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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 Check out the best San Diego meeting hotels

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

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/Motels & Accommodations

Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection in San Diego
+1-888-389-4121
421 West B St., San Diego, CA 92101 Website
  • High end Downtown hotel
  • 34 conference rooms in property
From$75
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Hampton Inn Downtown San Diego
+1-888-675-2083
1531 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101 Website
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • 6 suites in property
From$99
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Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown : 601 Pacific Highway
+1-800-716-8490
601 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101 Website
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
From$139
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Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown Little Italy - San Diego
+1-800-805-5223
1617 1st Ave., San Diego, CA 92101 Website
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • Shuttle to airport available
From$80
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Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown
+1-888-965-1860
1747 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Affordable Downtown property
  • 2 conference rooms in property
From$139
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Hotel Z
+1-888-788-5576
521 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • 4 floors in hotel
From$75
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The Bristol Hotel San Diego in San Diego
+1-888-897-9207
1055 1st Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 9 floors
From$80
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Westgate Hotel - San Diego
+1-888-311-4278
1055 2nd Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4-star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in: 12pm
From$169
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The Sofia Hotel
+1-888-469-4795
150 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Fitness center on property
From$99
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Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection in San Diego
+1-888-734-9421
421a West B St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • Gym is available on property
From$84
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THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego : 326 Broadway
+1-888-841-5292
326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Luxurious 5 Star Downtown property
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
From$143
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Best Western Plus Bayside Inn
+1-888-455-5160
555 West Ash St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Low priced Downtown property
  • Has environment-friendly policy Read more
From$102
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The Westin San Diego Bayview in San Diego
+1-888-965-8297
400 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 436 rooms
From$599
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Ith Adventure Hostel in San Diego
+1-888-906-6358
1658 Front St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Economical Downtown property
  • Comp. Breakfast
From$60
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The Guild Hotel San Diego a Tribute Portfolio Hotel in San Diego
+1-888-749-6785
500 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • Has environment-friendly policy See policy
From$169
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Towneplace Suites San Diego Downtown - San Diego
+1-888-878-9982
1445 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy Read more
From$172
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Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown in San Diego
+1-888-389-4485
530 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • 15 floors in hotel
From$80
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Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, an IHG Hotel - San Diego
+1-888-389-4121
1430 7th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Airport shuttle provided
From$155
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Urban Boutique Hotel - San Diego
+1-888-675-2083
1654 Columbia St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Three Star hotel
  • Check in: 15:00
From$90
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Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Diego
+1-800-716-8490
701 a St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 3-star Downtown hotel
  • Gym is available on property
From$100
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Club Wyndham Harbour Lights : 911 5th Ave.
+1-800-805-5223
911 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 3 star Convention Center hotel
  • 56 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$85
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Baymont by Wyndham San Diego Downtown
+1-888-965-1860
719 Ash St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Economy Downtown property
  • 69 rooms in property
From$58
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Gaslamp Plaza Suites in San Diego
+1-888-788-5576
520 E St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Affordable hotel
  • Check in: 4:00 pm
From$119
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Domio Downtown San Diego in San Diego
+1-888-897-9207
625 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Midscale property
  • Check in time: 16:00
From$90
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Keating Hotel
+1-888-311-4278
432 F St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
From$179
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Best Western Cabrillo Garden Inn - San Diego
+1-888-469-4795
840 a St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Inexpensive Downtown hotel
  • 30 rooms in hotel
From$131
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La Pensione Hotel
+1-888-734-9421
606 West Date St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Mid-scale hotel
  • Fitness center on property
From$80
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Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego
+1-888-841-5292
831 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • 126 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$99
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Andaz San Diego - a concept by Hyatt
+1-888-455-5160
600 F St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 10 meeting rooms
From$75
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InterContinental San Diego, an IHG Hotel : 910 Bayfront Court
+1-888-965-8297
910 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4-star Downtown hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
From$259
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Wyndham San Diego Bayside
+1-888-906-6358
1355 North Harbor Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 14 floors
From$99
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The Horton Grand Hotel
+1-888-749-6785
311 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • 4 floors in property
From$119
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Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
+1-888-878-9982
1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4-star Convention Center hotel
  • Hotel has 1628 rooms
From$153
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Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Gaslamp/Convention Center in San Diego
+1-888-389-4485
453 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Mid-scale Convention Center property
  • 12 floors in hotel
From$149
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Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside - San Diego
+1-888-389-4121
B 2137 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Affordable Downtown hotel
  • Comp. Breakfast
From$110
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Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Downtown
+1-888-675-2083
1646 Front St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • 333 rooms in hotel
From$91
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Kimpton Alma - San Diego, an IHG Hotel
+1-800-716-8490
1047 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • 211 rooms in property
From$221
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Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego/Downtown/Convention Center
+1-800-805-5223
833 Ash St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Low Cost Convention Center property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
From$60
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Porto Vista Hotel - San Diego
+1-888-965-1860
1835 Columbia St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has a green policy See more
From$75
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The Pacific - San Diego
+1-888-788-5576
1655 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cheap Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 34 rooms
From$75
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Comfort Inn Gaslamp Convention Center in San Diego
+1-888-897-9207
660 G St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cheap Downtown property
  • Check-in time: 12:00
From$89
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WorldMark San Diego - Balboa Park - San Diego
+1-888-311-4278
1110 a St., San Diego, CA 92108
  • 3 star hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
From$90
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Harborview Inn & Suites San Diego Harbor
+1-888-469-4795
550 Westgrape St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Cheap Airport hotel
  • Check in: 3:00pm
From$69
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Marina Inn & Suites in San Diego
+1-888-734-9421
1943 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
  • 2 star Downtown hotel
  • 29 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$72
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Ramada by Wyndham Gaslamp Convention Center
+1-888-841-5292
830 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Located in the city’s historic district, the Ramada Gaslamp Convention Center was opened in 1913 and has retained many of its original features, including a marble staircase, crystal chandeliers, and vintage elevators. It also offers modern amenities like a 25-inch television, coffeemaker, and iron with ironing board in each guest room. For recreation, the hotel boasts a rooftop sundeck, complimentary passes to a nearby fitness center, and Brian’s 24 Restaurant Bar & Grill that serves specialty cocktail drinks and dishes made with the freshest local ingredients.
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • Fitness center on property
From$109
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Motel 6 San Diego Dwntwn Ca
+1-888-455-5160
1546 2nd Ave., SAN DIEGO, CA 92101
  • Two-star Convention Center hotel
  • Check in: 3pm
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter : 910 Broadway Cir
+1-888-965-8297
910 Broadway Cir, San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4-star Downtown hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00 pm
From$75
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Springhill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront - San Diego
+1-888-906-6358
900 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Affordable Downtown property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy Read more
From$173
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Intercontinental San Diego in San Diego
+1-888-749-6785
901 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA 92101
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 3:00PM
From$150
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Solamar San Diego
+1-888-878-9982
435 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • Hotel has 16 suites
From$75
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Graph: Upcoming 20 Days of San Diego Hotel Rates

