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The 8 Best Hotels Near SeaWorld San Diego

AnnaMaria Stephens | April 18, 2018

Dancing dolphins, grinning beluga whales, waddling penguins, and many other marine mammals, fish, and birds await at SeaWorld, the animal theme park on Mission Bay. The sprawling park's stars are its magnificent orcas, who no longer perform but still capture hearts. And then there are the rides, including a gondola with a 925-foot span between towers and the Journey to Atlantis water coaster. These hotels are closest to the famous park so you'll never have to hear "Are we there yet?" You're welcome.

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Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel–Old Town

Why it made the list

In the heart of San Diego’s Old Town, known as the birthplace of California, this Best Western provides comfortable digs in an attractive Spanish Colonial Revival setting with colorful courtyards and lovely grounds. A 10-minute drive from SeaWorld, the hotel has an outdoor pool and hot tub.

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Catamaran Resort Hotel

Why it made the list

On the shores of Mission Bay in Pacific Beach, the Polynesian-themed Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa has the feel of a tropical getaway, from the island-style architecture and lush landscaping to the long stretch of white sand along the bayfront that’s dotted with beach chairs and umbrellas. SeaWorld is just 10 minutes away.

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Holiday Inn Express–SeaWorld Area

Why it made the list

It’s not as close to SeaWorld as its name might suggest -- more like a 10-minute drive -- but this Holiday Inn Express still makes a solid home base. Bright and modern, with a pool, free parking, and a complimentary breakfast, it’s a budget-friendly option, especially for families. The hotel is also right by the freeway, offering easy access to the rest of San Diego.

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Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina

Why it made the list

Right on the waterfront, a five-minute drive from SeaWorld, 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, some featuring panoramic views. During the summer, the hotel offers a water-taxi service to SeaWorld for $10 per adult.

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Crowne Plaza San Diego

Why it made the list

The Crowne Plaza Mission Valley is a little worn around the edges, but clean, comfortable rooms, attractive tropical plantation-style decor and landscaping, and a heated outdoor pool make it a pleasant place to stay for the price. Part of Hotel Circle, the hotel is ideally positioned, with SeaWorld just a five-minute drive away.

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Western Inn–Old Town

Why it made the list

As San Diego hotels go, the Western Inn is especially easy on the wallet. It’s nothing fancy, but the family-friendly Western Inn offers good value in a convenient location on the edge of Old Town. A five-minute drive from SeaWorld, the budget hotel is clean and comfortable, with excellent customer service and a complimentary continental breakfast.

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Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Why it made the list

Dotted with palm trees, lagoons, and waterfalls, this tropical resort was designed in the ‘60s by a Hollywood producer who took his cues from elaborate island-themed movie sets. A five-minute drive from SeaWorld, Paradise Point features bungalow-style cottages along a mile-long stretch of beach, lush landscaping, and resort amenities like pools and tennis courts.

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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 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. During the summer, the hotel offers a family-friendly Dive-In Movies series.

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