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Where to stay in San Diego

If you're a first time visitor to San Diego, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in San Diego.


What's the best area of San Diego to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around San Diego are: Downtown, Little Italy, Coronado, La Jolla, Gaslamp Quarter, Pacific Beach, Hotel Circle, and Mission Bay.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"If you're ok with a short Uber fare, Little Italy and the surrounding area is another option."  See More

"I would choose either Little Italy or North Park ."  See More

"My favorite areas are local-centric like North Park, South Park, University Heights and Little Italy/Bankers Hill."  See More

"It's a high energy place with Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, Horton Plaza, Little Italy, Old Town San Diego and the Harbor itself, you'll find plenty to keep you busy and lots of people your age to mingle with."  See More

"Gaslamp Quarter is tourist and party central."  See More

"The Gaslamp Quarter is fantastic for young professionals."  See More

"Pacific Beach and Mission Beach are classic San Diego beach cities, but tend to be more oriented towards college-age residents."  See More

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  1. Downtown
  2. Little Italy
  3. Coronado
  4. La Jolla
  5. Gaslamp Quarter
  6. Pacific Beach
  7. Hotel Circle
  8. Mission Bay
What are some good hotels in San Diego?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in San Diego, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego was cool for breakfast if you have a few extra bucks to spare."  See More

"Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego: Large, modern, high-end hotel on the Bay with magnificent views from upper floors."  See More

"Check out Black's Beach, stay at Glorietta Bay Inn, take a whale boat ride, go to San Diego Zoo Safari Park or San Diego Zoo"  See More

"I stayed in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego Downtown just down the street from Little Italy and it was pretty nice."  See More

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  1. Hotel Del Coronado
  2. Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
  3. Glorietta Bay Inn
  4. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego Downtown
What if I want to explore San Diego further?

If you're open to researching even more areas, some suggestions that might be less common but interesting to explore are: Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, and La Jolla Village.

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  1. Escondido
  2. Rancho Bernardo
  3. La Jolla Village
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here are some of the questions that we used to find this information.

profile  Brian Yost from Philadelphia asked:
Great neighborhood in SD to live for 6 weeks for a young professional (25)?  (5 answers)

profile  Liv Strauss from Cape Cod asked:
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?  (8 answers)

profile  Lauren Barnes from Jersey asked:
Is Clairemont Mesa East a safe place to stay?  (3 answers)

profile  Lauren Barnes from Jersey asked:
Where to stay in San Diego  (3 answers)

profile  Beth F from Maryland asked:
Mid-20's looking for places to see, to eat and things to do in a week?  (5 answers)

profile  Beverly Joesten from San Luis Obispo asked:
Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego  (8 answers)

What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in San Diego.

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  1. The Prado at Balboa Park
  2. Hash House a-Go-Go
  3. Extraordinary Desserts
  4. Juniper & Ivy
  5. Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

Want to research more popular attractions in San Diego? Click the blue button below.

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  1. Balboa Park
  2. San Diego Zoo
  3. Old Town San Diego
  4. Ocean Beach
Where can I find out more about San Diego?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from San Diego locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about San Diego.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into San Diego? There are 3 alternative airports, so make sure you compare all your flight options. Find international, domestic, and local airports in San Diego.

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