As spring begins to bloom into a bright, beautiful summer, the excitement surrounding the start of “vacation season” can pull your attention in so many different directions. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, and just minutes from the beach, The Westgate Hotel has all the makings of a classic summer getaway, but also has additional amenities that offer more unique experiences than any ordinary hotel.


For everything you need to start planning your first summer escape, keep reading for five major reasons to start your summer off right at The Westgate.


An Unrivaled Pool Experience 

Elevated rooftop. Drinks delivered to your pool chair. Gorgeous surrounding views of the San Diego skyline. The poolside experience at The Westgate is anything but standard. Whether you’re the type of pool-goer who loves a good book and a good amount of umbrella shade, the type who looks for any opportunity to tan, or the PR-chasing lap swimmer, you can build a custom pool day to suit your own summer style.


Ready for Your Photo-ops

In an age where everyone seems to be chasing the best “Instagram-able” photo backdrop, the most memorable souvenirs from your summer trip may be the pictures. For pose-worthy backdrops, there’s no place that can compare to The Westgate’s photogenic qualities. From 18th-century tapestries to the grand “Cinderella” staircase to the skyline framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, every inch of the hotel is an opportunity for you to capture your new favorite photo on your feed.


Best of Both Vacation Vibes

It’s a classic icebreaker question: would you rather pick a beach vacation for the relaxing lazy days…or stay in the heart of a busy downtown for the activities and culture? At The Westgate, you can enjoy the very best of both. Not only will you find yourself minutes from feeling sand in your toes, but you’ll also be within a short walk of everything vibrant downtown San Diego has to offer. So you can spend your days at the beach, your nights out on the town, and never have to compromise on location.


A Different Way to Meet Over Drinks

Excellent summer getaways are made up of experiences that are anything but standard. It’s all about the little things you can’t find just anywhere. Special down to the smallest details, The Westgate is proud to offer elegant Afternoon Tea in the traditional European style. Finely brewed teas and intricately prepared sweet and savory bites that are not only delicious but a feast for the eyes. Be transported by this fun and elegant way to spend time together over drinks.


Better yet, extend Teatime into Happy Hour and take the party just around the corner to Plaza Bar. Classic drinks with a vintage flair, Plaza Bar is the perfect place to take your immersive, elegant afternoon into after hours.


The Invitation to Indulge

An invitation to The Westgate offers more than what’s expected. Every trip to this “urban resort” presents an opportunity to truly indulge. From sleeping in the most spacious guest rooms downtown to enjoying guest access to the 40,000 sq. ft. fitness and wellness center, AquaVie, to delicious on-property dining in The Westgate Room, Westgate getaways are a cut-above in every way. So come indulge–in extraordinary dining, in all-encompassing comfort and relaxation, and in the sights and sounds of European-inspired elegance that can’t be replicated at any ordinary destination.