Best Hotels in San Diego, California

Below is a list of the best hotels in San Diego as recommended by the most popular travel experts around the world from CNN, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All the hotel recommendations on the list have been referenced with customer reviews, and we only list hotels which have a review rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars.
San Diego is a major city in the US state of California. The city is the eighth largest in the US in terms of population and the second in the state itself. The city is popular for its mild year-round climate as well as its natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, and emergence as a healthcare and biotech development center. The city also has a long-standing association with the United States Navy and has been described as the birthplace of California.
The city main economic activities include military and defense-related activities, tourism, manufacturing and international trade. The city’s University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and UCSD Medical Centre have made the city become a major center of research in biotechnology.
Numerous popular museums are located in the city such as the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man and the popular San Diego Natural History Museum.
Another famous museum in the city is the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Other cultural venues in the city include the San Diego Symphony at Symphony Towers, Old Globe Theatre and San Diego Opera at Civic Center Plaza.
Through the recommended hotels listed below, you can easily find the best places to stay in San Diego, California.
If you like our list of design hotels in San Diego, then you should also check out our selection of boutique hotels in Chicago or luxury hotels in Los Angeles.


What are the best neighborhoods to stay in San Diego?

The second largest city of California, San Diego, is located on the Pacific coast. It is famous for its beaches and warm climate making it a popular destination among the travelers.

The central part of the city provides a plethora of options to tourist in terms of entertainment and dining, and has something in store for every person. Top hotels are situated here because of the convenience of location.

Gaslamp Quarter
This lively neighbourhood is popular among the locals for its infectious night-life, several clubs, dive bars and cocktail lounges, which provide a variety of options to choose from. A number of restaurants are found here. Some are a part of the famous chains, while some are the standalone ones, catering to a variety of global cuisine. Near the plaza, you will find several ice-cream and coffee shops. Many top hotels also have established their branches here.

Pacific Beach
This has a relaxed vibe providing an awe-inspiring view of the Pacific Bay, and is extremely popular among surfers and sun-bathers. The beach-front is lined with trendy bars as well as casual ones, cool cafes and clothing boutiques, which attract a young crowd. Several budget and mid-range hotels hog the boardwalk space.

Point Loma
This place is high on scenic beauty with beautiful view-points to watch the sunset as well as trails to go on a hike. The adventures induce hunger which is satiated by several seafood eateries. 5-star hotels, resorts, as well as other affordable options are found here.

Little Italy
Little Italy is a quaint neighbourhood with several chic cocktail bars, brewpubs and restaurants lined up across the region. The Farmer's Market offers organic, and gourmet produces. Hotels are found in abundance along the piazza.

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4.4 Grande Colonial San Diego

Hotel Grande Colonial La Jolla, San Diego


“Though first-time visitors in La Jolla gravitate toward the more famous La Valencia, second-timers of pick this thoughtfully restored 1913 inn in a relatively quiet section of La Jolla’s main street. Each rooms is different.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in San Diego.

4.6 Lodge Torrey Pines San Diego

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, San Diego


“This picturesque luxury resort on a coastal bluff north of La Jolla is a monument to the California Craftsman architectural tradition. Kilted doormen usher you through stained-glass doors into a magnificent lobby with vaulted ceilings, a grand fireplace, and rich wood accents.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in San Diego.

4.8 1906 Lodge San Diego

1906 Lodge, San Diego


“This meticulously renovated boutique hotel built more than a century ago offers guests a quiet, romantic retreat replete with a daily gourmet breakfast.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in San Diego.

4.5 US Grant Hotel San Diego

Hotel The US Grant, San Diego


“Downtown San Diego’s grand dame, built in 1910 by the son of Ulysses S. Grant, has been rescued from near dilapidation many times over the centuries. The Grant is now as glorious as ever, with its grand sweeping lobby, glistening glass chandeliers, filigreed iron railings, and velvet couches.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in San Diego.

4.4 La Valencia San Diego

La Valencia Hotel, San Diego

Lonely Planet

“This 1926 pink-walled, Mediterranean-style landmark was designed by William Templeton Johnson. Among its 115 rooms, those in the main building are rather compact while the villas are spacious, but the property wins for its Old Hollywood romance.”

4.7 Pendry San Diego

Hotel Pendry, San Diego

CN Traveler

“Geared toward the millennial traveler, this sophisticated, hip hotel is as notable for its comfortable beds and friendly staff as it is its dining and nightlife. This hotel promises style, service, and a central location.”

Featured in CN Traveler’s 2018 Hot List.