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El Cajon California Hotels & Motels

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The El Cajon center is about the area of Winter Gardens and 1 mile east of Bath Gallery.

Situated in a valley less than 20 miles from the San Diego International Airport, El Cajon is a great destination that provides easy access to major attractions. Whether you're hoping to stay in an upscale accommodation with all the amenities or a budget-friendly hotel close to major roadways, El Cajon offers a variety of hotels to meet your needs.

Because it's surrounded by mountains, El Cajon has earned the nickname “The Big Box,” which also references the Spanish phrase “el cajón,” meaning “the drawer.” Its name was originally chosen as a way to describe the boxed in feeling of the valley. For a brief period during the 1870s, the town was known solely as “Cajon,” but when the community gained a post office, it was dubbed “Elcajon.” The name finally evolved to El Cajon in 1905.

Today, El Cajon is a vibrant city offering a picturesque setting and convenient locale that make it a desirable place to visit. While many travelers flock to the area to see San Diego's popular attractions, El Cajon boasts its own points of interest that make this community a true East San Diego County gem.

Whatever your reason for visiting El Cajon, it's important to do your research so you can find the best hotel that allows you to enjoy everything the city has to offer. More from this guide...

El Cajon Hotels/Accommodations

Best Western Santee Lodge
+1-888-690-5281
10726 Woodside Ave., Santee, CA 92071 ~1.42 miles west of El Cajon
  • Low priced Resort hotel
  • 48 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$85
Average 3.5 /5Reviews Call
Days Inn San Diego East / El Cajon in El Cajon
+1-800-230-4134
683 North Mollison, El Cajon, CA 92020
  • Economy Suburban hotel
  • 60 rooms in property
Best Western Continental Inn - El Cajon
+1-800-997-5148
650 North Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021
  • Two star Suburban property
  • 3 floors in hotel
Americas Best Value Inn in El Cajon
+1-888-690-5247
1274 Oakdale Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021
  • Two star property
Econo Lodge
+1-888-305-3366
588 North Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021 Website
  • Two star Highway hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
Best Western Courtesy Inn : 1355 East Main St. 1355 East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92021
  • 2 star Suburban hotel
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
Motel 6 #1044 - El Cajon
+1-800-997-5149
550 Montrose Court, El Cajon, CA 92020
  • Two star hotel
  • 182 rooms in hotel
Super 8 El Cajon : 471 North Magnolia Ave.
+1-888-690-5281
471 North Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020
  • Cheap Suburban property
  • Free comp. breakfast
Travelodge - El Cajon
+1-800-230-4134
425 West Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
  • Economy Downtown property
  • 2 floors in property
Relax Inn & Suites : 1220 West Main St. 1220 West Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
  • 2 star property
  • 2 floors in hotel
Carlton Oaks Country Club
+1-888-690-5247
9200 Inwood Dr., Santee, CA 92071 ~3.86 miles west of El Cajon
  • Economical hotel
  • Hotel has 2 meeting rooms
Rodeway Inn & Suites (Formerly Quality Inn) 1250 El Cajon Blvd., El Cajon, CA 92020
  • 2 star Highway property
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
Best Western Plus La Mesa San Diego : 9550 Murray Dr.
+1-800-881-1523
9550 Murray Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942 ~4.41 miles southwest of El Cajon
  • 3-star property
  • Access to gym on-site
Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort : 3007 Dehesa Rd. 3007 Dehesa Rd., El Cajon, CA 92019
  • Three Star Resort hotel
  • Check in: 04:00 PM
From$129
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
Holiday Inn San Diego La Mesa 8000 Pkwy. Dr., San Diego, CA 91942 ~6.06 miles southwest of El Cajon
  • Mid-scale Suburban hotel
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
From$109
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Heritage Inn La Mesa : 7851 Fletcher Pkwy.
+1-800-230-4134
7851 Fletcher Pkwy., La Mesa, CA 91942 ~6.23 miles southwest of El Cajon
  • Low Cost Suburban hotel
  • Free breakfast available
Travelodge
+1-800-997-5148
7475 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91941 ~6.82 miles southwest of El Cajon
  • Two star Suburban property
  • 40 rooms in hotel
From$45
Average 3.0 /5Reviews Call
Days Inn & Suites La Mesa - La Mesa 7475 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942 ~6.83 miles southwest of El Cajon
  • Economical Suburban property
  • 40 sleeping rooms in hotel
Harveys Motel
+1-888-305-3366
7166 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115 ~7.12 miles southwest of El Cajon
  • Economical Rural hotel
  • Check in: 15:00pm
Super 8 San Diego Area La Mesa
+1-800-881-1523
6952 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91941 ~7.93 miles southwest of El Cajon
  • Economy property
From$75
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at Sdsu - San Diego 6474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115 ~8.00 miles southwest of El Cajon
  • Economical Suburban hotel
  • 18 suites in hotel
Econo Lodge
+1-888-690-5281
7458 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 ~8.05 miles southwest of El Cajon
  • Inexpensive Suburban hotel
  • 38 rooms in property
Howard Johnson University Inn in San Diego 6440 El Cajon Boulvard, San Diego, CA 92115 ~8.06 miles southwest of El Cajon
  • Two star Highway hotel
  • Free breakfast available
From$89
Average 3.0 /5Reviews Call
Rodeway Inn - San Diego 5399 Adobe Falls Rd., San Diego, CA 92120 Website ~8.72 miles west of El Cajon
  • 2 star Downtown property
  • 2 floors in property
From$59
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
Days Inn Mission Valley Qualcomm Stadium / Sdsu - San Diego 5343 Adobe Falls Rd., San Diego, CA 92120 ~8.77 miles west of El Cajon
  • Two-star Suburban property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
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Best Time to Visit El Cajon, CA

