13 Best Luxury San Diego Hotels

Choose between beachfront, family, downtown, wellness-focused and more five-star fun

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San Diego luxury hotels are all quite different from each other. This often makes it tough for travelers to choose one that best suits their needs. The goal of this post to guide readers toward the best San Diego luxury hotel for their particular situation as some are beachfront, others are located downtown, and some are more family-friendly than others.

And, as readers of this site know, I love my luxury hotels.

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Most of the properties on this list have special upgrades and amenities that can be secured at no additional cost to you ONLY through an exclusive network of travel agents. The good news is that, as an independent consultant of Worldview Travel (a Virtuoso member agency), I am one of them. Feel free to send me your dates using this easy form.

I normally list hotels in order from north to south, but in this case, I think it’s prudent to list my top picks first. And, I’ve given you two of what I think are the best options for finding the best rate.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Location: Carmel Valley (East of Del Mar)

 

Why go: Fairmont Grand Del Mar is considered one of the best luxury San Diego hotels and also currently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor for best luxury hotel in the nation. It’s one of only eleven Forbes fifteen-star properties in the world (for the hotel, spa and Addison restaurant). You may just not want to leave, making it a perfect staycation choice for local couples, families or singles who need pampering. Decor is Mediterranean-style and the suites, in particular, are beautiful, plentiful and often surprisingly reasonable for those who need a bit more space. It suits families, business travelers, and couples well. The Signature Terrace rooms are adults-only and surround the adults-only pool.

A central San Diego location with easy access to the I-5 freeway makes it convenient to explore attractions like LEGOLAND to the north and Balboa Park to the south.

Hotel amenities:

  • State-of-the-art supervised Explorers Club with daily scheduled programming or drop-in use for kids ages 5-12 that includes the latest video games, fully-stocked arts and crafts center, traditional games, foos ball, ping pong and more
  • Horseback riding lessons at the onsite Equestrian Center
  • Children’s pool with wading area, a family pool with underwater music and sand play area, and an adults-only pool
  • Haim Salon (manicures, pedicures, hair)
  • Seasonal activities such as s’mores and family movie nights
  • Private Tom Fazio-designed golf course with exclusive access for hotel guests and junior golf programs for kids ages 13–17
  • One of San Diego’s best spas complete with gorgeous lounging areas, couples treatments, and a private pool
  • Addison, a culinary sensation that’s regarded as San Diego’s best restaurant
  • Two pro-style tennis courts complete with instructors and clinics for adults and kids
  • Designer boutiques
  • Guided canyon hikes
  • Bikes for riding along the nearby trails
  • Top-notch service everywhere
  • Seasonal beach butlers to drive guests to the beach and set up chairs/umbrellas

Good to know: This San Diego luxury hotel does not charge for self-parking as it is included in the resort fee of $40/day. A rental car is advisable as the resort is located a bit inland without much to do within walking distance.

Awards: #1 on TripAdvisor, AAA Four Diamonds, three Forbes five-stars each for Addison, the hotel and spa.

Reservations: Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a Virtuoso property which means that I can book you in with additional benefits that include:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (excluding suites)
  • Daily Continental breakfast for up to two in-room guests, served in Amaya or in-room dining (up to $70 per room, per day)
  • $100 USD Activity credit per stay, valid for golf play, golf instruction, the Spa services, and/or Explorer’s Club fees to be utilized during stay (cannot be combined, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full – not valid towards retail or Haim Salon Services)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara

Location: Aviara (Carlsbad)

 

Why go: You’d like a home away from home with the usual flawless Four Seasons service. Most of the villas at Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara have kitchens or kitchenettes as well as separate bedrooms and living areas that provide travelers with plenty of space. This is also your best option for extended stays and multigenerational travel (though a stay of any length will be an enjoyable one). If you’re a fan of the brand, like I am, this is the best luxury hotel for you in North County San Diego.

