Hilton Mission Bay in San DiegoChoosing where to stay in San Diego hinges on several factors such as your planned activities, budget, and time of arrival. 

Tip: For a unique experience, consider staying in a hotel with a view of the San Diego skyline or the Pacific Ocean.

If your itinerary revolves around downtown exploration, hotels in the Gaslamp Quarter or along the downtown waterfront are ideal.

Top picks include the Marriott Marquis Marina, Hilton Bayfront, and Grand Hyatt.

Budget-friendly options near downtown include Porto Vista, Wyndham Bayside, or Westin. 

For SeaWorld enthusiasts, consider the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, or the Bahia Resort. More economical choices in the vicinity are Holiday Inn Express, Wyndham Garden, or Travel Lodge SeaWorld.

Hilton San Diego Resort & SpaMy recent Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa stay was thoroughly enjoyable. This bayfront resort offers a blend of fun and relaxation.

The room with two queen beds offered a splendid garden and beach view. On-site amenities include a heated pool, multiple Jacuzzis, and water sports activities.

The nightly SeaWorld fireworks are visible from the balcony or waterfront. See the full review here.  

Interesting Fact: San Diego was ranked as the fifth-best place to live in the United States by MONEY Magazine in 2006.

The Grand Hyatt at San Diego Bay is another excellent choice, conveniently located near Seaport Village, the Headquarters, USS Midway, and the Gaslamp Quarter.

The rooms offer comfortable beds and stunning views of the harbor and downtown. See the full review here.  

Humphreys Half Moon Inn in San DiegoDuring my last visit, I stayed at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn. While slightly removed from major attractions, it's an idyllic spot for a staycation.

The hotel boasts a variety of entertainment options and amenities, including a large swimming pool, acclaimed restaurants, an outdoor theater, and complimentary bike rentals. See the full review here.

Tip: For a different kind of San Diego experience, consider camping at the Koa Campground, known for its excellent facilities and family-friendly environment.

Camping in San Diego is also a delightful option. The Koa Campground offers tent and RV sites, along with 1 and 2-bedroom cabins. It features clean bathrooms, hot showers, and numerous activities. Read more about KOA campground here.