Sunny San Diego may be one of the most popular summer getaway spots this side of the hemisphere. With miles and miles of white beaches, temperate weather and scrumptious coastal fare, it’s the perfect holiday destination for some much-needed rest and relaxation, whether you’re traveling alone or as a family. Here are eight of the best places to stay in San Diego, so outstanding that you’ll never want to leave.
A five-star hotel in Grand Del Mar Court, the Fairmont is the epitome of opulence. With its beauteous grounds, Mediterranean architecture and immaculate King rooms and one bedroom suites, the hotel has become the top choice for vacationers looking to indulge in a home away from home. Relax with a glass of red while watching the sunset out on the terraces or take a dip in one of the four outdoor pools.
Enjoy a jacuzzi as a couple or explore the hotel’s lush greenery as a family with the free bicycles provided. Dine your way through six in-house restaurants, and be sure to sample the Fairmont’s signature Mediterranean fare at Amaya. With ample facilities (including free transportation to La Jolla and Solana Beach), top-notch service and an isolated location guaranteeing a good night’s sleep, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar promises a sumptuous experience, and a stay unlike any other.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Address: 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, Carmel Valley, 92130 San Diego, CA (see map)
Price: from 497 USD
A boutique Balinese-inspired resort in the town of La Jolla, Pantai Inn offers studios and cottages with a fantastic view and homely tropical decor. ‘Pantai,’ which means 'beach’ in Indonesian, is an apt name for this property only a minute’s walk from sand and sea. However, the great location isn’t the only reason guests keep returning.
Come for the serene unhurried ambiance unique to coastal lodgings and enjoy one-of-a-kind Indonesian hospitality. Personal touches and a consistently excellent staff will make you feel right at home, albeit more relaxed. The free parking is a bonus for families intending to drive to nearby attractions like SeaWorld and the Birch Aquarium. For unparalleled vistas every morning and evening, choose a room with an ocean view, and let yourself be swept away by nature at Pantai Inn.
Address: 1003 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla, 92037 San Diego, CA (see map)
Price: from 354 USD
A three-star hotel located in urban Liberty Station, the Homewood Suites are a mere two kilometers (1.3 miles) away from the airport, making it highly accessible for holidaymakers. Despite the proximity, guests need not worry about aviation-related noise, as the hotel’s location is surprisingly quiet. Both suites and studios are offered, with a fully-equipped kitchen and complimentary hot breakfast. Guests can unwind in the outdoor pool, visit nearby Point Loma for a day trip or for those with a taste for adventure, rent a dinghy at Mission Bay to spend an afternoon on the sea! With a walking trail perfect for morning excursions, a variety of restaurants, family-friendly rooms, and free airport shuttle service, the Homewood Suites by Hilton at Liberty Station are a great choice for travelers.
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport-Liberty Station
Address: 2576 Laning Road, Point Loma, 92106 San Diego, CA (see map)
Price: from 260 USD
A newly remodeled 1940’s house located in the town of Ocean Beach, the cottage is an ideal vacation rental for small groups. Accommodating up to five people, it is a spacious one-bedroom residence with beautiful pastel decor and a fully furnished kitchen. Only 50 steps away from the beach, guests can look forward to a true seaside experience with the entire home to themselves.
Sunbathe and swim to your heart’s content while making use of the beach paraphernalia provided in the garage. Take a stroll along Ocean Beach Pier, and watch the fishermen hauling in the day’s catch. Try out the nearby restaurants, and visit the Farmer’s Market for something different. With a prime location, amenities for children and the warmth of hosts Marina and Joanie, this cottage promises a seaside retreat with extra charm.
Charming Cottage at the Beach
Price: from 143 USD
Number of Guests: 5
An apartment in the quaint neighborhood of Little Italy, this place exudes a gentle warmth with its sunny color palette and loft-like design. Simple but delightful furnishings and a whole lot of natural sunlight will please guests looking for a cheery escape close to the waterfront. Explore the unique shops the area has to offer on foot and stop by one of the cafes to quench your thirst with some delectable Italian coffee. The numerous food options, airy feel of the house, extremely convenient location and attentiveness of host Rachel will make your trip a joyous one.
Head over to Little Italy for a great time!
Sunny and Relaxing 2BR Apartment in Little Italy
Price: from 143 USD
Number of Guests: 4
A one-bedroom flat in Chollas Creek, this new house is child- and pet-friendly, as the owners have two boys and a dog of their own. With comfortable beds, a kitchenette and a toddler cot, this residence brings a touch of home through its cozy decor and thoughtful amenities such as coffee and breakfast bars for the jet-lagged traveler. San Diego’s most popular attractions are only a car or taxi ride away and the free parking on premises only makes this easier for families. Dan, the host, is a local San Diegan who will be more than happy to advise on food and recommendations.
NEW & Cozy 1BD Flat w/ Ocean Views!
Price: from 99 USD
Number of Guests: 5
An apartment in the bustling area of Gaslamp Quarter, this classic residence is a stark contrast to its happening nightlife. Shades of cerulean dominate in the furnishings and paint, bringing a sense of calm and peace to guests after a weary day spent sightseeing. Large windows provide welcome natural light and the chance to people-watch below. Because of its central location, vacationers can expect to find many restaurants and watering holes on foot; the 5th Avenue Station is also nearby.
Charming 1BR in Gaslamp Quarter
Price: from 239 USD
Number of Guests: 2
A remodeled studio in the heart of La Jolla, the Hideaway is only a stone’s throw away from the Windansea Beach, famous for its gorgeous scenery and powerful waves. After a tiring afternoon on the surf, guests will be happy to know that shopping and dining opportunities are only a short walk away on the Boulevard. The property boasts a fully-equipped kitchen and a private patio if you wish to enjoy your meals outside. With its great location, friendliness to dogs and unbeatable price, the Sea Glass Hideaway makes a great case for a short stay or a long retreat.
Beach Hideaway, Designer Studio, Dog-Friendly with Private Patio
Price: from 93 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Fun in the sun
From surfing to fun in the sun, San Diego has it all for anyone wanting a sandy summery escape. Why not book a stay at one of these lodgings on your next trip and relish your vacation to the maximum?
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