Best Places to Stay in San Diego

San Diego is no slouch when it comes to unique, luxury and boutique overnight options. The Gaslamp Quarter alone is home to hotels upon hotels with proximity to downtown entertainment and is only a quick drive away from both beaches and city attractions. But we know that for your honeymoon, you deserve something seriously special – so we’ve pulled together three different area classics, plus one bonus idea that may be low on luxury but is certainly high on adventure.

Hotel del Coronado

Someday, we’ll stop talking about how much we love Coronado. Maybe. A vintage retreat extraordinaire, the Hotel del Coronado is a red-turreted, Victorian getaway built in 1888 that to this day remains one of the nation’s best-loved beach resorts. From its location on the edge of Coronado’s ideally wide, flat beach to the view of Point Loma in the distance – not to mention the string of political figures and celebrities who’ve come to stay at the “Del” over the years – this resort is a destination unto itself.

The Sofia Hotel

One of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America, the Sofia Hotel is gothic on the outside, luxurious on the inside and located right downtown with easy access to shopping at Horton Plaza, the nearby Gaslamp district, and Balboa Park. There’s no debate – next time we’re in San Diego, we’ll be staying here.

The Grand Del Mar

We might be able to say that The Grand Del Mar is a resort and call it a day – but then we might forget to tell you about all the details that make this Triple Five-Star destination just that. Like the five-star spa. And the five-star restaurant. And the equestrian center with trail rides through Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. We think you get the picture.

San Diego Roar & Snore

An adults-only, after-hours, all-night adventure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, this overnight trip is definitely going to modify your understanding of San Diego’s nightlife. Featuring guided walks and up-close encounters with the animals, this experience comes complete with tent, camping chair and, yes, showers. Reserve a “premium” tent for a slightly more upscale (aka “glamping”) campsite endeavor.

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