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    Where to sleep in San Diego: neighborhoods and areas for ideal accommodation

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    San Diego is a beautiful city in Southern California, with a great geographic location, a beautiful climate, and nearly 110 miles of beaches. It is therefore a center that offers tourists endless opportunities to enjoy a holiday full of nature and relaxation.

    San Diego offers several possibilities for stay overnight in the city which hotels and hotels able to meet every type of need. Obviously it is important to choose structures that allow you to move freely and enjoy the city attractions in total freedom.

    So here are our tips on where to sleep in San Diego.


    • Gaslamp Quarter: the epicenter of Downtown
    • Sleep in the enchanting gardens of Balboa Park
    • The vast choice of Old Town
    • Marina Embarcadero: between the historic center and the waves of the sea
    • Spending the night among the scents and life of Little Italy
    • Harbor Island: 2 steps from the airport
    • Coronado and its unforgettable beach
    • La Jolla's paradise
    • Other towns on the coast

    Gaslamp Quarter: the epicenter of Downtown

    Located just off the bay, the Gaslamp Quarter is the central district of San Diego. It is a very lively area, full of cafes, antique dealers, art galleries and "gas lamps" (hence the name Gaslamp, although today they are powered by electricity).

    It's a really nice neighborhood, with intriguing late XNUMXth century buildings and Victorian buildings (don't miss the Louis Bank of Commerce). Book a hotel in this area if you want to be close to the shops of Horton Plaza, a wide range of dining options and the heart of the city's entertainment. Here are two recommended structures:

    • Omni San Diego Hotel: the location in the heart of the district is ideal in strategic terms, to enjoy the lively night atmosphere of the area. The property itself is eccellente, equipped with all the most exclusive comforts, including a terrace with swimming pool and whirlpool.
    • Hotel Z – Pineapple Hospitality: new structure, with a pleasant style of minimal furniture. Starting from the name, the hospitality of the Pineapple is dedicated to yellow, but there are no creepy mysteries in the rooms - amenities are top-notch. The hotel offers the possibility to rent a bicycle for free.

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    Sleep in the enchanting gardens of Balboa Park

    As you can read in our article what to see in Balboa Park, we are talking about a beautiful park with gardens, pedestrian walkways and colonial-style mansions, but at the same time also one of the museum enclave most important in the United States (among which the huge city zoo stands out). This area is one of the best places to sleep in San Diego.

    Furthermore, around the park, there are many other beautiful neighborhoods that can also be visited on foot, such as for example Hillcrest, a lively and crowded artistic area, as well as the center of the gay community, full of meeting places, interesting cafes and characteristic shops, in short, a youthful place where you can discover unknown aspects of the city.

    Also the area of North Park it is quite dynamic, with restaurants, cafes, shops and clubs open until late in the evening. The streets that line Balboa Park are great for a relaxing stroll.

    • Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast: the room of this b & b has a magical one home atmosphere, which transforms a stay in San Diego into an experience of true relaxation and helps to find a familiarity with the neighborhood of Hillcrest. Facilities include: wifi, free parking and a comfortable common room.

    • Inn at the Park: a stone's throw from the park is this sunny hotel suite. The style is sober and functional, the services are perfect for those who want to prepare meals at home, making the kitchen available.

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    The vast choice of Old Town

    North of the center is located Old Town, the area of ​​the Old Town State Historic Park of San Diego, the ideal place to breathe the Mexican air of the city, taste its cuisine, stop in some souvenir shops and learn more about California's Hispanic past. Inside Old Town there are 9 hotels, of different categories and price ranges, but also around the historic district the choice is very wide.

    • Cosmopolitan Hotel: the most characteristic of the hotels in Old Town, and perhaps in all of San Diego, is the Cosmopolitan. Built in 1827, it is one of the oldest buildings in the city. In these rooms you can breathe the history of California.
    • Fairfield Inn: in the heart of the Old Town, this hotel is located a stone's throw from the most historic area of ​​the city, yet offering a swimming pool, fitness center and all sorts of comforts.
    • Old Town Inn: we are at the gates of the Old Town and, even if we are right on the Pacific Highway, the structure immediately appears as a 'flowery oasis It is cozy. In 10 minutes on foot you arrive in the center and, when you return home, you will find a comfortable and large room and a swimming pool to take refuge from the heat.

