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The Sofia Hotel Downtown

The Sofia Hotel Downtown Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The 211-room Sofia Hotel in Downtown San Diego features small, but stylish rooms, with mini-fridges, microwaves, and tiny flat-screen TVs. Use of the fitness center, yoga and pilates studio, Wi-Fi, business center, and even loaner bicycles is included in the $8 daily fee, and the American brasserie gets solid reviews. It's more charming than the often similarly priced Holiday Inn, and the location is more convenient -- but parking will cost you.

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley Rating: 3.5 Pearls

This 317-room hotel in Mission Valley is a pretty typical chain, with all the San Diego mid-range basics (24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool). Comfortable (if not particularly stylish) rooms have iPod docks and flat-screens, but some face a wall. It's near the University of San Diego, but far from downtown -- you'll have to drive to see any tourist sites.

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

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 in the hip Gaslamp Quarter quite a bit more happening than your average chain hotel. But the rooms, while comfortable, feel somewhat bland and generic. The Hard Rock Hotel around the corner offers more stylish rooms at a slightly higher price point.

Dolphin Motel

Dolphin Motel Rating: 3.0 Pearls

The Dolphin Motel is a solid pick for tourists looking for a clean, affordable place to stay near some of San Diego's top attractions. Given its comfy beds and convenient location across from San Diego Bay, the property is a great home base for sleeping and cleaning up in between visiting the sights. It offers a few nice touches, including free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free water and canned soda anytime day or night. However, the motel doesn't offer much in the way of amenities and rooms are small and sparse. There are a few restaurant options -- from seafood spots to popular chains -- within walking distance of the motel. The trolley to Old Town stops nearby, making it easy for guests to reach attractions via pubic transit.

Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown

Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This cylindrical, 220-room hotel became a Sheraton in May 2012 and received several upgrades as a result. A full-scale renovation of the property is planned to begin in fall 2012 and be completed by early 2013. This will include a larger lobby area and restaurant, as well as new hallways. Most amenities in the rooms themselves (mattresses, linens, etc) were changed as part of the transition as well. A few blocks north of the San Diego Concourse, the hotel is located right before a freeway on-ramp, conveniently close to the airport and major attractions. It still has some great freebies — free Wi-Fi, free morning newspaper, and a free shuttle to take you to the airport, for example. But the small pool and fitness center and out-of-the-way location near the highway are downsides.

Porto Vista Hotel

Porto Vista Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This 189-room hotel in downtown San Diego is a good value, with an airport shuttle, great bay views from the restaurant, and some cool freebies -- including free breakfast, free yoga classes, and free Wi-Fi. But despite the veneer of trendy decor, this is a no-frills property: Rooms have tube TVs and motel-style, exterior entrances, and the hotel's location in Little Italy, right off the freeway, isn't ideal for exploring Downtown San Diego on foot. Still, it's a solid pick for the price.

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls

The Carlsbad Seapointe Resort's large (if bland) condos are convenient for families, with full kitchens and (in most) ocean views. It's across the street from the beach and has lots of kid-friendly activities, including kids' pool, a playground, fire pits for marshmallow roasting, and miniature golf. But it's a 10-minute drive to the restaurants and shops in downtown Carlsbad, and the beach could be nicer.

Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This mid-range property in the Gaslamp Quarter is surprisingly stylish for a Residence Inn, and one of the most family-friendly properties in San Diego, despite its happening location. It's easy to save money on food here -- rooms all have kitchens, there's a barbecue area next to the small pool, and the buffet breakfast is free. There's also plenty of room for families to spread out: the smallest room starts at 400 square feet, and many rooms have sofa beds. All in all, it’s a great value -- but families may also want to consider the nearby Hotel Solamar.

Residence Inn San Diego Scripps Poway Parkway

Residence Inn San Diego Scripps Poway Parkway Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This bright, clean, and renovated Residence Inn is an affordable option geared toward long-term stays. The location is a reasonably convenient for exploring downtown San Diego, which is a 20-minute drive away. Aside from the large rooms with full kitchens, there's a free breakfast with lots of variety and also a "social time" with light food and drinks on select weeknights. It's a solid choice for travelers who are fine with staying at a chain.

Ocean Palms Beach Resort

Ocean Palms Beach Resort Rating: 2.5 Pearls

This 50-room motel-style property in Carlsbad is across the street from a great beach, and its barbecues, kitchenettes, and pull-out sofas make it a decent choice for do-it-yourself families. While they are not particularly upscale, rooms feature bright, beachy decor have been renovated to include flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.


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