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FAQs: Your guide to finding great places to stay in San Diego

What are the best places to stay in San Diego?

Downtown San Diego is one of the best places to stay for the city’s biggest attractions. You’ll find historic Coronado island across the bay, with its glorious wide beach, and further north beautifully bo-ho La Jolla near the stunning Torrey Pines Golf Course.

How can I find cheap places to stay in San Diego, CA?

Travelocity has amazing deals at hotels in San Diego. To find cheap hotels, simply enter your travel dates then select by price. December is usually the cheapest month to visit San Diego. But even in the busiest months, Travelocity has great room deals.

How much does it cost to stay in San Diego?

It costs from just $68 to stay in San Diego. It depends on the travel dates, location, and amenities you want. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

How can I stay in San Diego for cheap?

If you want great cheap hotels in San Diego, Good Nite Inn San Diego near SeaWorld/Mission Valley and Ramada by Wyndham San Diego National City are both popular, affordable hotels in San Diego. We have plenty of options.

What are some of the best hotels in San Diego?

Best Western Plus Marina Gateway Hotel is a vibrant 3-star bayfront hotel close to downtown and with an outside pool. The tropical Catamaran Resort and Spa on Mission Beach is ideal for a relaxed, family-friendly trip. Check our offers to find more.

How do I find the best hotel deals in San Diego?

Enter your travel dates to see our amazing deals on the best hotels in San Diego. Use the filters, check our verified customer reviews, and discover even more exclusive deals by downloading the Travelocity App and becoming a Travelocity member

What are some great hotels near San Diego?

Just off the I-5, close to Del-Mar’s beaches, is the welcoming Homewood Suites by Hilton 16 miles north of Downtown San Diego. For a classic roadside inn, stay at the family-friendly Lamplighter Inn & Suites in a quiet neighborhood 15 minutes from San Diego International Airport

What are some of the top hotels in San Diego?

A stay at InterContinental San Diego gives you stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and easy access to big-name attractions such as the USS Midway Museum. For Tuscan luxury on a San Diegan scale, book a vacation at the 400-acre Fairmont Grand Del Mar

What are some famous hotels in San Diego?

Featured in the classic movie Some Like it Hot, Hotel del Coronado has been welcoming stars, presidents, and royalty since 1888. Love iconic surroundings? The US Grant is also a fantastic place to stay close to San Diego Zoo. 

Where is the best place to stay in San Diego without a car?

The Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, and Little Italy are all great places to explore without a car. Readily available public trolleys, buses, electric scooters, and bikes are all fun and super-easy ways to adventure around the city’s main attractions. 

Where can I have a staycation in San Diego?

Head to La Jolla for a beach break and fabulous hotels like Pantai Inn whisk you to another world. Or for the ultimate staycation, you can also treat yourself to a room at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa

How do I find last-minute hotel deals in San Diego?

Browse our last-minute offers or enter your travel dates in the search bar to find your perfect  last-minute hotel in San Diego. 

What are some cool hotels in San Diego?

One of THE places to stay is Andaz San Diego, which has the city’s largest rooftop pool. And the oh-so-stylish Pendry San Diego in the historic Gaslamp Quarter is also exquisite. 

What are some unique hotels in San Diego?

For retro vibes and drive-in movies, stay at The Pearl Hotel. And over at the Keating Hotel, the design team behind the Ferrari and Maserati cars created a truly sumptuous stay in the heart of downtown San Diego. 

Why should I book my hotel in San Diego with Travelocity?

At Travelocity, we make it easy to find, book, and make huge savings in just a few clicks. With verified customer reviews, impressive discounts, and 5291 San Diego hotels to choose from, you’ll save money on accommodation and splash out on the fun stuff in America’s Finest City.

San Diego Hotel & Travel Guide

You'll find yourself simply spoiled for choice when it's time to begin securing great places to stay in San Diego. Travelocity's guide is where the modern traveler can find 211 hotel options less than 6-mile (10-kilometer) of the center of San Diego.

Travelers looking to book a place to stay near the vibrant center of San Diego, can learn about HI San Diego Downtown and ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego.

Thinking about making a trip to experience in person the well-known San Diego Convention Center in San Diego? Within just a short stroll of this landmark you will find the Hotel Marisol Coronado and HI San Diego Downtown

The West Park Inn is conveniently close to the San Diego City College. Another close by hotel is the RK Hostel San Diego. If you would prefer to be based in the area near the USS Midway Museum, then check out the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Gaslamp/Convention Center or the Days Inn - Harbor View. The Maritime Museum of San Diego and the San Diego Coronado Bridge are a couple of significant San Diego destinations. The El Rancho Motel and the USA Hostels San Diego - Downtown are near to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The Hotel Marisol Coronado and the Crown City Inn are close to the San Diego Coronado Bridge.

You'll discover the Britt Scripps Inn and Lucky D's Hostel are not far from the Westfield Horton Plaza, while the Corporate Suites in San Diego Downtown and RK Buckner Hostel are within easy walking distance of the San Diego Repertory Theater.
 The Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside and Best Western Plus Suites Hotel Coronado Island are not far from the San Diego Opera. Travelocity-listed places to put your feet up close to the New Children's Museum include the Cherokee Lodge Bed and Breakfast and 1906 Lodge, A Four Sisters Inn.

The Grande Colonial Hotel can be found 11 miles (18 kilometers) from downtown San Diego. On the other hand, the La Valencia Hotel is located 11 miles (18 kilometers) away. Some other places to stay in the surrounding area include the La Jolla Cove Suites as well as the La Jolla Inn.

