The Best Places to Stay in San Diego

Whether you’re seeking a stay at a storied historic property or a luxe, wellness-focused resort, the San Diego area’s lodging accommodations offer something for everyone. Here we’ve listed some excellent options for those visiting town or locals looking for a staycation. Don’t forget to tell them The Scout Guide sent you when you book your stay!

Bahia Resort Hotel (998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego). The Bahia Resort Hotel, situated on a 14-acre peninsula in Mission Bay, is a remarkable destination known for its beautiful sandy beaches, lush tropical gardens, and accommodations suitable for the whole family. Recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the top 10 value resorts in America, it offers a plethora of activities and amenities, including a secluded beach and charming Mississippi-style sternwheeler boats. Instagram

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa (29402 Spa Havens Way, Vista). The ultimate in wellness and luxury at Cal-a-Vie, named North America’s top destination health spa by Travel + Leisure. Located in breathtaking Vista, California, this award-winning retreat is the brainchild of owners Terri and John Havens, who combined their love for historic antiques and family trips to France to create a stunning 450-acre property that features wellness programs centered around healthy living. Instagram

Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa (3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego). Escape to the tropical paradise of the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, located in the heart of San Diego’s Pacific Beach community. This casually elegant resort, boasting a Polynesian-inspired theme, is conveniently situated just 8 miles from San Diego International Airport and surrounded by swaying palm trees, lush vegetation, tiki torches, koi ponds, waterfalls, and friendly exotic birds who love to chat with guests. Instagram

Cormorant Boutique Hotel (1110 Prospect Street, La Jolla). Experience a blend of classic mid century modern and art deco-style in the design of The Cormorant Hotel. This brand-new hotel exudes a vibrant new energy and offers a contemporary take on La Jolla luxury. The hotel is inspired by the majestic black sea birds known as cormorants, which can be spotted in their natural habitat just steps away from the property. Instagram

Glen Ivy Hot Springs (25000 Glen Ivy Road, Temescal Valley). Glen Ivy Hot Springs is a one-of-a-kind destination, offering mineral spring pools and serene surroundings that are sure to uplift your spirits. As soon as you step foot on the property, you’ll feel a sense of joy and well-being that is hard to find anywhere else. With expansive outdoor pools and a mild climate throughout the year, each visit is a chance to reconnect with yourself, your loved ones, and nature. Instagram

Glorietta Bay Inn (1630 Glorietta Boulevard, Coronado). Glorietta Bay Inn offers a tranquil island getaway that you won’t forget. This award winning boutique hotel is a historic gem in Coronado and renowned for its magnificent architecture. Originally built in 1908 as the residence of sugar mogul John D. Spreckels, the hotel boasts a perfect blend of old-world charm and contemporary comfort. Instagram

Inn at Moonlight Beach (105 North Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas). The Inn at Moonlight Beach is the world’s first hotel to be awarded WELL Certified – Platinum by the International WELL Building Institute. This Encinitas boutique hotel offers a unique environment that has been scientifically proven to enhance guests’ well-being in the areas of Air, Water, Lighting, Nutrition, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind. Designed with exceptional quality and built to harmonize with nature, the hotel provides a nurturing and uplifting experience from the moment you arrive. Instagram

Inn By The Sea La Jolla (7830 Fay Avenue, La Jolla). Immerse yourself in the picturesque coastal beauty and breathtaking Pacific views of La Jolla Shores in San Diego. This idyllic destination offers the perfect romantic escape for honeymooners seeking to bask in the refreshing ocean breeze and soak up the warm La Jolla sunshine. Whether you’re looking to relax, unwind, or explore, La Jolla Shores is your perfect home away from home. And, of course, be sure to visit the adorable seals during your stay! Instagram

La Valencia Hotel (1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla). La Valencia Hotel, a historic La Jolla landmark, has been welcoming guests for over 95 years. The iconic “Pink Lady” boasts a signature pink exterior and a Spanish-tiled tower, perched atop the village bluffs overlooking the picturesque La Jolla Cove and the Pacific coastline. Immerse yourself in the coastal splendor of San Diego, with a sparkling ocean-view pool and sun-drenched courtyards just steps from the beach. Instagram

Rancho Bernardo Inn (17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo). Escape from the ordinary and indulge in the tranquil surroundings of Rancho Bernardo Inn’s 265-acre resort nestled among the picturesque hills of San Diego’s North County. Located on a championship golf course and elegant private residences, they offer a serene oasis where you can reconnect with your loved ones or take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Instagram

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa (5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe). Rancho Valencia, a Spanish Colonial Hacienda-inspired haven, located in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. Indulge in 49 luxuriously-appointed guest casitas, each featuring a private patio and fireplace, as well as three lavish private residences, perfect for your next weekend getaway or family reunion. Spanning 45 acres of verdant gardens and citrus groves, they offer an array of rejuvenating wellness and fitness programs, along with world-renowned tennis instruction. Instagram

The Lodge at Torrey Pines (11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla). Enter the charming world of craftsman architecture and unparalleled luxury at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Positioned above the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this AAA Five Diamond rated resort exceeds all expectations with its exceptional dining, world-class spa, and unparalleled service. Paying homage to the California craftsman movement, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is designed after the famous Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, which are considered among the finest examples of early 1900s Craftsman-style architecture. Instagram

Twelve Senses Retreat (1004 Nardo Road, Encinitas). The Twelve Senses Retreat offers a truly transformative experience for those seeking solace, rejuvenation, and a deeper connection with their senses. One of the highlights of the Twelve Senses Retreat is its commitment to holistic wellness. The retreat offers a variety of wellness programs and activities designed to nourish the mind, body, and soul. Designing Twelve Senses Retreat, the owner sourced products and materials that were created with passion and expressed authenticity, minimalism, and sustainability. Instagram

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