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Hotel Recommendations

For easy access to SDSU, we recommend staying in one of the areas listed below.


Old Town San Diego | Mission Valley/Hotel Circle | San Diego Gaslamp Quarter | SDSU area


Old Town San Diego

Staying in Old Town is recommended because it is short taxi or shuttle ride from the airport and only a 22 minute trolley ride to SDSU. The neighborhood has a variety of restaurants and most hotels are a 5-10 minute walk to the transit station. Below are just a few of the many hotel options available. 


Discover the history and attractions in Old Town

Neighborhood Map  

Take the Green Line trolley to SDSU

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Old Town (#4 on map)

2435 Jefferson St

San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-8500 

Airport Shuttle | Complimentary Beverages | Complimentary WiFi | Exercise Facility | Pool 


Hacienda Hotel Old Town (Best Western Plus) (#1 on map)

*Special rate for SDSU visitors: $130/night includes dinner, two cocktails, and breakfast.

Must call the hotel and request SDSU special rate. A slightly lower Internet only rate may be available but will not include food and beverage. 

4041 Harney St

San Diego, CA 92110-2866

Phone: (619) 298-4707

Airport Shuttle | Business Servies | Exercise Facility | Pool


Old Town Inn (#7 on map)

*10% discount for SDSU visitors call direct or mention SDSU in the comments box online.

Best option for travelers on a budget. While not located in Old Town proper, shops and restaurants are a 10-15 minute walk away. After dinner a cab ride from the main street to the hotel is a good, low cost option. 

4444 Pacific Highway

San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-8024 

Complimentary Breakfast | Complimentary WiFi | Pool



Mission Valley / Hotel Circle

This area of San Diego is located half way between the airport and SDSU. Not all hotels in the area are an easy walk to the trolley station. If you will depend on public transportation please consider these options.


Area Map 

Take the Green Line trolley to SDSU


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Mission Valley

*Special rate of $129/night could be available for SDSU visitors, call hotel to inquire. 

This hotel is a three minute walk to the Hazard Center Station and a 14 minute trolley ride to SDSU. 

7450 Hazard Center Drive

San Diego, CA 92108

Phone: (619) 297-5466 

Business Services | Exercise Facilities | Pool | WiFi (fee) 


San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

This hotel is a seven minute walk to the Rio Vista Station an 11 minute trolley ride to SDSU.

8757 Rio San Diego Dr

San Diego, CA 92108

Phone:  (619) 692-3800

Business Services | Complimentary WiFi | Exercise Facilities | Pool



San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Known as the heart of San Diego’s nightlife, the Gaslamp Quarter is close to the airport and waterfront but a little further from SDSU than other areas. There are numerous hotel options within walking distance of the quarter's four trolley stations. Travel time to SDSU on the trolley is between 30-40 minutes; ask your hotel for directions to the nearest station. SDSU is a normally 15-20 minute car ride from this area. 

Discover the Gaslamp Quarter

Take the Green Line trolley to SDSU




Hotel options near SDSU are limited and furthest from the airport; a taxi will cost $40+.

There are not many options for evening activities.


Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU 

*10% discount for SDSU visitors. Call direct to reserve a room and mention SDSU.

Some rooms are equipped with kitchenettes.

This hotel is about a 10 minute walk and 8 minute bus ride to SDSU. 

Bus route 856

Nearest bus stop: El Cajon Blvd & College Ave  

6474 El Cajon Blvd

San Diego, CA 92115

Phone: (619) 582-3088

Complimentary Breakfast | Complimentary WiFi | Pool 

Motel 6 San Diego Mission Valley East 

*Special SDSU visitor rate could be available, call hotel to inquire.

This hotel is a 4 minute walk to the Grantville Station and 4 minute trolley ride to SDSU.  

4380 Alvarado Canyon Rd

San Diego, CA 92120

Phone: (619) 281-2222

Business Services | Complimentary Coffee | Complimentary WiFi  | Exercise Facilities | Pool

Zip Code & Transit Map 

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Zip Code and Public Transit Map