10 Best San Diego Hotels Near the Cruise Port

As if heading out on a cruise ship isn't lucky enough, finding a hotel near San Diego's B Street Cruise Terminal isn't a hardship because there are so many excellent choices to meet all budgets. The cruise port is located in downtown San Diego where some of the city's best restaurants, shopping and nightlife await. It's just a few minutes away from the airport and convenient to attractions in Balboa Park including the San Diego Zoo. In fact, we would highly encourage you to plan at least an extra day to explore the area before or after your fabulous cruise.

Most of the hotels on this list are less than a few miles away from the cruise port, a very walkable distance in most cases. But, we're assuming that if you're in town to cruise, you have plenty of luggage in tow resulting in the need for a taxi. This means that choosing a hotel that is walkable to the downtown action while you're here or further afield near the airport are both reasonable choices.

This list of 10 best hotels near the San Diego cruise ship terminal includes hotels that travelers love regardless of if they are cruising or not, along with some that offer special perks and convenience to those who are.



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



This hotel is an city extension option for those booking through Royal Caribbean. The Embassy Suites is located about five blocks from the cruise ship terminal, which also means that restaurants, shopping and nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter are...  Read More



The Westin San Diego receives high marks as a well-rounded choice for cruise travelers at a usually reasonable price. The cruise port is about .8 mile away and they also run a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. The eco-friendly hotel...  Read More



The Best Western Plus Bayside Inn is located just three blocks away from the San Diego Bay, however, you'll still want to taxi to your cruise ship with multiple bags in tow. All guest rooms have microwaves, refrigerators, free WI-FI access and a...  Read More



For the times when cruising to Europe is a bit too far, perhaps a stay at the elegant Westgate Hotel will scratch that itch. Find European opulence here with priceless antiques and appointments, rich wool carpeting, woven tapestries and wood...  Read More



Located in the heart of Little Italy and about .5 mile from the cruise port, 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...  Read More



The new Wyndham San Diego Bayside is directly across the street from the cruise port and newly renovated. In its former life, the property was a popular Holiday Inn that offered numerous cruise-specific benefits that the current hotel does not....  Read More



The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina is a good choice for cruise travelers with kids in tow, especially during the summer. The family-friendly resort is across the street from the airport and about 2.5 easy miles from the cruise port. The...  Read More

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
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For the times when you're about to take a cruise or need a place to recover from one, the massive (there are over 1600 rooms) Manchester Hyatt is a hotel that you don't have to leave. But, you should because it's situated in a prime bayside...  Read More



The US Grant is both a luxury hotel and one of the city's most historic, dating back to 1910. Aside from the grand lobby with it's opulent chandeliers and high ceilings, the rooms ooze elegance with Empire-style furnishings, contemporary art,...  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