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all San Diego, CA discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest San Diego hotel for each day and each star rating category.

When is the best time 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.

What are the Luxury Hotels in San Diego?

4 Star Average Prices: $200.12

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

What are the cheapest hotels in San Diego?

3 Star Average Prices: $158.21

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: $127.23

2 Star Hotel Prices in San Diego

Which San Diego hotels have the best 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.

What are the 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.

Where should I stay to be near all the 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.

A visit to San Diego Recapped

Serve up some cocktails and luxuriate with views of the Pacific Ocean right before your eyes as your toes sink into the white sand. This is how an idyllic San Diego vacation pans out for the traveler looking for an ideal California getaway. San Diego's attractions encompass a wide gamut of playgrounds and leisure palaces fit for all ages. The world-famous zoo and SeaWorld enable animal lovers to get up close and personal with assorted creatures. For a look at California during its fresh days as a Spanish mission site, visit the Mission San Diego del Alcala. Established in 1769, it was California's first ever Christian church. As night falls in San Diego, go for drinks at the bars of historic Gaslamp Quarter, downtown's main attraction. The checkered past of the famous neighborhood included its own share of stories of debauchery but since its big revamp in the 1970s, the Gaslamp Quarter has become San Diego's main nightlife scene thick with clubs and restaurants.

