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San Diego, CA: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find hotels & motels in San Diego using the list below. Find cheap and discounted hotel/motel rates in or nearby San Diego, CA for your upcoming personal or group trip. We provide the best San Diego California hotel rooms. Review the San Diego hotel list below to find the perfect lodging. We also have a map of the San Diego hotels. Need 5+ Rooms? Secure San Diego Group Hotel Deals or See the best San Diego meeting hotels

The San Diego center point is approximately the area of San Diego Opera and the area of Downtown.

With sunshine and warm temperatures year-round, plenty of family-friendly fun, foodie finds in every neighborhood, and your choice of beaches, you'll find something to love in San Diego. More from this guide...

"Family activities and great for singles as well"
Author: , a Hotel Planner from , reviewed on 01-Nov-2013
Score of City:
5.0 / 5

I love San Diego, SeaWorld is one of my favorite places to visit because of the great activities that encompass not only family activities but for singles and couples as well. Another cool place is Balboa Park, I love going to the museums and visiting the fountains. I think this city is awesome because its close to all attractions.

San Diego Hotels & Accommodations

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown in San Diego 601 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101 Website
  • High-end Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 341 suites
From$140
Very good 4.0 /5Recent Reviews Call
Westgate Hotel - San Diego 1055 2nd Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • Gym is available on property
Us Grant 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Luxury Five Star Downtown property
  • 47 suites in hotel
From$143
Very good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
The Westin San Diego 400 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • 25 floors in property
From$149
Very good 4.5 /5Guest Reviews Call
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter San Diego 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
From$133
Very good 4.5 /5Recent Reviews Call
Courtyard San Diego Downtown : 530 Broadway
+1-800-881-1523
530 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • Hotel has 15 floors
Harbour Lights - San Diego
+1-800-997-5149
911 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Three Star Convention Center hotel
  • Hotel has 7 floors
Hotel Z 521 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • 4 floors in property
From$129
Very good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego - San Diego 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Expensive Convention Center property
  • 76 suites in property
From$139
Very good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
Hotel Solamar - San Diego 435 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • High-end Downtown property
  • 235 rooms in hotel
From$107
Very good 4.5 /5Read Reviews Call
Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter 509 9th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • High end Downtown hotel
  • 5 suites in property
From$118
Very good 4.5 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Residence Inn San Diego Downtown / Gaslamp Quarter
+1-888-305-3366
356 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • 14 floors in property
From$159
Very good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter 660 K St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4 star Downtown property
  • 12 meeting rooms in property
From$139
Very good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego - San Diego 207 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 146 suites
From$114
Very good 4.5 /5Guest Reviews Call
Omni San Diego Hotel 675 L St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • High end Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 21 floors
From$98
Very good 4.5 /5Read Reviews Call
Bristol Hotel in San Diego 1055 1st Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • Fitness center on property
From$94
Very good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
The Sofia Hotel 150 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • Check in time: 4:00 PM
Renaissance San Diego Downtown 421 West B St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
From$100
Very good 4.0 /5Guest Reviews Call
Best Western Plus Bayside Inn - San Diego
+1-888-305-3366
555 West Ash St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Economy Downtown hotel
  • 122 rooms in hotel
Palomar San Diego 1047 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • Gym is available on property
From$109
Very good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Holiday Inn Express Downtown San Diego in San Diego 1430 7th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • Check in: 4:00 pm
Gaslamp Plaza Suites - San Diego
+1-888-690-5281
520 E St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 3-star property
From$119
Very good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
La Pensione Hotel - San Diego
+1-800-230-4134
606 West Date St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 3-star property
Best Western Cabrillo Garden Inn - San Diego 840 a St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Low priced Downtown property
  • 30 rooms in hotel
From$159
Very good 4.0 /5Recent Reviews Call
Hampton Inn Downtown San Diego 1531 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Shuttle to airport available
From$137
Very good 4.0 /5Guest Reviews Call
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When to Visit San Diego

Since San Diego boasts sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s and 70s all year round, there's no bad time to visit the city. You'll find the warmest weather and the driest skies from July through September, and you might want to pack a light jacket if you visit during the winter months.

When it comes to the perfect balance between weather and crowds, September and October are often the best months to plan a visit. The weather tends to be warm, while crowds are usually small. March and April are also great times to visit, as the weather is just starting to warm up, but crowds are still light. Summer is typically a great time for families to visit, but keep in mind that hotel prices tend to be higher from June through August.

