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Kimpton Solamar Hotel

Downtown & Coronado 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Conveniently located downtown, this 10-story Kimpton property is awash in eye-catching contemporary decor. — Michelin Guide

A great compromise in the Gaslamp: hip style that needn’t break the bank. — Lonely Planet

Tasteful and modern boutique hotel central to the Gaslamp Quarter, whose rooms have internet access, flat-screen TVs and CD and DVD players, and which also offers spa and gym. — Rough Guide

Urban-chic sleep with a terrace pool bar in the heart of San Diego’s bustling Gaslamp Quarter — Jetsetter

The hip Solamar is best known for its pool-side rooftop bar, LoungeSix, and stylish lobby decor. — Fodor's

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Northern Towns 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This beautiful Craftsman-style lodge sits on a bluff between La Jolla and Del Mar and commands a coastal view. — Fodor's

Requisite resort-style amenities, a pool with classical music piped in underwater, beach cabanas... and a full day spa please the families, romantic couples, businessmen, and golfers who stay here. — concierge.com

With its proximity to some of the most beautiful spots in San Diego, the 170-room Lodge at Torrey Pines is a haven for nature lovers and golf enthusiasts opting for a rustic, relaxed vibe. — oyster.com

Ten minutes north of La Jolla proper, you'll find this triumphant Craftsman-style creation at the edge of the Torrey Pines Golf Course. — Frommer's

The Lodge at Torrey Pines sits on a rocky cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by protected forest and unspoiled beaches. — Forbes Travel Guide

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The US Grant

Downtown & Coronado 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stepping into the regal U.S. Grant not only places you in the lap of luxury but also transports you back in time. — Fodor's

A $56-million renovation has restored its past glory, with mahogany furniture and paneling, tile floors, and luxurious rooms. — DK Eyewitness

Though it has aged gracefully for the most part, the historical hotel can't help but have greyed a tad. — Lonely Planet

If you're in San Diego for a beach vacation, this isn't for you, but it is close to the convention center, and attracts a lot of guests with business there. — concierge.com

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the old-but-new hotel features 270 guest rooms, 47 suites, two bi-level penthouse suites and an eleventh-floor technology penthouse. — Gayot

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from $179

Britt Scripps Inn

Hillcrest & Balboa Park 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This nine-room Victorian belle just off Balboa Park offers a rare alchemy of high-tech and tradition. — Lonely Planet

Fetching Victorian inn located in a marvellously restored 1887 Queen Anne mansion near Balboa Park, with nine plush rooms offering antiques, free wi-fi, flat-screen TV and some modern boutique touches, too. — Rough Guide

This luxurious Victorian inn near Balboa Park has nine rooms with antique furniture, lush fabrics, and modern conveniences. — DK Eyewitness

Architecture enthusiasts "love the antique-ness" of this "expensive but worth it" luxury B&B in a "gorgeous" restored Bankers Hill Victorian — Zagat

This romantic Victorian inn near Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo has nine quaint, richly decorated rooms with flat-screen TVs, luxurious amenities... and free Wi-Fi. — oyster.com

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from $101

Hotel del Coronado

Downtown & Coronado 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Opened in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, the "Hotel Del" is the last of California's stately old seaside hotels. — Frommer's

This Marilyn-approved hotel property just got better, thanks to a va-va-voom remodel of the spa and a modern take on California cuisine at 1500 Ocean. Some like it hot. — BlackBook

The resort is always alive with activity, as guests—including U.S. presidents and celebrities—and tourists marvel at the fanciful architecture and ocean views. — Fodor's

The iconic, family-friendly Hotel del Coronado is one of the largest and best-known resorts in Southern California, with 679 rooms right on the beach. — oyster.com

This National Historic Landmark re-creates a bygone golden age. Suites in the original Victorian building have balconies that face a lovely white-sand beach. — DK Eyewitness

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from $319

Grande Colonial La Jolla

La Jolla 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The casual, understated elegance of the Grande Colonial hotel... lies somewhere between the buttoned-up La Valencia and the chic Hotel Parisi. — concierge.com

Close to La Jolla’s pristine shores, beneath stalk-skinny palm trees, sits the Grande Colonial, a classic, European-style hotel dating back to 1913 — The Telegraph

Relax in the brick courtyard and small pool tucked in a courtyard, and sip cocktails in the antique-filled lobby before dining at the hotel's superb Nine-Ten restaurant — Frommer's

The staff at the Grande Colonial is as warm and unobtrusive as the California sunshine, with smiling, tanned young faces asking if you need help with anything. — Jetsetter

Right down the street from La Valencia, The Grande Colonial La Jolla is just as charming with more spacious guest rooms and finer dining. — Gayot

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from $195

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

La Jolla 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located in a private enclave between La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines State Park, the hacienda-style architecture and meticulously manicured gardens of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa pays... — Travel + Leisure

With its rambling California mission–style architecture and brilliant gardens, this resort on what once was a famous equestrian ranch exudes rustic elegance. — Fodor's

