It’s easy to see why California’s southern metropolis by the Pacific is such a big hit with vacationing families. Aside from the lure of endless sandy beaches as well as the popular San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, there are lots of other activities to keep youngsters happy, such as exploring a science museum, catching a ball game or kayaking around ocean caves. And at the end of day, everyone can rest up at our carefully curated list of kid-friendly hotels in San Diego, bookable with Culture Trip.
There are few false notes at this buzzy boutique hotel in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. The lobby with its coffered wood ceiling and massive chandeliers is the epitome of opulence, while the wood-paneled rooms and suites are decked out in a color scheme inspired by ocean and sand. With a rooftop pool and six trendy bars and restaurants, the Pendry is a perfect pad for party-minded parents who like to know their kids are just an elevator ride away.
With its crystal chandeliers, antique furniture and aura of timeless elegance, the Westgate is so fantastically French, you half-expect to spot the Eiffel Tower from your step-out balcony. After a day on the sightseeing track, retire to generously proportioned rooms that mix old-world sophistication with contemporary comforts and technology. It’s also a surprisingly kid-friendly hotel in San Diego, thanks in part to the fun rooftop pool. Grown-ups, meanwhile, can let off steam in the state-of-the-art fitness club or enjoy classic afternoon tea with pastries and champagne in the lavish lobby.
A Frisbee toss from sea and sand, this low-key surf-inspired hotel makes a handy base for a relaxed beach vacation and is considered one of best family hotels in San Diego. Learn to “hang 10” during summertime surfing lessons or hit the heated oceanfront pool if the Pacific is too chilly. The hotel’s fleet of beach cruisers makes getting around the lively Pacific Beach neighborhood a snap. Belmont Park, San Diego’s iconic amusement park with its Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, is only a quick ride away.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
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Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
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