Hotel amenities:

  • Kids Club 760 with fun activities such as arts and crafts, ping pong, video games and dive-in movies (unstaffed)
  • Board games to check out and use in the villas
  • Two swimming pools and a special children’s pool
  • Childproofing, high chairs and other amenities available upon request
  • A full-service spa and fitness center
  • Babysitting services
  • Special coastal tours (the kids can come, too) in a vintage Woody, by reservation
  • Seasons barista bar for gourmet coffee drinks and to-go items
  • A special dining experience like the chef’s table and kitchen counter where guests pull up a stool to interact with chefs and taste bites in the open kitchen

Good to know: The Park Hyatt Aviara is next door so guests can enjoy dining there, too. Aviara is an inland residential/golf community so it helps to have a rental car. This hotel is outstanding. Of all the luxury hotels in San Diego, this is one that I haven’t had a single complaint about.

Reservations: Worldview Travel is a Four Seasons Preferred Partner agency which means that I can book you in with additional value-added amenities and services. (I lived in a Four Seasons hotel, stay in them regularly and can tell you in detail about nearly every property in their portfolio.)

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Location: La Jolla (Torrey Pines/UCSD area)

 

Why go: You want an intimate, highly-rated, luxury boutique hotel right next to Torrey Pines golf course and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Built in California craftsman style, The Lodge at Torrey Pines boasts ocean views and excellent service. This San Diego luxury hotel is often mentioned in national publications as a top choice in all of California. The spa is excellent as is its restaurant, A.R. Valentien. They even have complimentary luxury car service to take guests within a five-mile radius which includes the beach and La Jolla Village.

Hotel amenities:

  • World-class dining
  • Full-service spa
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course (the concierge can secure tee times)
  • Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits
  • Heated pool and hot tub
  • Yoga classes and croquet
  • Generously-sized guest rooms range in size from 500 square feet to more than 1,500 square feet
  • Luxury suites up to 2500 square feet
  • Egyptian cotton linen and quilted duvets
  • Suites with fireplaces and balconies available
  • Keurig coffee brewers with complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary shoe shine service
  • DIRECTV
  • Children’s menus at all restaurants

Good to know: This La Jolla hotel overlooks the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course. The spa is not huge but it’s a very, very good one (I go for massages there sometimes). Palisade rooms have ocean views. This property also does not have a resort fee.

Awards: AAA Five Diamonds, Forbes 4-Star recipient, Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Award

Reservations: The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a Virtuoso property which means that I can book you in with a discounted rate and additional value-added amenities that include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily in restaurant for up to 2 in-room guests (up to 60.00 credit per day)
  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excluding gratuity and tax)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Rancho Valencia

Location: Rancho Santa Fe

Why go: You’d like to stay put and enjoy a quiet getaway in luxurious and large villas with access to tennis, a state-of-the-art spa, fitness programming and peaceful surroundings in the luxury of a Relais & Chateaux property. It’s also a great spot to recharge the batteries given its wellness offerings. And, guests may golf at some of the regions best courses including some that are otherwise private.

Hotel amenities:

  • Complimentary games, bocce ball, ping ping, bikes and more for family fun
  • Yoga pavilion, pilates studio and fitness center onsite with classes.
  • An excellent tennis program with lessons and clinic
  • Access to private and public courses including The Farms, Torrey Pines Golf Course, Del Mar Country Club and more.
  • Four heated pools including an adults-only pool, two saline pools and a family pool

Good to know: If you are planning on spending a lot of time off-property, Rancho Valencia might be a bit too inland for you. A car is definitely necessary.

Awards: TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award, AAA Five Diamond Hotel, #1 Tennis Resort by Tennis Magazine

Reservations: Rancho Valencia is a Virtuoso property which means I can book you in with:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in-room guests (maximum $40 credit per person)
  • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit, (Not valid in Sheridan, the resort’s boutique. Not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Pendry San Diego

Location: Downtown (Gaslamp Quarter)

The new Pendry San Diego is already one of downtown San Diego's best hotels.

