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 separate areas for living and sleeping, as well as free wired and wireless Internet access, fully-equipped kitchens, and sofa beds. There's also daily housekeeping and a free daily hot breakfast buffet. Need to travel with Fido? They're pet-friendly too. This is the only all-suite hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. Rooms have recently been refreshed to a contemporary look with a soothing color palette.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: If you need a suite at a reasonable price, this is your place.

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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 Convention Center, and Seaport Village too. Bedrooms in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront are outfitted with high-speed Internet access, a personal safe, satellite TV, in room movies, direct dial phone service, a full-sized bathroom with tub, a beverage station, a hair dryer, and signature toiletries. The concierge desk can provide golf course access, there's a news stand in the hotel, a swimming pool, a lounge with bar service, an in-house restaurant, child care options, a currency exchange, a modern fitness room, and valet parking. Pets are welcome, too.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: It's another well-rounded hotel on the Bay with gorgeous views.

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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, glass-enclosed bathrooms and flat screen TVs. On weekends, the Andaz transforms into the hip place to be where the Rooftop600 pool area turns into a nightlife venue complete with bottle service. In the morning, it's the perfect place for breakfast with a view. Downstairs, guests can enjoy multiple fine wines via vending machines in the Ivy Wine Bar.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Great for young singles or those who like to party on weekends as it's home to one of the best nightclubs in town.

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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 guests an urban oasis from the exciting scene outside its doors. The evenings boast a lively and sophisticated scene at LOUNGEsix on Solamar Terrace and in Jsix Restaurant, serving up Coastal California Cuisine. Unwind with a list of typical Kimpton hotel amenities included a hosted daily wine reception, animal print robes, morning coffee and tea service, eco-friendly bath products, a fully stocked honor bar and spacious work areas. including a fourth floor terrace and pool deck with sparkling views of the San Diego skyline, The 235 guest rooms and suites also feature plush linens and LCD flat screen TV's, Pets are welcome.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: This Kimpton is a green hotel three blocks from the Convention Center that both families and business travelers love.

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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 convenient for incidentals and meals. Theaters and the city's best restaurants are also steps away. Amenities include a rooftop swimming pool, in-room spa services, a gym, 24-hour room service and much more. The hotel's 450 guest rooms and suits have been tastefully remodeled with calming color schemes and Heavenly Beds. The popular Italian restaurant, Pinzimini, is located inside the hotel. This is a great choice for families and business travelers.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: This hotel has a particularly great location for families that don't want to walk too far. The mall is next door as are many restaurants.

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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 in the form of the red San Diego Trolley is right outside the door for access to all areas of downtown and beyond. In addition to beautifully outfitted rooms, each with bay, downtown, or ballpark views, the hotel also boasts a swimming pool and gym. The Omni hotel creates unique guest packages that can include everything from a wedding ceremony on the baseball diamond at PETCO Park to a brewery tour package.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Families really love the Omni especially with its walkway connecting the hotel to PETCO Park.

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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 downtown San Diego, just minutes from the airport, convention center and the famed Gaslamp district. The hotel aims to be chic, state-of-the-art and fun with complimentary WiFi, complimentary business center, Aveda amenities, and acceptance of pets as guests. Table 509, the in house restaurant, serves up a seasonal menu and craft cocktails while a panoramic view can be enjoyed at Level 9, the rooftop bar.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: This is a chic boutique hotel that welcomes pets and won't break the bank.

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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 from the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, quaint Seaport Village and the maritime attractions of the San Diego Embarcadero. The San Diego Trolley stops just across the street, allowing guests to travel around San Diego's downtown and beyond in speed and comfort. The Hyatt offers a total of 1,625 luxury guest rooms with antique-style furnishings, rich fabrics, floor-to-ceiling windows and magnificent views of San Diego's sparkling downtown and bay. An outdoor pool surrounded by lush landscaping and bubbling hot tubs makes this hotel a perfect urban retreat, as you can relax by day and enjoy Gaslamp attractions by night.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: This is for people who prefer a big hotel that is big on amenities.

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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, DVD players, high-speed Internet access, mini bars, and more. This European-style hotel offers two onsite eateries, The Westgate Room, and the award winning French restaurant Le Fontainebleau (go for the famous Sunday brunch). The Westgate Hotel also offers an onsite bar, rooftop pool and running track, concierge services and complimentary coffee and newspapers in the lobby. There is also now a grab-and-go deli with limited hours. It's right across the street from Horton Plaza.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: Go here for European opulence, five-star service and a traditional brunch. It's as close to Paris as you can get in San Diego.

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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 blocks to San Diego Bay, Petco Park, and the historical Gaslamp Quarter, which boasts a wide variety of restaurants and entertainment venues. The hotel's 270 guest rooms are fused with iconic architecture and classic empire-style furnishings with modern day amenities and contemporary features, including flat screen televisions, luxurious bath amenities and twice-daily housekeeping. The Grant Grill features fresh "farm to table" California cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. For seasonal craft cocktails, local brews and regional wines, The Grant Grill Lounge is a lively setting with daily happy hour and weekend entertainment.

Recommended for Downtown Hotels because: The rooms are light, bright and new with premium amenities. It's a Starwood property but feels more like an upscale boutique hotel.

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