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60+ San Diego Hotels on the Beach, Bay & Marina (2018 Guide)

60+ San Diego Hotels on the Beach, Bay & Marina (2018 Guide)

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To fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing is a luxury most people only experience when on a tropical vacation. Lucky for all of us in San Diego County, we can jaunt down to a hotel within driving distance and spoil ourselves with a little stay-cation experience any time we want all the way up from Oceanside down to Imperial Beach.

Or if you’re from out of town and looking for a spot to stay for a few nights, here’s a list to get your planning hat on for some nights away at the hotel on the beach. The hotels range from full-on resorts all the way down to cottages on a pier and hostels to luxurious resorts sitting on San Diego’s best patches of beach, ocean, marina and bays and everything in-between.

San Diego County has plenty to offer as it relates to a hotel stay on the beach or bay, so look no further than this guide to help you plan your stay in the optimal way.

Use the filters to find the perfect hotel on the beach or bay for your vacation or staycation.

Oceanside Marina Suites

The Oceanside Marina Hotel is located on its own private peninsula in the Oceanside Harbor in Oceanside, CA.

Spacious one- and two- bedroom suites all have private patios, fireplaces, flat screen TVs and are surrounded by the ocean on nearly all sides. Stay in and use your fully equipped kitchen or treat yourself to the full luxury of a vacation and dine out at one of the many spots dotting Oceanside’s marina. Lounge by the pool and spa while watching the boats sail by as you immerse yourself in full relaxation mode and if you’re hungry, bring some food to grill on the outdoor BBQs located poolside.

At the Oceanside Marina Hotel, which calls itself the Omni hotel, every guest room has a kitchen and every room has a water view, a truly unbeatable combination. Due to a partnership with the Jolly Roger Restaurant, all guests of the Omni receive 20-percent off while they stay at the hotel, a seafood restaurant with an expansive drink menu and happy hour specials from Monday-Saturday spanning from 3:30 PM-7:30 PM. Beyond just a top-notch place to stay for a sojourn, the Omni also can play host to your private event or wedding

For more, check out the Oceanside Marina Hotel Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles or hop on over to the official hotel photo gallery. 

Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach

Modern and stylish and across from Carlsbad State Beach. Simply put, that is the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach.

Enjoy complimentary breakfast and WiFi, on-site food choices, a 24-hour fitness center on the premises, an outdoor pool and a hot tub. Many rooms and suites have ocean views and private patios, so be sure to reserve in advance to capture the whole experience.

The Hilton Garden Inn is located close to Legoland, a great place to take the kids for the day, as well as close to the famous Carlsbad Flower Fields. All rooms come with a microwave and mini-fridge and the hotel features a spacious lobby. It also features space for private events and weddings.

For more, follow the Hilton Garden Inn on social media at Facebook and Twitter.

Tamarack Beach Resort and Hotel

Tamarack Beach Resort and Hotel sits as one of the greatest spots to accommodate your party, large or small, with a standard hotel room or a one- or two-bedroom condo for all guests. Direct access to the beach may be the Tatmarack’s greatest asset, but a non-obstructed beach view also allows lodgers to enjoy free continental breakfast in a scenic matter.

A heated pool, BBQ area, recreation room and a modest gym also do not hurt as selling points. Other highlights include a location situated right next to the Carlsbad State Beach and a short drive or bike ride away from the Shoppes at Carlsbad mall or the Carlsbad Village restaurant and bar district.

If you like to run or bike outside, you’re also in for a treat, as Tamarack is located along the Carlsbad Coastal Rail Trail and just a short bike ride or run over to the scenic path along Pacific Street in Oceanside. Speaking of the rail trail, Tamarack also sits just blocks from the Carlsbad Village train station, which is part of the Coaster rail line, which takes passengers north to downtown Oceanside and south all the way to downtown to the San Diego Bay-area, with many stations in between. That station also serves the Amtrak Surfrider line, which brings passengers to Los Angeles and all the way up to Pacific Surfliner, with many stops in between.

Most of the rooms have at least a partial ocean view, too, and all come with DVD players for a night time leisure option. Tamarack also offers an oceanside meeting room for private events, such as business meetings, which can accommodate upwards of 50 people.

If you’re hungry, check out the in-house restaurant at the Tamarack Beach Resort, named Dini’s Bistro, which serves all three meals per day and also has an extensive drink menu, wine list and happy hour food and drink specials on the daily Monday-Friday from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM (11:30 AM-7:00 PM on Wednesday).

For more, check out the Tamarack’s social media presence over on Facebook to keep up with everything going on at the facility and for special deals and offers.

L’Auberge Del Mar

Set up on the bluff covering five acres of landscaped ground and sandwiched between Del Mar Plaza and Powerhouse Park, the L’Auberge Del Mar has you covered from basically every perspective. Great beach and Pacific Ocean views, a spa, tennis courts, fine-dining and arguably one of the best patios a sun-downer has ever asked for, and that’s just to name a few of the facility’s greatest assets, are what the facility offers in a nutshell. The hotel also allows lodgers to bring their dogs along for the trip with its pet-friendly policy, as well as complimentary WiFi and its own restaurant named KITCHEN 1540, brunch restaurant named Coastline and bar named Bleu Bar.

At the centerpiece of the Del Mar Village shops, restaurants and bar downtown area of the city, L’Auberge and the land it sits on have long served as a vacation mecca, since 1910 to be exact, for those sojourning to this beautiful area of Del Mar. L’Auberge  sits just a few minutes driving from the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach and Torrey Pines Preserve. Do not leave your stay at L’Auberge without first going atop the hilltop and checking out some beautiful views at the Sunset Seat, one of the best ocean and cliff views in all of San Diego County. Also, by staying at L’Auberge, you’ll also be only a short drive away from the San Diego Fairgrounds, which plays host to the San Diego County Fair and just a 20-minute drive away from both downtown La Jolla and San Diego, as well as Balboa Park.

Every room at L’Auberge has some kind of view, be it a wholesale coastal view in its most expensive suites, to partial coastal views, to pool views or at the very least to great views of the well-landscaped Del Mar Village. The pool deck area of the hotel offers pristine ocean views and a glorious manner in which to bask in the sun. Beyond a great place to vacation or staycation, L’Auberge also has space available for special events, such as banquets, business gatherings or weddings

For more, check out L’Auberge Del Mar’s social media pages over at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or head on over to its official online photo gallery to get a glimpse at what it would be like to spend a few days under the sun at L’Auberge,

Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort

Sitting just steps from the beach, and walking distance to the shops, restaurants and bars of Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort allows you the opportunity to park the car and forget just about everything else for the remainder of your stay there.

Want to enjoy the sunset privately? Most rooms have a balcony or patio to enjoy a beach view, while some also have cozy fireplaces for the ultimate beach resort experience. All come with complimentary WiFi and a DVD player, with movie rental options, or of course the ability to bring in your own DVD.

The Inn also has a pool, hot tub and suites with fully-stocked kitchens and dining rooms. For rental, guests can check out boogie boards, sand toys, pool toys, beach chairs, umbrellas, bikes and jogger strollers. The Carlsbad Inn also has a fitness center open from 8:00 AM-8:00 PM daily and a spa for massage and other therapeutic needs.

More than just a resort and hotel, the Carlsbad Inn also has space for private events and weddings, offering its scenic ocean views for your big day.  For more, follow the hotel on social media over at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for its email newsletter and check out its official photo gallery.

