Hotels in San Diego run the gamut from luxurious to serviceable. Downtown locations offer easy to moderate accessibility to the waterfront, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Convention Center and several major shopping meccas.
Suburban hotels, especially those in La Jolla or Del Mar, attract those who enjoy calm affluence, demand beauty all around them and don't mind driving a bit to such attractions as Balboa Park and SeaWorld.
There are ample bed-and-breakfasts, inns and historic small hotels as well as national chain properties and beachfront or cliffside accommodations, and several top-class and trendy boutique-hotels available.
Resort hotels abound—many have separate cottage or lanai units, tennis courts and outdoor pools. Cheaper digs can be found in the convenient but less interesting Mission Valley section of town (that's why the area is called "Hotel Circle"). Charming long-term rentals and inns abound on Coronado Island.
Summers are the busiest times for most hotels and attractions (downtown hotels are impossible to book the last weekend of July, when Comic-con visitors take over). Book well in advance if you're visiting June to mid-September.
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