Staying in one of the many San Diego Zoo hotels that offer a restful stay with all of the comforts of home along with a close proximity to one of the world's most famous zoos can be the highlight of any vacation or visit to the area.
The San Diego Zoo, located right next to Balboa Park in downtown, offers an incredible number of species of animals, more than 800 to be exact, as well as marvelous scenery and plenty of entertainment for people of all ages. There are plenty of packages to choose from in all price ranges if you're interested in staying in any of the different San Diego Zoo hotels in the area.
For example, the Ramada Plaza Hotel Circle, among many others, features a package including a stay at the hotel along with a one day pass to the Zoo. Of course, rates will vary depending on the time of year and typically, summer and weekend rates will be higher for most hotels near the Zoo.
Optional items can be added such as trolley rides or tours and also passes to other parks such as SeaWorld San Diego. The one day pass to the zoo also includes admission to all shows and exhibits as well as unlimited use of the Zoo's Express Bus, the Guided Bus tour, and the Skyfari Aerial tram.
Hotel Circle, aptly named due to the many accommodations in the area, is centrally located east of Interstate 5, and here, hotels span both north and south of Interstate 8. Some of the establishments you'll find here include California Suites Hotel, the Crown Plaza Hotel, the Days Inn Hotel Circle, the Doubletree Club Hotel, and Hawthorne Suites.
More of the plentiful San Diego Zoo hotels include the Howard Johnson SeaWorld/Airport and the Comfort Inn Suites, both of which also include a package with a pass to the Zoo and optional additions like admission to the USS Midway Museum, a real naval aircraft carrier museum that's sure to enthrall everyone in the family.
Most hotels offer guests the ability to book their rooms and secure their tickets to the Zoo, either through purchase or as a part of a package, making it rather convenient to plan a trip. Some packages are as low as $69 per person and prices will, naturally, increase with more amenities included such as swimming pools, saunas, whirlpools, Jacuzzis, game rooms, exercise rooms and fitness centers, spas, and massages.
If you need to go back to your hotel for some reason during your visit to the Zoo, guests can have their hands stamped for reentry and should keep their tickets and parking receipts. During the summer, hours are 9am to 9pm, 9am to 6pm in the early fall and 9am to 5pm up until December 18.
A wide selection of San Diego Zoo hotels offers discounts for members of AAA as well as discounts for government workers and members of the military. Most hotels have websites announcing special deals and packages to take advantage of throughout the year and simply asking for the best rate will ensure you are charged the lowest price for your room. Getting a hotel near San Diego Zoo makes this choice a no brainer.