Cape Rey Carlsbad – A Hilton Resort

Humbly boasting only 150 steps to the beach, Hilton’s Cape Rey Carlsbad hits the spot for travelers from both near and far alike. With rooms with ocean views, a full-on dining destination in the form of Chandler’s Restaurant, and a travel magazine-awarded spa you will want to extend your stay to a very, very long weekend at Cape Rey.

Cape Rey also has many rooms and suites with ocean views for those taking the sojourn to the hotel. Looking for a fancy wedding spot? Then Cape Rey’s also looking for you. The same goes for a place to hold your private business meetings and banquets. For more, scope out the Cape Rey official photo gallery, head on over to its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages or sign up for its email newsletter for up-to-date news and deals. 

Beach Terrace Inn

Proudly offering a variety of conveniences, the most valuable among them at Carlsbad’s Beach Terrace Inn is not only enjoying watching the surf break, but hearing it as well. The Terrance Inn spoils you with a complimentary breakfast and parking, a gorgeous outdoor seating area in which to catch some sun and unusually large rooms due to the fact the hotel was built in the 1960’s, an era in which the rooms were bigger. Most rooms come with a private balcony, unless you are poolside, in which case you have a view of its well-maintained pool deck and are just steps away access for a quick dip or relaxing time in either the pool, hot tub, or both.

One of the great things about the Beach Terrace Inn is that, if you book 30 days in advance, the hotel offers you a 20-percent discount. The other great thing is that it is, in actuality, Carlsbad’s only hotel directly on the beach. Put another way, that means that if you stay at the Terrace Inn, the beach gets to be your de facto private beach during your stay.

Beyond being a great place to stay, the Beach Terrace Inn also does weddings and private events, providing a memorable setting for such occasions. For more, check out the hotel’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles. 

La Jolla Shores Hotel

Take your shoes off before you even get to the door at the La Jolla Shores Hotel, one of the most epic beachfront hotels in the entirety of San Diego County, with most of the rooms featuring ocean and beach views. The on-site restaurants source a sustainable menu from local farms with a southern California vibe. Or reserve your very own beach BBQ cookout. Hotel staff does the heavy lifting by providing the chairs, grill and menu for you to choose from. Your job is to eat, enjoy your friends and stay barefoot. The hotel also has two restaurants, both the well-regarded Marine Room and The Shores Restaurant, both of which are restaurants with dreamy views.

Fancy staying in? Grab a room facing the ocean and have the breeze brush across your face as you enjoy an in-room massage for total relaxation and rehab, as well as room service dining.

La Jolla Shores also has private meeting space and can play host to the wedding of your dreams. For more, follow hotel news and deals over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and scope out the hotel’s photo gallery to see if it looks like the place for you.

La Valencia Hotel

A true landmark in La Jolla having originally opened in 1926, La Valencia Hotel sits as a classic California retreat and it’s a visual can’t-miss for those walking through La Jolla due to its stand-out architectural design. The Mediterranean style architecture and hand-painted murals transport you to a time when Hollywood was just coming of age and movie stars were looking for a retreat away from the mecca of film, Hollywood in Los Angeles.

“The grand opening of La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla was a lavish affair. It was the beginning of a golden era in Hollywood, and its co-owner, MacArthur Gorton, had moving picture connections; he knew the value of Hollywood’s endorsement of the hotel,” details the hotel’s website of its rich (in the literal and metaphorical sense) history. “Hollywood’s stars used (and still do) La Valencia as a hideout from the hectic pressures of La La Land.”

Centrally located to view miles of coastline and access to adventures such as snorkeling to downtown La Jolla art gallery strolling, the hotel’s locale will help you to top out your Vitamin D stores at the beach, explore the tide pools, nosh on fresh seafood or simply explore the La Jolla Cove. La Valencia also has a large list of amenities, such as an outdoor pool and hot tub, art pieces exhibited throughout the hotel, a gym open for 24-hours, complimentary postage for mail sent via USPS, a full spa experience for a fee and much more.

La Valencia has been ranked as one of the nation’s top 100 hotels, as well as one of the best (by definition, really, as a result) in Southern California. For those staying at the hotel, three restaurants are located on-site, as well as in-room dining and poolside dining services. Weddings and private events, too, exist as things offered for a fee at La Valencia.

The beauty of La Valencia, though, can be hard to put into words. So, check out its array of virtual tours and the photo gallery available on its website, scope out its social media pages over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram more photos, event announcements and offers and then sign up for the hotel’s email newsletter to be kept in the loop on all the destination has to offer. 

Pantai Inn

Not just a hotel, the Pantai Inn is also an experience. Step onto the grounds and you are transported as if to Bali, surrounded by inviting water features and traditional Balinese décor. The courtyard pulls you in with lush tropical flowers and an inviting fire pit, while the staff work tirelessly to ensure every detail of your experience provides the ultimate beachfront escape. Located just across the street is La Jolla’s Children’s Pool Beach, famous for its sunset seal watching atmosphere.

A night at Pantai’s suites gets you amenities such as complimentary breakfast, WiFi, parking (one of the toughest areas for parking in all of San Diego County!), luxurious coffee blends, an outdoor bonfire commons space and much more. For a fee, you can also get in-room spa services, including but not limited to massage therapy. Nearly all the rooms at Pantai‘s suites, too, have ocean views. The same goes for its cottage dwelling.

The Pantai Inn can also serve as a destination for your wedding or honeymoon for the right price. For more on the Pantai, check out its official photo gallery, head on over to its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages or sign up for its email newsletter

Scripps Inn

This charming boutique 14-room beachfront experience will give you the true beach getaway vibe you needed in the heart of La Jolla’s beachfront-area. Each room at the Scripps Inn is unique in its own right, with some offering fire places, others kitchenettes. Take a stroll to enjoy nature and end up at Cuvier Park, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, Children’s Pool Beach or Boomers Beach. Or let your hair down and head to downtown La Jolla for a meal or a couple drinks.

For a $16 resort fee, visitors get complimentary WiFi, parking (hard to come by on La Jolla’s beachfront!) and breakfast as lodgers at this bed and breakfast destination. For more and to keep up to date on deals offered by the Scripps Inn, follow its Facebook page or sign up for its email newsletter.

Pacific Terrace Hotel

A tropical vibe is felt throughout the Pacific Terrace Hotel, with skyscraper-size palm trees surrounding the property and situated right on the Pacific Beach boardwalk. Sip a cocktail in your private cabana at the poolside as you overlook the ocean and forget where you are just for a moment or two. In the heart of one of the hippest areas San Diego has to offer, you will be spoiled for choice with activities and restaurants.

The Pacific Terrace Hotel has a 24-hour fitness room with the purchase of a resort fee, space for small-scale private events, weddings and family reunions, a pool and hot tub and a spa for those lodging at the locale. All guest rooms come with fridges, while some come with partial and wholesale ocean views. As expected, the suites have all of that and much more on the offering block, including ocean-facing patios.

For more information, check out the hotel’s photo gallery, check out its snazzy live webcam, follow it on social media over on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and/or sign up for the hotel’s email newsletter.

Diamond Head Inn

Based on the northern end of Pacific Beach and a short drive away from the gorgeously divine city of La Jolla, the Diamond Head Inn has newly renovated rooms with options for fully equipped kitchens and separate living rooms to provide a beach experience your entire family can enjoy. Adding to the beach view and access, one can also enjoy simple comforts such as complimentary parking.

