Best hotels in San Diego, California

Here you'll find a list of the best hotels in San Diego which have been recommended by critics from The New York Times, The Guardian, Lonely Planet and many more. All hotel recommendations are referenced with customer reviews from several booking platforms and all listed hotels have a rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars.

4.5 US Grant Hotel San Diego

Hotel The US Grant, San Diego

Lonely Planet

“This 11-stories high 1910 hotel has hosted everyone from Albert Einstein to Harry Truman. Today’s quietly flashy lobby combines chocolate-brown and ocean-blue accents, and rooms boast original artwork on the headboards.”

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.”

4.6 Tower 23 San Diego

Tower 23 Hotel, San Diego


“San Diego’s hippest beachfront boutique property guards lively Pacific Beach. Sleek rooms feature hardwood headboards, deep blue chaises and multicolored throws, all invoking the ocean just beyond your balcony.”

4.1 Hotel La Jolla San Diego

Hilton Hotel La Jolla, San Diego

New York Times

“The whimsical, nature-inspired décor, warm, informal Southern California-style service and coastal views easily compensate for an architecturally unexciting exterior, while the poolside bar and penthouse restaurant justify a night in at Hotel La Jolla.”

4.6 Hotel Z San Diego

Hotel Z Staypineapple, San Diego

New York Times

“Hotel Z is a new addition to the Gaslamp Quarter, and has Keurig machines in every room, European-inspired dual duvets and bright yellow bikes that are free for guests.”

Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in San Diego, California.

4.6 Lafayette Hotel San Diego

Lafayette Hotel Swim Club & Bungalows, San Diego

New York Times

“Lafayette Hotel, a 70-year-old North Park landmark, was fully refurbished in 2012, leaving the retro tiles in the bathrooms and other fixtures intact. Try to get a room with a balcony overlooking the pool.” Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in San Diego, California.