Why go: Pendry San Diego opened last year to rave reviews. Its specialty is blending modern with tradition throughout the entire hotel including rooms, a beer hall, social club nightlife experience, rooftop lounge, elegant hotel bar, and signature farm-to-table restaurant. It’s not a small hotel either with 317 rooms including 36 suites. With its attention to detail, luxury linens, stylish decor and excellent service, Pendry San Diego is a top choice for downtown San Diego. It is part of Montage Hotels and Resorts.

Hotel amenities:

  • Rooms with luxury linens, custom amenity program from renowned parfumerie MiN New York, Waterworks bath accessories, 50″ televisions, fully-stocked mini bar
  • 6 Restaurants and bars
  • Rooftop pool
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Spa Pendry
  • Pet-friendly

Good to know: Pendry San Diego welcomes families (kids receive a special welcome amenity) as well. Guests receive an expedited entry into the social club. Happy hour at Pool House means that everything is half-off.

Reservations: Pendry San Diego is a Virtuoso property which means that I can add on the following amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Breakfast credit at Provisional Restaurant or In-Room Dining for two daily for the duration of the stay ($30 maximum per person, per day)
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Beach Village at The Del

Location: Coronado (Beach Village is a private enclave in the Hotel Del Coronado)

 

Why go: You want the very best beach vacation possible in San Diego. This is by far the best luxury choice. Beach Village is a private enclave at Hotel Del Coronado with designer cottages and many VIP amenities. Only guests of Beach Village have access to its pools, common areas and breakfast at the Windsor Cottage. It is much quieter than staying on the main resort and popular for groups and multigenerational travel because most cottages have full kitchens.

Hotel amenities (Beach Village guests have access to Hotel Del Coronado resort amenities):

  • Access to the members-only Windsor Beach club with food and drink service, posh sofas and sand chairs styled by Room & Board (open during summer only)
  • Complimentary use of beach chairs and umbrellas at Del Beach (half-moon cabanettes and day beds are available for rental) where it’s also possible to enjoy drink and food service to the sand.
  • Early morning yoga on the beach and outdoor beachside spinning classes.
  • A beachside boardwalk in front of the hotel perfect for riding bikes and surreys (rentals are available)
  • Private beach bonfires with s’more roasting
  • Boogie board, surfboard, and skim, board rentals
  • Personal Concierge service
  • VIP Entrance
  • Private dinners in your cottage prepared by resort chefs
  • Priority reservations across the resort
  • Pools with cabanas and lounge chairs for Beach Village guests only
  • Secluded plunge pools and hot tubs scattered throughout the property
  • Cottages with hot tubs
  • Designer cottages with designer appliances

Good to know: The cottages closest to the beach border the boardwalk so you will see people on bikes, walking etc.

Reservations: Hotel Del Coronado and Beach Village at The Del are Virtuoso properties which means that I can book you in with some additional benefits that include:

  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in-room guests
  • $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Note that breakfast at Windsor Cottage is included with Beach Village reservations so the breakfast credit for two could be used at Sheerwater on the main resort for a change of pace. I can also help you decide which accommodations to choose. However, if you know what you want, depending on the cottage type and length of stay you might be better off booking with a Hilton HHonors discount through Hilton online.

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Hotel Del Coronado

Location: Coronado

 

Why go: You like historic hotels with a big list of amenities. The red roof of this historic San Diego hotel has become one of the city’s icons. The roster of Hollywood celebrities, U.S. Presidents and other dignitaries who have stayed at Hotel Del Coronado since its opening in 1888 is nothing short of impressive. It’s San Diego’s best full-service beachfront resort though a four-star property. Coronado Municipal Beach in front of the hotel has beautiful and expansive white sand. It’s one of the best place to go to the beach in San Diego. The hotel is also walkable to the shops and restaurants on Orange Avenue, though it has enough activities onsite that you may not want to leave.

