Best Hotels near the San Diego Zoo

Calling all animal lovers! Find the best hotels and resorts when you are planning to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo and beautiful Downtown San Diego!
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Discover a Variety of Hotels for your Trip to the San Diego Zoo

Animal lovers from around the world travel to the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park to experience more than 3000 animals of 600 different species. With more than 4 million visitors yearly, the San Diego Zoo is the most popular zoo in the world.

The Zoo offers a variety of animal habitat experiences and tours. Whether you want to take a 2-hour guided tour, or take a ride on the AerialTram, the San Diego Zoo has something for you.

There are also plenty of experiences for kids. Animal encounters and play areas are located throughout the park. Make sure to check out the schedules to find times to see your favorite animals.

San Diego Zoo Tickets can be purchased separately, or packaged as part of the Go San Diego pass. The all-inclusive card includes access to over 35 attractions and experiences in the area. In addition, you get up to 55% off when compared to the regular price.

With so many visitors coming to see the zoo, there are an abundance of hotels in the surrounding area. Take a look at some of the best the city has to offer.

Best Hotels near the Zoo

The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

1) The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

The US Grant, originally opened by Ulysses S. Grant’s son, is a luxury hotel in downtown San Diego, less than 3 miles away from the San Diego Zoo.

The US Grant is the perfect hotel for those looking to experience all the attractions of downtown San Diego.

Things to Know About The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

Neighborhood
Core-Columbia
The Core-Columbia area of Downtown San Diego is a beautiful mix of sky rises, restaurants, and hotels, complete with activities like music venues and museums.
Hotel Star Rating
5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Pets are allowed for an extra charge of $150 per pet, per night
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 12:00 PM
Property Size
270 Rooms
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The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

2) The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter is 3 miles south of the San Diego Zoo and offers a central location for your trip to San Diego.

Even though you are in the heart of the city, the Westin offers an outdoor pool and beautiful views of the bay. Spa amenities and a 24-hour fitness center are also available.

Things to Know About The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Neighborhood
Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp is full of cafes, great nightlife and pedicabs! Visit PETCO Park, the cruise ship port, Balboa Park, Convention Center or tour the USS Midway.
Hotel Star Rating
4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Dogs stay free, with a limit of 1 per room and maximum weight of 50 lbs per pet.
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby
Check In / Check Out
3:00 PM / 12:00 PM
Property Size
450 Rooms
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Gaslamp Plaza Suites

3) Gaslamp Plaza Suites

Gaslamp Plaza Suites, less than 3 miles from the San Diego Zoo, is located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. The hotel is surrounded with a wide array of activities such as theaters, art galleries and shopping.

If you are looking for a fun night out, Gaslamp Plaza is surrounded by over a hundred clubs, bars and restaurants. Or you can stay in and enjoy a drink on the rooftop terrace.

Things to Know About Gaslamp Plaza Suites

Neighborhood
Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp is full of cafes, great nightlife and pedicabs! Visit PETCO Park, the cruise ship port, Balboa Park, Convention Center or tour the USS Midway.
Hotel Star Rating
3 Star Hotel Rating3 Star Hotel Rating3 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Only Service Animals are Welcome
Breakfast
Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Property Size
64 Rooms
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Porto Vista Hotel

4) Porto Vista Hotel

Three miles west of the San Diego Zoo, in San Diego’s Little Italy, you can find Porto Vista Hotel. This boutique hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites, as well as private valet parking and rooftop pool.

Porto Vista is in the center of Little Italy, where you can enjoy the culture as well as the restaurants after a day visiting the zoo. If you want to stay in, you can enjoy a unique dining experience at GlassDoor. The restaurant offers a panoramic view of Little Italy and San Diego Bay.

Things to Know About Porto Vista Hotel

Neighborhood
Little Italy San Diego
Get a taste of Little Italy, San Diego at a sidewalk café or brewery. Or take a pedicab to explore the famous Balboa and PETCO Parks. Walk to local boutiques, shops, and picturesque parks!
Hotel Star Rating
3 Star Hotel Rating3 Star Hotel Rating3 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Dogs are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room and maximum weight of 40 lbs per pet. There's a charge of $39 per pet, per day. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
3:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Property Size
190 Rooms
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The Keating Hotel by Pininfarina

5) The Keating Hotel by Pininfarina

The Keating Hotel is located in the trendy Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego and is only a 2.5-mile trip to the San Diego Zoo. The hotel offers a variety of custom experiences, from a romantic getaway, to an all-out spa excursion or the Bed-and-Breakfast package. A 24-hour fitness center is also available on the premises.

The Keating is located in a very popular area of San Diego. While there is no restaurant in The Keating, it is surrounded by an array of different restaurants and bars. Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat, or a luxurious dinner, you will find it here.

Things to Know About The Keating Hotel by Pininfarina

Neighborhood
Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp is full of cafes, great nightlife and pedicabs! Visit PETCO Park, the cruise ship port, Balboa Park, Convention Center or tour the USS Midway.
Hotel Star Rating
4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Pets are allowed for an extra charge of $$100 per accommodation, per stay. Service animals exempt from fees.
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 12:00 PM
Property Size
35 Rooms
Resort Fee
$25.00
Includes: Fitness center access, Business center/computer access, Internet access (may be limited), Phone calls (may be limited) and In-room coffee
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Pendry San Diego

6) Pendry San Diego

Pendry San Diego is a luxury hotel located a little over 3 miles from the San Diego Zoo and offers you a chance to experience all there is while in San Diego. While staying at Pendry in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, you will get a modern feel while still getting that traditional feeling of being in Southern California.

