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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 →

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

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

Downtown's stateliest hotel, this massive 11-story Italian Renaissance Revival structure (1910) faces Horton Plaza. In 1895 Fannie Grant, daughter-in-law of 18th US President Ulysses S.... — Michelin Guide

Following a $56-million renovation, one of San Diego's most historic properties has been welcoming visitors to its redone premises since 2006. — Frommer's

Founded more than a century ago, the US Grant gracefully mixes its historic legacy with contemporary touches. — Afar Magazine

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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 →

Capping the south end of the block between Sixth and Seventh streets, in a prominent modern high-rise overlooking the rejuvenated Gaslamp District, this is Kimpton Hotel Group's most... — Star Service

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

"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

Ten-story hotel with a chic, urban feel, minutes from San Diego's burgeoning Gaslamp Quarter. — Travel + Leisure

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

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from $144

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Northern Towns 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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... — Star Service

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 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

Upon arriving at the striking porte cochere of The Lodge at Torrey Pines and being greeted by doormen attired in Scottish kilts, you know this is an extremely special and unique property. — Gayot

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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from $319

Britt Scripps Inn

Hillcrest & Balboa Park 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A $6 million investment has turned the beautifully maintained 1887 Queen Anne into a stunning example of lavish Victorian decor. — Fodor's

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

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

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 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

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from $110

Hotel del Coronado

Downtown & Coronado 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

The luxurious spot that put Coronado on the map and is still the area’s major tourist sight. — Rough Guide

Accommodations include newly-renovated rooms in the original Victorian building, tropical-themed chambers in the Towers and Cabana buildings, and oceanfront cottages at the Beach Village. — Michelin Guide

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

It's gotten knocked recently for being a bit tired, but this 1888 landmark is still packing 'em in for vacations, weddings, dinners, and conference…but especially vacations. — Concierge

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from $319

Grande Colonial La Jolla

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

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

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

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

Smack dab in precious La Jolla village, this yellow hotel is an icon. Its signature restaurant, Nine-Ten, is one of the city’s finest. — BlackBook

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

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from $219

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

La Jolla 87 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 lush property is a hidden gem. Mediterranean-inspired architecture and secret garden vibe. Mustangs & Burros is a must for fireside Margaritas. — BlackBook

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

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

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from $184

Rancho Valencia

San Diego 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Bougainvillea cascades over the Spanish casitas in this stunning resort. Many rooms feature cathedral ceilings, private terraces, and fireplaces. — DK Eyewitness

Luxurious, two-level, Spanish-style casitas, appointed with corner fireplaces, luxurious carpeting, and shuttered French doors leading to private patios. — Fodor's

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

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

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from $496

La Valencia Hotel

La Jolla 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 1926 landmark pastel-pink stucco palace is a statement of opulent beachside style. Palms surround the "Pink Lady of La Jolla," recognizable by its mosaic-tiled tower. — Michelin Guide

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

The personal attention provided by the staff, as well as the plush robes and grand bathrooms, guarantee a pleasurable stay. — Fodor's

When it comes to location, it doesn't get much better than the venerable La Valencia. — Concierge

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

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from $246

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

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

Rooms here can best be described as palatial, complete with marble bathrooms that include soaking tubs and separate standing showers. — Travel + Leisure

If Hearst could do it all over again, this is how he might render his sprawling California castle. — Condé Nast Traveler

Built in the tradition of the great 1920s Spanish Revival resorts, this manmade paradise is still in touch with Southern California's unspoiled nature. — Jetsetter

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

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

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from $421

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

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

This Carlsbad hotel offers all the luxury resort requisites—top-notch food, meticulously maintained grounds... and a first-rate spa with alfresco treatment cabanas. — Concierge

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

This tippy-top resort offers superb service and top-flight amenities, golf, tennis and more. — Lonely Planet

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

You’ll find two pools, six tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course on the huge property. Both adults and children will have plenty to entertain themselves with. — Afar Magazine

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from $299

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

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

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

"They don't call it grand for nothing" say fans of this Marina District chain member, which sports a "spectacular view" from its rooftop bar/pool. — Zagat

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

Two high-rise towers hold 1,625 rooms, many with personal work areas and all with high-speed Internet. The lounge on the 40th floor is one of San Diego’s best. — DK Eyewitness

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

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from $142

Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel

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

This stylish 261-room hotel in Downtown San Diego is as hip as you'd expect a W to be, with a happening rooftop lounge, a rooftop pool, and a lively lobby area. — Oyster

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

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

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

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from $165

The Westgate Hotel

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

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

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

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

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. With its designers pounding... — Star Service

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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from $189

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

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

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

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

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

Not surprisingly, the scene at this hotel is full of young, beautiful people looking for a rocking good time ... needless to say, the Hard Rock delivers. — Gayot

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from $199

Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego

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

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

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

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

Located on the northern edge of the Gaslamp District, one block from a trolley stop, three blocks from its closest competitor, Hyatt's Andaz, this bold Kimpton offshoot has plenty of... — Star Service

There’s doting service, a chic restaurant, lovely spa and, should you need it, a music studio. — Lonely Planet

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from $152

Andaz San Diego

Downtown & Coronado 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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from $152

Tower23 Hotel

Pacific & Mission Beaches 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This sleek, savvy, almost Zen-like creation brings a whole new swagger to the beach scene. — Condé Nast Traveler

A neomodern masterpiece with a beachy vibe, this boutique hotel is a favorite of the young and young-at-heart. — Fodor's

Named after a lifeguard tower, this is among the most chic of San Diego’s boutique hotels, offering rooms with flat-screen TVs, internet access and designer furnishings. — Rough Guide

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

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

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from $319

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Pacific & Mission Beaches 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Polynesian-themed hotel offers a long list of water activities. Within walking distance to many restaurants, Tiki torches light your way through lushly landscaped grounds. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

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

The fitness center looks out on the bay; kayaks and pedal boats are available for rental. — Fodor's

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from $169

Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Downtown & Coronado 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

Located on a prominent downtown corner, three blocks north of PETCO Park, this remains a feather in the cap of InterContinental Hotels' youth brand, and it represents the best this brand... — Star Service

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from $134
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