All of the rooms at the Diamond Head Inn come with complimentary WiFi, fully-stocked kitchens, with many of them coming with ocean views and though its business name is too modest to admit it, every single one of the 21 rooms is a suite. Complimentary continental-style breakfast, too, is on the menu at Diamond Head.

Being where it is on Pacific Beach, though, you will likely want to venture out on the town and check out some of the area’s many restaurants and bars, too. For more and to stay on top of deals, special events and other offers, sign up for the Diamond Head Inn email newsletter and check out its photo gallery online to see if it’s the place for you and your loved ones.

Pacific View Inn

A relaxed and humble vibe welcome you at the Pacific View Inn, which features modern décor and friendly staff. With a view of the Pacific Beach pier from many of the rooms and a locale just steps to the beach, you are engulfed by some of the best coffee shops and restaurants Pacific Beach has to offer at the Inn. Stay and play or relax and stroll the beach.

For more about the hotel, sign up for its email newsletter, check out its online photo gallery and follow it on social media over on Facebook.

Ocean Park Inn

This colorful and well-appointed location, the Ocean Park Inn, provides everything you need for a relaxing beach getaway. Ocean-facing rooms with generous balconies overlooking the beach and boardwalk and a refreshing outdoor pool offers variety from the beach. A widespread array of local eateries, bars and coffee shops are also within walking distance and the Inn sits along the Pacific Beach boardwalk, which is great for walks, runs and cycling outings.  In-room massages, too, are an option for lodgers and a stay at the Inn includes complimentary WiFi and breakfast.

Stationed just two blocks from the Pacific Beach pier, there are few places better in San Diego to come and watch the sunset. Book a room in the Ocean Park Inn’s one- or two-bedroom rooms and suites, and in return, you will get the prototypical Pacific Beach experience. To learn more, check out the hotel’s photo gallery and follow it on social media over on Facebook and Instagram or sign up for the hotel’s email newsletter.

Surfer Beach Hotel

Smack dab on the Pacific Beach boardwalk with its own restaurant, a heated pool, free drinks and complimentary WiFi are all part of the the Surfer Beach Hotel experience. The rooms are comfortable and clean with attentive staff and sunset and Pacific Beach views from every room. As the name implies, it’s a great place to come if you’re a surfer! Who wouldn’t love to spend a day and night or two under the sun at the majestic Pacific Beach?

For more, check out the hotel’s photo gallery or follow it on social media over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa mega property brings a Polynesian-themed flare giving you an all-out experience, not just a resort getaway, situated along San Diego’s Mission Bay waterfront. Among other things, one of the unforgettable features is its expansive garden, with over 1,000 plant species and 100 palm tree species varieties on-site for viewing. Catamaran has over 300 rooms and suites, some with kitchenettes, to give you an at home feel as well. Relax at the spa, keep your routine with the fitness center, or explore the vast menu options at the three on-site restaurants.

Another cool feature of the Resort is that the Bahia Belle Cruise ship departs from the facility, which non-guests of the hotel can also partake in for a $10 fee, offering those on the boat a tour around the circumference of a large swath of the Mission Bay. Catamaran also has three restaurants, a Sunday brunch option, irregular rum-based drink specials. It also has a gym with expansive hours facing the Mission Bay, plus a spa for all of your relaxation needs. The Mission Bay itself has a bike and running path through the whole 13+ mile loop of it, and bike and water sport rentals, leaving you with many options to work that body.

As one of the Mission Bay’s most grand hotels and resorts, it is not shocking that the Catamaran opens itself up for rental for events such as weddings, banquets and other private events, of course.  Nearly every room accounted for at the Canamaran has views of either the Mission Bay or the facility’s magnificent gardens. 

For more, follow Catamaran on social media over on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as checking out the resort’s live webcam, bird cam and photo gallery to get a glimpse at what Catamaran has to offer for you should you choose to lodge at the resort or just go there for a day or night hangout.

Blue Sea Beach Hotel

Bright and beachy and right on the sand is an apt summary for the Blue Sea Beach Hotel. With 126 rooms and suites from which to choose, as well as a heated pool with beach and ocean views, this hotel is a winner for those looking for a true beach experience at what is likely San Diego’s most active beachfront area, Pacific Beach. Cruise down the boardwalk on a beach cruiser, rent a stand-up paddle board (SUP) or bike, or walk to the Pacific Beach Pier. Or relax in your room (many of which have ocean views) with free WiFi and a 50-inch flat screen and order room service. These are all options for those lodging at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel.

For more, follow the hotel on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or sign up for the company’s email newsletter.

Paradise Point

Paradise Point Resort and Spa is an award-winning resort situated on the Mission Bay which has a pet-friendly policy.

Step onto this 44-acre island getaway and get lost in tranquility with lush gardens, a mile of sandy beach in front of the resort, five pools from which to choose, its very own marina, five restaurants on-site, a spa, watersport rentals, a basketball court and more. Or create your own beach bonfire experience with the resort’s bonfire pits.

Paradise Point also offers many rooms with Bay views, including suites and bungalow-style dwellings. Its fitness center is available with the purchase of a $15 per day pass, which also includes access to all of which its spa has to offer, too. This venue also provides wedding and private meeting services.

To learn more about Paradise Point, check out its social media platforms over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And head on over to sign up for the resort’s email newsletter and check out its official online photo gallery.

Bahia Resort Hotel

This internationally known resort calls Mission Bay its home in San Diego. The Bahia Resort offers up exotic food options, watersport gear rentals, a nearly 24-hour fitness center, tennis courts, an Olympic-sized lap swimming pool and accompanying hot tub and its very own cruise ship to cruise around the Bay.

The Bahia also has rooms for private events and weddings and has easy access to the Mission Bay bike and running path, while not far from both Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach, both meccas for food and drinks.

For more, follow the Bahia on social media over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

The Dana on Mission Bay

As close as you can get to SeaWorld without getting wet! If Seaworld is of interest, The Dana has a deal for you in order to get to this famous tourist destination at a discounted rate.

This classic spot, The Dana on Mission Bay, offers standard rooms and suites with an on-site restaurant and bar, as well as a relaxing spa. The Dana also has a pool facing the Mission Bay, weekend brunches, bike and water sport rentals and rooms with views of the Bay. The Dana, too, offers private events space for business, weddings and other activities.

Come on Mondays for discounted margaritas and free chips and salsa, but stay for all that the Dana has to offer. For more, follow The Dana on social media over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for its email newsletter, which can be done by scrolling to the bottom of the hotel’s website. 

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

The Hyatt Regency rarely disappoints and this Mission Bay version, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, is par for the course as far as that’s concerned. The 360-degree view of the Pacific extends to the downtown skyline and the bayside location along the Mission Bay. A tropical lagoon pool area complete with water slides, two additional pools, a day spa, waterfront dining and access to a plethora of water activities and adventures are also hotel features.

The Hyatt Regency sits right next to Seaworld and has its own seafood restaurant, named Red Marlin and Terrace. It also sits within close walking distance of restaurants and bars situated along the Ocean Beach boardwalk. The Hyatt has a pet-friendly policy for a fee, a 24-hour fitness center, an award-winning pool set-up with water slides and an on-site bar and restaurant on top of the Red Marlin named the Swim Bar & Lounge.

With over 66,000 feet of private events space, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay also makes for a great spot to host a private banquet, business convention or wedding.

