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Sunshine. Ocean breezes. Sprawling parks. You've got a pretty good idea of what a San Diego vacation will be like. From the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld to promenading down Ocean Beach Pier and exploring Balboa Park, your perfectly pleasant getaway doesn't have to cost a pretty penny either.

Whether you want to laze on golden sand, hang ten with surfers or play a round (or three) of golf, let CheapTickets show you how to travel San Diego on the cheap.

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Horton Grand Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 227 reviews
Historic San Diego hotel gives guest a glimpse of the past Located in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Horton Grand Hotel is the modern incarnation of two Victorian hotels that opened in the late 1880s. The hotel's oak grand staircase, marble lobby and antique furnishings transport guests to the 19th century. Just steps from the San Diego Convention Center, the Horton Grand Hotel today delights guests with charming ambiance, friendly service and a fantastic location near Petco Park and the bars, restaurants and shopping of the Gaslamp Quarter. Highlights Listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesUnique Victorian-style guest rooms feature hand-carved armoires, fireplacesLocated in San Diego's historic Gaslamp QuarterNew Orleans-style open-air courtyard Location Just two blocks from the Horton Grand Hotel, Westfield Horton Plaza is a hub of activity. Live music and performances take place all summer, and public art adds an eclectic sensibility. More than 100 stores and services are anchored by Macy's and Nordstrom. RoomsSome of America's great historic figures -- Wyatt Earp, Babe Ruth and President Benjamin Harrison -- stayed at the original hotels that make up today's Horton Grand Hotel. Follow in their footsteps by staying in one of the hotel's 108 guest rooms and 24 grand rooms. City views and Victorian-inspired furnishings establish unmistakable sense of place. All rooms feature gas burning fireplaces, some have French doors that lead to a balcony overlooking the hotel courtyard. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the hotel. FeaturesHolidaymakers at Horton Grand Hotel savour delectable culinary specialties for lunch and dinner at Ida Bailey's Restaurant, open from 6 AM to 2 PM. After a long day of business or sightseeing, unwind and sample appetizers at The Palace Bar, open every night, from 5 PM until midnight. The Palace Bar also offers live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. Be sure to stop by the front lobby and say hello to Sunshine, a life-size papier-mache horse from the saddle shop that previously occupied the building's ground floor. Guests can also buy souvenirs at the on-site gift shop, open 24/7. Valet parking (fees apply) is also available for added convenience. Hit the Gaslamp Quarter, home to approximately 200 bars, restaurants and nightclubs. For something slightly more low-key, Cafe 222 is a great place for people watching over breakfast or lunch. Transportation San Diego MTS bus stop (one block)San Diego International Airport (2.6 mi/4.2 km) Attractions San Diego Convention Center (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Petco Park (0.4 mi/0.6 km)USS Midway Museum (0.8 mi/1.3 km)San Diego Air & Space Museum (1.2 mi/1.9 km)San Diego Zoo (1.9 mi/3.1 km)SeaWorld (5.5 mi/8.9 km) Business Over 23,000 square feet of meeting space including a 250 seat theatre and 5,000 square-foot warehouse.Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel Policies and feesValet parking fee is $35 per night with unlimited in and out privileges. The hotel does not offer self-parking.
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The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 382 reviews
Sophisticated elegance in Gaslamp with business center and yogaThe Sofia Hotel was designed for business travelers. Guests enjoy the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. Other convenience-oriented amenities in this sophisticated and elegant property include mini refrigerators, laptop-sized in-room safes and more. Situated on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel features breathtaking views of San Diego Bay. The on-site restaurant, Currant Brasserie, serves French-inspired cuisine. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi access throughout the property. Highlights24-hour business center, fitness center and yoga centerIn-room mini refrigeratorLocated steps from the Gaslamp Quarter and the waterfrontProperty-wide Wi-Fi accessValet parking (at cost) RoomsThe Sofia Hotel offers 211 rooms, including six suites which are sparsely decorated, but elegant nevertheless. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, MP3 docking station, laptop-sized safe, hairdryer and Gilchrist & Soames bath products. Pets are welcome (fees apply). Features The Sofia Hotel dates back to 1926, when it opened as the Pickwick. It closed in 2006, underwent extensive renovations and reopened in 2008 as the Sofia. Along the way, the property was inducted into the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Today, guests of the hotel receive complimentary access to the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. The yoga studio offers classes in a number of different styles, complimentary to guests. The Sofia Hotel also boasts an on-site spa which offers a variety of treatments inspired by the Far East (fees apply). The hotel even offers on site pet-care services through a local Dogs and the City outpost (fees apply). Currant Brasserie, the on-site restaurant, serves a mix of American and French style brasserie dishes, along with inventive cocktails and desserts. Transportation MTS Bus (1 block)San Diego Trolley (4 blocks)San Diego International Airport (2 mi/3 km) Attractions Gaslamp Quarter (1 block)Petco Park (3 blocks)San Diego Zoo (1 mi/1.5 km)Old Town (2 mi/3 km)Sea World (5 mi/9 km)Qualcomm Stadium (6 mi/11 km)Point Loma (6 mi/11 km) Business 24-hour business centerMeeting space to accommodate up to 90 peopleGlobal videoconferencing capabilities Policies and feesGuest must be at least 18 years old and should bring valid ID and credit card to check in to the hotel.Starting 01 May 2015, valet parking fee (with in and out privileges) will be $36 USD per night.The guest service fee is $8.75 ($9.85 with tax and assessments). The fee includes the following: Property-wide Wi-Fi and Ethernet Internet access, 24-hour Fitness Centre and Yoga Studio, Scheduled yoga classes (please check with the hotel for times), 24-hour Business Center, Unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls, 2 in-room bottled waters, HBO and ESPN, Guided Walking Tours (Weekends, weather permitting), In-room coffee and condiments, Lobby Newspapers (USA Today), "Urban Cruiser' bicycle use with helmets.
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Wyndham Garden San Diego

