The Sofia Hotel Downtown Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Diego, the 211-room Sofia Hotel is a good deal: Use of the fitness center, yoga and Pilates studio, Wi-Fi, business center, and even loaner bicycles is included in the $8 daily fee. Rooms, though on the small side, are stylish and come with mini-fridges, microwaves, and tiny flat-screen TVs. Plus, the American brasserie gets solid reviews.
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter Rating: 3.5 Pearls
A sleek lobby, a quality restaurant, a popular rooftop lounge with views of Petco Park, and the street-level Latitude Lounge make this 291-room Marriott quite a bit more happening than your average chain hotel. The rooms, while comfortable and large, feel somewhat bland and generic, but they all come with flat-screen TVs, and continental breakfast is included in the price. Its location in the hip Gaslamp Quarter is certainly a plus.
Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This cylindrical, 220-room hotel is a few blocks north of the San Diego Concourse, right before a freeway on-ramp. It's got great freebies -- free Wi-Fi, free meals for kids at the on-site restaurant, free morning newspaper delivery, and a free shuttle to take you to the airport, Amtrak station, or any attraction within a three-mile radius. Plus, it features a small pool, a fitness center, and up-to-date rooms with 32-inch flat-screen TVs and a pillow menu.
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This 317-room hotel in Mission Valley features an outdoor swimming pool, large rooms with iPod docks, mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs, a 24-hour fitness center, and a few freebies, including Wi-Fi and coffee and tea in the rooms and the lobby. This is a great pick for those who don't mind having to drive less than ten minutes to downtown San Diego.