For more on the Hyatt Regency, check out the hotel’s photo gallery and head on over to social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all of the latest offers and deals.

Ocean Villa Inn

Bring your dog with you to this pet-friendly spot for your next family vacation with ocean, park, estuary and bay views. After their splash in the dog beach, rinse the dog off in the Ocean Villa Inn‘s dog wash area. Don’t worry, people are can have a great experience at the hotel, too! Suites ate the Villa Inn have kitchenettes and it has a heated outdoor pool, too, as well as a relaxing succulent garden.

Complimentary parking and WiFi are also stand-out features of the Ocean Villa Inn, as is its on-site laundry facility. Many of the rooms have ocean views, while others have views of the Mission Bay. All rooms come equipped with a mini-fridge and microwave.

For more, check out the Inn’s photo gallery and follow it on social media over at Facebook , Instagram and Twitter. If you like what you see, why wait? Book online now!

The Inn at Sunset Cliffs

Built on the edge of the epic Sunset Cliffs, the classic 1950’s-era quaint Inn at Sunset Cliffs offers a jaw-dropping view of the Pacific Ocean from the vantage point of the top of a cliff. Described by returning visitors as tranquil and relaxing, the latest remodel of the 24-room inn allows its guests to feel the spray of the sea because yes, it’s that close to the ocean. Enjoy the simple accommodations and access to the cornucopia of local dining options at your disposal in the nexus of the Point Loma and Ocean Beach neighborhoods.

With a pool in the middle of the Inn, the hotel also offers outdoor yoga classes on its patio which faces the Pacific Ocean. Put another way, not your average yoga class! Cure your hangover with 11:00 AM 75-minute classes every Sunday morning in what’s officially designated as Sunset Cliffs Yoga. The Inn also offers a spa experience — for a fee, of course.

The Inn at Sunset Cliffs also plays hosts to weddings, because who the heck wouldn’t want to get married at the top of a cliff on the Pacific Ocean, after all? The hotel rooms are mostly suites with accompanying kitchens, with some larger studio rooms, too. WiFi, too, is complimentary at the Inn.

For more and updated information about the facility, check out its Facebook page, as well as signing up for its email newsletter.

Kona Kai Resort and Spa

A cross between Polynesian and Spanish Colonial flavor and décor, the Kona Kai Resort and Spa leaves no detail unmentioned and no stone unturned. Step into an experience location with palapa roof cabanas at the pool, a private meal on the beach set up for you and your guests with your own bonfire pit, family games, and even a pet-friendly accommodation option. Zen out at the spa, break a sweat at the fitness center, paddle out via its accessible marina, or just order room service for in-room dining. Room choices include those with a marina view or a pool view and all rooms and suites have flat screen TVs.

Shelter Island is located in close proximity to all of which Point Loma has to offer too, including the Liberty Station Market, the iconic Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse, Sunset Cliffs Preserve park and a wide array of restaurants and bars. The resort, too, has its own restaurant and bar named the Vessel Restaurant and Bar with scenic marina views. It has has multiple outdoor resort-style bar choices. Just around the bend of the San Diego Bay from the resort is downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District and Little Italy, so you can’t lose if you’re looking to get out of the Shelter Island neck-of-the-woods and do some nearby exploration. 

Looking to chill within the comfortable confines of the resort and be entertained at the same time? You’re in luck, as Kona Kai also has regular live musical performances. And if you’re looking for a chic spot to host a private meeting or a luxurious wedding locale, then Kona Kai too, can be your spot of choice.

For more, check out the resort’s photo gallery and if you like what you see, book a room online. And for up-to-date information on Kona Kai Resort, follow its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages or sign up for its email newsletter.

Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina

A Best Western experience that only a place akin to San Diego can offer (not that we’re biased against Best Western or anything, we just love San Diego!). That is, in a nutshell, the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina.

Tennis courts, standard room or suite options, private marina, a poolside fireplace, as well as a fitness center. Those are some of the things, among others, which are part of the experience at this Best Western locale, alongside having a whole host of rooms and suites with marina views and other with views of the San Diego Bay.

Beyond a hotel, this Best Western also has over 6,500-feet of private events space, including space for hosting weddings. For more on this finest of Best Western hotels, follow the Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina on social media over on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for its email newsletter.

Bay Club Hotel and Marina

A relaxed environment surrounded by marina views and a walk across the street to the San Diego Bay sums up the experience you will have should you choose to stay at the Bay Club Hotel and Marina. Enjoy your stay in a modern room with a guaranteed view of either the Bay or the Marina. On-site dining at the Quarterdeck Restaurant & Bar ​is an option for three square meals per day (check out the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus), a restaurant with marina views and a bar with an expansive wine, beers and cocktail menu. and a refreshing pool to lounge the afternoon away.

Bay Club Hotel also has a pool situated along the marina, regular room packages it offers, suites, and a fitness center and a bike and running path across the street. That particular path spans the entire distance of Shelter Island, stretching all the way to the Pacific Rim Park and Friendship Bell landmarks, which are also places with great San Diego Bay views.

While on the smaller side, Bay Club Hotel still also avails itself for smaller weddings with 50-60 guests, as well as for private business events and banquets for a fee. For more, check out the Bay Club Hotel’s photo gallery and stop on over to its Facebook and Twitter pages, while also signing up for its email newsletter, for all of the latest information about the hotel.

Humphreys Half Moon Inn

Renowned for having some of the best live music in the Shelter Island-area, the Humphreys Half Moon Inn, a tropical resort-type venue, does not disappoint. The rooms are spacious and the location, as they say, is sublime. On-site dining, too, is included in the form of two separate restaurants: Humphrey’s and Humphrey’s Backstage Live.

Beyond just a nice hotel with great food and rocking your socks off music, Humphreys also has the capacity to host private business meetings, banquets and weddings.

Not quite sure Humphrey’s for you? Take a virtual tour and find out. For more, follow the Half Moon Inn on social media at Facebook and Twitter, or join its email newsletter.

Hilton San Diego Airport Harbor Island

The Hilton San Diego Airport Harbor Island makes your stay as relaxed as possible, offering a shuttle for you to and from the airport and to any nearby attraction which catches your eye within a two-mile radius. The heated outdoor pool, too, serves as an alluring source of relaxation. On-site dining, well-attended rooms and the ideal downtown location make this hotel a top-notch pick for all guests, be they from out of town or looking for a staycation.

The Hilton has bike rentals available for fitness enthusiasts and is a short bike ride away from Ocean Beach, downtown San Diego’s bay-area and Historic Gaslamp District Quarter and the Liberty Station Public Market. Further, there is also a fitness center on-site. It also has over 8,000 square feet of private events space, including but not limited to space amenable to hosting weddings. As its name implies, too, if you’re in San Diego from out of town and flew into town, it’s located right next to the airport.

How about the lodging? Rooms come in both a standard format, as well as suites and many of the rooms have either a view of the San Diego Bay or a marina view. The restaurant Panorama Bar & Grill, too, is also on-site.

Looking for more? Follow the Hilton over on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And check out the hotel’s Google Maps-generated virtual tour if you’d like to get a view from the inside of the hotel before booking from afar.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Guests of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina have access to a wide range of amenities, such as three swimming pools, 24-hour access to two fitness facilities, tennis courts, full spa services, rooms with views of the San Diego Bay and several dining options. As its name implies, the Sheraton sits on San Diego’s busiest marina, offering guests chances to go out and experience America’s Finest City via boat on the water.

