Hotels in San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA
May 23 — May 242
San Diego, CA
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Best neighborhoods to book a hotel in San Diego

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$123 - $274

CHEAPEST NEIGHBORHOOD IN SAN DIEGOMiramar37% cheaperHotels in Miramar are the cheapest in San Diego at just $123 per night on average
MOST EXPENSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD IN SAN DIEGOLa Jolla29% more expensiveLa Jolla has the highest priced hotels in San Diego with rooms averaging $274 per night
MOST POPULAR NEIGHBORHOOD IN SAN DIEGODowntown83% more users visitedMore momondo users search for hotels in Downtown than any other neighborhood in San Diego

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Hotels in popular neighborhoods in San Diego

Below are the most popular neighborhoods in San Diego to stay in, as well as some of the best hotels in each area

When to book a hotel in San Diego

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Low SeasonNovembercheapest month to stay
High SeasonMarchmost expensive time to stay
22%expected price decrease
34%expected price increase


$224 - $437

Highest day of weekFridayis the most expensive day of the week to book
Cheapest day of weekTuesdayis the cheapest day of the week to book
$292is the average per night cost for a hotel on this day
$226is the average per night cost for a hotel on this day
Cheapest time to bookThe cheapest time to book hotels in San Diego is: 1-2 star, on the same day that your stay begins. 3 star, on the same day that your stay begins. 4-5 star, 11 days before.

1-2 star

$109 - $125

3 star

$166 - $183

4-5 star

$241 - $258

San Diego travel tips

The best time to visit San Diego

Fall is the ideal time to come to California. Unlike the East Coast, California stays relatively warm year-round. Some tourists tend to linger into September, but for the most part, you can soak up the rays on San Diego beaches and enjoy the island tours without much interference if you come in August.

Getting around San Diego


At rush hour, you might feel as though you have parked your vehicle on the freeway! Instead, the fastest way around town is the trolley which takes you conveniently from end-to-end of San Diego for $2.50 USD per adult.

Book special tours for VIP-like access

If the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park are attractions to visit on your itinerary, book your travel ahead of time to unlock the special tour reservations. While Sea World does not require reservations for special tours, they have unique events you can only unlock if you book online and early.

Know the tax before you go

The hotel tax in the city is 10.5 percent. Hotels with 70 rooms or more charge 11.95 percent. The sales tax is 7.75 percent, which tends to surprise many visitors.

How much does a hotel in San Diego cost per night?

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4-star hotels

Cheapest $175

Average $358

Most expensive $904

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Where to stay in San Diego

Best places to stay in San Diego

A luminous jewel in the Pacific coastline, San Diego is home to picturesque beaches and excellent climate year-round. No matter where you choose to stay, you wake up to the sea salt in the air and the legendary California sunshine. To plan the perfect beachfront escape, you have a few neighborhoods to consider before booking your hotel accommodation:


The Gaslamp district is known as the hub of local nightlife. You get 16 sprawling blocks of modern skyscrapers sprinkled with Victorian-era buildings and some of the finest eateries in the city. Gaslamp is only a short walk from the Marina, but gives you a choice of hotels, including the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Gaslamp Marriott Quarter, and The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. In the Gaslamp quarter, you are surrounded by boutique shops and gourmet eateries, so expect to pay more for your stay here.

Old Town

Historic Old Town San Diego is rich in memories of the city’s past. It is a quaint strip that commemorates the early days of southern California. Grab your cowboy boots and hat, and step back into the old west where the sidewalks are made of wood and shopkeepers walk around in full costume. Historic Old Town has the Cosmopolitan Hotel, a Victorian-style chic hotel that tops off your historical adventures.

Little Italy

Of course this is a great place for Italian cuisine, but there is a lot more to enjoy here besides food. You can spend an entire day walking, soaking up the atmosphere, and feeling as though you’ve escaped the frantic pace of modern-day America to enjoy the tranquil charm of Venice. Most hotels are on the edge of Little Italy, but still offer a view of the ocean. La Pensione Hotel and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel are great options for Little Italy visitors.

Pacific Beach

Want to stroll along a California boardwalk like you see in your favorite movies? Bike or walk up the Pacific Beach region for gorgeous views and plenty of surf shops. Stay at the Red Roof Inn San Diego-Downtown or Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown and you will find yourself right on the water.

La Jolla

La Jolla has some of the better beaches in San Diego. On the cove, you find seals sprinkling the rocks, more than willing to share the water. On land, venture over to one of the beachside cafes on Prospect Avenue and dine on fresh seafood while watching the waves crashing ashore. Stay at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla or the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina nestled downtown and next door to the Birch Aquarium.


Go paddle boarding, watch the magical sunset and you will be just a 5-minute drive from San Diego’s downtown core at this quaint little island. You need a ferry to get here, and once you arrive, you will not want to leave. The array of restaurants, scenic views, and the charming small town feel offer a feast for the senses. A stay here, even for just one night, is worth the price. Try Hotel del Coronado or the Spanish-style El Cordova Hotel on the coast.


