Heading to San Diego? It’s a great place for families with loads of activities, and even has plenty of free things to do. When it comes to lodging, I’ve researched and come up with a list of the best family hotels in San Diego. Your family vacation to San Diego should be perfect day and night, so read on for the best San Diego Hotels for families.
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Family Hotels in Mission Bay Area
Mission Bay is a great area in San Diego, filled with awesome hotels and plenty of activities. Enjoy water sports of all kinds, plus if you desire to visit Sea World, it’s right in the area.
Paradise Point Resort & Spa– Great Family Hotel in San Diego
This beach front resort is filled with activities for everyone of all ages! Located only 9 minutes from the airport and just a minute away from the Mission Bay area, Paradise Point Resort is surrounded by beautiful beach. The possibilities are endless, and when I say that, I mean you can stay busy playing the entire time. Enjoy basketball, tennis, mini golf, kayaking, or even waterskiing at the resort. Or rent some bicycles to explore on. Enjoy casual, outdoor dining at the bar and grill, or head to the beachfront seafood restaurant for a nicer dining experience. Of course, you’ll have to try a night at the pizza joint on site as well.
For lodging, there are plenty of options to get the just-right one. You can choose anything from a basic room, to a juinor sweet, to a suite with a view of the water. Find the perfect room at this Family Hotel in San Diego.
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The Dana– Family hotel in San Diego
The Dana is near a beach, but located on a marina in the Mission Bay area. There are activities galore for families at this hotel. Enjoy ping pong, corn hole, and kids activity times to stay entertained. Or participate in kayaking, exercise classes, or waterskiing at the hotel. This top family hotel in San Diego even has two outdoor pools to enjoy!
Room options include anywhere from a basic room, to a deluxe room that can sleep up to 5. Still not enough space? You can request an adjoining room to keep the family close, but with plenty of space.
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay– Fun Family Hotel in San Diego
Are the kids (or you!) fans of waterslides? This family-friendly hotel in San Diego has a few waterslides to enjoy, along with 3 outdoor pools to choose from. There’s even a zero-entry pool, making it perfect for little ones to splash in and find their perfect depth.
Enjoy the restaurant and coffee onsite ($), as well as a fitness center, and plenty of water activities nearby.
Hyatt Regency is located on a marina, making a beautiful setting with great views. Rooms can accommodate a family (up to 6 people)
Great Hotels in Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego is filled with history and fun. Take a walk through history, or jump in the car to a visit to the famous Balboa Park, and then head to San Diego Zoo, both just a short drive away. Here are a few hotels that will give you great access to everything in Old Town San Diego.
Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott – Family Hotel in San Diego
What makes Courtyard by Marriott a great family hotel? It could be its unique exterior (unlike other Courtyards) that blends into the vibe of Old Town, or maybe the updates on the interior. But as far family and convenience goes, we love the little snack market for those late night cravings (or when you’ve gone too long in between meals), the short walk to Old Town San Diego State Park, or the outdoor pool the kids will love.
Check out the basic or Deluxe room, each which have options for two queen beds.
Best Western Plus Hacienda
Best Western Plus Hacienda– Family Hotel in San Diego
This Best Western is also located in Old Town San Diego, the perfect spot for exploring. I love that this hotel is covered in fun, colorful flare, from the chairs around the pool to the decor at the buffet. The kids will love that too. They’ll also love the outdoor pool and hot tub, perfect for when you get back from your outings. Old Town San Diego State Park is just a minute away (on foot), and Presidio Park is about 10 minute.
Start the day conveniently with a buffet breakfast ($) where everyone can get exactly what they want. For dinner, enjoy the on-site Mexican restaurant.
Great Family Hotels in Pacific Beach
If you’re looking for a beachfront hotels where you can spend the days on the sand and in the sun, Pacific Beach is a great area to stay in. It’s located between Mission Bay and La Jolla. Here are a few top-rated hotels the whole family will love.
Blue Sea Beach Hotel– Family Hotel in San Diego
Beautiful views, beautiful pools, beautiful property…there’s a lot to like about Blue Sea Beach Hotel. This Beachfront hotel has a gorgeous, giant outdoor pool, plus and indoor pool for those who use the spa. There is easy access to the Mission Bay Boardwalk, where the family can go on an evening stroll. Kids will love the kids pool, plus a playground on site.
The rooms are equipped with a refrigerator and microwave, which makes our trips way more convenient and affordable (a quick breakfast in the morning with a few oatmeals or other heated up items).
The Pacific Terrace Hotel– Great Family Hotel in San Diego
This highly rated hotel in Pacific Beach is perfect for families! Enjoy a gift shop, boogie boarding, making s’mores at night, the outdoor pool (with a poolside bar), walking along the boardwalk, and spending the day relaxing (or playing) at the beach right outside. You can even borrow some complimentary bicycles and take a joy ride. This is the perfect family hotel in San Diego, with everything you could want!
Best Family Hotel in La Jolla
La Jolla is a great neighborhood to stay in if you are heading to San Diego. From seeing the children’s cove with sea lions to visiting downtown La Jolla for shops and food, it’s a family-friendly area with plenty of beach. If you’re looking for beach front beauty, this is another great area to stay in on your family vacation to San Diego.
Here, I list one hotel as it’s the hotel we’ve experienced and would absolutely go back to it.
La Jolla Shores Hotel– family hotel in San Diego
The location of La Jolla Shores hotel is perfect. It’s a beach front property, located right next to a great playground at Kellogg Park. It’s down a street filled with restaurants and right along the boardwalk. We had a great time at La Jolla Shores, and would definitely go back.
La Jolla Shores has an outdoor pool (with a poolside bar), a great beach area, game tables, and a restaurant on site. Choose from a basic room, to a superior room which will give you a small kitchen. We enjoyed our stay here years ago, but it sounds like it’s been updated and remodeled since then, making it even more appealing! It’s truly one of the best family hotels in San Diego!
Best Family Hotels in San Diego
Hopefully this has been helpful in helping you find the best family hotel to stay at in San Diego. These hotels come highly reviewed, highly rated, and are all hotels that I would love to (or have) take my family to. Whether you are looking for history, attractions, or beach, you can find the perfect family hotel in San Diego for your trip!
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