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    Marina Embarcadero: between the historic center and the waves of the sea

    One of the best neighborhoods to sleep in in San Diego is the coastal one, known as Marina-Embarcadero. Staying here you will be close to most of the tourist attractions of the city and you can easily walk to the most interesting districts of the center: Gaslamp and Little Italy. At the same time, the presence of the Santa Fe station offers a crucial hub for travel by public transport to other areas of the city. Consider that in this district the hotels are all of a medium-high standard, so if you are looking for low-cost hotels I suggest you focus on other areas of the city.

    • InterContinental San Diego. In an ideal position to reach every point of interest in the neighborhood on foot in a few minutes, it also offers its customers a wellness center and looks like a boutique hotel, with attention to every detail. It also houses the signature restaurant Vistal, which also offers artisanal cocktails and haute cuisine on the varied menu.
    • Marriott Marquis and Marina. Panoramic views of San Diego Bay and the city center, along with a wealth of amenities, make it one of the best hotels in the neighborhood. This hotel is adjacent to the Convention Center, where Comic-Con is held annually among other events. Keep this in mind before booking: if you want to participate in the event, it is the ideal hotel, but if you are not interested you might prefer another hotel in those days.
    • Springhill Suites. Also part of the Marriott chain is this complex with one star less (and therefore slightly more affordable prices), but always of very good quality. The strong point is the location: overlooking the Waterfront Park, from the rooms you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea and the green area of ​​the city.

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    Spending the night among the scents and life of Little Italy

    Little Italy is considered one of the safest neighborhoods of the whole city of San Diego: this is already a more than valid reason for many tourists to look for accommodation in this area. Furthermore, the vast choice of restaurants makes it ideal for those who do not want to travel far from their hotel in the evening, looking for a place to dine.

    • Found Hotel. An excellent quality / price ratio distinguishes this small three-star hotel in the lively district of Little Italy. The internal garden, where breakfast is also served, is the ideal place to linger in moments of relaxation.
    • Urban Boutique Hotel. Also this alberto has affordable prices, considering the good level. A small hotel with all the necessary services.
    • ITH Adventure Hostel. Housed in a Victorian house, this hostel is beautiful and welcoming, as well as clean and well-maintained. The location is great and the price makes it very attractive. If you are looking for a youth hostel instead of the classic hotel, this is the best choice you can make.

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    Harbor Island: 2 steps from the airport

    However, for some tourists, staying in Downtown may not be the best choice: the frenetic pace of the city can in fact be annoying for those who want to enjoy a bit of quiet. If you are looking for a quieter and more scenic stay you can then opt for the small strip of land on the water of Harbor island, just west of downtown. How about these hotels?

    • Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island: the Hilton chain also has its hotel in this small peninsula of San Diego. The view is great, the room nice. Good for those who want to visit Seaworld, but a little more inconvenient for the city center.

    • Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina:  it is right near the airport and for that reason the prices are a bit inflated, but it is Sheraton San Diego Hotel&Marina it has everything you need for an ideal vacation. 5 restaurants, 3 outdoor swimming pools, a spa and other delicious opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

    • houseboat: to sleep in a yacht there is no need to buy it. Here it is possible to stay overnight in a luxury boat equipped with every comfort. In addition, this floating hotel also has a bicycle rental service: ideal for getting from here to downtown San Diego.

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    Coronado and its unforgettable beach

    While everyone considers Coronado an island, it really isn't; it is in fact a peninsula connected to the rest of the city by a small strip of land called the Silver Strand.

    Coronado, reachable by a bridge south of the center, hosts its most famous symbol on the seafront: the famous Hotel del Coronado from 1888, one of the most evocative places where to stay in San Diego.

