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The Best Hotels in San Diego

The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to stay in San Diego, both international luxury and boutique choices.
Our team to San Diego are native born Americans. They love to travel, they love America and they love to introduce you to the best restaurants and hotels.

San Diego is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east and Mexico to the south.

The beating heart of San Diego's downtown rests in the Gaslamp Quarter, comprised of 16 square blocks in the city's central core. With a colourful array of restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries and boutiques, you will find plenty of things to do on foot. During the day, the Gaslamp Quarter is a great place for families. As night falls, the quarter transforms into a veritable adult playground as the sophisticated nightclub scene comes to life. From award-winning restaurant to happening dance clubs, jazz and rooftop bars, you'll find it in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Just across the bridge from downtown, Coronado's stunning beaches offer gentle surf and sparkling mica sand. With a quaint small town charm and an array of outdoor activities, Coronado is the perfect destination for family vacations and romantic getaways.

West of downtown, you'll find Point Loma, Harbour Island and Shelter Island, all of which offer great restaurants and a variety of accommodations. These areas feature picturesque marinas from which sportfishing excursions, whale watching tours and harbour cruises depart.

Hillcrest is a true neighbourhood of locals with a warm and welcoming spirit, the centre of San Diego's LGBT – the lesbian and gay community. With an energy all its own, the main streets are lined with 1950's style storefronts, colourful awnings, one-of-a-kind boutiques, salons and great restaurants.

The coastal village of La Jolla, is one of the most popular and picturesque destinations in the world – with a dramatic coastline ideal for swimming, surfing, diving, kayaking, and snorkelling. La Jolla offers world-class shopping and dining experiences, from designer boutiques and art galleries, to critically acclaimed restaurants featuring celebrity chefs.

The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Hotels:
Hotel del Coronado This historic hotel with its Queen Anne architecture and famous iconic red-shingled roof may be 125 years old, but she’s as gorgeous as ever. It is located right on the Coronado beach, directly on the white sands of Coronado Island. Since it was first built the Hotel del Coronado has been a beacon of grandeur and refinement among vacation destinations in Southern California.

Whether you prefer the historic charm of the Victorian building, the spacious contemporary rooms of Ocean Towers and poolside California Cabana buildings, or the pinnacle of luxury at Beach Village, this resort has a variety of accommodations to suit your individual taste. Beach lovers should request rooms in one the ocean towers or California cabanas, while nostalgic guests will prefer accommodations in the Victorian building.

All guest rooms were recently renovated with neutral tones and cottage-style flair. Combining a classic-yet-modern style with a relaxing and casual sophistication, the guestrooms and suites perfectly accentuate its captivating beachfront setting, with all modern comforts and Del’s signature line of personal care and bath products.

Inspired by its beachfront setting, the hotel’s signature restaurant “1500 OCEAN” spotlights California Coastal cuisine with fresh local ingredients. Chef Meredith Manee and the culinary team pull inspiration from the bounty of the sea, San Diego’s best farms, and the hotel’s own herb garden.

The resort includes several pools, boutique shopping, a spa and salon, a fitness centre and a variety of oceanfront dining venues. The only reason to leave the property is to stroll Coronado’s quaint village streets.

Impeccable personal service.

1500 Orange Ave. (Glorietta Blvd.)
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Palomar Hotel Palomar is located downtown San Diego, adjacent to the House of Blues, Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego City Hall and a stunning number of shops and restaurants. You can walk to the Convention Center and Petco Park, or take the trolley (just up the block) to the USS Midway Museum and beautiful San Diego Harbour.

Palomar is a high-end and sophisticated boutique hotel, art-filled style hotel, chic rooms and spacious suites, design-forward style, custom furnishings and finishes and Brazilian walnut floors. Superbly comfortable beds with down comforters and pillows (hypoallergenic pillows available) draped in luxury Italian Frette linens. Bathrooms finished in floor-to-ceiling Jerusalem bone limestone and shower.

The on-site dining at Hotel Palomar is "Saltbox Dining and Drinking", showcasing the art of cocktailing, the art of food, the art of design and most especially the art of hospitality.

Complimentary fitness centre, open 24/7, heated rooftop outdoor pool and bar and a full-service "Nature’s Spa by Jurlique" that offers in-room services. Guests are invited to a complimentary evening wine hour. Pet-friendly.

