If you are looking for a cheap place to stay, consider Old Town Inn, which is a convenient option among other 161 budget hotels in San Diego. If you are on a modest budget, consider staying in a hotel near Blessed Sacrament Parish Church, such as the cheap Navajo Lodge situated a 5-minute walk away. Rk Hostel San Diego is a modest choice that is a 10-minute walk from County Center - Little Italy metro station.
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Where to stay in San Diego?
Best cheap hotels in San Diego
San Diego airports & Subway stations
Be close to San Diego International airport, staying at Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island, situated about 0.8 miles away. One of the easiest ways to travel around San Diego is by metro, so such hotel as The Us Grant, 500 feet from Civic Center metro station is the best choice for travelers. To stay near Amtrak train station, you will find a number of excellently rated hotels, such as Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown and Best Western Plus Bayside Inn.
Convenience of staying in hotels downtown
If you're planning a trip to San Diego, consider staying at one of the 29 hotels in the city center, such as Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection. Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is situated directly in the city center within close proximity to various cafes and restaurants, including the famous LEVEL 9 Rooftop Bar serving Mexican dishes. Those looking to spend some time in Pacific Beach district should head to Diamond Head Inn, which is close to Turtle Reef.
Visitors who want to explore San Diego's tourist places can try a hotel near San Diego Repertory Theater, such as The Guild Hotel, San Diego, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel surrounded by a sanctuary, historical buildings and a museum. Travelers visiting the city for The Headquarters at Seaport will find hotels within walking distance from it, including Residence Inn By Marriott San Diego Downtown and The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter.
Luxury and boutique accommodation in San Diego
To immerse yourself in some of San Diego's culture, consider staying at a hotel near San Diego Community College, including luxury Cosmopolitan Hotel and Hilton San Diego Mission Valley. If you are going to San Diego with your partner, consider the 4-star Hyatt Regency La Jolla, a romantic boutique hotel in La Jolla district. There are 5chain hotels near The Headquarters at Seaport to pick from, such as Ramada Mission Valley or Ramada By Wyndham San Diego Airport.
Explore and find your best apartments, B&Bs and others
Stay Alfred On G Street is a nice apartment with cheap prices and it features an outdoor swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. Popular Downtown San Diego Modern 3 Bedroom Penthouse B&B apartment is a charming choice that is only a 10-minute walk to the center of San Diego. If you're visiting San Diego with your family, think about staying at a hotel such as Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town or Hampton Inn San Diego/Del Mar. Guests who enjoy nature may want to stay at Ramada By Wyndham Gaslamp Convention Center near parks and an oasis.
City Guide: Discover the best of San Diego
Connection to your accommodation
Arriving by car or plane is perfect. San Diego is well connected to the highway and expressway network (the I-5 runs from the Mexican border through the city and on through LA to Canada). San Diego offers the best hotels with proximity to the transportation and moreover, the largest airport - San Diego International Airport - is located only around 4.5 km from the city center. So don’t worry, booking a hotel downtown, you will be still close to the airport.
Discovering La Jolla
La Jolla is a famous district with a rocky coast and beautiful beaches. This place was considered the birthplace of California's surfing and skater culture in the 1960s, now it's rather a luxury neighborhood. That’s why San Diego has many hotels on the beach with excellent service. Also, it is worth visiting Point Loma with its old lighthouse and the Cabrillo National Monument. This vantage point offers a unique view over San Diego and Coronado, and if you're lucky, from here you can watch whales swimming in the Pacific Ocean.
A business stay in San Diego: The Biotechnology Center
San Diego is one of the top 3 biotechnology centers in the USA, that's why many biotechnology companies have their headquarters here. There are several branches in the industry that create numerous jobs - the renewable energy sector and telecommunications sector. Qualcomm made San Diego the capital of CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and contributed to the city's development. Many trade fairs (the SID and the San Diego Comic-Con International, the largest in the world comic book fair) attract travelers from all over the world.
San Diego: nice neighborhoods and parks
San Diego offers what's missing in many American cities - a historic district: The Gaslamp Quarter. This place is made for strolls and shopping, as well as trying delicious Mexican specialties (try The Blind Burro on 639 J Street). Balboa Park is over a hundred years old, it has extensive green spaces and original buildings, not to mention 15 world-class museums on the premises (the Museum of Man, the National History Museum, the Museum of Art and s.o.). Other city sights include the largest museum of model trains in the world and the San Diego Air & Space Museum, which is an offshoot of the famous museum in Washington. At home, you can surprise your loved ones with souvenirs from the museum shops, inspired by the exhibits. The famous San Diego Zoo with its pandas and SeaWorld San Diego with dolphins and orcas are near Balboa Park. There are many hotels near the zoo, so you can stay at one of them. To have a fascinating insight into the life of the US Navy, find the discarded aircraft carrier USS Midway, which has been anchored in San Diego Harbor as a museum ship since 2004.
A trip to Mexico
The border town of Tijuana is only about 30 km away from your hotel in San Diego, so a trip to Mexico isn't a problem. Mind that the easiest way to cross the border is by trolleybus from San Diego to San Ysidro, since American rental cars aren't always allowed to be taken across the border, moreover when coming back to the USA, there might be long waiting times. You can buy Mexican souvenirs and cheap food right in the city center of Tijuana - it's like a huge marketplace around Avenida Revolución.