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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.
Crowne Plaza Hotel San Diego - Mission Valley

Crowne Plaza Hotel San Diego - Mission Valley Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The upper-middle-range Crowne Plaza Hotel San Diego isn't an ideal spot for those hoping to walk to attractions, but its relatively central location right off the freeway makes it a convenient base for driving around the city. The tropical decor feels dated, and enforced quiet zones, the nearby golf course, and large rooms with ergonomic work chairs make the venue a fit for business travelers, but everyone has to sign up with IHG's rewards club (it's free) if they don't want to pay for Wi-Fi. The nearby Courtyard Marriott is a bit pricier, but it’s much more modern -- with free Wi-Fi for all. Just to the south in Old Town, BEST WESTERN PLUS Hacienda Hotel has interesting local flair and cheaper rates.
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows Rating: 3.0 Pearls

The chic Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows once played host to Hollywood heavyweights including Bob Hope and Ava Gardner. A 2011 renovation salvaged much of its original allure, and these days, it's a mid-range haunt for hip locals who come for the Olympic-sized swimming pool, rockabilly shows, and regular pool parties. The private bungalows are stylish and fun, but not all the rooms are fit for a superstar. There are some housekeeping issues and the late-night parties may not appeal to all. The pool can get crowded, as it's open both to overnight guests and to locals with a membership or day pass. Travelers who don't mind the weekend party atmosphere tend to enjoy both the affordable rates and historic legacy. It's in a great location for club hopping and taking in San Diego's counterculture, while being fairly central to many of the city's tourist attractions.
Ramada Inn & Suites Gaslamp/Convention Center

Ramada Inn & Suites Gaslamp/Convention Center Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Built in 1913, this mid-range Ramada Inn retains an old-fashioned look with some antique details, including a pair of 1913 elevators, and original chandeliers and marble stairs. The hotel’s location in the middle of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is arguably its best feature, and puts it within stumbling distance of many restaurants, bars, and clubs. The hotel also has its own 24-hour restaurant with a comfortably worn mahogany bar. While the common areas and 99 guest rooms are clean and mostly well-maintained, the overall look of this hotel is a bit dated, with some furnishings that seem a few decades old. The tiny gym is also a throwaway, with just two machines. Prices are good for this part of town, and some guests will appreciate the antique features. Guests seeking a more modern property can try the Bristol Hotel, which often has comparable rates on weekdays.
Gaslamp Plaza Suites

Gaslamp Plaza Suites Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Historic charm sets Gaslamp Plaza Suites apart from the rest, with the hotel located one block away from Horton Plaza in San Diego's hip Gaslamp Quarter. At 11 stories, the property was the city's first skyscraper and still has fantastic views from its rooftop terrace, where you can partake of the free continental breakfast. Rooms vary in size, decor, and layout (some are time shares), but renovations have preserved their character while updating the furnishings. Noise from the surrounding neighborhood is common at night and the hotel's own wine bar may add to it, especially on weekends.
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.
Hotel Vyvant

Hotel Vyvant Rating: 2.5 Pearls

Hotel Vyvant is a modern bed and breakfast with stylish rooms and an inviting staff. All but the smallest economy units have en suite bathrooms as well as extras like Keurig machines. Local producers supply the food and beverages served here and breakfast is free. The surrounding neighborhood of Little Italy has distinctive cafes and bakeries as well, but some of the area’s allure gets lost in the one-way streets and heavy traffic surrounding this boutique property. Light sleepers who flinch at the idea of a crowded on-ramp right outside should pass on this one.


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