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Top 5 San Diego Family Resorts

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Ahhh, the beautiful vistas of San Diego call to many families looking for a fabulous family vacation filled with something for everyone. We’ve weeded through hundreds of kid friendly resorts and hotels, and chose our picks for the top five San Diego family resorts. And be sure to also check out our post on San Diego family activities for tons more fun.  Read on to find out which ones made our list.

Best Kid Friendly Travel’s top 5 picks for best San Diego Family Resorts:


The US Grant, San Diego

326 Broadway

The US Grant, San Diego, a luxury collection hotel, offers classic and elegant luxury in the heart of bayside downtown San Diego. Built in 1910 by Ulysses Grant Jr. to honor his father, the hotel has exclusive ranking on the United States National Register of Historic Sites as well as the National Trust of Historic Hotels. An unprecedented 56 million dollar renovation completed in 2006 has captured the historic ambiance of this landmark property to create a world-class urban sanctuary.The hotel offers its signature California Native Regional Cuisine in the legendary Grant Grill and Lounge. Newly designed and infused with energy, this iconic downtown institution represents the best in San Diego contemporary dining in a setting of sophistication and relaxation. One can enjoy premium libations in the privacy of the Grant Lounge or mingle in the hotel’s Grand Lobby Lounge where celebrities and dignitaries have mingled for almost a century. For intimate dining, 24-hour room service offers serenity, romance, and culinary satisfaction. The hotel also offers 33,000 square feet of fashionable and architecturally distinct event space. Parking is available at a charge.The 270 guest rooms include 47 suites that provide spacious accommodations amid Queen Anne decor and Chippendale furnishings. The twin Presidential Suites includes multiple levels and a commanding balcony overlooking the city. The eleventh floor Penthouse Suite sits atop the hotel with privacy and elegance and includes its own cucina. The guest room windows open to breezes off the bay with city, park, and partial bay views.

The Grand Del Mar

5300 Grand Del Mar Court
Capturing the elegance and comfort of an old world Mediterranean estate, The Grand Del Mar is San Diegos newest luxury destination set amidst serene Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and the lush fairways of The Grand Golf Club. Rich decorative arts of Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain surround you in a masterpiece inspired by the exotic architectural style of Addison Mizner, the only design of its kind on the West Coast.Lavishly appointed guestrooms are decorated in an elegant, yet inviting turn-of-the-century style, with dark wood furnishings, crown moldings and gem tones. Resort highlights include its exclusive 7,160-yard, par 72, Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a 21,000-square-foot Renaissance-inspired spa, and acclaimed dining at signature restaurant Addison.Four sparkling pools, two tennis courts, complimentary fitness classes and an array of nature-based activities, such as hiking, biking and horseback riding, complete The Grand Del Mar experience.

Hilton San Diego Resort/spa

1775 East Mission Bay Drive
: San Diego Beaches and SeaWorld
This Four Diamond San Diego, California resort and spa sit right on San Diegos famous Mission Bay and is conveniently located one mile from San Diego SeaWorld and offers 5-star service. The Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa is just six miles from the San Diego International Airport. A romantic paradise of palms and perfect sandy bayfronts, this bayside retreat is complete with the all-new 5 million dollar crown jewel, Spa Brezza, state of the art fitness center, beautifully refreshed guestrooms, plus Concerts on the Bay. From championship tennis courts to waterfront fine dining, wherever your inspiration comes from, the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa is your destination and your retreat. Newly renovated guestrooms are decorated to match the bright and festive hues of this waterfront oasis. Each has been decked with luxury bedding and linens, designer furnishings and an open and airy feel that welcomes the sun and breeze in. For a true treat, opt for an extended patio guestroom complete with a captivating fire pit. As guests at the resort, indulge yourself in spa treatments, playing tennis, wakeboarding, sailing, splashing around the pool, or taking a bike ride along the boardwalk of beautiful Mission Bay. Relax around a fire pit at Acqua, the newly designed restaurant while you view Mission Bay and enjoy California cuisine. Treat yourself to the many San Diego attractions during your time away from home. There is plenty to do for the little ones at Kids Kamp at an additional charge, from arts and crafts, swimming, beach games, face painting, sand castle building and much more. There is a 25 self parking fee per day. The resort offers a variety of resort activities for the entire family to enjoy, from enjoying a dive-in movie by the pool to making smores among one of the fire pits around the bay. If you’re looking for the perfect getaway to relax and have some fun, this is one beach resort that keeps you coming back for more, again and again.

Britt Scripps Inn

406 Maple Street
San Diego, CA 92103 US
: Downtown San Diego
Britt Scripps Inn is a Victorian-style boutique hotel located in the heart of historic Bankers Hill, overlooking downtown San Diego, and approximately two miles east of San Diego International Airport. The inn is a short walk from famed Balboa Park and near the world-famous San Diego Zoo, trendy Hillcrest, and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Sea World and the beaches of San Diego are a short drive away. The house’s amenities include the fresh-cooked breakfast of homemade breads, pastries, orange juice, and coffee in the dining room or out on the wrap-around porch. Every afternoon wine and artisan cheeses are served in the parlor. The house also has available games, a hand-carved oak staircase, two-story original stained-glass window wall, and a vintage Steinway piano. All nine rooms are individually decorated and feature private baths, antique furniture and rugs, Ariana robes and towels, Davies Gate bath amenities, 1,000 thread count linens, flatscreen LCD TVs, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and wireless capabilities throughout house. The rooms are named Renaissance, Balboa, Governors, Library, Garden, Aesthetic, Gothic, Carriage House, and Golden Oak.

Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

401 K Street
Located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel in San Diego, California is surrounded by shopping, theater, art galleries and more than 100 restaurants and night clubs. Across the street from the San Diego Convention Center, two blocks from Petco Park, and three miles from San Diego International Airport, the Hilton hotel is an urban retreat in the midst of a booming downtown San Diego, California scene. Here you will find a sophisticated hotel that mixes modern design with attentive service and impressive amenities. Guestrooms at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel include pillow-top mattresses with down comforters as well as up-to-the-minute amenities such as complimentary high-speed Internet access and dual-line telephones with voicemail and data ports. For guests seeking the utmost in privacy, The Lofts on 5th Avenue at the Hilton is a hotel within a hotel providing the luxury of residential loft living. The lobby at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel offers a comfortable living space with cocktail service and glowing fireplace. New Leaf Restaurant serves an innovative, fresh California menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The outdoor Fire Pit is an ideal spot for a pre- or post-Gaslamp outing, with cocktails, appetizers and desserts served al fresco. Recreational amenities include a complimentary fitness center that provides cardio and free-weights, outdoor heated pool, whirlpool and sundeck. Adjacent walking and running trails that border San Diegos Big Bay offer the opportunity to enjoy the city’s near perfect climate. Outside this Hilton hotel, all that San Diego, California has to offer is easily accessible by the iconic red trolley that stops less than 100 feet from the hotel. Enjoy the atmosphere of the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel.
That’s our picks for the best of the best; the Top 5 San Diego family resorts. Hope this helps you and your family choose the ideal “home-base” for your San Diego family vacation.
Don’t forget to check out our fun and informative post on the best San Diego family activities, where we’ve weeded through all the seaweed, to find the best nuggets of family fun. See it here.

If you’ve been on a family vacation to San Diego, California leave us a comment about your adventures, we’d love to hear about it!

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