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Remarkable Value. Unbeatable Location
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1.34 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Great place, super quiet and family friendly

"I wish we were there during non-Covid times because it was such a family friendly neighborhood. Kids and families were always out playing, waving hello, visiting with each other. That was so nice to see. We felt very safe staying here, with the gated entrance and overall set up. The condo is extremely ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

Remarkable Value. Unbeatable Location
Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos
2 out of 5
517 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA
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The price is $59 per night
0.69 mi from city center
3.3/5 (996 reviews)

"My overall assessment of the property motels motels and sometimes you just have to deal with the people who stay in motels but overall the property was decently clean the rooms were nice the cleaning staff was exceptional and the front desk was very polite and courteous."…"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos
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842 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA
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2.98 mi from city center
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Ultra Modern 1 Bedroom Condo
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2.27 mi from city center
4.7/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Easy, clean and very nice

"This was exactly as advertised - extra clean and very easy to book. Noah was very attentive and helped us feel good about staying in this spot during this period of unknown."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Ultra Modern 1 Bedroom Condo
The Luxe Suites of San Marcos
4 out of 5
1005 Armorlite Drive, San Marcos, CA
The price is $136 per night
1.27 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"It was A wonderful experience"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

The Luxe Suites of San Marcos
Pala Casino Spa And Resort
4 out of 5
11154 Highway 76, Pala, CA
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The price is $90 per night
15.93 mi from city center
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,378 reviews)

"Absolutely perfect loveeee the new and remodeled suites. I was definitely not expecting this since the website hadn’t updated their pictures but the room was gorgeous."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Pala Casino Spa And Resort
Family Friendly Sleeps 10 W/ Pool-spa-ping Pong!
Welk Resorts San Diego
3.5 out of 5
8860 Lawrence Welk Dr, Escondido, CA
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The price is $139 per night
6.28 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (2,035 reviews)

"Very pleasant, everything was nice and clean we cant wait to come back."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Welk Resorts San Diego
Quiet, Tranquil 15 Minutes From the Ocean and Lego Land Single Family House
4/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
Great location

"House was a great location. About 30-45 minutes from all we wanted to see. Very convenient for stores. Beautiful view, we had a great time."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Quiet, Tranquil 15 Minutes From the Ocean and Lego Land Single Family House
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort
4 out of 5
1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos, CA
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The price is $169 per night
2.9 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (977 reviews)

"Well appointed rooms spacious, clean comfortable beds, large shower, lovely balcony over looking the lake."…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Lakehouse Hotel and Resort
Sunshine Mountain Bed and Breakfast
4 out of 5
2278 Sunshine Mountain Rd, San Marcos, CA
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The price is $175 per night
3 mi from city center
3.1/5 (20 reviews)
A+ Review

"Although the room was cancelled, Mr Milton was helpful to get another room close by. I would love to stay at his bed and breakfast when my wife and I are in town. Mr. Milton is a class-act & and I thank him wholeheartedly."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Sunshine Mountain Bed and Breakfast
Relax in Private Resort on Hill Top
The price is $88 per night
2.43 mi from city center
3.3/5 (7 reviews)
WORDS DO NOT EXPLAIN HOW BAD!!!

"THE PILLOWS MUST HAVE BEEN 200 YRS OLD...SMELLY, THE CARPET WAS NASTY, THERE WAS NO AC WORKING IN THE ROOM, THE JACUZZI HAD NO WATER!!!! WE HAD TO SHARE A BATH ROOM WITH ANOTHER GUESS AND THEY KEPT THE BATH ROOM DOOR LOCKED.... I ASKED FOR MY MONEY BACK AND HAVE NOT HEARD FORM THEM... WE LEFT THE ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019

Relax in Private Resort on Hill Top
Golden Door
3 out of 5
Deer Springs Rd,777, San Marcos, CA
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3.72 mi from city center
Golden Door
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
4 out of 5
10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA
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The price is $129 per night
17.3 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (1,010 reviews)

"Nice staff and nice hotel with view. I’ll recommend to my other friends and family."…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
San Diego Marriott La Jolla
4 out of 5
4240 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA
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The price is $129 per night
18.91 mi from city center
4.2/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"We stayed here just to have a little get away while visiting La Jolla. Great price and nice location. Lobby and front desk were great, bed was comfy, it was a little loud while we were trying to sleep with people opening and closing doors and talking in the hallways but other than that it was a pleasant ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

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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, top-notch restaurants, and shopping. This relaxing city also attracts tourists with its breweries and sporting events. Legoland California, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are some of the top sights around the area.

