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What travelers to San Diego are saying

I absolutely loved San Diego! Everything you've heard about their wonderful climate is true. There was plenty to see, I recommend setting aside an entire day to visit Balboa Park. I used their public transportation, which was easy to navigate. The schedule was not so great on the weekend, but it was manageable. Maybe the one downside, I thought people would be a little friendlier, but overall I had a great time.
Paulina R. Oct 27, 2015
Fun city. Lots to do and experience. Busy and crowded area. Took at least 20 minutes to park everytime you wanted to go somewhere.
Colorado visitor Sep 13, 2015
fun, fun, fun
pauline d. Aug 30, 2015

Hotels in San Diego

San Diego, California, is one of the loveliest destinations in the United States. Water sports, especially boating, fishing and surfing, are key activities in the area, and visitors often make stops at SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and the cliffside La Jolla Cove. The zoo maintains a wild animal park one hour outside the city, and world-class horse racing can be seen in Del Mar, which is located 15 minutes to the north. San Diego is also a popular base point for travel to Orange County, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Baja, Mexico.

Key facts

San Diego International Airport (SAN) is conveniently located on the downtown harbor, and the city is also served by train service from Los Angeles. The public bus system, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, serves much of San Diego County, and visitors can ride trolleys in the Gaslamp Quarter, an historic district of the city.

Hints and tips

San Diego boasts a sunny, pleasant climate all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be breezy on the shore at night, so layered dressing is recommended. Since the city has heavy Asian and Spanish influences, there are plenty of unique dining options in the city ranging from inexpensive fish taco stands in laid-back Ocean Beach, to renowned high-end fusion restaurants in upscale La Jolla.

Cheap San Diego Hotels

From $119

1 Horton Grand Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 21 reviews

San Diego, California

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The Horton Grand Hotel San Diego is a classical boutique hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter District of San Diego, California. This hotel was built by restoring two 19th-century hotels, and it preserves...

Great overall experience
Extremely nice hotel. Clean rooms, comfortable beds. Far exceeded all expectations. Only complaint was the valet driver was extremely rude when we asked where self parking was. He tried to avoid...
Jul 18, 2015
Haunted? I think not.
We were in town for a quick overnight stay and decided to take advantage to stay in the Gaslamp district. The Horton Grand is perfectly located near some great restaurants and night life. The ghost...
Aug 25, 2014
From $105

2 Porto Vista Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 24 reviews

San Diego, California

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Located in the heart of Little Italy, you've found a quaint European hotel. Views of the harbor, restaurants, galleries, antique shops and shopping abound. Experience the lively coastal feel...

Visiting family
Have stayed at the Porto Vista at least 5 times. Always an enjoyable experience. Located in my favorite part of the city. It's also close to my family. The staff is always friendly and helpful
Dec 21, 2015
So so......
I was not very happy with this hotel. The room was just so so, the most upsetting thing was the restaurant in the hotel, the wait staff was okay but the cook was definitely having an off night. I...
Nov 1, 2015
From $138

3 Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

3 stars
4.1 / 5 45 reviews

San Diego, California

At Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites in San Diego, guests can enjoy a tropically landscaped spa and swimming pool, poolside ping pong and bar, an on-site fitness center and bicycle rentals. Free...

business trip
Nice hotel in San Diego on the Marina. Good pool area and pool.
Sep 8, 2015
Summer Vacation
The stay at Humphrys Half Moon Hotel was excellent! The room was very clean. Staff was in each day to neaten up and make the beds. The salt water swimming pool was quite large and very refreshing....
Jul 20, 2015
From $150

4 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.2 / 5 32 reviews

San Diego, California

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The Sofia Hotel in San Diego, California, offers 211 luxury rooms that feature everything from ambient lighting to in-room spa services. With an acclaimed history of excellence extending back to...

Perfect location
Perfect location if you're looking to be close to the Gaslamp district. Walking distance to Amtrak and trolley station. The hotel has an old feel to it which I loved but the room was modern and...
Aug 17, 2015
It was conviently located, staff was great and always helpful. The tour that was offered by the hotel was a great added bonus.
Aug 7, 2015
From $112

5 Bahia Resort Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 41 reviews

San Diego, California

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The Bahia Resort Hotel is secluded on a sun-splashed 14-acre peninsula on the shores of Mission Bay just one block from Mission Beach and a short ride from Pacific Beach, a truly unique location...

