Where to Stay in San Diego, California

San Diego's best accommodation options include beachside retreats and historic hotels
San Diego's best accommodation options include beachside retreats and historic hotels | Courtesy of La Valencia Hotel / Expedia
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5 November 2020

San Diego, California is well known for its sunshine, beaches and beautiful parks, and visitors travel from near and far to experience the city. Here, Culture Trip compiles the 10 best hotels found in San Diego for your next stay in this Southern Californian city.

Hotel del Coronado

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Hotel del Coronado is one of San Diego’s most well-known resorts. This historical hotel opened in 1888 and is one of the few remaining examples of the American-Victorian architectural style. The hotel has hosted a variety of famous celebrities, writers, royalty and American presidents and, in the 1920s, was known as “Hollywood’s playground” due to the plethora of A-listers staying in its rooms. Notably, the hotel was also used as a set in the hit film Some Like it Hot, starring none other than Marilyn Monroe. Situated on Coronado Beach, the Hotel del Coronado is the perfect place to stay between San Diego’s historical and natural sides.

The Lafayette Hotel

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Lafayette Hotel
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The Lafayette Hotel is one of San Diego’s historical staples. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel was built in 1946. Ever since its opening, some of Hollywood’s most famous actors have graced the hotel with their presence, and it was also used as a filming location for the movie Top Gun in 1986. Today, guests enjoy the Lafayette Hotel’s Olympic-sized swimming pool and nearby nightlife in the North Park district.
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Horton Grand Hotel

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This charming hotel is centrally located in San Diego’s famous Gaslamp district. Built in 1886, the hotel is a restoration of two older hotels: the Grand Horton and the Brooklyn Kahle Saddlery. It’s said to be haunted, and several visitors have reported seeing ghosts of previous guests and others who had connections with the site on which the hotel is built. Beware things that go bump in the night!

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Sofia Hotel

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Sofia Hotel
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Also located in the Gaslamp Quarter, the Sofia Hotel is a cozy and historic option for accommodation in San Diego. Built in 1927, it features a Gothic Revival architectural style, and is a short walk from dozens of nearby shops, restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp neighborhood. While the Sofia Hotel is set in a historic building, guests still rave about the updated rooms, amenities and delicious restaurant.
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Paradise Point Resort and Spa

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Paradise Point Resort and Spa
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Ensconced on a private island just seven miles (11km) from downtown San Diego, Paradise Point Resort and Spa is a great way to experience the city’s natural side. From peaceful beaches to lush tropical gardens, Paradise Point Resort and Spa offers a taste of San Diego’s sand, sea and sun. What’s more, the hotel’s California-style bungalow guest rooms reflect the region’s “unwind and loosen up” mantra, and guests can also enjoy alluring views of San Diego’s Mission Bay from their rooms.
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The Rancho Bernardo Inn

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Rancho Bernardo Inn
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The Rancho Bernardo Inn puts San Diego’s Spanish roots on full display. The hotel’s Spanish mission-style architecture and decor is sure to please, as will the wide array of amenities. The Rancho Bernardo Inn boasts a large golf course, multiple gourmet restaurants, a spa and a stunning pool. Located near some of San Diego’s best wineries, the Rancho Bernardo Inn also promises guests one of the most luxurious stays in the city.
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  • Inn at the Park

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    The Inn at the Park is a great way to soak up all of San Diego’s culture, as it overlooks Balboa Park. Take in exquisite views of the San Diego skyline from one of the Inn’s penthouses, or opt for one of their more cost-friendly yet upscale suites. The Inn at the Park’s ideal location gives guests quick access to Balboa and its concomitant museums, gardens and, of course, the well-known San Diego Zoo.
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    La Valencia Hotel

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    La Valencia Hotel
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    This light pink hotel is hard to miss. Located atop the La Jolla cove, just 12 miles (19km) from Downtown San Diego, La Valencia Hotel offers guests endless ocean views. La Valencia is situated in a classic Spanish-style building and features multiple 1940s hand-painted murals, along with an oceanside pool. Enjoy the bistro, which comes complete with a large seaside terrace and live music. The hotel’s picturesque grounds, complete with tropical flowers and Spanish tiles, also awaits to delight guests.
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    The Keating

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    Keating Hotel
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    Centrally located in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the Keating is within walking distance of the San Diego Convention Center and the city’s best restaurants, clubs and shops. Situated in a historical building constructed in 1890, this quaint hotel only has 35 guest rooms. The hotel recently underwent renovations and now features sophisticated decor and updated entertainment systems in each room.
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    Tower 23 Hotel

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    This seaside hotel perfectly captures the beach culture of San Diego – Tower 23 is just steps away from the beautiful Pacific Beach. Additionally, the hotel’s restaurant, JDRN Surf, also exudes San Diego’s relaxed surfer vibes, with its wave wall and seafood entrées. If you’re looking to completely immerse yourself in the West Coast atmosphere, then you should look no further than the Tower 23 Hotel.
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