'Thank God I arrived the day before yesterday, the first of the month, at this port of San Diego, truly a fine one, and not without reason called famous.
Junipero Serrra, one among the most famous European missionaries who helped find, found and settle California and Mexico, expressed his feelings upon arriving for the very first time in San Diego.

For good or better, San Diego likes to call itself the finest city America. Well, this may be a claim that is often contested with vigor and passion by residents of other cities, especially the ones on the East Coast of America, it must be conceded that San Diego will definitely feature in every compilation list of best American cities to live in, in terms of infrastructure, culture, standard of living, weather and development. 

The one and only factor that could go against this city of immaculate neatness is the ever rising cost of living. In spite of that, tourists who are planning on visiting San Diego, either in isolation or as a part of a bigger trip of the West Coast can take great heart from the fact that accommodation in San Diego need not be overly costly, if you know how to cut it down in places.

This article should give a broad insight into the San Diego hotels scene for interested tourists. 

Cheap, Neat and Comfortable 

Most tourists have a deeply rooted misconception that lodging in cheap hotels is just akin to living in utter squalor or a state of abandonment. Well, it may well be half true, but some affordably pleasant hotels in San Diego can provide a welcome exception to this strange rule. 

San Diego, as mentioned earlier, is one of the cleanest cities in the world, and hence, it must be a given that living in any hotel located within its city limits is tantamount to living in a neatly kept, tidy and hygienic place, no matter how low you  are asked to pay for it. 

Old Town Inn, in this regard, is a perfectly representative pick. It is small, neatly maintained, very tidy and located in a busy suburb. What's more, it will never cost you even half as much of what some luxury resorts might. In the same vein, Ocean Beach Hotel is another perennially packed cheap hotel that's located right next to the Pacific. Sands of La Jolla and La Jolla Cove Suites provide easy access to the sights in and around La Jolla. 

Posh Hotels in San Diego 

Being one of the most expensive cities to live in America, San Diego boasts of a large number of properties that are so excessively lavish that a five star status, at times, feels kind of incompetent and inadequate. 

Of course, by the very virtue of being a luxury establishments, these will definitely set your bank balance back by a thick blow, but in the end, you will probably find it worth it. 

Out of all such posh hotels in San Diego, Fairmont La del Mar, quite handsomely, steal the top spot away from its competitors. Manifesting the best of the best architecture of modern times, the hotel property is an eye soother in itself. Interior decor of the finest taste, over 5 restaurants reaching the heights of fine dining and comfortably opulent suites that present a full view of the Pacific mean that the whole deal is worth all the hundreds of dollars they charge. 

In addition, La Valencia and Rancho Bernardo are two popular properties for tourists to let their hair down in. 

Alternative Lodging in San Diego 

It's true that San Diego boasts of over 500 hotel establishments of all kinds. It's also true that, in total, these account for over 40,000 rooms for tourists. But it is also true that every year, over 5 million tourists descend down upon this city to experience what the fuss is all about. 

That means, available San Diego hotels are often overloaded, and that's precisely why, alternative lodging options have, in the recent past, mushroomed all over the city. 

The most popular among these are summer houses and beach villas. These are just as comfortable as luxury suites but much cheaper in comparison. Also, tourists looking for alternative accommodation in San Diego can't go wrong with a slew of motels that dot the highways entering into the city. 

Getting Around in San Diego 

It was mentioned in the introductory part of this write up that San Diego is one of the finest cities in the United States, in terms of the efficiency, extent and effectivity of its infrastructure. 

Therefore, it's quite predictable that it houses a great network of local trains and buses that virtually rule out the need for private transport, if one knows how to make the most of this splendid public transport system. 

Tourists, however, cannot be expected to hop onto buses with no knowledge of the geography of the city at all. Therefore, hiring a private taxi for the day at a fixed fare is the best option for tourists to get around in San Diego. Renting a car for yourself will also be a good idea if you know how to tackle heavy traffic, and of course, if you hold a valid American driving license. 

Best Time to Visit San Diego 

The best time to visit San Diego is the 3 month window between March and May. These months typically feature a fractionally lesser footfall of tourists in the city, and so, you can hope to avoid standing in lines for the ticket at every place you go. 

