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San Diego’s Unique Bed and Breakfast Inns

Enjoy the neighborhoods of San Diego and stay in one of our unique Bed and Breakfast Inns

Bed & Breakfast Guild San DiegoSan Diego is one of the country’s largest cities and a favorite international tourist destination.  But the locals know that it’s really a collection of neighborhoods with distinct personalities, and an abundance of activities, shops, restaurants, culture, and nightlife.  While you may be drawn to San Diego because of the world famous Zoo, SeaWorld, or our beaches, there’s so much more to our city.  And one of the best ways to really get to know San Diego is to stay at one of our unique Bed and Breakfasts, all located within a few miles of our waterfront, if not actually in a beach community.

If you enjoy getaways where you receive the insider local scoop, the pace is relaxing, the service is exceptional, the gardens are lovely, AND you get a free breakfast, the San Diego Bed and Breakfast Guild has eight properties for your consideration.  convention center_000001147066SmallAll are located in walkable neighborhoods as well having easy access to public transportation to downtown and the Convention Center.  Plus San Diego has multiple transportation options such as Uber, Lyft, and Car to Go which make getting around town flexible and affordable.  If you are driving to San Diego, most of the B&Bs have access to free parking as well.

Whether you are looking for a summer getaway, a romantic weekend, a relaxing business trip, or even a hotel during Comic Con (we have rooms available!), we are ready to help you make the most of your precious time in our city.

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Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego is home to the Hilcrest House Bed and Breakfast

Hillcrest is San Diego’s most vibrant, urban, hip, and eclectic community.   In recent years it has become a “foodie” haven buzzing with wonderful restaurants, a busy nightlife scene and a fabulous Farmers Market every Sunday.  As San Diego’s original shopping district, there is a huge variety of unique shops and galleries featuring local artists.  Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast, owned and operated by Ann Callahan, is a great choice for the first time B&B guest or guests in their thirties and forties, or really any age.  Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast in San DiegoJust like Hillcrest, her décor (and personality!) is eclectic and vibrant.  She converted the historic home of the Scudder family (think potato chips and peanut butter) into a delightful and inviting five room B&B.  As a board member of the San Diego Tourism Authority, Ann is sure to have the latest scoop of what to do in the entire region.  Business travelers find the location convenient, with a bus stop just one block away that leads to downtown.

Carole's Bed and Breakfast in North Park Neighborhood
North Park
is said to be home to the nation’s best beer boulevard – 30th Street.  The neighborhood boasts multiple breweries and numerous bars catering to aficionados (as well as 50 restaurants).  Once a month, you can join the Ray at Night Art Walk, featuring over 25 galleries and art venues.

Carole's Bed and BreakfastCarole’s Bed and Breakfast sits in the heart of the district, in a charming cottage surrounded by riotous gardens.  If you enjoy the warm natural wood décor of the craftsman style, this setting is perfect for you.  Hospitality is a family affair, with Carole’s son Michael providing wonderful breakfasts, and the occasional grandson pitching in to make everyone feel welcome.  Rooms are decorated with cozy quilts, and there is even a salt water pool tucked away in the backyard.  Carole’s is very close to Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and also has a nearby bus stop for access to downtown San Diego.


Keating House Bed and Breakfast is Near Balboa Park in San DiegoBankers Hill is an uptown neighborhood that was originally home to the city’s most affluent families.  It borders San Diego’s Balboa Park which was developed primarily for the First World’s Fair – the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.  The park’s 1200 acres host San Diego’s finest museums, gardens, theaters, and the San Diego Zoo.

Keating House Bed and Breakfast in Bankers Hill near Balboa ParkThe Keating House Bed and Breakfast is the closest B&B to the park, just a 10 minute walk to the visitor’s center.  It was built as a “starter home” for George Keating, a successful Kansas business man who moved to San Diego in 1886.  Now the graceful inviting Victorian décor welcomes guests from around the world.  Its proximity to downtown San Diego makes it a favorite for business travelers.  For the seasoned walker, downtown is about 15 minutes away.  Or guests can easily utilize public transportation to reach their destinations.  After a busy day sightseeing or at work, enjoy the front porch and the fabulous natural garden with a peaceful fountain and attentive hummingbirds.


Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant in Old Town San DiegoOld Town is touted as the Birthplace of California as it is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California in 1769.  Designated as a State Historic Park in 1968, it is chocked full of historic buildings, museums, exhibits, and living history demonstrations.  In addition, there are dozens of shops, restaurants and a theater.  On the main plaza you will find the Cosmopolitan Hotel, built over the original adobe house of the Bandini family.  A continental breakfast is included in the night’s stay, plus the hotel features a full service restaurant and bar open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant Patio

The Cosmopolitan provides a great experience for California families with young children who study state history in school.  Rooms are simply furnished with period furniture (and no TVs) and are accessed by a second floor open veranda.  Guests enjoy lounging outside their rooms on the veranda, with views of Old Town as well as the fireworks from SeaWorld on most summer nights. An added benefit is that children eat free in the Cosmopolitan restaurant.  Special events, meetings, and weddings can be hosted on site.  After exploring all Old Town has to offer, you have easy access to San Diego via the major transit hub located a block away.  Business travelers can reach downtown and the Convention Center with ease.


Glory's Holiday House Bed & Breakfast in Point LomaPoint Loma is a seaside neighborhood nestled on the hilly peninsula jutting to the south from San Diego. The Holiday House Bed and Breakfast is perched on the hill and boasts the most amazing views in the city.  Guests enjoy 180 degree unobstructed views of the bay and San Diego.  On the far right in the panorama is the Cabrillo National Monument named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to see San Diego Bay.  Down the hill from the Holiday House is Liberty Station, an award winning mixed use development on the site of the former Naval Training Center San Diego.

Glory's Holiday House Bed & Breakfast PoolRestaurants, art galleries, shops, and museums now occupy this prime real estate as well as the first golf course in San Diego, Sail Ho.  Holiday House owner Glory Giffin, a retired art teacher, highly recommends First Friday NTC at Liberty Station when the galleries are open from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., wine and cheese is served and you have the opportunity to meet artists in person.  Relax after a busy day on the deck, in Glory’s comfy living room, or with a good soak in the hot tub and the sparkling pool.  Military and government travelers find Holiday House a perfect location for access to the many installations on Pt. Loma and at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.


Ocean Beach Pier Near Elsbree House Beach Bed & Breakfast and Vacation CondoOcean Beach (called OB by the locals) is a small laid-back beach community with funky shops, fun bars and restaurants, an antique shopping row, fishing pier, and wide sandy beach.  It was one of the original swimming destinations in San Diego and is credited with having the first trained lifeguards in the city.  As the shore line runs south to Point Loma, the land rises and creates the scenic Sunset Cliffs Natural Park with intricately carved coastal bluffs, tide pools, sea caves, and some of the best surfing spots in the county. A Beach Bed and Breakfast at the Elsbree House is nestled in a residential block just 500’ from the cliffs.

Elsbree House A Beach Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Condo in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Owner Katie Elsbree designed and runs a cheerful and comfy inn, whose décor pays homage to her Irish heritage with a beachy twist!  Her lush country gardens, patios, and decks are perfect for enjoying the sea breeze.  Katie ensures guests make the most of OB by providing beach chairs, towels and ice chests.  Walk the 500’ feet down the block to the edge of the Pacific Ocean and watch for California Gray Whales as they migrate from the Bering Sea to Baja California.  Explore San Diego via public transportation; a bus stop is just a block away.  Katie’s guests also recommend using Lyft to get around town on your own schedule.


Coronado Sunset near 1906 Lodge Coronado is a quaint seaside village located across the bay from downtown San Diego, connected by the graceful two mile long Coronado Bridge.  It has been a vacation destination since 1888 when the iconic Hotel del Coronado was opened.  While presidents and princes have visited Coronado over the years, it retains its small town atmosphere with cottages and mansions sharing the quiet streets.  Coronado’s wide and long pristine beach has been declared the number one beach in the country and attracts visitors from near and far.

1906 Lodge in Coronado across the bay from San DiegoThe 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach is a boutique hotel just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean.  The Lodge was built as a simple boarding house in 1906 but now provides gracious rooms and luxury suites in the Arts and Crafts style.  Fireplaces and spa tubs in the suites make this an ideal romantic getaway.  The Lodge provides a delicious breakfast, wine and snacks at 5:00 p.m., plus secure underground parking.  Once in Coronado, you can walk to everything as the island is only one mile long.  Tantalizing restaurants, unique shops, historic walking tours, theaters, and lots of water sports can fill a vacation itinerary in no time.  Downtown San Diego is easily reached via a pedestrian ferry or the Coronado Bridge.


Bed and Breakfast Inn at La JjollaLa Jolla, on the coast north of downtown, has an upscale ambiance inherited from its roots as an artist colony and intellectual enclave.  The Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla is elegant and relaxed hospitality at its finest.  Its rooms and suites are meticulously decorated, many with private porches and views of the Pacific Ocean horizon.

Start your day with a delectable three course gourmet breakfast.  And be sure to be back for the sunset wine reception in the central courtyard which is graced with a bewitching statue Isus from Greek mythology.  The Inn is just a block from the La Jolla Cove where you can swim, snorkel and kayak, and the Children’s Pool where visitors and a harbor seal colony coexist.

Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla is near many golf courses

Walk to five star restaurants with ocean views, art galleries, and shops in the village.  Enjoy live theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, a professional theatre-in-residence on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.

Plan your dream golf vacation and improve your swing with lessons at the world famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. If you run out of things to do in La Jolla, you are just 15 minutes from San Diego’s other attractions and the Convention Center.  Are your still looking for a Comic Con hotel?  La Jolla has rooms!

No matter where you choose to stay, you are never far away from the heart of San Diego.  Find a neighborhood and B&B that fits your style and we think you’ll have an exceptional experience in our fine city!



Stay at one of the eight Bed and Breakfast Guild locations in San Diego

Balboa Park San Diego

Balboa Park in San Diego is the largest urban park in the United States.  Located near downtown San Diego, it encompasses 1,200 acres with 15 museums, beautiful Spanish  architecture, water fountains and features, an outside theatre, numerous walking trails and of course the World Famous San Diego Zoo. Be sure to include this destination in your next visit to San Diego.

Balboa Parks Visitors Center is a great place to start your visit to the park. Located in the House of Hospitality near Prado Restaurant, here you will find up to date information on the latest happening in and around the park including the museums.  The Visitors Center is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.  Pick up a map or brochure, ask the friendly staff and volunteers any questions you might have about the park, or join a free guided tour of the Park. You may even find a souvenir at the gift shop full of a wide selection of gifts including those locally made.

A Little History
In 1868, land was set aside by civic leaders to become the city park. It was rough and undeveloped. Just after the turn of the 20th century, the City Park as it was known, finally received a formal master plan for improvements.  Water lines, roads and planting of trees and shrubs continued. When San Diego was named to host the 1915 Panama Exposition, the Parks named changed to a more distinctive name, Balboa Park, named after, and in honor of, Spanish-born Vasco Nunez de Balboa. With the Exposition coming, building began for the Spreckels Organ pavilion, the Cabrillo Bridge, the California Tower and dome, and the San Diego Museum Association (Museum of Man).

Gardens of Balboa Park
One of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park is the view of the Botanical Building with the Lily Pond in the foreground.  Be sure to stop by and see the Koi, water lilies, and capture the picture yourself.  The Botanical Building built for the 1915 Exposition is free to enter. It houses more than 2,100 plants including tropical orchids and palms. This building is a kid friendly place with a Carnivorous Plant, and Venue Fly Traps for kids to enjoy. If you are a garden enthusiast, Japanese Friendship Garden is one garden to must see complete with a Koi Pond where one can feed the fish. There are so 17 other gardens or areas each with their own special style or type of garden. Ask at the Visitor Center if you are looking for a specific kind.

Museums of Balboa Park
The 15 museums in Balboa Park are sure to pique an interest for everyone.  With museums ranging from science, air and space, to art, sports, and automotive, there are buildings to pick and choose as you please.  If multicultural exploration is an interest, there are 32 groups participating in the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Many of these international cottages will feature music, dance, arts and crafts and ethnic food on the weekends.

World Famous San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo is a popular attraction. Home to more than 4,000 rare, exotic and endangered animals, this zoo at Balboa Park is a must see. Rare Giant Pandas are usually on visit from China. Or, check out the koalas.  If you visit at the right time, you might just get to see baby pandas!  Inside the zoo, there is a special area called “The Children’s Zoo”, with animals and activities geared for kids. The San Diego Zoo is known for their conservation program and to date have reintroduced 33 species back in to the wild.

Spreckels Organ Pavilion
One of the world’s oldest outdoor pipe organs is the Spreckels Organ.  It contains 4,530 pipes. It was donated to the city of San Diego by John D. Spreckels for the 1915 Exposition. The Pavilion can seat over 2,400. It is highly recommended to be in one of those seats for a free concert every Sunday at 2:00 pm.

There are nearly a dozen places to find food.  From award winning restaurants to cafes, there is a variety of food in Balboa Park. There are also snack carts around the park where you can enjoy ice cream, hotdogs, or a drink. Of course, you can also bring your own picnic and enjoy the acres of green grass and abundant trees. You can also enjoy the 65 miles of trails throughout Balboa Park. All are clearly marked with varying degrees of difficulty.

Spend a day or a weekend at Balboa Park. With free parking, abundant activities for the family, you’ll be entertained with sights and sounds around Balboa Park.  Enjoy the near ideal year round weather in San Diego. Whether you enjoy the zoo, gardens, or museums, there is truly something for everyone at Balboa Park.