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7 Best Old Town San Diego Hotels

Convenience and moderate pricing in this pocket of hotels near the freeway

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Originally settled in 1769 with a single fort and a mission — the first in California — Old Town San Diego is referred to as our state’s birthplace. It’s visited by tens of millions of visitors annually also for its fantastic Mexican food, heritage sites, museums, Mission San Diego de Alcala, and shops. Staying in one of the Old Town San Diego hotels puts you close to the action here but also to major transportation arteries including two freeways and the Old Town Transit Center where one can catch the bus, trolley or train.

Hotels near Old Town San Diego themselves are an eclectic, fascinating mix of historic and new buildings — many are constructed in the Spanish or Mission styles and with original elements still intact. Combining history with modern amenities treats visitors to an authentic dose of what San Diego is all about. 

Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town/SeaWorld Area

A double queen room interior at Hilton Garden Inn Old Town.

Address: 4200 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110

Tip: Hilton Honors rates are usually the most advantageous.

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Location really is everything at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town. Just off the I-5 and a 10-minute walk to Old Town and Presidio Park, all of San Diego’s most popular attractions are easily accessible from here. The pet-friendly Hilton Garden Inn is one of the newest Old Town hotels and offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour business center. The onsite Verde Kitchen & Bar serves Mexican-inspired cuisine for breakfast and dinner, and the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry is where you’ll find grab-and-go snacks and staples.

Many of the oversized guest rooms have city views and they all come with Serta Suite Dreams beds and bedding, 47″ flat-screen TVs, work stations with ergonomic desk chairs, and Neutrogena bath products. Adjacent room blocks and meeting/event spaces are also available, making this a great choice for business travelers and special events. It’s also on our list of best hotels near SeaWorld San Diego.


Old Town Inn

Address: 4444 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92110

The family-owned Old Town Inn is a low-key, Spanish-style hotel with lush tropical landscaping and a prime location. Guests enjoy a long list of complimentary amenities, including continental breakfast, parking, and Wi-Fi, and there is no resort fee — a pleasant bonus in southern California. Guests also enjoy a heated outdoor pool and shared BBQ grill. 

There are multiple types of guest rooms, including well-kept original rooms, renovated Deluxe rooms, two-bedroom extended stay units with kitchenettes, and the Jacuzzi Suite. All rooms have DVD players and guests are provided a library of movies.

It’s located in a self-described industrial pocket, but it’s still one of the most convenient spots among Old Town San Diego hotels. SeaWorld San Diego is five minutes away, popular San Diego beaches are 10 minutes away, and the Old Town Transit Center is just across the street. The latter provides trolley service to downtown, Mission Valley, and the border in addition to Amtrak service to Disneyland, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and beyond. We chose it also as a top pick for budget-friendly or cheap hotels in San Diego.

Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town

Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town

Address: 4041 Harney St, San Diego, CA 92110

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Most commonly known as simply the Hacienda Hotel, this charming Spanish mission-style property offers an ideal location and expansive views of Old Town and Mission Bay. Rustic Santa Fe-inspired furnishings and décor combine with top-notch amenities to create a uniquely warm, welcoming ambiance. 

As far as hotels near Old Town San Diego, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that provides so much value to guests. In addition to the fitness room, heated pool and spa, and complimentary airport and cruise terminal shuttle, guests enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail in the adjacent Old Town Tequila Factory and the Manager’s wine and cheese reception on Wednesdays. The hotel is situated near both I-5 and I-8 and is also three blocks from the Old Town Transit Center trolley and Amtrak station.


Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Old Town

Courtyard by Marriott Old Town

Address: 2435 Jefferson St, San Diego, CA 92110

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Mere steps from everything Old Town has to offer, the Courtyard by Marriott has it all — a phenomenal location, modern and spacious guest rooms, onsite dining, and a whole host of amenities. Several restaurants are within walking distance and the location just off the I-5 makes it simple to visit the San Diego attractions on your must-see list. For guests that prefer to stick close to the hotel, the hotel’s onsite restaurant The Bistro serves Starbucks coffee and breakfast as well as dinner and cocktails.

Amenities at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Old Town include complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour outdoor pool and fitness center, oversized 60″ televisions, in-room coffee and mini-fridges, ergonomic workstations, and luxury bedding. In addition to the standard guest rooms, there are one-bedroom suites available that are ideal for families. 


Cosmopolitan Hotel

Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant

Address: 2660 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110

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Originally built as the family home for early San Diego settler Juan Bandini in 1829, “The Cosmo” is the only hotel located within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

It’s also been used as an apartment building, olive mill, and restaurant. Today, the 10-room boutique hotel has been fully restored and overlooks picturesque Presidio Park. Some of the original floorboards, windows, and wainscoting remains, but guests enjoy modern comforts such as Wi-Fi also. 

The Cosmopolitan Hotel features an indoor/outdoor restaurant by the same name, and guests are treated to a complimentary daily breakfast of housemade pastries and coffee in the saloon. The Victorian-style guest rooms are decorated with antique American-made furniture and several feature in-room fireplaces, balconies, or claw-foot tubs. While Wi-Fi is provided, there are no TVs or phones in the rooms, to keep the feel more authentic. Reserved parking is complimentary. It is one of the haunted hotels in San Diego.


Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Old Town

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Old Town

Address: 3900 Old Town Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

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Well-suited to leisure and business travelers alike, the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Old Town is a charming Spanish-inspired hotel situated close to the I-5 and I-8 connection. Guests are treated to a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning, as well as a business center, outdoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center. 

The comfortable guest rooms include a mix of standard studios and suites with separate living and sleeping areas, and some have private balconies. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, work areas with ergonomic chairs, in-room coffee makers, mini-fridges, and microwaves, and large flat-screen TVs. On-site parking is available for a fee. The airport, SeaWorld San Diego, and the San Diego Zoo are all within a 10-minute drive.


La Quinta Inn Old Town/Airport

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Diego Old Town/Airport

Address: 2380 Moore St, San Diego, CA 92110

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The bright and colorful La Quinta Inn Old Town is the epitome of SoCal-cool combined with modern amenities. The business center and outdoor pool and hot tub allow travelers to mix business with pleasure, and there is also an airport shuttle for added convenience. 

Each morning guests can enjoy a complimentary Bright Side Breakfast before heading out for the day with a waffle bar, yogurt, fresh fruit, and more. Sunny guest rooms include pillow-top mattresses, complimentary Wi-Fi, large flat-screen TVs, and in-room coffee makers, mini-fridges, and microwaves. Suites have separate living areas with pullout sofa beds, and children under age 18 are always free with a parent.

What are your favorite Old Town San Diego hotels?

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