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Cozy Private Studio in El Cajon
The price is $65 per night
5.48 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Nice and cozy

"It was very nice and cozy. Definitely a home away from home. The location was very quiet. I would recommend this location."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Cozy Private Studio in El Cajon
Valley Motel El Cajon
2 out of 5
585 North Mollison Ave, El Cajon, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $59 per night
3.51 mi from city center
2.9/5 (215 reviews)

"I booked a room because of the low price that night. I arrived after the front desk had closed"…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Valley Motel El Cajon
Motel 6 San Diego - El Cajon
2 out of 5
550 Montrose Court, I-8 at Magnolia Avenue Southbound, El Cajon, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is $80 per night
4.27 mi from city center
3.2/5 (1,265 reviews)

"Its was great thet let me have my dog and i like that"…"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2020

Motel 6 San Diego - El Cajon
Best Western Plus Continental Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
855 Sandalwood Drive, El Cajon, CA
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The price is $89 per night
3.5 mi from city center
3.4/5 (679 reviews)

"I Love the new look in all the rooms and the lobby is gorgeous!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Best Western Plus Continental Inn & Suites
Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego-East/El Cajon
2 out of 5
683 N Mollison, El Cajon, CA
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The price is $71 per night
3.45 mi from city center
3.8/5Good! (1,156 reviews)

"The rooms were roomy and clean. I would star here again."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego-East/El Cajon
Super 8 by Wyndham El Cajon CA
2 out of 5
471 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA
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The price is $77 per night
4.18 mi from city center
3.6/5Good! (976 reviews)

"I could not believe a 2/3 star hotel could be so CLEAN and I enjoyed my stay. Slept like a baby."…"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2020

Super 8 by Wyndham El Cajon CA
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western El Cajon
2.5 out of 5
1355 E Main Street, El Cajon, CA
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The price is $89 per night
2.53 mi from city center
3.8/5Good! (405 reviews)

"Clean rooms, great prices, friendly staffs. Close to a good taco shop and laundry. Gas station, McDonalds, taco bell ext. Cool location"…"

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western El Cajon
Travelodge by Wyndham El Cajon
2 out of 5
425 West Main St, El Cajon, CA
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The price is $115 per night
4.5 mi from city center
3.2/5 (279 reviews)

"Close to restaurants, very nice rooms, friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Travelodge by Wyndham El Cajon
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon
3 out of 5
141 North Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA
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The price is $132 per night
4.22 mi from city center
4.6/5Wonderful! (386 reviews)

"A great hotel!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon
Americas Best Value Inn El Cajon San Diego
2 out of 5
1274 Oakdale Ave, El Cajon, CA
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The price is $70 per night
2.74 mi from city center
1.9/5 (166 reviews)
Great stay

"It was awesome as usual"…"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

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Visiting El Cajon

Budget-minded travelers will find good deals in El Cajon, and visitors give high marks for the pristine golf courses and top-notch restaurants. This city also attracts tourists with its shopping and cafés. Top sights around the area include San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and SeaWorld.

  • There are 23 hotels and other accommodations in El Cajon
  • The closest major airport is in San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field), 5 mi (8.1 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), 14.6 mi (23.5 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in El Cajon

Cultural venues in the city include Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center, Knox House Museum, and Warbirds West Air Museum. The city is well liked for its places to shop, and Parkway Plaza is a favorite for retail therapy. A couple of additional sights to add to your agenda are Sycuan Casino and Boomers El Cajon.

As you plan your vacation, you'll find 23 hotels and other lodging options available to pick from in El Cajon. These are highly ranked ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon - This 3-star hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its family-friendly amenities and pool.
  • Sycuan Golf Resort - Our customers like the pool and helpful staff at this resort. With a stay at this 3-star resort, guests can enjoy access to 2 outdoor pools and a full-service spa, along with free WiFi.
  • Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego-East/El Cajon - This 2-star hotel features free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi. Expedia customers like its breakfast and overall value.

