Best Hotels in San Diego
San Diego’s idyllic year-round climate, combined with gorgeous beaches, outstanding golf courses, picturesque parks, world-class restaurants, and a long list of attractions, makes it one of the most popular destinations in the country. For the most unforgettable experience in this sunny Southern California city, consider a stay at one of these standout hotels.
1. The US Grant
If you like a bit of history with your luxury hotel experience, step back in time by staying at the US Grant, built in 1910 by the son of President Ulysses S. Grant. It’s been meticulously restored to its original glory, so much so that you might expect the bearded president to walk right through the lobby, complete with Edwardian attire. The Grand Lobby greets guests with exceptional style, including crystal chandeliers, magnificent works of art and hand-loomed silk carpets, providing a glimpse as to what awaits in guest rooms.
While the rooms ooze historic charm and feature elegant details with high quality Empire-style furnishings, all offer modern amenities like flat-screen televisions, heated vanity mirrors and clock radios with Bluetooth. The hotel also offers the chance to turn a stay into a spa retreat with in-room treatments and even onsite personal training. When it’s time to dine, the Grant Grill and Lounge has earned lots of awards and accolades over the years. It’s known for its fresh approach, with a menu featuring seasonal California cuisine using locally harvest ingredients, along with an extensive, award-winning wine list, craft cocktails and local brews.
The hotel’s central downtown location in the Gaslamp Quarter is hard to beat, allowing guests to be just steps away from a wide range of art and culture.
View website: http://www.usgrant.net/
2. Palomar San Diego
One of the city’s coolest hotels is one of its most luxurious too. It enjoys a location just north of the Gaslamp Quarter, and hosts DJs and concerts at its trendy rooftop bar, the SummerSalt Pool Deck & Lounge. It’s the place to be for sipping creative craft cocktails while enjoying delicious small bites and a buzz-worthy scene.
Rooms are large and stylish, with walnut floors, Asian-inspired décor and Italian Frette linens. There’s no skimping when it comes to amenities either, with plasma TVs, iPod docks and ETRO bath products. The Palomar hosts a free evening wine hour as well as offering complimentary car service within a 3-mile radius, along with a lavish spa, an art gallery and a fitness center.
View Website: http://www.hotelpalomar-sandiego.com/
3. The Lodge at Torrey Pines
While there are practically an endless list of outstanding golf courses in the region, Torrey Pines is known as one of the very best, perched above the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. For golf enthusiasts who plan to spend much of their time on the course, there is no better place to spend the night than at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.
Set adjacent to the course, guests can take advantage of priority tee times for the opportunity to play where the pros tee off while soaking up the sunshine and the stunning coastline views. The lodge features a 9,500-square-foot full-service spa and two restaurants, as well as a heated pool with underwater music, poolside cabanas, a hot tub, lawn croquet and amazing views of the golf course and the glistening ocean beyond.
The spacious rooms feature craftsman-styled décor and furnishings with a unique woodsy feel, and bathrooms are enormous. Each includes custom-made toiletries, while most feature a luxurious soaking tub.
View Website: http://www.lodgetorreypines.com/