Where to Stay in San Diego

San Diego's Hilton embodies the city's chic, sunny vibes
San Diego's Hilton embodies the city's chic, sunny vibes | Courtesy of Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa / Expedia
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13 November 2020

San Diego is the perfect destination for a warm California getaway. Whether you want to explore Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo, or enjoy the sunshine on Coronado Beach, you’ll need somewhere to rest and relax after a busy day. Take your pick from our list of the best luxury hotels in San Diego.

Pacific Terrace Hotel

4.6/5 (973 Reviews)
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Overlooking the sparkling ocean, the Pacific Terrace Hotel provides beachfront accommodation in San Diego’s Pacific Beach neighborhood. Kick off your shoes, settle into your balcony chair, sip a relaxing beverage, and look out over the amazing Californian coast. Guests can treat themselves to a massage by the pool, a bike ride down the boardwalk, or just get comfortable with their portable beach chairs and sun umbrellas out on the warm sand. The Central San Diego hotel provides easy access to exceptional surfing, sailing, fishing, and cycling.
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Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

4.4/5 (2679 Reviews)
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Discover the culture and beauty of San Diego right outside your door at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Guests can wake to the sun sparkling off San Diego Bay, indulge in a bountiful breakfast buffet overlooking the marina at Seaview, enjoy shopping at Seaport Village, or take a coastal cruise. Whatever you do during the day, as a guest at the Manchester Grand Hyatt you can look forward to retiring to a premium view room for a great night’s rest in a signature Hyatt Grand bed.
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Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

4.1/5 (249 Reviews)
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Overlooking Mission Bay, this contemporary beachfront resort is just over 2mi (3km) from SeaWorld San Diego and 6mi (9.6km) from Balboa Park. Airy rooms, studios, and one-bedroom suites offer sophisticated decor and custom-designed beds, plus balconies or patios. Suites contain additional wet bars, microwaves, separate living areas, and whirlpool tubs, and some quarters also come with patio firepits and bay views. An American cuisine restaurant and a poolside lounge offers waterfront dining – there’s also a bar and a coffee shop.
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Bahia Resort Hotel

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4.1/5 (2095 Reviews)
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The simple, traditional rooms and suites at the Bahia Resort Hotel offer free wifi, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges – some rooms also have beach or garden views. Suites are available, and some come with additional kitchenettes, as well as sitting areas and bay views. Dining options include the Tangier restaurant, a pool bar and grill, and room service. There’s an outdoor pool, a jacuzzi, and tennis courts, plus a children’s games room and shuffleboard. Free cruises with entertainment are available, as well as a complimentary shuttle to the spa at the hotel’s sister property, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa.
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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

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4.1/5 (1637 Reviews)
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This Polynesian-themed resort, only 6.5mi (10.5km) from San Diego International Airport, offers casual elegance with palm trees, luscious vegetation, tiki torches, koi ponds, waterfalls, and exotic birds. The whole family is catered for here – whether you enjoy sunbathing at the beach, relaxing by the pool, rejuvenating in the Catamaran spa’s hot tub, paddle boarding, or cruising up and down the boardwalk on a bike or Segway. Each of the 310 rooms and suites has a private balcony or patio with sublime views of Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean, or the hotel’s tropical gardens.
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  • Fairmont Grand Del Mar

    4.8/5 (566 Reviews)
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    Basking in San Diego’s endless sunshine, Fairmont Grand Del Mar welcomes guests to a warm Mediterranean estate, replete with their signature charm and Southern California style. Unrivaled five-star service delivers every indulgence, including a championship Tom Fazio golf course, a five-star spa, and exquisite dining. Set amid the incredible Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, this 249-room luxury San Diego resort captures the elegance and comfort of an old-world estate with an enviable Southern Californian locale. Freebies consist of guided hikes, parking, and transportation to nearby destinations.
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    Tower23 Hotel

    4.6/5 (985 Reviews)
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    Between La Jolla and Downtown San Diego, this modern, glass-paneled hotel overlooks the ocean and is adjacent to Pacific Beach Park. Chic rooms feature private balconies or patios, minibars, flat-screen TVs, and free wifi. Suites add extra living spaces – and some even have whirlpool tubs. The on-site steak and seafood restaurant serves upscale Californian cuisine, and amenities include meeting facilities and a rooftop lounge with firepits.
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    Kings Inn Hotel

    4.2/5 (2171 Reviews)
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    Kings Inn Hotel goes the extra step to create a pleasant atmosphere, even treating guests to a cup of coffee on arrival. You can relax among vintage decor with modern amenities, and enjoy the timeless treasure of a memorable vacation close to the beaches of Mission Bay and all of San Diego’s world-renowned attractions. Free parking, one of the largest pools in town, and two on-site budget-friendly restaurants with kids’ menus make King’s Inn a popular choice with families of all ages and sizes.

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    Hilton San Diego Bayfront

    4.1/5 (1549 Reviews)
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    Overlooking San Diego Bay, this 30-story convention hotel is across the street from the San Diego Convention Center and a short walk from Petco Park. Rooms offer bay and city skyline views, upscale decor, and custom-designed beds. Suites have additional living areas with pull-out sofas. Dining options include an on-site restaurant, a sports bar, a coffee shop, and a waterfront bar with a terrace. Other amenities include a spa, a fitness center, and an outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub.
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