The studio was nice, kitchenette small but had all we needed. Killer view of the bay. The sofa had frayed ends but overall the furniture was in good shape. Very nice staycation.
Dec 2, 2015
Wouldn't stay anywhere else in SD
Great hotel, great rooms perfect location. Second stay there and would not want to stay anywhere else in the beach cities. Cheaper than the beachfront hotels and does have a beach on the bay.
Oct 14, 2015
From $179

6 Catamaran Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.3 / 5 52 reviews

San Diego, California

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Catamaran Resort & Spa San Diego is tucked away in the trendy Pacific Beach community on Mission Bay. Its lushly landscaped grounds are filled with palm trees, koi ponds, waterfalls and...

California Delight - Trip with Toddler
We had an amazing stay here at Catamaran Hotel and will definitely be back! You can't beat the location! We decided to take a trip that involved no driving, so no rental car. So glad we went with...
Aug 27, 2015
Loved it!
This is our second stay at the Catamaran. Love the tropical setting and great location. Planning on our next vacation here.
Jun 4, 2015
From $77

7 Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld

3 stars
3.8 / 5 130 reviews

San Diego, California

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Palm trees and lush plant life surround the Days Hotel in San Diego. Relax in one of the lounge chairs by the sparkling outdoor pool, or work on a few necessities in the business center where you...

Trip to Visit California
The hotel was close to the Mall. Breakfast bar would have been nice. The shuttle service was great!!! Seaworld is for kids
Dec 4, 2015
family trip
Very excellent staff are very helpful and nice accomodation. Will recommend this hotel to friends and family.
Dec 4, 2015
From $117

8 Bay Club Hotel & Marina

3 stars
4.2 / 5 17 reviews

San Diego, California

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ALERT! HOTEL POOL CLOSED DECEMBER 1, 2015 thru JANURARY 31 2016 FOR RENOVATION Discover San Diego's best-kept secret - The Bay Club Hotel & Marina. Located on scenic Shelter Island...San...

Of the three hotels in this area, this one is by far the best! Room was larger and fresher than Humps or BW. Nice little restaurant bar. We would return again.
Sep 29, 2015
too much fun
We had a great weekend. Our room overlooked the entrance to the bay and we were fortunate to see two air craft carriers come into port. You do not need to leave the hotel, but there is plenty to do...
Aug 11, 2015
From $169

9 Ocean Park Inn

3 stars
4.8 / 5 4 reviews

San Diego, California

The Ocean Park Inn is located on the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pacific Beach. It is within walking distance of shopping, dining, lively nightlife and Belmont Park for entertainment. A...

Our honeymoon
Hotel service was very nice and friendly, the hotel for the cost could've been a little nicer. But over all was good! Their are a lot of homeless people who kind of lay around the hotel yards but...
Nov 18, 2015
Great location
Stay was as we expected. We didn't mind the activity/hustle bustle of the boardwalk, but if you want more quiet, don't get oceanfront and definitely stay away from the corner rooms on Grand Ave. We...
Sep 13, 2015
From $133

10 BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina

3 stars
4.1 / 5 44 reviews

San Diego, California

Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel

Surrounded by the enchanting deep blue waters of San Diego Bay, the Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina is an island of serenity and relaxation, yet only minutes away from all the...

San Diego getaway
What a lovely place - we were very pleased - we were upgraded to a suite - Very nice front desk personnel, great bartender, wonderful room service - Everything couldn't have been better.
May 18, 2015
Great View
Our hotel itself was great. Nice, very friendly helpful staff. Great view. As for me i love to be on and or as close to the water as possible, so with the view of the yachts and water right outside...
Mar 10, 2015
From $204

11 The Westgate Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 11 reviews

San Diego, California

Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, facing the Horton Plaza Shopping Mall, one block from the Gaslamp Quarter, across from the Civic Center and a short walking distance from the...

Birthday trip
Eveything was above expectations. We really enjoyed our stay. The only negative coment that i have is that they didnt have my car ready at the valet when i had called down for it. I would recomend...
Sep 14, 2015
wonderful getaway
The hotel was very nice. The staff was great, the room was beautiful, comfortable bed and great location.
Apr 16, 2015
From $69

12 BEST WESTERN Seven Seas

3 stars
3.7 / 5 26 reviews

San Diego, California

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The Best Western Seven Seas is centrally located on Hotel Circle in beautiful Mission Valley, across from the Town & Country Convention Center. Guests are ideally situated to visit many of San...

