The Best San Diego Hotels

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 12, 2019

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One of the best hotels in San Diego.

The US Grant Hotel – one of the best luxury hotels in San Diego.

The 14 Best Hotels in San Diego

1. Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Mediterranean-style resort known for its 18-hole golf course and high-end spa located about 7 miles to Torrey Pines State Reserve (15-minute drive) and the restaurants of Del Mar (15-minute drive). In addition to 4 outdoor pools, amenities include several restaurants and lounges, a kids club, and Nespresso machines and European-style soaking tubs in every room.

2. Pendry San Diego

Boutique hotel in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter within walking distance of Petco Park (0.2 mile, 5 minutes), the New Children’s Museum (0.4 mile, 8 minutes), and the Gaslamp Quarter light rail station (0.2 mile, 5 minutes). The hotel features 6 restaurants and bars, a rooftop pool, and a spa, and each ocean-inspired guest room has a bluetooth speaker, designer toiletries, and a mini bar.

3. L’Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa

Beach-inspired resort with an outdoor pool, spa, and several dining options located a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) from the shore and steps to the restaurants and shops of Camino Del Mar. Rooms feature balconies or patios and marble bathrooms, and some rooms have fireplaces.

4. Omni San Diego Hotel

High-end hotel connected via skywalk to Petco Park (200 feet, 1-minute walk) and within blocks of the restaurants and bars of the Gaslamp Quarter (0.4 mile, 9-minute walk). Amenities include an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, a poolside restaurant, a coffee shop, and a 24-hour fitness center, and rooms offer city or bay views.

5. The Westgate Hotel

Luxury hotel home to the 40,000-square-foot AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club and located a 3-minute walk (0.1 mile) from the San Diego Civic Theatre, a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) from Westfield Horton Plaza and the Balboa Theatre, and across the street from the Civic Center light rail station (200 feet, 1-minute walk). A bar and restaurant are on-site, and rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows.

6. Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

High-rise hotel featuring several restaurants and bars, including a 40th-floor cocktail lounge, and all rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, a desk, and a sitting area. Located across the street from the Seaport Village light rail station (400 feet, 2-minute walk) and a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) to the New Children’s Museum, a 3-minute walk (0.2 mile) to Seaport Village, and a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile) to the USS Midway Museum.

7. Kimpton Solamar Hotel

Upscale boutique hotel with a rooftop pool and bar located a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) to Petco Park and steps to the Gaslamp Quarter’s restaurants and nightlife (0.2 mile, 3-minute walk). Complimentary amenities include bicycles, morning coffee and tea in the lobby, a nightly manager’s reception with local beverages, and pet-friendly rooms which feature skyline views, yoga mats, and desks.

8. Andaz San Diego

Modern luxury hotel featuring a rooftop pool with fire pits and a DJ on weekends, a fitness center, and a pet-friendly policy. Located a 5-minute walk (0.3 miles) from Westfield Horton Plaza and a 9-minute walk (0.5 miles) from Petco Park, guestrooms have Keurig coffee makers and sitting areas, and suites sleep up to 6 guests.

9. The US Grant

Historic luxury hotel known for its iconic Grant Grill restaurant and Gaslamp Quarter location just a 2-minute walk (440 feet) to the San Diego Civic Theatre and a 15-minute walk (0.7 mile) to Broadway Pier. In addition to a fitness center and spa suite, several dining options are on-site, and some guest rooms feature deep-soaking bathtubs.

10. La Valencia Hotel

Glamorous hotel located a 5-minute walk (0.2 mile) from La Jolla Cove and known for its famous pink facade. Surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and upscale shopping, the property features an outdoor pool, outdoor saltwater spa, a fitness center, several dining options, and ocean views.

11. Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Classy resort with several on-site restaurants and lounges, including a Napa Valley winery’s tasting room, located a 10-minute drive (4.1 miles) to La Jolla Cove. Free shuttle service within a 5-mile radius is available upon request, and recreational amenities include an outdoor saltwater pool, lawn games, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and an EV charging station.

12. San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina

Harborfront hotel just steps to the Embarcadero with 2 swimming pools, a fitness center, a spa, 4 restaurants, and a coffee shop. Rooms feature city or bay views, some with balconies, and the property sits within walking distance of Seaport Village (0.3 mile, 7-minute walk), the San Diego Convention Center (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk), and Petco Park (0.5 mile, 10-minute walk).

13. Tower 23 Hotel

Contemporary boutique hotel on Pacific Beach with an on-site restaurant and ocean views from most guestrooms. Located steps to restaurants and shopping on Garnet Avenue, 2 miles (9-minute drive) from Belmont Park, and 3.7 miles (11-minute drive) to SeaWorld.

14. Hotel del Coronado

Iconic resort with many on-site restaurants, shops, and recreational activities including beach chairs and umbrellas, rental bicycles, a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a kids club. Located on Coronado Island, the property is within walking distance of numerous restaurants and accessible via car (6.6 miles, 15-minute drive) or ferry from Downtown San Diego.

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