Help. Traveling to San Diego for the first time in August. We plan to stay 3 nights at the Glorietta Bay Inn, but can't decide where to stay for an additional 4 nights. Wanted the Omni, but it's booked. Considering the Westin, Westgate, or Bristol. Any suggestions? Also, considering the Empress in La Jolla. Is La Jolla too far from the zoo, Seaworld, Gaslamp, etc.? Would it be better to stay downtown? AAGH! Tons of travel guides and Frommer's, but still not sure what's best. Please advise. Also, we are spending our first night in LA--any suggestions? We are thinking the Sheraton Universal. Next, we are staying at the Blue Lantern Inn at Dana Point. Is a Catalina trip worth it? My husband and I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. We have two major conerns: safety and cleanliness, and we are looking at $180-200 a night.
Thanks so much.