel Guide for San Diego Padre Fans
The Padres home opening day is upon us. A time when San Diegans emerge from the battened huddle of winter, don their baseball caps, and head to PETCO Park. America’s favorite pastime also prompts area hotels to throw open their doors and par-tey in the East Village. Fans are invited to quaff a few brewskis, nosh on finger-food, and rock out to live music. Following are just a snippet of the April 5th festivities. So, as they say in the big league…let’s play ball!!!
509 9th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 727-4000
Indigo is celebrating from the ground floors’ Table 509 restaurant to the Level 9 Rooftop bar. Sophie 103.7 FM will be spinning tunes and feature live music with Marc Broussard. Fifteen bucks will get you eats and drinks at this opening day extravaganza.Pre- and post-game specials at 509 include $10 French dip sandwiches, $7 wings, and $4 Karl Strauss bottles and drafts. (Rates start at $191 per night.)
San Diego Gaslamp Marriott
660 K Street San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 696-0234
The best views overlooking PETCO Park are from Marriott’s Altitude Sky Lounge. At 22 stories high, Altitude is the region’s tallest open-air bar. It’s the place for San Diego’s beautiful people to see and be seen. The entire month of April offers food and drink specials. Bat & Ball Thursdays with an $8 beer and shot combo assures anyone will look great after a few hours. More grounded clientele hang at the lobby’s Soleil @K eatery, just 90 steps from the ball park. (Rates start at $229 per night.)
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 564-3333
Just in time for Padres home opener, the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge has been unveiled, connecting Hilton Bayfront’s parking structure to the sidewalk in front of PETCO park. It transports guests over the street and trolley tracks, alleviating the need to cross the busy thoroughfare. At 550 feet, it is one of the world’s longest self-anchored suspension bridges. The unusual curved shape delayed completion by two years. On April 5and 6, two of the hotel’s restaurants - Vela and Odysea - are hosting “take me out before the ballgame” drink specials with half-price well drinks. If you’ve got a hankering for maytag blue cheese chips or fried pickles, the Fox Sports Grill is more your speed. Their “tailgate happy hour” takes a dollar off all wine, beer and mixed drinks starting at 2 p.m. Just enough time to have a round before the 3:45 p.m. opening pitch. (Rates start at $259 per night.)
435 6th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 531-8740
The two block proximity to PETCO Park make Solamar a game day favorite. Fans clad in Padres gear commingle poolside at the rooftop Lounge Six outdoor bar. Happy hour’s lively conversations are fueled by half price Chambord and champagne French Martinis, and citrus and chili Joshua Tree cocktails. Discounted munchies aren’t the usual wings, et al, but instead feature butternut squash ravioli, Tuna Tartar and steamed mussels. Post game dessert and coffee by the fire rings bodes equally well. (Rates start at $203 per night.)
Omni San Diego Hotel
675 L Street San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 231-6664
Omni is the first U.S. hotel connected via pedestrian sky bridge to a ballpark, and it’s right here in our fine city. This place LOVES baseball. Joe DiMaggio’s cleats in the lobby are only a precursor to the Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Babe Ruth treasures that await. Floors one, four, five and six of the 32-story building pay homage to more baseballs greats with displayed memorabilia. Fittingly, guestroom mini-bars are stocked with peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Their baseball package includes two tickets to a game, slices of apple pie, a $40 breakfast voucher and free parking. Check out the 16th floor view of the ballpark while you're there. (Baseball package starts at $269 per night.).