Oyster knows that travelers wants to get the most for their money. When we review properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the food to the service. So if you’re planning a trip and don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top picks for value and get inspired!

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The Sofia Hotel

Downtown, California, United States

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

Gaslamp Quarter, California, United States

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.


Courtyard San Diego Mission Valley/Hotel Circle

Mission Valley, California, United States

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.