With six different bars and restaurants, Pendry San Diego offers a variety of dining options. You can have a meal by the pool, a quick bite at the bar, or a lavish seafood dinner. Pendry San Diego has something for everyone.

Pendry San Diego also offers a variety of spa treatments to help you relax after a day at the Zoo, or if you prefer, you can use their 24-hour fitness center that looks out onto the pool deck.

Things to Know About Pendry San Diego

Neighborhood
Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp is full of cafes, great nightlife and pedicabs! Visit PETCO Park, the cruise ship port, Balboa Park, Convention Center or tour the USS Midway.
Hotel Star Rating
5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Dogs stay free, with a limit of 1 per room and maximum weight of 20 lbs per pet.
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 12:00 PM
Property Size
317 Rooms
Resort Fee
$40.60
Includes: Pool access, Fitness center access, Business center/computer access, Internet access (may be limited), Newspaper, Phone calls (may be limited) and In-room safe.
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Andaz San Diego, a Concept by Hyatt

7) Andaz San Diego, a Concept by Hyatt

Andaz San Diego can be found 3-miles south of the San Diego Zoo. This contemporary hotel is centered in the popular Gaslamp Quarter with a bustling nightlife.

One of the most popular areas of the Andaz is their rooftop. Here you can find the pool and their 24-hour fitness center. The Rooftop by STK offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a view of Downtown San Diego. It is also a hotspot for an evening cocktail after a day at the zoo!

Things to Know About Andaz San Diego, a Concept by Hyatt

Neighborhood
East Village
East Village is a hotspot for attractions! Great for nightlife, the Gaslamp, Comic Con, PETCO Park, Balboa Park & the Convention Center! Walk to local breweries & cafés.
Hotel Star Rating
4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Cats and dogs are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room and maximum weight of 50 lbs per pet. There's no charge for pets.
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Property Size
159 Rooms
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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

8) The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Less than two miles north of the San Diego Zoo, you will find The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows. This boutique hotel is located in University Heights near Balboa Park is popular among celebrities on their visits to San Diego.

The Lafayette offers a wide array of amenities to help make your stay comfortable. One of their most popular offerings is an Olympic sized swimming pool.

Lounge by the pool with a drink from their pool-side bar and take in the sun. Cabana and towels rentals are also available for your convenience, or check out the 24-hour fitness center.

The Lafayette also has on-site dining, Hope 46, which offers signature cocktails and dishes that overlook the pool. If you have a special event you’d like to remember, you can reserve part or all of Hope 46 for your celebration.

Things to Know About The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Neighborhood
University Heights
Explore the trendy neighborhood of University Heights. It’s close to Balboa Park and features cafés, breweries, shops, and parks, all within walking distance.
Hotel Star Rating
3 Star Hotel Rating3 Star Hotel Rating3 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Only Service Animals are Welcome
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Property Size
133 Rooms
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Marriott Vacation Club Pulse - San Diego

9) Marriott Vacation Club Pulse - San Diego

Marriott Vacation Club Pulse - San Diego is located a little over 2 miles south of the San Diego Zoo, near the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego. Located near most of the popular hotspots of San Diego, it is a great place to stay if you are traveling for both business or with your family.

A fitness center is offered on location, as well as an indoor swimming pool. On-site dining is available. Full dining menu is available all day, as well as a trimmed down bar menu.

Things to Know About Marriott Vacation Club Pulse - San Diego

Neighborhood
Core-Columbia
The Core-Columbia area of Downtown San Diego is a beautiful mix of sky rises, restaurants, and hotels, complete with activities like music venues and museums.
Hotel Star Rating
3 Star Hotel Rating3 Star Hotel Rating3 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Only Service Animals are Welcome
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Property Size
264 Rooms
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The Westgate Hotel

10) The Westgate Hotel

Located about three miles south of the San Diego Zoo, you will find the elegant Westgate Hotel. Found in the Core-Columbia district of downtown San Diego on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, The Westgate gives you a European feel while also reaping the benefits of southern California.

The Westgate Hotel offers the best in fitness amenities. Not only do they have a fitness center to get your workout in, but also offer different classes for you to enjoy. An outdoor pool and hot tub are also available with a panoramic view of downtown San Diego.

Award winning dining is available on site at The Westgate Hotel. Choose from a fine dining experience, brunch outside, or appetizers at the hotel bar!

Things to Know About The Westgate Hotel

Neighborhood
Core-Columbia
The Core-Columbia area of Downtown San Diego is a beautiful mix of sky rises, restaurants, and hotels, complete with activities like music venues and museums.
Hotel Star Rating
4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Only Service Animals are Welcome
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Not Included
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 12:00 PM
Property Size
223 Rooms
Resort Fee
$20.00
Includes: Pool access, Spa access (may be limited), Fitness center access, Business center/computer access, Internet access (may be limited) and Phone calls (may be limited).
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San Diego History Center
The San Diego History Center offers visitors a chance to learn about the history of the area prior to European settlement to today. Enjoy many interactive attractions and exhibitions. Get great discounts using your Go Pass when heading to the museum.
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