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  • Reviews: 225

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Wyndham San Diego Bayside: Perfect Family Hotel!

We ended up at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside after it appeared to be the best value hotel when we booked on Expedia. After we arrived in San Diego, we were so glad that we did. The reviews online weren't great, but it turned out many of them were talking about when the hotel used to be a Holiday Inn. Since it has been renovated it has become a much more enjoyable hotel and we definitely enjoyed our stay. It was clean, spacious and comfortable and the staff was very friendly - from our first experience with the shuttle driver at the airport, right down to the cleaning staff. We had a room with two double beds which was perfect for the three of us, and even though we had a city view the room was pretty quiet, and always very dark at night - making it perfect for a good night's sleep! We were so thrilled with this hotel and would definitely recommend it if you plan on visiting San Diego - especially as a family!

The only thing a family may want to take into consideration was that our bathroom did not have a tub! Would have been hard if we had a littler one, but our 3.5 year old is totally fine taking a shower which was great for us. Other than that - great for families. If you spoke to the front desk, they may also have rooms available with tubs - so probably worth asking!

There were so many great things that we loved about this hotel! The complimentary shuttle to and from the airport was fantastic, but even better was the complimentary shuttle that transported hotel guests to and from The San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village and Horton Plaza. It really made our visit that much easier! The hotel is situated right on the bay and is within walking distance of Seaport Village (which is actually a very nice walk along the bay front) and Little Italy (so many fantastic food options that are also family friendly). Just outside the hotel you also have the Maritime Museum, Boat tours, a Coronado Ferry and the USS Midway - all great family activites and attractions. Our daughter was most excited about the huge fantastic playground across the street! It was large and clean and had so many different things for the kids to play on, including a little fountain/splash area. There is a fantastic deli that is part of the hotel that offers breakfast right up to late night sandwiches/snacks (we grabbed "dinner" there the night we arrived, around 10pm). There really is nothing you could miss with this hotel! They also have a very nice looking gym facility, as well as a heated outdoor pool which we enjoyed an afternoon in! If you are looking for a great family hotel in San Diego - The Wyndham San Diego Bayside is IT!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel
  • Written February 18, 2015
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  • tampa_shawn profile photo tampa_shawn
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Hostels in San Diego

There are quite a few options if you are looking to stay in Hostels in San Diego. I have walked by quite a few of the "downtown" ones and was very impressed by their locations.

SD is a big city so the most important thing to look at here especially if you don't have a car is the location.

If you are looking for the beach choose a beach location and plan on mainly staying in that area.

If you want culture, city, museums etc then choose a location near the city center. Downtown, Gaslamp, little Italy, East Village and Hillcrest are all great locations for this. If you are in any of these areas you are within a 1-2 mile walk of most things including the zoo and Balboa park. The trolly/bus system is quite good in the area but I have found it is often just as quick to walk the area as it is to take the bus.
San Diego transit system has worked with Google maps so all the information you need is there to figure out drive times, walk times and public transportation times.

I live and walk in these "downtown" neighborhood all the time and feel safe. I don't walk around much by myself at night but I have heard that isn't an issue either. San Diego does have a large number of homeless people and the populations are quite large in the East Village and downtown but I have never had an issue with any of them. I had conversations with 3 of them last weekend (I spent the day walking the neighborhood and I was walking in the same direction so I walked with each one for a bit). I was shocked how well traveled and well read they were.

If you are bringing a car into any of these downtown locations ask about parking location and fees before booking.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written December 21, 2013

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  • razorbacker profile photo razorbacker
  • Reviews: 419

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Sun Harbor Motel: Funky Lodging, Great Location.

We had a great time there. It was funky, like an old Route 66 motel, but fun. Owners friendly. Great Mexican food right across the street. One block west of Denny's.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written May 9, 2008
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  • xanderbear profile photo xanderbear
  • Reviews: 3

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Mike's Place: Cozy, private and romantic!

Mike's Place is a wonderful guest cottage behind in the historic Hillcrest district. This place has charm, romance and privacy for its guests among other things. The owners Mike and Larry are as wonderful of men as they come just warm and accommodating.

With a short walk across the bridge there are shops, restaurants, clubs and bars. So much to chose from you wouldn't need to leave the area.

We stay here everytime we go to San Diego.. cant imagine staying anywhere else!

