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Santee California Hotels & Motels

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The Santee center is about the area of El Cajon Gillespie Field and 1 mile northwest of Bath Gallery.

Just 18 miles from San Diego, the quiet community of Santee, California, awaits. This town is an easily accessible community, convenient to Interstate 5, State Route 52, and State Route 125, and accessible via the Metropolitan Transit System trolley station. You can also get to Santee by small aircraft, with a flight direct to Gillespie Field, San Diego's largest general aviation airport. More from this guide...

Santee Hotels, Motels & Accommodations

Rodeway Inn Santee San Diego East - Santee
+1-888-690-5247
10135 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee, CA 92071
  • Two star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 11:00
From$60
Average 3.5 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Best Western Santee Lodge 10726 Woodside Ave., Santee, CA 92071
  • Three Star Resort property
  • Free breakfast available
  • Easily accessible by car, said 100%
  • Great donut
Carlton Oaks Country Club - Santee
+1-800-881-1523
9200 Inwood Dr., Santee, CA 92071
  • Cheap property
  • Hotel has 2 meeting rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Cheap motel
Motel 6 #1044 in El Cajon
+1-888-283-3404
550 Montrose Court, El Cajon, CA 92020 ~2.56 miles south of Santee
  • Low-priced hotel
  • 182 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Nice front desk
  • Minibar can be a problem
Days Inn San Diego East / El Cajon in El Cajon
+1-866-221-8581
683 North Mollison, El Cajon, CA 92020 ~2.70 miles southeast of Santee
  • Economy Suburban hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Bathroom could be bigger
  • Easily accessible by car and has restaurants and bars nearby
Best Western Continental Inn : 650 North Mollison Ave. 650 North Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021 ~2.70 miles southeast of Santee
  • Economical Suburban property
  • 95 rooms in property
Super 8 El Cajon in El Cajon 471 North Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020 ~2.71 miles south of Santee
  • Economy Suburban property
  • Free breakfast available
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites El Cajon San Diego East 588 North Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021 ~2.79 miles southeast of Santee
  • Low-priced Highway hotel
From$60
Average 3.0 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Relax Inn & Suites - El Cajon 1220 West Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020 ~2.96 miles south of Santee
  • Inexpensive hotel
  • Hotel has 38 rooms
From$69
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon 141 North Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020 ~3.00 miles south of Santee
  • Mid-scale Mountain property
  • Hotel has 120 rooms
From$119
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Travelodge in El Cajon
+1-888-283-3404
425 West Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020 ~3.02 miles south of Santee
  • Low Cost Downtown property
  • 43 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Quick check in
  • More comfort would be nice
Americas Best Value Inn El Cajon / San Diego : 1274 Oakdale Ave. 1274 Oakdale Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021 ~3.28 miles southeast of Santee
  • Inexpensive property
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Reception should be more attentive
  • Ice machine didnt work
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western El Cajon : 1355 East Main St. 1355 East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92021 ~3.67 miles southeast of Santee
  • 3 star Suburban hotel
  • 47 rooms in property
From$55
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Rodeway Inn & Suites El Cajon San Diego East : 1250 El Cajon Blvd. 1250 El Cajon Blvd., El Cajon, CA 92020 ~3.98 miles south of Santee
  • Low priced Highway property
  • Has environment-friendly policy See more
Best Western Plus La Mesa San Diego : 9550 Murray Dr. 9550 Murray Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942 ~4.19 miles south of Santee
  • Three Star property
  • Check in time: 3:00pm
From$99
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Holiday Inn La Mesa : 8000 Pkwy. Dr. 8000 Pkwy. Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942 ~5.35 miles southwest of Santee
  • Mid-scale Suburban hotel
  • 141 rooms in hotel
  • Internet works
  • Entrance area is not particularly attractive
Heritage Inn La Mesa - La Mesa
+1-800-881-1523
7851 Fletcher Pkwy., La Mesa, CA 91942 ~5.51 miles southwest of Santee
  • 2-star Suburban property
  • 4 floors in hotel
Motel 6 San Diego La Mesa 7621 Alvarado Rd., La Mesa, CA 91941 ~5.68 miles southwest of Santee
  • Low priced property
  • 2 floors in hotel
Lodge of La Mesa (A Quiet Hotel For Adults Only) in La Mesa 7911 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91942 ~6.04 miles southwest of Santee
  • Two star hotel
  • 56 rooms in hotel
Days Inn & Suites San Diego Sdsu 7475 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91941 ~6.08 miles southwest of Santee
  • 2-star Suburban property
  • Hotel has 41 suites
Sycuan Golf Resort in El Cajon 3007 Dehesa Rd., El Cajon, CA 92019 ~6.39 miles southeast of Santee
  • Mid-scale Resort property
  • Airport shuttle available
From$139
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Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at Sdsu 6474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115 ~7.08 miles southwest of Santee
  • Cheap Suburban property
  • Hotel has 2 floors
  • Most guests enjoyed the restaurants & bars nearby
  • Friendly service
From$90
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Howard Johnson University Inn 6440 El Cajon Boulvard, San Diego, CA 92115 ~7.14 miles southwest of Santee
  • 2-star Suburban hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Rooms are ok
  • About half of guests said the rooms were modern
Super 8 San Diego Area La Mesa - La Mesa
+1-800-881-1523
6952 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91941 ~7.22 miles southwest of Santee
  • Economical property
  • Most guests said rooms were small
  • Sweet rolls
Rodeway Inn 5399 Adobe Falls Rd., San Diego, CA 92120 ~7.50 miles southwest of Santee
  • 2 star Downtown property
  • Check in time: 2:00 AM
  • Free internet
  • Clean bathroom
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Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Cleveland National Forest, Santee's chaparral-covered hillsides are bisected by the San Diego River. Santee is also convenient to San Diego Christian College, San Diego State University, and Grossmont Community College. Close to beaches and hikes through the sandy hill country, Santee, California, offers an affordable and convenient Southern California experience with a taste of small-town life.

