“San Diego is a big city that sort of ~magically~ feels much smaller than it is. A land where surfers and bikini-wearing beach lovers thrive. But also there are military folks! Business people! A thriving LGBTQI scene! It’s the kind of place where — even on a day darkened by the marine layer — the beach will be filled with runners, surfers, dog walkers, and sunbathers alike. The quintessential California dream.

I’m saying all that from first-hand experience. I recently moved to San Diego from Los Angeles (I still love you, LA). While LA isn’t far behind in terms of the classic beach city vibes, something about San Diego feels really… cruisy. I also love that each San Diego neighborhood has its own characteristics and sub-communities, which is why I’ve spent the past few months staycationing around the city. I’ve stayed at some of San Diego’s most popular hotel properties and explored their nearby food, drink, and party spots.

From the luxury lifestyle of Del Mar to the party-ready vibes of downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter, I’m sharing a few hotels worth booking for your next visit to San Diego — all based on your vibe. — below.

For the City Traveler: Westgate Hotel

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter — the most lively section of downtown San Diego full of bars, restaurants, museums, and the Padres’ Petco Park — Westgate Hotel offers the amenities of a highly stylized hotel and the convenience of being close to all the fun. The hotel itself is a luxurious escape that feels like stepping back in time, thanks to the vintage-inspired decor and old-money aesthetic; think sparkling chandeliers, gold accents, and velvet furniture. The hotel even hosts a daily high tea, so bring your best dress and hat.

Don’t let the traditional energy fool you, though. The hotel has some modern features like a rooftop pool, outdoor gym, and wellness club. For the tourist who loves being in the heart of the action, the Westgate puts you right in the busyness of downtown. You can catch a Padres game, browse the immersive WNDR Museum, or go bar hopping through the endless supply of rambunctious hot spots.”

Read the full Uproxx article by Chloe Caldwell here.