Downtown San Diego is not like your average metropolitan city center. While you have tall structures, you also have seaside views and the city’s buildings open up so that you can see the beautiful blue skies above. In the downtown area, you have a Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown or the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown next to Seaport Village. For a chic, upscale stay, try the Renaissance San Diego Hotel location.

Cheap hotels in San Diego

San Diego hotels range from the luxurious, expensive ones to absolutely affordable and even cheap places to stay. While California might be notorious for higher prices, the hotels here are more than aware that many travelers have tight budgets. Most of the city’s budget hotels are located by the San Diego Zoo and near the airport. However, you might be surprised at how many affordable hotels you have close to the waterfront too, like the Howard Johnson Inn just 2 blocks from the ocean. Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina sits on the coast, but is the cheapest hotel in the row. The Super 8 San Diego Hotel Circle borders Chula Vista, but it is possible to reach San Diego Bay in a matter of 10 minutes.

Learn about attractions and sights in San Diego

You may come to San Diego for the fun and the sun, but if that is all you think the city has to offer, you will be pleasantly surprised. When you have had your fair share of the beach or want to cool off in the shade, consider the indoor opportunities the city has to offer too.

  • Catch a true California sunset by parking yourself at Sunset Cliffs. It is the perfect spot to sit, look out over the ocean, and even see dolphins jumping up in the waters.
  • Learn to surf while you are there. Surfing is fun, incredibly rewarding, and even if you never become a pro surfer, you can at least say you tried!
  • San Diego is home to the hottest whale-watching spots, and they catch the migration of all species along the coast. Catch a glimpse from shore or book a whale-watching tour for the full experience.
  • Take a tour of Midway, which is more than just a large boat. In fact, you have 60 exhibits and 29 aircrafts to check out while you are there.
  • Eat at the most iconic restaurants and drink the finest craft brews San Diego has to offer. As your San Diego “rite of passage”, visit the PB Shore Club for a vodka and Red Bull slushy. Even if you have to wait in line, it will be worth it to do so at Las Cuatro Milpas for some of the best Mexican cuisine on the California coast. At Suzie’s Farm, pick your strawberries fresh from the vine. Then visit the iconic Mr. Frostie for an ice cream or have a famous Mai Tai from Bali Hai Restaurant.

Information about staying in San Diego

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When visiting San Diego the average booking length is 2 nights.

The price of a hotel in San Diego depends on several factors such as star rating, location and demand. Generally speaking, the average cost of a hotel is around $216 per night.

In November prices are at their lowest and represents the most cost effective time to book a hotel room in San Diego. You may find the cost of your room has decreased by 23%.

At the moment the cheapest day to stay in a hotel in San Diego is Monday, with Thursday being the most expensive.

San Diego Hostels typically cost in the region of $150 a night for each person. This price is taken from hostels and hotels with a 2 star or below rating. Hostels are very economical and come out on average $65 cheaper than the average price of a hotel in San Diego.

Downtown, Pacific Beach, Mission Bay and Old Town are some of the more popular areas to stay in when visiting San Diego.

With generally low rainfall expected (0.1″) and an average temperature of 64.4 °F, those staying at a hotel in San Diego may want to take some time during their visit to go see popular landmarks in the area. Considering the weather during May, attractions worth visiting near San Diego are Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego State University, and Botanical Building.

There are currently 41 vacation rentals available in San Diego. Most of our users opt to stay at Sonder The State, which is the most popular vacation rental in San Diego. Compare vacation rentals in San Diego.

San Diego has 108 hostels if you aren’t interested in staying at a hotel. Kings Inn San Diego is the most popular based on our user data. Compare hostels in San Diego.

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Gaslamp Hostel

Gaslamp Hostel

726 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA, United States


Sommerset Suites

606 Washington Street, San Diego, CA, United States

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Rancho Bernardo

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Rancho Bernardo

11611 Bernardo Plaza Ct, San Diego, CA, United States

Empress Hotel of La Jolla

Empress Hotel of La Jolla

7766 Fay Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States

Sonder The Bungalows

Sonder The Bungalows

1525 Union Street, San Diego, CA, United States

Hostel On 3rd

Hostel On 3rd

542 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States

Howard Johnson by Wyndham San Diego State University Area

Howard Johnson by Wyndham San Diego State University Area

6440 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA, United States

Rk Hostel

Rk Hostel

642 W. Hawthorn Street, San Diego, CA, United States

Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Diego-Sorrento Valley

Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Diego-Sorrento Valley

5925 Lusk Boulevard, San Diego, CA, United States

Hampton Inn San Diego-Kearny Mesa

Hampton Inn San Diego-Kearny Mesa

5434 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego, CA, United States

Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront

Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront

900 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA, United States


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