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The Best San Diego Hotels From Downtown to Mission Bay

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Written by Carl Hedinger

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The Best San Diego Hotels

I bet you’re excited visit San Diego, otherwise known as America’s Finest City. You’ve booked a flight to the city and planned tons of things to do. But what about your hotel? Don’t worry, because this guide will help with the best San Diego hotels from downtown to Mission Bay.

500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown – Bayside

Spend at least a night at 500 West Hotel San Diego Downtown – Bayside for the city’s best budget hotel. It’s right on Broadway, not far from Coronado Bridge and the USS Midway. This pet-friendly hotel has over 250 comfortable rooms that start at a whopping $42. You’ve read the right price, so book this hotel now if you want a great San Diego budget stay.

Red Roof Inn San Diego Downtown

Red Roof Inn San Diego Downtown is within walking distance of the famous Gaslamp District and just a short drive from Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. This pet-friendly hotel comes equipped with a business center offering Internet access, so bring your work to San Diego if you must. Book one of the Red Roof Inn’s 67 rooms starting at $85 and enjoy the free breakfast before heading out for the day.

Comfort Inn & Suites San Diego – Zoo SeaWorld Area

Found in San Diego’s Hotel Circle, the Comfort Inn & Suites San Diego – Zoo SeaWorld Area starts at $96 and is a wonderfully located place to stay. Free breakfast will help you get started before enjoying the nearby San Diego Zoo, Old Town, and the SeaWorld and Mission Beach area. Stay at one of the 200 suites and family rooms and enjoy the fitness center, pool, and hot tub. For such a low price, you’ll have a hard time finding a better mix of convenience and low prices in a San Diego hotel.

The Dana on Mission Bay

Book a night or more at The Dana on Mission Bay starting at $153, and you’ll have quick access to the boardwalk and Mission Beach. Guests will within a short, free shuttle ride to SeaWorld and all the other attractions in the area. Relax by the pool and hot tub, and burn some calories in the hotel fitness center. Visitors also rave about the Firefly at the Dana Mission Bay’s offerings throughout the day.

Catamaran Resort and Spa

Catamaran Resort and Spa sits right on Mission Bay and is the most fantastic San Diego luxury stay. The hotel offers a view of its beautiful garden or the ocean, depending on which room guests choose. There are 315 suites that come with a kitchenette, at an awesome starting price of $183. Aside from the spa, pool, and hot tub, guests really love the on-site Atoll Restaurant that offers something delicious all day long.

Whether you’re looking for a downtown San Diego hotel or something close to Mission Bay, these places to stay are perfect for every type of traveler. How does that trip to trip to San Diego sound now that this guide has taken care of your hotel? Enjoy your stay and tell your friends about these wonderful hotels in America’s Finest City.

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Carl Hedinger

I'm a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family's travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.