Outside the city, top places to visit include San Diego Zoo, 15.8 mi/25.4 km from the heart of the city, and Balboa Park, which is 16 mi (25.7 km) away.

Getting Around El Cajon

Walk to nearby metro stations like Arnele Avenue Station, El Cajon Transit Center Station, and Gillespie Field Station. If you'd like to explore around the area, you may want a rental car for your journey.

Dressing for El Cajon

  • Between January and March, you can expect the daytime average to be around 73°F and the nighttime average to be 41°F
  • From April to June, temperatures average about 85°F during the day and 49°F at night
  • July through September averages 90°F during the day and 59°F at night
  • In October-December, the average temperature is 84°F during the day and 41°F at night
  • About 11.77 inches of rain falls on El Cajon each year
  • Hottest months are usually August and September with an average temperature of 88°F, while the coldest months are December and January with an average of 42°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place for a stay in El Cajon?
Sycuan Casino Resort is ranked highly by Expedia customers. This 4-star hotel offers 3 outdoor pools and a full-service spa. Traveler reviews also recommend Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon and Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego-East/El Cajon as top choices for your visit.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in El Cajon, will I receive a refund?
Yes! You’ll find that most hotel room reservations are refundable if you cancel prior to the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which is often 24 or 48 hours before your check-in date. If your reservation is non-refundable, you might still have the option to cancel and receive a refund within 24 hours of your booking. Enter your dates, click on “Search”, then you can use the “free cancellation” filter to get the best deals available in El Cajon.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to El Cajon?
For more details about picking new dates or cancelling your trip to El Cajon, head over to our customer service page.
What's the best place to stay on a budget in El Cajon?
Based on reviews, Motel 6 San Diego - El Cajon is a popular 2-star property for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free WiFi and free parking. Other good choices to stay on the cheap include Econo Lodge Inn & Suites El Cajon San Diego East and Villa Serena Motel El Cajon.
What's the best hotel when traveling with kids to El Cajon?
Travelodge by Wyndham El Cajon is a property with free parking and laundry facilities, and it’s a top choice on Expedia for families. Other choices for your stay with the kids include SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western El Cajon and Northgate Motel. Attractions like Boomers El Cajon and The Water Conservation Garden are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best accommodation for a couple going to El Cajon?
Singing Hills Golf Resort is a favorite 3-star resort for couples, and features a full-service spa and a garden-view restaurant.
What's the best pet-friendly accommodation in El Cajon?
Motel 6 San Diego - El Cajon is a top property for people traveling with their pets, and offers an outdoor pool and free WiFi for its human guests. Other good choices for you and your pet’s trip include El Cajon Inn & Suites and Travelodge by Wyndham El Cajon.
Where is the best hotel to stay close to Sycuan Casino?
Adjacent to Sycuan Casino, Sycuan Casino Resort is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 4-star hotel offers 3 outdoor pools and a full-service spa. Other good choices within 5 miles include Singing Hills Golf Resort and A True Country Retreat- Beautiful 1 bdr Located on Private Road in Alpine.
What about the best place to stay near Parkway Plaza?
One of the top choices for your stay is Motel 6 San Diego - El Cajon, located a short 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Parkway Plaza, and this property offers an outdoor pool and free WiFi. Super 8 by Wyndham El Cajon CA and Northgate Motel are a couple of other good and close options.
What's the best accommodation for a golf trip to El Cajon?
Singing Hills Golf Resort is a top 3-star resort that has a golf course and features free WiFi. Another good choice is Relax Inn And Suites if you’d like to stay near a golf course while in town.
What are some hotels with pools in El Cajon?
Best Western Plus Continental Inn & Suites is a top hotel with an outdoor pool, a children’s pool, and free breakfast. Other choices with an onsite pool include Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego-East/El Cajon and Americas Best Value Inn El Cajon San Diego.
What is the best spa hotel in El Cajon?
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites El Cajon San Diego East is a highly recommended spa hotel with an outdoor pool. Kick back and relax in the spa tub. Other popular spa hotels in El Cajon include Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego-East/El Cajon and Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon.

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