San Diego

26 May 2019 - 27 May 2019

2 guests - 1 room

Fantastic theme parks, golden beaches, and year-round warm weather – San Diego is a southern Californian dream. Families love San Diego for its big ticket attractions such as the San Diego Zoo and Legoland, while foodies will find plenty to write home about in the city's craft beer bars and top-notch Mexican restaurants. With a buzzing nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter and European ambience in Little Italy, San Diego has something to offer every visitor.

Where to stay in San Diego

Knowing a little bit about the main areas in San Diego will help you to choose the best hotel. Everyone has different travel styles, and there's a quarter to suit everyone – whether you're a culture vulture or party animal. We've put together this quick guide to some of the most popular places to stay in San Diego. Use our map search to find hotels in your favourite San Diego neighbourhood.

The Core District

San Diego's core is as central as it gets. Business travellers (and those who want to be in the heart of the action) flock to downtown hotels such as the Westin San Diego, The Us Grant (a Luxury Collection Hotel) San Diego, or The Westgate Hotel. It's easy to reach San Diego's more intriguing neighbourhoods from the Core – it shares a border with the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, the East Village and Cortez Hill.

Attractions in San Diego's Core District include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the San Diego Civic Theatre. There are some great places to grab a bite, including the House of Blues for New Orleans-inspired cuisine and Hodad's Downtown SD for seriously impressive burgers.

Little Italy

Hipsters and honeymooners will love San Diego's Little Italy neighbourhood. It has a laid-back European atmosphere, thanks in part to the pedestrian-friendly streets and atmospheric plazas. Foodies will love browsing the heaving stalls at the Mercato Farmer's Market, while jet-lagged adventurers will appreciate the chance to catch some Z's on the lawn at Waterfront Park. Cosy cocktail bars and live music venues make Little Italy a great choice for low key evenings out.

Hotels in this neighbourhood tend to be quite upmarket, with a good range of boutique and luxury accommodation options. Some top Little Italy hotels are La Pensione Hotel, Urban Boutique Hotel and Porto Vista Hotel.

The Marina

The regenerated waterfront neighbourhood is an ideal base if you're attending a conference at the San Diego Convention Centre – or if you just enjoy having a view across the water. It's part of San Diego's downtown area, and the Gaslamp Quarter is an easy walk away. Marina attractions include The New Children's Museum, which has plenty of interactive exhibits to keep little ones entertained. San Diego's oldest green space, Pantoja Park, is another of this neighbourhood's top attractions – making Marina an ideal choice for families.

Hotels by the waterfront tend to be glitzy four star chain hotels. Popular options include the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown and Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Gaslamp Quarter

Nightlife seekers will fall in love with San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. This historical neighbourhood is at the heart of the city's after dark scene. You can spend a jolly evening bouncing between the quarter's chic cocktail bars, edgy dives and buzzing nightclubs. Restaurant options are just as diverse, with mom and pop Mexican restaurants rubbing up against huge international chains. Culture vultures should check the programme for the Balboa and Spreckels theatres.

There's a wide selection of accommodation in the Gaslamp Quarter, but our users really like the Hi San Diego Downtown Hostel, Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter, and the Horton Grand Hotel.

Mission Valley

San Diego's old town is outside the city centre, and is a great option for those who want a bit of peace and quiet. It's also ideal for those who love the outdoors – hotels in Mission Valley are convenient for Tecolote Canyon Natural Park, Mission Trails Regional Park and Fiesta Island Park. Families will enjoy being close to SeaWorld San Diego and Belmont Park, and golfers can play 18 holes at the Riverwalk Golf Club.

There's a good range of hotels in Mission Valley, from family-run guesthouses to huge four-star chains. Top options in the area include the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley and King's Inn.

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Tamalee Gopaul
Tamalee Gopaul

I would recommend the Oceanside Pier, it’s an amazing view and tons of activities to do by the beach. Just walking on the sidewalk, there is much to see, even open houses to view.

Erika Ellis
Erika EllisBurbank

I am here once a year for Comic Con and love being down in San Diego for that weekend. The Gaslamp section is fun and exciting and trendy.

Bianca Barnett-Harris
Bianca Barnett-HarrisPittsburgh

Great place to sail from and awesome nightlife. If you like men in the service.

Pete Baez
Pete BaezClarksville

All I can say is double wow and double the fun here. You can see it all here.


The least expensive month is December, with an average of £108 per night. The most expensive month to stay in San Diego is July, with an average price of £186 per night.
The average price of a hotel in May last year was £135 per night. This is 5% less than the average nightly price of £142 seen over the previous 12 months.
In San Diego, the expected average temperature in May is 11.0°C/51.8°F. The warmest month is typically September, which averages 21.3°C/70.3°F. The coolest month is December, with temperatures averaging 4.9°C/40.8°F.
The nearest airport to San Diego is San Diego International (SAN) (2.12 miles). Other nearby airports include: El Cajon (12.52 miles) McClellan-Palomar (29.37 miles)

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