10 Best Luxury Hotels in San Diego Are Worth Every Penny

Enjoy your San Diego vacation by spoiling yourself (or the family) at one of San Diego's luxury hotels. They're ritzy but not intimidating. Which one you choose depends on the part of town you need to be in and amenities that suit you.

If the kids need to be entertained while you golf or relax in an award-winning spa, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad offers a luxurious, yet family-friendly experience. Drop the kids at seasonal Camp Hyatt for arts, crafts and even some pool time with trained counselors.

Couples seeking a luxe romantic getaway should book the boutique L'Auberge Del Mar hotel, overlooking the beach and just steps from restaurants offering romantic sunset views over the Pacific. The spa menu includes private couples treatments and though families do stay here, property caters more to couples.

The belle of the ball is Fairmont Grand Del Mar, one of the most luxurious properties in the entire country. Visiting celebrities and notable figures choose its Mediterranean opulence and upscale dining options for a very, very good reason. Not to mention its state-of-the-art kids club and award-winning spa.

If you travel extravagantly, San Diego luxury hotels won't disappoint. Here are our 10 favorites.



The over 100-year-old hotel is centrally and conveniently located on Broadway, the downtown area's main boulevard. Directly across the street, guests can explore the many stores, theaters and restaurants of Westfield Horton Plaza or walk a few...  Read More



Guests of the elegant Westgate Hotel are able to walk to the Gaslamp shops and restaurants as well as Horton Plaza, the area's popular shopping mall. The 211 rooms include city or harbor views, as well as flat-screen televisions, DVD players,...  Read More



Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara offers convenient luxury for travelers enjoying extended stays and families requiring the comforts of home. The fully-furnished residences rentals are available for any length of stay. Choose from four villa...  Read More



Known as the pink lady, the luxurious La Valencia Hotel has been a La Jolla landmark since 1926. Its Prospect Street address makes it an ideal location with fine dining, shopping, art galleries, and the ocean just steps away. However, with the...  Read More

L'Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts
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Just a quick walk away from one of San Diego's nicest beaches and Del Mar's finest restaurants, the recently renovated L'Auberge Del Mar is an excellent vacation choice. The resort is reminiscent of a private, coastal estate, offering 112 plush...  Read More

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
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Boasting stunning ocean and golf course views, The Lodge at Torrey Pines has established itself as one of Southern California's finest resorts. Often referred to as a hidden treasure, the post-and-beam construction throughout the resort pays...  Read More



The secluded Park Hyatt Aviara rests above a protected wildlife sanctuary called the Batiquitos Lagoon and enjoys spectacular ocean views. This AAA 5-diamond resort offers all the luxury one might expect from a Park Hyatt. When not splashing...  Read More



The iconic red roof has become one of San Diego's most recognizable symbols. The beachfront Hotel del Coronado is filled with over 120 years of history with guests including 11 Presidents, royalty and countless movie stars. Coronado Island is...  Read More



The luxurious Rancho Valencia, tucked away in the affluent Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood, is an all-suite property of 49 suites averaging 1000 square feet in size that recently enjoyed a $30 million renovation. All suites boast a fireplace,...  Read More

Fairmont Grand Del Mar
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As Southern California's only triple five star resort, Fairmont Grand Del Mar oozes opulence. Nestled in a secluded canyon east of Del Mar, the sprawling property boasts an equestrian center, luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, 5-star...  Read More


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