Jul. 25th, 2012

Best Hotels in Downtown San Diego

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If you’re headed to Southern California this summer for a San Diego sand and surf infused vacation you’re going to need to know the best places to stay while visiting the city. San Diego is broken into several distinct districts, each with their own unique look and feel. Downtown is one of the city’s liveliest destinations—a hub of some of the best bars, restaurants, entertainment, as well as sophisticated places to stay. Take a look to see our list of best hotels in downtown San Diego.


A city fixture since 1910, The US GRANT San Diego Hotel is an iconic part of the downtown Gaslamp Quarter. The beautiful grand lobby with its chandeliers, silk carpets, and Art Deco appeal just hints at the elegance that this hotel exudes. Book a room in one of the GRANT’s 270 rooms and suites and enjoy a variety of amenities including in-room dining, spa services, and fitness center.

The Keating

Built in 1890 by Fannie Keating in tribute to her deceased husband, the Keating Hotel is now one of San Diego’s premiere boutique hotels. Enjoy city views of San Diego from one of four varieties of rooms, featuring California king-sized beds, Frette Italian linens, and private outdoor Jacuzzi tub and steam shower. When you’re not out exploring the city, book a massage or body treatment from the Keating’s spa or attend a wine tasting at Club di Vino at The Merk Bistro.

Palomar San Diego

An urban retreat, the Palomar is a stylish stay, complete with a full-service spa and dynamic on-site restaurant. Se Spa offers guests a range of services from signature massages and skin treatments to Moroccan Rasul steam and mud experiences. For a fun meal, grab a table at Saltbox for innovative cuisine and cocktails. In addition, summertime at the Palomar brings Saltbox skyward for the SummerSalt Rooftop Pool & Lounge edition of the restaurant where guests can enjoy an open-air pool deck setting and a menu of light food and fresh beverages.

Hard Rock San Diego

Whether its for an extended stay or an evening of fun, when in San Diego make sure you schedule a stop at the Hard Rock Hotel. The establishment boats Four-Diamond services and is conveniently located steps away from PETCO Park, the San Diego Convention Center, and the Gaslamp Quarter. The Hard Rock San Diego features a variety of dining and nightlife options that are sure to fit anyone’s taste. Check out Float, voted “Best Rooftop Bar,” situated a top the Hard Rock, or grab a table at NOBU for fine Asian cuisine inspired by Tokyo-trained chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

Westgate Hotel

A Gaslamp favorite, the Westgate Hotel is within walking distance from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Opera, Horton Plaza shops, airport, and San Diego Convention Center. The Westgate was finished in 1970 with a design inspired by the anteroom in the Palace of Versailles. The interior is complete with gorgeous antiques, chandeliers, tapestries, and carpets. This refined hotel offers afternoon tea in the grand lobby on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays as well as Sunday brunch in the classically traditional Le Fontainebleu room.

Manchester Grand Hyatt

Located nearby a variety of fun San Diego excursions including Seaport Village, The Grand Hyatt San Diego is an impressively built hotel with an array of amenities. Get a different perspective of the city from the Top of the Hyatt, 40 stories about ground level. While sipping a cocktail from the skyward vantage point, take in the scenery of Coronado Island and San Diego Bay. When you’re not taking advantage of the nearby attractions, enjoy a dip in the pool or a soak in the hot tub. Later, book an appointment at Kin Spa or challenge a friend to a game of tennis.
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