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The US Grant

Downtown & Coronado 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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 not a guest, you can experience the Grant Hotel at the Grant Grill, in the massive lobby lounge or at afternoon tea. — Michelin Guide

The 270-room U.S. Grant Hotel is one of the most celebrated and respected hotels within San Diego, known for its American luxury with a traditional European twist. — Oyster

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

Its unusual tenor is that of a quiet whisper, a mood that surprises those aware of this city's rowdy and rambunctious vibe. For those looking for a tranquil retreat this is downtown's top pick. — Star Service

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Kimpton Solamar Hotel

Downtown & Coronado 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

"The boutique place to stay for hipsters", this "upscale" venue "in the heart of the Gaslamp district" has a "wonderful" rooftop pool/lounge and "comfortable", "inviting" rooms. — Zagat

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

This 235-room Kimpton boutique just outside the Gaslamp Quarter is notable for its stylish rooms with beach-inspired decor and its attractive rooftop pool area. — Oyster

Prominent modern high-rise overlooking the rejuvenated Gaslamp District, this is Kimpton Hotel Group's most colorful offering in San Diego, a more playful version of its sophisticated sibling Palomar — Star Service

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Northern Towns 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Lodge is built in Craftsman style down to the lap joints in the cherry-wood wainscoting and the column footings of random-set stone. — Lonely Planet

Charming resort hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, adjacent to the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course and a 2,000-acre seaside nature reserve. — Andrew Harper

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

Next door to the vast, commercial Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, this elegant tour de force is a labor of love, a family-owned and -staffed hotel built as a tribute to the California Craftsman movement — Star Service

When you enter the Lodge at Torrey Pines, you're immediately greeted by doormen in kilted Scottish dress—a throwback to a bygone area. And though the Lodge's design—a grand fireplace,... — Travel + Leisure

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Grande Colonial La Jolla

La Jolla 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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 cosy but elegant rooms have boutique furnishings and free wi-fi, and there’s a handful of larger suites, and excellent package deals. — Rough Guide

Elegantly appointed rooms are in keeping with the hotel’s European ambience. — DK Eyewitness

With a central location in La Jolla, a heated outdoor pool, and an array of great services... this upscale historic boutique is a solid pick for a relaxing coastal getaway. — Oyster

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

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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

La Jolla 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

This California rancho-style property was built in 2004, and shortly thereafter was named one of the world's hottest new hotels by Condé Nast Traveler. — Frommer's

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

Rooms here are bright and spacious—the Estate and Presidential suites even come with their own private patios. — 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

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La Valencia Hotel

La Jolla 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Perched above the cliffs in the heart of La Jolla and overlooking the azure water of the Pacific Ocean. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

Old world-charm and a new outlook. Style and substance. — BlackBook

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

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Northern Towns 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

The Grand Del Mar is an opulent gem located in the serene hills of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. — Concierge

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Hotel del Coronado

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

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

San Diego’s iconic hotel provides the essential Coronado experience... even the basic rooms have luxurious marbled bathrooms. — Lonely Planet

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

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

With its red-roofed turrets and Victorian-style façade, the Hotel del Coronado is one of San Diego’s most iconic landmarks. — Travel + Leisure

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Andaz San Diego

Downtown & Coronado 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Andaz San Diego is an upscale retreat spot located in the city's downtown historic shopping, dining and nightlife hub known as the Gaslamp Quarter — Forbes Travel Guide

When you arrive at its boutique property in the Gaslamp Quarter, Andaz makes you feel like you’re coming home. — Afar Magazine

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

A world-class, high-style luxury destination... Unbeatable Gaslamp Quarter address. — Frommer's

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from $152

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Downtown & Coronado 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With 40 floors and 1,628 renovated rooms, the Manchester Grand Hyatt is impressive. — Gayot

Primarily for business travelers, this hotel between Seaport Village and the convention center is San Diego's largest. — Fodor's

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

Housed in 33- and 40-story towers, the 1,625 guestrooms are basic but comfortable, with windows that open and overlook either the bay or downtown cityscape. — Travel + Leisure

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

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Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel

Downtown & Coronado 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Everyone wants to be part of the W’s hip weekend scene. It’s all about sleek design and “anytime, anywhere” service. The rooms are fun and have window seats. — DK Eyewitness

