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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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  • San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
    Ranked #1 overall in San Diego hotels
    9.0
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    34 reviews
    Popular withBusinessLuxuryFamilies

    By far the most convenient hotel we have stayed in while in San Diego. If you are looking a hotel that is walking distance to Gaslamp, Marriott can be on ...

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  • Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
    Ranked #2 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.8
    Wonderful!
    35 reviews
    Popular withFamiliesAdventureFoodies

    Oceana Coastal Kitchen! Beautiful setting, great food and extensive California wine list.

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  • The U.S. Grant
    Ranked #3 overall in San Diego hotels
    9.3
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    32 reviews
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    The US Grant reminds me of the White House. Built in 1910, the building is a National Historic Place. All the original wood paneling, chandeliers, and woven carpets are absolutely ...

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  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
    Ranked #4 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.5
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    35 reviews
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    We had our work conference here and this hotel is just gorgeous! the parking situation is a bit tough since they only have Valet and it is not cheap! but ...

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  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront
    Ranked #5 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.5
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    34 reviews
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    During the summer rooms can be a bit pricey. However, if you're able to stay during slower months, the rooms are pretty reasonable. Great views and easily accessible location. Watch ...

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  • The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
    Ranked #6 overall in San Diego hotels
    9.2
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    29 reviews
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    A great place for a pool party! Live music, great drinks, and delicious food. The cute boutique hotel is a nice place for families and young adults alike and is ...

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  • The Pearl Hotel
    Ranked #7 overall in San Diego hotels
    9.5
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    27 reviews
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    This place is awesome! A boutique hotel and restaurant in one. Pool right in the center, such a cool vibe! Very classy but cozy at the same time. Great food ...

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  • Paradise Point Resort & Spa
    Ranked #8 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.8
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    26 reviews
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    This is a great place to wander around. The grounds are gorgeous. We ate at both restaurants and the food was delicious. The rooms are a bit dated..... but still ...

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  • Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
    Ranked #9 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.8
    Wonderful!
    25 reviews
    Popular withNightlifeLuxuryArtsy

    Tons of fun! Great ambiance! Rooms were clean & chic. Amazing online deals... Love their rooftop bar.

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  • Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
    Ranked #10 overall in San Diego hotels
    7.7
    Pretty good
    29 reviews
    Popular withBusinessFamiliesLuxury

    THe best word I would use to describe this hotel is convenient. It is located literally a 5 minute drive away from the San Diego airport, and they run a ...

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  • Omni San Diego Hotel
    Ranked #11 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.7
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    19 reviews
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    Omni Hotel San Diego 675 L Street, San Diego,, CA 92101 I really enjoyed my week stay at the OMNI HOTEL The laid back Pacific Coast is so relaxing never ...

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  • Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
    Ranked #12 overall in San Diego hotels
    9.5
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    16 reviews
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    Great place to go fishing close by. I still haven't try camping there yet I heard it's great.

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    • Kimpton Solamar Hotel
      Ranked #13 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.4
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      18 reviews
      Popular withLuxuryNightlifeArtsy

      We like this boutique chain when traveling without kids. Modern and funky design it has a nice vibe. Nightly happy hour with good wine and beer on tap and yummy ...

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    • Bahia Resort Hotel
      Ranked #14 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.2
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      17 reviews
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      We really liked our stay there. Especially for kids. It has a duck pond and a seal exhibit of recovering seals. The beach is clean and out the way of ...

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    • The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
      Ranked #15 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.4
      Wonderful!
      16 reviews
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      Great place to stay - staff so nice and helpful, especially Randa!

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    • The Lodge at Torrey Pines
      Ranked #16 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.1
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      13 reviews
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      Exclusive resort

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    • Andaz San Diego
      Ranked #17 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.4
      Wonderful!
      13 reviews
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      San Diego’s largest rooftop nightclub... listen to the beats of guest DJs while lounging in a private cabana and taking in the panoramic views of the downtown skyline. Plan to ...

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    • Fairmont Grand Del Mar
      Ranked #18 overall in San Diego hotels
      10.0
      Exceptional!
      12 reviews
      Popular withLuxuryBusinessFoodies

      About 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean in the Los Penasquitos Canyon lies the Grand Del Mar. While guests truly have no need to leave the resort, it is perfectly ...

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    • Hyatt Regency La Jolla
      Ranked #19 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.2
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      13 reviews
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      I was there for a business meeting, but I wished I was there for pleasure. The rooms are very large and had a very nice balcony with great views. The ...

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    • Crystal Pier Hotel & Cottages
      Ranked #20 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.9
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      13 reviews
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      These cottages are SUPER CLEAN and SUPER CUTE!! They are beautifully decorated. I've stayed her twice now and am in love. The cottages are on the pier over the ocean. ...

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    • La Valencia Hotel
      Ranked #21 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.2
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    • Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
      Ranked #22 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.6
      Wonderful!
      13 reviews
      Popular withLuxuryWellnessSolo Female

      Amazing little get away spot!

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    • Tower23 Hotel
      Ranked #23 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.6
      Wonderful!
      13 reviews
      Popular withHipstersLuxuryNightlife

      Posh, modern and stylish hotel right alongside the beach! What more could you want?

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    • The Horton Grand Hotel
      Ranked #24 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.5
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      11 reviews
      Popular withHistoryLuxuryArtsy

      An old-fashioned oasis in busy downtown San Diego, the Horton has elegant ambiance but doesn't miss out on modern conveniences, and some would say essentials, like free Wifi.

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    • Wyndham San Diego Bayside
      Ranked #25 overall in San Diego hotels
      7.5
      Pretty good
      16 reviews
      Popular withFamiliesBusinessLuxury

      While this hotel is clean and convenient and less expensive than other local hotels, it's certainly no bargain. At over $200 tax, resort and other charges, a few extra bucks ...

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    • San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
      Ranked #26 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.8
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      12 reviews
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      Had a very nice stay here the rooms were nice we were on the 12th top floor so the view was nice at night and fun during the day beds ...

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    • Hotel Indigo San Diego - Gaslamp Quarter
      Ranked #27 overall in San Diego hotels
      7.8
      Pretty good
      13 reviews
      Popular withNightlifeHipstersAdventure

      It is a lovely boutique hotel. The decor is clean and simple. Our room and bathroom are really large and comfortable. The hotel is not far from the Gaslamp district, ...

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    • Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
      Ranked #28 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.3
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      12 reviews
      Popular withFamiliesLuxuryArtsy

      Great location right next to Sea World, marina and kids friendly beach parks all in a walking distance. You find plenty sea animals while strolling the maina. The pool is ...

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    • Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
      Ranked #29 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.0
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      10 reviews
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      Attending a conference here and it's been great. Love the lunch break by the bay!

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    • The Westgate Hotel
      Ranked #30 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.6
      Wonderful!
      9 reviews
      Popular withLuxuryFoodiesBusiness

      Location is very good even if the surrounding area could use some cleaning up. The facilities and service in the hotel are first rate, my room very comfortable. Wifi is ...

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