Chula Vista is 11 miles (17 kilometers) southeast of San Diego and features Knott's Soak City San Diego, Sleep Train Amphitheater and Aquatica. The Best Western Plus Otay Valley Hotel and La Quinta Inn San Diego Chula Vista are a few of the Travelocity-listed short and long-stay options in Chula Vista. Alternatively, you could stay in [name of second nearby city or town (sibling)], 11 miles (18 kilometers) to the northwest of San Diego, where you can pick from the La Jolla Village Lodge and Inn by the Sea at La Jolla. Whether you're just passing through or staying in [name of second nearby city or town (sibling)], set aside a little time to check out the La Jolla Cove, Birch Aquarium and Windansea Beach.

Sitting 30 miles (47 kilometers) to the north of San Diego, approximately 110,000 residents live in Carlsbad. While you're there, you should plan to visit a few points of interest such as the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, Flower Fields of Carlsbad and Sealife Aquarium. The Surf Motel - Carlsbad, Motel 6 Carlsbad East and Best Western Plus Beach View Lodge, among others, are some of the unique Travelocity-registered places to stay within the town's area. The Motel 6 Carlsbad Beach and Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Legoland are two other popular accommodations available to visitors.

San Diego International Airport is located 2 miles (4 kilometers) away from the city center of San Diego. Wise travelers who need to find accommodation nearby can find a night via Travelocity at the HI San Diego Downtown or ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego.

Visiting San Diego

It’s called Sunset Cliffs for a reason. From your vantage point a few dozen feet above the breaking surf, you’ll enjoy an amazing view of the glowing golden orb as it dips into the steel blue Pacific. If fortune shines upon you like the glorious San Diego sun has all day, you might catch a glimpse of the elusive and ethereal Green Flash—when a verdant dot remains visible for a brief moment after the sun has already dipped below the horizon. After nature’s light show, head back to your San Diego hotel and freshen up for an evening of urban excitement.

There’s probably no city with a more fitting nickname than that of San Diego. With its location on the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and ridiculous amount of sunny days, San Diego truly deserves the moniker of “America’s Finest City.” Whether you’re going for a stroll in the sand as the tide washes over your feet or you’re exploring the bustling avenues of downtown, our San Diego hotel deals will help you find a perfect home base. The sun, the fun, the surf, and the sand blend together to make a trip here unforgettable. And when you book your stay through Travelocity, you’ll save enough to experience everything San Diego has to offer.

Where Are Some of the Best Places to Stay in San Diego?

When you’re trying to figure out where to stay in San Diego, you are most likely going to think about the beach…and you would not be altogether incorrect. However, the city’s most popular stretches of sandy serenity—Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, and La Jolla Shores—are just a short drive from anywhere, even the cheap hotels in San Diego’s outlying areas. So why not stay somewhere else around town—closer to the nightlife, parks, and wilderness areas that help San Diego earn its nickname? Here are some of the more popular neighborhoods and our favorite hotels in each.


San Diego is very much a beach town, but its downtown area is also every bit a true major city center. The Gaslamp Quarter alone has enough boutiques, eateries, and nightclubs to give SoHo, The Magnificent Mile, and Rodeo Drive a run for their money. Add to that a renowned theater scene and the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, and you have a downtown on par with any in the states.

  • Wyndham San Diego Bayside – Not only is the Wyndham less than a mile from the airport and a short walk from the attractions downtown, it is also situated on Harbor Drive next to Waterfront Park. Talk about an ideal location! That’s not all the hotel has going for it. With sweeping views of the city skyline or the setting sun, you may not want to leave your comfortable guest room…unless it is to explore the city on one of the Segways you can rent on-site.
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – Just steps from the San Diego Convention Center, the excitement of downtown, and the attractions at Seaport Village, the Grand Hyatt welcomes travelers of all kinds. Coordinate your event at the convention center with a meeting in the hotel’s 300,000-plus square feet of flexible space. Enjoy a relaxing treatment in the Marilyn Monroe Spa, then down a nightcap while watching the sunset from the Top of the Hyatt, the 40th-floor lounge.

Mission Bay

San Diego has two bays. The San Diego Bay is primarily for work, as it’s home to three Navy properties and multiple shipping companies. Mission Bay, on the other hand, is all about recreation. Hop on a paddleboard, rent a sailboat, or take a leisurely wine cruise—you really can’t go wrong.

  • Catamaran Resort and Spa – Add a touch of the exotic to your San Diego vacation. This Polynesian-themed resort is tucked away in a secluded corner of Mission Bay. Your guest room doors open up to a grassy lawn that leads you right to a private bay beach. Want to experience some bigger waves? The Pacific Ocean is just three blocks away. After you’ve washed your cares away in the refreshing waters, enjoy a sunset luau back at the resort.
  • The Dana on Mission Bay-BW Premier Collection – Situated on a small outcropping in the middle of Mission Bay, the Dana is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you play your cards right, the only thing that will remind you of outside civilization will be the nightly fireworks from nearby SeaWorld. Spend your day getting pampered at the on-site spa, count the kayakers float by on the bay from the resort’s private beach, or rent a boat from the private marina and get out on the water for yourself.

We’re not fortune tellers, but we can see a trip to the shores of Southern California in your near future. All you have to do is book one of Travelocity’s great deals and leave your everyday worries behind you—you won’t need them for a while. Whether you need an upscale resort by the bay, one of the luxurious downtown San Diego hotels, cheap lodging around town, or accommodations anywhere in the area, Travelocity can save you money in a flash. Speaking of flashes, there’s one thing we didn’t tell you about the Green Flash: It only can happen if you are there to witness it.

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