Best Hotels in Beach Cities, San Diego

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    Paradise Point, A Destination Hotel
    San Diego, CA
    #1 in Best Hotels in Beach Cities, San Diego
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 890 reviewsTripAdvisor (890)
    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.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 890 reviewsTripAdvisor (890)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Pacific Terrace Hotel
    San Diego, CA
    #2 in Best Hotels in Beach Cities, San Diego
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2293 reviewsTripAdvisor (2293)
    Free WiFi

    Located between Mission Bay and swanky La Jolla, the beachfront Pacific Terrace Hotel seduces its guests with breathtaking ocean views and comfortable accommodations. Recent visitors say the staff pampers you like royalty. The hotel's easy accessibility to San Diego sights, like SeaWorld, makes it appeal to families as well. But you should note that The Pacific Terrace Hotel doesn't have an on-site restaurant or spa. Many guests do seem content to splash around in the on-site pool, though.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2293 reviewsTripAdvisor (2293)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    TOWER23 Hotel
    San Diego, CA
    #3 in Best Hotels in Beach Cities, San Diego
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1280 reviewsTripAdvisor (1280)
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    TOWER23, named after a lifeguard tower, caters to the surfing crowd. And as you might've guessed, it's right on the shore of San Diego's Pacific Beach neighborhood. Although many guests enjoy spending time outside of the hotel, TOWER23 also offers amenities to keep them occupied inside, including Egyptian cotton sheets, flat-screen TVs, in-room spa treatments, and the spacious second-floor sun deck with drink service. Plus, there's the JRDN restaurant, which serves contemporary spins on popular steak and seafood dishes. Previous visitors praise TOWER23's trendy decor and elegant ambiance. Despite its location along Pacific Beach Park, some guests lamented the absence of an on-site pool.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1280 reviewsTripAdvisor (1280)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
    San Diego, CA
    #4 in Best Hotels in Beach Cities, San Diego
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4738 reviewsTripAdvisor (4738)
    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.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4738 reviewsTripAdvisor (4738)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
    San Diego, CA
    #5 in Best Hotels in Beach Cities, San Diego
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3637 reviewsTripAdvisor (3637)
    Free WiFi

    With easy access to SeaWorld, Mission Beach and downtown San Diego, this Hilton 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 Hilton San Diego 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 42-inch flat-screen TVs and balconies or patios). Guests of the Hilton 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 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 high price of staying here, though members of the Hilton Honors rewards program can see some of their costs mitigated with room upgrades and other perks.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3637 reviewsTripAdvisor (3637)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Kona Kai Resort & Spa, A Noble House Resort
    San Diego, CA
    #6 in Best Hotels in Beach Cities, San Diego
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 844 reviewsTripAdvisor (844)
    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.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 844 reviewsTripAdvisor (844)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina - San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    #7 in Best Hotels in Beach Cities, San Diego
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 4059 reviewsTripAdvisor (4059)
    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.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 4059 reviewsTripAdvisor (4059)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Bahia Resort Hotel
    San Diego, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4741 reviewsTripAdvisor (4741)
    Free WiFi
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    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4741 reviewsTripAdvisor (4741)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Bay Club Hotel & Marina
    San Diego, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1590 reviewsTripAdvisor (1590)
    Free WiFi

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    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1590 reviewsTripAdvisor (1590)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Capri Beach Accommodations
    San Diego, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 289 reviewsTripAdvisor (289)
    Free WiFi
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    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 289 reviewsTripAdvisor (289)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites
    San Diego, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1843 reviewsTripAdvisor (1843)

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    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1843 reviewsTripAdvisor (1843)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
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    The Dana on Mission Bay, BW Premier Collection
    San Diego, CA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2698 reviewsTripAdvisor (2698)
    Free WiFi
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    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2698 reviewsTripAdvisor (2698)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
    San Diego, CA
    3-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4102 reviewsTripAdvisor (4102)
    Free WiFi

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    Sunset Cliffs(1.57 mi)
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    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4102 reviewsTripAdvisor (4102)
    3.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Pearl Hotel
    San Diego, CA
    3-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1033 reviewsTripAdvisor (1033)
    Free WiFi

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    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1033 reviewsTripAdvisor (1033)
    3.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Capri by the Sea by All Seasons Resort Lodging
    San Diego, CA
    3-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 299 reviewsTripAdvisor (299)
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    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 299 reviewsTripAdvisor (299)
    3.0-star Hotel Class

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