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Vista California Hotels & Motels

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The Vista center is around 4 miles east of So Cal Sports Complex and 5 miles north of Carlsbad McClellan Palomar Airport.

About halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, Vista, California, is a great place to stay in Southern California. This area is warm, sunny, and full of beautiful scenery. Just over 15-minutes to the west of the city, you'll find Carlsbad, California, right on the ocean. Head about an hour and a half east and you'll come to Cleveland National Forest, home to Palomar Mountain. Basically, with the various attractions found right in the town of Vista plus all of the surrounding places, there's something fun for everyone to enjoy when they visit. More from this guide...

Vista Hotels/Accommodations

Motel 6 Vista - Vista
+1-888-690-5247
330 Mar Vista Dr., Vista, CA 92083
  • Inexpensive hotel
  • Hotel has 2 floors
La Quinta San Diego Vista by Wyndham in Vista
+1-888-305-3366
630 Sycamore St., Vista, CA 92083
  • Low-priced Highway property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
  • Almost all guests found problems with the furniture
  • Could use a good cleaning
Motel 6 Oceanside
+1-800-881-1523
3708 Plaza Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056 ~3.30 miles west of Vista
  • Two star hotel
  • 3 floors in property
Towneplace Suites by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad / Vista - Vista
+1-888-283-3404
2201 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081 Website
  • Affordable Suburban property
  • Free comp. breakfast
From$159
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Courtyard San Diego Oceanside in Oceanside
+1-866-221-8581
3501 Seagate Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 ~3.81 miles west of Vista
  • Three Star hotel
  • 4 conference rooms in property
Oceanside Residence Inn by Marriott : 3603 Ocean Ranch Blvd.
+1-866-429-5787
3603 Ocean Ranch Blvd., Oceanside, CA 92056 ~4.07 miles west of Vista
  • 3 star Beach property
  • Hotel has 125 suites
  • Included breakfast buffet
  • Great pool
From$139
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Hyatt Place : 2645 South Melrose Dr.
+1-888-690-5281
2645 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081
  • Affordable Resort property
  • Hotel has 4 floors
Extended Stay America San Diego Oceanside in Oceanside
+1-888-690-5247
3190 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 ~4.73 miles west of Vista
  • Low priced Beach hotel
  • 3 floors in property
Residence Inn by Marriott : 1245 Los Vallecitos Blvd.
+1-888-305-3366
1245 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069 ~4.82 miles southeast of Vista
  • 3-star property
  • 4 floors in hotel
From$109
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Quality Inn & Suites Oceanside Near Camp Pendleton
+1-800-881-1523
3170 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 ~4.88 miles west of Vista
  • 3 star Suburban hotel
  • 63 sleeping rooms in hotel
Staybridge Suites Carlsbad - Carlsbad
+1-888-283-3404
2735 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~4.92 miles south of Vista
  • Midscale Airport hotel
  • Hotel has 106 rooms
From$159
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Holiday Inn Carlsbad
+1-866-221-8581
2725 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~5.01 miles south of Vista
  • 3 star Beach property
  • 15 conference rooms in property
  • Average dining experience
  • Great view
From$103
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Residence Inn Carlsbad - Carlsbad
+1-866-429-5787
2000 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~5.12 miles southwest of Vista
  • Three Star Beach hotel
  • Fitness + Health Center
From$129
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Hampton Inn Carlsbad - Carlsbad
+1-888-690-5281
2229 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~5.44 miles south of Vista
  • 3 star Beach hotel
  • 94 rooms in property
  • Excellent business hotel
  • Impeccable facilities
From$110
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad
+1-888-690-5247
2223 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~5.46 miles south of Vista
  • 3 star Suburban hotel
  • 145 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Very pleasant atmosphere
  • Very comfortable and great free hot breakfast
From$115
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Lakehouse Hotel & Resort
+1-888-305-3366
1025 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078 ~5.56 miles south of Vista
  • 4-star Lake property
  • 142 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Accessibility by car can be a challenge
  • Great reception
From$109
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Golden Door
+1-800-881-1523
777 Deer Springs Rd., San Diego, CA 92069 ~5.77 miles east of Vista
  • Affordable hotel
  • 41 rooms in hotel
Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos - San Marcos
+1-888-283-3404
517 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92078 ~5.82 miles southeast of Vista
  • Economical hotel
  • 2 floors in property
Courtyard by Marriott Carlsbad : 5835 Owens Ave.
+1-866-221-8581
5835 Owens Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~5.82 miles south of Vista
  • 3-star Suburban hotel
  • 3 floors in hotel
  • Close to shopping
  • Most guests complained about the bathroom
From$132
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Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North / san Marcos : 227 West San Marcos Blvd.
+1-866-429-5787
227 West San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069 ~6.06 miles southeast of Vista
  • Three Star hotel
  • Hotel has 31 suites
Welk Resort San Diego
+1-888-690-5281
8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, CA 92026 ~6.11 miles east of Vista
  • Four-star Resort hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
From$131
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Home2 Suites Carlsbad - Carlsbad
+1-888-690-5247
1901 Wright Place, Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~6.13 miles southwest of Vista
  • 3 star hotel
  • 16 suites in hotel
Super 8 Oceanside Marty`s Valley Inn - Oceanside
+1-888-305-3366
3240 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92058 ~6.14 miles west of Vista
  • Inexpensive Highway hotel
  • Free breakfast
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa - Carlsbad
+1-800-881-1523
5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~6.19 miles southwest of Vista
  • 4 star Beach hotel
  • 15 conference rooms in property
  • Most guests said the beds were comfortable
  • High priced breakfast
From$179
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Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
+1-888-283-3404
1929 Palomar Oaks Way, Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~6.22 miles southwest of Vista
  • Mid-scale Suburban property
  • 36 suites in property
From$129
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Graph: Upcoming 20 Days of Vista Hotel Rates

