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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
+1-888-690-5247
10135 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee, CA 92071
  • 2 star Downtown property
  • Check in: 11:00
Best Western Santee Lodge
+1-888-305-3366
10726 Woodside Ave., Santee, CA 92071-3143
  • Affordable Resort hotel
  • 48 rooms in property
  • Large flat screen
  • Friendly service
Carlton Oaks Country Club
+1-800-881-1523
9200 Inwood Dr., Santee, CA 92071
  • 2 star property
  • Check in time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Attentive staff
  • WIFI unreliable
From$80
Average 3.5 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Motel 6 #1044 - El Cajon
+1-888-283-3404
550 Montrose Court, El Cajon, CA 92020 ~2.56 miles south of Santee
  • 2 star property
  • 2 floors in property
  • Room needs to be redecorated
  • Most guests criticized the small bathroom
From$32
Average 3.0 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Days Inn San Diego East / El Cajon
+1-866-221-8581
683 North Mollison, El Cajon, CA 92020 ~2.70 miles southeast of Santee
  • Economy Suburban property
  • Check in: 12:00
  • Good internet service
  • World class service
Best Western Plus Continental Inn in El Cajon
+1-866-429-5787
855 Sandlewood, El Cajon, CA 92021-5618 ~2.70 miles southeast of Santee
  • Three Star Suburban property
  • Check in time: 03:00
Super 8 El Cajon - El Cajon
+1-888-690-5281
471 North Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020 ~2.71 miles south of Santee
  • Inexpensive Suburban hotel
  • Check in time: 2:00pm
Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego East / el Cajon in El Cajon
+1-888-690-5247
683 North Mollison, El Cajon, CA 92021 ~2.73 miles southeast of Santee
  • Two star hotel
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites El Cajon San Diego East - El Cajon
+1-888-305-3366
588 North Mollison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021 ~2.79 miles southeast of Santee
  • Economical Highway hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
From$60
Average 3.0 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Relax Inn & Suites
+1-800-881-1523
1220 West Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020 ~2.96 miles south of Santee
  • Low-priced property
  • Check in time: 3:00PM
From$69
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon in El Cajon
+1-888-283-3404
141 North Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020 ~3.00 miles south of Santee
  • Affordable Mountain property
  • Fitness center on property
From$119
Excellent 5.0 /5Latest Reviews CallBookMore Details
Travelodge
+1-866-221-8581
425 West Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020 ~3.02 miles south of Santee
  • Two star Downtown property
  • Free complimentary breakfast
  • Good service
  • More comfort would be nice
Americas Best Value Inn El Cajon / San Diego : 1274 Oakdale Ave.
+1-866-429-5787
1274 Oakdale Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021 ~3.28 miles southeast of Santee
  • Low priced property
  • Check in time: 15:00
  • Bathroom needs cleaning
  • Free wifi
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western El Cajon
+1-888-690-5281
1355 East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92021-6540 ~3.67 miles southeast of Santee
  • Cheap Suburban property
  • 3 floors in hotel
Rodeway Inn & Suites El Cajon San Diego East
+1-888-690-5247
1250 El Cajon Blvd., El Cajon, CA 92020 ~3.98 miles south of Santee
  • Two-star Highway hotel
  • Has environment-friendly policy See more
Best Western Plus La Mesa San Diego - La Mesa
+1-888-305-3366
9550 Murray Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942-3924 ~4.19 miles south of Santee
  • 3-star hotel
  • 2 suites in property
Holiday Inn La Mesa
+1-800-881-1523
8000 Pkwy. Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942 ~5.35 miles southwest of Santee
  • Midscale Suburban hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
Heritage Inn La Mesa
+1-888-283-3404
7851 Fletcher Pkwy., La Mesa, CA 91942 ~5.51 miles southwest of Santee
  • Cheap Suburban hotel
  • 105 rooms in property
Motel 6 San Diego La Mesa - La Mesa
+1-866-221-8581
7621 Alvarado Rd., La Mesa, CA 91941 ~5.68 miles southwest of Santee
  • 2 star property
  • Hotel has 51 rooms
Lodge of La Mesa (A Quiet Hotel For Adults Only) - La Mesa
+1-866-429-5787
7911 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91942 ~6.04 miles southwest of Santee
  • Low Cost hotel
  • Hotel has 56 rooms
From$60
Average 3.5 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Diego Sdsu : 7475 El Cajon Blvd.
+1-888-690-5281
7475 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91941 ~6.10 miles southwest of Santee
  • Cheap Suburban property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy Learn more
Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan
+1-888-690-5247
3007 Dehesa Rd., El Cajon, CA 92019 ~6.37 miles southeast of Santee
  • 3 star Resort hotel
  • 5 meeting rooms in property
Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at Sdsu - San Diego
+1-888-305-3366
6474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115-2645 ~7.08 miles southwest of Santee
  • Low Cost Suburban property
  • Hotel has 2 floors
  • Average hotel building
  • Big pool
From$90
Very Good 4.5 /5Read Reviews CallBookMore Details
Howard Johnson University Inn
+1-800-881-1523
6440 El Cajon Boulvard, San Diego, CA 92115 ~7.14 miles southwest of Santee
  • Two star Suburban property
  • Check-in time: 15:00
  • Service is adequate
  • Internet is average
Super 8 San Diego Area La Mesa
+1-888-283-3404
6952 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91941 ~7.22 miles southwest of Santee
  • 2-star property
  • Breakfast can be improved
  • Good for sightseeing with nearby parking areas
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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 should you 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.

Where are the luxury hotels around Santee, CA?

4 Star Average Prices: $201.60

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.

What are the most affordable hotels in Santee, California?

3 Star Average Prices: $130.25

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: $105.48

What hotels in Santee offer the best 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.

Where are the hotels with the most value near 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.

What activities should you try while in Santee, California?

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.

FAQs about hotels in Santee

What are the most favored hotels in Santee?

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon, Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at Sdsu and Hampton Inn & Suites are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the most high-end hotels in Santee?

Sycuan Casino Resort, Best Western Santee Lodge and Best Western Plus Continental Inn are the top 3 luxury hotels near Santee city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Santee?

Rodeway Inn Santee San Diego East, Best Western Santee Lodge, and Carlton Oaks Country Club are the properties closest to Santee city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in Santee cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Santee can be as cheap as $105.48 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

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

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Santee has been $130.25 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a high-end hotel in Santee cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Santee has been $201.60 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in Santee?

Relax Inn & Suites, Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan and Sycuan Casino Resort are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the best Marriott hotels in Santee?

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon, Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Central and Residence Inn San Diego Central are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the most popular Choice Hotels branded hotels in Santee?

Quality Inn San Diego Miramar, Rodeway Inn Santee San Diego East and Rodeway Inn San Diego Near Qualcomm Stadium are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

What are the most popular Best Western hotels in Santee?

Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at Sdsu, Best Western Plus La Mesa San Diego and Best Western San Diego are the best rated Best Western branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the best IHG hotels in Santee?

Holiday Inn Miramar, Holiday Inn La Mesa and Holiday Inn Express are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

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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