Situated in the heart of Hillcrest
Private outdoor shower
Private entrance
Beautiful property

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Gay and Lesbian
  • Written September 19, 2006
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  • Reviews: 201

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort: Adults, kids, pets...

A great hotel for all ages which even allows you to bring the family pet. We had five days at this hotel set out on a promenade between San Diego and the Pacific ocean and I would recommend it to anyone. The hotel is large consisting of the main Reception building, where the restaurants are housed and then five separate round buildings where the rooms are. These five buildings are all joined by a comunal walkway but if you are in the fifth building its a good 10min walk from Reception. Rooms are large with either Bay or garden views but most rooms can see the yachts moored all around the hotel. Theres valet a cost of course..but also self parking under the hotel. Breakfast was fab..buffet or a la carte and served on bright sunny terraces weather permiting

I just loved the views of San Diego city one side and the Pacific ocean and beach the other.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written April 7, 2006
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  • RickinDutch profile photo RickinDutch
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Hotel del Coronado: Elegent with a great location

Was in L.A. on business last fall and went down to San Diego to visit friends that had retired there. Their retirement home was in a state of chaos as they remodeled every room, so opted to stay here at the del Coronado, right down the street from their new home.
What a hotel! Been around for ages with a great past of being a vacation resort to the stars. But the last time I had seen it (for dinner about 20 years ago) it was looking run down and faded. Not anymore!!
La Costa Resorts have bought the property and have sunk millions into returning it to its past glory and then some. All areas, public and private, are just gorgeous. My room, in the Victorian wing had a partial ocean view was was generous in size with all the ammenities.
Highly recommend!!

A word of advice - many of the room in the Victorian wing have no view and are very small. Use caution.

Too many unique qualities to list, but top on my list is the hotel's location. On an island across from downtown San Diego, the hotel provide a boat shuttle to and from the San Diego marina if it's city life you want. Or just stay on the grounds with one of the nicest beaches in San Diego right there.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Food and Dining, Spa and Resort, Luxury Travel
  • Written April 4, 2006
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  • VeronicaG profile photo VeronicaG
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Hotel Del Coronado: Victorian Ocean Front Resort

The historic Hotel Del Coronado was built in 1888 and is an oceanfront resort in San Diego. We drove there from La Jolla where we were visiting family members. Our intention was to come for the extensive Sunday Brunch, located in the Crown Room--a very elegant restaurant.

Hotel Del Coronado overlooks a wide stretch of beach. The hotel is luxurious and overflowing with class. The moment one enters, the fine details and quality furnishings place this a step above the ordinary. The Travel Channel proclaimed it "the number one destination for weddings"--who wouldn't want to begin their life of bliss here! USA Today christened this luxurious landmark "one of the top ten resorts in the world".

There are 679 recently remodeled rooms; guests have three options for lodging:

The Victorian Building-where you'll experience 19th century ambiance
Ocean Towers and California Cabanas-offering contemporary rooms
Beach Village-cottage and villas

A spa is open daily from 8am-8pm and just waiting for you to make your reservation! A schedule of kid and adult activities is prepared each day.

Elegant oceanside resort

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Architecture, Beaches, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written November 10, 2005
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  • palomani profile photo palomani
  • Reviews: 27

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

The Lodge at Torrey Pines: A Golfers Paradise - Torrey Pines

While this hotel received a five star rating, it falls slightly short in my book. Not that it's not fabulous and luxurious and beautiful but I don't think the service is quite up to five star level. Service in the restaurant has always been slow in my experience and I wasn't all that impressed with their banquet food either. Also, there was some kind of problem with the main water line when I stayed there. It was only for an hour or two, but when that's the hour you have to take a shower it's not good.

If you have the $$$, and are a golf fiend go for it. But realize that you can get the same view and same access to the golf course at the Hilton next door...

One of two five star resorts in San Diego County, the Lodge at Torrey Pines boasts an ideal location. It's great for golfers, hikers and birdwatchers with the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course (Buick Invitational) and Torrey Pines State Park adjacent to the property. It's also close to the Torrey Pines Gliderport for hang gliding and near La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines State Beach for surfers and sunworshippers. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, this Craftsman-style hotel definitely has a unique feel. The front door is gorgeous as is the fireplace in the lobby. A much more intimate feel than most hotels.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Golf, Spa and Resort
  • Written May 25, 2005

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  • bilgeez profile photo bilgeez
  • Reviews: 259

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Various Hotels: Hotel Circle

