Where I would stay if I came to San Diego

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I often get asked where the best place to stay is, and it all depends on what one wants to do. One doesn’t want to stay at a fine hotel that is sixty miles from the relatives that you’re supposed to be visiting…. well, maybe you do. That’s between you and your relatives……….LOL

Let’s say that I had to move away from San Diego back in 1993 and am planning on coming for Christmas vacation. I would stay at the Sheraton Harbor Island. Looks like this:

Sheraton Harbor Island as viewed from San Diego Bay

Sheraton Harbor Island as viewed from the airport

The Sheraton Harbor Island is across the street from San Diego International Airport. There are no bad rooms at the Sheraton Harbor Island, and most rooms, if not all of them, have a view of downtown San Diego, which looks something like this when the sun is setting:

Downtown San Diego as viewed from the Sheraton Harbor Island

Regardless of where you want to go, the Sheraton Harbor Island is centrally located to get you there quickly—San Diego Zoo, beaches, SeaWorld, Shelter Island, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town State Historical Park….

Remember that if you’re flying into San Diego, sit on the left side of the plane. The view of downtown San Diego as you’re landing is spectacularly awesome.

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16 thoughts on “Where I would stay if I came to San Diego

  1. mvschulze

    Jeanne and I stayed at that very hotel, and loved it, and fell in love with San Diego – it was August, 1972! Later we were at the Princess, somewhat to the north with our kids, but that first time was special. We rented a boat from the marina right by the hotel, and, enjoyed the perfect weather. M 🙂


  2. Photos With Finesse

    We just stayed in a condo on Imperial Beach. Loved the area. Easy access to Coronado, and less than 30 minutes to the zoo, Old Town etc. We used the Coronado Ferry to head across to downtown which we didn’t explore as much as we wanted to (ran out of time). But if you’re staying at Russel’s more central pick, you have to try the C-Level Lounge/Island Prime restaurant down the opposite end of Harbor Island. One of the best meals we had on our trip, and we only stopped for a ‘quick lunch’ after picking up our rental car. The Lobster Bisque was fantastic! (The lobster mac n’ cheese was a big hit with my teenaged daughter too!)


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Island Prime and C-Level Lounge are right next to each other. Island Prime is for the people who have unlimited funds to spend on a meal. C-Level Lounge is for those with C-level budgets. The food at both places is beyond extraordinary, as are the views of the harbor.

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      1. Photos With Finesse

        Yes, it wasn’t our cheapest meal ever haha – and one of the priciest of our trip – although we spent more over at their sister restaurant on Imperial beach (Sea 180). It was definitely a treat. I wondered who managed to keep their floor to ceiling windows clean because the views out on the harbour were spotless!


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      For me it’s just the opposite. No one ever shows up in my Reader, which is what I would prefer. There’s one person who does nothing but reblog stuff, upwards of 60 per day. I really don’t want 60 emails each day from that person!



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