Hotel amenities:

  • Full-service beach area (with chairside food and drink ordering) called Del Beach with luxury lounge chairs, umbrellas, half-moon cabanettes and day beds for full-day rental
  • Stand-up paddle board and surf lessons (arranged through the concierge)
  • Morning beach yoga and outdoor beachside spinning classes.
  • A beachside boardwalk in front of the hotel that is perfect for riding bikes and surreys (rentals are available)
  • Private beach bonfires with s’more roasting
  • Boogie board, surf board and skim board rentals
  • Beachside painting classes
  • Kidtopia kids club for kids ages 4-12 featuring 2-hour activities and 3-5 hour adventures including games, stage performances, arts and crafts, and more
  • MooTime Creamery ice cream treats on site
  • Water toys and fun in the main pool
  • 17 shops to browse (Babcock & Story is my personal favorite)
  • Several beachfront dining and cocktail areas that are amazing venues during sunset
  • San Diego’s best Sunday brunch
  • Full-service Spa at The Del with packages for ages 13 and up

Good to know: The Hotel Del Coronado Restaurants and shops on Orange Avenue are within walking distance and there is a ferry from downtown San Diego to Coronado (the ferry is about a 30-minute walk from the hotel). The resort can feel very busy during peak times as residents and tourists visit the shops and restaurants during the day. It is not a good choice for people looking for a quiet getaway but it is one of San Diego’s icons and the hotel that is most requested by readers of this site. I recommend making dining (including breakfast) and spa reservations in advance if traveling during a holiday week.

Speaking of holidays, there is also quite a bit to do during the holidays at Hotel Del Coronado from a seaside ice skating rink to other special programming.

Awards: AAA Four Diamonds, Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award and many more

Reservations: The Hotel Del Coronado is a Virtuoso property which means that I can book you in with the following value-added amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (room upgrades are not possible in Beach Village)
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Commemorative Book celebrating over 125 years at The Del – valid for Guest Rooms at either The Hotel del Coronado or Beach Village at The Del
  • $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

The benefits above usually outweigh any AAA, military or other discount, however, you can also check rates on Hilton as the hotel is now a Curio Collection by Hilton property.

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THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

Location: Downtown (Gaslamp Quarter)

Why go: Ulysses S. Grant, Jr. spent $1.9 million (a lot in 1910) to build this hotel in honor of his father, President Ulysses S. Grant. Fourteen U.S. Presidents and countless celebrities have stayed here. It was also a speakeasy and a place where women’s rights were won. Now, after careful restoration combining old with new, THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego, is better than ever. It’s the best choice for those who would like to earn or redeem Starwood points. The recently-refreshed rooms have a contemporary look to them with stunning original artwork over the beds.

Hotel amenities:

  • Contemporary rooms and suites with original artwork
  • Elemis bath amenities
  • 300 Thread-count sheets
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the lobby
  • Complimentary afternoon beverage service in the lobby
  • Nightly turn-down service with chocolates
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • PressReader subscription with 5000+ magazine and newspaper subscriptions

Good to know: There is no swimming pool in the hotel. The hotel is in a superb location that is within walking distance to some of San Diego’s best restaurants and shopping in the Gaslamp quarter. The hotel prices well for location and quality.

Awards: Forbes 4-Star Award, US News and World Report Best Hotels in California, US News and World Report Best Hotels in San Diego

Reservations: There are two ways I can book readers into THE US GRANT: Virtuoso and Luxury Privileges. Both programs typically include:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests in The Grant Grill or via room service (maximum value of $60 per day)
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, available in the Grant Grill or via room service only)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Location: Aviara (Carlsbad)

 

Why go: You want to base your stay in a North County San Diego luxury hotel with excellent golf and an award-winning spa. Or, you like to earn or redeem Hyatt points. Park Hyatt Aviara is a popular choice for families because they usually have reasonably-priced suites and connecting rooms in addition to a game room, family pool and more.