3 stars
3.0 / 5 403 reviews
Intimate hotel located near Mission Bay with poolThe Wyndham Garden San Diego is located within a short drive of Sea World, Mission Bay and just about every other attraction north of downtown San Diego. The property features a heated outdoor pool and hot tub with a large sundeck, as well as Dupar's, a 24-hour restaurant on-site. Visiting children will love the suites with bunk beds. Accommodations boast flat-screen TV and complimentary high-speed Internet access. HighlightsHeated outdoor pool and hot tub with spacious sundeckEnjoy late-night dining at on-site, 24-hour restaurantFree high-speed Internet access in rooms RoomsThe 112 regular rooms and 10 suites at The Wyndham Garden San Diego vary significantly depending on room type. All accommodations come standard with flat-screen TV, hair-dryer and ironing board. Suites comprise two rooms and the second room boasts a sleeper sofa, desk and chair, microwave and a mini-refrigerator. One suite even features bunk beds for children. All accommodations include complimentary high-speed Internet access. FeaturesWyndham Garden San Diego has received a Three Diamond Award from AAA. All guests receive discount tickets to Sea World and other attractions in the San Diego area. Guests also receive complimentary access to a heated outdoor pool and hot tub on a spacious sundeck. While there is no on-site fitness center, guests have complimentary access to the nearby Victory MMA Gym and Boxing Ring, a full-service facility with cardio equipment, free weights and (as the name suggests) a boxing ring. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby and 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). DiningDupar's, the on-site restaurant, is open 24 hours and serves traditional deli food, as well as freshly baked breads and cakes. Wyndham Garden San Diego is also within walking distance to a number of other restaurants and bars on Mission Bay. Transportation San Diego International Airport (7 mi/13 km)San Diego Trolley (1 mi/1.5 km)MTS Bus (3 blocks) Attractions Sea World (2 mi/3 km)San Diego Zoo (4 mi/7 km)Old Town (4 mi/7 km)Petco Park (6 mi/11 km)Qualcomm Stadium (6 mi/11 km)Point Loma (6 mi/11 km) BusinessMore than 2,500 square feet of meeting space Policies and feesParking fee is $10/night.
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The Bristol Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 182 reviews
Modern boutique hotel with California cuisine near Gaslamp DistrictSituated in the heart of downtown San Diego, just blocks from the Gaslamp District, the Bristol Hotel offers modern boutique luxury. The property, owned and operated by Greystone Hotels, features complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and first-run pay-per-view movies in rooms. The top-floor Starlight Ballroom is the only meeting space in Southern California with a retractable roof. The on-site restaurant, FIRST avenue bar & grille, offers a delicious, casual and convenient San Diego dining experience. Highlights Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet accessConveniently located in the heart of San Diego's downtownEnjoy fresh California cuisine at on-site restaurantBallroom features retractable roof RoomsThe 102 rooms at the Bristol Hotel are spacious and spotless. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, MP3 docking station, plush robe and in-room safe. Guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Pets are welcome. FeaturesThe Bristol Hotel was one of a handful of hotels in California to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating from Audubon International. It is a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. All guests receive complimentary access to the on-site fitness center. The hotel also offers first-run pay-per-view movies (fees apply) and 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). What's more, the top-floor Starlight ballroom, a popular site for meetings and events, is the only meeting facility in Southern California with a retractable roof. Enjoy relaxed dining ambience with great food and drinks at FIRST avenue bar & grille, the on-site restaurant, open seven days a week. Transportation MTS Bus (2 blocks)San Diego Trolley (3 blocks)San Diego International Airport (1 mi/1.5 km) Attractions San Diego Convention Center (1 mi/1.5 km)Petco Park (1 mi/1.5 km)Old Town (2 mi/3 km)San Diego Zoo (2 mi/3 km)Sea World (4 mi/6 km)Qualcomm Stadium (4 mi/6 km) Business Public computer terminal located in lobby5,000 square feet of meeting spaceStarlight ballroom features retractable roof, seats up to 400 guests Policies and fees Valet and self parking are available (fees apply)
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Motel 6 San Diego Downtown