The Santee town center is full of life, from the yellow poppies that spring up in Town Center Community Park each spring to the bustle of commerce, dining, and activity taking place in Santee's downtown each day. Over 58,000 people call Santee home, and it's easy to see why. The community enjoys a family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of entertainment options, from summer concert series to hiking and sports. When you visit Santee, California, you too can taste the Southern California good life.

When to Visit Santee, CA

Santee, California, enjoys an incredibly temperate climate year-round. Winters top out in the mid-70s, though it can be rainy. Summers heat up to the mid and upper 80s, with clear skies as far as the eye can see. Summertime also heralds the summer concert and festival season in Santee, ushering in nights and days of live music, classic car shows, food trucks, craft brews, and other family-friendly activities. Nearly every week, the town gathers for live, themed music, from jazz nights to bluegrass and musical throwbacks to the hippie summer of love.

The community loves the outdoor life, hitting the trails with a furry friend to keep you company. If you don't have a dog yet, be sure to visit Santee for the annual Fido Fest each June, a fun event helping dog lovers find and adopt a new pet. Current pet lovers can stop in for pet vaccines. Everyone can participate in the silent auction, enjoy the live music, and shop from exhibitors. It's a lively experience for a great cause, benefiting the non-profit organization Dogs on Deployment.

Santee event highlights each year include the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival in late May, with tastings from the many local breweries. Then comes the Bluegrass Festival in September, and the year closes out with a Holiday Lighting in mid-November at Trolley Square. During this festive time, kids get the chance to meet Santa and engage in holiday crafts. Children can slide down a man-made snowy slope or take a ride in a horse-drawn trolley or mini express train. Caroling, face painting, and a tree lighting ceremony make this event a highlight of the holiday season.

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

seasonality of hotel rates in Santee

Santee by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Santee, CA. You can use these charts to calculate the cheapest dates to make a reservation in Santee for your upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in Santee, CA

4 Star Average Prices: $199.72

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego, Carmel Valley, is a luxurious hotel option just under 15 miles from Santee. This 5-star luxury hotel and resort is convenient to the beaches of San Diego (by hotel shuttle), as well as the San Diego Polo Fields. The Mediterranean-style hotel welcomes guests with brick drives, tinkling fountains, and formal gardens.

Guests don't have to go far to enjoy the sun, as the Fairmont Grand Del Mar boasts four outdoor pools and spas with free cabana access. Pampering remains this hotel's top priority, from the on-site spa to its 24-hour room service and in-room espresso makers. Accommodation options span from luxurious guest rooms to decadent Presidential Suites. Guests staying at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar can enjoy oysters, champagne, and other decadent dinners and desserts at the on-site French restaurant, Addison. Sipping a cocktail at one of the outdoor bars is another favorite activity, allowing unparalleled views of the lush grounds.

For even closer access to the beach, check out luxury waterfront property L'Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels and Resorts. This luxury property also happens to be dog-friendly (and kid-friendly, too). Guests love the outdoor tennis courts and beach access, as well as uncommonly cozy beds, with pillowtop mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets.

Affordable Hotels in Santee, CA

3 Star Average Prices: $140.34

If you're looking for an accessible place to stay that's also affordable, consider Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego East / El Cajon. The Days Inn's rates offer tremendous value, especially when you consider the amenities you'll enjoy during your stay. The hotel's property includes an outdoor pool and spa, and guests can partake of a free daily breakfast. Guests rave about this Days Inn's cleanliness and attentive, bilingual staff.

