Tourists and locals alike know that San Diego is home to some of the best high-end boutique hotels in this lovely Golden State of ours. And it’s no surprise. From swanky high-rises sprinkled throughout the Gaslamp Quarter to seaside escapes in La Jolla and Pacific Beach, it’s easy to see why America’s Finest City is one of the top California travel destinations.
But sometimes chic resort-style accommodations just aren’t the type of relaxation that we’re looking for. We all crave some quality R&R every now and again, and what better way is there to truly relax or escape on a romantic getaway than at a nostalgically serene bed and breakfast or quaint country inn?
From the picturesque Italian Bed & Breakfast in Little Italy and the charming Elsbree House in Ocean Beach, to the quaint 1906 Lodge in Coronado and the kitschy Vintage Sol in North Park, discover some of our favorite San Diego bed and breakfast inns.
Complete with ornate shingle wall panels, a porch with turned spindles, a gable dormer with a carved sunburst pattern, decorative gable-end panels, and a hexagonal turret with faceted roof, Keating House is the perfect example of the exquisite Queen Anne Victorian residences built in San Diego during the boom years of the 1800s. George James Keating, the original owner of this picturesque house in Bankers Hill, purchased the residence in the late 1800s with his family and since his death in 1988;, guests have reported seeing his ghost walking the hallways. If you aren’t deterred by benevolent spirits, Keating House boasts a total of nine bedrooms located between the main house and the cottage that are tastefully appointed in Victorian splendor resplendent of the décor of the 1800s. Guests can choose to stay in the Rose Room, complete with high ceilings, stained glass windows, Victorian mouldings, a Queen four-post iron bed, and a French door that leads to a small viewing porch; the Music Room with an original gas fireplace, a crystal chandelier, a Queen Size four-post iron bed, and a private bath; or splurge for the spacious Craftsman-style Garden Suite which features a sitting room, a bedroom with an antique iron & brass Queen Size bed, a kitchenette and a bathroom with soaking tub, tile shower, pedestal sink, and towel warmer. For more information on current rates and specials, please call 619.239.8585 or visit keatinghouse.com.
Located in the historical dynamic Hillcrest neighborhood, Hillcrest House is a newly restored 1910 Craftsman home with a gracious and charming guest house in the center of it all. When visiting Hillcrest House, guests can choose to stay in one of five newly renovated guestrooms each complete with complimentary wireless internet access, free parking, Queen size beds, private baths, and Cable TV/DVD/CD. Located in the adjacent cottage, warm eclectic surroundings of nature adorn the Balboa Room; the popular Great Gatsby –inspired Gaslamp Room is the smallest of the five rooms and is sunshine-filled with vaulted ceilings; the Old Town Room is color-infused with flair of the Mexican Frontera and features many handmade treasures by indigenous artisans; if you’re feeling adventurous, the rich animal prints and textiles in the Zoo Room will quickly put you in a romantic mood. The Coronado Suite is the “crown jewel” of Hillcrest House and includes a queen size bed with luxury granite counter tops with stainless steel sinks, a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker, cable TV/DVD/CD, and a private path with a Jacuzzi tub and tile shower. A hearty continental breakfast is served each morning, with fresh, homemade pastries and delicacies and guests can choose to dine in the downstairs parlor by the fireplace or in the dining room. In addition, guests can hang out in the parlor where there are playing cards, puzzles, a reading library, DVD movies, and cable TV. To top it off, a breezy open-air porch at the front of Hillcrest House is just the way to start your day off reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee, or the perfect way to end your day by enjoying a glass of wine at sunset. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 619.990.2441 or visit hillcresthousebandb.com. (pictured below)
The Italian Bed and Breakfast
The Italian Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Little Italy is a small Victorian home built in the early 1900s. Used as a private residence until mid 1900s and then left vacant until 2005, the house was finally renovated and reopened in September 2010 as a chamring bed and breakfast. The bed and breakfast features four guests rooms which include a suite with king bed, private sitting area and private bath, two rooms with queen beds and private baths and one room with a queen bed and a private detached bathroom. The Il Venitian boasts a 32-inch wall-mounted flat screen TV, a Queen Pillow Top bed with Egyptian cotton linens and a down comforter, terry cloth robes, and plush towels. Stay in the Il Forencia and enjoy a Queen Size Tempur-Pedic bed, a private bathroom with a tub/shower duo, plush towels and robes, and a 32-inch wall-mounted flat screen TV. In the Il Tuscano, guests will enjoy detached private baths with tub/shower and a spacious granite vanity and a Queen Size Tempur-Pedic bed complete with Egyptian cotton linens and down alternative comforters. Splurge for the Il Romanza Suite which includes a private entrance patio with breathtaking views of the harbor, an executive parlor, a King Size Pillow Top bed, and a private bath with a tub/shower combo. Every morning at 9am, guests can enjoy a delicious hot breakfast which includes a fresh or cooked fruit entree', pancakes or French toast, baked egg dishes, juices and muffins or toaster items. Coffee is available at 8am on the kitchen sideboard and a variety of sweet treats are offered in the early afternoon. For more information, please call 619.238.1755 or visit theitalianbb.com.
