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San Marcos California Hotels & Motels

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The San Marcos center point is about the area of Old Adobe Fine Art and 5 miles east of Carlsbad McClellan Palomar Airport.

San Marcos is a city in California that's around 35 miles north of San Diego. Spanish troops first discovered the fertile valley on April 25, 1797, which is St. Mark's Day. They named the area Los Vallecitos de San Marcos, or Little Valleys of Saint Mark, in honor of the day of discovery. More from this guide...

San Marcos Hotels/Motels & Accommodations

Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos : 517 San Marcos Blvd.
+1-888-690-5247
517 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Economy hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North / san Marcos : 227 West San Marcos Blvd.
+1-888-305-3366
227 West San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
  • 3-star hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
From$80
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Hampton Inn San Marcos Ca in San Marcos
+1-800-881-1523
123 East Carmel St., San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Three Star Suburban hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
  • Good restaurants & bars in the area
  • Great complimentary breakfast
From$109
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Residence Inn by Marriott in San Marcos
+1-888-283-3404
1245 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
  • Three Star hotel
  • 112 suites in hotel
From$109
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Lakehouse Hotel & Resort : 1025 La Bonita Dr.
+1-866-221-8581
1025 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Expensive Lake hotel
  • 142 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Free internet
  • Professional service
From$109
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La Quinta San Diego Vista by Wyndham
+1-866-429-5787
630 Sycamore St., Vista, CA 92083 ~3.09 miles northwest of San Marcos
  • 2 star Highway hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00
  • Beds were acceptable for 57%
  • Good cleaning
From$62
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Towneplace Suites by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad / Vista : 2201 South Melrose Dr.
+1-888-690-5281
2201 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081 ~3.88 miles west of San Marcos
  • Midscale Suburban hotel
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
From$159
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Hyatt Place in Vista
+1-888-690-5247
2645 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081 ~4.03 miles west of San Marcos
  • 3-star Resort property
  • 4 floors in property
Motel 6 Vista in Vista
+1-888-305-3366
330 Mar Vista Dr., Vista, CA 92083 ~4.19 miles northwest of San Marcos
  • Two-star property
  • 75 sleeping rooms in hotel
Best Western Escondido Hotel - Escondido
+1-800-881-1523
1700 Seven Oakes Rd., Escondido, CA 92026-3308 ~4.31 miles east of San Marcos
  • Economical Highway property
  • 4 floors in hotel
  • Breakfast was delicious
  • Great prices
From$92
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Golden Door
+1-888-283-3404
777 Deer Springs Rd., San Diego, CA 92069 ~4.32 miles northeast of San Marcos
  • Three Star property
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Escondido - Escondido
+1-866-221-8581
1250 West Valley Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92029 ~4.57 miles east of San Marcos
  • Midscale Suburban hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00pm
Comfort Inn Escondido San Diego North County : 1290 West Valley Pkwy.
+1-866-429-5787
1290 West Valley Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92029 ~4.59 miles east of San Marcos
  • Mid-scale Highway property
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
  • The majority of guests thought the service was very professional
  • Great continental breakfast
Staybridge Suites Carlsbad - Carlsbad
+1-888-690-5281
2735 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~4.75 miles west of San Marcos
  • 3 star Airport hotel
  • Shuttle to airport available
From$159
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Motel 6 Escondido in Escondido
+1-888-690-5247
900 North Quince St., Escondido, CA 92025 ~4.81 miles east of San Marcos
  • 2-star hotel
  • 3 floors in hotel
Roadway Inn in Escondido
+1-888-305-3366
250 West El Norte Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92026 ~4.82 miles east of San Marcos
  • Low Cost Highway property
  • Hotel has 25 rooms
Springhill Stes Escon Marriott
+1-800-881-1523
200 La Terraza Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025 ~4.88 miles east of San Marcos
  • 3 star hotel
  • Fitness + Health Center
Quality Inn Escondido Downtown
+1-888-283-3404
501 West Mission Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 ~4.93 miles east of San Marcos
  • Three Star property
  • Check-in: 15:00
Super 8 Escondido in Escondido
+1-866-221-8581
528 West Washington Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 ~4.97 miles east of San Marcos
  • Two-star Suburban property
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Escondido Downtown
+1-866-429-5787
515 West Washington Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 ~5.05 miles east of San Marcos
  • Low-priced Highway hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00 pm
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Escondido
+1-888-690-5281
555 North Centre City Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92025 ~5.08 miles east of San Marcos
  • 2-star Downtown property
  • Free comp. breakfast
Holiday Inn Carlsbad in Carlsbad
+1-888-690-5247
2725 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~5.14 miles west of San Marcos
  • 3 star Beach hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
  • Breakfast is mediocre
  • Friendly atmosphere
From$103
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Hampton Inn Carlsbad
+1-888-305-3366
2229 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~5.70 miles west of San Marcos
  • Mid-scale Beach property
  • 94 rooms in hotel
  • Calm & friendly place to stay
  • Wonderful housekeeping
From$110
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad : 2223 Palomar Airport Rd.
+1-800-881-1523
2223 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~5.76 miles west of San Marcos
  • Three Star Suburban hotel
  • 2 meeting rooms in property
  • Most guests said the reception staff was great
  • Best value for money
From$115
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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad
+1-888-283-3404
2100 Costa Del Mar Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~6.09 miles southwest of San Marcos
  • 4 star Resort property
  • Hotel has 4 floors
From$175
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Graph of San Marcos, CA Hotel Prices for Next 20 Days

