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Can you recommend lodging in San Diego?

Asked by 2davidc8 (10189points) April 2nd, 2013

My niece is graduating from pharmacy school at UC San Diego in May, and my wife and I would like to attend the graduation ceremony. We are looking for lodging that’s not too expensive or fancy, yet in a safe area. We are also looking to play tourist for a couple of days afterwards (Balboa Park? the zoo? Wild Animal Park?). Any suggestions?

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Judi's avatar

I have had great luck using name your own price in San Diego.

geeky_mama's avatar

You probably already know this – but UC San Diego is about 15 miles outside of San Diego.
I’ve stayed at the Residence Inn Gaslamp location and can recommend that if you want to be able to walk around to restaurants and that area—but considering you’re attending an event north of the city, you’re better off to stay closer to LaJolla. I’ve also stayed at the Marriot LaJolla and found it very nice – and there are nearby malls with nice restaurants (not just chains).

You don’t mention your price range – but there are LOTS of options at all price points near La Jolla. You can do a little searching on TripAdvisor to see other folks’ opinions.

Personally, if I were making a vacation out of it – I think I’d splurge and stay at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. It’s close to UC San Diego and is resort/golf course destination.

From the times that we’ve done some sight-seeing in San Diego we recommend Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. My husband loved the Wild Animal Park, too – but not my first choice. If you like ships/navy history apparently the USS Midway Museum is really excellent—but again, not my thing. I preferred Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

YARNLADY's avatar

My absolute place to stay is the Beach Cottages. It is nearly always full, so good luck getting a room there, but it’s a wonderful place. I love the beach, so the extra drive isn’t a factor for me. We always choose rooms on the second or third floor of the main building for the best view.

Another regular for us is the Comfort Suites in Mira Mesa, which is closer to your destination, but still a bit of a drive to major attractions.

Any motel in Hotel Circle is good, there is every level from very basic, economy style to pricey luxury.

2davidc8's avatar

@YARNLADY What part of the city is the Hotel Circle area?

tobycrabtree's avatar

There are lots of lodging available in San Diego. I would suggest you to search in Google. As you can select your choice of hotel and book it immediately online.

YARNLADY's avatar

Hotel Circle is North of Downtown and the theme parks, just below Balboa Park and above Old Town.

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