Best Family-Friendly Hotels and Resorts in San Diego

With its world-class theme parks and gorgeous beaches, San Diego is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world. The truth is that most of our hotels cater to families in one way or another, but there are stand-outs that step it up a notch.

If money is no object, everyone in the family will love Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego's most luxurious resort. A state-of-the-art kids clubs allows mom and dad plenty of time to golf, spa and perhaps even share a date night at one of the resort's award-winning restaurants.

Families wanting to soak up as much beach time as possible should consider the La Jolla Shores Hotel, perched on one of San Diego's best beaches. Here, it's possible to learn how to surf (lessons are available for kids ages 5 and over), kayak the La Jolla Caves and soak up the sun. The Kellogg Park playground is next door, too.

And, of course, the LEGOLAND Hotel is all the rage. Between character appearances in the lobby, LEGO pits and color everywhere, the kids will surely bliss out.

To provide guidance for where to base your next family vacation in American's Finest City, here is our list of 10 best family-friendly San Diego hotels.

There's no doubt that kids love the LEGOLAND Hotel, which functions much like an extension of the park with LEGO pits, a play area, floating LEGOs in the pool and color everywhere. The themed rooms (choose Pirate, Kingdom or Adventure) have bunk...  Read More

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
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Located on the San Diego Bay, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is close to the airport and the area's popular attractions. The hotel is a few minutes' walk away from the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village and San Diego Convention Center. This...  Read More

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
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Escape to a private 44-acre island tucked away on gentle Mission Bay yet only minutes from downtown San Diego. Paradise Point Resort and Spa, San Diego's ultimate family-friendly resort, features bungalow-style guest rooms that offer plenty of...  Read More

La Jolla Shores is right on the very family-friendly La Jolla Shores Beach, a popular launch point for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and surf lessons. Sign up for beach activities via the front desk, which also has umbrellas and beach...  Read More

The Catamaran Resort Hotel San Diego is located on the Mission Bay beach--where a number of water-based activities are on offer ranging from waterskiing to kayaking--and steps from the ocean in Pacific Beach. The property features 313 rooms, a...  Read More

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
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Water, water, everywhere. Situated on a private 15-acre peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is located minutes from downtown Coronado, a charming resort village, and a short drive to San Diego's...  Read More

The iconic red roof has become one of San Diego's most recognizable symbols. The beachfront Hotel del Coronado is filled with over 120 years of history with guests including 11 Presidents, royalty and countless movie stars. Its location on one...  Read More

Omni San Diego Hotel
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The kid fun starts at check-in, when kids receive a backpack full of activities and entertainment. The Omni San Diego Hotel is situated within walking distance to the trolley, shops and restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter. The rooms have flat...  Read More

The Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is located just a few miles from the beach in Carlsbad, which is in North San Diego County. In addition to its world-renowned spa, the resort boasts a newly-renovated golf course that is the site of several...  Read More

Fairmont Grand Del Mar
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As Southern California's only triple Forbes five-star resort, Fairmont Grand Del Mar oozes opulence. Nestled in a secluded canyon east of Del Mar, the sprawling property boasts an equestrian center, luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness center,...  Read More


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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