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    Fairmont Grand Del Mar
    San Diego, CA
    16 miles to city center
    $49 Nightly Resort Fee
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    $49 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    About 20 miles north of central San Diego in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers coastal California visitors a hearty helping of luxury from the moment they enter the lobby. Guests rave about the incredibly spacious guest rooms, saying that the deep-soaking tubs, Nespresso coffee makers and rich Tuscan decor makes for a relaxing stay. And if that isn't enough, there's also a five-star spa, swimming pools and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course. The Grand Del Mar also receives high marks for its cuisine; the hotel's Addison and Amaya restaurants respectively serve award-winning French and Mediterranean fare coupled with regional wines. Add to that the hotel's consistently friendly customer service, and it's easy to see why guests frequently refer to their stays here as five-star experiences. As a part of the All -Acor Live Limitless program, this hotel allows loyalty program members to earn and redeem perks.
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    L'Auberge Del Mar
    Del Mar, CA
    18.8 miles to city center
    $42 Nightly Resort Fee
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    $42 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free WiFi

    At the center of the Del Mar Village north of San Diego, L'Auberge Del Mar offers lavish comforts in a relaxed setting. Recent guests say that the friendly staff – particularly behind the front desk – were always eager to lend a hand. With plush beds and a light color palette, the rooms exude a quaint rather than ritzy atmosphere, according to visitors. The property also encourages visitors to take advantage of the treatments offered at Spa L'Auberge and the fresh seafood served at both Coastline and Living Room. But travelers say L'Auberge's best asset is its proximity to the beach – just a short downhill walk. The hotel's location also places guests near boutique shops, golf courses and Del Mar Racing track. Though there are hefty resort and parking fees at this hotel, other amenities like a fitness center, business center and complimentary shuttle service make staying here worthwhile.
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    Rancho Bernardo Inn
    San Diego, CA
    21.9 miles to city center
    $29 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    $29 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free WiFi

    When you see the word "inn," you might conjure up images of floral wallpaper and lace doilies — but not here. Rancho Bernardo Inn is more resort than bed-and-breakfast with its 18-hole championship golf course, full-service spa and four on-site eateries. Despite being a good 30-minute drive from downtown San Diego and about 20 miles from the beaches at La Jolla or Del Mar, guests still enjoy Rancho Bernardo's setting. The property's guest rooms and suites all offer views of the property gardens from private patios or balconies, and they also come outfitted with flat-screen TVs and, in some cases, fireplaces. Just be aware that Rancho Bernardo charges a resort fee to cover fitness center access, Wi-Fi connection and complimentary use of courtesy vehicle within 5-mile radius.
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    Loews Coronado Bay Resort
    Coronado, CA
    5.9 miles to city center
    $35 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    $35 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free WiFi

    Located on Coronado Island, this Loews resort offers plenty in the way of beachfront fun. The property offers easy access to Silver Strand State Beach, as well as bike and water sports equipment rentals. Back at the property, you'll find three outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and the full-service Sea Spa. The views from the guest rooms aren't half bad either, though some guests wish the private balconies and patios were slightly larger. (Accommodations also feature deep soaking tubs, high-speed internet access and beachy decor.) For dining, head to the main restaurant, Crown Landing, which serves casual Californian cuisine by the water. Despite all its physical offerings, guests cite Loews Coronado Bay Resort's whimsical atmosphere as a reason to return.
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    Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
    Coronado, CA
    4.2 miles to city center
    $35 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    $35 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free WiFi

