San Diego's Got Chic, Convenient Hotels That Won't Break the Bank



San Diego has plenty of hotels that won't break the bank, with some even serving up delicious fare, specialty cocktails and ocean views. Others are just steps from gorgeous beaches, all are family-friendly and travelers will be able to find one regardless of what part of San Diego they need to visit. Modern conveniences aren't lacking, with most offering free WiFi and continental breakfast.

The Pearl Hotel tops our list of budget hotels. Have a look at the photos--you might think the room rate is double what it is. The Pearl Hotel is retro-chic and down-to-earth with a cool lounge that is a hit with locals. Located in Point Loma, it's just a few minutes away from the airport with easy access to downtown San Diego. T 

Taking the kids to LEGOLAND and just need a good place to rest? Try the Comfort Inn Ne ar LEGOLAND, which is conveniently located within minutes of the famous amusement park, bargain shopping at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, gorgeous beaches and the restaurants of downtown Carlsbad.

Or, park the family in La Jolla at the Best Western Plus Inn by the Sea located in the village. Walk to the beach, shopping and some of the world's finest restaurants. This hotel is great value for money, considering the location.

Have a look at our list of 10 best budget hotels in San Diego. Your wallet will thank you.


For those with layovers or early morning flights, consider the Ramada San Diego Airport. The price is low (one of the lowest on this list), but the hotel still boasts amenities such as laundry and dry cleaning, free continental breakfast, a...  Read More


It's recently renovated, non-smoking an in an excellent location in the La Jolla village where guests can walk to the beach and some of the finest restaurants in the world. Across the street is also a gym and nearby are grocery stores and retail...  Read More


As a boutique hotel literally a few steps away from the beach, the Ocean Beach Hotel does not disappoint. As the name suggests, the hotel is in the neighborhood of Ocean Beach, a funky beach town north of Point Loma and south of Mission Bay....  Read More


Del Mar Motel on the Beach boasts 43 newly-renovated guest rooms and breathtaking ocean views especially from its beachfront sun deck, picnic & barbeque areas. Rooms include earth-friendly bath amenities, air conditioning, complimentary...  Read More




Boasting a classic 1960s Mediterranean vibe, the Porto Vista Hotel is located in a prime Little Italy spot. The hotel prides itself on being both vintage and modern, and is one of the more chic budget hotels on our top 10 list. Amenities include...  Read More


Located just steps away from the beach in the Pacific Beach neighborhood, the Pacific Shores Inn ranks highly among guests for cost, location and service. Also within a quick walk is San Diego's most action packed area with casual bars, shops...  Read More


Another AAA 2-diamond property, the Old Town Inn is located within steps of historic Old Town--otherwise known as the birthplace of California--featuring some of San Diego's best shopping, Mexican food and historic sites. It's also a great city...  Read More


This hotel is extraordinarily reasonably priced given that it's located on La Jolla Blvd, in La Jolla. Guests are within an easy walk to the beach along with the amazing restaurants and shops in La Jolla. Included amenities range from free Bear...  Read More


Located in the heart of Little Italy, La Pensione is in walking distance to some of San Diego's best shopping and restaurants. Amenities include two on-site restaurants (Caffe Italia and Na Pizza), a relaxing courtyard area, free public area...  Read More


The Pearl Hotel prides itself on being a budget-minded option for people who would like to be close to Downtown San Diego and Shelter Island. There are 23 swanky rooms surrounding a vintage swimming pool where weekly "dive-in" movies are played....  Read More


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Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie

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