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8 Incredible San Diego Airbnbs for Every Style and Budget

Nov. 25, 2017
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San Diego is the perfect winter getaway during the holiday season — and pretty much all year-round. Appropriately dubbed America's Finest City, San Diego is known for its beautiful shores, eclectic neighborhoods and world-class dining scene. One of the best things about visiting this city is that it's pretty compact with a variety of popular attractions. Whether you're surfing on Coronado Beach or hiking along the cliffs of Torrey Pines, you’ll never miss a beat. Luckily, Airbnb offers some of the best stays to get to know this SoCal destination. Here are our top Airbnb rentals to really get the best of San Diego.

Value Deals (less than $200 per night)

1. Hillcrest Waterhaven Home

Escape to this pondside oasis in this spacious Hillcrest studio, nestled in a residential area. This listing encompasses all elements of a peaceful, relaxing experience: Take in the eye-catching interior and a private patio that overlooks a large koi pond with waterfalls. This home fits up to two guests and attracts those looking to delve into a much quieter and serene part of the city. Enjoy the year-round sunshine and soak up some sun from the outdoor space of this private paradise. Rates from $135 per night with a two-night minimum stay required.

2. Little Italy Modern Condo

For those travelers more interested in the art, history and culture, this condo in Little Italy might be for you. Packed with waterfront cafes, bustling food markets and stunning views, this is the go-to place for a taste of San Diego's Italian culture. Stay there in style at this beautiful modern and sleek condo, perfect for foodies, artists and business travelers looking to explore one of SD's liveliest neighborhoods. The best part of this stay is that you'll be within easy reach of everything you will need to experience the city fully. Rates from $99 per night with one-night minimum stay required.

3. City Loft in Bankers Hill

Located in Bankers Hill, this quaint city loft offers a fully equipped kitchen, classic Mid-Century furnishing and the comfort and convenience of being in the popular downtown area. Situated just steps away from the renowned Balboa Park, solo travelers and adventures have a great spot to return to after a full day exploring the largest urban cultural park in the US. Take time to tour this fascinating part of the city firsthand from the comforting abode. Rates from $97 per night with a four-night minimum stay required.

Mid-Tier ($250-$350 per night)

4. Gaslamp Quarter Loft

Inside this two-bedroom loft, you’ll find unparalleled decor and full-service amenities and right outside, the vibrant scene of the trendy Gaslamp Quarter neighborhood. Known as the entertainment district, the Gaslamp Quarter has become popularize for hosting a variety of city-events like the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and Comic-Con. This condo serves as the perfect launchpad for travelers who want to venture out in the bustling epicenter of the city’s best restaurants, cafes and galleries. Rates from $219 per night with a two-night minimum stay required.

5. Oceanfront Elegant Condo

It will be hard to resist the lure of the California coast, particularly with views like this. Located in a luxury high-rise building, this condo boasts travertine floors, granite counter tops, mirrored walls and an open balcony. Not to mention, the boardwalk and beach is right at your doorstep, making this one-bedroom abode perfect for both leisure and business travelers. What better way to start your day than with the sounds of the ocean from the comfort of your stay? Rates from $279 per night with a three-night minimum stay required.

High Roller (350+ per night)

6. Marina District Condo

If you’re looking for some relaxation time in San Diego, this Marina District condo is your perfect getaway. Centrally located within walking distance to the Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy, this spacious two-bedroom home is large enough to ensure up to four guests privacy and comfort. Rates from $330 per night with a two-night minimum stay.

7. Bay View Crown Jewel

Wanna party on the beach? Well —this bay view home can house up to 12 guests and is practically studded with beachy amenities and So-Cal character. Boasting five bedrooms, a pool, a hot tub and a rooftop deck with views of the ocean and the downtown San Diego skyline, this home might just be the ideal party pad. All furnishings are super modern and sleek, and each room is equipped with a wireless Sonos speaker system and TVs with (full cable including sports and movies) — so even if you're kicking back with some friends, you certainly won't get bored. Rates from $399 per night; minimum-night stay varies.

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The Showstopper ($500+ per night)

8. Mission Beach Luxe Retreat

This extravagant Mission Beach Retreat is refined with every imaginable luxury. From a dramatic 25-foot-high stainless fireplace to a rooftop entertainment deck with Jacuzzi, this three bedroom listing embodies upscale living. Located on the boardwalk of Mission Bay, this luxury retreat can accommodate up to 12 guests so you can house all your family and friends and get a taste of resort-style living. Step out onto the terrace for relaxing, dining, sunbathing and taking in the most breathtaking view of famous Sail Bay. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and idyllic location. Rates from $989 per night with a seven-night minimum stay.

Maximize Your Purchase

There are plenty of ways to maximize your stay with points and miles. If you've never used Airbnb before, sign up through TPG to get $40 off your first booking — and the gravy train doesn't stop there. Book through the Delta portal and earn one SkyMile for every dollar spent on your stay, and make sure to charge the purchase to a travel rewards card to rack up extra points. Using a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred will get you 2x points on travel while the Chase Sapphire Reserve will get you 3x points on all travel purchases including Airbnb stays. When you combine the two, you're effectively double-dipping with your points earning.

Prices are accurate as of publication date but are subject to change. Featured image by Peeter Viisimaa / Getty Images; all other images courtesy of Airbnb.

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Featured image by Spend the night on the West Coast Photo by Peeter Viisimaa / Getty Images.

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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023