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8 Incredible San Diego Airbnbs for Every Style and Budget

November 25 2017
7 min read
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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.

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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.

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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Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

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  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
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