Hotel amenities:

  • Aviara Kids Academy by Camp Hyatt for ages 4 – 12 during the summer
  • Bird watching over the wetlands
  • Seasonal junior tennis clinics
  • Outdoor family swimming pool with underwater lights, an adults-only pool, and a shallow wading pool and water play area
  • Surf concierge including transportation to Ponto Beach and 2 hours of boogie board or surf lessons for ages 6 and above
  • Kids DVD library
  • Arnold Palmer designed golf course
  • Six state-of-the-art lighted tennis courts
  • An awesome 15,000-square-foot spa with solarium lounge area, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, couples treatment areas and locker and dressing areas
  • TaylorMade Performance Lab for a 2-hour custom club fitting experience
  • Exquisite, varied dining between Argyle steakhouse, Vivace (Italian) and California Bistro
  • Frette robes and pillow-top beds

Good to know: As mentioned above, this incredibly beautiful part of Carlsbad is inland of the I-5 freeway so you’ll need to drive to the beach. Some people feel that it is not up to par with other Park Hyatts, but it is typically priced lower than other Park Hyatts. Read about our recent stay at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort.

Awards: AAA Five Diamonds

Reservations: Park Hyatt Aviara is a Virtuoso property which means that I can book you in with the following amenities.

Book with Virtuoso Amenities

When booking a luxury hotel, it is often more cost-effective to book through an agent who can secure VIP amenities, upgrades and experiences you can’t get on your own.

As an independent affiliate of Worldview Travel (a Virtuoso member agency), I can secure these amenities at Park Hyatt Aviara in 2017 at no additional cost to you:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.
  • Daily full breakfast buffet, for up to two in room guests
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary daily Aviara Spa access for two guests including sauna, whirlpool, steam room and indoor solarium lounge.
  • Locally-inspired culinary welcome amenity
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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La Valencia Hotel

Location: La Jolla (Village)

Why go: La Valencia is a boutique hotel set above La Jolla Cove and in the heart of La Jolla’s main Village business and shopping distance. Built in 1926, “The Pink Lady” is a great spot for people who want to go carless in La Jolla and have everything they need within walking distance. Ocean views abound and it’s the spot that well-heeled travelers who want to stay in La Jolla will likely enjoy most. La Valencia is considered the best luxury hotel in the La Jolla Village.

Hotel amenities:

  • 24-Hour in-room dining
  • Luxurious European bath amenities
  • Cafe La Rue – modern European cuisine, hand crafted cocktails and premium libations
  • 4 Room types: Vintage, Classic, Villas & Icon
  • “La Sala” Lounge with live music, libations and tapas
  • Ocean view pool
  • Heated pool and spa
  • Complimentary shoe shine
  • Complimentary high speed and wireless internet
  • 300 count imported bed linens
  • Keurig coffee makers
  • Les Clefs d’Or Concierge service

Good to know: This La Jolla luxury hotel is pet-friendly. Weekend brunch at The MED restaurant is one of the most popular in San Diego (I love lunch there, too). They have a lot of different room and villa types starting with the Vintage King Ocean (note that while it has ocean views, the room is 250 square feet). I think the Villa King Ocean or Villa King Ocean Suite accommodations are the nicest as they are in a quieter part of the hotel and closer to La Jolla Cove.

Awards: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, AAA Four Diamonds

Reservations: I can book readers in with Preferred Platinum Amenities that usually include:

  • Complimentary breakfast for two daily
  • Hotel welcome amenity
  • US$75 hotel credit (or amenity equal value) for use during stay
  • Complimentary in-room Internet
  • Room upgrade (based on availability)
  • Priority check-in/check-out (based on availability)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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L’Auberge Del Mar

Location: Del Mar

 

Why go: L’Auberge Del Mar is a luxury boutique hotel that is reminiscent of a private, coastal estate. It’s the best option for people who want to stay in the heart of Del Mar where a number of great restaurants and shops are all within walking distance. It is across the street from the beach but has its own walkway to it. The spa is excellent as well.

