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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 San Marcos : 517 San Marcos Blvd. 517 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Economical hotel
  • 85 rooms in hotel
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North / san Marcos - San Marcos 227 West San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
  • Three Star hotel
  • 116 rooms in property
Hampton Inn San Marcos Ca - San Marcos 123 East Carmel St., San Marcos, CA 92078
  • 3-star Suburban property
  • Check in time: 3:00 PM
  • Low signal strength
  • Rooms are ok
From$109
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Residence Inn by Marriott San Marcos - San Marcos 1245 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
  • Three Star property
  • 4 floors in property
  • Great room
  • Rooms need regular maintenance
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Lakehouse Hotel & Resort 1025 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078
  • High end Lake property
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Still close to markets and restaurants
  • Most guests said the breakfast was too expensive
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La Quinta San Diego Vista in Vista 630 Sycamore St., Vista, CA 92083 ~3.09 miles northwest of San Marcos
  • 2-star Highway hotel
  • 3 floors in hotel
  • Front desk personnel very nice and attentive
  • Hotel facilities could use a good clean
Towneplace Suites by Marriott in Vista 2201 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081 ~3.87 miles west of San Marcos
  • Three Star Suburban hotel
  • Fitness + Health Center
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Hyatt Place : 2645 South Melrose Dr. 2645 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081 Website ~4.03 miles west of San Marcos
  • Mid-scale Suburban hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
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Best Western Escondido Hotel in Escondido 1700 Seven Oakes Rd., Escondido, CA 92026 ~4.31 miles east of San Marcos
  • Two-star Highway property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
  • Popular among families
  • Front desk people are helpful and accomadating
Golden Door : 777 Deer Springs Rd. 777 Deer Springs Rd., San Diego, CA 92069 ~4.32 miles northeast of San Marcos
  • Three Star property
  • Fitness + Health Center
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Escondido 1250 West Valley Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92029 ~4.57 miles east of San Marcos
  • Three Star Suburban property
  • 3 floors in hotel
Comfort Inn Escondido San Diego North County in Escondido 1290 West Valley Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92029 ~4.57 miles east of San Marcos
  • 3 star Highway property
  • Comp. Breakfast
Staybridge Suites Carlsbad - Carlsbad 2735 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~4.75 miles west of San Marcos
  • Three Star Airport property
  • Check in: 3:00pm
From$105
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Roadway Inn - Escondido 250 West El Norte Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92026 ~4.82 miles east of San Marcos
  • Cheap Highway property
  • Free comp. breakfast
Super 8 Escondido 528 West Washington Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 ~4.97 miles east of San Marcos
  • Low priced Suburban hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Escondido Downtown 515 West Washington Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 ~5.05 miles east of San Marcos
  • Low priced Highway property
  • 2 floors in property
From$51
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Quality Inn & Suites in Escondido 555 North Centre City Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92025 ~5.08 miles east of San Marcos
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 77 rooms
Holiday Inn Carlsbad 2725 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~5.14 miles west of San Marcos
  • 3 star Beach property
  • Check-in time: 3:00 pm
  • Most guests were happy with the shuttle service
  • Most guests found the staff to be very friendly
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Hampton Inn Carlsbad - Carlsbad 2229 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~5.70 miles west of San Marcos
  • Mid-scale Beach hotel
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • Most guests enjoyed the shower
  • Good access to airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad - Carlsbad
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2223 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~5.76 miles west of San Marcos
  • 3 star Suburban hotel
  • Check in: 4:00 PM
  • Close to all attractions
  • Delicious complimentary breakfast
From$115
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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa : 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd. 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~6.09 miles southwest of San Marcos
  • 4-star Resort hotel
  • Hotel has 215 suites
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Courtyard by Marriott Carlsbad in Carlsbad 5835 Owens Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~6.16 miles west of San Marcos
  • 3-star Suburban property
  • Check-in time: 4:00
  • Wonderful sightseeing
  • Most guests said the bathroom was dirty
From$209
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Residence Inn Carlsbad 2000 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~6.31 miles west of San Marcos
  • Mid-scale Beach property
  • Free breakfast
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Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad : 1929 Palomar Oaks Way 1929 Palomar Oaks Way, Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~6.69 miles west of San Marcos
  • Three Star Suburban hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
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Motel Mediteran
+1-888-283-3404
2336 South Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025 ~6.81 miles east of San Marcos
  • Economical hotel
  • Most guests said the reception staff was great
  • Internet works
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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 to 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.

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

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

San Marcos: Real Discounts

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.

Best Value Options 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.

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.

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