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World's Best Hotels » The Best Hotels In and Around San Diego, CA
The Best Hotels In and Around San Diego, CA

The Best Hotels In and Around San Diego, CA

San Diego is about as far into Southern California as you can go. In addition to the downtown San Diego area - La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Carlsbad, and even Aviara are considered suburban areas for San Diego proper.

Five Star Alliance has compiled a list of the best of the best luxury hotels and resorts within the San Diego area - both downtown and within the 30 or 40 minutes North. Check out the results below.


Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa | La Jolla, CA, United States

Named one of 2005's "Hottest New Hotels in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler, Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa is a garden oasis by the sea. A California Rancho-style coastal sensory retreat where tradition, environment and design blend to renew and inspire. Surrounded by lush landscaping and garden fountains, enjoy a rejuvenating massage or simply lounge by the pool. Relaxing and quiet, Estancia is located minutes from the beautiful beaches of La Jolla and...


Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla | San Diego, CA, United States

This hotel is ideally situated in the seaside village of La Jolla, just steps from lovely beaches along with interesting eateries and world-class shopping. The Grande Colonial Hotel features 93 guest rooms and suites, some with kitchens and fireplaces. There is 5,000 square feet of event space for weddings, and other special events. The award-winning NINE-TEN Restaurant boasts nationally acclaimed chefs and a Wine Spectator-recognized wine list.


Hotel Del Coronado | Coronado, CA, United States

Rising from water's edge on the quaint island of Coronado in San Diego, the Hotel del Coronado is considered one of America's most beautiful beach resorts. A classic historic hotel, The Del was built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Today, The Del offers travelers contemporary luxury in an enchanting Victorian atmosphere. Add to this, the resort's beachfront location, and it's no wonder USA Today calls The Del "one of the top ten...


Hotel Palomar San Diego | San Diego, CA, United States

Move into luxury and sophisticated, art-filled style at Hotel Palomar San Diego. In the center of downtown arts and culture, surrounded by award-winning theaters and nightlife and just steps from San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, our boutique Kimpton Hotel is a top choice for both work and play. Hotel Palomar is where Art in Motion is alive in every detail. Beautifully unpretentious style, check. Luxury services and amenities, yes. Warm Kimpton Hotel hospitality,...


Hotel Solamar | San Diego, CA, United States

Operated by the award-winning San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Solamar opened in San Diego in 2005. For leisure guests, Hotel Solamar's distinctive personality and expressive attitude will captivate imaginations and create new memories. Business travelers will find Hotel Solamar's extensive amenities and business services ideal for meetings and working away from the office. Hotel Solamar's piece de resistance is the 8,550-square- foot...


La Costa Resort and Spa | Carlsbad, CA, United States

From the moment you enter through the gates of the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad - formerly a KSL Luxury Resort, you are embraced by the picturesque beauty and leisurely charm of the coastal California lifestyle. Here within this quaint village setting, you'll discover an idyllic Southern California getaway. Nestled among 400 lush garden acres near the beach in Carlsbad, CA – but miles away from the pressures of the world – this delightful coastal...


La Valencia | La Jolla, CA, United States

Experience the beauty of La Jolla and Southern California in one of the most elegant San Diego resorts. Enjoy the ideal blend during your San Diego vacation with recreation and elegance of our beautifully appointed resort lodging accommodations, restaurants, lounge, full service conference meeting, catering, and wedding facility. Experience the serenity, rejuvenation, and relaxation that await you at one of the San Diego resorts that have delighted both...


Lodge at Torrey Pines | La Jolla, CA, United States

Overlooking the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course with distant views of the Pacific Ocean, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a AAA Five Diamond La Jolla hotel located just 15 miles north of downtown San Diego. The Lodge, site of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open Championships, pays homage to the Craftsman era and showcases 169 rooms and suites that reflect San Diego's stress-free lifestyle while providing all the comfort and amenities you need. The resort is designed...


Park Hyatt Aviara Resort | Carlsbad, CA, United States

Just 30 minutes north of San Diego, southern California's finest resort experience offers casual elegance in a natural setting accented by wildlife and wildflowers. The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort's Spanish colonial architecture is designed to harmonize with this surrounding landscape. Discover an extensive spa, the area's finest dining choices and Arnold Palmer- signature golf.


Rancho Bernardo Inn | San Diego, CA, United States

A unique resort experience where warm, attentive service focuses on meeting your individual needs. Where surroundings are lush and tranquil, yet filled with possibilities. Where world-class recreation and fine dining await. And, most importantly, where each and every guest is treated as a lifetime friend. The Inn's location in San Diego North boasts nearly perfect weather year-round with several hundred days of sunshine annually. After a day spent taking...


Rancho Valencia Resort | Rancho Santa Fe, CA, United States

Located just north of San Diego and La Jolla, Truly the finest of San Diego Hotels, Rancho Valencia Resort is a year-round retreat from the conventional routines of every day life. One of the premier Southern California Resorts, Rancho Valencia Resort was named Number Two of the Top 75 North American Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler, and One of the Top Ten Tennis Resorts in the US by Tennis Magazine. Located just 25 miles north of the downtown San Diego Hotels,...


The Grand Del Mar | San Diego, CA, United States

Serenely nestled amidst a beautiful coastal canyon preserve, The Grand Del Mar seamlessly combines the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxury of an elegant resort. The result is a destination lauded by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the World's Best Places To Stay. Little wonder, given the sun-drenched climate, stunning natural beauty, championship golf course, award-winning spa and irresistible dining, epitomized by Addison, Southern...


The Westgate Hotel | San Diego, CA, United States

Timeless, classic, elegant, artistic. When you enter The Westgate Hotel, you are transported to a world of beauty, art and refinement. Built in 1970, The Westgate is considered a cultural landmark in "America's Finest City." The lobby, meeting rooms, and intimate dining areas showcase eighteenth-century antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, French tapestries, and Persian carpets. Recently awarded Travel + Leisure magazine's, Best Business Hotel in San Diego,...


US Grant Hotel | San Diego, CA, United States

A San Diego icon since 1910, THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel provides an exceptional experience steeped in timeless elegance and legendary style. Built by Ulysses Grant Jr. in honor of his father, the hotel ranks on the United States National Register of Historic Sites and is ideally located in vibrant downtown. Adjacent to the Gaslamp Quarter, within walking distance are over 150 restaurants, shops and nightlife opportunities, Westfield Horton...


W San Diego | San Diego, CA, United States

We've merged modern sophistication with the time-honored traditions of service. The result? W San Diego. A unique hotel designed to re-awaken your senses and redefine your notion of what business travel can be. Located downtown within walking distance of the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, the convention center and the Bay, W San Diego features 259 guest rooms, 16 cool corner rooms, and 16 urban suites -- all stocked with every comfort and convenience. Fluffy...