San Diego City Guide

By: Maya Kroth

San Diego Hotels Guide

©2006 The Lodge at Torrey Pines The Mobil Four-Star Lodge at Torrey Pines is locatedon a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Conventioneers traditionally stay at the big, ritzy hotels along the waterfront, like the Mobil Three-Star Marriott San Diego Hotel and Marina (333 W Harbor Dr) and Mobil Three-Star Hyatt Regency Islandia (1441 Quivira Rd), but recently hipper accommodations have opened up downtown, including the Omni Hotel San Diego (675 L St) and the boutique property Hotel Solamar (453 6th Ave), both of which have rooms or rooftop areas that look into the ballpark.

If you are interested in some luxurious surroundings, head to the Mobil Four-Star Lodge at Torrey Pines (11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla), which is located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and has well-tended golf courses. The Mobil Four-Star Four Seasons Resort Aviara (7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad) is only 30 minutes outside San Diego and offers championship golf courses and unpretentious elegance inside its rooms.


Budget-conscious travelers have options ranging from generic (chain properties on Hotel Circle) to quaint (Little Italy's adorable, affordable, and often-booked Pensione) to just plain cheap (simple motel-style crash pads near the beach). International travelers and students have it even better, with a variety of fun, clean, hip hostels in enviable locations, plus many places to pitch a tent if you're camping.

San Diego's a year-round destination, so be sure to make your reservations in advance regardless of when you travel, but especially in the summertime. Many hotels have free parking, except in the downtown area, where overnight parking rates can run as high as $35 per night.

San Diego restaurants are a diverse and varied lot, with everything from authentic Mexican food to fresh sushi and seafood. Keep reading for our guide to San Diego dining.