    The Grande Dame of Coronado, this red-roofed hotel has overlooked the Pacific from its beachfront locale since 1888. Throughout its history, the storied Hotel del Coronado has been a favorite among traveling presidents, including Benjamin Harrison, William Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. Movie stars, such as Charlie Chaplin, also paid visits, and the Hotel del Coronado played the backdrop to the feature film "Some Like It Hot" in 1958. More recent guests said the property's past adds an air of romance (though some feel that room rates are too high). Accommodations have been upgraded to include modern amenities, such as high-speed internet and flat-screen TVs, and the property offers visitors access to the on-site spa, two pools and a wealth of in-house eateries. Lucky for Hilton Honors members, you can earn and redeem points at this location.
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    Viejas Casino & Resort
    Alpine, CA
    25.6 miles to city center
    $10 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    $10 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Located about 33 miles east of downtown San Diego, the Viejas Casino & Resort is a massive retreat with something for everyone. Business travelers will appreciate the nine on-site meeting spaces and three business centers here. Meanwhile, leisure travelers will love the full-service Willows Spa, the on-site casino with more than 2,000 slots, gaming tables and live entertainment venues, and the hotel's proximity to the Viejas Outlet Center. The property also houses three fitness centers, a large outdoor pool and six on-site eateries, including the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning The Grove Steakhouse. The 203 guest rooms and 34 suites boast pillow-top mattresses, minifridges, clock radios, large flat-screen TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi access, among other amenities. Recent guests praised the vast variety of food at the on-site buffet, the friendly staff, the complimentary parking and the abundance of on-site amenities, some of which are covered by the daily $10 resort fee.
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    Kona Kai Resort & Spa, A Noble House Resort
    San Diego, CA
    6.6 miles to city center
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    For a relaxed, Polynesian atmosphere and access to one of California's only privately owned beaches, consider staying at Kona Kai Resort & Spa. This Noble House property on San Diego's Shelter Island boasts an array of amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool, a marina, a spa and a fitness center. Visitors can also rent bicycles and water sports equipment like paddleboards and kayaks. If you're traveling with kids, past guests recommended taking advantage of the resort's family-friendly amenities, which include "Dive-In Movies" at the pool, seasonal s'mores nights at the beach's fire pits and the Kids Korner craft and game room. (Note: Select activities and services are not covered by the daily $19 resort fee.) When you're hungry, grab a bite to eat at the poolside Tiki Bar or in Vessel Restaurant + Bar, the property's main restaurant. After filling up on locally sourced coastal fare, bed down in one of the resort's guest rooms or suites. Renovated in 2015, the resort's accommodations feature ocean hues (shades of blue and white), pattered carpets and wooden furniture, plus amenities like private balconies or patios, minifridges, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and glass-enclosed rain showers.
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    Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
    San Diego, CA
    9.2 miles to city center
    $30 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    $30 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free WiFi

    On the northwest shore of Mission Bay, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa attracts visitors looking for a bit of R&R. The property is visibly older than other modern luxury accommodations in the San Diego area. However, each of the guest rooms features a plasma TV and an iPod docking station. Still, some guests can't help but remark that the rooms need an upgrade. But the on-site amenities are better received, with travelers praising the Catamaran Spa for its soothing ambiance and its long list of treatments. Recent guests also commend the hotel staff members for their friendly nature and eagerness to help out. And for many, the resort's Sunday Champagne Brunch was a highlight of their visit. The property charges a $25 resort fee, which covers amenities like hotel-wide Wi-Fi access, in-room water and towel service.
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    Lakehouse Hotel & Resort
    San Marcos, CA
    28.6 miles to city center
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Originally opened in the 1960s as a 75-room hotel, the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort underwent an extensive renovation in 2013 to update existing spaces and expand. Now, the property boasts 142 guest rooms, suites and cottages with lake house decor, Keurig coffee makers, walk-in rain showers and free Wi-Fi access. Standard spaces feature neighborhood vistas, while upgraded accommodations have pool or lake views. While most past guests were impressed with their rooms, many said the real draw to this resort is its abundant activities. At the on-site marina, visitors can rent paddleboards, kayaks and pontoon boats to explore the lake. Two pools, hot tubs, hammocks and fire pits are available for outdoor lounging, and inside, there's a spa and a library with a fireplace and board games. Dining options include Decoy restaurant, the Dockside bar and a lounge offering small bites and cocktails. Plus, guests have access to two area golf courses – the St. Mark Golf Club and the St. Mark Executive Course. Other highlights are the property's tranquil setting and convenient location (about 35 miles north of San Diego), which make it a popular place to celebrate special occasions like weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.
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    Paradise Point Resort & Spa
    San Diego, CA
    8 miles to city center
    $38.39 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    $38.39 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free WiFi

