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San Diego Hotels with Top Performance Venues - A Best-of Guide

Stay at one of these hotels for a show or concert

Sheraton Suites San Diego At Symphony Hall

Sheraton Suites San Diego At Symphony Hall

  • Sheraton Suites San Diego At Symphony Hall
  • Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort
  • Andaz Hotel San Diego
  • Hotel La Jolla
  • Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & Suites
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America’s Finest City has become an entertainment hot spot. An astonishing parade of world-class performers grace venues across the county weekly. Our sleepy little city has grown up, vying for a presence on SoCals headline stage. Music genres run the gamut from classical to heavy metal, garage bands to celebrity entourages. It’s all here, making San Diego, by day and by night, one of California’s most enjoyable cities. Read on for a taste of what’s offered.

Sheraton Suites San Diego At Symphony Hall
701 A Street San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 696-9800
Originally built in 1929 as a movie house, the Sheraton’s Spanish-Colonial structure represents the more cultured side of the city. Attached to San Diego’s Copley Symphony Hall, this elegant high-rise is a classical music lover’s dream. With over 100 concerts each season, the Sheraton hosts scads of symphonic enthusiasts. A considerably more subdued Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame will perform on stage June 8 with The Band of Joy. He’s exercised his artistic freedom offering more folksy tunes. The Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic will all make stops here, as well. (Rates start at $169 per night.)

Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way Valley Center, CA 92082 (760) 751-3100
The casino’s deep pockets purchase a stellar musical lineup. Open Sky Theater and two other venues juggle performers from country legend Willie Nelson to actor/pianist Jamie Fox to soulful singer Diana Krall. Wednesday’s Karaoke night and Thursday’s Livin’ La Vida Harrah’s comedy show pack the Oasis Lounge. No need to drive home; a 21-story, 662 room hotel with Roman baths, a full service spa, pools, and cabanas is perfect for those with a penchant for pampering. (Rates start at $99.99 per night.)

Andaz Hotel San Diego
600 F Street San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 814-1000
A hotel that perks up check-in with a free glass of wine exemplifies “let’s get this party started.” The rooftop Ivy Nightclub with killer-views of downtown San Diego and poolside cabanas, morphs from a bar offering light fare under the afternoon sun, to a trendy club by moonlight. Signature services mix things up. “Have Your Cake And Eat It Too” birthday bashes include liquor, champagne, a photo shoot of the party, and mini cupcakes. The VIP package, “I’m With The DJ”, seats posses at a premium table next to the vinyl jockey, pours two bottles of premium liquor and tops it off with a personal dance by the Lipstik girls. Oenophiles hang at the first floor Ivy Wine bar tasting any number of the 88 selections available, while listening to smooth tunes. (Rates start at $229 per night.)

Hotel La Jolla
7955 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 (800) 666-0261
Clay’s Restaurant and Sky Lounge on the hotels 11th floor has nostalgia buffs pirouetting and whirling to the Big Band Express on Sunday evenings. San Diego residents may remember the club as Elario’s in the 1990’s. Chef Bordan took the helm recently after honing his culinary talents elsewhere for the past 25 years. Entertainment is as imperative as eating, which is why he books live bands on weekends. Dave Scotts smooth jazz and Peter Lalli’s “sounds of Sinatra” are Friday and Saturdays top choices. (Rates start at $112 per night.)

Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & Suites
2303 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 224-3411
For 30 years Humphrey’s has been rockin’ San Diegans world at the hotel’s outdoor venue by the Shelter Island Marina. The number of A-listers who gyrated, jumped, strummed and crooned on the stage is a mile long. Just this year alone they’ve scheduled B.B. King, Yanni, Barenaked Ladies, Steve Martin, Three Dog Night and Tears For Fears, to name a few of the 50 acts. Dinner packages and a la carte tickets are available. Check out the following video to see where the “boat people” catch the concert for free. (Rates start at $199 per night.)