1 star
3.3 / 5 75 reviews
Motel 6 San Diego Downtown is located within walking distance to area dining. Marina Park Beach is 1 mile. Ride the San Diego Trolley to popular San Diego destinations, 1.6 miles. Enjoy our modern rooms. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms for a fee.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Diego Tue, Jun 9 - Mon, Jun 15 $349
Seattle San Diego Sat, Jul 11 - Mon, Jul 20 $177
Washington DC San Diego Wed, Jun 10 - Wed, Jul 1 $332
Boston San Diego Fri, Jun 5 - Tue, Jun 9 $336
Chicago San Diego Thu, Jun 4 - Tue, Jun 9 $267
Baltimore San Diego Mon, Jun 15 - Mon, Jun 22 $372
Newark San Diego Sat, Jun 6 - Tue, Jun 9 $350
Philadelphia San Diego Thu, Jun 11 - Tue, Jun 16 $314
San Francisco San Diego Tue, Jun 30 - Tue, Jul 7 $229
Atlanta San Diego Tue, Jul 14 - Wed, Jul 15 $348
Dallas San Diego Tue, Jul 7 - Sat, Jul 11 $217
Detroit San Diego Thu, Jun 4 - Tue, Jun 9 $297
Denver San Diego Wed, Jun 3 - Tue, Jun 9 $97
Minneapolis San Diego Tue, Jun 2 - Tue, Jun 9 $316
Honolulu San Diego Mon, Jun 22 - Sun, Jun 28 $515
Pittsburgh San Diego Tue, Jun 16 - Wed, Jun 17 $350
Charlotte San Diego Sat, Jun 13 - Wed, Jun 17 $404
Orlando San Diego Sat, Jul 4 - Tue, Jul 21 $308
Fort Lauderdale San Diego Wed, Jun 3 - Wed, Jun 17 $298
Portland San Diego Wed, Jun 10 - Sat, Jun 13 $195
Houston San Diego Fri, May 29 - Tue, Jun 2 $147
Norfolk San Diego Sat, Jun 6 - Mon, Jun 15 $415
Raleigh San Diego Fri, May 29 - Fri, Jun 5 Check rates
Milwaukee San Diego Wed, Jun 24 - Sat, Jul 4 $356
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  • Best Time to Go

    Travelers planning San Diego vacations can book their trips without being concerned about the weather, since the area experiences mild temperatures throughout the year. However, visitors who want to enjoy a sunny vacation in the city should try to arrange their San Diego travel in July to avoid running into the fog that descends during late spring. Summer is also a great time to experience the many annual events hosted in the city, including the Shakespeare Festival, the Pride Parade, and the San Diego County Fair. Guests who visit in early fall may take advantage of cheap post-summer hotel rates.

  • Solana Beach

    Make a day trip drive to Solana Beach to enjoy a quiet beach with casual eateries.

  • Paddle Boarding Tour

    Take a stand-up paddle boarding tour around the area where you can learn various trivia about the city.

  • City Attractions

    Plan a kids’ sleepover night at one of the city’s attractions such as the USS Midway Museum or SeaWorld San Diego.

  • Trolley System

    Avoid some of the traffic jams on the interstate by using the city trolley system to get around.

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Book a special photo safari tour at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to get a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo’s wild animals.

  • San Diego highlights
  • Seaport Village

    Whether you're shopping or gazing at the yachts idling around San Diego Bay, Seaport Village is fantastic for kicking back on your San Diego travels. Grab yourself some cheap eats by the water.

  • Old Town

    For some heritage on your San Diego vacation, spend a few hours wandering about Old Town. View the oldest buildings San Diego, including the old blacksmith's, Seeley Stables and even a schoolhouse.

  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

    For a peek into the heavens than won't cost you a dime, ogle the universe at the Science Center, located near Balboa Park. On the first Wednesday of every month, the San Diego Astronomy Association sets up free telescopes for you to do some stargazing of your own.

  • Julian

    Time travel back to the 1800s in this gold-mining town located in the Cuyamaca Mountains. With plenty of historic buildings to explore -- not to mention the tastiest apple pie in San Diego -- Julian is the perfect low-cost day out on a San Diego vacation.

  • Point Loma

    Your San Diego travels won't be complete without discovering the undersea wonderland at the tide pools in Point Loma. From vibrant anemones and slippery octopi to scuttling crabs, there are plenty of living things to discover in the sunshine. Best of all, it's completely free.

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