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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/Accommodations

Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos
+1-888-389-4121
517 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92078
  • 2 star Highway property
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm
From$70
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Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos in San Marcos
+1-888-675-2083
227 West San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
  • Mid-scale Suburban hotel
  • Gym is available on property
From$80
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Hampton Inn San Marcos Ca
+1-800-716-8490
123 East Carmel St., San Marcos, CA 92078
  • 3 star Suburban hotel
  • Free comp. breakfast
From$89
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Residence Inn by Marriott San Marcos in San Marcos
+1-800-805-5223
1245 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
  • 3 star hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
From$107
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Lakehouse Hotel and Resort : 1025 La Bonita Dr.
+1-888-965-1860
1025 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078
  • 4 star Lake hotel
  • 22 suites in hotel
  • Good restaurants & bars in the area
  • Accessibility by car can be a challenge
From$109
Very Good 4.0 /5 Review Score Call BookMore Details
La Quinta San Diego Vista by Wyndham in Vista
+1-888-788-5576
630 Sycamore Ave., Vista, CA 92083 ~3.09 miles northwest of San Marcos
  • 2-star Highway property
  • 3 floors in property
  • Plush towels
  • Generally quite dirty
From$62
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Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad in Vista
+1-888-897-9207
2100 Radiance Way, Vista, CA 92081 ~3.37 miles northwest of San Marcos
  • 3-star property
  • 103 rooms in hotel
From$90
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Towneplace Suites San Diego Carlsbad / Vista in Vista
+1-888-311-4278
2201 Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081 ~3.86 miles west of San Marcos
  • 4 star Suburban hotel
  • Hotel has 94 rooms
From$90
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TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Vista - Vista
+1-888-469-4795
2201 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081 ~3.88 miles west of San Marcos
  • 3-star Suburban hotel
  • Hotel has 94 suites
From$55
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Hyatt Place San Diego/Vista-Carlsbad - Vista
+1-888-734-9421
2645 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081 ~4.03 miles west of San Marcos
  • Three Star Resort hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
From$99
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Motel 6 Vista Ca
+1-888-841-5292
330 Mar Vista Dr., Vista, CA 92083 ~4.17 miles northwest of San Marcos
  • Low priced property
  • 2 floors in property
From$60
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Best Western Escondido Hotel in Escondido
+1-888-455-5160
1700 Seven Oakes Rd., Escondido, CA 92026 ~4.30 miles east of San Marcos
  • 3-star Highway hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00
  • Popular among families
  • Average comfort
From$92
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites San Diego-Escondido, an IHG Ho in Escondido
+1-888-965-8297
1250 West Valley Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92029 ~4.57 miles east of San Marcos
  • 3-star Suburban property
  • Comp. Breakfast
From$81
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Comfort Inn Escondido San Diego North County : 1290 West Valley Pkwy.
+1-888-906-6358
1290 West Valley Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92029 ~4.57 miles east of San Marcos
  • Mid-scale Highway property
  • Access to gym on-site
From$80
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Staybridge Suites Carlsbad, an IHG Hotel
+1-888-749-6785
2735 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~4.75 miles west of San Marcos
  • 3-star Airport property
  • Free breakfast available
From$159
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Motel 6 Escondido Ca : 900 North Quince St.
+1-888-878-9982
900 North Quince St., ESCONDIDO, CA 92025 ~4.80 miles east of San Marcos
  • Two-star property
  • 129 rooms in hotel
From$60
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Rodeway Inn Escondido Downtown - Escondido
+1-888-389-4485
250 West El Norte Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92026 ~4.82 miles east of San Marcos
  • 2 star Highway hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00 pm
From$60
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Springhill Stes Escon Marriott
+1-888-389-4121
200 La Terraza Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025 ~4.88 miles east of San Marcos
  • Midscale property
  • Check-in time: 16:00
From$90
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Quality Inn Escondido Downtown - Escondido
+1-888-675-2083
501 West Mission Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 ~4.90 miles east of San Marcos
  • 3-star Convention Center hotel
  • 82 rooms in hotel
From$80
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Hotel Hidden Valley in Escondido
+1-800-716-8490
528 West Washington Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 ~4.96 miles east of San Marcos
  • Economy Suburban property
  • Free comp. breakfast
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Escondido Downtown
+1-800-805-5223
515 West Washington Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 ~5.05 miles east of San Marcos
  • Two star Highway property
  • 2 floors in hotel
From$51
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Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Escondido in Escondido
+1-888-965-1860
555 North Centre City Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92025 ~5.08 miles east of San Marcos
  • Two star Downtown hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
From$60
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Holiday Inn Carlsbad, an IHG Hotel
+1-888-788-5576
2725 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~5.14 miles west of San Marcos
  • 3-star Beach hotel
  • 133 rooms in hotel
  • Not much veggie or vegan
  • Furniture needs more attention
From$103
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Hampton Inn Carlsbad-North San Diego County : 2229 Palomar Airport Rd.
+1-888-897-9207
2229 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~5.70 miles west of San Marcos
  • Three Star Beach hotel
  • Fitness center on property
  • Good restaurants & bars in the area
  • Breakfast was delicious
From$110
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad-North San Diego County
+1-888-311-4278
2223 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~5.76 miles west of San Marcos
  • Mid-scale Suburban property
  • Hotel has 2 meeting rooms
  • Air conditioning was criticized by 60%
  • For only 60%, the tv was ok
From$115
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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa : 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd.
+1-888-469-4795
