Best Places for a Staycation in San Diego

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Choose a Hotel that is Uniquely San Diego for Your Staycation!

When you live in "American's Finest City", why travel for vacation?

Tourists come from all over the world to visit San Diego, hoping to soak in the nearly perfect weather, white sparkling beaches, some of the best luxury accommodations and top restaurants. As a San Diego native, you know all the secrets to the city! Time to slow down and enjoy all that your hometown has to offer.

Best Places for a Staycation

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

1) The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Can you really call yourself a true San Diegan if you haven't spent hours exploring Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve? We think this is a rite of passage for all who live in San Diego, and we’re crowning The Lodge at Torrey Pines as one of our top staycation picks, as featured in our article, the Best Hotels in San Diego!

This luxurious resort with a rustic lodge vibe is the perfect place to relax after spending the day hiking. The guest rooms and bathrooms are spacious, with amazing soaking tubs and custom toiletries.

The lodge oversees the ocean, borders Torrey Pines and also hosts a PGA golf course. Depending on your mood, choose from two restaurants, offering indoor and outdoor dining in both a casual and formal setting. Wrap up your staycation by checking out the amazing spa, with a large menu of services for both men and women.

Things to Know About The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Neighborhood
La Jolla
Enjoy surfing the waves, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and beach bonfires. Or walk to the charming boutiques and sidewalk cafés in the village in La Jolla, San Diego.
Hotel Star Rating
5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating5 Star Hotel Rating5 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 / 12:00 PM
Property Size
170 Rooms
Resort Fee
$39.38
Includes: Pool access, Fitness center access, Internet access (may be limited), Newspaper, In-room safe, In-room coffee and Housekeeping.
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Loews Coronado Bay Resort

2) Loews Coronado Bay Resort

If staying in Coronado is your staycation dream, but you don't have the budget Hotel del Coronado, then Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a great option! Located about 4 miles south of the business district, it is a quick 5-to-10-minute walk to Silver Strand State Beach. This gorgeous beach is accessible via the hotel shuttle, and provides complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas to guests.

The hotel is also one of the best family-friendly hotels in San Diego, and chock-full of amenities for both kids and their parents. Kids enjoy the planned activities, pool deck with outdoor games, water sports and the "Loews Loves Families" program that plans scavenger hunts, talent shows and more. Parents enjoy the full-service spa, cocktail bar, and farm to table dining with fresh local ingredients.

Things to Know About Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Neighborhood
Coronado Island
Take the hop on hop off bus to the boardwalk and beaches of Coronado Island. Go biking, paddle boarding, kayaking or fishing and enjoy many local shops.
Hotel Star Rating
4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating4 Star Hotel Rating
Pet Policy
Pets are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room. There's a charge of $150 per accommodation, per stay, and there's also a deposit of $150 per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 12:00 PM
Property Size
439 Rooms
Resort Fee
$38.50
Includes: Beach access, Health club access, Fitness center access, Fitness/yoga classes, Shuttle service, Newspaper, Phone calls (may be limited), In-room safe and In-room coffee.
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The Inn at Sunset Cliffs

3) The Inn at Sunset Cliffs

This mid-range, retro themed hotel is located in the Point Loma area, where tourists typically flood at dusk to catch a glimpse of the stunning sunsets at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Enjoy the view from the multi-level terrace, and don't forget your camera!

Although this is a small property, with only 24 rooms, there are multiple room options to select from. The Inn at Sunset Cliffs does not have direct beach access, but the hotel provides a shuttle down to the beach area. Enjoy the pool in the middle of the property, and look to local food trucks to grab a bite to eat.

Things to Know About The Inn at Sunset Cliffs

Neighborhood
Sunset Cliffs
Sunset Cliffs is famous for sunsets & surfing! Check out the sea caves, beaches and hiking trails. Watch for birds and dolphins. Paddle board, surf or swim.
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
3:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Property Size
24 Rooms
Resort Fee
$5.00
Includes: Pool access, Bicycle storage, Internet access (may be limited), Phone calls (may be limited), In-room coffee, Self parking, Parking, Housekeeping and WiFi access (may be limited)
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Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

4) Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

Nothing is more San Diego than the legendary Del Coronado. This landmark hotel, Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton, provides the ultimate luxury beachfront experience, with every accommodation you can possibly dream of! Spend your time relaxing on the beach, shopping in the many upscale stores or dining at one of the highly rated restaurants.

For the ultimate luxury staycation, check out Beach Village at the Del, a private enclave boasting designer rooms, suites and cottages. Enjoy the peacefulness of the private beach and pools, as well as the members-only Windsor Beach Club. This is a smart choice for larger groups, as the cottages have full-kitchens, and range from one to three bedrooms.

Things to Know About Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

Neighborhood
Coronado Island
Take the hop on hop off bus to the boardwalk and beaches of Coronado Island. Go biking, paddle boarding, kayaking or fishing and enjoy many local shops.
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 $125 per accommodation, per stay. Two per room up to 40 lbs. Service animals exempt from fees.
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Property Size
679 Rooms
Resort Fee
$35.00
Includes: Fitness center access, Fitness / yoga classes, Internet access (may be limited), Phone calls (may be limited) and In-room coffee.
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Pantai Inn

5) Pantai Inn

If you're looking for a romantic staycation, check out the Pantai Inn. Located in La Jolla, this boutique hotel has relaxing, oceanfront cottages in a sublime atmosphere. With Balinese art decor and meticulously maintained grounds in addition to peaceful views of the Pacific, you'll be surrounded by beauty for a zenful stay.

