San Diego is a popular vacation destination with luxury hotels and resorts. This Pacific Ocean Coast city has many inviting beachfront resorts, renovated historic properties, and 5-star hotels. With many hotels to choose from we have listed some of the best hotels in San Diego, California to stay:

Four Seasons Residence Club 

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Four Seasons offers travelers villas with kitchens and kitchenettes with plenty of space with separate bedrooms and living areas. It is one of the best hotels in San Diego California with seasonal restaurants and local farmers market-inspired cuisines.

Location: Aviara(Carlsbad), North San Diego

Starting Rate: USD 865 before tax.


  • Two-bedroom villa (up to 8 people)
  • Full-service resort spa and fitness center
  • Childproofing, high chairs, and other accessories 
  • Two swimming pool
  • Kids Club 760 with fun activities such as arts and crafts, ping pong, video games, and dive-in movies 
  • Seasons barista bar and to-go items
  • Babysitting Services
  • Special Coastal Tours

Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa

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Rancho Valencia is a Relais & Chateaux Property with luxurious and large Villas with a tennis court, spa, and fitness programs. Their Resort and Spa have been ranked no.1 California Resort by U.S. News & World Report Travel and has also achieved a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide.

Location: Rancho Santa Fe

Starting Rate: USD 1100 Per night(excluding taxes)


  • Tennis program with lessons
  • Yoga Pavillion, Pilates Studio & fitness center with classes
  • Access to private and public golf courses, including The Farms, and Torrey Pines Golf Course
  • Heated swimming pools, an adults-only pool, two saline pools, and a family pool
  • Loaner Bentleys
  • Complimentary games, bocce ball, ping pong, bikes

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar is one of the best 5-star hotels in San Diego. Their décor of Mediterranean-style suites with Tuscan villa feel and superb service has earned them AAA Four Diamonds (2009 – 2023). This hotel has the only three Michelin-star restaurants in Addison in all of San Diego.

Location: Carmel Valley (East of Del Mar)

Starting Rate: USD 764 (Excluding Tax)


  • Horseback riding lessons at Equestrian Center
  • Family pool with underwater music
  • Activities such as s’mores and movie nights
  • Adults-only rooms (Signature Terrace) and pool
  • Arts and crafts center
  • Traditional games 
  • Foosball, ping pong, and more
  • Two pro-style tennis courts with instructors
  • Designer boutiques
  • Guided canyon hikes
  • Marble bathrooms and verandas or patios.

Beach Village at The Del

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Beach Village is a gated property within the Hotel del Coronado Resort. This San Diego luxury hotel accommodates designer cottages, and villas ranging from hotel rooms to three bedrooms. offers the very best beachfront experience with elevated VIP amenities and service.

Location: Coronado Island (private enclave inside Hotel Del Coronado)

Starting Rate: USD 875( Excluding Tax)


  • Personal Conceirge Service
  • Boogie board, surfboard, and skimboard rentals
  • Bonfires with s’more roasting 
  • Villa rooms with two queen beds and a queen-sized sofa 
  • VIP Entrance
  • Early morning yoga on the beach 

Shore House at The Del

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Shore House is another separately bookable property at the Del. It’s a U-shaped Boutique Hotel with a pool bar centerpiece. The hotel is of intimate design than the main resort but more social than the Beach Village. Luxurious coastal accommodation comprises oceanfront View rooms and avoids street noise.

Location: Coronado Island  (inside Hotel Del Coronado)

Starting Rate: USD 713 (Exclusive of tax)


  • Separate entrance and check-in
  • VIP concierge services
  • Shore House Bistro.
  • Outdoor fireplaces
  • Some residences have designer kitchens
  • Beachside fire pits (first come, first served)
  • Dining, pool, and spa on the main resort

Pendry San Diego

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Pendry San Diego Is a Boutique Hotel with luxury rooms and service. This property hosts services such as a pool, rooftop bar, social club nightlife, beer hall, and their signature farm-to-table restaurant.