The fall season “ August and September “ can also be a great choice as most hotel rooms feature slashed down prices during this season, allowing you the luxury of wider choices. So, finding cheap hotels becomes even easier. Christmas season is, usually, a muted affair in this city, particularly because the winter season often brings with it seasonal rains that damper the whole holiday spirit.

FAQs about hotels in San Diego

What are the top rated hotels in San Diego?

Hotel Z, Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection and Hampton Inn Downtown San Diego are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the most up-scale hotels in San Diego?

THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego, Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection and Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown are the top 3 luxury hotels near San Diego city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of San Diego?

Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection, Hampton Inn Downtown San Diego, and Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown are the properties closest to San Diego city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in San Diego cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in San Diego can be as cheap as $127.23 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in San Diego cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in San Diego has been $158.21 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a luxury hotel in San Diego cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in San Diego has been $200.12 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the most popular independent hotels in San Diego?

Hotel Z, The Bristol Hotel San Diego and The Sofia Hotel are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the best Marriott hotels in San Diego?

The Westin San Diego Bayview, The Guild Hotel San Diego a Tribute Portfolio Hotel and Towneplace Suites San Diego Downtown are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the most popular Best Western hotels in San Diego?

Best Western Plus Bayside Inn and Best Western Cabrillo Garden Inn are the best rated Best Western branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the best IHG hotels in San Diego?

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown, an IHG Hotel, InterContinental San Diego, an IHG Hotel and Kimpton Alma - San Diego, an IHG Hotel are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

Verified reviews of the city: San Diego, CA

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

"Clean Quiet and Comfortable."
Score 5.0 / 5

I liked the area where I was because it was quiet, and I loved seeing San Diego State University where my granddaughter had a singing recital. Also, good restaurants in the area and easy to get to. Clean Quiet and Comfortable.

Gaynell A., from 22-Nov-2022
"Convenient to Cruise Port"
Score 4.0 / 5

If going on a cruise, extremely convenient. A short distance from the airport. Food and entertainment walking distance.

Victoria H., from 14-Nov-2022
"The weather, the beach, the views!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The weather, the beach, the views!

Karen B., from 08-Nov-2022
"Best food in San Diego!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Best food in San Diego!

Anthony C., from 07-Nov-2022
"Old Town was great!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Hanging around Old Town was great. Plenty of places for day drinking and people watching.

Steve K., from 26-Oct-2022
"Shopping & Restaurants!"
Score 5.0 / 5

There is a lot of shopping and many different restaurants to choose from.

Jeanette K., from 24-Oct-2022
"Clean, comfortable room and beds."
Score 5.0 / 5

I love San Diego area overall.

Donna G., from 21-Oct-2022
"Beautiful"
Score 4.0 / 5

It's beautiful!

Roxanne L., from 16-Oct-2022
"Sea World"
Score 4.0 / 5

Sea World. Old Town Trolley, Seaport Village and The Seal all were fantastic.

Pamela P., from 12-Oct-2022
"Ocean"
Score 4.0 / 5

Ocean

Tina H., from 30-Sep-2022
"The OCEAN!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Ocean!

Tina H., from 29-Sep-2022
"Maritime Museum, Seaport Village, The Embarcadero "
Score 4.0 / 5

San Diego Bay, Maritime Museum, Seaport Village, The Embarcadero was great!

Noemi Z., from 27-Sep-2022
"Point Loma Nazarene University"
Score 4.0 / 5

Loved everything. I used to live in Point Loma for 21 years. I love the area and everything it offers. We visited the place where I grew up, Point Loma Lighthouse, and Point Loma Nazarene University.

Patrick B., from 24-Sep-2022
"UCSD"
Score 5.0 / 5

UCSD

Saori U., from 22-Sep-2022
"Me gusta y volvería"
Score 5.0 / 5

Me gusta y volvería

Olga N., from 15-Sep-2022
"Great city, good food!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Great city, good food!

Ricardo P., from 13-Sep-2022
"Close to the Pier & Tons of Restaurants!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Close to the pier, close to village, close to Gaslamp and tons of restaurants.

Cassie C., from 08-Sep-2022
"Balboa Park & the Beach!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Balboa Park and the beach.

Ann B., from 06-Sep-2022
"Sport Fishing"
Score 4.0 / 5

Sport fishing.

