Downtown San Diego Hotels Are Located near the Action

You're flying into San Diego for a short stay and need to dine, eat and play within walking distance of your hotel. Or, perhaps you're doing business at the Convention Center or want to park your family a short drive away from Balboa Park, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. Downtown San Diego is where it's at. Hotels range from family-friendly to booming with nightlife. All have prime shopping and award-winning restaurants within walking distance, along with access to public transportation, such as the San Diego Trolley.

The US Grant, built in 1910 in memory of Ulysses S. Grant, is the most historical hotel in the area. Recipient of a multi-million dollar recent facelift and home to a $6.5 million art gallery, The US Grant remains a popular choice for business and leisure travelers due to it's mix of heritage and modern conveniences. 

For longer stays and family-friendly accommodations, the Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp provides many conveniences of home including a living room and fully-stocked kitchen. It's near the Convention Center and Gaslamp restaurants. 

Hipsters may prefer a trendier hotel such as Andaz San Diego or the Hard Rock where bottle service, DJs and beautiful people are just steps away from your room on weekend nights, but we do not recommend these two for families on the weekend due to late-night noise.

Have a look at our list of San Diego's 10 best Downtown hotels. There's bound to be one that suits your needs.



This hotel is extremely popular with families, the Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp is situated near PETCO park, Gaslamp restaurants and the Convention Center. This hotel is also popular for extended stays due to spacious suites with...  Read More

Hilton San Diego Bayfront


A waterfront location in the heart of the city makes the Hilton San Diego Bayfront an ideal accommodation for the business or the leisure traveler. Guests are steps from the Gaslamp Quarter and also within minutes of Petco Park, the San Diego...  Read More



Pull up to the Andaz San Diego in the Gaslamp, drop your car at valet and enter the living room/lounge area. A staff member will hand you a welcome beverage and escort you into one of the 159 ultra-modern rooms complete with platform beds,...  Read More



Located in the heart of San Diego's historical and trendy Gaslamp district and just three blocks from the Convention Center, Hotel Solamar is one of San Diego's hippest boutique hotels. The interior decor is radiant, light, and warm, offering...  Read More



The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, is an urban retreat that artfully blends an elegant, classic design with contemporary furnishings and a host of environmental sensory experiences. It's basically attached to Horton Plaza which is extremely...  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, steps away from the San Diego Convention Center. Public transportation...  Read More



The Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, a LEED certified sustainable hotel, is one of the top-rated hotels in the city. They purchase organic and Fair Trade products as well as fresh, sustainable ingredients. It is conveniently located in...  Read More

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
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Located on San Diego Bay steps away from the San Diego Convention Center, the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel San Diego combines sophistication and elegance with a resort-like atmosphere. Minutes from the airport, the hotel is a short walk away...  Read More



The hotel's design is intended to mirror a European palace with stunning Baccarat chandeliers in the lobby, ornate staircases and so much more. The 211 rooms in the Westgate Hotel include city or harbor views, as well as flat-screen televisions,...  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


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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