Credit: Kambria Fischer
Credit: Kambria Fischer

Hotelier Elvin Lai Gives Us a Tour Around His San Diego Stomping Grounds

Here’s the Inn-side Scoop

Name: Elvin Lai

Credit: Kambria Fischer

Job Title: President and CEO of Ocean Park Inn
Resident of: San Diego
Local Living: Nearly 40 years


“I love making connections with people from all over the world and having the opportunity to make an impact in the surrounding community.” Elvin Lai


3 Things I Love About Pacific Beach: 

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-The strong sense of community
-The variety of fun activities to do outdoors
-The food; there are so many great restaurants on and off the beaten path!

Elvin Lai

PB Is Buzzin’

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Pacific Beach truly is a close-knit community, and I believe that resonates with people when they come to visit. The vibrancy and life of the community, along with all of the unique activities and experiences that are available here, make it a must-visit SoCal destination. 


Feels Like Family

My favorite part about working for Ocean Park Inn is the aspect of family. The hotel itself has been in my family for generations, and I love seeing other families come with their children to stay with us year after year. Located just steps from the beach, it’s a special place to make lifelong memories. 

Elvin Lai

A Melting Pot


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We have an amazing Asian Pacific Islander community here in San Diego, and with that comes an immense number of food outlets. A few of my favorite spots to dine are Ban Loa in El Cajon, Yakitori Hino and Woomiok in Convoy, Taka Sushi in the Gaslamp Quarter and Taste of Hunan in Mira Mesa. I am also extremely excited for the opening of Kingfisher to taste their modern interpretation of Vietnamese food.


Waterfront Retreat

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When I’m not staycationing at Ocean Park Inn, I enjoy driving up to Palos Verdes to enjoy some R&R at Terranea Resort. The property features stunning ocean views, multiple restaurants, a spa and a golf course. There are also a ton of unique on-site experiences, such as archery, a falconry experience and a Kids Club Discovery Garden for the little ones.

Elvin Lai

The Grass Is Always Greener

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My favorite hidden gem in San Diego is Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach. The grassy lawn is perfect for the family, and it offers killer views of the ocean, Mission Bay and downtown. You have to check out Concerts on the Green too !

Pro tip: pack your favorite snacks and go at sunset for a beautiful view.

Juggling It All

Most people don’t know that I’m a part of four different businesses in four different sectors and that I’m active on multiple community boards. Outside of my professional life, my wife Nan and I recently welcomed kid number two into our family! 

Elvin Lai

Ocean Park Inn
710 Grand Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

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​Currently based in San Diego, ​Kambria Fischer is a lifestyle photo​grapher known for her impactful​, authentic​ ​imagery​ of lifestyle brands, food, ​people and travel.​​ ​​She holds a ​BA in Journalism​ and Public Relations​​ from CSULB and has an accomplished professional background in the hospitality and tourism industries. You can find Kambria hiking or playing beach volleyball on the weekends and eating tacos almost any night of the week.
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