San Diego International Airport, also known as Lindbergh Field, is sandwiched between Interstate 5 and Harbor Drive along San Diego Bay. Its urban location plants it squarely among the neighborhoods of Point Loma, Mission Hills, and Little Italy. Point Loma, once a Portuguese fishing village, is one of the most moneyed neighborhoods in San Diego with several marinas in America’s Cup Harbor. Mission Hills is a historically affluent area that embraces the simple life and its neighborly hometown persona. Little Italy, once an Italian fishing village, is characterized by its vibrant Italian heritage, art scene, and maritime roots. If visitors want to stay near the airport, Point Loma is a good choice for those seeking upscale hotel experiences, and Little Italy caters more to vacationers looking for affordability. Mission Hills offers travelers few choices in hotel accommodations.
The Airport Area Hotels
Point Loma does have a few neighborhood and boutique hotels such as The Pearl, but the hotel scene is dominated by independent and franchise resort-style hotels with their own marinas, particularly on Shelter Island, Harbor Island, and at Liberty Station. Mission Hills has a single best value franchise hotel in the Holiday Inn Express Old Town-Airport Hotel across Interstate 5 from the airport. There is also a bed and breakfast on the far side of the neighborhood. Little Italy has an assortment of best value franchise hotels and neighborhood boutique hotels like La Pensione, Urban Boutique, and Hotel Vyvant.
Who Should Stay at Airport Area Hotels
Point Loma resort-hotels are great for families who are looking for amenity-laden accommodations that will keep the kids entertained between sightseeing and visiting San Diego attractions. Divers, sport anglers, sailors, and active seafaring enthusiasts will appreciate waterfront accommodations with their own marinas. Adult business and leisure guests, solo travelers, and couples will like the eco-friendly touches and affordable luxury of Point Loma boutiques and B&Bs.
Holiday Inn Express Old Town-Airport, the only great value accommodation in Mission Hills, is right across Interstate 5 from the airport. It is an obvious choice for the business professional on a quick in and out business trip. Families will like the hotel’s convenient location. It is within walking distance of Old Town, and has free shuttles to SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo.
In Little Italy, neighborhood streets and Italian-style plazas are filled with public art. Galleries, studios, Italian architecture, hand-painted murals, and stain glass windows will appeal to both art lovers and those who embrace Italian culture. Maritime history buffs will adore the proximity of this neighborhood to the waterfront Maritime Museum and the USS Midway Museum. Families will love the neighborhood’s affordability, proximity to an array of bay tours and Downtown attractions, and frequent family-friendly Italian festivities.