Hotels in San Diego

The Southern Californian beach scene is alive and well in San Diego. Surfers, skateboarders, posers and punk rockers can all be found lounging in the sunshine, dipping in and out of the Pacific and enjoying some of America’s most picturesque beaches. World class animal parks, a vibrant live music scene, and a laid back attitude also contribute to make San Diego a popular tourism destination.

There are plenty of hotels in San Diego to choose from, whether you’re looking for a boutique experience on the beach or a party hostel right in the middle of the action. There’s everything in between too, with lots of mid-range hotels and world-famous chains. With accommodation to suit all budgets dotted throughout the city, all you need to think about is where to base yourself.

Downtown

The tourist infrastructure in San Diego’s Centre City is excellent, with a high concentration of hotels, museums, and tourist attractions. Luxury hotels and posh restaurants can be found by the Marina, while the Gaslamp Quarter provides plenty of late night entertainment: from theatres to nightclubs. The Columbia neighbourhood is the city’s bustling business quarter, but if you want to be close to the San Diego Convention Centre you should look for hotels by the harbour.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest has gone from being a down at heel working class neighbourhood to hippest place in San Diego. As well as plenty of independent shops and quirky cafes, the neighbourhood is also famous for its gay scene. There are plenty of LGBT friendly nightclubs and an annual Pride parade, taking place each July. Hillcrest sits just to the north-west of Balboa Park, a massive green space peppered with museums and home to the famous San Diego Zoo and Old Globe Theatre.

Old Town-Mission Valley

Historic buildings, Mexican culture, and excellent shopping malls can all be found in this lively neighbourhood. It’s a popular destination in the evening, with themed restaurants offering everything from top notch Mexican cuisine to home-brewed beer and pizza. There’s a huge collection of chain hotels in the area, most sitting beside the I-5 and I-8 motorways. It’s not far from Mission Bay, home to Sea World and a popular water sports beach.

Point Loma-Ocean Beach

If you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet, you’ll find it in the twin neighbourhoods of Point Loma and Ocean Beach. Here you’ll find beautiful scenery, including an excellent view of downtown San Diego’s skyline, and pristine beaches. There’s none of the usual tourist trappings: nightlife is fairly low key, although it can get quite lively in June when the annual street fair comes to town. Despite the exclusive feel, there are accommodation options for all budgets: from backpacker hostels to luxury resorts. 

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