All of that aside, the Sheraton also serves as a massive private events venue, with offer 130,000 square feet at its disposal for business conventions, banquets and ceremonies and of course, weddings. For more and up-to-date information on the Sheraton, follow its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages on social media.

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

Enjoy deciding which view you prefer: a skyline or bay view from the comfort of your room at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside. Stay and play in the pool or get a ride in the complimentary shuttle service to all of the popular downtown San Diego tourist hot spots.  All rooms come with complimentary WiFi and many of them have great views of downtown and/or the San Diego Bay. 

Additionally, the Wyndham has three restaurants on-site, including a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and a Claim Jumpers steak and seafood house, plus an in-house Starbucks. Looking for a spot at which to host your meeting or wedding? Wyndham’s got you covered, as well.

Not yet sure if Wyndham’s the spot for you? No worries! Check out the hotel’s photo gallery and follow it on Facebook for up-to-date information on offers and discounted rates.

Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown / Bayfront

Perfect for family getaways the Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront delivers a home away from home experience right in the mix of downtown San Diego. Enjoy fully-equipped kitchens in your suite with a relaxing outdoor heated pool with San Diego Bay views, a 24-hour fitness center and bike rental opportunities. A perfect home base for your busy crew or solo business travel, a stay at the Residence Inn comes with a fully-stocked complimentary breakfast experience (is there anything better than the Belgian waffles?!) and a nightly complimentary happy hour with an accompanying food offering. 

Many of the rooms themselves, all suites, come with downtown views or views of the San Diego Bay, hence the name of the hotel. Not only a hotel, the Residence Inn also plays host to private events and weddings, with eight private rooms and over 11,000 square feet of event space to offer for those willing to pay. 

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Perfectly situated on the waterfront overlooking the Bay and downtown you’ll find all of your needs are met at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. That includes rooms and suites with great views, including of the downtown San Diego skyline, the San Diego Bay and the legendary Coronado Bay Bridge.

Relax in one of the facility’s two swimming pools, get your sweat on in the fitness center or go for a bike ride or run along the San Diego Bayshore Bikeway path, and zonk out in straight up chill mode at the full-service spa. Ending the day with a ton of activities in this hotel located in the heart of downtown San Diego’s bustling downtown can stir up an appetite. The Marquis does not disappoint as it relates to food offerings, with an award-winning restaurant, the Marina Kitchen, as well as its Asian fusion restaurant named Roy’s. It also has a Mexican restaurant, Tequila Bar & Grille, as well as a Starbucks for the caffeine junkies among us.

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina sits within walking distance of Petco Park, the San Diego Children’s Museum, the restaurant- and bar-loaded Gaslamp Quarter District, the San Diego Convention Center, the Maritime Museum, the USS Midway Museum, the San Diego Chinese-American History Museum and so much more. It’s also not far from the historic Barrio Logan neighborhood, which is also rife with restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and the iconic murals painted under the Coronado Bay Bridge. 

Looking for a special spot to hold a private meeting or wedding? Then Marriott Marquis’s business is open to you, too, with an incredible 83 different private event rooms and over 276,000 square feet of space offered up for rental. For more and to stay on top of the latest offerings and deals at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, head on over to the hotel’s photo gallery and follow it on social media over at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Off the beaten path of San Diego’s busy downtown and bay area yet close enough for an afternoon trip. That’s an apt summary for the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, which has views of both the downtown San Diego skyline, the San Diego Bay and the Coronado Island Bridge. Rooms and suites at the resort reflect a luxurious energy of relaxation and comfort. Spend the afternoon strolling around Coronado Island or on the white sands of its beaches, returning to a little down time at the facility’s spa. At night, enjoy delectable cuisine from the onsite restaurant, named Current.

The facility itself is a fitness mecca, with a two-story fitness room and an outdoor lap swimming pool, plus located itself on one of the best places for running and biking in San Diego, Coronado, which has the Bayshore Bikeway. If parks are your thing, and really who doesn’t like parks, then you’ll like that the Marriott Resort & Spa sits right next to Coronado Tidelands Park, the largest of its sort on the San Diego Bay. 

The Coronado Island Marriott also has 21 private event rooms, space for weddings and three complimentary electric car charging stations, plus a whole host of rooms with awe-inspiring views, including of the famous bridge and of the San Diego Bay and downtown skyline. For more, follow the hotel for up-to-date information on social media over at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Hotel Del Coronado

A visit to Hotel Del Coronado is an experience timeless unto itself and is a national historic landmark which put San Diego on the map as a national tourist destination when it opened its doors in 1888. It exudes charm, has a spirt filled with adventure, offers an awe-aspiring place to spend the night and has one of the best, if not the best, beaches in all of San Diego. The Hotel Del offers many room types, a large portion of which have beach and ocean views. At the fanciest end of the spectrum, you can pay to stay in the Hotel Del Mar’s cottage style dwellings, which have fully-stocked kitchens and a great view of the beach and oceanic wonder.

Check the Hotel Del’s events calendar for a variety of special experiences to enhance your stay. Or plan to be fully spoiled for choice with beach activities, a day at the spa, a chance to dine at one of the dozens of restaurants in Coronado, or just chill at the pool. Your dog and cat are both invited for a stay at the Hotel Del, too, and the hotel has many dining and drink choices for those looking to experience a meal or bar experience at one of America’s and indeed, the world’s, finest places to lodge overnight.

Looking for a dream wedding or a really off the hook spot for a special event or private business meeting? This hotel’s got you covered and then some. The Hotel Del also offers daily 75-minute tours beginning at 10:00 AM, for those learning about the historical ins and outs of hose this crown jewel of San Diego County came to be. While an amazing place to head out for a bike ride (bike rentals are available) or a run, the Hotel Del also has a fitness center for its guests and daily early-morning spin classes offered on the beach. Other group fitness classes are also offered on the daily at the Hotel Del.

For more, follow the Hotel Del Coronado on social media over at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, check out its official online photo gallery and head on over to the website to view its live webcam. It won’t take much poking around to realize that a getaway at the Hotel Del, indeed, is the stuff dreams are made of.

Tower 23 Hotel

The rooms at Tower 23 Hotel — named after the Tower 23 lifeguard tower on Pacific Beach — exude luxury and relaxation and sit as the perfect blend needed to concoct your beach vacation along Pacific Beach.

With lounge chairs overlooking the iconic Pacific Beach pier, you can bask in the sun with a cocktail in hand and watch the world go by around you. Relax at the spa or splash in the pool before you head to their signature restaurant JRDN for a meal and some adult beverages destined to satisfy any palate.  Happy hour takes place each Monday-Friday at JRDN from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM too, which means discounted drinks. 

Many of the rooms at Tower 23 have either partial or full ocean views and a shared outdoor patio lounge offers all guests a chance to lay out in the sun, enjoy a great view of the ocean, and experience the sublime life. The Tower 23 also accepts private event proposals for weddings, banquets, and business events.

For more and up-to-date information on the hotel and deals, follow Tower 23 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for the hotel’s email newsletter. And check out the hotel’s official photo gallery to see if Tower 23 can meet your needs.

Pier South Resort

As its name implies, the Pier South Resort sits just three short blocks from the southernmost pier in San Diego County in the city of Imperial Beach. 

