Where to Stay in San Diego

Content originally written for the Let’s Go: USA & Canada Guide by our researcher-writer, Graham Bishai.

USA Hostels San Diego ($)

726 Fifth Ave.; (619) 232-3100; www.usahostels.com/locations/san-diego/; reception open 24hr

Perched on a second floor landing above the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, USA Hostels San Diego is the perfect balance of fun and comfortable for any traveller trying to ball on a budget. Not to mention, it’s in an unbeatable location for exploring San Diego’s best nightlife and food. The space is colorfully decorated and welcomes lots of natural light, putting you in the mood to get out and explore, and provides a homey place to rejuvenate when you come back. Dance the night away literally downstairs on Fifth Avenue, tumble into bed, and then fuel up on their free breakfast the next morning. The facilities are clean and modern, and the staff are friendly and helpful. It won’t be too boring for you, adventurous swashbuckler, nor too bohemian for you, sensible traveler. Whoever you are, this place has got you covered: the hardest thing you’ll have to do is climb the stairs up from the street.

Bunks from $34, privates from $105; reservation recommended; max stay 14 days; BGLTQ+ friendly; Wi-Fi; linens and breakfast included; laundry facilities available

Ramada Gaslamp/Convention Center ($$)

6307, 830 Sixth Ave.; (619) 531-8877; https://www.stjameshotel.com/; reception open 24hr

With its decor and a central location, this hotel really pushes the envelope on what “budget traveling” looks like. It’s the closest thing you can get to a luxury hotel for a budget price. You’ll be greeted by an ornate chandelier and beautifully carpeted lobby. It’s the kind of place where you enter your room and flop onto the bed in glee with your arms up in the air. You’re right in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, so it’s just a short walk (or stumble) back home at the end of your night out. If you don’t want to leave your quarters, grab a drink at the rooftop bar or a bite at the 24-hour restaurant attached to the hotel. You’re also walking distance from the Embarcadero, the Midway Museum, and all the downtown attractions.

Rooms from $99; reservation recommended; max stay 28 days; BGLTQ+ friendly; wheelchair accessible; Wi-Fi; linens included

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