    Coronado is a particularly affluent area, characterized by luxurious homes, the quaint shops of Orange Avenue, crystal clear waters and one of the most beautiful beaches in California. So let's talk about the historic Hotel del Coronado, and about an economic alternative:

    • Vacation Specials: When you browse through the photos of Coronado Beach, you inevitably also see the hotel that takes its name, so you can imagine what kind of experience awaits you. It is about reserving a place in history, and enjoying all its luxurious and whimsical charm. The ocean view is just one of the many arrows on the arch of this late nineteenth-century structure, which keeps the pros and cons of a stay in the heart of tradition unchanged, without however denying anyone the welcome, the comforts and modern comforts. that such a tourist facility must be able to ensure.
    • Villa Capry by the Sea Motel: for a stay voted to saving and simplicity, you can choose this motel. The basic services offered by this type of property are all of a good quality and located fairly close to the beach. It can be a quiet, affordable option to stay overnight in one of San Diego's quieter areas.

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    La Jolla's paradise

    Pushing north along the coast above Pacific Beach you will meet La Jolla, the "jewel" of the sea, an elegant neighborhood ideal for those who want to shop, wander through trendy galleries or boutiques, have lunch in refined restaurants close to the sea and swim in another California jewel beach: La jolla cove. Here is where you might find accommodation:

    • Stay La Jolla Hotel & Spa: immersed in the lush greenery of a quiet and peaceful area, between fountains and flower-filled paths, the delightful hotel appears Ranch La Jolla, a wonderful oasis near Torrey Pines park. The attention to detail in the common areas and rooms, the taste in the choice of materials and design are worthy of a high-class hotel. There is a spa and swimming pool.

    • Inn by the sea: one of the solutions with the best quality / price ratio in the town of La Jolla. A stone's throw from the main coastal attractions of La Jolla, such as the rocks where the seals stop at Jolla Cove, the Children's Pool and the Tide Pools, it also has a swimming pool.

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    Other towns on the coast

    The southern city coast is one of the best in California and therefore represents an ideal solution for stay overnight in San Diego. North of the city the areas of CarlsbadEncinitas e Del Mar they are particularly recommended if you love being in contact with the sand and the ocean. Among the coastal areas not yet named you can opt for Mission Beach, on whose bay you will find the most famous tourist attraction of the city (SeaWolrd), Pacific beach, an extremely youthful area for those who want to enjoy the nightlife, Point Loma, a verdant and undulating peninsula with well-organized structures and a stone's throw from the ocean, e Ocean Beach, a relaxed seaside resort characterized by picturesque streets of yesteryear.

    Here are some recommended hotels along the coast:

    • Al Beach Terrace Inn (2775 Ocean St.) in Carlsbad is the only hotel that has a private beach with direct access to the waterfront. The spacious and elegant rooms have a private balcony with an ocean view. The hotel offers wi-fi, outdoor swimming pool, free parking and breakfast included in the price. This is also a suitable location for weddings.
    • Il Leucadia Beach Inn (1322 North Coast Hwy 101) four kilometers from Encinitas, is within walking distance of the beach, which is very pleasant. All accommodations feature kitchenettes, refrigerators, microwaves, cable TVs and coffeemakers. The property is pet-friendly for a small fee and there are free parking spaces.
    • In Del Mar, overlooking the ocean, the Wave Crest Resort (1400 Ocean Ave.) consists of brightly colored bungalows and suites with kitchen facilities. The property has a swimming pool with tables and deck chairs. A path leads to the beach, and restaurants and shops are two blocks away.
    • In the heart of Ocean Beach in a lush garden just steps from the water, theOcean Villa Inn (5142 W. Point Loma Point) has spacious ocean-inspired rooms and suites with ocean or bay views and equipped with mini refrigerators and microwaves. The property offers continental breakfast and wi-fi, has a heated swimming pool, laundry service and is pet friendly.
    • Close to Ocean Beach theOcean Beach Hotel (5080 Newport Ave.) has direct access to the beach. The rooms, equipped with mini refrigerators, are furnished in different styles with modern decor inspired by the beach theme. Some of the rooms have ocean views. No additional cost for up to two dogs in their accommodation. The property offers wi-fi, spa, laundry service and free parking.
    • Further south, overlooking the shoreline of Imperial Beach the Pier South Resort (800 Seacoast Dr.) is a property with beach-themed rooms, ocean views, and wi-fi. The hotel features a spa, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and business center.

    Hotels available in the coastal resorts of San Diego

    I just have to wish you a good stay in San Diego!

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