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For general information on visiting San Diego, see WikiTravel and the San Diego Tourism Authority.

The San Diego Central Library is located in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. Lodging in the area is generally higher-priced than in outlying areas, but inexpensive options do exist. The planning committee has visited some of these hotels and while we do not have an "official" hotel, we have looked at several places that are close to the venue and reasonably priced.

The Wiki Culture Crawl day is Friday, October 7. Details will be announced, but the focus is on the Balboa Park Museums. The motels and hotels close to Balboa Park, where the culture crawl events will occur, are generally a little less expensive than in the Gaslamp Quarter, though availability of public transportation may be an issue for people who do not have a car. There are a number of reasonably-priced lodgings south of Balboa Park between that area and the Gaslamp Quarter.


General transportation information is described in detail at the San Diego Travel Authority site. There are both busses and a trolley light rail system.


Many hotels have an airport shuttle. If you are not staying at a place that does,

Cars and parking
  • General information on car rental can be located here.
  • The library has its own underground parking (first two hours free (validation in the Library lobby) $21/full day maximum)

There are numerous nearby paid parking structures (usually used during the Baseball season for those going to Petco Park).

Public Transportation
  • Directions and parking for the San Diego Central Library are here.
  • An interactive map with directions to Balboa Park is here.
  • There are trolley and bus stops close to the library. An interactive Google Map shows trolley routes from outlying areas.
Additional options

Hotels and Hostels

We have searched for lodging within striking distance of the Library and Balboa Park advertised as under $200 per night for October 7-10. As always, book early for the best selection. Price search was done on August 12, 2016. Both rates and availability are subject to change at any time. Anyone who can ask for a AAA or other discount can, most likely, get a 10%-15% discount on room rates. Also, it may be possible to get a lower room rate by calling a hotel directly rather than booking online.

Gaslamp Quarter (Harbor street to Broadway, centered on 5th Avenue) map
  • Conference organizers have personally visited the following Hostels and Hotels, which are relatively close to the venue. We do not have any special endorsements or room deals for lodging, but are providing this information for the convenience of attendees:
    • The Hostel International (HI) Downtown San Diego on Market Street is probably the best bargain within the Gaslamp Quarter. Shared dormitory-style rooms are very inexpensive and private rooms with shared bathrooms are much less expensive than any hotel in the immediate area.
    • Hotel Z, (a block south of Market Street on 6th) $158
    • Comfort Inn (G Street, rated 2-stars, one block N of Market Street) $132/night
    • Hotel Indigo (4 star) Closest hotel to San Diego Central Library $189
  • Market Street and south, additional hotels include:
    • Horton Grand (Island Ave, 3 star) $167
    • Residence Inn San Diego (6th and J street, 3-star) $184
  • Moving north of Market Street up to about Broadway (give or take a couple blocks) additional area hotels include:
    • Ramada Gaslamp Convention Center (F street, rated 3-star) $118 - is close to a 24-hour restaurant
    • Sofia Hotel Downtown (on W Broadway) $147
    • The Bristol (1 block N of Broaday & 1st) $148
    • Gaslamp Plaza Suites (E street & 5th, 3 star) $149
    • Wyndham Harbor Lights (5th and E) $152
    • The Keating (F street 4-star) $171
    • Courtyard by Marriott Downtown (Broadway) $179
    • The Westin San Diego $186 (there’s another Westin nearby at about $200)
    • Westgate Hotel (Broadway) $183
    • Kimpton Hotel Palomar (Broadway and 5th) $194 (Also a Kimpton Solamar that’s more expensive)

  • Farther north, still part of Downtown San Diego (map, in the vicinity of A street and Ash street— between 6th and 10th — closer to Balboa Park by the I-5 cloverleaf:
    • Motel 6 (on Beech and 2nd, just north of Ash street) $80
    • Day’s Inn ($103)
    • Red Roof Inn ($102)
    • Holiday Inn Express Downtown ($150)
    • Marriott Vacation Club Pulse ( on A street) $149
    • Best Western Cabrillo Garden Inn (on A street) $149
  • Other inexpensive options:
    • Motel 6 (On Pacific Hwy, north of Harborview, need car) $76
    • Motel 6 (North, by I-8, near Sea World, need car)

Other options

  • Airbnb has a number of listings for San Diego, some in the area between the Library and Balboa Park.