With its year-round sunshine, it’s only natural to expect your San Diego hotel to come with a pool attached – ideally a perfectly sparkling one encircled by swaying palm trees. Luckily, San Diego is full of exceptional hotel pools, so you can grab a frosty beverage and post up in a lounge chair between beach days or cool off after a day of connecting with the city’s local attractions. Here’s our pick of the best hotels with pools in San Diego, all bookable through Culture Trip.
Beat the sizzling summer temperatures with help from the Pearl Hotel’s oyster-shaped pool and adjoining cocktail bar. This midcentury-style property in Point Loma has just 23 guest rooms and suites, each with its own contemporary coastal decor topped with natural wood furnishings and certified organic bedding. Even better, on select nights, the staff bust out a large poolside projection screen to showcase classic movies.
A boutique hotel in the heart of San Diego, Kimpton Hotel Palomar boasts one of the most convenient locations in the city. The trendy fourth-story rooftop pool deck really comes to life after the sun goes down, with festive twinkle lights and the flicker of surrounding highrise windows. During the summer months, the poolside bar opens up to serve small bites and drinks (but don’t worry, room service will gladly deliver if you’re there during the winter, fall or spring).
It comes as no surprise that the luxurious five-star Pendry San Diego would have a just-as-ritzy, open-air pool house with a craft cocktail bar, and no shortage of comfy lounge furniture. If you can drag yourself away from the exquisite pool views of downtown San Diego, venture out the doors to discover the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter with all its bars, restaurants, shopping, and beaches. Or, simply stay on the property to dine at one of Pendry’s six (yes, six) on-site restaurants and bars.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina overlooks a private marina on San Diego Bay, near popular attractions like Petco Park and Seaport Village. A spacious and curvaceous Hawaii-esque pool area and splash pad connect to a magical palm-filled patio that doubles as a hidden oasis, while the peaceful spa – appropriately named The Hideaway – and expansive fitness center provide wellness opportunities for a truly relaxing vacation.
The highrise InterContinental San Diego is found in the city’s downtown waterfront district. As a guest, enjoy sweeping views of San Diego Bay from the fourth-floor rooftop pool while sipping cocktails in a reserved poolside cabana. When you’re not at the pool, get your pasta fix in the city’s own Little Italy or visit a historical naval aircraft carrier at the USS Midway Museum; both are just a short walk away.
Renovated from a historic 1913 building originally opened for the World Fair, the Andaz San Diego has a bright, coastal charm in the center of the Gaslamp Quarter. The mood-lit pool overlooking the city is bordered by glass so that no view is spared, but if you really want an intimate experience, book the Cabana Suite for access to your own private poolside cabana.
Sandwiched between Petco Park and the San Diego Convention Center, the Omni San Diego Hotel puts you right in the middle of the action. In fact, it’s connected directly to the famous baseball park by way of a pedestrian sky bridge, making coming to and from Padres games as simple as could be. Check out the heated pool, heated to 83(F) (28C) all year round – perfectly enjoyed while sitting on the lovely in-pool stairs. If you like it hotter, laze about in the hot tub. Both are situated on the 8,000sqft (743sqm) outdoor terrace, boasting an impressive stone fireplace for cooler nights.
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