10 Best Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego

Usually, people in need of hotels near Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego are coming for football. The San Diego Chargers NFL football team and San Diego State University Aztecs both play home games here. In addition, the stadium hosts the annual Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl as well as a few other major events during the off-season.

With this and the festive nature of a football game in mind, considering hotels near San Diego Trolley stops are an excellent idea. This ride on public transportation is cost-effective, helps avoid the stadium parking lot and allows one to get into the spirit of things, if you will. Yes, it's a bit crowded on game days but most fans think it's worth it. The trolley allows one to consider hotels as far away as the Gaslamp Quarter without needing a car to get to Qualcomm Stadium, however, this list includes hotels in and around the Mission Valley neighborhood.

The good news is that Mission Valley is just minutes from downtown, which is also accessible by trolley, making it an excellent place to base you and/or the family for a San Diego vacation. Hotels here are typically less expensive (and also less glamorous) than downtown options, too.

From budget hotels to nice four-star chains, there are plenty of places to rest your head after a game.


At the time of this writing, the resort is in the midst of refreshing its rooms, which was necessary. It's a fairly sizable property with accommodations in cottage rooms or high-rise towers, many of which feature balcony or patio views upon request. Make sure to study all applicable fees in advance as there is a $14 resort fee that includes WiFi, access to the fitness center, complimentary shuttle to nearby spots, morning newspaper, complimentary in-room coffee and lobby coffee, and preferred pricing on airport shuttles. The resort has three swimming pools and pretty gardens to explore and is adjacent to the Riverwalk golf course.

Recommended for Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium because: Both the trolley station and San Diego's best shopping mall, Fashion Valley, are walkable from here.

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Located in the Mission Valley/Kearny Mesa corridor, the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Mission Valley is known for providing high-quality comfort and great service at remarkably affordable prices. The property is designed to reflect the warm, comfortable Southern California lifestyle from the inviting lobby to our well-appointed and spacious guest rooms. It offers free WiFi, an onsite restaurant, a small pool and a 24-hour lobby convenience store. If coming to San Diego for a football game, check to see if the Tailgate Package offers extra perks that pique your interest. The property also has easy access to major freeways making San Diego's popular attractions, shopping and restaurants within easy reach.

Recommended for Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium because: This is a nice budget option outside of the Hotel Circle area.

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This vintage motel is located on the I-8 freeway, but it's 2012 update (decor is still in line with the vintage look) and pricing pleases guests. Rooms now have conveniences such as USB ports for charging devices, in-room coffee maker, mini fridge and full-sized tubs. There's free parking and two budget-friendly restaurants onsite that families love. A highlight includes the heated pool and whirlpool where guests may even order drinks and food. The Waffle Spot has been recognized for having some of the best waffles in town while the Amigo Spot serves delightful Tex-Mex. Call to reserve special needs rooms like suites, adjoining rooms and the like.

Recommended for Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium because: This is probably the most kid-friendly budget option in the area with a nice pool and shockingly good food onsite.

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The Hilton San Diego Mission Valley's Hotel Circle area is close to many popular attractions including Fashion Valley, Qualcomm Stadium, the San Diego Zoo, Old Town, or Petco Park in the downtown area. The airport is about a 10 minute drive and the trolley is nearby, though not terribly close. The property just underwent a renovation and the restaurant, STISH is noted for craft cocktails and an innovated California cuisine menu. The pool is heated year round, but there is also a fitness center. Rooms feature beach color palettes and luxurious Hilton beds with upgraded linens. Cribs, high chairs and playpens are available by request.

Recommended for Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium because: This Hilton has the benefits of a larger full-service hotel with convenient freeway access.

