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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
    Wonderful!
    34 reviews
    Popular withBusinessLuxuryFamilies

    Very comfortable beds, beautiful pool area. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The view from my room was absolutely gorgeous!!

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

    Another wonderful #gogosdevents all paid for by #GogobdotSD. Summer Sunset Luau at the Catamaran Resort for the July Gogobot San Diego PRO event. We were treated to full buffet dinner ...

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

    A historic property with the most welcoming and knowledgable staff very helpful on what to do eat and go and the property itself was elegant and had an old school ...

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  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
    Ranked #4 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.5
    Wonderful!
    35 reviews
    Popular withLuxuryBusinessFamilies

    Grand lobby, nice hotel, perfect location and service. Get the room on high floor in Seaport tower with the harbor view. Seaport village and US Midway are right there

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  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront
    Ranked #5 overall in San Diego hotels
    8.5
    Wonderful!
    34 reviews
    Popular withBusinessFamiliesLuxury

    Family friendly hotel near the convention center and Petco park so stay when there's fireworks if you want a splendid view. Rooms have been renovated so are decent, pool has ...

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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

    U The Lafayette hotel is beautiful place to spend a Sunday afternoon. The pool club is free if you are staying here and $15 for everyone else. Drinks are reasonably ...

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

    Cool vintage boutique hotel. Located in Point Loma by Shelter Island Dr. The staff is always really warm and helpful. The restaurant is only open for dinner, but the food ...

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

    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

    Beautiful hotel with lots of rock & roll memorabilia! It's very central location is walking distance away from lots of fun things to do in downtown San Diego. Their nightclubs ...

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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

    Had a miserable experience here. Hotel is old and run down. Staff were unfriendly and useless. Ultimately their corporate office offered a complimentary return visit but I declined as I ...

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

    Whether you are an actual celebrity or just pretend to be one in front of the mirror from time to time, the Omni is your spot in downtown SD. Super ...

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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

      Go to the top floor of Hotel Solamar for a view of San Diego at sunset or evening. Ravish in the outdoors and later treat yourself for a meal at ...

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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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      Great place to stay right on the Bay plus you're real close to the ocean. Been there for many years and is nice

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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

      My favorite hotel in La Jolla! Amazing spa and atmosphere! Hot stone massage is out of this world!

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

      Beautiful property with fantastic perks! We really enjoyed the modern decor and special touches such as the complimentary internet, wine tasting, daily newspaper and drop dead gorgeous roof top pool. ...

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

      Relaxing garden grounds close to Salk institute for a great sunset views. Highly recommend for a great spa escape

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

      Classy couple meets swanky beach bums. A great hotel right on the Ocean with wonderful ambiance, concierge service, valet, a spa, and a really good restaurant (JRDN) downstairs. Perfect for ...

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

      An amazingly beautiful hotel with a rich history. It is right in the Gaslamp quarter and has been since the late 1800's. Some even say it haunted! There are tours ...

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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

      My most favorite SD hotel ever! The most dog friendly, clean, & accommodating. The roof top bar has a wonderful view of the city and Petco Park, plus your dog ...

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