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10 Best Luxury Hotels in San Diego for Families

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There are so many places to see in and around San Diego, from the San Diego Zoo at Balboa Park to Coronado Beach. There are also many places to stay — many of them luxury resorts located right by the ocean, and with refreshing pools, spas, onsite dining and more for a relaxing vacation in So Cal. Consider one of these San Diego luxury resorts for your next family vacation.

Written by Morgan Agesen


The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Located on the Torrey Pines Golf Course grounds and a quick 15 miles north of downtown San Diego is The Lodge at Torrey Pines, a beautifully expansive resort. Amenities include complimentary car service within 5 miles of the resort, a gym, ample onsite family dining, and a swimming pool and hot tub. Suites feature full kitchens, space for five or more people and Wi-Fi, while rooms feature golf or ocean views and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Omni San Diego Hotel

The Omni San Diego Hotel puts families in the center of it all. Located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter and across the street from the convention center, amenities at this centrally-located hotel include a fitness center (open 24/7), an outdoor heated pool, massages, onsite family dining at McCormick & Schmick"s Seafood Restaurant, babysitting services, laundry services, and complimentary Wi-Fi for Select Guest members (sign up -- it"s free). Rooms feature refrigerators (upon request) and coffeemakers. Nearby attractions include the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, and Wild Animal Park.

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

If you"re looking for a nice, centrally-located hotel for your visit to San Diego, then The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is just the ticket. Amenities include babysitting services, Wi-Fi for a fee (complimentary for SPG Members; free to sign up), a gym and an outdoor swimming pool. Suites feature balconies. Nearby attractions include the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and SeaWorld. Walk a few short blocks and you"ll be staring at the Pacific Ocean, too!

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa was clearly designed with families in mind. Amenities include a waterfront pool, a separate kids" pool, onsite family dining at either Frescos Bar and Grill or Acqua California Bistro and a gym. Onsite family activities include S"mores Night, Dive-In Movies, Kids Night Out and Kids Kamp. Suites feature microwaves, separate living areas and private balconies, while rooms feature waterfront or garden views. Nearby activities include SeaWorld (2 miles), the San Diego Zoo (8 miles), the Birch Aquarium (7 miles), and LEGOLAND (28 miles).

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Located in the midst of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Amenities include laundry services, babysitting services, complimentary guided hikes through Los Penasquitos Canyon preserve every Saturday morning, four heated pools, and daily transportation to and from the coastal towns of Del Mar, La Jolla and Solana Beach from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The hotel is pet-friendly, as well. Children"s programs are also available, including the Explorers" Club. Guestrooms and suites feature LCD televisions, Wi-Fi and coffeemakers. DVD players, microwaves and refrigerators are available upon request.

Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Escape to this tranquil and tropical resort on Mission Bay with the family. Spread across an impressive 44 acres, Paradise Point Resort & Spa features amenities such as five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits (perfect for roasting marshmallows and making S"mores), and five onsite family dining spots. Nearby attractions include Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park. Rooms feature mini-fridges, coffeemakers and microwaves. This resort is pet-friendly, as well.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, boasting fabulous views of the city and located on the San Diego Bay, features amenities such as free Wi-Fi, two tennis courts, a basketball court, a volleyball court, a 24-hour gym, an outdoor pool, and a fire pit. Rooms feature flat-screen televisions and iHome stereos. Onsite family dining is available at Redfield"s Deli, Redfield"s Sports Bar, and the Seaview Breakfast Buffet Restaurant. In-room dining is available, as well.

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Located on the 18-Hole San Diego Championship Golf Course is the Rancho Bernardo Inn, where families can enjoy amenities such as spa services at The Spa, onsite family dining at AVANT, the Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant, or Café Granada, and an outdoor pool. Kids" activities include mini-golf, dive-in movies, and welcome amenities. Rooms at this charming resort, tucked above the city, feature iPod docking stations, Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, and private patios or balconies. Nearby attractions include Safari Park, LEGOLAND, the San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Located on a whopping 15 acres of relaxation is Loews Coronado Bay Resort, one of San Diego"s beach hotels. Amenities include three heated pools, a hot tub spa and dry sauna, onsite family dining at Mistral restaurant, laundry services, the Sea Spa, Silver Strand State Beach just a few steps away, complimentary beach chairs, and beach cruisers, kids" bikes, and tandem bikes available for rent. Families can also engage in activities such as jet skiing, kayaking, or sailing. Rooms feature coffeemakers, on-demand movies, iHome stereos, refrigerators and free Wi-Fi.

La Valencia Hotel

La Valencia Hotel, otherwise known as “The Pink Lady” of La Jolla, is located just steps from the beautiful coastline and La Jolla Cove, where you"ll see seals relaxing on the rocks. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, laundry services, onsite family dining and a heated pool. The hotel is pet-friendly, as well. Rooms feature Keurig coffeemakers, while suites feature sleeper sofas. If you have the luxury of staying in a villa, you can expect to relax in front of a fireplace or on an outdoor patio overlooking the ocean. Onsite family dining is available at THE MED and Café la Rue.

San Diego Marriott La Jolla

Located in downtown La Jolla, near the University of California at San Diego, is the San Diego Marriott La Jolla, where families can enjoy a true luxury hotel in San Diego. Amenities include laundry facilities, an outdoor pool and onsite family dining at Fresh, Amuse, or La Jolla Social. Rooms feature coffeemakers, mini-fridges and balconies. Nearby attractions include Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and the San Diego Zoo (a 20-minute drive).

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

Relax and unwind from your daily adventures at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, a San Diego luxury resort. Amenities include children"s activities, laundry facilities, kids" menus, a fitness room, tennis courts and a pool. Guestrooms and suites feature coffeemakers. Onsite family dining is available at Torreyana Grille, Horizons Lobby Coffee Café, and the poolside Pacific View. Nearby activities include the beach, golf, hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling and water skiing, and nearby attractions include the Birch Aquarium, Del Mar Racetrack, and La Jolla Playhouse.

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