Where to Stay in San Diego

Where to stay in San Diego:

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s no shortage of great places to stay when visiting America’s Finest City. Whether you’re a beach dweller or a city seeker, there’s a little something for everyone in beautiful San Diego, California. Choosing an area to stay will depend on your ideal scenery, the attractions you hope to visit during your trip and, of course, your budget. The options are limitless, and So Diego is here to help you decide where to stay when travelling to San Diego.


For the Beach Bum:

If you want to soak in the southern California sunshine and beaches, there are plenty of options! From the Bahia Resort Hotel to the Hotel Del Coronado, guests come from all over the world to enjoy San Diego’s beach hotels. Here’s a breakdown of some of the top beach areas and hotels in San Diego: 

Pacific Beach and Mission Bay

These two areas are great for young people looking for trendy brunch, awesome happy hours and a lively atmosphere. Yet, it’s also a great place to stay for families with kids. This area offers a little something for everyone. You’ll be able to relax by the swimming pool during the day, bike the boardwalk in the afternoon and grab some acai bowls for an afternoon snack.

Things to Do

The boardwalk heading north from Mission Beach to Pacific Beach is about a 3-mile stretch where you may leisurely walk, run, bike or skateboard.  Just east of the boardwalk in Mission Beach is a manmade Bay, which is home to Sea World, and where you may rent boats, paddle boards, or take a water ferry to an establishment across the Bay.  If you simply want to relax, just head out the beach and lay out on your towel.  At night, the bars in the area are relaxed and casual, and many young adults walk from bar to bar, forming lines out the doors at the most popular bars.  

If you have kids, I would suggest staying around Mission Bay at one of the resorts in the area.  It’s calm and quite at night, but there are many activities during the day. Hotels in this area are also close to Seaworld San Diego.

Where to Stay

The Bahia Resort Hotel: The Bahia is one of San Diego’s most famous. With luxurious rooms, a grand outdoor pool, fitness center, great views and a private  beach, this is an excellent choice.

The Dana Hotel: This Mission Beach Hotel is another popular option for visitors. Select guest rooms overlook the Marina for beautiful views and you can book spacious suites for the whole family. The kids can spend the day in the swimming pool as you slip away to the spa! 

The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa: Located at the end of Mission Beach and the beginning of Pacific beach, this Polynesian-style resort is a fan favorite. With waterfalls and lush vegetation, you’ll definitely feel like you’re in paradise here! There are a variety of suites to choose from including studios, bay front rooms and garden options. The Catamaran also has a gorgeous outdoor pool and a full-service spa.


For the Romantic Traveler:

Serenity and beauty play a huge part in making an experience romantic.  If you’re in the mood to really get away from it all, Coronado Island or Downtown La Jolla are perfect places to stay.  Both of these areas are near the water, and offer some remarkable sunsets along with fine dining restaurants and quaint bars.  

Things to Do

In Coronado, you can rent bikes, and ride along the streets as you marvel at some gorgeous, one-of-a-kind homes.  You may also take the ferry across the Bay to Downtown, San Diego to catch a show or let some steam off on a dance floor in the Gaslamp Quarter.  In La Jolla, you can take a hike at Torrey Pines, or pack a picnic and chill out on the Cove.  There are many art galleries and jewelry shops, making it a fun area to walk around in.

Where to Stay

La Valencia: La Valencia is a popular hotel destination in downtown La Jolla. This elegant, Mediterranean style pink landmark is an iconic hotel in San Diego. Enjoy a great night’s sleep in one of the beautiful suites overlooking the ocean. 

The Grand Colonial: Located right in downtown La Jolla, this is a great option for those scoping out boutique hotels. This spot is just steps away from the beautiful ocean as well as the various shops and art galleries in town. 

The Hotel Del: The Hotel Del Coronado is one of the most legendary places in San Diego. Not only is the hotel gorgeous (boasting spacious rooms and glamorous crystal chandeliers), it is also surrounded by fun attractions, including sand castle contests by locals, delicious food and drinks, and bike paths made for cruising the coastline. 


For the Foodie:

What better way to explore the food other than staying in a neighborhood walking distance to some of the best, new and noteworthy restaurants?  If this sounds exciting to you, you must stay in Little Italy.  

Things to Do

Not only is there an array of Italian restaurants, but you will also find Mexican taco shops, celebrity chef restaurants, breweries, a winery, craft cocktails, sushi, and San Diego’s best farmer’s market on Saturdays.  Since Little Italy is near the water, it’s walking distance to the Embarcadero, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Balboa Park, making it a fun area for a long weekend.  You won’t see your car once you park it, so consider taking the train!


For the Deal Seeker:

Traveling can get expensive, but in order to keep traveling – especially with a family – budgets must be in order!  You’ll want to stay in a centrally located area where parking is included in the hotel price, and there are many hotels to choose from for the best deals.  This area is called Hotel Circle, and it’s in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.  There are over 20 hotels in the small area, and it’s near the trolley.  You can take the trolley to Downtown for fun near the bay and Coronado, or take it to Old Town for Taco Tuesday where $2 tacos can be found in every restaurant.  Some hotels also offer packaged deals where a few tickets to Sea World or the Zoo are included in the room price.


For the Party Animal:

The two biggest party areas in San Diego are none other than the Gaslamp Quarter and Pacific Beach (PB), however each one is quite different from the other.  The Gaslamp Quarter is in the Downtown area, and offers great restaurants and quite a bit of evening entertainment from theaters, comedy shows, live music, and nightclubs.  People dress up, and drinks tend to be a little more expensive.  If you’re going out to a nightclub, bottle service is available, and be prepared to pay a cover charge at most of the dance clubs.  

Where to Stay

The Hard Rock Hotel: Located in the heart of San Diego, experience the vibrancy of the Hard Rock. Not only is this hotel located near all the hottest clubs, but it has plenty of events of its own including a huge NYE bash and a rooftop pool and lounge.

The Moxy Hotel: You know this hotel is made for partiers when the hotel’s sign is neon and the central focus of the lobby is a bar. Walk inside and you’ll be electrified by the amazing vibes! 

The Pendry: This boutique hotel is one of San Diego’s finest! With Oxford Social Club located inside and a rooftop bar to boot, you don’t even have to leave the hotel to party the night away! 


For the Business Mogul:

San Diego has a little something for everyone, including the business man (and woman). If you’re going to San Diego for a business trip or conference, we have some great recommendations for you! 

The Omni San Diego: This luxury high rise is located right next to Petco Park and the Convention Center. It’s walking distance to all the good food and drink spots in the district, and you can even pop in to watch the San Diego Padres play a game as the hotel is connected to the stadium via sky bridge. 

Manchester Grand Hyatt: Located on the other side of downtown near the Seaport Village area, this is a great spot for party animals who still hope to get a good night’s sleep. You’ll be close enough to the action without the booming bass when you’re ready to head in for the night.

In PB, the party starts in the day, and blends into the nighttime.  Since this area is near the beach, it’s a little less formal, and drink specials can be found in most bars.  While there is dancing at the bars here, they wouldn’t classify as the nightclubs, per se.  Things are just a little more relaxed in PB, but the parties at both areas are fun and memorable!

So there you have it!  I hope this give you a good glimpse into the neighborhoods of San Diego.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.  Have fun in our beautiful city!!