San Diego's Best Hotels: Where to Stay in America's Finest City

Known for warm weather, gorgeous beaches and family-friendly attractions, visitors from all over the world choose San Diego as a premier travel destination. From 5-star to budget, on the beach or off, San Diego's wide variety of hotels meets the needs of business travelers, families, singles and more. The competition is fierce, with notable hotels spread throughout the county, but if you’d like to stay at the creme de la creme, we’ve done the research and compiled a list of the 10 best hotels in San Diego.

From Coronado to Carlsbad, these 10 hotels have spas, luxurious amenities, modern conveniences, superb customer service and reputations for providing guests with memorable experiences. They have stars, diamonds and awards galore, however, each are spectacular in their own ways.

Is golf on your list? The Lodge at Torrey Pines and Omni La Costa Resort and Spa have world-renowned courses played by Tiger Woods and other pros. Or, perhaps you'd like to enjoy the weather (our year-round average is 70 degrees) and stay resort-bound. The Grand Del Mar and Hotel del Coronado may be good choices for luxe lounging. Maybe you're here for just a couple of days and need to stay close to LEGOLAND? Park Hyatt Aviara is a quick 10-minute drive away.

If you’re just unsure about which part of San Diego to stay in, have a look at these hotels. They may make the decision for you. Without further ado, we present our list.



The secluded Park Hyatt Aviara lies above a protected wildlife sanctuary called the Batiquitos Lagoon and enjoys spectacular ocean views. This AAA 5-diamond resort offers all of the luxury one might expect from a Park Hyatt. When not splashing...  Read More

L'Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts
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Just a quick walk away from one of San Diego's nicest beaches and Del Mar's finest restaurants, the L'Auberge Del Mar is an excellent vacation choice. The resort is reminiscent of a private, coastal estate, offering 112 plush guest rooms and 8...  Read More



The luxurious Rancho Valencia, tucked away in the affluent Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood, is an all-suite property of 49 suites averaging 1000 square feet in size. The property just enjoyed a $30 million renovation. All suites boast a fireplace,...  Read More



The over 100-year-old hotel is centrally and conveniently located on Broadway, the city's main boulevard. Directly across the street, guests can explore the many stores, theatres and restaurants of Westfield Horton Plaza or walk a few short...  Read More

Omni San Diego Hotel
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Connected via a skywalk to the home of the Padres baseball team, PETCO Park, this 511-room, 21-story hotel is located in the heart of the historic and trendy Gaslamp Quarter and steps away from the San Diego Convention Center. Public...  Read More



Known as the pink lady, the luxurious La Valencia Hotel has been a La Jolla landmark since 1926. Its Prospect Street address is an ideal location for fine dining, shopping, browsing art galleries, and admiring the ocean just steps away. However,...  Read More



The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is located just a few miles from the beach in Carlsbad. In addition to its world-renowned spa, the resort boasts a newly-renovated golf course that is the site of several national championships each year....  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. Coronado island is...  Read More

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
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Boasting stunning ocean and golf course views, The Lodge at Torrey Pines has established itself as one of Southern California's finest resorts. Often referred to as a hidden treasure, the post-and-beam construction throughout the resort pays...  Read More

Fairmont Grand Del Mar
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As Southern California's only triple five-star resort, The Grand Del Mar oozes with 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, 5-star...  Read More


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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