Best Hotels in San Diego for Group Getaways

Best Hotels in San Diego for Group Getaways

San Diego offers a wide range of hotel options for group getaways. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends or colleagues, there are accommodations to suit every budget and preference. Here are some of the best group getaway hotels in San Diego.

Featured Photo: The Lafayette Hotel San Diego

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Alila Marea Resort

Leucadia’s latest coastal boutique hotel is an eco-friendly retreat with ocean views, refined service and beachside fun. The property embraces local surf, beach culture with its Surfin Fire surf school, Electra Go! Bikes, oceanfront yoga, lagoon hikes and Aaron Chang ocean photography.

Highlights: Set on the cliff above Ponto Beach, Alila Marea sports a perfect sunset perch for craft cocktails and cuisine at VAGA whose menu reflects the flavors of San Diego’s cultural mix and locally sourced ingredients.

Photo: Courtesy of Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

The legendary 1888 Victorian resort with its red turret roofs and white wedding cake trim is truly a seaside gem, modernized while still retaining its old world charm. On site you’ll discover historic touches like the original 1905 Windsor Cottage and crown chandeliers designed by L. Frank Baum, creator of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. In addition to the main hotel, Beach Village at The Del offers an enclave of luxury oceanfront cottages and villas with VIP concierge services, plunge pools and fire pits.

Highlights: The Del has its own private, cabana-lined beach club, stunning pools, myriad ocean view eateries and water sports galore — take advantage!

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If you want to win parent of the year, check into either of the theme park’s kid-centric hotels. Pirates and ninjas may prefer the California Resort Hotel while princess and dragon fans should opt for the Castle Hotel. These fantasy wonderlands have smoke-breathing dragons, spectacular Lego models, kid-friendly buffets, disco-ball-dance-party elevators and Lego palm tree-lined pools. 

Highlights: Get fueled up for a fun-filled day at vacation at the full hot breakfast buffet for free.

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Pendry San Diego

For anyone who likes adventure by day and urban escapades at night, The Pendry puts you in the thick of San Diego’s booming nightlife and close to the culinary scene in Little Italy. The Pool House, their rooftop lounge scene, is an idyllic perch for sunset and cityscape views. 

Highlights:  A partnership with Adventures IO teams you with renowned athletes so you can pedal through San Diego with a pro cyclist or deep sea fish and surf with a World Surf League legend.

Photo: Courtesy of the Catamaran Resort

Catamaran Hotel

Set on Mission Bay and an easy walk over to Mission Beach, this classic resort still retains its 1950s Polynesian meets tropical paradise vibe with its stone waterfall, plant-filled lobby, koi pond, totem tiki torches, artwork, live parrots and summertime luaus! Not to mention a delish Mai Tai in the Moray Bar and incredible seafood brunch at their signature Oceana Coastal Kitchen. It’s also a watersports haven for stand up paddling, kayaking, Duffy boat cruises, and SUP yoga on the bay.

Highlights: Guests are given free passes to ride the Bahia Belle, a turn-of-the-century, Mississippi-style boat for a nostalgic cruise.

Photo: Courtesy of the Lafayette Hotel

The Lafayette Hotel

This 1940s classic hotel in North Park just underwent a $26 million dollar renovation and opens summer 2023. An Olympic-sized pool anchors the colonial-style brick hotel with guest rooms framing the pool party scene. Fun elements include Gutter, a game room, cocktail bar and upscale bowling alley, and Agave, a Oaxacan-style bar with old Mexican church altars as decor. 

Highlights: Lafayette is home to seven food and beverages concepts including Beginners Dinner which is open 24/7. The Lafayette knows how to throw an epic party and attracts a vibrant crowd.  

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Kona Kai

Set on the tip of Shelter Island, this bayfront getaway edges the marina and is gateway to watersports and ocean adventures. Enjoy Bay views, a private beach, poolside l cabanas, fire pits on the sand, waterfront dining and rum-fueled drinks at their famed Tiki Bar.

Highlights: Grab a kayak, stand up paddle board or wave runner for a tour around the bay or sail at sunset on a catamaran charter.

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