You can also enjoy an affordable night's stay at Motel 6 San Diego - El Cajon. This roadside motel welcomes guests with rooms arrayed around a shady, grassy courtyard and an outdoor pool. Your stay will include cable programming, and WiFi service can be yours for a small additional fee.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Santee

2 Star Average Prices: $96.09

Santee, CA Hotels with Discounts

Rodeway Inn Santee San Diego East welcomes guests to a classic roadside motel with style, from its Spanish tile roof to its adobe-style walls and kidney-shaped outdoor pool. Guests love the discounts they discover here, on top of an already affordable nightly rate. Senior citizens, AAA members, and military service members will all score excellent discounts at Rodeway Inn Santee San Diego East, as will guests staying for the long term. Families love its proximity to landmarks like the San Diego Zoo, as well as the added values like the free daily breakfast, in-room fridge and microwave, and daily housekeeping.

Best Western Santee Lodge extends similar discounts to AAA members, senior citizens, military service members, and guests who plan to stay for the long haul. It's a cheery roadside property that has been well-loved and maintained, offering guests a welcome place to stay for a night or longer. Relax on its courtyard patio under an umbrella or take a dip in the hotel's outdoor pool and spa tub.

Inside, guest rooms are spacious enough to welcome single guests, couples, and families with double beds and modern bedding. You'll also enjoy the convenience of free WiFi, a mini-fridge, and a microwave. Pop downstairs in the morning for a free breakfast before heading out to Santee or San Diego for the day.

Best Value Hotels in Santee, CA

Business travelers should consider the Best Western Continental Inn, a hotel that balances value with excellent amenities. It is convenient to the El Cajon business district, and the property offers other enticements to business travelers, including a business center, express check-in and check-out, and ample space for conferences and meetings. When it's time to depart, you can catch a chartered executive flight from nearby Gillespie Field, located less than 2 miles away.

Guests seeking a value hotel with style will find both qualities at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Mission Valley Stadium in San Diego. Grab a late-night bite or cocktail at the Hilton Garden Inn's in-house restaurant, Verde Kitchen and Bar. A hearty hot breakfast is available in the morning for a reasonable rate, or you may opt to splurge on room service. The on-site fitness center and updated d├ęcor make this hotel a favorite for families visiting the nearby colleges, as well as businesspeople visiting San Diego and Santee.

Get Active in Santee, CA

Santee, California, has made an investment in its beautiful landscape, ensuring that the city is walkable and bikeable via a multi-use path. The town has also been the first community to complete its section of the new cross-county San Diego River Trail. The Santee trail segment is known as Walker Preserve Trail, and this smooth walking path has become a favorite place to stroll, jog, bike, and walk the dog. The park also presents an excellent vantage to observe three protected bird species: the Southwestern willow flycatcher, the California gnatcatcher, and the Bell's viero.

Once part of the Walker Family Dairy Farm, the Walker Preserve Trail is equipped to make your visit comfortable and convenient. The path offers inviting places to stop and picnic or enjoy the San Diego River view from a gazebo, bench, or picnic table. There are also fountains for both people and their pets.

Bikers will appreciate the fully stocked bike repair stand (with tools), ensuring that you can quickly repair a flat tire or slipped chain and then continue along the 2.4-mile trail. This evenly laid trail is the perfect length and difficulty for children, as well. If you're craving a longer walk, continue on an adjoining path to nearby Lakeside River Park, offering even more views of the river and native vegetation.

Sports lovers will also find ample entertainment at the Sportsplex USA complex, a 20-acre facility designed for soccer and baseball, including batting cages. If you'd prefer to relax and watch your favorite team on TV, visit the Sportsplex sports pub, where you can drink draft beer while eating your favorite ballpark snacks. If golf is your game of choice, head over to Carlton Oaks Golf Course.

Whether you're an outdoor lover who wants a quiet escape, or you're headed into town for weekend festival fun, Santee, CA, is sure to delight you.

Recent traveler guest reviews of Santee, CA

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

"The availability of so many activities"
Score 5.0 / 5

The fact it is a lot less busy then San Diego but very close. The trolley took us into San Diego. The trolley can be caught just a few blocks from the hotel. There are nice trails within close driving distance of the hotel. We really enjoyed the Mission Trails Visitor Center and hiking trails. We loved Old Town San Diego and Seaport Village which you can get to directly using the trolley. The hotel is near stores and restaurants.

Janet A., from 31-Oct-2018
"Clean and Safe"
Score 5.0 / 5

Santee is a beautiful city. Very clean and well maintained. We felt safe there and enjoyed our visit. We would definitely return.

Chandelle R., from 20-Jun-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of Santee, CA shown above is 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
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