2100 Costa Del Mar Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~6.09 miles southwest of San Marcos
  • Expensive Resort property
  • Access to gym on-site
From$175
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Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad - Carlsbad
+1-888-734-9421
5835 Owens Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~6.16 miles west of San Marcos
  • Affordable Suburban property
  • 3 floors in property
  • Acceptable breakfast prices
  • Most guests found the staff to be very friendly
From$132
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Residence Inn by Marriott Carlsbad
+1-888-841-5292
2000 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~6.31 miles west of San Marcos
  • Mid-scale Beach hotel
  • Airport shuttle available
From$129
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Home2 Suites Carlsbad
+1-888-455-5160
1901 Wright Place, Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~6.66 miles west of San Marcos
  • Mid-scale property
  • 142 rooms in property
From$189
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Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
+1-888-965-8297
1929 Palomar Oaks Way, Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~6.69 miles west of San Marcos
  • 3-star Suburban hotel
  • 100 rooms in property
From$129
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Motel Mediteran Escondido in Escondido
+1-888-906-6358
2336 South Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025 ~6.81 miles east of San Marcos
  • 2 star property
  • Hotel has 37 rooms
  • Wonderful sightseeing
  • Bathroom is ok
From$50
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The Welk by Vacation Club Rentals in Escondido
+1-888-749-6785
8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, CA 92026 ~6.81 miles north of San Marcos
  • High-end Resort hotel
  • Fitness + Health Center
From$131
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Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, North San Diego - Carlsbad
+1-888-878-9982
7210 Blue Heron Place, Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~6.83 miles west of San Marcos
  • Luxury Five Star property
  • Room was very clean
  • Most guests thought rooms were spacious
From$215
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Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Spa & Golf Club
+1-888-389-4485
7100 Aviara Resort Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~6.85 miles west of San Marcos
  • Luxury 5 star Resort hotel
  • 5 floors in hotel
From$239
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Escondido Lodge
+1-888-389-4121
2650 Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025 ~6.97 miles east of San Marcos
  • Midscale property
  • 44 rooms in property
From$90
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Motel 6 Oceanside Ca : 3708 Plaza Dr.
+1-888-675-2083
3708 Plaza Dr., OCEANSIDE, CA 92056 ~7.57 miles west of San Marcos
  • 2-star hotel
From$60
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Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa : 5480 Grand Pacific Dr.
+1-800-716-8490
5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~7.73 miles west of San Marcos
  • High end Beach property
  • Hotel has 250 rooms
  • Nearby attractions
  • Beautiful balconies
From$179
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Legoland California Resort
+1-800-805-5223
1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~7.93 miles west of San Marcos
  • Four star Beach hotel
  • 250 rooms in property
From$159
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The Cassara Carlsbad Tapestry Collection by Hilton : 5805 Armada Dr. Building B
+1-888-965-1860
5805 Armada Dr. Building B, Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~8.11 miles west of San Marcos
  • Four-star Beach hotel
  • Check in time: 4:00 PM
  • Friendly service
  • City centre within easy reach, said 92%
From$249
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Motel 6 Carlsbad Beach Ca
+1-888-788-5576
750 Raintree Dr., CARLSBAD, CA 92009 ~8.25 miles west of San Marcos
  • Economical hotel
  • Hotel has 2 floors
From$60
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Best Western Carlsbad by The Sea in Carlsbad
+1-888-897-9207
751 Macadamia Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~8.25 miles west of San Marcos
  • Midscale Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
From$60
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carlsbad Legoland Area : 760 Macadamia Dr.
+1-888-311-4278
760 Macadamia Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~8.26 miles west of San Marcos
  • Affordable Beach hotel
  • 13 suites in hotel
From$80
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carlsbad Beach An Ihg Hotel
+1-888-469-4795
751 Raintree Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~8.26 miles west of San Marcos
  • Three Star Beach property
  • Hotel has 3 floors
From$93
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carlsbad - Legoland Area
+1-888-734-9421
760 Macadamia Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~8.26 miles west of San Marcos
  • Affordable Beach hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00 PM
  • Shower can be a problem
  • Good budget hotel
From$60
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Quality Inn Encinitas Near Legoland - Encinitas
+1-888-841-5292
607 Leucadia Blv, Encinitas, CA 92024 ~8.35 miles southwest of San Marcos
  • Two-star Beach property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy Read more
  • Regular internet service
  • Most guests found the staff to be very friendly
From$58
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Inn At Rancho Santa Fe - Rancho Santa Fe
+1-888-455-5160
5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 ~8.39 miles south of San Marcos
  • Expensive Resort property
  • 5 conference rooms in property
  • Medium sized bathroom
  • Excellent amenities
From$156
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Motel 6 Carlsbad Ca East : 6117 Paseo Del Norte
+1-888-965-8297
6117 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~8.39 miles west of San Marcos
  • Two-star property
  • Check in: 15:00
From$60
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Carlsbad by The Sea Hotel in Carlsbad
+1-888-906-6358
850 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~8.42 miles west of San Marcos
  • Midscale Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 2 floors
  • Most guests appreciated the closeness to the beach
  • Housekeeping was great, according to 84%
From$78
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Cape Rey a Hilton Resort : 1 Ponto Rd.
+1-888-749-6785
1 Ponto Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~8.54 miles west of San Marcos
  • Luxury 5 star Beach property
  • Hotel has 3 floors
From$149
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Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas
+1-888-878-9982
2100 North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 ~8.67 miles west of San Marcos
  • Affordable hotel
  • Check in: 16:00
From$90
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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 rated hotels in San Marcos?