Location: Downtown San Diego (Gaslamp Quarter)

Starting Rate: USD 580


  • Rooftop Pool
  • Pendry Spa
  • 50'' Television
  • 6 restaurants and bar
  • Pet Friendly

Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club and Spa

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Park Hyatt Aviara is an excellent choice for a 5-star luxury hotel experience. Their AAA Five Diamonds award-winning hotel is located in a beautiful part of Carlsbad inland off of the I-5 freeway. The combination of upscale standard rooms, family pools, and holiday décor sets them apart.

Location: Aviara (Carlsbad)

Starting Rate: USD 700 (Before Taxes)


  • Miraval spa
  • Bird watching
  • Top golf swing suite
  • Outdoor family swimming pool with underwater lights, two water slides
  • Adults-only pool
  • Arnold Palmer designed a Golf Course
  • solarium lounge area, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms,
  •  Couples treatment areas, fitness classes, and locker and dressing areas

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Hotel Del Coronado is a large luxury hotel with two separate bookable hotels Beach Village and The Shore within itself. This Hilton luxury waterfront hotel with a roster of Hollywood celebrities and presidents staying there. The hotel has been awarded with AAA Four Diamonds, Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award, and many more.

Location: Coronado Island

Starting Rate: USD 700(Excluding Taxes)


  • Stand-up paddleboard and surf lessons 
  • Several waterfront dining and cocktail areas
  • Ocean Explorers kids club for kids ages 5-12 
  • Full-service resort Spa at The Del
  • Boogie board, surfboard, and skimboard rentals
  • Water toys and outdoor swimming pool


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The US Grant Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the downtown area. This hotel is within a short walk of some of the best restaurants and entertainment venues in town. Awards such as the Forbes 4-Star, have been given for their excellent service.

Location: Downtown San Diego, (Gaslamp Quarter)

Starting Rate: USD 600(excluding Tax)


  • Contemporary rooms and suites with modern artwork
  • Complimentary morning and afternoon coffee and tea service in the lobby
  • Nightly turn-down service with chocolates
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Limited spa treatments 
  • 24-hour in-room dining

La Valencia Hotel

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La Valencia is a boutique hotel in the shopping district. The hotel is considered the best luxury hotel in La Jolla's downtown Village with ocean views from the rooms. offers fully renovated villas with Icon suites and more privacy in mind. La Valencia Hotel has been awarded with TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and AAA Four Diamonds.

Location: La Jolla Village

Starting Rate: USD 700


  • Pet Friendly
  • In-room dining
  • Luxurious European bath amenities
  • Mediterranean Room restaurant
  • 4 Room types: Vintage, Classic, Villas & IconLa
  • Sala” Lounge with live music, libations, and tapas
  • Oceanview heated saltwater pool and spa  

L’Auberge Del Mar

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L’Auberge Del Mar is a luxury boutique hotel with excellent rooms, spa, dining. It is a 4-star plus hotel. It is quite peaked for horse racing enthusiasts and for people who like the upscale Del Mar community. It comprises a Private coastal area and is right across Del Mar Beach. It has been awarded with AAA Four Diamond Award, #1 Hotel in Southern California.

Location: Del Mar

Starting Rate: USD 670 (excluding Tax)


  • Rooms with Coastal, garden, or village views with balconies
  • In-room coffee service, complimentary newspapers, Wi-Fi, large flat-screen TVs, sitting area/desk, iHome stereo systems
  • Fireplaces
  • Fitness center
  • Full-service, beach house-style spa
  • Several excellent dining options
  • Beach cruisers onsite
  • Two lighted championship tennis courts
  • Beach picnics 

Rancho Bernardo Inn

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Rancho Bernardo Inn is a boutique hotel with a spa, an 18-hole golf course, and fully facilitated rooms. Nearby to San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Bernardo Winery, it is a perfect staycation resort. The resort provides services for hosting wedding events also.

Location: Rancho Bernardo

Starting rate: USD 400 (excluding Tax)


  • 18-hole San Diego Championship Golf Course
  • Resort spa featuring organic and natural ingredients
  • Saltwater pool
  • Adults-only pool,
  • In-room camping package
  • Fitness center
  • Four dining options
  • A smartphone app for reservations, housekeeping, etc.
  • Rooms have private balconies or patios 

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