Owned by Marriott, the hotel has basically everything you could ask for, sitting on the beach with an outdoor pool with ocean views, rooms with kitchens and ocean views, a fitness center facing the Pacific Ocean, an on-site spaprivate event space, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of views of the ocean (named Sea180 Coastal Tavern), in-room dining, a rooftop patio, a bar and more. The drive is also not far from Tijuana via Pier South if you’re looking to do a day trip south of the border in Mexico. It’s also located a few minutes driving away from the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and just a tad further away driving to San Diego’s underappreciated Border Field State Park.

Check out the photo gallery to see if Pier South is up your ally! 

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The Hotel del Coronado isn’t the only game in town for overnight lodging along the Coronado Bay. Loews Coronado Bay Resort sits on the strip of Coronado Island (actually a peninsula, with the name being a misnomer) containing Silver Strand State Beach, which is one the longest, unimpeded strip of beach in San Diego County alongside those running from the cliffs of La Jolla all the way to Carlsbad. Unlike those, though, this is a classic flat beach, the type people envision when they think of South Beach in Miami.

While Loews Coronado Bay Resort isn’t on that side of the strip of Coronado containing the beach and is located along the San Diego Bay, you get the best of both worlds: a bay view and access, with a close, several block walk or drive to the jewel of a beach which is Silver Strand. The Coronado Bay Resort has daily fitness class offers, including outdoor spin classes with a bay view, as well as a fitness room open 24 hours a day. Not to mention, it’s located within short walking distance to San Diego’s Bayshore Bikeway, a great spot for both biking and running which stretches a grandiose 24 miles along the San Diego Bay. After a tough workout in this scenic area, treat yourself to a massage or similar relaxation session at the hotel’s spa

Of course, this isn’t just a workout mecca. The resort also has several dining options (including the renowned Crown Landing restaurant), two bars with dozens of beers, wines and cocktails on its menu, a beautiful lobby, 37 different suite room options, flat screen TVs in the rooms, space for private events and weddings, a pet-friendly option if you’d like to bring your dog along for a fee and much more.

So, check out the Coronado Bay Resort’s photo gallery and if you like what you see, book a room now! And follow the resort on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date news and deals, as well as signing up for its email newsletter.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

If you’ve stayed at or are planning to stay at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, it’s a close approximation of what Heaven might be like. The gargantuan 30-floor hotel sits as an icon in downtown San Diego, located across the street from Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and just a couple blocks away from the San Diego Central Library. It’s also close to the always-festive Historic Gaslamp Historic District and right next to the San Diego Convention Center. 

If you’re looking to go to Coronado Island, you are in luck, as the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is downtown’s hotel closest to the famed Coronado Island Bridge. It’s also just blocks away from the historic Barrio Logan murals and neighborhood, which features great food, good beer and unique art galleries.

What about the hotel itself, you ask, besides what sits around it in terms of its offerings? Well, it has a pool sitting along the San Diego Bay, an indoor running track and fitness room, bikes for rental, a full-service spa, plenty of rooms with either downtown views or San Diego Bay views and more. That more includes three bars, an on-site Starbucks, and an on-site restaurant named Vela. It also is a great place to host a private event, such as a business meeting, banquet or wedding, with 165,000 square feet available for affairs of the private variety.

Not yet sure it’s for you just yet? The Hilton offers Google Map-generated virtual tours of most of the facility, giving you a glimpse inside before you go and book a room. For more and up-to-the-minute information on deals and offers at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, follow the facility on social media over at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Manchester Grand Hyatt

Located right next to Seaport Village, just blocks away from the Historic Gaslamp Quarter District and on the San Diego Bay, the Manchester Grand Hyatt really is located within the beating heart of what is downtown San Diego. At 40 stories high, the top of the hotel is also what many locals know as perhaps the best view of downtown San Diego which exists, offering a bird’s eye view of some of the city’s most iconic sights on clear days. On that 40th floor, patrons can unwind after a long day at the Top of the Hyatt bar. 

The Grand Hyatt has a name fitting its billing, with such a “grand” number of things to do, one might have trouble doing them all during a single stay at the facility. This includes two private tennis courts, a basketball and volleyball court, an outdoor bonfire pit overlooking the San Diego Bay, bicycle rentals, a full-service spa, outdoor pools and hot tubs and more. It also has a Bay view-facing fitness center and is located along the San Diego Bay, of course, one of the best places for outdoor cycling and running in the entire city.

As if not enough already, the Grand Hyatt also offers complimentary breakfast on its 33rd floor for its Grand Club members, offering a morning bite to eat with a side of great Bay view. Evening Hors D’oeuvres and dessert, too, are on the menu nightly at 5:00-9:00 PM. Dogs, too, are welcome to stay for a fee. Hungry or thirsty? The Grand Hyatt has you covered, with a combined seven restaurants, bars, or spaces which double as both.

Looking to get rid of your kid or kids for the day? You’re in luck, as the Grand Hyatt offers the “Camp Hyatt” daycare center for the little tykes. With everything else said, it should be obvious that the Grand Hyatt has many rooms with great views of the San Diego Bay, copious private events space (over 135,000 square feet worth of it, to be exact) and will happily host your wedding too.

Fun pro tip: do check out Kansas City Barbecue, a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant across the street from the Manchester Hyatt which first of all, has amazing food for a great price. Second of all, it’s in the bar scene for the movie “Top Gun,” so for that reason alone you will not want to miss it!

For more on what the hotel has to offer and for deal announcements, follow the company on social media over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay - Downtown

While technically located about a block from the San Diego Bay, the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay still fits under the umbrella of hotels on the ocean, bay or beach in San Diego due to it being tall. More specifically, the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay stands 12 floors in height, offering many chances for visitors to get an exquisite view of the beautiful San Diego Bay seen from the vantage point of downtown San Diego. 

Nearly all of the rooms at the Embassy Suites have either a downtown city view or a Bay view. There’s also a bevy of amenities on the docket, including laundry on-site, a fitness center, complimentary breakfast, a nightly complimentary happy hour event, an indoor pool, and copious indoor lounge space. For the lazy among us, there is also full room service food ordering and both a Dunkin Donuts and a pizza parlor, dubbed New York West, on-site.

While not its specialty niche, the Embassy Suites also has over 6,000 square feet devoted to hosting private events, including weddings

SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront

Sharing the complex with the Residence Inn, the Springhill Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront shares much in common with its roommate. That is, all of the rooms are suites, the hotel has complimentary breakfast for all of its guests, it has an outdoor heated pool with a view of the San Diego Bay, it has a fitness center and most of the rooms themselves have either a downtown view, a Bay view, or perhaps both if you’re lucky.

Springhill also has a modern, spacious lobby and shares below, with its Residence Inn counterpart, the Beach Hut Deli restaurant and Ryan Brothers Coffee, which also has other locations throughout San Diego County (its flagship campus and company headquarters is in Barrio Logan) and features perhaps some of the most unique cold brew coffee choices on tap which you will ever try in your life. 

It also has a great location, right in the heart of downtown San Diego, in walking distance to just about anything in the the city’s downtown core. SpringHill also opens its doors for private events and weddings for a fee.

Ocean Beach Hotel

As the only hotel based in Ocean Beach along its pier, the Ocean Beach Hotel is by default the best spot to stay in the area if you’re looking for a spot to stay in what locals call “OB.” Ocean Beach has a chill vibe and the pier is the longest in San Diego County at 1,971-feet, which is just a tad longer than its also lengthy counterpart in Oceanside. 

