When you need a break from the beach, these top hotel pools in San Diego offer everything from Vegas-style pool parties with celebrity guests and DJs to VIP cabana amenities with luxurious VIP cabanas.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s bayside pool brings the water’s edge up close, featuring lounge chairs and private cabanas for relaxing under the Californian sun.
1. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
At this Mission Bay resort, guests enjoy unmatched amenities like a water playground with three pools and waterslides. Indulge in classic California experiences – incredible ocean views, waterfront dining, and an eco-friendly spa – alongside sport fishing, whale watching, or sailing excursions at this Mission Bay hotel.
Three sparkling lagoon-style pools and a luxurious pool deck with hot tubs take center stage at this hotel, allowing children of all ages to splash around and play at its award-winning water playground. It features waterslides (children must be 42″ tall to ride them), while spacious one-, two—, and three-person loungers adorned with giant parasols create an enjoyable family environment. Furthermore, private cabanas can also be rented from us!
Pelican’s on the Bay restaurant provides casual share plates and specialty cocktails in an open-air setting that overlooks its swimming pools. The hotel also has a marina with docks offering daily cruising, sailing, and whale-watching trips and jet skiing, fishing, and sailboat rental services.
Hotel guests looking to unwind will find that its full-service spa provides massages, facials, and manicures. Furthermore, it boasts its yacht club for water activities like kayaking, paddle boating, and scuba diving.
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina is situated on scenic Mission Bay, minutes away from SeaWorld and within walking distance of Mission Beach and downtown San Diego. To reduce traffic, parking, and long lines at SeaWorld, guests can hop aboard the hotel’s private water taxi service or ride a bicycle or foot into Mission Beach and Quivira Point – a 10 to 15-minute drive away and a quick walk or bike ride out, respectively.
2. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Carlsbad Resort stands out among San Diego hotels with pools, offering something for all age groups. Families will delight in Splash Landing’s two thrilling, 100-ft waterslides while adults can relax at Edge Infinity pool or splurge on a cabana for an unforgettable hotel pool experience. Plus, boasting stunning views of La Costa hills makes this pool among San Diego’s premier spots for enjoying California sunshine while unwinding.
Whether it’s your first visit or you need an easy beach vacation in San Diego without driving too far away from downtown, Hotel del Coronado provides an opulent coastal resort experience worthy of any long journey from Downtown. Surrounded by palms and Pacific beach views, this timeless queen of Coronado waterfront has welcomed visitors since 1888 and remains an idyllic SoCal retreat.
Westgate Hotel boasts a luxurious pool that matches its impressive luxury resort surroundings, and as such, should make the list of San Diego hotels with a collection. Dubbed the “Pink Lady” due to its iconic facade and courtyards of roses, this iconic Westgate property – commonly referred to as Old Hollywood glamour meets Mediterranean Riviera glamour – boasts a stunning ocean-view pool with complimentary lounge chairs for overnight guests; visitors may purchase day passes to soak up the sun while sipping cocktails poolside.
At Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific Ocean, this boutique coastal resort is a dream come true. Guests can wake up to stunning coastal views from their spacious rooms equipped with coastal furnishings, free Wi-Fi, 250 thread count sheets, and free Wi-Fi connectivity. After an active day of golf or swimming in the pool, relax with a cocktail at their elegant patio bar as the sun sets over the Pacific.
3. Paradise Point
Paradise Point Resort provides comfortable California bungalow-style rooms surrounded by tranquil lagoons and one mile of sandy beaches, just a short drive from Downtown San Diego and SeaWorld – not forgetting Balboa Park, Old Town, and Gaslamp Quarter attractions that can all be easily reached via public transit.
Mission Bay Island resort boasts five pools, beach bonfire pits, watercraft rentals, a marina, multiple dining venues, and a plush spa – providing plenty of ways to make the most of your visit! Children will especially love their supervised kid’s club for nature walks and treasure hunts, while adults can sip lattes from Island Grinds Coffee before diving into one of its pools!
Hotel guests have four room types, from family-friendly standard rooms to more luxurious suites with private balconies. Each has a flat-screen television equipped with cable channels and free Wi-Fi; some even provide views of the Pacific Ocean! Each bathroom has a deep soaking tub and a separate shower stall.
While the resort caters primarily to families, certain areas offer adult-only fun. This provides a perfect balance for families or couples looking for some time apart while their children go off doing their own thing.
Tidal, Barefoot Bar & Grill, and Topics Cantina offer on-site dining experiences; there is also a full-service spa and various bars and lounges, including Paradise Point Bar, for more intimate occasions or in-room dining experiences. Furthermore, Paradise Point hosts multiple fun events throughout the year for its guests, such as kids’ movie nights at its central pool and seasonal holiday festivities, making this hotel exceptional!
4. Andaz Hotel
Andaz Hotels are explicitly designed for their locations, and the Andaz on 5th Avenue is no different. Once home to Motley Crue, its modernized version now embodies Sunset Boulevard. Balconies that once were open now boast full-length windows for total views, while all 184 rooms and suites offer premium channels and amenities.
Andaz Hotel by Hyatt caters to business travelers and luxury leisure guests, located between the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village neighborhoods that have been likened to Manhattan’s SoHo district.
Andaz offers guests its signature “Hyatt Has It” amenities, including high-speed Internet access in every room and suite, spacious spa services, fitness center access, and rooftop pool access for relaxing in San Diego sunshine. Indulge in restaurants, lounges, and rooftop pool access at this hotel!
One of the distinguishing features of this property is its On Demand Workout program, which offers various fitness classes led by certified instructors, such as Pilates, boot camp, yoga, and circuit training. Guests are encouraged to use both gym facilities and choose whether to work in a studio, room, or outdoor setting.
The Andaz is located in the heart of downtown and is particularly sought-after among business travelers. However, this property also makes an excellent choice for families as its two-bedroom Star Suite features a separate king bedroom and living area and a large private balcony – plus luxurious features such as oversized showers and deep soaking tubs!
5. Solamar Hotel
Solamar had long been part of the Kimpton hotel chain; now, it will join San Diego hotels sporting Jimmy Buffett’s signature laidback aesthetic. Maryland-based real estate investment trust Pebblebrook Hotel Trust acquired Solamar in 2018 and plans to transform it into the West Coast Margaritaville Island Resort as soon as possible while remaining open during this transition. Meanwhile, Solamar will still be operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts, which owns other Kimpton properties.
Solamar Hotel, as part of its GreenLeader program, strives to reduce water and energy consumption, use nontoxic cleaning supplies, and recycle extensively. Guestrooms at Solamar reflect this eco-conscious philosophy with amenities like Gilchrist & Soames spa products and soft animal print robes designed to evoke yoga and mindfulness practices. Furthermore, Solamar is a certified Platinum Level GreenLeader. It encourages guests to join its mission through booking codes that donate a portion of room rates directly to National Geotourism or Trust for Public Land.
In the lobby, an amalgam of minimalist lines, deep earthy wood furniture, fabrics embroidered with sea turtles and other marine images, and a glass-enclosed wine lounge, a small workout room, and Jbar create a contemporary ocean motif.
The hotel’s charming East Village setting puts guests within walking distance of both downtown Gaslamp Quarter and historic Little Italy, as well as several of its restaurants – Jsix Mexican Eatery for fine Mexican dining and Moonshine Flats for delicious burgers – making their stay both inviting and pleasurable. For an adventurous spirit looking for some sightseeing opportunities nearby, Petco Park baseball stadium and the Maritime Museum of San Diego can be reached in under 10 minutes on foot!