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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 →

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

"Beautifully appointed" rooms with "wonderful" beds are a highlight of this "elegant" 11-story "grand old lady" at the northern edge of the Gaslamp Quarter near Horton Plaza. — Zagat

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

Rich Oriental carpets, modish stainless steel lights and stylish retro baroque furniture offset by cream-colored linens and abstract black-and-white art. — Condé Nast Traveler

Across from Horton Plaza, this has been Downtown’s poshest address since 1910. — Rough Guide

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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 →

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

Aimed squarely at the hipper end of the business market, with full-sized desks, ergonomic chairs, and free Internet access (wired and Wi-Fi) in all rooms. — Concierge

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

Funky and fun, the 235 guest rooms and suites are nevertheless functional, with oversized work desks... and daily newspaper delivery. — Gayot

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

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from $144

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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

It "doesn't get better" than this "beautiful", Craftsman-inspired "luxury" resort in La Jolla. — Zagat

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

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

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

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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

Located in the heart of town, an easy walk to the Museum of Modern Art and the Cove, this updated Teddy Roosevelt-era treasure built in 1913 is an area landmark, and not just for history... — Star Service

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 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

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

This 210-room hotel in picturesque La Jolla has lovely grounds and Spanish Colonial-style architecture. — Oyster

A 15-minute walk from the beach, this contemporary take on early-California style lures business and leisure travelers with its sultry southern California style and breadth of facilities. — Star Service

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

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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 →

The seaside favorite of celebrities and world-travelers, La V (as locals call it) has been the place to be relax since the early 1920s when silent film stars flocked to this tranquil pink palace. — Gayot

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. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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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 →

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

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

Elegant Mediterranean-style golf and spa resort adjacent to a 4,000-acre nature preserve north of downtown San Diego. — Andrew Harper

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

Legendary SoCal stay known for its starry past, head-turning pool, and coveted beach setting. — Jetsetter

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from $319

Andaz San Diego

Downtown & Coronado 86 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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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from $142

Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel

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

Between Little Italy and the Gaslamp, a great location and the fun of the brand. — BlackBook

"Live rich, party rich" at this "luxury" Downtown "gem" that's "fab" and "modern", with rooms boasting "über-comfy" beds that make a stay "indulgent". — Zagat

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

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

For guests who want to be part of the contemporary design scene yet still enjoy the creature comforts of a deluxe commercial hotel, this place will fit the bill. — Star Service

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from $165

The Westgate Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

Push through the massive 9,000-pound pivoting brass door of this sexy property, opened in 2008, and you'll enter a world of sophistication and luxury. — Frommer's

Like San Diego, Hotel Palomar mixes beach and city influences seamlessly. — Afar Magazine

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

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

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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Britt Scripps Inn

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

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

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

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

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

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from $110

Rancho Valencia

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

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

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

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

Spanish hacienda-style resort enclave 30 minutes north of San Diego in Rancho Santa Fe, an upscale residential community near Del Mar and La Jolla. — Andrew Harper

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

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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 →

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

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

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

You can'€™t get any closer to the Padre's home field Petco Park than staying at the Omni San Diego --- it'€™s literally connected to the baseball field by a sky bridge. — Gayot

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 →

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

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

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

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

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from $199

Tower23 Hotel

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

If you like your beach stay with contemporary cool style, this is the place for you. — Lonely Planet

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

This modernist oceanfront property offers luxe accommodations in the heart of Pacific Beach. — Frommer's

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

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

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from $319

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Pacific & Mission Beaches 84 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

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

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

Located right on Mission Bay, the resort boasts exquisite grounds teeming with exotic plants and flowers, tropical birds, frogs and koi goldfish. — Gayot

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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 →

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

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

This hearty modernist is a standout in a city with a long list of already impressive designer addresses, offering great rates and upbeat modern interiors. — Star Service

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

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

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from $134
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