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Courtyard by Marriott Mission Valley is located in the Hotel Circle area, providing easy freeway access to the rest of the city. This relaxed property also prides itself on a sophisticated vibe and offering luxury bedding, mini fridges, in-room coffee, onsite laundry and a brand new lobby. Swim in the outdoor pool and enjoy the spa and lush views of the surrounding Mission Valley and Riverside Golf Course. Note that parking is an extra $18 per night. Guests enjoy the onsite bistro (they brew Starbucks coffee in the morning) but there are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. All Marriott properties are smoke free.

Recommended for Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium because: A nice budget option that's near green space (unlike the other side of Hotel Circle), the mall and the freeways.

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Extended Stay American Mission Valley is designed for exactly what the name implies... extended stays. Each guestroom is fully equipped with internet access (wireless), ironing board, and a kitchenette with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, coffee maker, cooking utensils, dishes, and cutlery. Coin-operated laundry is available as well as free grab-and-go breakfast with coffee, tea and muffins. Make sure to ask for a non-smoking room. For stays longer than 7 days, weekly housekeeping is available otherwise grab new towels and linens at the front desk when you need them. A VONS and a few casual restaurants and to-go spots are within walking distance.

Recommended for Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium because: With fully-stocked kitchenettes and coin-operated laundry, this motel is designed for longer stays.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego - Mission Valley

Located close to a trolley station, the Doubletree Hotel San Diego Mission Valley allows guests easy access to Qualcomm Stadium, Old Town and downtown fun. The hotel has a contemporary feel with oversized rooms and Suite Dreams guest beds or suites for the whole family. Enjoy the hotel's indoor and outdoor swimming pools, work out in the fitness center or perfect your serve on the tennis court. The Fountain Cafe serves breakfast until the Windows Lounge steps in for lunch, drinks and dinner. Kids menus, cribs, high chairs and coin laundry are available. WiFi is an additional charge. There's an onsite convenience store but plenty of stores and restaurants are nearby.

Recommended for Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium because: This Doubletree is in a great location, guests love it and the rooms are oversized. It's a solid option that doesn't disappoint.

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The Lafayette Hotel in the trendy North Park neighborhood in San Diego is quite different from the rest of the hotels on this list. It's a hip boutique property with a history dating back to 1946 and a roster of celebrities who have spent the night here. The Olympic-sized pool is a highlight, with day and annual use passes available for non-hotel guests and occasional DJs spinning tunes. Don't let the craft cocktails fool you, The Lafayette has family suites with bunk beds for the kids and a king bed for parents. Interior decor is vibrantly-colored and a bit retro, unlike the hotel's colonial facade. It's cool and you'll feel that way during your stay.

Recommended for Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium because: For those who want a hip, LA-style boutique hotel experience, this is your place.

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The Sheraton San Diego Hotel, Mission Valley has 260 modern and fully-equipped rooms. Hotel amenities include 24-hour room service, laundry service, dry cleaning, fitness center, spa, and heated pool. The entire hotel is smoke free and pets are welcome (check for restrictions). Additionally, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel, Mission Valley offers Cru Bistro for dining all day, Cru Bistro Bar and a Starbucks in the lobby. Club level offers upgraded rooms and complimentary breakfast. It takes about 15 minutes or so to walk to the trolley station, which will drop guests at Qualcomm Stadium and downtown San Diego stops. Golf courses are nearby.

Recommended for Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium because: This hotel is a great option for Starwood members and people who like full-service hotels.

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The Marriott San Diego Mission Valley Hotel is centrally located near San Diego's most popular attractions including Old Town, Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Bay and is steps from the Rio Vista Trolley--which will drop football fans right at the stadium and other major attractions. The San Diego International Airport is three miles away and a $9 million renovation overhauled the lobby and guest rooms. The hotel has been recognized for it's environmental measures and is just as much a family(cribs are available by request and based on availability) and leisure hotel as it is a business hotel. An outdoor pool and fitness facility round out the offerings. Stay here for convenience and excellent price point.

Recommended for Hotels near Qualcomm Stadium because: Steps from the trolley station, this hotel offers the most upscale experience without driving to the Q.

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