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San Diego's 10 Best Hotels on the Bay

AnnaMaria Stephens | April 18, 2018

San Diego may be famous for its 70 miles of scenic coastline, but don't forget about its two beautiful bays. San Diego Bay is an 18-mile natural harbor and deepwater port that begins down by Imperial Beach, less than 10 miles from the Mexican border. It curves up around Coronado Island, past Downtown San Diego, and down along the Point Loma peninsula, where it lets out into the sea. You'll find a range of hotel options along the bay, from towering high-rises to waterfront resorts. To the north, just south of Pacific Beach, Mission Bay is home to the 4,600-acre Mission Bay Park, the largest man-made aquatic park in the country. You'll find water sports of every kind here, including wakeboarding, sailing, jet skiing, and stand-up paddleboarding, plus miles of walking and biking trails and long stretches of sandy beach. SeaWorld is also located on Mission Bay. We've picked some of the best options on both bays. Some are even close to the ocean, too.

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Glorietta Bay Inn

Why it made the list

At the south end of Coronado, a few blocks from a scenic inlet and a 10-minute walk from the beach, the Glorietta Bay Inn is set in a landmark Italian renaissance mansion that once belonged to sugar baron John D. Spreckels. Built in 1908, the historic home features recently renovated guestrooms and views of the bay and the iconic Hotel del Coronado, along with a pool and a complimentary continental breakfast.

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Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Why it made the list

Set on Harbor Island, right on the water, the sprawling Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has two buildings, the Bay Tower and the Harbor Tower. Between them, the contemporary hotels have a lot to offer, including jaunty nautical decor, rooms with balconies and panoramic views of the city skyline and bay, three pools, on-site dining and drinking options, a spa, and a private marina with watersports rentals.

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Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Why it made the list

In the '60s, a Hollywood movie producer created his own fantasy island on Vacation Isle at the center of Mission Bay, which is part of the largest man-made aquatic park in the country. The resort features bungalow-style cottages along a mile-long stretch of beach, lush landscaping, and resort amenities like pools and tennis courts. Mission Bay Park is basically a giant playground, with fishing, boating, watersports, beach bonfires, and more.

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Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina

Why it made the list

Right on the waterfront, this Hyatt on Mission Bay has a private full-service marina, an eco-friendly spa, and three lagoon-like pools with waterslides. Comfortable, contemporary rooms are nicely appointed, featuring the hotel’s signature plush Hyatt Grand Beds and panoramic views in some. The Hyatt also has on-site dining. The Hyatt’s full-service marina has jet ski, sailboat, and kayak rentals; sportfishing and whale-watching excursions also depart from the marina.

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The Dana on Mission Bay

Why it made the list

Set around a cove on Mission Bay, the Dana is the closest hotel to SeaWorld and offers a free shuttle to get you there. The sprawling property, which was built in the late ‘60s, has plenty more to keep guests busy, including two outdoor pools, a restaurant, a private marina, and watersports rentals so you can play on the bay. Many recently refreshed rooms feature views of the Dana’s lush tropical landscaping or waterfront.

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Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Why it made the list

You can’t get much closer to the Convention Center than this Hilton. The 30-story high-rise -- which overlooks beautiful San Diego Bay -- is just steps from a trolley station, making getting around a breeze. In addition to the stellar views, the hotel features striking public artwork, a saltwater pool, a spa, and a bright lobby bar that has iPads for guests to browse and an outdoor terrace with bay views. The Gaslamp is a short walk away.

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Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

Why it made the list

It feels like a tropical getaway at this Polynesian-inspired resort on Shelter Island, a sliver of land that extends like a curled finger into the San Diego Bay. Known for its Hawaiian-style entry with a striking wood sculptural element that soars up beyond the A-frame roof like a giant outrigger, the laid-back resort has a private marina, attractive rooms with plantation-style details, and a turquoise pool bordered by palm trees.

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Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Why it made the list

The Manchester Grand Hyatt is hard to miss. The high-end hotel on San Diego Bay features two soaring towers -- one is the third highest building in the city and the other the ninth, making it the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast. That means jaw-dropping views of the bay, the Pacific Ocean, and Coronado Island, especially from the upper floors, where you can see all the way to Mexico.

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Why it made the list

Set on a private 15-acre peninsula jutting out from the Silver Strand, a scenic sliver of land connecting Coronado Island to mainland San Diego, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is all about the three Rs: rest, relaxation, and recreation. With a private 81-slip marina, a huge pool, a serene spa, sandy beaches, and lots of activities, including guest-only tours of the Living Coast Discovery Center, you might not want to leave the upscale resort on San Diego Bay.

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