San Diego Hotels and Accommodation

(San Diego, California - CA, USA)

There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing accommodation in San Diego, and where you decide to actually stay does rather depend upon what you are planning to do during your vacation or visit. Hotels in downtown San Diego and the revitalized Gaslamp Quarter are well-placed for those looking to indulge in a spot of shopping, evening dining and entertainment.

Alternatively, visitors who prefer sunbathing to sightseeing should ideally look for lodging around one of San Diego's surrounding beach resorts, such as Mission Bay or Point Loma, where bay views certainly do come at a price. Accommodation within the historic Old Town area does tend to be more reasonably priced, as do the hotels within the Hillcrest neighborhood and the plentiful budget motels and familiar chains lining the busy Hotel Circle Road, which runs alongside the Interstate I-8.

Where to Stay

Of note, during the summer season (from late May until September), San Diego accommodation is in great demand and therefore prices are known to soar accordingly, particularly around the beach resorts. Hotels are generally slightly cheaper in neighboring cities, such as Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, La Mesa and National City, all of which are just a short commute away.

There are also some convenient hotels close to San Diego International Airport Lindbergh Field (SAN), which is just 3 miles / 5 km from downtown and within the Midway district. In general, the best of the airport accommodation lies to the north and around the Ocean Beach Freeway, where hotels are especially close to SeaWorld and the Midway Towne Center shopping complex. Consider the Hampton Inn on Greenwood Street, the La Quinta Inn on Moore Street (near to the historical Old Town district) and also the Hilton on Harbor Island Drive, which stands alongside the beautiful waterfront of Harbor Island. Located on Rosecrans Street and still within easy reach of both San Diego Airport and Seaworld, the Super 8 and Days Inn hotels are also near to Loma Square, the Midway Garden Plaza and the Sports Arena Square.

Mid-range accommodation in San Diego is certainly centered around the Grand Avenue, Rosecrans Street and West Mission Bay Drive, amongst other stretches. Situated right on the Beachfront is the exceedingly popular Ocean Peak Inn on the Grand Avenue, which is approximately 1 mile / 1.5 km from the Mission Bay Aquatic Park.

The Best Western Mission Bay on Clairemont Drive is just a matter of minutes from Mission Beach, while the DoubleTree Hotel on front street is no more than a short stroll from the enticing restaurants within Little Italy. Keen golfers may choose the lodging at the DoubleTree Golf Resort on Penasquitos Drive, which is to be found on the far northerly outskirts of San Diego (next to Poway and the Black Mountains), where an acclaimed 18-hole golf course awaits.

Luxury hotels in San Diego combine lavishly appointed accommodation with enviable locations. Especially appealing is the Catamaran Resort and Spa on Mission Boulevard, which is right next to the Mission Bay Aquatic Park. Lying in downtown San Diego and alongside the city's Convention Center is the waterfront Marriott Hotel on West Harbor Drive, which is connected to the Coronado Island Resort by regular water taxis. Linked to the Padres ballpark by a sky-bridge and within the historic Gaslamp Quarter is the Omni Hotel on L Street, which is near to the Horton Plaza and the Seaport Village.