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 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 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.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: It's clean, comfortable and really inexpensive for those who want to be in Point Loma or near the airport.

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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.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Stay put in La Jolla with so much within walking distance of this budget hotel.

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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.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This is a great option steps from the sand in a hip yet funky neighborhood.

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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.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This motel is steps from one of San Diego's best beaches for families and morning walks.

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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.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Located in Little Italy this hotel offers views to the Bay.

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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.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: One block to one of San Diego's most popular beaches is hard to come by at any price.

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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.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Walking distance to Old Town equals fish bowl-sized margaritas without guilt.

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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.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Budget and La Jolla don't typically mix together well, with this hotel as one exception.

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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.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The heart of Little Italy means walking distance to some of the city's best boutiques and restaurants.

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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.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This hotel offers the most bang for your buck for savvy travelers that like a hipster vibe.

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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