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

Stay in Vista and make great memories at the various museums, gardens, parks, and more, or head to the shore for some amazing surfing. The mountains welcome lovers of nature and adventure, and Legoland is only 20 minutes away for some childhood fun! Take a day trip to either of the nearby famous cities to enjoy shopping and site-seeing. The fun is limitless when you vacation in and around Vista, California.

When are the best times to visit Vista, CA?

Thanks to the year-round beautiful weather, there's never a bad time to visit Vista, California. Winter temperatures average in the 60s, while summer temperatures stay in the high 70s and low 80s. Annual rainfall is very low, so most days are sunny and comfortable. What's not to love? When considering the weather, any time of year is a great time to visit Vista.

If you're looking to avoid crowds and lots of tourists, it would be better to come down between the months of October and April. As you approach the summer season, more and more tourists flock to the area for time at the beach and summer vacations. This can also be a popular place during Spring Break, so the month of March tends to be busier at the beaches and in the major cities.

Because Vista, California, isn't too close to either major nearby city or the seaside, it isn't overrun by tourists at any point during the year like other places can be. However, if you're planning to hang out in the busier areas during your stay, consider coming during the off season.

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

seasonality of hotel rates in Vista

Vista, CA: Prices by Star Rating Class

Below we've posted 3 graphs illustrating avg. price patterns by star rating class in Vista, CA. Browse these charts to calculate the best time period to make a reservation in Vista for any future trips.

Where are the luxury hotels near Vista, CA?

4 Star Average Prices: $168.01

A stay at the Lakehouse Hotel and Resort, just 15 minutes south of the Vista city center and situated on Lake San Marcos, will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and full of great memories. This luxury hotel is designed to feel like your own private lake house. Choose one of their guest rooms with a lakeside view or upgrade to a one or two bedroom cottage for a real home-away-from-home feel. Amenities found in all of the rooms include a Keurig coffee maker, a flat-screen television with premium stations, rain shower heads, cotton robes, a mini fridge, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Get out on the water with rentals from the full-service marina, or enjoy a round of golf. Lounge in your cozy room with breakfast brought to you or get out to one of the salt water pools on site or the hot tub. Other hotel amenities include a fitness area, an on-site masseuse, and a fully stocked library.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Vista

What affordable hotel options are around Vista, CA?

3 Star Average Prices: $127.29

For an affordable stay with all the amenities you need in a hotel, the Courtyard San Diego Oceanside is a great option. Located in Oceanside, California, the town on the western border of Vista, this hotel offers Starbucks coffee on site from The Bistro, as well as an outdoor pool and fully equipped fitness center. Other hotel perks include on-site laundry facilities, valet dry cleaning, limousine service, and safety deposit boxes.

Whether you choose a guest room or suite, you'll get to enjoy a sitting area, work desk, high-speed internet access, a television, and air conditioning. Guest rooms come with a king size bed or two queen beds. Larger guest rooms include a sofa bed, and suites come with two rooms or a separate sitting area depending on the type you book. Mini fridges, coffee makers, and irons with ironing boards are also included in every room.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Vista

2 Star Average Prices: $75.05

2 Star Hotel Prices in Vista

What are the best hotels in the Vista, CA for discounts?

The La Quinta Inn San Diego Vista offers discounted rates for military and government personnel, senior citizens, and AAA members. All hotel guests have access to amenities like an outdoor pool, a full complimentary breakfast, and free internet access. Available accommodations range from rooms with two double beds to suites with a king size bed. ADA accessible rooms with king beds are also available. Every room comes with a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron with ironing board, and a flat-screen television.

