The best affordable and cheap hotels in San Diego

by Alexander Castro  |  Published October 11, 2017

Beaches! Parks! Art galleries! Gardens! The zoo! All of this can be found in San Diego, a warm and sunny city on California’s Pacific coast. It’s a city steeped not only in beauty and activity, but history, too: it’s home to Old Town San Diego, which was site of California’s first Spanish settlement. And there’s plenty in the present to keep you occupied as well: the 1,2000-acre Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, the USS Midway Museum and much, much more. The weather is temperate year-round, but the beaches are crowded in the summer months of June through August. Try going in December, January or February for sparser crowds and more powerful sun!

We’ve chosen a whopping 10 properties for you within San Diego. We selected hotels close to the city center and its many surrounding happenings and attractions. We’ve aimed to keep hotels affordable and well-rated by past guests (which generally means a rating of 8 or above on