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa includes almost ten acres of lush grounds (including 600 types of regional plants) dotted with low-rise adobe structures. — Gayot

Horse-ranch-turned-resort in southern Cali with a spa, pool and lively restau-bar — Jetsetter

Outside the town center, this rambling rancho-style resort with its pathways, patios and lush gardens is down-to-earth, romantic and cushy all at once. — Lonely Planet

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La Valencia Hotel

La Jolla 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The 112-room La Valencia Hotel's pink, Mediterranean-style building, constructed in 1926, remains an icon in La Jolla. — oyster.com

Since 1926, the “Pink Lady of La Jolla” has enchanted with its splendid Mediterranean ambience, exquisite decor, and ideal location on the cliffs above La Jolla Cove. — DK Eyewitness

This radiant pink favourite of Hollywood celebs in the 1920s is a slightly less glamorous spot today, but no less plush, with capacious rooms and suites and elaborate villas. — Rough Guide

La Valencia is famous for its history and scenic location, but you won't be disappointed by the old-world standards of service and style. — Frommer's

Perched above the cliffs in the heart of La Jolla and overlooking the azure water of the Pacific Ocean, this pink hacienda-style haunt has hosted the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks,... — Travel + Leisure

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from $246

Rancho Valencia

San Diego 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

45 acres of gardens, olive groves, and relaxation at the only Relais & Chateaux property in SoCal — Jetsetter

The all-suite Rancho Valencia Resort opened in 1989 in a bougainvillea-and-hibiscus-filled canyon 25 miles north of San Diego and remains southern California’s only Relais & Château property. — Travel + Leisure

Forty-nine suites and villas set amid the polo fields and horse ranches of the San Dieguito Valley, 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. — Condé Nast Traveler

This 49-room luxury resort is located in Rancho Santa Fe, a wealthy residential community in the hills of Southern California, on 40 acres of lush grounds. — oyster.com

Casitas of various sizes—49 of them—are secreted within 40 acres of citrus groves and flowers in this quiet, relaxed, and luxe resort 25 miles north of downtown. — concierge.com

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from $558

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Northern Towns 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's truly hard to exaggerate the opulence of this 380-acre property. — Gayot

Not only is the exquisitely appointed Fairmont Grand Del Mar the only five star hotel of its kind in San Diego, but it’s also home to fêted five-star restaurant Addison, an award-winning... — Travel + Leisure

Mind-blowing indulgence in serene surroundings... sets the opulent Mediterranean-style Grand Del Mar apart from any other luxury hotel in San Diego. — Fodor's

This palatial Mediterranean-style resort truly offers something for everyone. — Forbes Travel Guide

Luxurious amenities and first-class service have landed Fairmont Grand Del Mar atop many best-of lists — Afar Magazine

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from $378

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

San Diego 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The 373-room Park Hyatt Aviara features Spanish colonial architecture and a stunning setting just north of the Batiquitos Lagoon wildlife sanctuary, which makes for stunning views. — oyster.com

The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort has acre upon acre of sprawling green fairways, coupled with beautiful ocean views, tennis courts, and a 15,000-square-foot Aviara Spa — Travel + Leisure

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort puts you in the middle of stunning mountain, valley and Pacific panoramas. — Forbes Travel Guide

Luxury accommodations perched high on a hill in Carlsbad with ocean and lagoon views. — Gayot

With impeccable service and a superb setting, this hotel is one of the most highly rated in Southern California. — DK Eyewitness

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from $259

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Downtown & Coronado 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The killer view won’t be the only thing worth ogling once you’ve moseyed on up to Kin Spa for one of their rooftop cabana-housed massages. — BlackBook

This 1,625-room hotel on the bay, near the Seaport Village Shopping Center and the San Diego Convention Center, has an impressive, elegant lobby. — oyster.com

If you're looking for a room with a view (and windows that allow some fresh air in), you can't do better than this twin-towered behemoth. — Frommer's

Biz traveler fave on the waterfront with killer views, a pool party scene and firepits — Jetsetter

The most prominent hotel along the waterfront, a pair of gleaming white slabs of luxury with all the top-notch amenities. — Rough Guide

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from $151

Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel

Downtown & Coronado 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

W San Diego is unapologetically trendy. The hotel prides itself on providing a versatile space where you can relax and recharge or go all out. Rooms have such self-affirming names as... — Afar Magazine

The W took San Diego by storm in 2003, delivering swanky nightlife beyond the Gaslamp Quarter. — Frommer's

Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, the W San Diego offers a unique mix of cutting-edge design and a passion for fashion, music and entertainment. — Gayot

Come here for the trendy decor, upscale rooms, and central location between Gaslamp and Little Italy. — Fodor's

The W San Diego is located downtown between the Gaslamp Quarter and the Little Italy district. — Travel + Leisure

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from $159

The Westgate Hotel

Downtown & Coronado 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Elegant, European-style Westgate Hotel is bullseye central in Downtown San Diego, two blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter and a few more to the Harbor. — BlackBook