The best time to visit any community in San Diego County is in the spring or fall. From March through May, you're more likely to avoid crowds of local families on vacations as they rush to San Diego's attractions. The weather is also quite nice, with highs hovering in the 60s. You'll even enjoy some great hotel rates during the spring, which is ideal for travelers on a budget.

Fall is a little warmer but still offers the same benefits of spring. School is back in session so you won't be competing with locals at the San Diego Zoo or other site, plus you'll enjoy high temps in the 70s, which is ideal for hiking.

Winter brings the best hotel rates, but keep in mind that while San Diego County doesn't experience snow or blustery weather, it is the region's rainy season. When visiting El Cajon from late November through February, be sure to pack some rain gear.

Summer is unsurprisingly El Cajon's peak tourist season. Travelers from all over the world come to San Diego for the surfing, swimming, attractions, and culinary delights, and you can expect hotel rates even in El Cajon to spike. To save a few bucks off your hotel rate during the summer, be sure to book as early as late winter or early spring to take advantage of seasonal discounts.

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

seasonality of hotel rates in El Cajon

El Cajon by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean price patterns by star rating class in El Cajon, CA. You can use these illustrations to determine the cheapest time period to book in El Cajon throughout the year.

Luxury Hotel Options in El Cajon, CA

4 Star Average Prices: $226.23

While El Cajon doesn't have what most would consider a luxury accommodation, there are some higher end options that provide guests with plenty of amenities.

Days Inn San Diego – East/El Cajon is a modern three-story hotel located just 20 miles from the San Diego Zoo. Guest rooms and suites boast free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffee makers, while suites add sitting areas. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast buffet, an on-site pool, laundry facilities, a business center, free parking for cars and large vehicles, and a restaurant.

Best Western Continental Inn is a laid back accommodation about 9 miles from both Sycuan Casino and the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Guest rooms are functional with cable television, microwaves, mini-fridges, coffee makers, and free Wi-Fi. Some even add pull-out sofas, kitchenettes, balconies, and whirlpool tubs. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the dining room, a pool with hot tub and lounge chairs, free parking, and meeting rooms.

If you have your heart set on more luxurious digs, San Diego Marriott Mission Valley is the closest luxury hotel to El Cajon. This four-star property is located off I-805 within walking distance of the Rio Vista Trolley Station. It boasts contemporary guest rooms with 42-inch flat-screen TVs, premium cable channels, coffee makers, available Wi-Fi access, and balconies with either pool or city views. Upgrading to a club-level room will also give you access to the lofted lounge and its free continental breakfast and evening appetizers.

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley also features a stylish restaurant and bar on site that serves up cocktails and American cuisine. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby, and there's an on-site whirlpool, outdoor pool with cabana seating, a business center, event space, and a fitness room.

