HotelTonight – Hillcrest Hotels at the Drop of a Hat
In every large city, there are little communities that are not known to those who do not live there. These are often the best places to visit, as they give you a true flavor of what it's like to live your life there. San Diego is a big city with a lot of these little places, and I had been fortunate enough to explore a few of them. I was recently there again for a convention, but before I left for it I purposely booked my return flight for 24 hours after my obligations had ended. I wanted to explore a little hamlet known as Hillcrest. I wasn't worried about finding a Hillcrest hotel room, as I had used HotelTonight many times in the past and always found exactly what I wanted. Not only that, I had always done so within minutes. That's what happened this time, so I was excited to see what there was to see.
The Farmer's Market
Since it was Sunday, I figured that there would be quite a bit going on in this part of town, which seemed to be populated with a lot of young and single professionals. I was right. I started the day with a nice snack at my hotel and then headed out to the Farmer's Market. It had all of the usual stands that sold things like fresh produce, but it also had a lot of different ethnic foods and healthy types of drinks like kombucha that were extremely tasty. Overall, this was fun, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
As I walked around Hillcrest, I noticed that there were a lot of different shops open as well. These were not your typical big box chain stores, either--these were mostly unique, locally-owned little businesses that were stocking things that you normally would not see, such as high-end fashion from decades past and accessories that you would not be able to find in even the largest of malls. I spent hours shopping and filling bags of goodies for myself and others.
Finally, I cannot tell people about Hillcrest without also talking about the food. If you blindfolded yourself and threw a dart at a map, chances are you'd find a restaurant that served that country's food in Hillcrest. I ate at an Indian restaurant that had some of the creamiest, most tender butter chicken I had ever experienced in my life. The naan was also perfectly crisp on the outside yet warm and soft on the inside. It was a tremendous meal.
HotelTonight – Hillcrest Hotels at the Ready
Sadly, after that Indian feast, I was too tired to continue so I decided to call it a day and head back to my room. I was very glad that I was able to take an extra day to see this part of San Diego, and I was glad that I knew to use HotelTonight to find a Hillcrest hotel room. I looked forward to a restful night of sleep.