Pendry San Diego Hotel rooftop pool house restaurant lounge
Credit: Courtesy of Pendry San Diego

Best known for its year-round warm and sunny climate, San Diego is a favorite destination for travelers seeking a refined city vacation with a casual surf town vibe. The hotels here are just as varied, with chic downtown boutiques and sprawling beachfront resorts.

The top hotels for travelers visiting San Diego know that to really impress travelers, they need to be both unique as well as inviting. We looked at properties with upscale amenities, impressive architecture and design, glowing reviews, and prime locations to highlight some of the best hotels in this destination.

Whether you're seeking a grand dame with a ballroom or a modern new space with a rooftop pool, we've picked four favorites — so you can spend less time planning and more time packing your bags.

Omni San Diego Hotel

The Omni's unbeatable location in the historic Gaslamp Quarter means you’ll be close to San Diego’s most prominent attractions, like Balboa Park and the Horton Plaza shopping district. With over 500 rooms to accommodate guests (all of which have either ocean, bay, or downtown skyline views), and Clefs d'Or concierge service, you'll be hard-pressed to leave.

The U.S. Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this hotel has hosted dignitaries, presidents, and celebrities since it opened in 1910. Complete with 270 guest rooms and a grand ballroom, The U.S. Grant is known for exceptional service and above-and-beyond amenities. Located just one block in each direction from the Lyceum Theater and Spreckels Theater, lovers of art and theater will find this hotel perfectly situated. Rooms are also completed with original artworks.

La Valencia Hotel

Steps away from the Pacific, La Valencia Hotel is an unforgettable pink property with a distinct south-of-the-border charm. Since its opening in 1926, travelers have come to La Valencia for sweeping ocean views (to say nothing of the heated pool, ground-floor lounge, and two exceptional places to dine).

Pendry San Diego

One of the Gaslamp Quarter’s newest hotels, the Pendry is a smart and modern property that's best known for its six restaurants and bars, including a street-level beer hall, a wine and coffee bar, and a signature farm-to-table restaurant. This offshoot of Montage Hotels brings a decidedly more youthful vibe to the historic neighborhood. Case in point: a rooftop pool deck that offers magnificent views of the neighborhood.