3.5 star hotel
Area: Midway District
3.09 mi from city center
Best Rooms: Rooms offer views of either the marina or the harbor. You don't necessarily have to book a view room to get one of these views, however.
Best Rooms: Rooms facing Pacific Hwy. on floor 2 offer a good view of the harbor.
Best Rooms: The hotel offers both Bay View and Skyline View rooms, but the Bay View rooms are preferred; these rooms all overlook the harbor, from floors 8 - 14.
2 star hotel
Area: Barrio Logan
0.92 mi from city center
Best Rooms: To find partial views of the downtown, request a room facing Logan Ave. on floor 3.
Best Rooms: San Diego Downtown Lodge offers a view of the garden from rooms facing 11th Ave. and the tall buildings on the opposite side. There rooms are comparatively quieter.
Best Rooms: The hotel is located in the middle of downtown, and you'll get city views from rooms facing north. Among these, corner rooms are the best because you'll get a more panoramic view (these tend to be the quietest rooms as well).