Time your visit right, and you can attend any number of events in this festival-packed city. February brings Condor Con, a long-running fantasy and science fiction convention, while the colorful and vibrant San Diego Carnival happens right before Mardi Gras. The San Diego International Beer Festival welcomes brew lovers from around the world each June, while the Festival of Sail delights sea-loving visitors each Labor Day. In November, don't miss the decadent San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, and mark your calendar for the stunning San Diego Bay Parade of Lights in December.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in San Diego, CA:

seasonality of hotel rates in San Diego

San Diego, CA: Prices by Star Rating Class

Below are 3 charts illustrating avg. nightly cost trends by star rating class in San Diego, CA. Browse these illustrations to evaluate the most cost effective months to book a room in San Diego for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotels in San Diego

4 Star Average Prices: $200.32

With its upscale neighborhoods and high-end attractions, San Diego has no shortage of luxury hotels. Take your pick, from centrally located hotels with gorgeous bay views to resort hotels on the outskirts of the city.

The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

With well-appointed rooms, an on-site spa, and a convenient location, the five-star US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego has it all. Enjoy a great night's sleep under Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters, pamper yourself with the hotel's designer toiletries, and indulge in a massage at the spa. When you're ready to explore San Diego, you'll find Balboa Park, the San Diego Opera, and other top attractions at your fingertips.

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

For a luxurious hotel with a location that can't be beat, choose The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Located in the heart of this fun neighborhood, the hotel is within easy walking distance of attractions like Copley Symphony Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Seaport Village. Sleep soundly on the Westin's legendary pillow top beds, indulge in a night of room service, and relax in the in-room spa tub. Work up a sweat in the fitness center, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or book a body treatment at the on-site spa.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

If golf is the name of your game, look no further than The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Located on the edge of La Jolla, this luxury hotel boasts one of the most stunning golf courses in the area. Relax in the hotel's plush beds or on your room's private balcony, and dine at one of the two on-site restaurants. Plan a day at Torrey Pines Golf Course, treat yourself to a massage, and toast to a great trip at the poolside bar.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

At the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, you'll get the best of both worlds, as the hotel offers quick access to both golf courses and beaches. Stay in one of the comfortable rooms equipped with a minibar and espresso maker, and pamper yourself with a facial or massage at the on-site spa. Book a tee time at the hotel's golf course, swim in one of the four outdoor pools, or hop on the shuttle for a trip to the beach.

4 Star Hotel Prices in San Diego

Cheap Hotels in San Diego

3 Star Average Prices: $142.17

San Diego welcomes visitors with a wide range of budgets, and the city has plenty of cheap hotels to choose from.

Days Inn Mission Valley - Qualcomm - SDSU

Situated near Qualcomm Stadium and San Diego State University, Days Inn Mission Valley - Qualcomm - SDSU features a convenient location at a low price. One of the cheapest hotels in San Diego, the Days Inn offers spacious rooms, a business center, and free self-parking. Breakfast is complimentary each morning, making this one of the best values in the city.

Howard Johnson Inn - San Diego

Located just a mile from San Diego State University, the Howard Johnson Inn - San Diego offers basic rooms at affordable rates. Rooms include comfortable beds for a great night's sleep, 39-inch LED TVs for you to catch up on the news, and microwaves and refrigerators that make breakfast a breeze. The hotel also features complimentary Wi-Fi so you can plan last-minute trip details and a seasonal outdoor pool open during the summer months.

Rodeway Inn National City San Diego South

One of the most affordable options in San Diego, Rodeway Inn National City San Diego South is located just a mile from Southcrest and National City. Rooms feature refrigerators and microwaves to make snacking easy, along with complimentary Wi-Fi to keep you connected. When you're ready to explore the neighborhood, you'll find plenty of great bars and restaurants just a short walk away.

Good Nite Inn Chula Vista

Located just a half mile from the scenic Chula Vista Nature Center, Good Nite Inn Chula Vista has clean rooms at great prices. Rooms include either two queen beds or one king bed, and most offer great views of the surrounding area. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, or head straight for the beach, just minutes away. Just two blocks from the hotel, the convenient trolley takes you straight to the center of Chula Vista.