    Occupying its own 44-acre island in Mission Bay, Paradise Point offers guests a wide variety of ways to pass the time. Not only is the island flanked by quiet beaches, the resort also boasts five pools (including one reserved just for adults), an 18-hole mini-golf course, a surf school, five tennis courts, a spa and a basketball court. Travelers appreciate the resort's sense of isolation, despite its busy location near SeaWorld and Mission Beach Park. While guests were thoroughly appreciative of the resort's address, accommodations get mixed reviews, with some saying rooms needed an update, or a good cleaning. Guests say to really sink your teeth into this resort experience, book a room with a private lanai. As for dining, Paradise Point houses four restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, from fresh seafood to pizza.
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    Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
    Coronado, CA
    3.1 miles to city center
    $40 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    $40 Nightly Resort Fee
    The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa sits on Coronado Island about 5 miles from downtown San Diego (and the San Diego Convention Center), so it's a popular choice among business travelers. But its picturesque bay views are enjoyed by all who stay here. Guests also laud the resort's spacious guest rooms, which include private balconies or patios, high-speed internet access (for a fee) and flat-screen TVs. This Marriott's proximity to the Ferry Landing also earns praise (guests can take water taxis to San Diego from Coronado if they'd prefer not to drive). Those who prefer to stay nearby can take advantage of the in-house spa, three heated pools and easy access to the beach. Plus, guests who choose to bed down here can earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points toward free stays and other perks.
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    Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection
    Imperial Beach, CA
    9.4 miles to city center
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    For recent visitors to the Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection, there were many standout features, starting with the location. Situated on Imperial Beach, about 15 miles south of downtown San Diego, the property offers a quiet spot to catch the sunset every evening, not to mention it's within easy walking distance to several of the neighborhood's eateries. But if you'd rather stick close to the hotel for your meals, hip up Sea180 Coastal Tavern, which serves coastal cuisine alongside views of the beach. A big point of praise for recent visitors: the rooms. Accommodations are outfitted with balconies, free Wi-Fi access, Keurig coffee makers, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and fully-stocked minibars. To make the most of the property's oceanfront location, visitors suggested requesting a room with a full beach view. When you're not admiring the view, get out on the water – the hotel offers kayaks, paddleboards and bike rentals. And if you need a break from the sun and sand, Pier South Resort also boasts a pool, a spa and a fitness center with complimentary classes. Another bonus: If you're a member of the Marriott Bonvoy program, you can use or earn perks for staying here.
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    Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina - San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    7.7 miles to city center
    $35 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    $35 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free WiFi

    The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina offers guests a convenient home base near Mission Beach, just a short drive from downtown. Guest rooms here feature bright green accents, flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet access and ample space to spread out. Previous visitors say that the views from the rooms are great (make sure to ask for accommodations on a higher floor overlooking the water). If you aren't satisfied with the scenery outside your room, you can enjoy the surroundings while dining on coastal cuisine at Red Marlin Restaurant & Terrace – an experience many recent guests recommend. This Hyatt property also boasts three pools (complete with waterslides for the kiddos), a fitness center and the Blue Marble Spa. However, some travelers say that this property could be better, with some citing costly parking fees as reasons they may think twice about returning. Members of the brand's loyalty program can offset fees by cashing in accumulated points.
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    San Diego Mission Bay Resort
    San Diego, CA
    6.8 miles to city center
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    With easy access to SeaWorld, Mission Beach and downtown San Diego, this Noble House resort makes a great home base for sightseers. And the property's business center, meeting venues and Wi-Fi access make it a good choice for business travelers as well. Those who visited for work and leisure found the San Diego Mission Bay Resort to be an enjoyable place to stay. Recent guests praised the views afforded by the accommodations, as well as the in-room amenities (which include flat-screen TVs and balconies or patios). Guests can also take advantage of the property's water sports equipment, its on-site spa and its outdoor pool. Come dinnertime, the American cuisine served at Acqua California Bistro earns rave reviews, while the relaxed atmosphere at the poolside Fresco's makes it a great dining spot for those looking for good food in the sun. Some guests do lament the prices of add-ons like parking and resort fees, but the clean, comfortable guest rooms seem to make up for the cost.
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    Welk Resorts San Diego
    Escondido, CA
    35.6 miles to city center
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Welk Resorts San Diego is a 3.5 star hotel located at 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr in San Diego. It has a 4.0 overall guest rating based on 2348 reviews.

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