8 Best San Diego Airport Hotels

Stay a night before your flight or base an entire San Diego vacation at one of these hotels

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Whether you need a place to sleep before flying out or a place to base an entire vacation, these San Diego airport hotels have you covered.

This list is shorter than most because the choices are all major hotel brands that frequent fliers use that have amenities suited for business and leisure travel. They’re all within a mile or two of the airport as we don’t have any hotels in the San Diego airport. Two of the hotels are on the larger side for those who prefer a wide range of services and amenities while the rest are popular suites hotels in convenient locations, usually with shuttles.

San Diego Airport Hotel Locations

One thing to note is that the San Diego International Airport is, unusually for a city airport, located 5-10 minutes from the heart of the action in downtown San Diego. The three main areas that San Diego airport hotels are located include Harbor Island (in front of the airport), Liberty Station (to the left on the map) and along the San Diego Bay (to the right of the map) in more of the downtown area.

The hotels are indicated by colored markers on the map but I have descriptions of each outlined below where you can click through to the hotels themselves for more details and booking. The drop-down arrow beneath each listing reveals relevant hotel amenities.

If you have time to go out to eat or enjoy the city’s nightlife, you could also consider a downtown San Diego hotel though many do not offer complimentary shuttles. Or, to access the fun in the Gaslamp Quarter, simply take a cheap Uber (my invite code has a $20 credit for new users) from one of hotels on this list.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina (Top Pick)

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina is a great family or business hotel near the San Diego airport

Why go: The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina is a hotel that, although across the street from the San Diego airport, could actually could be the base of an entire San Diego vacation. Families love the pool and close proximity to downtown San Diego attractions and its panoramic bay views. It is also for travelers who would like to enjoy the amenities of a large hotel with a full-service spa and access to water sports before flying out.

This San Diego airport hotel is located on a spit of land called Harbor Island which is just a 5 minute drive to downtown San Diego. Harbor Island is on San Diego Bay, so there’s no beach. But the views of the harbor, including sailboats and sometimes large Navy ships, in addition to the sunsets over the water do the downtown horizon can be spectacular. As evidence of that, several nice restaurants also located on Harbor Island and within walking distance of the hotel, tout their waterfront and sunset views.

See also: Our Stay at Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

Hotel amenities:

  • Two towers adjacent to one another, comprised of just over 1,000 rooms
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from the San Diego International Airport every 20-25 minutes from 4:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., seven days a week (though you could also walk there in a pinch)
  • Sheraton Club Lounge available to Sheraton Club guests, providing, among other things, a complimentary breakfast
  • Three outdoor heated pools near the marina
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Luggage storage
  • Basketball courts
  • Outdoor lighted tennis courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Full-service Island Spa
  • Water sports rentals via the onsite SD Adventures
  • Seven dining options

Good to know: The Port of San Diego operates a shuttle from the area of the hotel to several downtown attractions as well between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Downtown is so close that hiring an Uber to drive you there will not be expensive. Note that parking is $32 for self-parking and $37 for overnight valet.

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Hilton San Diego Airport Harbor Island

The Hilton San Diego Airport Hotel is one of the closest to the San Diego airport.

Why go: While there are several popular San Diego Hilton hotels near the airport (and on this list), this one is the largest. Located on Harbor Island (a bit further in than the Sheraton), about a mile from the airport, this San Diego airport hotel is also one of the closest to the terminals while offering close proximity to the restaurants and attractions of downtown San Diego. The 211 room hotel touts its resort-like setting, with balconies overlooking the harbor, marina and downtown skyline. The views can be truly spectacular and seen from many rooms.

Hotel amenities:

  • Complimentary airport shuttle on-demand from 4:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Guest rooms with the Hilton Serenity Suites Dreams Bed with Down Duvet
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool
  • 24-Hour business center
  • 24-Hour fitness center
  • Car rental desk onsite
  • Luggage hold
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Pet-friendly

Good to Know: The Port of San Diego operates a shuttle from Harbor Island to several downtown attractions as well. Though the shuttle is not free and operates only between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But downtown is so close that hiring a car to drive you there will not be expensive.

Book through Hilton

Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown

Homewood Suites Hilton San Diego Downtown is one of the best budget hotels in town.

Why go: Recently renovated and reopened last fall, this extended stay hotel near the San Diego airport is getting rave reviews. Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside is literally steps from the attractions on the Embarcadero and Little Italy. The latter is where many of San Diego’s best restaurants and shops are located (it also close to the cruise port).