3 Star Hotel Prices in San Diego

2 Star Average Prices: $109.50

2 Star Hotel Prices in San Diego

Which San Diego hotels have real discounts?

San Diego hotels offer numerous discounts, including AAA rates, military rates, senior rates, and group rates. Discounts for AAA members are relatively common, and hotels like The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter and the Days Inn Mission Valley - Qualcomm - SDSU offer a 5 to 10 percent discount on basic rooms with two double beds or one king bed. Hotels like the Howard Johnson Inn - San Diego and the Rodeway Inn National City San Diego South offer military rates for fully equipped rooms. At The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego and most other San Diego area hotels, group rates tend to be lowest in December.

Best Value Hotels in San Diego

When you're looking for the perfect balance between price and accommodations, you'll find several great options in San Diego. You'll get the best value from the following hotels.

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

When you're looking for a great value near the San Diego International Airport, the Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport/Liberty Station is the place to be. All rooms are suites and feature a separate sleeping area along with a kitchenette, refrigerator, and stove. Breakfast and evening receptions are complimentary.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla

For the best value on the beach, you can't beat the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Rooms are clean and modern, and the hotel complex also features an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, and a fitness center. Shopping and the beach are both just steps away.

Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown

Situated in the heart of San Diego, the Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown is just minutes from Little Italy, the San Diego Opera, and the Gaslamp Quarter. With spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi, a complimentary airport shuttle, and a convenient location, this hotel offers unbeatable value.

Holiday Inn San Diego-Bayside

Located near Harbor Island and Shelter Island and just two miles from San Diego International Airport, the Holiday Inn San Diego-Bayside offers good value. Rooms feature comfortable beds, spa tubs, and refrigerators. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle to make your trip to and from the city a breeze.

Plan Your San Diego Stay Around These Attractions

Whether you visit San Diego for a conference, wedding, or bachelorette party, be sure to make time for some of the city's top attractions. Start your sightseeing at family-friendly Balboa Park in central San Diego, where you'll find ample green space, the San Diego Zoo, the Old Globe Theater, the Spanish Village Art Center, and much more. Next, stroll through the 16-block Gaslamp Quarter, which is packed with vintage buildings filled with shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Pick up the Old Town Trolley Tour here to get a better look at the city.

When you're ready to hit the beach, stop by Coronado Beach, a popular spot with space for surfing, boogie boarding, swimming, and sunbathing. In northwest San Diego, don't miss Mission Beach, a fun stretch of white sand with plenty of boardwalk attractions to boot. For one of the city's most secluded beaches, pack your hiking boots and swimsuit and head to Torrey Pines State Reserve, a top pick for easy trail hiking and swimming on Black's Beach.

Verified reviews of the city: San Diego, CA

Below are reviews of the city of San Diego, CA from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Beautiful!!"
Score 4.0 / 5

It is a beautiful place with very friendly people. Enjoyable visit for anyone.

, from 27-Jun-2016
"Perfect for a Fun Getaway"
Score 5.0 / 5

Attractions, food, theme parks, minimal traffic, beach, and my hotel stay of course!

, from 26-Jun-2016
"So Many Things to Do"
Score 4.0 / 5

Cool weather, so many attractions and things to see.

, from 13-Jun-2016
"Great EMS Response"
Score 4.0 / 5

I have been here multiple times so nothing specific. My traveling companion fell and broke his ankle in two places. EMS response was good and Scripps Mercy Hospital ER and all other departments and personnel were outstanding.

, from 06-Apr-2016
"Awesome!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Overall great, would visit again.

, from 05-Apr-2016
"Never A Dull Moment"
Score 5.0 / 5

San Diego is an excellent place to visit; there is such a variety of activities, everyone can find something they like to do. From beaches, restaurants, zoos, theme parks, shopping, and sporting events, there's never a dull moment in beautiful San Diego.

, from 04-Apr-2016
"Love It!"
Score 4.0 / 5

REALLY ENJOYED THE AIR CRAFT CARRIER, SEA WORLD.

, from 25-Feb-2016
"Wonderful Place"
Score 4.0 / 5

I walked to the Sea Port area and the city was very close to the Hotel. I also took the ferry to Coronado and enjoyed the sunset on the beach. San Diego is a wonderful place to visit.