4 Star Hotel Prices in El Cajon

Affordable Hotel Options in El Cajon, CA

3 Star Average Prices: $133.02

Finding an affordable hotel in El Cajon is easier than you might think. Motel 6 is an unpretentious two-star budget lodging off Interstate 8. It's also less than 16 miles from the San Diego Zoo, making it a perfect option for families. Rooms are modern with flat-screen TVs, expanded cable channels, granite countertops, wood floors, and available Wi-Fi. Guests can also enjoy free parking, free morning coffee, an on-site coin laundry facility, and a year-round outdoor pool.

Located less than 10 miles from San Diego State University, Americas Best Value Inn – El Cajon – San Diego is a casual option off I-8 that offers truck and bus parking, a free continental breakfast, and an outdoor pool. Guest rooms are basic but feature free Wi-Fi internet access, TVs with premium cable, and optional mini-fridges.

Rodeway Inn is a little further out in suburban Santee, but it's within walking distance of the Santee Town Center San Diego Trolley station, making it a great choice for anyone looking to use public transportation. Guest rooms are nicely decorated and feature flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi access, mini-fridges, work desks, and microwaves. There's also a sundeck and outdoor pool on-site, and both parking and continental breakfast are free.

3 Star Hotel Prices in El Cajon

2 Star Average Prices: $107.38

2 Star Hotel Prices in El Cajon

El Cajon: Real Discounts

If you plan your trip carefully, you can save even more money on your trip to El Cajon by taking advantage of discounts. Seniors, AARP members, AAA/CAA members, government workers, military families, and rewards members can save as much as 20 percent at most area hotels, including Rodeway Inn & Suites El Cajon San Diego East. Simply book your room at the appropriate rate and present proof of eligibility at check-in.

Certain hotels, including Relax Inn & Suites, provide quotes for prospective guests looking to score the best deal. It never hurts to ask for a discount when posted rates reflect a price higher than you'd prefer to pay.

Properties like Heritage Inn La Mesa will occasionally offer their own specials and packages. These can include romance packages that provide flowers, a box of chocolates, and a bottle of champagne. Package offers tend to come with a minimum stay requirement, but they're a great way to get a good deal with some extra perks.

Best Value Options in El Cajon, CA

El Cajon offers many mid-range hotels that give travelers plenty of value for their dime. Super 8 El Cajon CA is located 15 miles from Downtown San Diego and features an outdoor pool, a business center, free parking, and a free continental breakfast served in the dining area. Kids 17 and under also stay free. Guest rooms include cable TV, free Wi-Fi, in-room safes, microwaves, and mini-fridges, while upgraded quarters add private Jacuzzis.

Best Western Plus La Mesa San Diego is a contemporary property 12 miles from Balboa Park. Guest rooms are modern and nicely appointed, offering cable TV, coffee makers, mini-fridges, microwaves, high-pressure shower heads, and free Wi-Fi. Suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofa beds, and kids 19 and under stay free with an adult. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool and whirlpool, a free hot breakfast, a fitness center, a business center, and free parking.

Top Attractions in El Cajon, CA

While most visitors are looking for a convenient location near San Diego, El Cajon itself offers some great attractions that are worth visiting. The Water Conservation Garden is the city's most popular spot. Whether you're looking for landscaping ideas, hope to learn how to make your own garden flourish, need a great backdrop for some family photos, or you'd like to take a class or docent-led tour of the facility, The Water Conservation Garden is a must-see.

Sycuan Casino is a great local casino offering slots, table games, concerts, and delicious dining options. In fact, Sycuan Casino is home to five top-notch restaurants offering everything from a sports bar and typical buffet fare to deli favorites and eclectic Asian specialties.

If you prefer nature to gaming, head to Summers Past Farms. This beautiful farm not only provides workshops and classes, but it's also home to a coffee bar, soap shop, nursery, gardens, and gift shop. It's such a wonderful place that Summers Past Farms has been featured in Country Living Gardener magazine.

Exploring everything this beautiful valley has to offer is a tall order, but it's well worth the effort. Whether you're looking for luxury accommodations near San Diego or budget-friendly lodgings close to the interstate, you can find the perfect hotel in El Cajon to meet your needs and budget.

Verified reviews of the city of El Cajon

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

"Fine Dining Not Immediately Visible, Attractions within Close Proximity to One Another"
Score 4.0 / 5

There was a large mall nearby, with a movie theater in it and a number of nice stores. A lot of fast food places all over the place, and even a couple of Starbucks, but not much for finer food. The drive to tourist areas in San Diego was actually rather short and convenient.

Carl S., from 10-Apr-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of El Cajon, CA shown above is 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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