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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.

Vista was home to the Luiseno Indians up until 1798 when the San Luis Rey Mission was founded. In 1830, Mexico won its independence from Spain, which led to the formation of the Rancho era in the state. In 1882, the first post office opened. On January 28,1963, the city of Vista was incorporated with a population of over 19,000. By 2006, over 94,000 were in residence. More from this guide...

Vista Hotels/Accommodations

Motel 6 Vista Ca #4821 - Vista
330 Mar Vista Dr., Vista, CALIFORNIA 92083
  • Cheap hotel
  • Hotel has 75 rooms
Average 3.0 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad
2100 Radiance Way, Vista, CA 92081
  • Three Star property
La Quinta San Diego Vista by Wyndham : 630 Sycamore St.
630 Sycamore St., Vista, CA 92083
  • Economical Highway hotel
  • 3 floors in property
  • About half of guests said rooms were small
  • Plush towels
Motel 6 Oceanside Ca #679
3708 Plaza Dr., OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA 92056 ~3.34 miles west of Vista
  • Cheap property
Towneplace Suites Carlsbad Vista : 2201 South Melrose Dr.
2201 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081
  • Affordable Suburban property
  • 94 sleeping rooms in hotel
Courtyard San Diego Oceanside
3501 Seagate Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 ~3.81 miles west of Vista
  • Midscale hotel
  • Hotel has 4 meeting rooms
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Oceanside
3603 Ocean Ranch Blvd., Oceanside, CA 92056 ~4.07 miles west of Vista
  • Three Star Beach hotel
  • Check in: 3:00pm
  • Clean rooms
  • Clean pool
Very Good 4.5 /5Guest Reviews CallBookMore Details
Hyatt Place San Diego/Vista-Carlsbad - Vista
2645 South Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92081
  • 3 star Resort hotel
  • 4 floors in property
Very Good 4.0 /5Read Reviews CallBookMore Details
Extended Stay America San Diego - Oceanside
3190 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 ~4.73 miles west of Vista
  • Economy Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos
1245 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069 ~4.82 miles southeast of Vista
  • Three Star property
  • Gym is available on property
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Quality Inn & Suites Oceanside Near Camp Pendleton in Oceanside
3170 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 ~4.88 miles west of Vista
  • Three Star Suburban hotel
  • Check in: 3.00 PM
Staybridge Suites Carlsbad : 2735 Palomar Airport Rd.
2735 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~4.92 miles south of Vista
  • Midscale Airport property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy See more
Very Good 4.5 /5Hotel Reviews CallBookMore Details
Holiday Inn Carlsbad : 2725 Palomar Airport Rd.
2725 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009 ~5.01 miles south of Vista
  • Three Star Beach property
  • Hotel has 133 rooms
  • AC works well
  • Management is acceptable
Very Good 4.0 /5Recent Reviews CallBookMore Details
Residence Inn by Marriott Carlsbad - Carlsbad
2000 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~5.12 miles southwest of Vista
  • Three Star Beach property
  • Free breakfast
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Hampton Inn Carlsbad-North San Diego County in Carlsbad
2229 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~5.44 miles south of Vista
  • Affordable Beach property
  • 94 rooms in hotel
  • Comfortable beds, with great shopping nearby
  • Enjoyable & peaceful excellent breakfast my husband
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Homewood Suites by Hilton Carlsbad-North San Diego County in Carlsbad
2223 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~5.46 miles south of Vista
  • Midscale Suburban property
  • Comp. Breakfast
  • Most guests were happy with the price of the breakfast
  • Great room
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort in San Marcos
1025 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078 ~5.56 miles south of Vista
  • High end Lake property
  • 142 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Most guests thought the shower was ok
  • Wi-Fi didn't work
Very Good 4.5 /5Guest Reviews CallBookMore Details
Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos : 517 San Marcos Blvd.
517 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92078 ~5.82 miles southeast of Vista
  • Economical Highway hotel
  • 84 rooms in property
Courtyard by Marriott Carlsbad : 5835 Owens Ave.
5835 Owens Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~5.82 miles south of Vista
  • Midscale Suburban property
  • Airport shuttle provided
  • Most guests found problems with the furniture
  • For only 50%, the noise level was all right
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos
227 West San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069 ~6.06 miles southeast of Vista
  • Three Star Suburban property
  • 31 suites in property
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Welk Resorts San Diego in Escondido
8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, CA 92026 ~6.11 miles east of Vista
  • High end Resort hotel
  • Check in time: 4:00 PM
Very Good 4.0 /5Recent Reviews CallBookMore Details
Home2 Suites Carlsbad
1901 Wright Place, Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~6.13 miles southwest of Vista
  • Mid-scale property
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~6.19 miles southwest of Vista
  • 4 star Beach property
  • 250 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Parking is rare
  • Great amenities
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews CallBookMore Details
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
1929 Palomar Oaks Way, Carlsbad, CA 92011 ~6.22 miles southwest of Vista
  • Midscale Suburban property
  • Hotel has a green policy Learn more
Very Good 4.5 /5Read Reviews CallBookMore Details
Hyland Inn Near Legoland in Carlsbad
3570 Pio Pico Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008 ~6.33 miles west of Vista
  • Economy Beach property
  • Free breakfast
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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.