, from 25-Feb-2016
"Beautiful City"
Score 4.0 / 5

Beautiful city with plenty of things to do

, from 13-Feb-2016
"Must Visit"
Score 4.0 / 5

The scenery! So much to do and appreciate. The city is so clean.

, from 20-Jan-2016
"Beautiful "
Score 4.0 / 5

Easy airport access and was not crowded this time of year.

, from 09-Nov-2015
"Great Weather"
Score 5.0 / 5

We enjoyed the Zoo, Balboa Park Museums, Petco Park, Gaslamp Quarter, Star of India Sailing Ship, Little Italy, and Bay Tours. Too many things to list. If you come once, you will come again.

, from 06-Oct-2015
"Great Vacation Destination"
Score 5.0 / 5

San Diego is a great vacation location. There is so much to do with great lodging and food choices.

, from 05-Oct-2015
"San Diego is a Great City for Tourists"
Score 5.0 / 5

You can go to the beach, Sea World, downtown, Seaport Village, old town, gas lamp at night, the zoo, and Legoland. The Mexican food is good everywhere too.

, from 03-Oct-2015
"What's Not To Like?"
Score 4.0 / 5

San Diego has awesome food, a plethora of activities, beaches and parks- you'll never be bored!

, from 02-Sep-2015
"Very Cool"
Score 4.0 / 5

San Diego provides the best weather & location for all ages to enjoy whatever their hearts desire!

, from 27-Jul-2015
"Great Weather"
Score 4.0 / 5

San Diego has a very relaxed, safe feeling with great dining options. Generally, an easy going vibe.

, from 26-Jul-2015
"San Diego is Freaking Amazing!"
Score 4.0 / 5

A must visit to Old Town, the zoo, and all the awesome beaches and parks!

, from 26-Jul-2015
"Such a Nice City"
Score 4.0 / 5

Everything was great. The Gas Lamp district on 5th Avenue is a fun place to eat. Also enjoyed the Seaport village, Old Town, Star of India, and the Midway Museum. Balboa Park is beautiful. The beaches, especially the tide pools at La Jolla are really fun.

, from 22-Jul-2015
"BEAUTIFUL PLACE"
Score 4.0 / 5

ENJOYED SEA WORLD, SAN DIEGO ZOO, USD, AND THE BEACHES. PRETTY EASY TO GET AROUND. THE MIDWAY AREA WAS GREAT.

, from 03-Jul-2015
"A Must See!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Beautiful city, wonderful weather, and friendly, helpful people.

, from 28-Jun-2015
"San Diego is Gorgeous"
Score 5.0 / 5

Beautiful weather and beaches, Old Town and Gaslamp District, Hillcrest, and tons of food for all to enjoy. The beaches are well kept and have lifeguards. We enjoyed Belmont Park, Sea World, walking down Old Town and hanging out for happy hour at Gaslamp. There is so much to see and do. The Zoo, the museums, Safari Park included.

, from 08-Jun-2015
"We Love San Diego! Our Students Did Not Want To Go Home!"
Score 5.0 / 5

We had a Harbor Cruise (Flagship), which was very informational and enjoyable. All of our activities were fun and informative. The weather was perfect, and everyone that we dealt with to arrange our activities and follow them through were most helpful and friendly. We had two college tours (UC San Diego and CSU San Marcos), and those tours were extraordinary. All in all, a very successful trip for our high school students.

, from 05-May-2015
"Best Weather. Best People."
Score 5.0 / 5

Loved the accessible public transportation and drivers were very helpful.

, from 12-Apr-2015
"Great Little Trip"
Score 4.0 / 5

The Hornblower event was very nice and the restaurant we ate at was very impressive. That was about all I was able to enjoy, that's why I want to go back.

, from 17-Dec-2014
"Family Friendly "
Score 5.0 / 5

Toured the USS Missouri, and the fender guitar factory. Good restaurants, too.

, from 12-Oct-2014
"Beautiful Place"
Score 5.0 / 5

San Diego- number one destination in the west!

, from 08-Oct-2014
"Tourist Area"
Score 5.0 / 5

People were helpful with directions and the convention center was a blast. The news about the San Diego police cracking down on the homeless right before SDCC was less than a pleasant experience. Don't disrupt people's lives just to make tourists like me feel better when we are spending money on frivolous things. Let us decide how we feel about that.

