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San Diego is a destination for vacationers worldwide looking to visit the famed beaches, nearly perfect weather, top attractions and natural beauty of the area. For those wanting the full San Diego, So-Cal experience, a boutique hotel is a smart choice.
Boutique hotels are generally smaller and more personalized than their large hotel chain competitors. Guests can expect a more intimate atmosphere and service, perhaps with the owners on site. The decor in San Diego boutique hotels reflects their individual personalities, from coastal cool to rustic glam.
Staying at a boutique hotel is an experience within itself! You’ll be impressed by the attention to detail and character in each one.
Check out our picks below and enjoy the best of San Diego’s boutique hotels.
The Andaz San Diego is a trendy hotel, located in the bustling Gaslamp Quarter. They offer a choice of double rooms, suites or quads, and welcome families, couples and even pets at no extra charge! The rooms are stocked with robust minibars, large flat screen TVs, and snacks.
The heart of this hotel is the rooftop pool and upscale restaurant, Rooftop by STK. This is the hip place to be on the weekends, offering amazing poolside cabanas and panoramic views of San Diego.
Hotel Marisol Coronado is a coastal boutique hotel in Coronado, with 15 rooms. Located just one block from the stunning beaches of Coronado, guests enjoy the peaceful vibe and extra attention at the Marisol. This is one of our top picks for boutique hotels, as featured in our Best Hotels in San Diego article, where you can also find the best hotels for couples, staycations and more!
You'll be greeted with a glass of champagne, and can expect a number of extra luxuries that set this hotel apart, including fine Italian linens, spa robes, fresh breakfasts and more. There are also beach cruisers available, and "Friday Wine Down" events offering a variety of cheeses and baguettes to complement their abundant wine choices.
The service is superb, staffed with San Diego experts who are ready to help you make the most of your stay. For example, they are happy to book you a 90-Minute Tandem Kayak Rental or Stand Up Paddle Board Rental conveniently located in the neighborhood.
If you’re planning multiple activities, consider buying a Go San Diego pass before you arrive. Through our exclusive partnership, we’re able to offer an extra discount on top of the discounted price offered to the general public.
The Pantai Inn exudes luxury boutique hotel. Everything is simply perfect- from the location to the decor! This hotel is one of our all-time favorite boutique hotels, as featured in our Best Hotels in San Diego article, where you can find the best hotels for families, budget travelers and more!
Situated right across from the pristine beaches of La Jolla Cove, guests can choose to visit the beaches from the footpath for a day of sunbathing, or possibly a Surf Board Rental or San Diego Beach Tour.
Every room at the Pantai is uniquely decorated, with a Balinese theme that is carried throughout the hotel. Guests also appreciate the rain showers and four-poster beds, in addition to the spacious balconies to view stunning sunsets.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines encapsulates everything uniquely San Diego- coastal, luxury and nature. Situated between Torrey Pines Natural Reserve Park and a PGA golf course, this boutique hotel is the perfect combination of nature and extravagance.
The Lodge delivers a rustic vibe, and well-equipped spacious rooms, complete with oversized bathtubs. The grounds are simply gorgeous, and there is an award-winning spa and wellness center on-site.
Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar is centrally located in downtown Del Mar, right in the center of the action, an ideal starting point for a San Diego City Tour. This eco-friendly boutique hotel is the first LEED certified hotel in the city, boasting low water consumption, reusable containers and green space on the roof. Families, pet-owners and business travelers all enjoy the amazing city views from the rooftop.
The Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is situated on a meticulously landscaped property in the heart of La Jolla. Walking this charming property, you'll observe fruit trees, fountains, native flowers and multiple benches or cozy coves to sit and enjoy. Donned in a Spanish Rancho style, guests can expect orange tile roofs, terracotta tiles, open wooden beams and other rustic decor throughout the property.
There is a whimsical, romantic vibe at this upscale boutique hotel. It is very popular for weddings, and one of our top choices for a hotel for a couple's weekend. Other attractions include the heated, outdoor saltwater pool and adults-only jacuzzi.
The 1906 Lodge is a quaint boutique hotel located just steps from the beaches of Coronado, arguably among the most gorgeous in the world. Offering only 17 guest rooms, the rooms are spacious and filled with antique furniture in addition to modern conveniences. A stay at the Lodge includes a hearty buffet breakfast every morning, bottomless mimosas and cookies in the afternoon, and access to loaner bikes and beach chairs.
This is a convenient choice for guests looking to visit the Coronado Museum of History & Art, which is also part of the Go San Diego pass. The all-inclusive card includes access to the museum and over 35 attractions and experiences in the area. In addition, you get up to 55% off when compared to the regular attraction prices.
Porto Vista Hotel is a trendy boutique hotel located in the lively Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego, where the San Diego GoCar Tour departs. With just under 200 rooms, including 5 suites, there is a mid-century, artistic vibe. There is original artwork in every room, making every stay unique!
The hub of the hotel is GlassDoor, a hip gastropub located on the fourth floor. Choose from either patio or balcony seating, and enjoy a cocktail while enjoying the panoramic views of Little Italy and the bay. If you want to relax, check out the rooftop "spool" which is a heated pool with mini jets.
The Pacific Terrace Hotel is a relaxed, beachfront gem located steps away from Pacific Beach. The beachy decor welcomes guests at the lobby, with breezy rattan furniture and a live stream of the coast on a flat screen monitor. Try to snag a room with a balcony for amazing ocean views and stunning sunsets - one of the Best Romantic Things to do in San Diego!
The location and intimate feel of this hotel are the main draws. There is a large, heated outdoor pool and hot tub that overlooks the ocean, also offering towel services and poolside nibbles.
Glorietta Bay Inn is a romantic, boutique hotel located across the street from the bay on Coronado Island. Registered as a Historic Landmark, the inn was constructed in 1908, and some of the original details still remain, such as the chandeliers and ornate decor.
Set in an ideal location, it is a short walk to the upscale shops of Coronado, or some of the most gorgeous beaches in San Diego.
The hotel features11 historic mansion rooms, which are among the best accommodations in the area. Each room is unique, with luxury linens, authentic furniture pieces and modern amenities. Although there is no restaurant onsite, there are many local offerings close by, and there is a buffet breakfast included.
Attractions that you can visit with a Go City San Diego pass include:
The San Diego Zoo, Birch Aquarium, SeaWorld, Safari Park, LEGOLAND, Harbor Cruise, USS Midway Museum, the NAT Museum, Whaley House, PETCO Park Tour, iFLY San Diego and many, many more!
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