Hotel amenities:

  • Each of the 160 large, contemporary suites has a fully equipped kitchen, work desk and separate living area. (You can check out a 3-D room layout on their website.)
  • Dine via room service, the onsite 24-hour Suite Shop with snacks or any one of San Diego’s best restaurants located within walking distance.
  • This hotel will also fill your suite’s full-sized fridge with groceries, by request.
  • Daily hot breakfast
  • Monday–Thursday evening social hour
  • Business center
  • Coin laundry
  • Luggage hold
  • Fitness room
  • Swimming pool

Good to know: They do not have an airport shuttle. It is valet parking only ($40).

Book through Hilton

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station


Why go: This 197-room San Diego airport hotel is located in an expansive, relatively new mall-like complex a couple of miles or so from the airport called Liberty Station. This nearly 400-acre site of a former Naval Training Center was redeveloped several years ago into a sprawling, mixed use residential and retail center, which is also just three miles or so from downtown San Diego. Liberty Station is filled with restaurants (of all price points, starting at fast food), shops, grocery stores, a deluxe movie theater and even San Diego’s only public market.

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station is waterfront on the San Diego Bay but not adjacent any beach itself, it is located just 5 miles or so from Ocean Beach, a beachside community with a famously lingering 1970s vibe, as well as extensive beaches, a pier, and restaurants and shopping (including antiques and crafts) lining its main boulevard, Newport Avenue. The hotel is a similarly short distance from SeaWorld. This all-suite hotel is another popular choice for travelers who would like to base an entire San Diego vacation in a location convenient to the airport and popular attractions.

Hotel amenities:

  • Complimentary airport shuttle available upon request
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Some rooms feature balcony waterfront views of downtown San Diego
  • One-bedroom suites are available
  • All rooms feature a Keurig and luxurious Marriott, cotton-rich linens

Good to know: Parking at the hotel is $14/day. Promotions are listed under the hotel website’s deals tab.

Book through Marriott

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

The Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport Hotel.

Why go: This all-suite hotel offers spacious one- or two-bedroom suites with a separate living areas, a kitchen featuring a microwave, a full-size refrigerator, a dishwasher, and utensils. As you can see by the name, this San Diego Airport hotel is also located in Liberty Station and its nice mix of restaurants, public market, deluxe movie theater, grocery store and other conveniences mentioned above.

Hotel amenities:

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary hot, full breakfast
  • Complimentary evening reception and drinks, available Monday through Thursday
  • Basketball court
  • Fitness center
  • Pool
  • 24-hour business center
  • Coin laundry
  • Onsite convenience store
  • Complimentary grocery shopping service

Good to know: Self-parking is $14/day.

Book Through Hilton

Residence Inn San Diego Downtown

Why go: Residence Inn San Diego Downtown is an all-suite, extended stay hotel located on Pacific Highway about a mile or so from the airport. This San Diego airport hotel is adjacent to Waterfront Park, a few blocks from Little Italy and less than a mile from the Gaslamp Quarter and PETCO Park.

Hotel amenities:

  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from San Diego International Airport upon request
  • Rooms are suites with separate areas for living, sleeping, and fully equipped kitchens
  • Fitness center
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary breakfast in the lobby
  • Complimentary drinks and light fare on select nights at The Residence Inn Mix
  • Grocery shopping service

Good to know: They do not have rollaway beds.

Book through Marriott

Hampton Inn San Diego – Downtown

The Hampton Inn by Hilton San Diego - Downtown/Airport Area Hotel

Why go: Hampton Inn San Diego – Downtown is located on Pacific Highway about two miles from the airport. Its pricing usually skews a little less than the other hotels on this list though it offers a few less frills than the others in the same area. It is on this list mostly because I’ve learned that people are very loyal to Hampton Inns so it’s a good choice for those who fall into that category.

Hotel amenities:

  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from San Diego International Airport from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Each of the hotel’s 177 guest rooms and suites include a 32-inch TV
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Fitness center
  • Business center
  • Rooftop pool with a view

Good to know: Self-parking in the hotel’s underground lot is $25/day. This is right next to the Santa Fe Depot train station so great for those training into town. However, some rooms do have train noise (perhaps request a room closer to the front of the hotel).

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown/Bayfront

Why go: This state-of-the-art hotel with contemporary decor is also located along the San Diego Bay, in front of popular attractions like the USS Midway Museum and the cruise port. SpringHill Suites by Marriott San DiegoDowntown/Bayfront is an all-suite hotel that many people, especially families, use as a base for their San Diego vacations.

Hotel amenities:

  • All-suite hotel with spacious suites, comfortable living areas and stunning views from floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet, offering healthy and hearty choices for every taste
  • Fitness center
  • Rooftop pool

Good to know: The hotel does not offer a free airport shuttle. Parking at the hotel is $35/day. It is located across the street from the cruise port and near the Santa Fe Depot Amtrak train station.

Book through Marriott

Have questions? Feel free to ask. And, when you need a hotel near the San Diego airport, let us know where you stay?

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