Head to the Residence Inn by San Diego Oceanside if you're looking for great discounts on rooms near Vista, California. At this Residence Inn, Senior Citizens, 62 years and older with a valid ID, can enjoy lower rates. AAA or CAA members also enjoy discounts when they book rooms here. Once you've checked in, you can enjoy a swim in the heated outdoor pool or get a good workout in at the fitness center.

Room options at the Residence Inn include studios with king size beds and suites with one room or multiple rooms. All rooms include top-notch amenities like a coffee and tea machine, air-conditioning with in-room controls, high-speed internet, and LCD televisions with premium channels available.

What are the best hotels in Vista, CA?

Towneplace Suites by Marriott San Diego Vista is a great place to stay in the Vista, California, area for longer trips. Suites come in studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom sizes with daily housekeeping and plenty of great amenities. You'll enjoy perks like fully equipped kitchens, flat-screen televisions, work desks, and complimentary Wi-Fi in each of the suites. Hotel amenities include a complimentary continental breakfast, fitness center, business center, and outdoor pool with a hot tub.

The Hyatt Place San Diego/Vista-Carlsbad offers spacious rooms and a welcoming environment. Guests will love the constant access to great dining and snacks thanks to the 24/7 areas including the 24/7 Gallery Menu, the 24/7 Gallery Market, and the Coffee to Cocktails Bar. Start the day with a fully loaded free breakfast and end with a perfectly crafted cocktail at the on-site bar.

Depending on the size of your party you'll have several room options. Many rooms come with a sofa bed for extra space and include either two queen beds or one king bed. The Cozy Corner area, as Hyatt calls in, is the perfect spot to sit and relax in your room with a flat-screen television and the ideal lighting for reading. Room amenities include a mini fridge, coffee maker, microwave, and workspace.

What are the ways to have fun in Vista, CA?

While staying in Vista, California, you'll be near many major attractions like national parks, the beach, and two popular cities, but there's also plenty of fun to be had right in town. Wave Waterpark is right in the center of the city and offers fun for all ages. The Slide Tower features four exciting slides all leading to the splash pool. The Salsa Twist, Tubulation, and Flash Flood are all tube slides, while the Slam Dunk is an all dark body slide.

Other water activities at Wave Waterpark include the El Rio Loco, their crazy river that flows around with a steady current, the wave pool, and the competition pool. Little ones can enjoy water play at the Spray Park, and everyone will love the food at Surf Spot Grill. Grab a burger and some ice cream for lunch while on a break from the water. Don't forget to grab a treat from the Sugar Shack before you leave.

At Alta Vista Botanical Gardens visitors can walk through 20 different gardens that represent various environments found throughout the world. Some gardens also feature sculptures and artwork creating a living museum that anyone can appreciate. Kids love the Bug, Birds, and Butterflies exhibit where they can observe these fun little creatures up close and in their own environment. Special events happen all year, so be sure to check the online calendar before your visit so you don't miss out.

A visit to the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum offers a unique look at the history of mechanics in the United States and what life was like on the early American farm from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. Open since 1976, this museum covers 55 acres of land and features fascinating exhibits and learning opportunities.

If you want to see an authentic adobe house from the 1850s, head to the Guajome Ranch House. This historic hacienda features 22 rooms at a total of 7,000 square feet and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. With two courtyards, an on-site chapel, and an arcaded veranda, this place is full of picturesque views. Around the house you'll find an open wetland area full of wildlife. In the 112-acre park that surrounds the Guajome Ranch House, visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and even horseback riding.

No matter what your interests or reason for travel, you're sure to have a great time during your visit to Vista, California. Soak up some sun, experience the attractions, see the sites, and make great memories. Regardless of whether you're traveling for work or leisure, booking a great hotel in Vista will let you make the most of your stay.

'There comes a time when you've gotta make choices “ choice that will change the course of your life forever. It doesn't matter how small a town you live in “ that time will always come!

Dave Roberts, former manager of LA Dodgers, said this in one of his newspaper columns while elaborating on the difficulties that one faces in professional life. Born and schooled in Vista, CA, Roberts' thought process that defined his career and the success of his team seems to have been, in part at least, shaped by the time he spent in humble surroundings of Vista. 

But Vista of today is not so humble in its outlook. Matching other neighboring cities in Southern California, Vista has shed its old skin of being a city that took no pleasures in flaunting, while donning the new and confident avatar of being a city that embraces newer things and people quite heartily. 

The history of Vista goes back over 120 years, when the first USPS office was set up here in order to expedite the delivery of letters from the East Coast to the West Coast of America. That one little development somehow escalated into frenzied activity, finally resulting into the founding of Vista as we know it today. 

Apart from being a city of laidback life, Vista is also famous for its relatively cheaper real estate prices and a host of attractions that abound in and around the city. So, our only urge to the readers who see themselves visiting Vista sooner rather than later would be give it a good thought and finalize some plans. 

