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Grande Colonial Hotel

Grande Colonial Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

With a central location in La Jolla, a heated outdoor pool, and an array of great services -- including in-room massages, and daily turndown -- this upscale historic boutique is a solid pick for a relaxing coastal getaway. Rooms have classic, contemporary decor with a European feel, and modern technologies, such as iPod docks, HD flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Suites have wooden floors, cute kitchenettes, and cozy fireplaces. There are several beaches within walking distance, and dozens of restaurants and boutiques nearby -- but there is no fitness center on-site, and some rooms are a tad small for the price. Travelers wanting more spacious rooms and an on-site spa could try the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Don't let the chain name fool you -- this 230-room Courtyard by Marriott is decidedly upscale. It is housed in a 1920s bank building, and historical elements have been preserved throughout (particularly in the grand lobby). Rooms are stylish and contemporary, and some have bay views. The location in San Diego's happening Gaslamp Quarter is near some of the city's best nightlife. The lobby restaurant, aptly called The Lobby, serves California cuisine for three meals a day, and there's even a Starbucks on-site. Just note that valet parking is a bit pricey, and the elevators can be slow during busy check-in times. It's a great value for the area -- the nearby San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter is similarly priced, but not nearly as nice.

La Valencia

La Valencia Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The historic, upscale La Valencia Hotel has held its prime location on the Pacific Ocean in the heart of sunny La Jolla since it was constructed in 1926. The Pink Lady, as it's affectionally called -- a nod to the Pepto pink exterior -- was renovated in 2014, bringing it squarely into this century with an updated Spanish style. Two on-site restaurants, a lively bar, and Spanish-inspired saltwater swimming pool facing the ocean are just part of this unique property's charm. Expect to pay extra for Wi-Fi and breakfast. Villas and rooms facing the pool aren't very private but include great details like dual shower heads and (some) outdoor fireplaces. Small pets are allowed for a fee -- a great perk in a state where pooches are considered part of the family.

Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The iconic, family-friendly Hotel del Coronado is one of the largest and best-known resorts in Southern California, with 679 rooms right on the beach and an acclaimed fine dining restaurant and wine bar. It's located in charming Coronado Village, a short drive away from San Diego’s main attractions. But some rooms and bathrooms are small for the price, and could use updating.

Glorietta Bay Inn

Glorietta Bay Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls

An Edwardian mansion from 1908 with 11 rooms makes up the heart of the Glorietta Bay Inn, located on Coronado Island with views of the marina and bay. The rest of this hotel's 100 rooms are located in separate buildings from the 1950s, and while cozy and stylish, lack the historic character of the main building. To reach the beach, guests must walk across busy Orange Avenue. There is an outdoor pool and hot tub, a free continental breakfast, and a lovely music room with a baby grand piano, but no restaurant or bar. There are many hotel options in Coronado, but the Mansion Rooms at the Glorietta Bay are some of the area's finest.

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What's Your Style?

  • Historic
  • Beach
  • Luxury
  • Resort
  • Romantic
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Locations

  • Balboa Park
  • Carlsbad
  • Coronado
  • Del Mar
  • Downtown
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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner
  • Babysitting Services
  • Balcony
  • Business Center
  • Cabanas at Pool
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