It may look like a 1970s office building from the outside, but the interior of the Westgate Hotel is positively Palace of Versailles. — Frommer's

A perfect picture of refinement... the Westgate welcomes guests into a lobby with Baccarat crystal chandeliers, antique furnishings, bronze sculptures, and a Steinway grand. — Insight Guides

223-room hotel filled with gilded antiques, chandeliers, and 18th-century tapestries. — Travel + Leisure

Centrally sited hotel near Horton Plaza with a stylish lobby (almost to the point of kitsch), elegant rooms furnished with balconies and antiques, and CD and DVD players. — Rough Guide

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Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Downtown & Coronado 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Self-billed as a hip playground for rock stars and people who want to party like them, the Hard Rock is conveniently located near PETCO Park overlooking glimmering San Diego Bay. — Fodor's

A far cry from the tired burger-and-memorabilia joint over on Fourth Avenue, this 12-story condo-hotel has a sweet location -- at the gateway to the Gaslamp Quarter -- and plenty of star power. — Frommer's

It's "always a party" at this "fun", "modern" hotel within "walking distance" of the Gaslamp District offering "flashy yet classy" rooms that are "great for entertaining." — Zagat

The 420-room Hard Rock, located in the hip Gaslamp Quarter, hosts wild parties on weekends at its popular rooftop pool and bar. — oyster.com

Nobu? Check. Rooftop pool and skimpy waitress uniforms? Check. Vegas has arrived in the Gaslamp, replete with Intervention Sundays. — BlackBook

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Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

Downtown & Coronado 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Now a member of the Kimpton Hotel group, the Palomar (formerly the Sè San Diego) retains its luxurious ambience. — Fodor's

This deluxe property features 183 rooms including seventeen suites, twenty luxury flats and two grand penthouses at the entrance of San Diego's Gaslamp District. — Gayot

The Gaslamp District was once a ramshackle area of downtown San Diego, but it has recently been reborn as the city’s hippest neighborhood. — Travel + Leisure

The Hotel Palomar (formerly the Se San Diego) is one of San Diego's most luxurious hotels, and also one of its coolest. — oyster.com

Chilled-out vacationers seeking somewhere "a bit more personal" and "charming" within the "concrete jungle" favor this "pet-friendly", "beautifully designed" Downtown chain boutique. — Zagat

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from $152

Andaz San Diego

Downtown & Coronado 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, the property features 159 guest rooms with custom fixtures, flat-screen TVs, and generous-size glass-enclosed bathrooms. — Travel + Leisure

Each of the 159 rooms is assigned an amiable and efficient butler who will run a bubble bath or fetch more champagne. — Condé Nast Traveler

This Andaz property is the latest in a string of stylish, luxury Gaslamp Quarter boutique hotels catering to the young, upwardly mobile, fun-loving set. — Gayot

A lively Gaslamp Quarter escape known for relaxed service and a cool bar scene — Jetsetter

Perfect for sophisticated urban partiers who want to be smack dab in the middle of the action. — BlackBook

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from $152

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Pacific & Mission Beaches 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hokey or not, the activities and the relaxed and welcoming vibe keep the Catamaran on the short list for families. — concierge.com

A beachfront, tropical-themed hotel, on the shores of Mission Bay and just across the water from SeaWorld — The Telegraph

Right on Mission Bay, the Catamaran has its own beach, complete with watersports facilities. — Frommer's

A plethora of activities make it a perfect place for families... or board the Bahia Belle from here. — Lonely Planet

The hotel takes full advantage of its waterfront location (relaxed sports rule these waves; rooms have coastal views) on kid-friendly Mission Bay, which has 19 miles of beaches. — Travel + Leisure

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from $169

Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Downtown & Coronado 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

San Diego’s first hotel to be certified green (opened 2009), the Indigo proves that enviro can still be comfy. — Lonely Planet

Located in the Gaslamp Quarter, the recently constructed Hotel Indigo San Diego toes the line between hip and historic — Afar Magazine

Smart boutique digs... at a new property that offers the usual upscale amenities – gym, free wi-fi — Rough Guide

Rooms at this trendy boutique hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter come with plush bedding, hardwood floors, and complimentary Internet access. — DK Eyewitness

The ninth floor boasts excellent views of Petco Park Stadium, where guests can watch the Padres play baseball and enjoy fireworks at the end of the game on certain days — Gayot

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from $144

Omni San Diego Hotel

Downtown & Coronado 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The 511-room Omni San Diego Hotel is a solid four-pearl pick in the Gaslamp Quarter, with an outdoor pool and spacious, contemporary rooms. — oyster.com

The Omni San Diego is a glass and steel high-rise in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. — Travel + Leisure

This downtown property has a fourth-floor skybridge that connects it with PETCO Park -- it's the only hotel in the United States that's directly linked to a major-league ballpark. — Frommer's

Sleek modern high-rise in the Gaslamp Quarter and linked to Petco Park by skybridge. — Rough Guide

Comfy rooms sport great bathrooms, and if you must tend to business, the Convention Center is a few blocks away. — DK Eyewitness

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from $188
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