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 fitness center, an outdoor pool, a business center, free WiFi, free local calls and meeting rooms. You can even upgrade to a harbour view room. Its Point Loma location also makes it a few minutes from Downtown San Diego, Shelter Island and the major freeways. There's also a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport, along with a 24-hour front desk.
This hotel is non-smoking and is located 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 shops for whatever you left behind. Some of the rooms even have ocean views. This AAA 3-diamond hotel is newly renovated, has a pool, complimentary breakfast, free WiFi and is a place you can park the family and never need a car because there is so much to do within walking distance. Its pricing is a touch bit higher than the other budget hotels, but it's all about the location.
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. You'll be able to walk to great casual dining, shops and the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier. Guests enjoy free parking and WiFi. Rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, blow dryer, iron and board and the hotel also has a nice courtyard. Visit the hotel website to see the rooftop camera live-stream footage of the beach! Ocean Beach is also one of the best places in San Diego to see a sunset.
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 coffee, refrigerators, cable TV with HBO and an iron/ironing board. Parking is included in the rate as is use of beach gear ranging from umbrellas to boogie boards. The motel is steps from a stunning San Diego beach and also within walking distance of the Del Mar Racetrack and popular restaurants as well as boutique shopping. Still unsure? Check the webcam on their website for an even better perspective.
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 free WiFi and rooftop yoga on some days. There's a shuttle to the San Diego Airport for just $5 per person and an in-house restaurant, The Glass Door where guests and locals can order seafood-based cuisine and watch the sunset over the Marina. Enjoy a quick walk to the shops and restaurants in Little Italy from the hotel.
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 and nightlife. The newly-renovated 56 and 3 suites have beachy decor, refrigerators, microwaves, cable television, and a variety of other amenities. Also on the premises are an outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast and an outdoor grill. Cribs are available for those traveling with babies. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, Sea World is 4 miles and Downtown San Diego is about 20 minutes away.
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 base, should you not have a car as the Trolley station is across the street and can take you to Downtown San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium or Tijuana in minutes. The Spanish-style hotel prides itself on its lush gardens, friendly service and prime location. The hotel is pet-friendly, tastefully appointed, while offering complimentary WiFi, free self-parking and continental breakfast. There's also heated outdoor pool and laundry facilities.
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 Bites continental breakfast, a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and free WiFi. The hotel also offers laundry facilities, free parking, free USA Today and in-room microwaves and refrigerators. Kitchenette and non-smoking rooms are available while the penthouse suite boasts ocean views and a private balcony. If you want to stay in one of the nicest neighborhoods in San Diego on a budget, this is a good choice and a AAA 2-diamond hotel, to boot.
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 WiFi compliments of Caffe Italia, 24 underground parking spaces, meeting space and a workout facility. The 68 newly-renovated, European-inspired rooms include free wired Internet, air conditioning, cable TV, and private bathrooms. The colors and modern furnishings provide a nice blend of sophisticated and casual. La Pensione also takes pride in their excellent customer service as their staff is available to answer questions around the clock.
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. The Pearl's newly renovated rooms have that mid-century, Palm Springs style. Guest room amenities include free Wi-Fi, iHome, and 32-inch and 42-inch LCD televisions. Not only are the rooms cool, but Restaurant at The Pearl features California coastal cuisine in an upscale-casual environment with specialty cocktails and exquisite wines that are also served in the comfortable lounge area. This hotel won TripAdvisor's 2012 Traveler's Choice Award for trendiest hotel.