Hotel Circle is a group of Motels that are convenient to the big attractions; Sea World, Wild Animal Park, Old Town, and Downtown.
It is off I-5 and is just minutes from the above. Most of the motels here are very reasonably priced vs the downtown hotels. Most of the major chains are represented here and some independents.
Depending on the time of year, the motels offer rooms for as low as $39 a night. If one belongs to an organization or group (AAA, AARP, etc.) one can usually find a discounted rate at these locations.
I would recommend staying on Hotel Circle vs downtown because it is easier to get to the area attractions and some even provide free or low-cost shuttle service to the main attractions at certain times of the year.
Please contact your travel agent or the attached for price and availability for when you are thinking of traveling to San Diego.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written April 24, 2005

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SEA LODGE: On the beach in La Jolla...a good place to be!

How do I describe my stay? FABULOUS!

Outstanding charactersitics of Sea Lodge: On the beach, good food, family oriented, walking distance to shops/dining, great amenities, clean, large rooms, wonderful customer service, reasonably all around wonderful place to stay!

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches, Surfing, Diving and Snorkeling
  • Written April 4, 2005
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  • Rafterman40 profile photo Rafterman40
  • Reviews: 10
All: Most places are overpriced.

Unfotunately, there aren't any cheap places to stay in San Diego. If you are a family and are on a budget, try to arrange a home exchange. There are lots of websites - is a good one. For backpackers, I'm not as sure about lodging rates. If you can, try to find a local person with whom you can stay. (I'm usually up for that - you just have to return the favor when I come to your town!)

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written December 14, 2004

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  • Reviews: 6187

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Holiday Inn Harbor View: Holiday Inn Harbor View

The Holiday Inn Harbor View is a circular building in downtown San Diego that is easy to spot from the surrounding area. Because it is circular, the rooms are an odd slice of pie shape... But, the hotel is clean, friendly and conveniently located just a few blocks from the harbor, the train, the airport, and the Gas Lamp District. Be careful of the one-way streets!

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written June 20, 2004

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  • Chiky profile photo Chiky
  • Reviews: 22

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Marriott Coronado Island: Coronado Living!

I had a ground floor room across from the restaurant patio near one of the rumored several lagoons and it was beautiful! The standard rooms are spacious and lovely. This is definitely a resort with beauty all around. Make a point to stop by and wave to the pink Flamingos in the lagoon out front of the resort!

The spa is small and somewhat unfriendly so I would pass on the spa. The Flamingoes are beautiful and add a friendly ambiance. The staff is friendly and it's a nice place for a romatic weekend or family ventures. This resort is a AAA rated 4 diamond property.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Beaches, Luxury Travel
  • Written March 1, 2004

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  • llcole profile photo llcole
  • Reviews: 32

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The Ocean Inn: Good value in Coastal North San Diego County

This place was a great find. I live in San Diego itself, but I stayed here for one night when I had an early morning appointment in the area and was going to have to take a taxi to get there (the appointment was about 25 miles from my home, so the taxi would have been quite expensive). I was quite impressed with the value for money, and very pleased overall. I would definitely recommend it for a place in this category. I also loved the fact that along with the usual Gideons Bible in the room, there was also a copy of The Teachings of Buddha...very nice!

You may want to ask for a quiet room--the highway itself isn't so noisy, but the train tracks are on the other side of the highway, and the sound carries across. But it's not bad--I didn't need earplugs or anything.

Completely refurbished older motel property on Highway 101, in the Leucadia/Encinitas area (about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego). No ocean view, but only a few blocks from the beach. Extremely clean, all rooms with kitchenettes (microwave, stove, refrigerator), and continental breakfast included. You certainly can't beat US$54/night plus tax (their internet rate for a room with one queen-size bed). This would be a great base for excursions, both to San Diego itself as well as points north.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written January 9, 2004

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SD Zoo Sleepovers!: Animal Lovers Dream

The San Diego Zoo offers several programs for Children and Adults to spend the night at the Zoo between the months of April and October. This is expensive, but the price of the event goes towards the research and care of the animals that the SD Zoological Society work so hard on.

Each program offered gives the guest an inside/behind the scenes look at the workings of the Zoo's efforts to care for and protect it's animals. This is a fun and educational option for all animal lovers and it is something unique to do.
Check out the Zoo's Sleepover Program website for current prices and dates.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Zoo, Photography, Eco-Tourism
  • Written January 5, 2004
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