The hotel prides itself on providing a versatile space where you can relax and recharge or go all out. — Afar Magazine

Sexy and stylin’, the W fills the otherwise quiet gap between Downtown and Little Italy. — Lonely Planet

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

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The Westgate Hotel

Downtown & Coronado 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The 223-room Westgate Hotel offers plenty old-world European luxury. — Oyster

Baccarat crystal chandeliers, Persian carpets, and French tapestries are just backdrops to the gracious service. — DK Eyewitness

The Westgate is an anachronism amid the modern boutique hotels that populate the current San Diego scene. — Gayot

Adjoining Westgate Plaza shopping, opposite the civic center, this fantasy of frilly French design is an orgy of excess that has its roots in Salt Lake City — Star Service

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

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Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

Downtown & Coronado 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Fun in the sun is a given in San Diego, and Palomar San Diego, a Kimpton Hotel, adds sophistication, style and superior service to the equation for the complete SoCal experience. A sleek,... — Jetsetter

The place is well-lubricated for trendy twenty- and thirtysomethings, and guests here, like those at peer Andaz, are here to party and play house MTV-style. — Star Service

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

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

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from $152

Britt Scripps Inn

Hillcrest & Balboa Park 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

One of S.D.’s most historic inns tucked away in Banker’s Hill. This nine-room Victorian stunner has been restored to its full glory. — BlackBook

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

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Rancho Valencia

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

Located in the canyon of Rancho Santa Fe on 40 manicured acres of rolling hills, this relaxing retreat is just minutes from the charming boutiques and cafés of La Jolla. — Forbes Travel Guide

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

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

This exclusive Rancho property boasts world-class tennis courts, not to mention an award-winning spa where you can sweat it out during a Pilates sesh or indulge with a his-and-hers treatment. — BlackBook

Tucked up from the Pacific Ocean in San Diego horse country, Rancho Valencia hotel is as impressive as a prize-winning thoroughbred. — Mr & Mrs Smith

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from $496

Omni San Diego Hotel

Downtown & Coronado 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Play ball at this mod baseball memorabilia-filled tower connected to the Padres’ Petco Park. — Jetsetter

Sitting across Sixth Street from the uber-hip Hard Rock Hotel, this crisp, conservative commercial address remains one of San Diego's top hotels for business travelers. With... — Star Service

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

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

Baseball fans love using the "convenient" skywalk to Petco Park from this luxury high-rise in the East Village. — Zagat

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from $170

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Downtown & Coronado 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This formidable hotel captures the hearts of well-heeled survivors of Woodstock and Altamont—most bound for the convention center across the street. — Star Service

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

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

Upbeat crash pad with a raging rooftop club and flashy pool in the Gaslamp Quarter. — Jetsetter

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

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Tower23 Hotel

Pacific & Mission Beaches 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sleek and sophisticated, the Graham Downes-designed Tower23 Hotel caters to the style-conscious set. — Gayot

This beachfront boutique property remains the sleekest spot in P.B., with its open air bar, killer late night sushi and some serious eye candy. — BlackBook

Opened in July 2005 and the first luxury oceanfront hotel to be built in San Diego in a decade. — Concierge

Hang ten or just hang loose at Tower23 hotel, a sleek beach retreat in San Diego steps from the surfer’s paradise of Pacific Beach. — Mr & Mrs Smith

Just steps from the sand, this Pacific Beach hotel gets high marks for its "A+ ambiance", solid staff and "fantastic" rooms featuring "modern, fun" decor. — Zagat

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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Pacific & Mission Beaches 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

It conveys a Honolulu aesthetic and operates on casual Polynesian principles, a fun-in-the-sun formula that includes exotic indoor gardens and an indoor waterfall. — Star Service

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

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from $169

Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Downtown & Coronado 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's hip to be San Diego's first LEED certified green hotel. 4,000 square foot roof blossoming with native drought-tolerant plants for natural insulation. — BlackBook

Close to all the action but not overrun with noise from the nearby nightlife. The hip rooms have sophisticated bathrooms and good views. — Oyster

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

Best of all, this nonsmoking, pet-friendly property sees to it you don't sacrifice one bit of style or comfort. — Frommer's

Smart-looking spaces and great service for the business traveler are the hallmarks of the Indigo chain of modern hotels. — Fodor's

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from $134
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