Many rooms at the hotel have ocean views, while all rooms have mini-fridges, which is a great place to store beers purchased from one of the local Ocean Beach breweries. Guests also get complimentary parking and WiFi, plus discounts at local restaurants, among other amenities. For more, follow the hotel on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for its email newsletter for updates on discounts and other offers.

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport-Liberty Station

If you’re a foodie, like museums, enjoy art and think history is interesting and like a hotel which provides lodgers with suites, complimentary breakfast and a view of the San Diego Bay, then Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport-Liberty Station may be your jam.

Located on the outer edge the complex that is the historic Liberty Station Market, which once served as a Naval Training Center, Homewood Suites is located close to the airport, within close driving range of downtown and Little Italy, and even closer to Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Mission Bay. Liberty Station itself is a food mecca and also a great place to grab a beer at its Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, with over 70 choices of brewskis on tap and many more refrigerated and sold in cans and bottles.

As for the hotel itself, all rooms come with a kitchenette, all are suites as the name implies, meaning they have a mini living room and one or two bedrooms, and all who stay get complimentary breakfast and WiFi. The Homewood also has laundry machines on-site for a fee, two fitness rooms, bike rental opportunities, an on-restaurant, a pool, hot tub and kayak rentals.

For more up-to-date information about the facility, follow Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport-Liberty Station’s Facebook page.

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

Located right next to the Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport-Liberty Station, the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station is a great place to stay if you’re a foodie, like museums, enjoy art and think history is interesting. It also has a great view of the San Diego Bay and sits right next to the Liberty Station Market, which has a whole host of restaurants, museums, art galleries and historical buildings as the site of the former Naval Training Center.

With an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center, plus a location which has several great running and biking route choices, there are plenty of chances to get in the gym and work on your fitness at the Courtyard by Marriott. The Courtyard also has space for private events and weddings and is located close to the airport, within close driving range of downtown and Little Italy, and even closer to Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Mission Bay. Liberty Station itself is a food mecca and also a great place to grab a beer at its Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, with over 70 choices of brewskis on tap and many more refrigerated and sold in cans and bottles.

Courtyard also has an on-site restaurant, bar, Starbucks, outdoor fire pit and rooms and suites with downtown San Diego skyline and San Diego Bay views.

For more, follow the hotel on Facebook

Beach Hut Bed & Breakfast

Located across the street from the beaches of the Mission Bay, Beach Hut Bed & Breakfast is a good place to go for a non-traditional hotel experience and to be at a place which feels like a home away from home. Obviously, breakfast comes with the cost of admission at the Beach Hut, which has two guest rooms, complimentary WiFi throughout the property and a saline pool. Parking, too, is complimentary with reserved spots for guests. Pacific Beach sits just around the bend from the Beach Hut, too, which has dozens of restaurants and bars to choose from.

For more, check out the Beach Hut Bed & Breakfast Facebook page.

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

Sitting on the Highway 5 side (the east side) of the Mission Bay, Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa offers a wholesome view of the Bay and easy access via highway to the myriad activities which exist along the Highway 5 corridor in San Diego, including going north to La Jolla and south toward downtown, Chula Vista and the other gems of San Diego’s south bay area.

The hotel itself has three different restaurants and an on-site coffee shop, a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, gorgeous lobby and an outdoor Bay-facing hangout area, outdoor pool and space for private events and weddings. Many guest rooms, too, have gorgeous Bay views and a pet-friendly policy is in place for a fee. If all of that wasn’t enough, the facility has resort fun and games such as tennis courts, water sport equipment and bikes available for rental, poolside movie nights, Saturday morning fitness boot camp classes and much more to offer. 

For more, take a Google Maps-spawned virtual tour and scope out the photo gallery to see if this spot’s for you. And for updated information on deals and special events hosted by the Hilton, head on over to its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and give them a follow.

California Dreams Hostel

No, this isn’t a hotel, but it almost is if you add in an “s” between the “o” and “t.” This, folks, is a hostel and one sitting pretty in a plum location just a block from the Pacific Beach boardwalk. A stay at the California Dreams Hostel is a great cheap way, at $30 per night, to stay for many nights on the beach for the cost of what it would likely cost you to spend a single night at most beachfront hotels in San Diego County.

Although it is a hostel, it still comes with a small complimentary continental breakfast, free WiFi, air conditioning and heating, and of course a bed to sleep on, bathroom and a commons area with a TV. The hostel has 32 beds and a shared kitchen set-up.  For more, check out the California Dreams Hostel’s social media pages over on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Del Mar Motel On The Beach

What hotel or motel could be more beach-like than one which has “on the beach” in its name? Though the question, of course, is rhetorical, the Del Mar Motel On The Beach may have some answers to the question if its walls could speak.

Located at the bottom of a hill in the serene city of Del Mar, the City of San Diego proper’s first beachfront suburb to the north, the Motel on the Beach puts you within short driving distance of some of Del Mar’s best beachfront parks, from the always-eventful County Fairgrounds and from downtown Del Mar’s restaurant and bar district. For example, just a stone’s throw away is Jake’s Del Mar, an oceanfront restaurant with some of the best food and drinks Del Mar has to offer. To the motel’s near south is Torrey Pines State Beach and the Torrey Pines Preserve, too, among San Diego’s most beautiful destinations.

And the motel itself? Well, its accommodations are nothing to sneeze at either, having shared beach-facing patio space, and every room has a massive 60-inch flat screen TV and cable, mini-fridges and complimentary WiFi. Parking too, is on the house for those lodging at the motel. And it’s sister property, the Del Mar Beach Bungalow, is a crown jewel as a bungalow-style home sitting right on the beautiful Del Mar beachfront. If you can’t afford such a home in San Diego (not many can!), the bungalow presents a chance to experience that life for a snapshot in time.

Want to learn more about Del Mar’s self-described only beachfront hotel? Head on over to its website to check out its photo gallery and live webcam views or follow the motel on social media over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort

A resort in which the name is worthy of that on its badge, the Carlsbad Seapointe Resort offers seaside living in a locale where all of the rooms are built in a condo-style format, meaning everyone has a suite with a kitchen and fireplace. The Seapointe Resort also has a fitness center, outdoor BBQ grills and all of the rooms have complimentary WiFi. 

The Carlsbad Seapointe Resort, on top of being a great spot for a vacation and a home away from home, also rents out the facility for private events and weddings. For more, check out the company’s Facebook and Twitter profiles and sign up for its email newsletter or check out its official photo gallery.

ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel

Sitting as one of two hostels in Pacific Beach alongside the California Dreams Hostel, the ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel is nothing fancy but that’s actually the whole point. Hostels offer a cheap way to experience all the rest of what the San Diego-area has to offer, but with more money in your pockets via which to do so.

This hostel isn’t your average hostel, however, with an ocean-facing patio deck with BBQ capacity, shared lounge space, shared kitchen space and of course, the fact that you walk outside and you’re at Pacific Beach and the Pacific Ocean is calling your name. Being that it’s Pacific Beach and all, surfboards and wet suits are also available for rental. And both breakfast and dinner comes complimentary for hostel guests, as does WiFi. 

For more, check out the hostel’s social media presence over on Facebook and Twitter and check out its photo galleries available for review online.

The Beach Cottages

Situated in Pacific Beach now for 70 years, The Beach Cottages are a mix of cottages, apartments, studio rooms, suites and motel-style rooms. Every room comes equipped with a microwave and fridge and a short block walk away from the beach and a few blocks away from the iconic Pacific Beach pier. Laundry facilities, too, are on the premises.