, from 27-Jul-2014
"Memorable"
Score 4.0 / 5

The weather, beaches and Balboa park was great! Gay pride was awesome and unforgettable!

, from 21-Jul-2014
"Local Coordinator's Agenda of Attractions"
Score 4.0 / 5

I live in San Diego and coordinated a Family Reunion. My family enjoyed their stay at the Handlery Hotel and so many attractions they visited, like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Wild Animal Park, Old Town, Whale Watching Tour, Beaches of San Diego Tour, Trolley Tour of San Diego, Mission Bay Park at De Anza Cove where we had our family picnic, Cabrillo Monument and the Point Loma Point.

, from 16-Jul-2014
"Great Scuba in San Diego"
Score 5.0 / 5

We liked the Waterhorse Dive Shop where we went on a chartered boat to three scuba diving spots.

, from 14-Jul-2014
"San Diego has the best weather in the world. "
Score 4.0 / 5

All the many different things to do plus the weather!!!!

, from 07-Jul-2014
"Old Town"
Score 5.0 / 5

Old Town is fun, a lot of restaurants to choose from and very fun atmosphere.

, from 06-Jul-2014
"Lots to do, weather is perfection."
Score 5.0 / 5

San Diego offered our group a large variety of things to do. Great restaurants, clubs, wine tasting near by, and oh the weather couldn't have been better. Thank you San Diego.

, from 09-Jun-2014
"Beach Life"
Score 4.0 / 5

Beaches, stunning sunrise and perfect weather.

, from 01-Jun-2014
"Restaurant Fun Spots"
Score 5.0 / 5

The Corvette Diner in Point Loma is the place to go for a fun rowdy crowd at dinner. Singing, dancing waitresses and waiters, a DJ playing your favorite tunes on request and amazing food. Kaminski's on on Poway Road has some of te best BBQ I've ever had. They do a 16 cook on their Carolina pulled pork, Texas style brisket and more. I had lunch there but they have bands play at night and tons of huge TV's for the sports fan.

, from 27-May-2014
"Best Weather"
Score 5.0 / 5

Weather. It's always nice in San Diego.

, from 17-May-2014
"SeaWorld"
Score 5.0 / 5

Always have a great little getaway to SeaWorld. With cranky young children wanting to rest after a long day, it's pleasant to have an accommodating hotel nearby and there are plenty in San Diego.

, from 07-May-2014
"Beach Recommendation"
Score 4.0 / 5

Pacific Beach!

, from 07-Apr-2014
"Relax Central"
Score 4.0 / 5

We have been coming here for over 15 years, just a great place to relax. Prices are getting higher though!

, from 15-Mar-2014
"Feels Congested but a Beautiful City"
Score 4.0 / 5

Love its location, beauty and weather. Too much traffic and there always seems to be a lot of road construction but don't see any traffic improvement. Most of the time when visiting we park car and either walk or take the transit system. Too crowded.

, from 23-Feb-2014
"Good Birding"
Score 5.0 / 5

Great birds! We had a fantastic and successful birding trip to San Diego.

, from 25-Jan-2014
"Dining and nightlife aplenty"
Score 4.0 / 5

Variety or restaurants and bars in the downtown area.

, from 25-Dec-2013
"Good weather and shopping"
Score 5.0 / 5

San Diego has good weather. There's a lot of shops and variety of restaurants.

, from 18-Nov-2013
"Always great"
Score 5.0 / 5

Always a great city to visit

, from 12-Nov-2013
"Weather is amazing"
Score 5.0 / 5

I loved the weather. I would like to be able to move there.

, from 06-Nov-2013
"Mission Valley has so much to offer"
Score 5.0 / 5

We live here but our wedding guests loved it. Mission Valley has so much to offer, lots of restaurants, central location and if you forgot to pack something, Target is right there!

, from 01-Nov-2013
"Best city in the US!"
Score 5.0 / 5

This city has great energy. Everyone is outside doing different activities, like boating, biking, running, and surfing. The food is amazing. There are a ton of great restaurants downtown and in Coronado island. If you can't have fun here, you're doing something wrong. It's probably the best city in the United States.

, from 25-Oct-2013
The average traveler rating of the city of San Diego, CA shown above is 4.5 out of 5 based on 49 reviews
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