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Where to Stay in San Diego
Whether you’re traveling with family or flying solo, you can find affordable hotel rates throughout San Diego.
For pleasure seekers in search of luxurious five-star hotels, look no further than the upscale community of La Jolla. With breathtaking ocean views, La Jolla’s hotels offer more than just a touch of class. The area is also home to some of San Diego’s best boutique shops and critically acclaimed restaurants.
Party animals and beach bums should consider a search for hotels near Mission Bay. With 19 beaches and miles upon miles of coastline, Mission Bay is a popular destination for the college crowd, especially during the spring break season.
If you have trendy tastes, book a hotel in San Diego’s revitalized downtown district. Many posh nightclubs, restaurants and lounges call the area’s historic Gaslamp Quarter home. If you’re in the mood for some authentic Italian fare, head over to Little Italy’s farmers market. Every Saturday, the market’s more than 90 vendors sell fresh produce, herbs, flowers and other products to locals and visitors alike.
San Diego Hotel Tips
Because San Diego has near-perfect weather throughout the year, there’s not much of an off-season. Still you can frequently find cheap flights to San Diego and hotel packages through Travelzoo’s SuperSearch.
If you’re looking to avoid scores of college kids, book hotel reservations outside of the spring break season. During the summer months, beaches tend to be especially packed, so if you’re looking for a more relaxing stay, considering making reservations for earlier or later in the year.
Besides the traditional hotel, San Diego boasts plenty of resorts and spas. Luxury accommodations can be found in upscale La Jolla as well as on the affluent peninsula of Coronado.
For families, search for hotels near Balboa Park. The expansive urban cultural park is home to a number of the city’s top attractions, including the San Diego Zoo.
San Diego Hotel Recommendations
If you’re looking to pamper yourself, head to La Jolla. Here, you can relax at the Estancia Hotel, one of San Diego’s best four-star spas. Unwind with a hot-stone massage or enjoy a romantic breakfast in bed.
You can frequently find exclusive deals at San Diego’s kid-friendly hotels. The Hotel del Coronado caters to those traveling with children, offering affordable family packages, which include discounts to top attractions like SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo.
Live large at one of San Diego’s posh downtown hotels. The Andaz features stunning rooftop views along its picturesque pool. The hotel’s interior sports a look of modern sophistication without sacrificing comfort. At night, sip on a cocktail at the hotel’s four-story Ivy Nightclub.
San Diego Transportation
San Diego offers travelers a number of public transportation options. Hop aboard the San Diego Trolley, a light-rail system composed of three separate lines. Take the Trolley to San Diego’s bustling downtown district, visit the many outlet shops in San Ysidro or check out a Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium.
Vacationers looking to explore areas outside of San Diego can catch a ride on the Coaster, a commuter rail that connects downtown San Diego to the North County area. Take a trip up to Oceanside and walk along Oceanside Pier, the longest wooden pier in the western U.S. From Oceanside, you can catch the Sprinter, another light-rail train that operates from Oceanside to Escondido.
San Diego is an especially bike-friendly city. If you’re an avid cyclist, consider exploring the city on two wheels for a truly unique, and active, experience.
For those looking to explore the affluent area of Coronado, take a trip across San Diego Bay aboard the Coronado Commuter Ferry. The 15-minute voyage drops passengers off at Coronado Ferry Landing, a waterfront marketplace.