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

In the late 1800s, the railroad came to the area, and the population began to grow. Since then, San Marcos has had growth nearly every decade. The area is known for having excellent dining opportunities, particularly at Old California Restaurant Row. When you're traveling to San Marcos, you'll find plenty of hotels that offer all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.

When should you visit San Marcos, CA?

When you're trying to decide the best time to visit San Marcos, it helps to know what you'd like to see and do. Since the area experiences warm summers, this is the most popular time to visit. From June to August, San Marcos sees average high temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s Fahrenheit. You'll find plenty of sunshine to enjoy all the outdoor activities and festivals, but you'll also find some of the highest hotel prices of the year.

If you can hold off your visit until fall, you'll start finding some good hotel deals. Although summer crowds tend to stick around in September since the average highs are still in the upper 80s, by October and November they've gone home. However, you'll still enjoy temperatures in the lower 80s and upper 70s.

Snow is practically unheard of in San Marcos, with average highs from December to February in the upper 60s. Even so, this is the off-season, so you can find some great deals on hotel rooms. However, this is also the wettest season of the year. Therefore, you'll want to pack a raincoat if you plan to visit during these months.

Spring is another great time to visit San Marcos. From March to May, average highs hover in the 70s. Summer visitors haven't arrived yet, so you won't have to deal with crowds at the popular attractions, and hotels typically don't start raising rates until late May.

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

seasonality of hotel rates in San Marcos

Averate Rates by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs displaying average nightly cost patterns by star rating class in San Marcos, CA. Analyze these charts to calculate the most cost effective seasons to book in San Marcos for your upcoming travels.

What are the luxury hotel options in San Marcos, CA?

4 Star Average Prices: $169.47

The luxury hotel options near San Marcos give you top-of-the-line amenities and service for an unforgettable stay. Perched on the shores of Lake San Marcos, a stay at Lakehouse Hotel and Resort puts you less than a mile from St. Mark Executive Golf Course. The resort offers modern rooms, suites, and cottages that feature private balconies or patios and come with free wireless internet access and flat-screen televisions with premium cable channels. You'll find plenty of activities to enjoy around the resort. There are two heated outdoor pools, tennis courts, fire pits, and a marina.

A stay at La Costa Resort & Spa puts you 8 miles from San Marcos and just 5 miles from Moonlight State Beach. The stunning rooms come with luxurious bedding, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, plush robes, coffee makers with premium coffees, and minifridges. Your resort fee also covers high-speed internet access. If you're looking to unwind, the on-site spa offers services that include facials, massages, and body treatments. There are eight distinct pools, including some with water slides designed for kids and toddlers. You'll also find 17 tennis courts, five restaurants, and two 18-hole golf courses.

4 Star Hotel Prices in San Marcos

What are the affordable hotel options in San Marcos, CA?

3 Star Average Prices: $136.70

When you're in search of a budget-friendly room for your stay in San Marcos, you'll find several affordable hotel options in the area. A stay at Motel 6 Vista Ca puts you 5 miles from the heart of San Marcos and 11 miles from South Carlsbad State Beach. Here you'll find comfortable rooms that come with wood-look floors, granite countertops in the bathrooms, 32-inch LCD televisions with expanded cable channels, and free wireless internet access. The hotel also offers complimentary coffee in the morning, an outdoor pool, and laundry facilities.

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Escondido Downtown is located 5 miles east of downtown San Marcos and less than a mile from the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum. Relax inside a room that has free wireless internet access plus a flat-screen television, desk, minifridge, and microwave. If you need more space, upgrade to a suite to get a separate living area. Start your morning right with the complimentary continental breakfast before relaxing by the outdoor pool or hopping on Interstate 15 to explore the area.

Comfort Inn Escondido San Diego North County is a modern hotel that's 5 miles from the heart of San Marcos and 17 miles from LEGOLAND California Resort. You'll enjoy a great night's rest in a room that comes with premium bedding, a flat-screen television, free wireless internet access, a coffee maker, a microwave, and a minifridge. Get your day started with a stop at the complimentary hot breakfast buffet. If you need to get some work done, the hotel offers a business center. You can get in your daily workout at the fitness center or simply relax by the heated outdoor pool.