Mama and Papa's Annual R & R Trip
My husband and I visit San Diego every December and stay at the Best Western Seven Seas. Love the location-close to the shopping malls, Old Town, Sea World and many eating places Joe's Crab Shack,...
Oct 11, 2015
Disappointed Best Western regular
Upon arrival the lady at the desk was rude and acted like I was wasting her time. During my stay some of my money came up missing after housekeeping was in my room. Normally I would not leave...
May 22, 2015
From $209

13 Solamar, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 11 reviews

San Diego, California

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A poetic combination of sol and mar the Spanish words for sun and sea Hotel Solamar is a name that captures the allure of its San Diego setting - an area rich with the sun and proximity to the...

Boyfriends 1st time to San Diego
I brought my boyfriend to California for the first time and we stayed in San Diego at the Solamar Hotel. The location was great we were able to walk to tons of different restaurants and shopping...
Jul 7, 2015
2 nights in san diego
my friend and i visited san diego last sunday. We love san diego, and im glad we stayed here.
Aug 27, 2014
From $90

14 BEST WESTERN Yacht Harbor Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 20 reviews

San Diego, California

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Bask in breathtaking views of the San Diego Harbor, friendly customer service and generous accommodations at an affordable rate. With convenient access to the airport, Gaslamp Quarter, the San...

Great Experience
Everything A++++ Wouldn't have it any other way. Staff was very helpful and breakfast was great
Apr 6, 2015
I keep coming back everytime !!
The staff ..,, Awesome. The room .. Awesome . I have Been Here 3 Times in the Last 10 Weeks I will always Book this hotel .. When i Visit San Diego Again ..
Dec 9, 2014
From $104


3 stars
3.1 / 5 50 reviews

San Diego, California

The recently renovated Lafayette, Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows offers travelers a true sense of San Diego culture and history. Located in the trendy and up and coming neighborhood of North...

Overnight stay
The location, service and overall what the hotel had to offer met all of my needs and was very satisfying. First time here and I would stay here again. We were only minutes away from our next day...
Aug 30, 2015
Funky but fun hotel
This may have been one of the funkiest places we have stayed. We had a huge room with no place to sit. Just a small desk with one chair, and three of us in the room. A small refrigerator would have...
Jul 8, 2015
From $206

16 Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
3.3 / 5 6 reviews

San Diego, California

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Hotel Palomars sophisticated luxury combines elegant textures and contemporary Asian influenced design. Enjoy our luxurious downtown San Diego accommodations appointed with Zen-inspired furnishings...

Great location
Stayed the weekend and had a great time. So close to different stores and bars
May 19, 2015
From $71

17 Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Sea World

3 stars
3.7 / 5 11 reviews

San Diego, California

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Book your next family adventure at this Howard Johnson Inn San Diego SeaWorld conveniently located near SeaWorld San Diego, cruise ship terminals, and San Diego International Airport with shuttle...

Very impressed
I've never stayed at a Howard Johnson prior to this visit... I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was a great place to stay... the room was big, clean, & comfortable... the staff was great, too......
Jun 4, 2015
Good Experience
I was just there for 1 night for a car club event. It was convenient, easy to get to, and check in/out was fast. I prepaid online. I recommend this hotel.
May 5, 2015
From $133

18 Inn at the Park

3 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

San Diego, California

Inn at the Park is indeed in "the Center of it All" while visiting San Diego. Built in 1926, Inn at the Park is a unique alternative to the typical travel experience. Inn at the Park is...

From $135

19 The Bristol Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 16 reviews

San Diego, California

Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel

Nestled in downtown within blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter, fine dining, world-class shopping at Horton Plaza, the Cruise Ship Terminal, the Convention Center, Petco Park, Theatre District, East...

Family getaway
I may say, it was okey. Nothing really special. Our room was clean. We had a restful night. I don't like the parking fee of $26.00. Next time, I may look around for other hotels that doesn't charge...
Jul 20, 2014
basic clean comfortable hotel
close to downtown and a mile from the conv ctr staff was friendly some street noise close to bus station unfortunately there are many homeless in this area
Apr 16, 2014
From $220

20 Omni San Diego Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 5 reviews

San Diego, California

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The Four Diamond Omni San Diego is located in the heart of San Diego across from the convention center. This modern glass high rise hotel reflects the natural beauty and modern sophistication of...

Family Reunion in San Diego
My husband and i went to Carlsbad for a wonderful family reunion. Then we travelled down to the Omni Hotel in San Diego to stay for several days, The hotel was in a great location convenient to the...
Aug 22, 2014
Good, But Not Great.
My husband and I stayed at the Omni one night. The location was excellent, right at the Gaslamp. The room was clean and seemed ok. Until I got in the shower... The water was standing, slow to...
Mar 16, 2014