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Recommended gay friendly hotels in San Diego

There are so many places to stay in San Diego, California, and at GayMapper, we want to make sure you get great value and a good experience, so check our recommendations below for Gay Friendly hotels. As an LGBTQ+ traveller, it's important to stay somewhere welcoming, with great value and maybe near to gay venues. Treat yourself to a luxury hotel or stay budget and spend what you save on partying! Please support GayMapper by checking out our hotel deals in San Diego, California as this helps us to keep the site updated with all this useful information!


3* Empress Hotel La Jolla

This European boutique-style hotel in La Jolla, California is just steps to the stunning shores of the Pacific Ocean. The elegant rooms at Empress Hotel are styled in jewel-toned colors. Each features fridge, microwave and coffee maker for convenience. With free WiFi and a work desk, the Empress Hotel is the ideal "work from hotel" option. The on-site Manhattan Restaurant features Authentic Italian Cuisine in a stylish setting, also available for in-room dining. With Concierge service, our Front Desk Team will help guide you to the numerous galleries, shops and restaurants that bring visitors back to La Jolla time after time. Enjoy walking by the seals and sea lions or opt for adventure in Sunny Jim's Cave or kayak in La Jolla Cove. Nearby golfing at Torrey Pines and San Diego attractions of San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and Sea World are a short drive from Empress Hotel La Jolla for an experience to remember.

3* Hillcrest House B & B

Located within easy walking distance to all the attractions of Hillcrest, the bright, cheerful, and charming Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast is your San Diego home-away-from-home. From the 1910 Craftsman-style house to the rooms designed after attributes of city neighborhoods, the look and feel is quintessential San Diego. Set in San Diego, 3.3 km from San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park reachable within 3.7 km, Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast offers a shared lounge, a garden and free WiFi. Every unit features a private bathroom and shower, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a microwave. A fridge and kettle are also featured. The bed and breakfast offers a continental or buffet breakfast. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is 4.3 km from Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast, while Maritime Museum of San Diego is 4.4 km away. The nearest airport is San Diego International Airport, 4 km from the accommodation.

3* Inn at the Park

This historic boutique resort offers charming studio, one- and two-bedroom resort suites in a central location on the edge of Balboa Park West. Featuring a fitness center and rooftop sundeck, this San Diego resort is a premium choice for families, couples and all types of travelers. These spacious suites feature private bedrooms, separate dining/living areas, Wi-Fi and full kitchens. Inn at the Park features traditional historic charm and spacious suites. Each suite includes clean white linens and a cable TV. The San Diego Zoo is 3.2 km from the hotel. The restaurants, clubs and shopping venues of Hillcrest, Little Italy and the Gaslamp District are nearby San Diego Inn at the Park.

3* Porto Vista Hotel

Located in Downtown San Diego's Little Italy, Porto Vista Hotel In Little Italy offers a bar with panoramic views of San Diego Harbour and San Diego International Airport. Each contemporary room has free WiFi. The modern rooms at Porto Vista Hotel In Little Italy offer a cable TV, a safety deposit box and a work desk. Each room is accessible through the open air exterior corridors. The Glass Door Restaurant & Bar offers great views of San Diego Harbour, specialty drinks and a daily happy hour. Porto Vista Hotel In Little Italy has an on-site gym with cardio equipment, weights and a flat-screen TV. The hotel is 8 minutes' walk from the County Center/Little Italy Trolley Station. It is less than 1.6 km from the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal. Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo are 8 minutes' drive away.

4* Catamaran Resort and Spa

Discover the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, a tropical San Diego Beachfront Hotel on the sparkling shores of California's beautiful coast. Located just 100 m from the Pacific Ocean, this San Diego resort features an outdoor pool and full-service spa with beauty treatments. Rooms at the resort include free Wi-Fi. Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa provides rooms with balconies or patios. Every room contains a flat-screen cable TV with HBO and an iPod docking station. Guests can enjoy on-site dining at the property's restaurant, Oceana Coastal Kitchen. Guests can also rent inline skates and bicycles at Catamaran Resort Hotel. Water sport rentals, sand volleyball courts and children's activities are also available at the hotel. The Catamaran Hotel Resort is 6.4 km from SeaWorld. The San Diego zoo is 16.9 km from the hotel.

4* Coronado Island Marriott

Set on 16 acres of scenic waterfront, Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa is 8 km away from San Diego's vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. This luxurious resort boasts 3 heated outdoor pools, a sauna and 2 on-site restaurants. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the San Diego skyline from the property. A flat-screen TV and a spacious seating area are included in all air-conditioned accommodation at Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa. Select rooms offer balconies with views of San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bridge. All rooms include a desk and an en suite bathroom with bathrobes and free toiletries. ALBACA, the hotel's signature restaurant, blends coastal cuisine made from the freshest ingredients with an inviting atmosphere. Guest can dine inside, or enjoy dining outside with views of the San Diego skyline. Auga, the poolside bar, serves beverages and a limited poolside menu. For guests who like to keep fit, Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa provides a well-equipped gym. Guests can hire bicycles to explore the charming beach community of Coronado. Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo are 8.5 km away from this resort. San Diego International Airport is 12 km away.

4* Indigo Gaslamp Quarter

Overlooking Petco Park and less than 1.6 km from the San Diego Convention Center, this Gaslamp District hotel offers unique guest rooms with contemporary amenities and a restaurant on site. Guest rooms at Hotel Indigo San Diego - Gaslamp Quarter feature hardwood floors and plush bedding. Guests will also enjoy 37-inch flat-screen TVs and iHome clock radios. After a long day exploring the city, guests can use the in-room, free wireless internet access or order a meal from the hotel's 24-hour room service. Phi Bar & Bistro, the hotel's casual restaurant, is open for breakfast and dinner with stunning views of the city. With facilities such as a 24-hour fitness centre and an on-site business centre, the Gaslamp Quarter Hotel Indigo ensures a comfortable and productive stay.

4* Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

This gay friendly San Diego, California hotel is within walking distance of PETCO Park. The hotel offers Altitude Sky Lounge. At the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, guest rooms feature a flat-screen LCD TV. A CD player and TV internet access is available in every room. The rooms offer pay-per-view movies. The San Diego Zoo and Belmont Park & Wave House are a short drive from the Marriott San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Sea World and Legoland are also within driving distance of the hotel.

4* The Pearl Hotel

This unique boutique hotel is only moments from San Diego Bay and features easy access to the city centre along with state-of-the-art amenities in a playful 1960s atmosphere. The Pearl Hotel is located only a short drive from San Diego's vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. Guests at the hotel can also easily visit Fort Rosecrans Military Reserve and National Cemetery as well as Point Loma Lighthouse. Charming guest rooms at the Pearl are furnished with flat-screen TVs and wireless internet access. Guests can also enjoy free films at the hotel's poolside theatre, cocktails from the lounge or a delicious meal from the on-site restaurant.

4* The Sofia Hotel

Located in downtown San Diego near the historic Gaslamp Quarter and Amtrak Station, this hotel offers relaxing spa services, contemporary guestrooms and an on-site restaurant. The Sofia Hotel features non-smoking guestrooms with iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs that feature HBO film and ESPN sports channels. Rooms are furnished with 2 Sofia bottled waters, a coffee machine complete with coffee, a refrigerator and a microwave. Unlimited local and toll-free calls are provided. In-room spa services are available. Currant American Brasserie at the Sofia hotel serves Brunch and dinner daily along with room service and a happy hour. Hotel Sofia features a concierge desk and a 24-hour business centre. Exercise classes are offered at the 24-hour yoga center. Guests can enjoy guided walking tours on the weekend or explore the surrounding area on a free urban cruiser bicycle. San Diego Zoo and San Diego International Airport are within 10 minutes' drive away from this hotel. San Diego's Little Italy is less than 1.6 km away.

5* Andaz San Diego

Located in the Gaslamp District, Andaz San Diego - a Concept by Hyatt is 1.5 km from the San Diego Convention Center. The hotel provides guest rooms with free WiFi and features a rooftop pool and restaurant with striking San Diego views. An iPod docking station, 46-inch flat-screen cable TV and minibar with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are featured in each guest room. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has a coffee machine. A glass-enclosed en suite bathroom with bathrobes and hairdryer is provided. The Rooftop by STK is a chic rooftop restaurant that offers American fare with spectacular views of downtown San Diego. Guests can enjoy poolside service with specialty cocktails and local craft beer. Located on the lobby level, STK Steakhouse offers meat and market fresh fish entrees. Signature items include Parmesan Truffle Fries, Tuna Tartare and Sweet Corn Pudding. Guests can hire a cabana to relax by the rooftop swimming pool while enjoying a cocktail from the rooftop lounge. The San Diego Zoo is 4.8 km away. SeaWorld San Diego is less than 11 km away from Andaz San Diego - a Concept by Hyatt.

5* Hotel del Coronado

Imagine yourself as Marilyn Monroe in the classic movie "Some Like it Hot" which was filmed at this San Diego landmark hotel. Enjoy sun, sea, and time together at the iconic California beach resort, blending idyllic charm with golden-era allure for the ultimate seaside escape. This historic hotel is ideally situated along California's Pacific coastline and boasts luxurious accommodations, first-class amenities and exceptional service, in a charming Victorian-style atmosphere. Originally built in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado provides guests with a number of modern luxuries. Plan the day with the concierge staff, enjoy a swim in the spacious outdoor pool, or relax with a beach-side massage. Set along the sands of the famous Hotel del Coronado, Del Beach offers a full day of reserved seaside seating. Guests can enjoy bar-to-beach service that includes a delectable food and drink menu. A conference centre is available for business guests. The Hotel del Coronado is conveniently located close to many area attractions. With its beachfront location, guests can enjoy a variety of water sports. San Diego International Airport is 25 minutes' drive away from the hotel. The San Diego Convention Center is 15 minutes' drive away.

5* Pendry San Diego

Pendry San Diego is a luxury, gay friendly hotel and features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar in San Diego. The property is around less than 1 km from San Diego Convention Center, 2.1 km from USS Midway Museum and 2.7 km from Maritime Museum of San Diego. The air-conditioned rooms provide a city view and come with a desk and free WiFi. The units at the hotel come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. All rooms feature a wardrobe. Pendry San Diego offers a a la carte or American breakfast. The accommodation offers a hot tub. You can play darts at Pendry San Diego, and car hire is available. The hotel can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area. Balboa Park is 3.8 km from Pendry San Diego, while San Diego Zoo is 5 km away. The nearest airport is San Diego International Airport, 6 km from the accommodation.

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San Diego Gay Scene

Most of the LGBTQ+ meeting places in the city, particularly nightlife destinations, can be found in the fabulous Hillcrest neighbourhood. There’s always a party happening here and crowds of friendly and equally fabulous people to spend your night with. That being said, other neighbourhoods across the city such as North Park and University Heights, are emerging onto the gay scene and becoming destinations in their own right. Here you can find even more queer-friendly places to drink or dance the night away. You’re bound to find a place to suit your taste or even discover something new on your travels.

Tours & Experiences in San Diego

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