San Diego's Most Romantic Hotels Are Sure to Ignite a Spark

Checking in to a romantic hotel in San Diego is sure to ignite the spark. A number of hotels offer special packages and amenities throughout the year and will work with you to create unforgettable moments, should you be celebrating a special occasion.

The belle of the ball is Fairmont Grand Del Mar, one of San Diego's most luxurious hotels. Book an unforgettable meal at Addison, one of San Diego's best restaurants, after a fantastic couples treatment in the award-winning spa. That is, only if you can bear to leave your stunning Mediterranean-style room.

The Rancho Bernardo Inn is tucked away in East County and offers couples plenty to do from golf to lounging in the fulsome spa facilities. It's smaller, quieter and less expensive than others on the list. Guests also rave about Avant, the signature restaurant which is based on wine-country dining.

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is a popular favorite in North County San Diego. The award-winning spa is one of the best in town for treatments, lounging facilities and Chopra Center. The resort even has an adults-only pool area called Edge as well as steakhouse fare at Bob's Steak and Chophouse.

San Diego is the perfect place for romance especially at these ten hotels.


The Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is one of San Diego's best family hotels, but adults can enjoy a top-notch wellness getaway, too. In addition to its world-renowned spa and Chopra Center, the resort boasts a golf course that is the site of several national championships each year. Throughout its 400 lushly-landscaped acres, Omni La Costa offers the ultimate in resort activity including the adults-only EDGE pool complete with chairside cocktail and food service. Excellent dining options, such as steakhouse fare at Bob's Steak and Chop House, help make it a resort that you do not ever have to leave. And, when you do, you will definitely feel relaxed. Luxury villas with kitchens are another option for couples.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A world-renowned wellness spa is here along with an adults-only pool area, golf and farm-to-table dining.

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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. Those seeking romance need not leave the hotel with one of San Diego's best beaches right in front, intimate dining at 1500 Ocean, a world-class spa, and naturally-soothing ocean breezes. If you forget to pack something, the shops have a variety of amenities and are sure to fill any empty space in your suitcase. And, there is also quite a bit to do in Coronado that is within walking distance to the luxury resort.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: It's a historic hotel on the beach that's very popular for weddings and other celebrations.

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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is charming and luxurious wrapped into one in the affluent enclave of the same name. Nestled on 21 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds are cottages with comfortable country flair. A brand new 3000-square-foot spa and relaxation courtyard offer couples the opportunity for well-deserved pampering in an already tranquil setting. Locally-sourced California cuisine fills the menu at Morada, which draws on the areas equestrian history and commonly-seen eucalyptus trees. Guests of the Inn may also tee off at the exclusive, members-only Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club including the ability to sign expenses back to your room.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: It's a secluded, private inn that exudes romance in a quiet, upscale part of San Diego.

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The moment you step into the gracious lobby of the US Grant Hotel, you'll feel as if you have gone back in time 100 years. However, you're still in prime position to enjoy happening San Diego's downtown restaurants, nightlife and shops just steps away. The hotel's 270 guest rooms are fused with iconic architecture and classic empire-style furnishings with modern day amenities and contemporary features, including a pillow-top mattress enveloped in luxurious linens and framed by a custom head board, plush carpeting, flat screen televisions, luxurious bath amenities and twice-daily housekeeping. Be sure to also book a romantic dinner at The Grant Grill for fresh farm-to-table California cuisine.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: It's historic and luxurious with a ton of nightlife and dining options within walking distance.

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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. All suites boast a fireplace, private garden patio, spacious bathroom with walk-in closet, and wet mini-bar while some have a private whirlpool spa on the patio. Mediterranean-Spanish decor features colorful hand-painted tile work, open beam ceilings, plantation shuttered windows, and Terra Cotta tile floors. Tennis enthusiasts will love the 18 courts. Other amenities include a heated outdoor pool, two whirlpool spas, croquet lawn, fitness center, and easy access to nearby golf courses. Don't forget to book a spa appointment, either. It's perfect for couples because you can stay put with plenty to enjoy together.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Its private location, wealth of wellness amenities, and large romantic suites make this a perfect romantic getaway.

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Nestled in a quiet east-county neighborhood of Rancho Bernardo, the Rancho Bernardo Inn is known for its 18-hole championship golf course, luxurious and large spa facilities, and secluded feel. The 287 rooms feature custom furniture, ample work spaces and flat panel TVs. The restaurant, Avant, focuses on wine country and farm-to-table dining, though there are several other dining options. Rancho Bernardo Inn is within a short drive of San Diego's own wine country and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Couples often come to settle in and relax in the soothing ambiance. It is good value for what you get largely due to its secluded location.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Billed as warm and welcoming as your own home, it's easy to "get lost" in pretty, secluded spots here.

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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 gorgeous pool and critically-acclaimed restaurants, it would be easy spend your entire holiday on the property. Romance abounds at this boutique hotel between panoramic ocean views throughout, close proximity to the beach for sunset walks and picnics, top-notch service as well as exquisite cocktails and dining. Weekend brunch at THE MED is also popular. This is a great choice for a couples getaway. Choose one of the ICON Suites or Villas.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Ocean-facing villas with salt-air breezes and more are yours in what is widely considered one of SoCal's most romantic hotels.

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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, L'Auberge Del Mar is an excellent hotel choice for couples. The resort is reminiscent of a private, coastal estate, offering 112 plush guest rooms and 8 hotel suites with village, garden or coastal views. Some of the amenities offered at L'Auberge include a gorgeous pool overlooking the Pacific, private cabanas, a landscaped foot path to the beach, a state-of-the-art fitness center equipment, two lighted championship tennis courts and a tennis pro for instruction. Couples will love the private cabana dining on the patio of Kitchen 1540 is as well as couples treatments at Spa L'Auberge.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: L'Auberge prides itself on being more of a boutique hotel dedicated to couples though families stay there, too.

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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 boutique hotels. Often referred to as a hidden treasure, the post-and-beam construction throughout the resort pays homage to early 1900s Craftsman-style architecture that is designed to look and feel like a residence. Inside are 170 generously-sized rooms and 8 suites with custom furnishings that contribute a historic but contemporary look. A world-class spa performs beauty services and restorative therapies, including massage, wraps, hydrotherapy, and time-honored wellness rituals. The Lodge is centrally located in upscale La Jolla near UCSD, the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, and major freeways that provide quick access to other San Diego attractions. Its cozy nature makes it a perfect romantic vacation getaway.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Cozy and upscale with panoramic golf course views, couples can just stay put at this relatively-quiet boutique hotel.

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar
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As Southern California's only triple Forbes 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, a luxury spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, 5-star dining, golf, tennis and four heated pools. If the beach is calling, Fairmont Grand Del Mar can chauffeur you there and back with chairs, umbrellas and bottled water in tow (seasonally). The resort's award-winning French restaurant, Addison, is the perfect place for a romantic dinner with its extraordinary set menus and stellar wine cellar. Book an adults-only Signature room with access to the adult-only spa pool.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: When money is no object, this is the place to woo your partner.

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