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Readers' Choice Travel Awards 2019

We polled online readers to find out the top places to stay and play for our annual Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. If a vacation (or staycation) is in your future, look no further.


Best San Diego Hotel (Overall)



Best Water/ BeachFront hotel

Hotel Del Coronado


Most Luxurious

Rancho Valencia


Hippest Hotel

Pearl Hotel


Best Girls’/Boys’ Weekend

Hard Rock


Best Hotel For a Staycation

Viejas Casino & Resort


Most Romantic Hotel

Fairmont Grand Del Mar


Best Business Hotel

Manchester Grand Hyatt


Best Hotel For a Weekend Getaway

Estancia La Jolla


Best Kid/Family Friendly Hotel

Paradise Point Resort


Best For Pampering

The Lodge at Torrey Pines


Best Hotel View

Manchester Grand Hyatt


Best Hotel For Teenagers

Catamaran Resort & Spa


Best South Bay Hotel

Rambler Motel


Best Downtown Hotel



Best North County Hotel

Rancho Valencia


Best Hotel Breakfast

Fairmont Grand Del Mar


Best Hotel Spa

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa


Best Pool

Harrah’s Resort SoCal


Best Hotel Restaurant

A.R. Valentien, The Lodge at Torrey Pines


Best Hotel Bar

Viejas Casino & Resort 


Best Hotel Golf Course

Park Hyatt Aviara


Best Concierge

Park Hyatt Aviara


Best Las Vegas Hotel



Best L.A. Hotel

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa


Best Baja Hotel

Cape, A Thompson Hotel (Los Cabos)


Best Santa Barbara Hotel

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort


Best Orange County Hotel

Montage Laguna Beach


Best Palm Springs Hotel

Villa Royale Palm Springs


Best Bay Area Hotel

Fairmont San Francisco


Best Arizona Hotel

Heat Hotel


Best Hawaii Hotel

Grand Wailea


Best Lake Tahoe Hotel

Edgewood Lake Tahoe


Best Ski Resort

Mammoth Mountain


Best Travel Agent

Scott Dunn


Best Airline

Southwest Airlines


Best Local Air Charter

Schubach Aviation


Best Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Lines


Best Theme Park



Best Sightseeing Tour



Best Golf Course

Torrey Pines Golf Course


Best Entertainment Venue

Belly Up


Best Local Winery

Gianni Buonomo Vinters


Best Baja Winery

Monte Xanic


Best Attraction

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park


Best Outdoor Activity

Go! Running Tours

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