Vista continues its journey to thrive and grow with business and pleasure activities coming to the area. More than 800 companies, both domestic and international, are part of the Vista landscape.

Soak up some sun and attitude of the city by spending some time at Vista Village. The revitalized downtown district is bevy of excitement with a variety of shopping venues, dining establishments, and entertainment options.

Pick your season, plan your itinerary, and make reservations at one of the standout hotels in Vista where there's plenty of things to keep you occupied morning, noon, and night.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Vista, California?

Summertime and the living is easy in VIsta, California, with warm, arid days and clear skies. Wintertime is just the opposite, offering long, cool days with partly cloudy skies. Throughout the year, visitors can expect temperatures ranging from 46 degrees to 79 degrees.

The time of year best suited to warm weather activities runs from the first part of June to the first part of October, when temperatures rarely go above 85 degrees. If you prefer cool weather, the temperature rarely drops below 39 degrees.

Pick your pleasure when to visit Vista. The warm season lasts from July 3 to September 30. Fall follows from October 1 to November 27. Winter is from November 28 to April 6, and then spring breaks through from April 7 to July 1. The rainy season lasts from November 20 to April 7. Dry weather prevails the majority of the year, which is April 7 to November 20.

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 Top Hotels in Vista, California?

4 Star Average Prices: $168.01

Whether it's a studio you're interested in or a one- or two-bedroom suite, Residence Inn San Diego Oceanside has what you're looking for with spacious accommodations. Guest rooms feature modern furnishings, quality bedding, pullout sofas, ergonomic workstations, premium channels and flat-panel TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a fully equipped kitchen.

When you're craving something to snack on, stop by the hotel's convenience store stocked with a variety of goodies and beverages. Each morning, enjoy a free breakfast. Three nights a week, you can relax and socialize with other guests. Monday is for lite nibbles by the fire. Tuesday serves up grilled items and ice-cold beverages. Wednesday's Mix It Up can be selections from a local food truck, tasty tidbits from local restaurants, or appetizer and beverage pairings.

When you just want to unwind, the hotel has you covered with several relaxing options. The well-equipped fitness center that includes a stair climber, treadmill, stair climber, and elliptical. After an invigorating workout, head to the heated outdoor pool for a little splash time, or unwind in the soothing whirlpool.

Staybridge Suites Carlsbad has the right idea when it comes to staying in a hotel that feels like home. The hotel provides guest rooms with time-saving features such as a kitchen equipped with a stovetop, microwave, and full-sized refrigerator. Free internet keeps you connected, and an LCD TV with cable programming keeps you entertained. An added bonus is daily housekeeping, so your room stays fresh and clean.

The amenities provided by the hotel ensure an enjoyable, entertaining, and satisfying stay. You can spend time at the outdoor pool and spa tub, play a round of tennis, fix something good to eat on the barbecue grill, and start the day with a daily complimentary hot/cold breakfast buffet. After breakfast, stop by the business center to take care of any last-minute work details and access the dry cleaning and laundry services to keep your wardrobe fresh and ready to go for your next meeting or vacation adventure.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Vista

Are There Budget Hotels in Vista, California?

3 Star Average Prices: $127.29

Founded in 1970, Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos is one of the brand's many locations that maintain the hotel's reputation as an affordable hotel with quality amenities and excellent customer service. Guests can choose from double, queen, king rooms and queen studio suites.

The pet-friendly hotel focuses on guest satisfaction with featured amenities that include free parking, a complimentary continental breakfast, a business center, free USA Today, guest laundry, free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour front desk with staff ready to assist.

