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10 Best Hotels in San Marcos

Lakehouse Hotel and Resort
4 out of 5
1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos, CA
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The price is AU$206 per night
4.68 km from city centre
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,051 reviews)

"This property is so quaint and adorable. The rooms are spacious and well decorated. The dockside bar was a perfect hangout. You feel worlds away at this property on the water!"…"

Reviewed on 28 May 2020

Lakehouse Hotel and Resort
Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos
2 out of 5
517 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA
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The price is AU$104 per night
1.11 km from city centre
3.3/5 (1,769 reviews)

"My overall assessment of the property motels motels and sometimes you just have to deal with the people who stay in motels but overall the property was decently clean the rooms were nice the cleaning staff was exceptional and the front desk was very polite and courteous."…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr. 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos
2.5 out of 5
227 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA
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The price is AU$174 per night
0.4 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (682 reviews)

"Great service awesome place would reccomond this place"…"

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos
3 out of 5
1245 Los Vallecitos Blvd, San Marcos, CA
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The price is AU$193 per night
2.48 km from city centre
4.4/5Excellent! (623 reviews)

"I like the location they placed me upon my request. I knew due to the virus I would have like a better breakfast option instead of a paper bag snack"…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos
Hampton Inn San Marcos, CA
2.5 out of 5
123 E Carmel St, San Marcos, CA
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The price is AU$177 per night
0.82 km from city centre
4.4/5Excellent! (758 reviews)

"Rooms need updating but are comfortable.good breakfasts."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020

Hampton Inn San Marcos, CA
Relax in Private Resort on Hill Top
21861 Crestwind Dr, San Marcos, CA
The price is AU$251 per night
3.92 km from city centre
No reviews
WORDS DO NOT EXPLAIN HOW BAD!!!

"THE PILLOWS MUST HAVE BEEN 200 YRS OLD...SMELLY, THE CARPET WAS NASTY, THERE WAS NO AC WORKING IN THE ROOM, THE JACUZZI HAD NO WATER!!!! WE HAD TO SHARE A BATH ROOM WITH ANOTHER GUESS AND THEY KEPT THE BATH ROOM DOOR LOCKED.... I ASKED FOR MY MONEY BACK AND HAVE NOT HEARD FORM THEM... WE LEFT THE ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug. 2019

Relax in Private Resort on Hill Top
Sunshine Mountain Bed and Breakfast
4 out of 5
2278 Sunshine Mountain Rd, San Marcos, CA
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The price is AU$295 per night
4.83 km from city centre
3.1/5 (20 reviews)
A+ Review

"Although the room was cancelled, Mr Milton was helpful to get another room close by. I would love to stay at his bed and breakfast when my wife and I are in town. Mr. Milton is a class-act & and I thank him wholeheartedly."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct. 2019

Sunshine Mountain Bed and Breakfast
The Luxe Suites of San Marcos
4 out of 5
1005 Armorlite Drive, San Marcos, CA
The price is AU$360 per night
2.04 km from city centre
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"It was A wonderful experience"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

The Luxe Suites of San Marcos
Ultra Modern 1 Bedroom Condo
3427 Capalina Rd, San Marcos, CA
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3.66 km from city centre
4.7/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Easy, clean and very nice

"This was exactly as advertised - extra clean and very easy to book. Noah was very attentive and helped us feel good about staying in this spot during this period of unknown."…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Ultra Modern 1 Bedroom Condo
Golden Door
3 out of 5
777 Deer Springs Rd,, San Marcos, CA
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5.97 km from city centre
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Visiting San Marcos

Families will find kid-friendly activities in San Marcos, and visitors give high marks for the lakeside setting and top-notch restaurants. Tourists who journey to this relaxing city can discover its breweries, sporting events, and university setting. Top sights around the area include Legoland California, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

  • There are 9 hotels and other accommodations in San Marcos
  • The closest major airport is in Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) 10.7 from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) 37 away

Sightseeing and Staying in San Marcos

University life is a highlight in the city and campuses to tour include California State University San Marcos and Palomar College. A couple of additional sights to add to your agenda are Twin Oaks Golf Club and Double Peak Park.