The Beach Cottages also offer BBQs for grilling and the commons area has a table tennis set-up. Parking and WiFi, too, are on the house for lodgers. For more, check out the Cottage’s photo gallery online and follow it on social media over at Facebook.

Crystal Pier Hotel

If you’ve ever taken a stroll along the Pacific Beach pier, you likely have seen an array of cottages dotting it on each side. It turns out, those have a name and you can stay at one of them like any other hotel. The name: Crystal Pier Hotel and Cottages.

The two dozen+ cottages come in several varieties, including studios, one-bedroom, two-bedrooms and suites and all have kitchenettes. Walk outside and you’re on Pacific Beach’s beautiful pier, ready to hop out for a run, walk or bike ride along the boardwalk or a long afternoon on the beach. You’re also right in the middle of the milieux that is the Pacific Beach bar and restaurant district.

The cottages have posted up on the pier since 1930 and have stood the test of time for those looking for a true beach getaway unlike any other. For more, check out the Crystal Pier Hotel and Cottages official photo gallery.

La Jolla Cove Hotel & Suites

Located along La Jolla’s most famous stretch of ocean and in the heart of its restaurant and bar district, La Jolla Cove Hotel & Suites allows guests to bask in the lap of luxury, with suites of 1,000 square feet with ocean views and kitchens, all the way down to standard 350 square feet rooms, all with ocean views.

With a rooftop patio with great ocean views, a heated pool and hot tub, complimentary breakfast every morning and WiFi on the house for guests, and guest passes given to lodgers for the La Jolla Sports Club — which itself has group fitness class choices such as spin classes, yoga, and other options — you’re basically in nirvana at the Cove. All rooms have ocean views and the facility also has a laundry usage option for guests and outdoor fire pits for those looking to get toasty after sunset. 

Nightly at the hotel, guests can partake in happy hour from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM, while yoga classes come to the hotel every Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 PM-6:00 PM. For more, check out the hotel’s live webcam or follow the La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites on social media over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ocean Palms Beach Resort

The Ocean Palms Beach Resort offers not only easy access to Carlsbad State Beach, but also a lot to like as a place to spend a weekend basking in the glory that is life along the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad. Ocean Palms offers lodgers a pet-friendly policy, complimentary WiFi and breakfast, fully-stocked kitchens, free beach gear rentals, access to the hotel’s fire pits and BBQ stations. Ocean Palms also offers both a heated pool and hot tub.

Further, the Ocean Palms sits just a short drive or bike ride away from the Shoppes at Carlsbad mall and the Carlsbad Village restaurant and bar district, as well as destinations such as Legoland and the Carlsbad Premium Outlets mall.

What about the lodging experience itself and where you’ll go to sleep? All of the rooms are suites, first and foremost, while many have ocean views.

If you like to run or bike outside, you’re also in for a treat, as Ocean Palms Beach Resort is located along the Carlsbad Coastal Rail Trail and just a short bike ride or run over to the scenic path along Pacific Street in Carlsbad’s neighbor to the north, Oceanside. And speaking of the rail trail, Tamarack also sits just blocks from the Carlsbad Village train station, which is part of the Coaster rail line, which takes passengers north to downtown Oceanside and south all the way to downtown to the San Diego Bay-area, with many stations in between. That station also serves the Amtrak Surfrider line, which brings passengers to Los Angeles and all the way up to Pacific Surfliner, with many stops in between.

For more, check out the hotel’s official photo gallery and its virtual tour or follow the Ocean Palms Beach Resort on social media over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Hotel Indigo

Situated just a short drive or bike ride away from Torrey Pines State Beach and the Torrey Pines Preserve, Hotel Indigo is the perfect hotel for those looking for a low-key weekend in the heart of Del Mar, the first beachside city north of San Diego proper. It’s located just a couple blocks from the beach and due to Del Mar’s hilly topography, actually has pretty much a perfect ocean view from many spots inside the hotel, including its pool deck lounge and many of its rooms with outdoor patios.

A stay at Hotel Indigo gets you complimentary breakfast, WiFi and parking and access to its fitness center.  Pets are also welcome to stay with you while lodging at the hotel, with a chance to bring your dog to the Del Mar Dog Beach, and a spa day at its Spa Na’Mara can also be part of your experience during your days at the Indigo. Further, the hotel sits in close proximity to the San Diego Fairgrounds, which has all kinds of events (of course, the San Diego County Fair being one of them), including the Del Mar Race Track for horse racing. 

The rooms at the Hotel Indigo come in many shapes, sizes and types, ranging from suites, one- and two-bedrooms and some rooms with ocean views and patios.  If you’re looking to dine out, look no further than Hotel Indigo’s restaurant, the Ocean View Bar and Grill, which has an extensive food and drink menu and daily happy hour food and drink specials, as well. Just down the road in a northward direction is the main drag of restaurants, bars and shops in what consists of Del Mar’s downtown. The hotel also offers regularly scheduled musical performances, which can be tracked and planned in advance for via the hotel’s events calendar.

On top of a great place to say, the Hotel Indigo also does private events for a fee, with space for up to 30 people in its conference room. For more, follow the hotel on social media over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for its email newsletter and check out its official online photo gallery

SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Diego Oceanside/Downtown

Located right by the iconic “Top Gun House,” known as such for its presence in the famous film “Top Gun,” the SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Diego Oceanside/Downtown sits just two short blocks from the iconic Oceanside Pier and in the heart of Oceanside’s restaurants and bars district, which also has a movie theater. The Springhill features a pool deck area with gorgeous ocean views, rooms which are all suites with kitchenettes, complimentary daily breakfast buffet, a daily happy hour food and drink social gathering, an oceanfront-facing fitness center and an attached restaurant named Hello Betty Fish House. The Fish House has an extensive seafood-centric menu, drink menu and happy hour specials.

Just blocks away from the hotel is the San Luis Rey River Trail, a great bike trail which stretches for over 7 miles along the San Luis Rey River all the way to the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, the trail’s namesake. A run or bike sojourn on that trail is a daily possibility for lodgers, as is one along the beachfront on The Strand bike and running path, alongside the scenic Coastal Rail Trail.

The Springhill also does private events and weddings and maintains a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, a great way to stay on top of offers, deals and events happening at the hotel. 


Steve Horn Steve Horn is a Carmel Valley-based writer the climate/energy website DeSmog.com and a freelance investigative journalist/researcher for-hire. Before moving to San Diego in December 2017, Steve also served on the Narrative/Documentary Shorts Film Review Committee for the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he lived from 2016-2017, moving there from Madison, Wisconsin. Born in Chicago and raised in the southeastern Wisconsin city of Kenosha, WI, Steve is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His writing has appeared in multiple publications, including Al Jazeera America, The Intercept, The Guardian (UK), Vice News, TYT Investigates, NUVO, Isthmus, LetsRun.com, Vocativ, Wisconsin Watch and elsewhere. In his free time, Steve is a competitive runner, with a personal best time of 2:43.


Crystal Hilsley Crystal also writes at Crystal Clear Health and Crystal Clear Kids and lives in Encinitas with her “mini – me”; they are both proud advocates for kids teaching them the difference between real food and fake food. You’ll find her tearing up San Diego: sweating it out in hot yoga, kicking sand at the beach, wake surfing, and savoring a craft latte which is a daily habit she has no intention of giving up. Ever.