  • There are 10 hotels and other accommodations in San Marcos
  • The closest major airport is in Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), 6.6 mi (10.7 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), 23 mi (37 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in San Marcos

A couple of favorite places to visit are California State University San Marcos and Palomar College. Additionally, in the area you'll find Legoland California and Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

As you plan your holiday retreat, you'll find 10 hotels and other lodging accommodations to select from in San Marcos. Below are top ones based on our 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 convenient parking and helpful staff.
  • Lakehouse Hotel and Resort - Our customers like the beach locale and overall value 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, CA - This 2.5-star hotel features free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi. Expedia customers like its clean, comfortable rooms and room size.

A top sight in the surrounding area is San Diego Zoo Safari Park, located 9.9 mi (15.9 km) from the heart of the city.

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 85°F during the day and 49°F at night
  • July through September sees average temperatures of 89°F during the day and 59°F at night
  • In October-December, you can expect 83°F as the daytime average and 41°F as the nighttime average
  • San Marcos gets about 14.25 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

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place to stay in San Marcos?
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos is a favorite property for Expedia customers. This hotel offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. Other top choices based on reviews include Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos and Hampton Inn San Marcos, CA.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in San Marcos, will I receive a refund?
Yes, the majority of room reservations are refundable provided that you cancel prior to the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which is usually within 24-48 hours of your scheduled arrival. If you have a reservation that’s non-refundable, you might still have the option to cancel and be given a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Enter dates in and click on “Search”, then filter by “free cancellation” to get the top deals on offer in San Marcos.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to San Marcos?
For more information about rescheduling or cancelling your trip to San Marcos, go to https://www.expedia.com/service/.
What's the best place to stay on a budget in San Marcos?
Based on reviews, Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos is a popular 2-star property for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free WiFi and free parking. Other choices for your budget-friendly stay include Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos and Lakehouse Hotel and Resort.
What's the best accommodation for a family trip to San Marcos?
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos is a top 3-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features an outdoor pool and in-room kitchens. Other good options for your family trip include Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos and Hampton Inn San Marcos, CA. Attractions in the area like Legoland California and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best place to stay for couples in San Marcos?
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos is a favorite 3-star hotel for couples, and features an outdoor pool and wedding services. Other good choices for your romantic getaway include Lakehouse Hotel and Resort and Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos.
What's the best pet-friendly accommodation in San Marcos?
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos is a top hotel for people traveling with their pets, and offers an outdoor pool and in-room kitchens for its human guests. Two other good options for you and your pet include Lakehouse Hotel and Resort and Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos.
What's the best place to stay near California State University San Marcos?
Hampton Inn San Marcos, CA is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this hotel offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. It’s located just a short 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from California State University San Marcos. Another good option is Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos, located just 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.
What about the best place to stay close to Palomar College?
One of the top choices for your stay is Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos, located a short 1 mi (1.5 km) from Palomar College, and this property offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos, located just 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away, is another good option.
What's the best hotel for a beach vacation in San Marcos?
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego North/San Marcos is a top hotel for a beach vacation, and features an outdoor pool and free buffet breakfast. Other good choices to stay near the beach include Days Inn by Wyndham San Marcos and Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego North San Marcos. Head to Moonlight State Beach or Carlsbad State Beach for some quality time by the water.
What's the best luxury place to stay in San Marcos?
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is a 4-star resort with a restaurant and a poolside bar, and it’s a popular choice for Expedia travelers looking for an elegant place to stay.
What's the best boutique accommodation in San Marcos?
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is a favorite 4-star resort with Expedia travelers looking for a stylish accommodation, featuring a restaurant and a poolside bar.

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