Hotel amenities:

  • 121 Guest rooms including seven suites ranging from 500 – 1222 square feet
  • All rooms have coastal, garden or village views with balconies or patios, in-room coffee service, complimentary newspapers, WiFi, 42″ flat screen TVs, sitting area/desk, iHome stereo systems
  • Recently-refreshed interiors are decorated with a beach casual, upscale chic look by the exclusive Barclay Butera
  • Some guests rooms have fireplaces
  • Fitness facility
  • Full-service, beach house-style spa
  • Dogs are welcome
  • Several excellent onsite dining options, including Kitchen 1540
  • Beach cruisers available onsite
  • Two lighted championship tennis courts
  • A recently debuted seasonal beach butler sets up chairs, umbrellas, towels for guests
  • Beach picnics available for ordering

Good to know: The hotel tends to welcome more couples seeking romantic getaways than it does families. The beach is across the street but easy to access. It is the best San Diego luxury hotel in the coastal Del Mar neighborhood.

Awards: AAA Four Diamond Award, #1 Hotel in Southern California (Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards), U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hotels of 2015, 2016

Reservations: aRes Travel allows you to bundle local hotels like L’Auberge Del Mar with attractions passes at a discount.

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Rancho Bernardo Inn

Location: Rancho Bernardo

 

Why go: When it’s easiest to stay in East County San Diego, the Rancho Bernardo Inn is your place. It’s a nice boutique hotel with truly fabulous spa facilities that is convenient to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, nearby wineries such as Bernardo Winery, and golf. It’s quiet over here and kids like this hotel. It makes a great staycation option for people who live in San Diego, too.

Hotel amenities:

  • Recently-renovated 18-hole San Diego Championship Golf Course
  • Incredible spa with products featuring organic and natural ingredients (like food)
  • Saline pool at the spa, an adults-only pool and a family pool
  • In-room camping package that kids love
  • Fitness center
  • Four dining options
  • A smartphone app for reservations, housekeeping, etc.
  • Rooms have private balconies or patios

Good to know: Rancho Bernardo Inn is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts.

Awards: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Reservations: Book through aRes Travel to bundle with attractions tickets like the nearby San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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The Westgate Hotel

Location: Downtown (Gaslamp)

 

Why go: Donning a classic Victorian vibe, The Westgate Hotel capitalizes on an era of “grand” décor while providing all the modern amenities. Enjoy big rooms, a lovely rooftop pool, and a fantastic location in the heart of Gaslamp. Guests can also take advantage of the brand new, adjacent AquaVie Spa + Wellness Center during their stay. They also have a lovely Sunday champagne brunch at Le Fontainebleau and location within walking distance to many popular Gaslamp restaurants and shopping.

Hotel amenities:

  • Access to the state-of-the-art AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club
  • Rooftop pool with views of downtown
  • One of the best Sunday brunches in San Diego at Le Fontainebleau
  • Luxury linens and 49″ LED TVs
  • Handcrafted European furniture

Good to know: It is not a huge hotel and can’t really be compared to five-star hotels in Paris, but it is lovely and for those who want to enjoy European hospitality and decor while in San Diego. Price, in my opinion, is often very good value for what you get. It’s a four-star property.

Awards: AAA Four Diamond Award, Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Winner for The Westgate Room and Brunch

Reservations: Bundle attractions like the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and more with your reservation at aRes Travel.

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Which Luxury San Diego Hotels Would I Choose?

It depends. There are usually four things that come into play when booking luxury San Diego hotels (or any hotel here really) that I ask people to think about first.

  1. Location: Where in San Diego will you be spending most of your time?
  2. Do you like restaurants, shops and things to do within walking distance?
  3. What kind of beach access do you need?
  4. Are you loyal to a particular brand?

The answers to these questions are the first step in narrowing down the choices and I can help you drill down even further. Feel free to contact me using the hotel request form.

Tip: If you are planning to visit during summer, spring break or winter break, it is wise to book as far in advance of your stay as possible.

Do you have a favorite San Diego luxury hotel?

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  1. May 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    We Loved San Diego and had a lovely hotel but some of these are dreamy!

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