Jacquelyn F., from 29-Aug-2022
"Great Beach!!!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The beach was great!

Candis K., from 27-Aug-2022
"We loved the Catamaran Resort & Spa!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The Bay, the Ocean, Old Town. We loved the grounds of the Catamaran Resort and the birds, ducks and fish.

Vicki G., from 24-Aug-2022
"Seal Tour"
Score 4.0 / 5

We were there for the Seal Tour. Excellent adventure!!

Constance A., from 24-Aug-2022
"The Seal Tour is an Excellent Adventure!"
Score 4.0 / 5

We were there for the Seal Tour. Excellent adventure!!

Constance A., from 24-Aug-2022
"Sea World"
Score 4.0 / 5

Enjoyed everything and had a great time at Sea World right across from the baseball stadium.

Michael M., from 22-Aug-2022
"Nest Algae"
Score 4.0 / 5

The fantastic weather and beautiful nest algae.

Justin A., from 11-Aug-2022
"Paradise!"
Score 5.0 / 5

I've lived in San Diego for 30 years; it's always paradise.

Charlotte D., from 10-Aug-2022
"Petco Park"
Score 4.0 / 5

Petco Park

Brett C., from 02-Aug-2022
"Belmont Park was the absolute best amusement park on the beach!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Belmont Park was the absolute best amusement park on the beach! Something for all ages!

Krisandra S., from 30-Jul-2022
"Love San Diego's BEACHES!"
Score 4.0 / 5

I love San Diego's beaches!

Socorro G., from 07-Jul-2022
"The Beach!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Beautiful, clean, easy to get around, the beach!

Rebecca K., from 04-Jul-2022
"Breathtaking Views!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The views are breathtaking!

Serena O., from 30-Jun-2022
"The VIEW!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The view..

Amy M., from 29-Jun-2022
"San Diego is a wonderful, friendly city to visit!"
Score 4.0 / 5

San Diego is a wonderful, friendly city to visit.

Carolyn H., from 29-Jun-2022
"Absolutely Beautiful!"
Score 5.0 / 5

It was absolutely beautiful and everyone was so friendly and nice everywhere we went. This was our first time there and we plan to come back next year.

Deborah M., from 28-Jun-2022
"Family Friendly"
Score 4.0 / 5

Calm and family friendly.

Hoda H., from 24-Jun-2022
"The BEST BEACHES!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Old Town San Diego and the beaches are definitely the best!

Santos B., from 23-Jun-2022
"Conveniently Located! Padres Game!"
Score 4.0 / 5

In the middle of everything. Walk way to Padres game. My mom loved that!! Thank you!

Rebecca A., from 20-Jun-2022
"friendly, nice rooms"
Score 5.0 / 5

Friendly people, water/ocean view

Jacqueline B., from 20-Jun-2022
"Pleasant"
Score 4.0 / 5

The weather and Downtown in San Diego are always pleasant.

Bailey H., from 09-Jun-2022
"Beach & Legoland"
Score 4.0 / 5

Beach & Legoland

Janice G., from 29-May-2022
"Many tourist attractions and good food!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Very nice city, many tourists attractions, good food and nice weather.

Sarmad A., from 29-May-2022
"Very Good Hotel "
Score 5.0 / 5

we love San Diego, and here are a few reasons why: 1. we have family there, 2. I served in the Navy there, 3. we love the boating options found there, 4. we love the downtown areas for shopping and dining. Conclusion: What's there not to like about San Diego?

Anton V., from 28-May-2022
"Close to Old Town and downtown San Diego!"
Score 4.0 / 5

We were close to Old Town and downtown San Diego. Had a good time in both places. There is so much to see!

Jennifer G., from 24-May-2022
"Good Restaurants!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The city has many very good restaurants. Some within walking distance and easy to Uber to restaurants on the water.

Janice S., from 22-May-2022
"Great location and attractions!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Diverse attractions with easily accessible freeways.

Robert T., from 16-May-2022
"Great place to stay, great location!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great place to stay, great location!

Ralph S., from 12-May-2022
"Everything!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Everything!

Krista H., from 06-May-2022
"Great Location"
Score 4.0 / 5

Access to great dining and many interesting things to do .

