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The 10 Best Hotels in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

AnnaMaria Stephens | April 18, 2018

Old Town is where San Diego began, but New Town -- now the Gaslamp Quarter -- is where the young city first boomed. From the 1880s to the early 1900s, the historic 16.5-block district was known as the Stingaree, a Wild West town of saloons, gambling halls, and bordellos. A little less than a century later, a massive urban renewal effort turned the area into a happening 'hood with 94 historic buildings, including unique examples of Victorian architecture, that seamlessly blend with newer arrivals to the neighborhood. Some of San Diego's best lodging options are located in the Gaslamp, which features more than 100 restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. From seriously on-trend boutique hotels to high-rise towers with views that go on forever, the Gaslamp caters to every kind of traveler. We've rounded up our favorites.

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The Keating Hotel

Why it made the list

Sleek, urban, and obsessed with cherry red, the Keating Hotel was designed by Pininfarina, the Italian car design company behind Maserati and Ferrari. The decor throughout pays homage to the high-end sports car, from the top-to-bottom red lobby to the painted concrete floors and stainless bathroom fixtures in the guestrooms.

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Hotel Indigo

Why it made the list

Three blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter and a five-minute walk from the trolley station, the Hotel Indigo has chic eclectic style and rooms with luxe touches like hardwood floors and glass-enclosed showers. The LEED-certified hotel’s sleek Level 9 lounge, on a ninth-floor terrace, boasts views of the ballpark and downtown.

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Gaslamp Plaza Suites

Why it made the list

In 1913, the 11-story building that now houses the Gaslamp Plaza Suites was the city’s first skyscraper. Now a nationally registered historic site, the Gaslamp Quarter hotel still showcases many of the building’s original architectural embellishments, such as brass, Corinthian marble, mosaic tile, and Australian gumwood carpentry.

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Hotel Palomar San Diego

Why it made the list

From the sexy, lair-like lobby to the serene guestrooms and sceney rooftop bar, this recently renovated high-rise hotel in Downtown San Diego has a sophisticated take on Southern California style. On warm nights, Palomar’s Level Four Pool Deck and Lounge has quite the scene. Bonus: The hotel's Curadero eatery has a late-night taco shop window.

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San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

Why it made the list

From the well-appointed rooms to the colorful lobby and sleek rooftop bar, this urban-chic Marriott has a lot to offer. The modern high-rise is set at the edge of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, right next to Petco Park where the San Diego Padres play. There’s no pool if that’s a dealbreaker -- but the rooftop terrace has plenty of places to bask in the sun.

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Hotel Solamar

Why it made the list

On the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, just blocks from dozens of dining and nightlife options, the 10-story Kimpton Solamar San Diego offers convenience along with chic contemporary style. The hotel’s spacious rooftop, with a pool, fire pit, and bar, has quite the scene on sunny days and balmy evenings.

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Hard Rock Hotel

Why it made the list

Sleek, sexy, and set in the heart of the happening Gaslamp Quarter, the Hard Rock Hotel is a San Diego hit, especially for the young and ready to party. The hotel nails the rock star vibe, from the massive selection of music memorabilia to Float Rooftop Pool and Lounge, where hot people frolick from poolside-mimosa morning to late-night weekend rager.

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Omni San Diego Hotel

Why it made the list

Luxury and convenience are hallmarks of this upscale high-rise that occupies the first 21 floors of a 32-story high-rise overlooking the Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel features chic modern rooms, a huge pool terrace with a tanning deck, and Omni’s signature concierge service. A sky bridge connects the hotel to neighboring Petco Park.

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Andaz San Diego

Why it made the list

Chic, modern, and filled with cool local art, this boutique property from the Hyatt is conveniently located in the city’s bustling Gaslamp Quarter. The hotel’s rooftop features a beautiful pool as well as a bar that’s seriously bumping on weekend nights (Prince Harry partied here during a San Diego visit).

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The Pendry

Why it made the list

This sophisticated hotel, which would be at home in any global city, features a spa, a rooftop pool, and six restaurants and bars. Set in the Gaslamp Quarter, not far from Petco Park, The Pendry makes for a luxurious getaway. Every last corner of the luxury boutique property has impeccable style, with decor that hits the perfect note between classic and modern.

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