Living Cheap in Vista

It is indeed possible to find and avail cheap accommodation in Vista. On account of not being a huge metropolis (population of Vista is just in excess of 100,000), there are few hotels in Vista that tourists can get their hands on, meaning that even fewer choices of cheap hotels can be looked at.

The reason to emphasize the importance of staying at one of many cheap hotels here is quite simple. If you are going to stay for a week or more, you would obviously stand to save a lot of cash due to lower tariffs offered by these options “ cash that come in handy while exploring the city, or even for consolidating the future touring budget of your plans! 

Vista B&B is the first name that pops up in this context. It is a fairly standard budget hotel that bears no pretences while coming across more as a semi-luxury resort than as a budget hotel. All in all it can be a very safe and dependable choice. 

Casa Blanca Resort, famous for the panoramic views of the region observable from its rooms, is also an option worth probing. 

Extravagant Luxury Resorts in Vista 

California is typically well-known for its extravagance. It's no wonder then that the hospitality industry bigwigs do not let even one chance pass by where they can put their best facilities on display for everyone to see. 

That's why, in many Californian cities of reasonable repute as either a business center or a tourism hub, it is quite customary to be able to find luxury resorts run by these global corporations. Vista, to that rule, is no exception at all. 

Hyatt Place Vista is an unavoidable mention in this category, simply because it fuses the best that Hyatt has to offer with the best Vista as a city has to offer. Comfortable and lavish suites coupled with warm, heartfelt reception means that no guest checking out of this hotel is ever dissatisfied with the services extended to them! 

TownePlace SD Vista can stake a tough challenge for Hyatt Place. The only problem is that this particular property is closer to San Diego than it is to Vista. But apart from that one chink in its armour, things look quite rosy from one of the tall windows of a presidential suite here! That should wrap things up for luxury Vista hotels. 

Must See Places and Must Do Things in Vista

Vista has a varied set of attractions that all tourists of numerous interests and ideas of sightseeing will find something to pick from. 

The biggest of them all, however, is a rather unassuming place. Rancho Buena Vista Adobe is an archetypal ranch in Vista where tourists can get to live the life on ranch at nominal per person fees. From learning more about cattle and tough life that one usually encounters on ranches to riding ponies and horses around the limitless expanses of land, everything that you can find at this ranch is thrilling. The ranch is owned and operated by the City of Vista. 

 Culture vultures can check out what's playing at the famous Avo Playhouse, a prominent indoor theater where the best of acts from around the United States are hosted every once in a while. 

Finally, on a more fun note for kids, there is a small-sized water park situated just outside the city limits of Vista. It opens in May and closes in August/September “ more through poor availability of water than anything. 

Hotels Near Vista Airport 

The nearest international airport that tourists coming in from overseas usually choose while visiting Vista is the San Diego Int. Airport. Its distance from Vista, at about 35 miles, is fairly long, forcing tourists to abandon the idea of looking for Vista hotels that are easily accessible from the airport itself. 

While this isn't exactly impossible, it would still mean that you would be staying at a San Diego hotel, instead of a Vista hotel. 

Best Time to Visit Vista 

While Vista has a fairly stable weather pattern around the year, the best time to visit Vista is during the months of May and June. 

During these months “ insanely high prices put up by hotels in Vista notwithstanding “a combination of excellent weather and various art, food and cultural festivals being organized around the city comes to the fore, allowing tourists to make the most of their visit to Vista. 

FAQs about hotels in Vista

What are the best rated hotels in Vista?

West Inn & Suites, Towneplace Suites by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad and Courtyard San Diego Oceanside are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the most high-end hotels in Vista?

Park Hyatt Aviara, Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara and Lakehouse Hotel & Resort are the top 3 luxury hotels near Vista city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Vista?

Motel 6 Vista, La Quinta San Diego Vista by Wyndham, and Motel 6 Oceanside are the properties closest to Vista city center.

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

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Vista can be as cheap as $75.05 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

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

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Vista has been $127.29 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

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

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Vista has been $168.01 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in Vista?

West Inn & Suites, Lakehouse Hotel & Resort and Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the most popular Marriott hotels in Vista?

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

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

Econo Lodge Near Legoland, Quality Inn & Suites Oceanside Near Camp Pendleton and Rodeway Inn Legoland are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

What are the best Best Western hotels in Vista?

Best Western Plus Beach View Lodge and Best Western Oceanside Inn are the best rated Best Western branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the best IHG hotels in Vista?

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

Verified reviews of the city of Vista

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

"Leo Carrillo ranch"
Score 5.0 / 5

We enjoyed visiting the Leo Carrillo ranch. And we enjoyed its location nearother fun places including the ocean and the San Diego Botanical Gardens.

Marilyn W., from 07-Nov-2013
The average traveler rating of the city of Vista, CA shown above is 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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