Best Hotels, B&B's and Hostels in San Diego

We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in San Diego as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places that have at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.
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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.

  • 4.4 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.”

  • 4.5 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.

  • 4.6 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.

  • 4.6 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.

  • 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.

  • 4.1 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 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.”

  • 4.7 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.


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.
Which San Diego hotel offers great views?
If you're looking for a room with a view, then try Tower 23 Hotel or Hilton Hotel La Jolla. Both hotels offer amazing views of the Ocean and San Diego according to recent customer reviews.
How much does it cost to stay in a San Diego hotel?
For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $160 per night and for a 4-star hotel you would be looking at $250 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star San Diego hotel then you can expect to pay around $480 per night.
What are the best hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego?
If you're looking to stay in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, then try Hotel Z Staypineapple or Hotel Pendry. Both hotels have excellent customer reviews.
Which San Diego hotel is the best for couples?
Try Hotel Pendry if you're looking for a romantic getaway in San Diego, it has some excellent recent customer reviews by couples.

About San Diego

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’s 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 hostels, B&Bs and hotels in San Diego, then you should also check out our selection of recommended hotels in Chicago or the best hotels in Los Angeles.