3 Star Hotel Prices in San Marcos

2 Star Average Prices: $91.28

2 Star Hotel Prices in San Marcos

What hotels offer the best discounts in San Marcos, CA?

When you want to save a little money during your stay in San Marcos, you'll find plenty of hotels that offer good discounts. At Days Inn San Marcos, seniors who are 60 years or older can take advantage of special savings off the best available rates. Additionally, auto club members will want to use their membership to get 10 percent or more off their stay at the hotel. Finally, AARP members can enjoy savings of 10 percent off the best available rate when staying at Days Inn.

There are also several ways to save when you stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Diego North/San Marcos. If you have an AAA or CAA membership, you can save on room rates, spa treatments, and more. Seniors who are 62 years or older will enjoy savings of at least 15 percent on their room rate. Fairfield Inn also likes to thank military personnel for their service by offering them special rates and offers, and qualified government employees can save money during their stay by taking advantage of rates and promotions just for them.

What are the best value option hotels in San Marcos, CA?

The value option hotels in San Marcos give you great amenities that make your stay feel like home. Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North/San Marcos puts you just a few miles from top area attractions that include LEGOLAND California Resort. You'll find airy rooms that range from studios to two-bedroom suites and feature fully equipped kitchens as well as flat-screen televisions with premium cable channels and free wireless internet access. Enjoy the complimentary hot breakfast offered every morning and the evening reception offered on select weekdays. Other amenities at the hotel include a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool, and 24-hour business center.

Hampton Inn San Marcos is situated less than a mile from the heart of San Marcos and 12 miles from LEGOLAND California Resort. If you're here to get some work done, you'll appreciate that the modern rooms come with full-size desks as well as lap desks if you want to work on the bed. You'll also enjoy a coffee maker, a minifridge, a microwave, a flat-screen television with high-definition channels, and free wireless internet access. If you're in a hurry in the morning, make sure you get one of the complimentary to-go breakfast bags. Otherwise, take your time to appreciate the free hot breakfast.

A stay at La Quinta Inn San Diego Vista puts you 3 miles from San Marcos and 11 miles from hiking and biking at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. The rooms feature pillow-top mattresses and flat-screen televisions with premium high-definition channels, as well as coffee makers and free wireless internet access. Prepare for your big day with a stop at the complimentary continental breakfast, which includes waffles, bagels, cereal, pastries, fresh fruit, and more. The hotel also offers free parking and an outdoor pool.

What are the things to do in San Marcos, CA?

No matter where you plan to stay in San Marcos, you'll find plenty of enjoyable attractions. When you're looking for some of the best places to eat in the area, head to Old California Restaurant Row. This unique dining and entertainment destination started with a fruit stand and now has 15 restaurants with options that include San Marcos Brewery and Grill, Landon's Gourmet Kitchen, Fish House Vera Cruz, and Old California Mining Company. The restaurants are also within walking distance of Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18 cinema complex, so you can experience a movie with your dinner.

If you want to get outside and enjoy the area, consider taking a trip to Double Peak Park. This rugged 200-acre park has hiking trails that lead to a summit of the highest peak in North County and offer spectacular views of the city, mountains, and, on clear days, even the ocean. You'll also find a playground, basketball courts, and picnic areas.

Whether you're looking for budget-friendly rooms or luxurious suites, you'll find the accommodations you need to make your stay in San Marcos complete.

FAQs about hotels in San Marcos

What are the top reviewed hotels in San Marcos?

Quality Inn Escondido Downtown, Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North and Hampton Inn San Marcos Ca are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the most high-end hotels in San Marcos?

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, Park Hyatt Aviara and Cape Rey Carlsbad a Hilton Resort are the top 3 luxury hotels near San Marcos city center.

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

Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos, Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North, and Hampton Inn San Marcos Ca are the properties closest to San Marcos city center.

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

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in San Marcos can be as cheap as $91.28 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

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

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in San Marcos has been $136.70 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 4-5 star hotel in San Marcos cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in San Marcos has been $169.47 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in San Marcos?

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the most popular Marriott hotels in San Marcos?

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North, Residence Inn by Marriott and Towneplace Suites by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the most popular Choice Hotels branded hotels in San Marcos?

Quality Inn Escondido Downtown, Comfort Inn Escondido San Diego North County and Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Escondido Downtown are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

What are the best Best Western hotels in San Marcos?

Best Western Escondido Hotel, Best Western Carlsbad by The Sea and Best Western Carlsbad by The Sea are the best rated Best Western branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the best IHG hotels in San Marcos?

Staybridge Suites Carlsbad, Holiday Inn Carlsbad and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carlsbad Beach are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

Recent traveler reviews of San Marcos, CA

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

"Lots To Do"
Score 4.0 / 5

Nice town had a little bit of everything around us.

Nathan T., from 16-Jul-2019
The average traveler rating of the city of San Marcos, CA shown above is 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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