Little Italy was originally cultivated by Italian fisherman, who settled in the village to catch tuna. Today it’s a historic landmark, full of Italian-influenced coffee shops, restaurants and even a macaroni factory. Hotels in the area don’t compare to lavish stays in San Francisco or neighboring areas, but if you are coming to see Little Italy, these hotels offer a prime location in the heart of this cultural enclave. So if you’re coming to this part of California, all the essentials can be found at these hotels.
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Porto Vista Hotel (Prices & Photos)
With views of the water and a rooftop bar with the best seats in the house, Porto Vista Hotel is a modern structure offering artsy vibes. Rooms boast colorful decor, while some also feature balconies with excellent views of little Italy below. Other top attractions are nearby, like the zoo, and there’s a complimentary shuttle to the airport. Breakfast is included, offering pastries, eggs, waffles and so on, but guests love the comfy beds. If you’re looking for an optimal location, Porto Vista delivers.
La Pensione Hotel (Prices & Photos)
La Pensione Hotel is noticeably light, airy and serene. The boutique decor is accompanied by pleasant aspects such as a spa and an elegant Italian restaurant with outdoor seating. In addition to the complimentary coffee and breakfast pastries, proximity to public transportation and trolleys add to the convenience.
Urban Boutique Hotel (Prices & Photos)
Urban Boutique Hotel is a boutique hotel in the heart of Little Italy. Some of the best food options in the hub are within walking distance from this location, and the included breakfast with yogurts, fruits and other healthy options is a nice add on to already reasonable rates. Urban Boutique Hotel sits right at the famed farmers market that draws many people to Little Italy.
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside (Prices & Photos)
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside is a stone’s throw away from Waterfront Park, so the views are excellent. Rooms are solid and pleasantly predictable, and the pool area features a hot tub that is partially covered, offering some much-appreciated shade. Outdoor lounging areas have been cozied up with fireplaces and plenty of seating. Other perks include a casual seafood eatery, a 24-hour gym and convenience store, along with some fun games for the kiddos.
Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown Little Italy (Prices & Photos)
Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown Little Italy’s unmistakable round structure sits conveniently within the action in Little Italy. Expect all the normal Sheraton aesthetics and services, like the free airport shuttle. The breakfast buffet is diverse but an a la carte menu is available as well. The outdoor pool is a perfect place to cool off after exploring the area.
Harborview Inn and Suites (Prices & Photos)
Harborview Inn and Suites’ charming pink exterior is met by an inviting interior. While located at the cusp of Little Italy and Gaslamp Quarter, downtown San Diego is still within walking distance at just two miles away. So what your getting here is a fantastic location, and something else a bit less common these days, free parking.
Found Hotel San Diego (Prices & Photos)
Found San Diego is a cozy hotel with wood floors, an outdoor patio with bulb string lighting and an exterior not like an average hotel. Rooms offer poster-style beds, ceiling fans and antique furniture. Breakfast and bottled water are complimentary, and on the weekends, guests are treated to a cocktail during happy hour.
ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego (Prices & Photos)
ITH Adventure Hostel San Diego has some of the highest ratings of any accommodation in Little Italy, because of impeccable hospitality and freebies that include breakfast and dinner. Cozy bunk rooms, both co-ed or female only, along with private rooms add diversity to the Victorian style property, and the vibrant decor is cheery. Perfect for budget-conscious travelers, this hostel in San Diego should be considered for your next vacation thanks to its unparalleled service and proximity to public transportation.
Pacific Inn Hotel and Suites (Prices & Photos)
Pacific Inn Hotel and Suites is a budget-friendly hotel that is surprisingly charming. Rooms are simple, and breakfast includes fresh fruit, juice and waffles. What else could you need? The pool is a welcome respite from the heat with surrounding foliage draping over the walls. All in all, Pacific Inn is a no-frills spot to rest your head before a day of adventure.