Guests can select from a variety of in-room spa treatments after relaxing by the outdoor firepit. The romantic aura of this hotel makes it popular for weddings and vow renewals, or just a great place to stay for a couple’s weekend. The Pantai loves staycationers, and offers a discount for San Diego residents.

Things to Know About Pantai Inn

Neighborhood
La Jolla
Enjoy surfing the waves, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and beach bonfires. Or walk to the charming boutiques and sidewalk cafés in the village in La Jolla, San Diego.
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
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
3:00 PM / 12:00 PM
Property Size
30 Rooms
Resort Fee
$25.00
Included: Beach loungers, Health club access, Fitness center access, Nearby fitness center access, Shuttle service, Internet access (may be limited), Newspaper, Self parking and Parking
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Pendry San Diego

6) Pendry San Diego

For a taste of the hustle and bustle of the city for your staycation, head to the Gaslamp Quarter, and treat yourself to a stay at the luxurious Pendry San Diego! Centrally located, you'll be within walking distance of countless restaurants and shopping, as well as a convenient drive from all the main attractions, like the San Diego Zoo. What's better than relaxing in the beautiful rooftop pool at the Pendry after walking around the zoo all day?

This modern hotel offers multiple amenities, spa services and two restaurants on the ground level. Enjoy the exciting downtown buzz on your staycation!

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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Legoland California Resort and Castle Hotel

7) Legoland California Resort and Castle Hotel

If you're bringing your children along, check out LEGOLAND California Resort, located inside the LEGOLAND resort. Although theme park tickets are not included in your stay, guests receive early access to the park to beat the crowds.

Your kids will love the themed rooms with bunk beds, character visits, LEGO play areas, and nightly entertainment. Parents will love the large pool with cabanas, separate kids’ rooms in their guest room, and free breakfast buffet. Although it won't be a quiet staycation, there will be lots of LEGO fun!

Things to Know About Legoland California Resort and Castle Hotel

Neighborhood
Carlsbad
Carlsbad is an outdoor-lover’s paradise! Visit the Flower Fields, breweries, local parks & cafes. Hit the beaches and enjoy the sunset from the boardwalk.
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
250 Rooms
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Tower 23 Hotel

8) Tower 23 Hotel

Experience the sparkling sand and upbeat vibe of Pacific Beach at Tower23 Hotel. This modern beachfront hotel offers direct access to the beach, along with a close proximity to all the trendy shops and restaurants that make up the neighborhood of Pacific Beach. The beach boardwalk also runs along the property, for a quick morning walk, jog or bike ride.

Spend your staycation days lounging on the beach with chairs, umbrellas and WiFi provided by the hotel, then head up to the sundeck to enjoy a cocktail while people-watching or catching an extraordinary San Diego sunset. There is also an on-site restaurant that gets rave reviews.

Things to Know About Tower 23 Hotel

Neighborhood
Pacific Beach
Get a true beach experience! Go surfing, kiteboarding, paddle boarding, fishing, bike riding & walk the boardwalk. Don’t miss an amazing sunset at the pier.
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
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Property Size
44 Rooms
Resort Fee
$25.00
Resort fee (June - December) includes: Beach loungers, Beach towels, Nearby fitness center access
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The Dana on Mission Bay

9) The Dana on Mission Bay

Located on Mission Bay, this resort offers a private marina and ideal location for visitors of SeaWorld San Diego. If checking out SeaWorld San Diego is on your staycation bucket list, then The Dana on Mission Bay is a prime choice. From the property, guests are within walking distance of SeaWorld, as well as multiple beaches.

After exploring SeaWorld, return to the Dana and enjoy a variety of amenities, including two outdoor heated pools and hot tubs. During the summer months, there are 'dive in movies' scheduled at the pool! There is seasonal poolside food service, in addition to the two on-site restaurants.

Grab your bike and check out the bike path, or you can rent a bike if you didn't bring one along!

Things to Know About The Dana on Mission Bay

Neighborhood
Mission Bay Park
Visit Mission Bay Park for the boardwalk, bay, beaches and SeaWorld San Diego. Enjoy the Bay by paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing.
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 80 lbs per pet. There's a charge of $40 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Breakfast
Not Included
Wifi
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Property Size
271 Rooms
Resort Fee
$36.06
Includes: Pool access, Beach loungers, Health club access, Fitness center access, Fitness/yoga classes, Sporting facilities or equipment, Business center/computer access, Internet access (may be limited), Newspaper and Phone calls (may be limited).
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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

10) Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

This resort is a great choice for those looking to experience both the bay beach and ocean beach during their staycation, and has topped our list of best places for a staycation, as featured in our Best Hotels in San Diego article.

Located on the calm bay beach at Sail Bay on Mission Bay, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is also only a few blocks away from the ocean at Pacific Beach. There are water sport rentals available on the bay beach, as well as complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas.

Keep an eye out for exotic birds, and real turtles and ducks who reside in the pond. The entire family will love the summer luaus on the beach of this tropical themed resort!

Things to Know About Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Neighborhood
Mission Beach
Get a thrill in Mission Beach! Ride rollercoasters in Belmont Park, or go surfing, kiteboarding, and paddle boarding. Don’t forget to pay a visit to SeaWorld!
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
Free WiFi in Lobby & Rooms
Check In / Check Out
4:00 PM / 12:00 PM
Property Size
310 Rooms
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