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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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  • Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
    Ranked #1 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.8
    Wonderful!
    36 reviews
    Popular withFamiliesAdventureFoodies

    great restaurant, great spa, movie nights on the sand in the summer time. Fun luau's too

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  • San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
    Ranked #2 overall in San Diego hotels
    9.0
    Wonderful!
    34 reviews
    Popular withBusinessLuxuryFamilies

    It's a nice place for families. The pools and hot tubs are nice too, their heated during winter

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  • The U.S. Grant
    Ranked #3 overall in San Diego hotels
    9.3
    Wonderful!
    32 reviews
    Popular withLuxuryFoodiesHistory

    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
    Wonderful!
    35 reviews
    Popular withLuxuryBusinessFamilies

    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
    Wonderful!
    34 reviews
    Popular withBusinessFamiliesLuxury

    Nice location just a short walk to the Gas Lamp and Ball Park. Rooms are pleasant and relatively new. Great place to hold a conference or large gathering

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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
    Popular withHipstersFamiliesHistory

    Pretty cool place to hang out. Plenty of seats to sun tan and a sweet bungalow in the back to hang out at. Good drinks and food options and a ...

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  • The Pearl Hotel
    Ranked #7 overall in San Diego hotels
    9.5
    Wonderful!
    27 reviews
    Popular withFoodiesHipstersArtsy

    The Pearl is a redone 70s hotel with a great sense of style. The rooms a decorated midcentury modern, and each comes with a beta fish (living in a bowl ...

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  • Paradise Point Resort & Spa
    Ranked #8 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.8
    Wonderful!
    27 reviews
    Popular withFamiliesAdventureBusiness

    Being on a very strict budget I am at a point where I cannot afford any long vacations or vacations that include flying cost. This place makes you feel like ...

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

    What a beautiful hotel and bar! This place is great for a weekend in San Diego or even for just a night out at a nice outdoor bar! The hard ...

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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

    Despite looking on the outside like a big, mediocre, 1970’s built hotel, the inside has been smartly updated and made very enticing. The lobby is big, spacious and has a ...

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  • Omni San Diego Hotel
    Ranked #11 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.7
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    19 reviews
    Popular withBusinessLuxuryFamilies

    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
    Wonderful!
    16 reviews
    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorsyAdventure

    Love Santee lakes. It's a great fishing area and also good for camping. They do have restrictions so check with the park first.

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

      In addition to a central location and the high standards of most Kimptons, the Solamar is a great stop for summer due to its rooftop pool.

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    • Bahia Resort Hotel
      Ranked #14 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.2
      Wonderful!
      17 reviews
      Popular withFamiliesWellnessOutdoorsy

      An absolutely stunning hotel down in Mission Bay, the Bahia Resort is not only a beautiful escape for couples or those seeking R&R, it's a popular event venue as well. ...

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    • The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
      Ranked #15 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.4
      Wonderful!
      16 reviews
      Popular withNightlifeLuxuryFoodies

      I enjoyed my stay here. The service was great. Location was great. Food was good. Location: Right next to Horton Plaza... Shopping! But I didn't really do shopping but I ...

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    • The Lodge at Torrey Pines
      Ranked #16 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.1
      Wonderful!
      13 reviews
      Popular withFamiliesBusinessLuxury

      Exclusive resort

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    • Andaz San Diego
      Ranked #17 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.4
      Wonderful!
      13 reviews
      Popular withLuxuryHipstersArtsy

      A lovely rooftop venue with bars, a pool, plush seats & amazing views of the gaslamp and beyond. Lovely spot for bottle service around the outdoor fire pits, dj booth, ...

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

      This place is amazing!!! Worth the visit.

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    • Hyatt Regency La Jolla
      Ranked #19 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.2
      Wonderful!
      13 reviews
      Popular withBusinessFamiliesFoodies

      The Hyatt Regency in La Jolla is a great place to stay if you're in town visiting folks at UC San Diego ... or are just looking for a nice ...

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    • Crystal Pier Hotel & Cottages
      Ranked #20 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.9
      Wonderful!
      13 reviews
      Popular withAdventureOutdoorsyFamilies

      Walk to the end of this pier and smell that fresh sea air! You can also hang a fishing line and catch your dinner perhaps!

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

      the Estancia La Jolla has beautiful grounds, nicely decorated and well appointed rooms, a very nice spa, and a salt water pool. Essentially all the right elements for a relaxing ...

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

      Walls are super thin can hear neighbors television, everything just feels cheap. Not worth the money

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

      Not only is this hotel right in the middle of all the fun in the Gaslamp, they've also got a great open courtyard covered by trees and gas fireplaces in ...

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

      The location of this hotel was a little further than past one's I've stayed at for SDCC, but the service and amenities made up for a great experience. Take advantage ...

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    • San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
      Ranked #26 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.8
      Wonderful!
      12 reviews
      Popular withLuxuryBusinessHipsters

      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

      Definitely the most modern hotel I have ever stayed at in San Diego to date. I was already excited from browsing their website weeks before my trip. Unfortunately, we couldn't ...

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    • Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
      Ranked #28 overall in San Diego hotels
      8.3
      Wonderful!
      12 reviews
      Popular withFamiliesLuxuryArtsy
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    • Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
      Ranked #29 overall in San Diego hotels
      9.0
      Wonderful!
      10 reviews
      Popular withOutdoorsyBusinessFamilies

      I have only come to use the spa but had a great resort experience in addition to a wonderful treatment. The pool is wonderful and on the bay. It does ...

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

      What's not to love about the Westgate? A luxury hotel in downtown San Diego located within walking distance of tons of restaurants, shopping, and much more. But the best part ...

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