Best hotels & accommodations 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.


Our recommendations

Best cheap hotel in San Diego: Hotel Z Staypineapple

Best boutique hotel in San Diego: Hotel Pendry

Best luxury hotel in San Diego: The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Best hostel in San Diego: HI San Diego Downtown

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Hotel Grande Colonial La Jolla, San Diego

Reccomended by:

Frommers, Fodors, Telegraph

234 euro 208 gbp 289 usd 30634 jpy 225 cad 225 aud 2262 hkd 381 sgd 271 chf 1835 cny 2384 sek 1745 dkk 2251 nok

La Valencia Hotel, San Diego

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet, Frommers

225 euro 200 gbp 279 usd 29574 jpy 217 cad 217 aud 2184 hkd 368 sgd 262 chf 1771 cny 2301 sek 1685 dkk 2173 nok

Hotel The US Grant, San Diego

Reccomended by:

Frommers, Lonely Planet

144 euro 128 gbp 179 usd 18974 jpy 139 cad 139 aud 1401 hkd 236 sgd 168 chf 1136 cny 1476 sek 1081 dkk 1394 nok

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, San Diego

Reccomended by:

Frommers, Fodors

323 euro 287 gbp 399 usd 42294 jpy 311 cad 311 aud 3124 hkd 526 sgd 375 chf 2533 cny 3291 sek 2409 dkk 3108 nok

1906 Lodge, San Diego

Reccomended by:

Fodors, Frommers

258 euro 229 gbp 319 usd 33814 jpy 248 cad 248 aud 2497 hkd 421 sgd 299 chf 2025 cny 2631 sek 1926 dkk 2485 nok

Lafayette Hotel Swim Club & Bungalows, San Diego

Reccomended by:

New York Times

129 euro 115 gbp 160 usd 16960 jpy 124 cad 124 aud 1252 hkd 211 sgd 150 chf 1016 cny 1320 sek 966 dkk 1246 nok

Hotel Z Staypineapple, San Diego

Reccomended by:

New York Times

88 euro 78 gbp 109 usd 11554 jpy 85 cad 85 aud 853 hkd 143 sgd 102 chf 692 cny 899 sek 658 dkk 849 nok

Hilton Hotel La Jolla, San Diego

Reccomended by:

New York Times

130 euro 115 gbp 161 usd 17066 jpy 125 cad 125 aud 1260 hkd 212 sgd 151 chf 1022 cny 1328 sek 972 dkk 1254 nok

Tower 23 Hotel, San Diego

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185 euro 164 gbp 229 usd 24274 jpy 178 cad 178 aud 1793 hkd 302 sgd 215 chf 1454 cny 1889 sek 1383 dkk 1783 nok

Hotel Pendry, San Diego

Reccomended by:

CN Traveler

186 euro 165 gbp 230 usd 24380 jpy 179 cad 179 aud 1800 hkd 303 sgd 216 chf 1460 cny 1897 sek 1389 dkk 1791 nok


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.

Also check out our guide about the best areas to stay in San Diego.

What is the best budget hotel in San Diego?

If you're looking for a cheap hotel in San Diego, then book Hotel Z Staypineapple. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews. Also check out our list of the best cheap hotels in San Diego.

What is the best boutique hotel in San Diego?

You like some luxury but don't like the famous chain hotels. If you're looking for the best boutique hotel in San Diego, you should check out Hotel Pendry. It's a very cool hotel that has been highly recommended by travelers and experts.
Also check out our list of the best boutique hotels in San Diego, it's a manually curated list of the most unique and romantic hotels in the city.

What is the best luxury hotel in San Diego?

If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in San Diego, then go for The Lodge at Torrey Pines. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it.
Also check out our list of the best luxury hotels in San Diego, it's a manually curated list of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in the city.

What is the best hostel in San Diego?

If you're a backpacker or solo-traveler looking for a great hostel in San Diego, then check out HI San Diego Downtown. The hostel is in a great location and guests have been raving about it. Also check out our guide about the best hostels in San Diego.

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.

What are the best things to do in San Diego?

San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure. Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat during this tour of San Diego Harbor. Learn the basics of boating from your expert guide before following your guide's boat around the harbor. Price: $80.

San Diego: Harbor Cruise. Explore San Diego's best sights on a harbor tour of San Diego Bay. Enjoy beautiful views of important landmarks such as Coronado Bridge, Downtown San Diego, Midway Aircraft Carrier and many more depending on option booked. Price: $28.

The USS Midway Museum: Skip-the-Line. Enjoy a memorable visit to the USS Midway Museum when you're in San Diego. Skip the line when visiting the longest serving Aircraft Carrier in the American fleet. Price: $25.

More things to do in San Diego

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.

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.