Southern California

7 of the Most Romantic Hotels in San Diego to Feel The Love

San Diego is a city easy to fall in love with — and also easy to fall in love in.

Pristine beaches and jaw-dropping views. Wineries, breweries and bistros to suit every taste and style. San Diego, from its bustling urban core to its colorful patchwork of far-flung neighborhoods, is a city easy to fall in love with — and also easy to fall in love in. It’s a California beach town with a laid-back attitude but big-city appeal, and for couples looking to get away for an enchanting break, the city offers an alluring variety of options for romance.

From a chic and edgy downtown property surrounded by city lights to a Spanish colonial retreat tucked into horse country with its own private whiskey bar, there’s something for every couple. So whether your ideal romantic hideaway is the penthouse or something more pint-sized, cozy and quaint or colossal and grand, visitors looking for romance in America’s finest city will be easily swept off their feet.

Be spoiled for choice at this classic California resort

The Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is pretty as a picture and so packed with amenities you may not have reason to ever venture off its 400 acres of grounds.

Couples can wander the scenic walking paths, which wind between Alice-in-Wonderland-esque manicured gardens, as well as charming white stucco buildings and sparkling fountains, before heading of to a yoga class, a golf clinic, water aerobics or croquet — all of which are offered on-site.

For couples looking to find their center together, the resort is also home to The Chopra Center For Well-Being, founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra, and EDGE is an adults-only pool and cocktail venue that only admits guests 21 or older.

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

8.3 Very good (2412 reviews)

Find serenity at this exquisite Rancho-style estate

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa was an equestrian ranch before it was converted into the picturesque resort it is today. With hushed and shady courtyards, Rancho-style architecture and lush, flowering gardens, entering this handsome property feels akin to stumbling into a private oasis. Inside the rooms, the decor is airy, elegant and rooted in a color palette of eggshell, cream and terracotta.

For couples looking to be pampered together, there’s an award-winning spa with a private couples’ massage bungalow, as well as a stunning saltwater pool.

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

La Jolla
8.2 Very good (459 reviews)

Get in the heart of the action at this downtown gem

Sometimes you just want to be right where it all happens, and in San Diego, that means the East Village Gaslamp Quarter — the epicenter of urban life in this coastal city.

For couples looking for a property that wins on location, location, location, the Solamar San Diego is an ideal bet. But its great address is only one of its many assets — this sleek, trendy property also has a hip urban vibe, a sexy rooftop pool and sundeck, and a vibrant, colorful design.

Margaritaville Hotel San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Top rated
San Diego
9.0 Excellent (754 reviews)

Head back in time at this charming island B&B

Head across the curved, baby-blue Coronado Bridge to San Diego’s own little sliver of old-world island life. Jump back in time at the quaint 1906 Lodge, a cozy former boarding house that’s been reimagined today as a charming bed and breakfast.

Rooms are homey and whimsical, and added touches like fresh-baked cookies and bottomless mimosas make guests feel extra pampered. Bicycles and beach chairs are also free to rent, which comes in handy when the sand is just a few minutes away.

1906 Lodge

Top rated
9.8 Excellent (1215 reviews)

Find a foodie paradise at this sleek downtown hotel

Sometimes, you want a romantic getaway that isn’t just a hotel, but a destination in its own right. The Pendry San Diego delivers exactly that appeal.

A large luxury property located smack in the center of San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp district, the Pendry appeals to younger, well-traveled visitors with discerning taste – and tastebuds. The four on-site restaurants offer artisanal, seafood-heavy fare. After fueling up, couples can head to the buzzy downstairs nightclub to dance until dawn.

Pendry San Diego

San Diego
9.4 Excellent (2034 reviews)

Get away from it all at this ultimate rural retreat

Out of the city, but within a few minute’s reach of Del Mar, Encinitas and the coastal beaches, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe offers a portal into what feels like another world.

Tucked within the neighborhood of Rancho Santa Fe, one of San Diego’s most exclusive enclaves, the resort blends the intimacy of a boutique property with the chic, rustic, big-sky feel of a classic country-western escape. There’s a 3,000-square-foot spa, and couples who want a bit more space can trade up from the standard room and book one of 17 quaint cottages.

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Top rated
Rancho Santa Fe
9.0 Excellent (1193 reviews)

Treat your loved one like royalty in this Versailles-inspired property

When you want gold details, baroque decor and tapestries dripping in velvet and tassels, The Westgate will perfectly fit the bill. The downtown San Diego icon has 400 elegant, Old World-inspired rooms, skyline views and a romantic European-style restaurant.

The hotel is housed inside a typical 1970s high-rise, but don’t let its anonymous exterior fool you: inside, every detail, from service to spa to the rich furnishings, speaks of opulent indulgence.

Hotel The Westgate

Top rated
San Diego
8.6 Excellent (2040 reviews)