Tom C., from 06-May-2022
"Enjoyed Little Italy area!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Enjoyed the bustling Little Italy area. Close to Amtrak station.

Robert O., from 05-May-2022
"Really Cool!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Hotel is really cool!

Ilah C., from 03-May-2022
"Convenient location near amenities."
Score 4.0 / 5

All very convenient; gas, places to eat, exits and freeways.

Mary O., from 18-Apr-2022
"Great!"
Score 5.0 / 5

It's great! We had a great time!

Virginia M., from 15-Apr-2022
"Beautiful!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Beautiful!

John S., from 12-Apr-2022
"Enjoyed staying by the beach!"
Score 5.0 / 5

I enjoyed staying by the beach!

Rod S., from 09-Apr-2022
"Beautiful city."
Score 4.0 / 5

Beautiful city, friendly people.

Codrington P., from 27-Mar-2022
"Awesome Spa & Cafe Near Hotel"
Score 4.0 / 5

Awesome Spa, I think it was called Essential Thai Spa within walking distance, two blocks from the hotel. Prices were very reasonable and the massages was phenomenal. I highly recommend this place. The Fig Tree Cafe was excellent for breakfast.

Laura V., from 27-Mar-2022
"Sites and restaurants are nearby."
Score 5.0 / 5

All the sights & restaurants are nearby. Not like other places where they are real far from each other.

Henry D., from 23-Mar-2022
"Lots to do in the area."
Score 4.0 / 5

Nice weather and lots of things to do in the local area.

Irving H., from 21-Mar-2022
"Loved the San Diego Zoo and loved Little Italy!"
Score 4.0 / 5

I loved the San Diego Zoo and loved Little Italy!

Barbara C., from 13-Mar-2022
"Amazing Views!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Beautiful city, views were amazing.

Thelma G., from 08-Mar-2022
"Beaches, safari park, and awesome restaurants."
Score 5.0 / 5

The beaches, the safari park, and the awesome restaurants.

Margit E., from 05-Mar-2022
"Impressive Area to See"
Score 5.0 / 5

Unfortunately I saw very little of it on this trip since I was staying with friends further north. We did drive around the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, out to Point Loma and the military cemetery. All impressive. Hope to return

Kitty H., from 03-Mar-2022
"Nice Area!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Nice area and lots to do and see.

Jessica S., from 01-Mar-2022
"Convenient Location"
Score 5.0 / 5

Right in the middle of everything.

Brandi S., from 22-Feb-2022
"Beautiful Scenery & Culinary Scene"
Score 5.0 / 5

The scenery was amazing and beautiful as well as calming and relaxing. And besides that, the culinary scene was excellent!

Kwame S., from 22-Feb-2022
"Weather, people, ocean, food!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Weather, people, ocean, food!

Amanda Q., from 13-Feb-2022
"Ocean Front!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Ocean front, good food and good vibes and many choices of restaurants.

Cecile S., from 02-Feb-2022
"We enjoyed Sea World and exploring Pacific Beach!"
Score 4.0 / 5

We enjoyed Sea World and exploring Pacific Beach.

Elsie W., from 27-Jan-2022
"Good Location "
Score 5.0 / 5

Great location near Little Italy and the proximity to the park, etc.

Anjelica M., from 17-Jan-2022
"So Much to See in San Diego"
Score 4.0 / 5

We enjoyed strolling the waterfront, taking a couple fun city tours, and checking out the USS Midway.

Stony M., from 10-Jan-2022
"City is beautiful"
Score 5.0 / 5

City is beautiful

Annamarie G., from 08-Jan-2022
"Lovely waterfront!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The waterfront makes for a lovely weekend: historic ships, bay tours, a ferry ride to Coronado, great dining looking over the bay.

Stony M., from 01-Jan-2022
"Cozy"
Score 5.0 / 5

It was New Years, party room was cozy.

Regina C., from 01-Jan-2022
"Nice area to explore."
Score 4.0 / 5

Nice area to explore.

Alina S., from 30-Dec-2021
"Great Ambiance!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The ambiance and selection of things to do.

David M., from 26-Dec-2021
"Old San Diego is wonderful for shopping and dining!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Old town is wonderful for shopping and food. Take a little bus tour!