As you plan your holiday retreat, you'll find 9 hotels and other lodging options to choose from in San Marcos. Below are top ranked ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos - This 2.5-star hotel features free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its family-friendly amenities and overall value.
  • Lakehouse Hotel and Resort - Our customers like the breakfast and clean, comfortable rooms at this resort. With a stay at this 4-star resort, guests can enjoy access to a restaurant and an outdoor pool, along with free WiFi.
  • Hampton Inn San Marcos - This 2.5-star hotel features free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi. Expedia customers like its pool and clean, comfortable rooms.

Top places to visit outside the city include Legoland California, located 8.7 mi (13.9 from the city center, and Carlsbad Premium Outlets, which is 9.3 mi (15 away.

Dressing for San Marcos

  • Between January and March, daytime temperatures average 73°F, while nighttime temperatures stay around 42°F
  • From April to June, the average is 83°F during the day and 41°F at night
  • San Marcos gets about 13.11 inches of rain per year
  • August and September are usually the hottest months averaging 88°F, while December and January are usually the coldest with an average temperature of 43°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place to stay in San Marcos?
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos is a favourite property for Expedia customers. This hotel offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. Other top choices based on reviews include Lakehouse Hotel and Resort and Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in San Marcos, will I receive a refund?
Yes, most hotel reservations are fully refundable as long as you cancel before the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which is usually within 24-48 hours of your check-in date. If you booked a non-refundable reservation, you might be able to still cancel and get a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Add dates, click “Search”, then use the filter option “free cancellation” to get the best options available in San Marcos.
What's the best budget-friendly hotel in San Marcos?
Based on reviews, Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos is a popular 2-star property for our travellers looking for an economical choice, and features free breakfast and free WiFi. Other choices for your budget-friendly stay include Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos and Lakehouse Hotel and Resort.
What's the best place to stay when travelling with children to San Marcos?
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos is a top 3-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features an outdoor pool and in-room kitchens. Other good options for your family trip include Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos and Hampton Inn San Marcos, CA. Also, attractions in the area such as Legoland California and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are fun for children of all ages.
What's the best place to stay for a couple going to San Marcos?
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos is a favourite 3-star hotel for couples, and features an outdoor pool and wedding services. Other good choices for a stay with your sweetheart include Lakehouse Hotel and Resort and Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos.
What's the best pet-friendly hotel in San Marcos?
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos is a top hotel for people travelling with their pets, and offers an outdoor pool and in-room kitchens for its human guests. Other good options for you and your pet’s trip include Lakehouse Hotel and Resort and Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos.
What's the best hotel for a beach holiday in San Marcos?
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos is a top hotel for a beach holiday, and features an outdoor pool and free buffet breakfast. Other good choices for your stay near the beach include Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos and Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos. Head to Moonlight State Beach or Carlsbad State Beach for some quality time by the water.
What's the best luxury hotel in San Marcos?
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is a 4-star resort with a restaurant and a poolside bar, and it’s a popular choice for Expedia travellers looking for an elegant place to stay.
What's the best boutique-style hotel in San Marcos?
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is a favourite 4-star resort with Expedia travellers looking for stylish accommodation, and features a restaurant and a poolside bar.
What's the best golf hotel in San Marcos?
Golden Door is a 3-star hotel featuring a full-service spa and an outdoor pool, and it’s a top choice for playing a round of golf. Other good options to stay near a golf course include Lakehouse Hotel and Resort and Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos. Visit Twin Oaks Golf Club or St. Mark Golf Club to perfect your golf swing.
What is the best spa hotel in San Marcos?
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is a top spa hotel featuring a restaurant, an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and tennis courts. Why not spend some time relaxing in the hot tub? Other popular spa hotels in San Marcos include Golden Door and Hampton Inn San Marcos, CA.
What is staying in San Marcos like?
Families will find child-friendly activities in San Marcos, and visitors give high marks for the lakeside setting, top-notch restaurants and shopping. This relaxing city also attracts tourists with its breweries and sporting events. Top sights around the area include Legoland California, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. In San Marcos, there are 24 hotels and other accommodation options to choose from.

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