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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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AU$141
per night
5 Jan. - 6 Jan.
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,965 reviews)

"Great place! Super friendly and accommodating - we were able to upgrade our room and check in early."…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov. 2019

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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AU$82
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.
3.3/5 (1,669 reviews)

"I like the contanental breakfast and the staff was kind the rooms were clean and nice"…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019

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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AU$150
per night
5 Jan. - 6 Jan.
4.7/5Exceptional! (608 reviews)

"Nice clean friendly helpful staff and service modern hotel"…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2019

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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AU$169
per night
16 Dec. - 17 Dec.
4.4/5Excellent! (584 reviews)

"I loved taht it had a stove, dishwasher plates, cutlery everything! It was so nice the pool was great! The breakfast was so so...."…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov. 2019

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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AU$164
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.
4.4/5Wonderful! (706 reviews)

"We routinely stay at Hampton Inns all over the country, what was special about this location was the staff. We traveled in from Colorado for a 3:30 wedding right down the street. We were concerned about checking in early so we could get ready for the wedding. The staff were amazing at getting us ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019

Hampton Inn San Marcos, CA
Sunshine Mountain Bed and Breakfast
4 out of 5
2278 Sunshine Mountain Rd, San Marcos, CA
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AU$297
per night
9 Dec. - 10 Dec.
3/5 (15 reviews)
Beautiful view

"There is a great view and the swimming pool is great for kids to play. The host is a great cook and really nice. Also there is a dog named Sofi and is really kind and shy. Overall, the house and service is great!!"…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2019

Sunshine Mountain Bed and Breakfast
Golden Door
777 Deer Springs Rd,, San Marcos, California
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Pala Casino Spa And Resort
4 out of 5
11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA
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AU$118
per night
23 Dec. - 24 Dec.
4.4/5Excellent! (882 reviews)

"Loved the food and beautiful updated rooms. The only thing I didn’t like was the rooms are a long walk from the casino. I’m disabled and it was exhausting."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2019

Pala Casino Spa And Resort
California Suites Hotel
2 out of 5
5415 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA
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AU$89
per night
21 Dec. - 22 Dec.
3.5/5Good! (2,460 reviews)

"Beds were comfortable. Beds were comfortable at all I have to comment"…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2019

California Suites Hotel
Carlsbad Suites
3 out of 5
5010 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA
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AU$132
per night
9 Dec. - 10 Dec.
4.2/5Excellent! (1,771 reviews)

"Spacious rooms and very clean. Breakfast is also a plus"…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2019

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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

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