San Diego Green Hotels

Eco hotels make a conscious effort to minimize their impact on the environment with green living practices to reduce waste, and save water and energy. They are often participants in hotel eco-rating systems like the California Green Lodging Program. Visitors who place a premium on sustainability should look for “Environmentalist Level” hotels participating in the California Green Lodging Program. It is the top award based on waste minimization, pollution prevention, water and energy conservation, recycling, program sustainability, and environmentally friendly purchasing. The GreenLeaders Program also ranks green hotels from bronze to platinum levels.

San Diego Green Hotels

There is a growing list of green hotels in San Diego, but only a few have made it to the top of the California Green Lodging Program. The Bahia Resort Hotel and Catamaran Resort Hotel take top honors in Mission Beach. Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla and Fairmont Grand Del Mar golf resorts have also reached Environmentalist Level. Sheraton Hotel & Marina on Harbor Island in Point Loma made the coveted list. The Lafayette Hotel in North Park is also among the handful of San Diego hotels with top green lodging honors.

The only LEED certified and Platinum Level GreenLeader in San Diego is Hotel Indigo. Among this boutique-style hotel’s many sustainable efforts are an on-site recycling program that includes rooftop composting, and one of the first eco-roofs in Downtown San Diego. True boutique Hotel Solamar in East Village has attained the Platinum Level, as has La Jolla’s Lodge at Torrey Pines, and Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley.

Only Sheraton Hotel & Marina, Bahia Resort Hotel, The Lafayette Hotel, and La Jolla’s Estancia Hotel & Spa are Gold Level GreenLeaders. However, several environmentally conscious San Diego hotels have bronze and silver designations for their sustainable efforts. Two boutique hotels, The Bristol Hotel and Empress Hotel, also participate in the Clean the World initiative that works with hotels to collect soap bars, shampoos, and other bath products. The organization sorts, processes, and redistributes them to homeless shelters in the U.S. and impoverished countries around the world.

Best San Diego Neighborhoods for Green Hotels

It’s easy to find eco-friendly accommodations in San Diego neighborhoods, but visitors will find the bulk of them Downtown. Boutique hotels in Core-Columbia on the edges of the Gaslamp Quarter and in East Village, along with the luxurious US Grant Hotel, are Downtown eco leaders. A few resort-style hotels in the Marina district and one on Harbor Island in Point Loma are also top eco-friendly picks. There are nine premier sustainable hotels in this area, and several others with lesser sustainable distinctions.

Among the Mission Bay, Mission Beach, and Mission Valley neighborhoods, visitors will find five top rated environmentally savvy hotels, and many others that are recognized for their green lodging efforts. The Lafayette Hotel holds solo top honors in North Park, Hillcrest, and Mission Hills, but there are a few Silver Level hotels in those neighborhoods, Old Town, and near Balboa Park. Next door neighbors La Jolla and Del Mar together have five top tier environmentally-friendly hotels, and many more on the rise. Visitors concerned with sustainability may want to choose their target neighborhood first, and then look for eco-friendly hotels in that area.



LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND California Resort
All LEGO themed and interactive from the lobby to the expansive guestrooms and suites. The King and Queen can indulge in the room’s amenities while their heirs feel just as pampered.
Palomar San Diego, a Kimpton Hotel
Located at the north end of the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, the rooftop bar and lounge overlooks the San Diego Skyline.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
The lodge sits atop towering bluffs overlooking renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Guests at the 170-room hotel are greeted by Scottish kilted doormen.
Hotel Solamar San Diego, a Kimpton Hotel
Contemporary design, coastal culture, upscale amenities, green awards, and one-of-a kind ambiance are hallmarks of Hotel Solamar.
Best Western Plus Bayside Inn
Just blocks from San Diego Bay and the beautiful city lights of Coronado Island across the bay. The sleek and modern interior is perfectly complimented by their friendly and attentive staff.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Located across Harbor Drive from the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park, the hotel has two giant ballrooms and a 4-acre outdoor venue to host epic business or social events.
Hotel del Coronado
Since it opened in 1888, Hotel del Coronado has been hosting and entertaining Presidents, celebrities, royalty, and other guests.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
The eco-friendly hotel has also earned the coveted Greenleaders Gold Level. The 199 guest rooms come in three styles. The Spa has been named one of the top spas in the world.
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.
Hotel Indigo San Diego, East Village
The only LEED certified boutique hotel in San Diego. Level 9 Rooftop Bar and Lounge offers signature cocktails and locally crafted brews.
Empress Hotel of La Jolla
The hotel has an elegant nautical vibe and is located on Fay Avenue in the heart of all the action, close to the beaches and downtown La Jolla.
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.
The US Grant San Diego from the Luxury Collection
A local icon in the historic Gaslamp Quarter since 1910, designed with classic Empire-style furnishings with a modern twist.
The Bristol Hotel, San Diego
Modern luxury with a conscience. One of only seven hotels in San Diego to receive a Green Eco-Leaf rating. They offer half-price parking for hybrid vehicles.
Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego
Located on a private peninsula in Mission Bay, the Mediterranean-style décor is complemented by the outdoor tropical garden setting complete with duck ponds, garden gazebo, and garden fountain.