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North, Residence Inn by Marriott San Marcos 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, North San Diego, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Spa & Golf Club and Cape Rey 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 and Resort, Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad and Motel Mediteran Escondido 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 San Marcos and TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Vista 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?

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Escondido Downtown, Comfort Inn Escondido San Diego North County and Rodeway Inn 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 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, an IHG Hotel, Holiday Inn Carlsbad, an IHG Hotel and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carlsbad Beach An Ihg Hotel 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.

"La Jolla Beach"
Score 4.0 / 5

We enjoyed La Jolla Beach

Michelle K., from 09-Sep-2022
"Lots of good restaurants close to the hotel."
Score 4.0 / 5

Lots of good restaurants close to the hotel.

Nancy H., from 13-Jul-2022
"Good Restaurants!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Lots of good restaurants close to the hotel.

Nancy H., from 13-Jul-2022
"The Scenery!"
Score 4.0 / 5

I enjoyed the scenery in San Marcos! Lots of lush green hills

Shilah M., from 02-Jun-2022
"Many eateries and quick access to travel routes for San Diego and shore points."
Score 4.0 / 5

Many eateries and quick access to travel routes for San Diego and shore points.

Raymond S., from 15-Apr-2022
"Convenient Location! Many Eateries!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Many eateries and quick access to travel routes for San Diego and shore points.

Raymond S., from 15-Apr-2022
"Conveniently located."
Score 5.0 / 5

San Marcos is fine. Has everything you need nearby.

Sable B., from 05-Apr-2022
"Great location "
Score 4.0 / 5

San Marcos is just fine. Your hotel is close to everything.

Eric A., from 05-Nov-2019
"Visit"
Score 5.0 / 5

Hiking trails in the hills nearby! Everywhere ;-)

Michael B., from 28-Oct-2019
"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 4.2 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
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