Located in the heart of North Park, the folksy Vintage Sol Bed & Breakfast offers guests the opportunity to soak up the flavor of Mexico without stepping foot across the border. When you enter the gate into the private courtyard, you’re immediately greeted by vibrant colors and quirky handcrafted Mexican artwork and decor. The small detached single unit guest room located next to main house serves as your own private casista, which includes a new Queen Size bed, a small galley kitchenette with a full fridge, convection oven, hotplate, coffee maker and toaster, a small bathroom with a standup shower, satellite cable, iPod docking stations, DVDs & wireless DSL. French doors open to eclectic rustic courtyard complete with beautiful Lady Gouldian finches, an outdoor kitchen, fountain and seasonal scented flowers of jasmine, passion vine, gardenia and lavender. Guests can enjoy a spicy Spanish-inspired breakfast in the garden courtyard which includes appetizing dishes such as Spicy Chilaquiles with roasted peppers and eggs, Poached Eggs wrapped in prosciutto & pesto with potatoes, Smoky Chipotle Eggs Benedict on artisan bread, Almond crusted French toast served with thick-cut bacon, Fresh Pork & Sweet Tamales served with eggs, and Marinated Carne Asada with fried eggs & tortillas. For more information on current rates and reservations, please call 619.281.1327 or visit vintagesol.com.(pictured below)
The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla
Located one block from the ocean in the heart of La Jolla Village by the Sea, the intimate and romantic Bed and Breakfast Inn ranks among the finest in historical San Diego hotels. Oringinally designed as a private residence in 1913 by master architect Irving Gill, the B & B Inn provides a cozy getaway for locals and visitors alike. Boasting 13 individually designed guest rooms and two elegant suites, The B & B Inn is an excellent representation of all that this beautiful seaside village has to offer. Guests can choose to stay in the Peacock Salon, a romantic Victorian room with a cozy private balcony and garden views; couples in search of romantic retreat can indulge in The Cove, a dreamy second floor guestroom complete with a four poster iron bed with Ralph Lauren lace panels and white wicker accents; visitors can enjoy a weekend in the Pacific View, a popular, graciously furnished room with a wood-burning fireplace and horizon, ocean and sunset views; or splurge for the elegantly decorated Holiday Suite featuring a canopied, four poster bed, large antique armoire and a wood-burning fireplace. Guests can also choose to add on extra indulgences to their rooms such as a dozen long stem roses, chocolate covered strawberries, a picnic basket or even breakfast “inn” bed. For more information on nightly rates and current specials, please call 888.988.8481 or visit innlajolla.com.
The 1906 Lodge
Whether you are looking for relaxation, romance, or a business retreat, the 1906 Lodge in Coronado is the ideal destination for visitors and locals alike. Built as a boarding house in 1906, the historic Lodge was rumored to house America's earliest aviators from Glenn Curtiss' school a mile away. After decades of decline, the stately building was rescued by four local couples and the idea for an upscale small hotel was born. Rated the Number One B&B in San Diego County on trip Advisor, this upscale boutique hotel offers guests a variety of luxury accommodations including gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese, secure underground parking, and Wi-Fi internet. All six guest rooms are located on the second floor of the fully renovated boarding house and have beautifully restored windows, private baths, HDTV/DVDs, wireless internet, ceiling fans, individual temperature controls, and a shared refreshments center on the landing. Guests can choose from rooms such as the Hebbard & Gill, a stately room with a mission-style queen bed that honors the building’s architects; or Kate’s Garden which celebrates the beautiful gardens of Coronado with bright floral décor. Designed with rejuvenation and privacy in mind, the 11 luxury suites on the garden courtyard have private entrances and porches, king beds, fireplaces, wet bars, refrigerators, safes, and spacious sitting rooms. The Silver Strand boasts a double-sided fireplace, a luxurious King Size bed, a bathroom spa tub, and an alcove overlooking the garden; the Tea Garden room boasts a spectacular gold four-leaf poster King Size bed with a tea garden tapestry headboard, and a private bathroom with an oversize spa tub and reed glass window; or opt for North Island, the largest and most private suite with a King Size bed, a sitting room with leather chairs, a fireplace, and a private second floor porch. For more information on rates and current specials, please call 866.435.1906 or visit 1906lodge.com.
Decorated in Country English decor, the charming Elsbree House is truly a hidden Ocean Beach gem. Located steps from the water, this picturesque bed and breakfast features lush country gardens and four private rooms complete with Queen Size beds, a twin room with two twin beds, and a suite with two rooms with one queen bed and two twin beds, all complete with a small private patio, or balcony, and a full private bath. For guests that are looking for a little extra space, Elsbree also offers a three bedroom/three bath vacation condo. Every morning from 8am-9am, a continental breakfast is served in a warm and inviting dining room which includes choice of homemade bread along with muffins, three kinds of cereals, fresh fruit plate, yogurt with fruit on top, dried bananas and cranberries, hard boiled eggs, milk, coffee/tea and orange juice to start off your day. For more information on current rates and to book a reservation, please call 619.226.4133 or visit bbinnob.com. (pictured below)
Nestled in a small beachside community north of San Diego, Cardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge has been providing locals and travelers with quality, romantic lodging for over 20 years. Boasting 17 custom decorated rooms, each with a different theme, each room includes a variety of styles and amenities such as fireplaces, ocean views, and whirlpool tubs. Motifs include the Sweetheart which has a hand-carved bed, scrolling ceilings and a heart-shaped whirlpool tub; the classic Mediterranean with Verde green furnishings and cultured stone columns; the Cullen, named for Frank Cullen who founded Cardiff in 1907, complete with a tall four-poster bed and wingback chair; the Reflection boasting angled mirrors softened with serene surroundings and a round, King Size bed; and Paradise, a tropical themed room with wet bar, rain shower head, an oversize bathtub, and a swivel mounted HDTV with a DVD player. For more information on current rates and to make a reservation, please call 760.944.6474 or visit cardifflodge.com.
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