Roadway Inn Escondido Downtown is conveniently located near area attractions, shopping, and dining and offers clean and comfortable king and non-smoking queen rooms. Each guest room is nicely decorated for comfort and fitted with a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and an iron and ironing board for convenience. Settle back with premium channels on the flat-screen TV, read the free newspaper, or connect with friends and family online.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Vista

2 Star Average Prices: $75.05

2 Star Hotel Prices in Vista

Which Hotels Have the Best Discounts in Vista, California?

La Quinta Inn San Diego Vista offers AAA, AARP, government, and senior discounts that complement the already affordable rates of the hotel. Settle down each night in a spacious guest room equipped with a supportive mattress, plump pillows, and quality linens. Relax with your favorite programs on the flat-screen television with cable programming or connect with complimentary wireless and wired internet. Additional amenities include a desk, coffee and tea maker, hair dryer, free toiletries, and a free continental breakfast daily.

The 24-hour front desk is available with multilingual staff whenever you have questions or need assistance. A sparkling outdoor pool is a refreshing oasis on a hot day. Self-parking is also free.

Townplace Suites by Marriott San Diego Vista makes travel time a treat with AAA, military, and senior money saving discounts. Guests have a choice in king studios with sofa beds or one- or two-bedroom suites.

Studios are spacious, featuring 360 square feet of living space. Studios are equipped with a 32-inch LCD TV with Netflix and premium channels, a kitchen fitted with a microwave, a refrigerator, dishwasher, and stovetop, a plump pillowtop bed, blackout drapes to secure a peaceful sleep, and private bathroom complete with hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. Suites include everything the studio is equipped with plus a desk, in-room safe, cookware, utensils, dishware, and a coffee and tea maker.

The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, fitness facilities, outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour front desk, a computer station, concierge services, a spa tub, and laundry facilities. Free newspapers are available in the lobby, safe-deposit boxes are available at the front desk, dry cleaning and laundry service is available, the property is smoke-free, self-parking is free, and there is a charging station for electric cars.

Which Hotels Have the Best Value in Vista, California?

Extended Stay America - San Diego - Oceanside is your destination when you want to experience the comforts of home while traveling. The hotel makes this possible with fully equipped kitchens, wireless internet, flat-screen TVs, an on-premise laundry facility open around the clock, and barbecue grills when you want to fire up some good food. Plus, pets are welcome. For your convenience and to satisfy hunger pangs in the morning, complimentary grab-and-go breakfast is available.

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort makes every day special for guests who choose the beautiful rooms and cottages situated along Lake San Marcos. Guests enjoy a tranquil atmosphere where guests can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Wake up each morning with a view of the lake or the sparkling pool after a stress-free night's sleep on a signature EDS memory foam bed.

For guests needing more room, the two-bedroom cottage includes a luxurious space to dine and recline along with two baths, kitchenette, Keurig coffee maker, free Wi-Fi, premium TV channels, luxury cotton robes, and two private patios with scenic views.

What Are Some of the Activities and Attractions in Vista, California?

In Vista, several cultural attractions draw attention for quality entertainment. Options include Wave Waterpark, AVO Playhouse, and the Moonlight Amphitheatre.

With Vista's close proximity to surrounding cities, more things to see and do are just minutes away for a day of fun. Just a few of the destinations available for kids of all ages include Legoland, Sea World, San Diego Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

For the adults, there's Del Mar thoroughbred races and tee time at Twin Oaks golf course or Lake San Marcos Country Club. Watch the sunset from the Oceanside Pier (the longest wooden pier in the state) or grab a pole and drop a line for a little fishing expedition.

One of the things California is known for is its Pacific coastline, which has been the focus for surfers for generations. For a look at the history of surfing through displays, permanent exhibits, and featured exhibits, visit the California Surf Museum, which was founded in 1986.

With a diverse landscape of sun, sand, beaches, and forests and traveler-friendly weather, Vista is a destination oasis of year-round activities. Plus, when you visit, you have a choice of quality hotels to ensure your time in California is all it can be.

'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, Courtyard San Diego Oceanside and Residence Inn by Marriott 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 Resort, Spa & Golf Club, Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, North San Diego and Lakehouse Hotel and Resort are the top 3 luxury hotels near Vista city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Vista?

Motel 6 Vista Ca #4821, Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad, and La Quinta San Diego Vista by Wyndham 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 and Resort and Tamarack Beach Resort Hotel are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the most popular Marriott hotels in Vista?

Courtyard San Diego Oceanside, Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Oceanside and Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer 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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