San Diego Gay-friendly Hotels

Gay-friendly hotels have made the effort to get TAG approved, an endorsement by Travel Alternatives Group, or to become a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). The gold standard for gay-friendly hotels is to be a member of both. LGBT travelers know that not all TAG approved hotels are created equal, with some being more welcoming and knowledgeable about neighborhood gay culture and entertainment than others. Expect hotel concierge services to be up on notable annual LGBT events, and local gay-friendly cultural and entertainment opportunities, dining, shopping, and nightlife. Independent hotels may be networked with the LGBT community they serve and offer discounts to gay-owned venues.

San Diego Gay-friendly Hotels

San Diego offers a number of branded gay-friendly hotels, in particular Hyatt and Hilton hotels. The luxurious Manchester Grand Hyatt, a Marina district resort hotel, and Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina in Point Loma are both TAG approved and IGLTA endorsed. The DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown shares those endorsements. Andaz, a swanky boutique-style hotel in East Village with a happening rooftop club, is operated under the Hyatt brand and is equally gay-friendly.

San Diego independent hotels that take top honors for their gay-friendly accommodations are Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites on Shelter Island in Point Loma, and luxury beachfront Pacific Terrace Hotel in Pacific Beach. The Handlery Hotel and Resort in Mission Valley is minutes from Hillcrest, San Diego’s most happening gay neighborhood, and offers guests upscale resort amenities. Inn at the Park, next to Balboa Park, is a vintage-style hotel with a fresh, modern décor.

Best San Diego Neighborhoods for Gay-Friendly Hotels

San Diego is one of the most progressively robust gay-friendly cities in the United States thanks to annual events like San Diego LGBT Pride Parade, Pride Music Festival in Balboa Park, Gay Bowl by the National Gay Flag Football League, Gay Agenda by Prism Comics at Comic-Con, and LGBT Film Festival at Birch North Park Theater. Of course, the annual San Diego Beer Week should be thrown in for good measure.

The Downtown neighborhoods of East Village, Marina district, and Core-Columbia, and Point Loma’s Shelter Island are home to some of the top branded and independent gay-friendly hotels in San Diego. They’re close to sizzling rooftop nightlife venues, intimate wine bars, award-winning restaurants, and hip events like Comic-Con. These upscale hotels are also minutes from the lively Gaslamp Quarter with fun eateries like Dick’s Last Resort, or upscale music venues like Croce’s Jazz Bar and House of Blues.

Mission Valley, Mission Hills, and Hillcrest have gay-friendly luxury resort accommodations, vintage-modern rooms and suites, and intimate neighborhood bed & breakfasts. Guests will appreciate the close proximity to the nightlife on University Avenue like Rich’s – the largest gay club in San Diego with weekend lines out the door. Urban Mo’s, a casual eatery with drag shows and Sunday brunch, and Pec’s a gritty, old school gay bar with cheap drinks and an outdoor patio are other neighborhood favorites. Culture and Cocktail nights are at the San Diego Museum of Art in nearby Balboa Park, and Diversionary Theater in North Park features top-of-the-line plays with LGBT themes and characters.

SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront
State-of-the-art amenities, cityscape and bayfront views, and a host of personal touches. Suites are arranged into three distinct areas – sleep, work, and relaxation.
Ocean Beach Hotel, San Diego
The Mediterranean-style beachfront hotel is at the end of popular Newport Avenue. Families will appreciate the large, renovated and reasonably priced rooms.
Urban Boutique Hotel, San Diego
A good choice for solo travelers, business travelers, and couples. The neighborhood has an astounding array of eateries, independent shops, and art galleries.
Andaz San Diego Gaslamp
A swanky upscale hotel on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village. The 159 rooms and 17 suites are uniquely customized with a full menu of lavish amenities and VIP wristbands.
DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego, Little Italy, Downtown
A good choice for either business or leisure travel. The upscale hotel provides an alternative to pricier historic and boutique hotels in the Civic Core District.
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
A swanky twin tower high-rise hotel overlooking San Diego Bay. The hotel’s prime location in the Marina District will impress tourists, business professionals, and conventioneers alike.
1906 Lodge-Coronado Beach
The perfect place for a romantic getaway, a quiet weekend retreat, or a serious groupthink. Each of the 17 historic rooms and suites is named after some tidbit of Coronado Island history.
Handlery Hotel San Diego, Mission Valley
Created by hotelier Harry Handlery in 1928, the hotel offers 217 guest rooms and suites, two restaurants, and eighteen event areas. The hotel excels at planning meetings, events, or conferences with expert staff.
The Lafayette Hotel, North Park San Diego
Built in 1946, the lavish retro design oozes Old Hollywood charm and earned Design Excellence Award. It's a popular place with the local young professional crowd.
Pacific Terrace Hotel, San Diego
The upscale ocean-facing hotel caters to every kind of traveler. Its distinctive Bahamian vibe feels more like you’re in the Caribbean than on the West Coast.
Sofia Hotel, San Diego
With a rich history dating back to 1915 when it was a San Diego stagecoach company, you’ll find the perfect place to focus on your spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
The Keating Hotel, San Diego
Built in 1890 by the same architects of the Hotel del Coronado and is San Diego’s first luxury boutique hotel. Check out the Gordon Ramsay designed lobby.
Sommerset Suites Hotel
A conveniently located hotel that offers contemporary comfort and is priced right. It has a heated outdoor flat-bottom pool and spa tub.