Impeccable service.

1047 5th Avenue
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Manchester Grand Hyatt Manchester Grand Hyatt is a luxury urban retreat in downtown San Diego. With 40 floors and 1,628 renovated rooms, the Manchester Grand Hyatt is impressive. In fact, it is the tallest waterfront building in the San Diego skyline.

Located on the boarder of San Diego Bay, just steps away from the Seaport Village and the Gaslamp Quarter, you can discover the culture and beauty of San Diego right outside the hotel. Wake to the sun sparkling off San Diego Bay, indulge in a bountiful breakfast buffet overlooking the marina at Seaview, enjoy a little shopping at Seaport Village or stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter.

Spacious rooms and suites with contemporary design, excellent beds and luxe linens, 46” flat-screen TVs, work spaces, iHome stereos, free Wi-FI, stylish sitting area with floor to ceiling windows and stunning views of San Diego Bay or city skyline.

The studio-style suites feature a spacious living area, a dining/conference table for eight, a spa like marble bath and windows that open to fresh air and stunning views.

A bay side pool with private cabanas, rooftop tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a 24-hour StayFit™ Gym, a Marilyn Monroe Spa and Salon plus restaurants and lounges make this waterfront escape your grand home away from home.

Very dedicated concierge services.

1 Market Place
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The US GRANT THE US GRANT is situated in the city's lively and historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel is just steps from shopping, dining, and entertainment, and a short drive from beaches, and family attractions. Opened in 1910 by a son of President Ulysses S. Grant, this revered property has since experienced a series of renovations that have revived the historic ambience and added contemporary amenities.

The opulent lobby glitters with crystal chandeliers, marble floors and velvet lounge couches. Standard rooms are smaller than average and decorated with formal Edwardian-style mahogany furniture; suites come with fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Some of the rooms have a nine-foot ceilings and frames commissioned French and Native American artwork, including the custom drip painting canvas headboard by artist Yves Clement. All rooms and suites have pillow-top Luxury Collection bedding and first class linens, all modern cons and first class amenities.

You can easily walk to the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza and Petco Park for a Padres game – you can also stay on-site and dine at the classically updated Grant Grill.

The intimate Spa Suite on the 8th floor, offers a private and tranquil setting to rejuvenate and repair your "body and soul" and the complimentary Fitness Centre is located on the historic lower level, housing state-of-the-art machines and amenities.

Professional and warm service.

326 Broadway (Third Ave.)
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TOWER23 TOWER23 Hotel is a luxury, lifestyle hotel on the beach. The hotel is named after the lifeguard tower 23 positioned on Pacific Beach by the hotel. The exclusive resort community of La Jolla is just north of the hotel, while downtown San Diego, the airport, major business centres and popular area attractions are just minutes away.

The rooms at TOWER23 reflect the oceanfront setting, using the site’s natural elements – an environment of sun, sand, ocean, and sky to reveal a visual feast of style and substance. The sleek, modernist guest rooms and suites offer fresh design schemes featuring a private balcony or patio, high-end amenities, and teak furnishings creating a balance between style and substance.

A contemporary steak and seafood restaurant, JRDN features casually sophisticated California cuisine for lunch, and dinner daily. Each evening, the dramatic setting sun, for which Pacific Beach is famous, is celebrated by an ambient reflection on a 70-foot long “wave wall” at the back of the restaurant. Colour-changing lighting continues this theatrical effect throughout the evening.

A very nice beach-hotel with professional service-minded staff.

723 Felspar Street
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Bristol The Bristol Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Diego, steps from the landmark Gaslamp Quarter with fine dining and world-class shopping at Horton Plaza, the Cruise Ship Terminal and the San Diego Convention Center.

Taking a fresh approach to modern style, the Hotel is both sophisticated and casual and offers newly updated comfortable hotel rooms, thoughtful sustainable "green" amenities, and contemporary facilities. All rooms have modern décor and comfortable beds with first class beddings – some include work desks and sitting rooms.

The house dining venue, First Avenue Bar and Grill, offers generous portions of casual California Cuisine.

This boutique hotel offers comfort and service for leisure and business travel, friendly but professional service, has receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating and is a pet-friendly hotel.

1055 First Ave. (Broadway St.)
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