Diane K., from 22-Dec-2021
"Love San Diego!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Love San Diego!

Janet C., from 01-Nov-2021
"I Love San Diego"
Score 5.0 / 5

San Diego is home.

Shirley H., from 24-Oct-2021
"Visiting back home!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Lived in South Dakota for 20yrs, and went back for a visit from North California. Nice accommodations and helpfulness getting them.

Dewey J., from 13-Oct-2021
"Perfect Location and stay! "
Score 5.0 / 5

I love San Diego and we are very familiar with what it has to offer. We enjoyed the location of your hotel being so near to everything.

Larry R., from 11-Oct-2021
"Great location and stay! "
Score 5.0 / 5

Hotel close to airport and close to restaurant and theater I was visiting.

Cindy S., from 11-Oct-2021
"Visit San Diego!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Lots of great food, craft beer, beautiful weather! Downtown was very walkable.

Shannon L., from 13-Mar-2020
"Beautiful city"
Score 4.0 / 5

Beautiful City!

Chris T., from 10-Dec-2019
"Nautical Climate"
Score 5.0 / 5

San Diego has a nautical climate, with sea breezes in the afternoon. It is hillier than expected. The area we saw seemed full of individual neighborhoods, well kept and orderly. Traffic didn't seem too heavy, but we didn't drive in rush hour. Appears to be a nice place to live.

Garroway N., from 01-Dec-2019
"Nice"
Score 5.0 / 5

The ability to get around without a car. The lovely weather. I was out after dark and the weather was gray. I had on a light wrap.

Annice P., from 14-Nov-2019
"Visit"
Score 4.0 / 5

Everything was in walking distance, food everywhere was phenomenal, and of course...the beach!

Tammi B., from 05-Nov-2019
"Beautiful!"
Score 4.0 / 5

We all live here and don't want to move to any other place because of its beauty.

Valerie H., from 04-Nov-2019
"Great"
Score 4.0 / 5

A relaxing break from LA that still has a city feel but is definitely slower paced.

Mateusz P., from 03-Nov-2019
"Trip"
Score 5.0 / 5

Beaches, theaters, cruises, restaurants, food, people.

Kathy T., from 24-Oct-2019
"Visit"
Score 4.0 / 5

We love San Diego! Clean and safe beach city with lots to do!

Erica C., from 22-Oct-2019
"Beautiful Bay"
Score 4.0 / 5

Long beautiful bay side walks.

Charles S., from 10-Oct-2019
"Great place to stay"
Score 4.0 / 5

First the location was amazing, so much to do close to the hotel, plus Safari Park, Coronado Island, beautiful.

Maria G., from 07-Oct-2019
"Our Trip"
Score 5.0 / 5

USS Midway PB Local Ease of access to the airport Scooters The Pacific Beach The Flora The laid back vibe of the residents The weather!!!

Kevin T., from 24-Sep-2019
"Very Unique and Nice City"
Score 4.0 / 5

Very unique and nice cit

Norma G., from 05-Sep-2019
" Was Great!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The attractions (the zoo, Sea World, La Jolla are all pretty close to each). The harbor cruise we took was great, also!

Nancy B., from 27-Aug-2019
"Great Places to Visit."
Score 4.0 / 5

Coming from the Inland Empire, San Diego /Shelter Island is a welcome reprieve from the heat . San Diego's Balboa Park ,mission bay and surrounding beaches are great places to visit.

Yolanda H., from 12-Aug-2019
"Amazing Area"
Score 4.0 / 5

A very clean and calm city near the beach. A lot of local shops and restaurants, everything is walking distance.

Sandra F., from 29-Jul-2019
"Great City "
Score 5.0 / 5

The city of San Diego was very nice. We especially enjoyed Coronado.

Daniel J., from 29-Jul-2019
"Good Weather "
Score 5.0 / 5

The cool weather in the middle of July :)

Benjamin A., from 29-Jul-2019
"Close to Sea World "
Score 5.0 / 5

We lived in San Diego our first year of marriage so we loved going back. We also went to Sea World and had a good day.

Bruce B., from 26-Jul-2019
The average traveler rating of the city of San Diego, CA shown above is 4.4 out of 5 based on 101 reviews
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