Gaslamp Quarterl San Diego

Where is the best area to stay in San Diego?

The best area to stay in San Diego is in the heart of the city, in the Gaslamp Quarter. This area has a host of great amenities such as restaurants, cafes and bars, along with some great hotels. You’ll be within walking distance of attractions like the USS Midway Museum and Petco Park with its ballpark and stadium. Public buses run from the Gaslamp area to the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, as well as La Jolla Cove, a popular place to see seals. Boat tours and cruises leave from the nearby marina.


Sandy palm fringed beaches, great parks and sun-drenched days out – it’s not hard to see why San Diego is so popular. Art galleries, museums and gardens are plentiful in this Californian city. Stroll through the enormous Balboa Park and visit the renowned San Diego Zoo. Or, why not take the kids to world famous attractions like Legoland or SeaWorld? If that’s not enough, there’s paddle boarding, kayaking and surfing at the many beaches surrounding the city. At night, you’ll find great Mexican cuisine and fresh seafood in the city’s restaurants and a thriving nightlife at the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter.

Hotel   Price per night
Ramada Gaslamp/Convention Center
830 6th Ave
108€ - 132$
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown
530 Broadway St
169€ - 206$
Horton Grand Hotel
311 Island Ave
216€ - 264$
Hotel   Price per night
Gaslamp Plaza Suites
520 E Street
116€ - 142$
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
660 K Street
228€ - 278$
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
401 K Street
213€ - 260$
Hotel Solamar - a Kimpton Hotel
435 6th Ave
296€ - 361$
Hotel   Price per night
Pendry San Diego
550 J Street
300€ - 366$


If you are interested in where to stay in San Diego, you may also be interested in where to stay in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Fe.

Other areas to stay in San Diego


Around Gaslamp quarter, the downtown area has many activities on offer. The central place to go here is the Horton Plaza, a massive outdoor shopping complex featuring restaurants, shops and cafes as well as a great nightlife scene. The further away from the Gaslamp quarter, the cheaper hotels become, but prices are quite steep because of the central nature of the location. This is a perfect area for all kinds of holidays as there are family friendly activities including a Children’s Museum, as well as fun bars and clubs for younger travellers. The area is charming with its Victorian architectural styles and there is always plenty to see and do here.



If the hustle and bustle of downtown or the Gaslamp quarter is too much, this is a luxurious alternative location to take respite. A ferry ride across from or a short drive to the mainland, this island has a very relaxed vibe. The beaches are clean and there are quaint shops and al fresco style eateries in the main street. Hotels are a little more fancy and little more expensive, but well worth it if you’re looking for a relaxing San Diego holiday.


Mission Valley

This is a very budget friendly area with cheaper hotels available. The location is still fantastic and has easy access to the main city centre. The upscale Fashion Valley mall will delight shopaholics and there are plenty of walking tracks to get out and enjoy the sunshine.


Old Town

Close to Mission Valley is the first Spanish settlement on the U.S West Coast. Old Town retains the early Spanish heritage and celebrates it, which makes it a very vibrant place to stay. It features a well-preserved state historic park and 12 acres of insightful museums, art galleries and shops. The Mexican cuisine here is unbeatable. Accommodation in hotels here is affordable and relaxed, and most hotels offer discounts on Old Town Heritage Tours to learn more about the Spanish settlement and ongoing culture.


Pacific Beach

For the younger crowds looking for a party destination, this is the place. Staying fit and active while on holiday is easy here with stunning water side paved tracks perfect for walking, jogging or skating. Surfing is a lot of fun here for beginners through to experienced surfers. Belmont Park has amazing carnival rides and a 100-year old roller coaster called the Giant Dipper. Staying here is affordable and fun and there are hotels and hostels to cater for a range of budgets.


East Village and Little Italy

East of the Gaslamp quarter, this is an emerging cultural precinct that features fantastic restaurant choices and live music venues. It has a very vibrant atmosphere and multicultural elements to it. It boasts the best Italian cuisine in the city. Hotels are plentiful and affordable here and access to the main city centre is easy to achieve through public transport.


Balboa Park

North of the downtown area, this is one of the city’s most visited neighbourhoods. The parklands offer beautiful garden spaces which make for a perfect atmosphere for an afternoon stroll or family picnic. This is also where the San Diego Zoo is which houses nearly 4,000 animals. Other attractions include the Old Globe Theatre and popular San Diego museums. Accommodation here is comfortable and affordable. Even if you don’t stay in this area, you will certainly pay it a visit while in San Diego.


La Jolla

This is a more affluent stretch of the coastline that features calm waves crashing into the beautiful serene shore. Luxurious hotels are available with upscale rooms and designer boutiques making it appealing for a romantic getaway or indulgent vacation. The La Jolla Playhouse and the Museum of Contemporary Art make this a cultural experience as well as a relaxing one. The best area to stay in La Jolla is the village itself as this area is where most of the action happens.


Barrio Logan

South of downtown, this is the home of Hispanic culture and community which creates a vibrant multicultural atmosphere. There are plenty of authentic Mexican eateries and a flourishing arts scene in Chicano Park. Staying here will be an excellent cultural immersion experience and a unique way to spend a holiday in San Diego.



North of the downtown district, this is a lively and active area to stay in. It is very pedestrian friendly making it easy to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine while staying fit and healthy while on holiday. Hotels are in close range to a number of eateries from fancy restaurants and more casual dining. There is a great shopping culture with vintage clothing stores as well as chic boutiques. This area has something to please anybody, and still easy to access the main city centre.

Courtyard Hotel San Diego
Hotel Solamar San Diego
Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego, California USA.