Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast

3845 Front Street , San Diego, 92103 USA (Show map)


Stay in the Eclectic Craft Beer, historic neighborhood of Hillcrest. Just 10 minutes to the Airport, Convention Center, Balboa Park, the World Famous San Diego Zoo, Old Town and all of San Diego's most popular tourist attractions. Business Travelers love our close proximity to SD Convention Center. Leave your car at home, and Walk to 100's of restaurants and San Diego Craft Beer Pubs, or catch the city bus to the Convention Center, or Petco Park for a baseball game. Hillcrest is where local San Diegans Dine! A heart hearty expanded continental breakfast of home baked specialties, is served each morning. Amenities include Free WiFi, Off Street Parking, Queen size beds, all private baths, Cable TV, Snacks and 24hr Coffee/Tea. See why the 100's of "5 Star Reviews" online make Hillcrest House, San Diego's #1 Bed & Breakfast. Cheers, Ann the Innkeeper :)




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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Cozy Stay

5 on May 30, 2017

I spent a 3 night retreat at the Hillcrest House. Ann and Don were very gracious hosts, and had a lot of great information about the San Diego area to share. The breakfast was perfect, self serve, with good variety. I stayed in the Old Town Room. It was the perfect cubbie for me to tuck away in for the evening. The room was very clean and well taken care of. The location was perfect for me. 5 minutes to the Zoo and Balboa Park, 10 minutes to Sea World, 10 minutes to the airport. Walking distance to some of the best restaurants in San Diego.

A Quality Experience

5 on October 11, 2013

Ann was an excellent host, advising on how to make best use of the short time in San Diego. Good location within walking distance of lots of cafes and restaurants, and close to Balboa Park and the beaches. A pleasant renovated house from the 20s, keeping many of the special features of that time but with all services updated. An example of what makes B and B such a pleasant way to travel.

Enjoyed our stay

4.2 on September 18, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Hillcrest House. It was conveniently located, and provided a nice, private place for us in the house at the back, complete with a private patio. The bathroom was large and very clean, and we also liked having a kitchenette. It was great talking to Ann about the history of the house, and she was very knowledgeable about the Hillcrest community. This B&B offers a continental breakfast with fresh baked muffins, not a full cooked-to-order breakfast, but it was perfect for us.

Fantastic Stay

4.4 on June 20, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed at the Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast and we loved it. The room was excellent. The service was spectacular! The only knock would be on the breakfast. Nothing special about it at all.

Our Romantic Get Away

5 on July 27, 2012

It was a week getaway with a plan of not getting on an Aircraft. We found a wonderful getaway in Hillcrest we drove to. Ann reached out to us to make sure she could meet and greet us as we entered her home. She recommended a restaurant and we followed her advice. It was wonderful. We discovered the history and ambiance Hillcrest has to offer. Hillcrest is close to all the activities and historical places to be found in San Diego. Ann you provide Great Value and a perfect home environment for our stay and Getaway. Thank You…….J&M

Quaint and Quiet!

5 on June 06, 2012

Perfect little B & B for our getaway! We met great people, walked to local shops and restaurants and explored San Diego for our Anniversary getaway!


5 on February 29, 2012

Of all the B&B's we have stayed at in the United States, Hillcrest House is our favourite to date. To start with, Ann Callahan is gracious and a most delightful person to know. Public transit is readily accessible to virtually anywhere in the San Diego area for those without a car. For us, the real highlight of the Hillcrest area are the incredible restaurants that are all within walking distance of this B&B, all very reasonably priced and some of the finest cuisine we've ever experienced. This is one B&B that we definitely plan on staying at again - it was great!

The Perfect Hideaway

5 on January 10, 2012

Ann, We so loved our stay at Hillcrest House. The Balboa room was terrific; so very quiet and private. We absolutely loved our time there. Your breakfasts are just fabulous. I couldn't believe all that was available. The fresh fruit, especially the fresh berries, was fantastic. Thayes was the perfect hostess. How fortunate for you to have found such a wonderful stand-in for you when you have to be gone. She was so fun to talk with. My hubby and I ate only 2 meals a day: a large breakfast and then another meal in the evening. We loved the brochure telling about the restaurants/shops in the area. We ate at a Greek restaurant (Daphne's, as I remember) in the area the first evening. It seemed to be a take-out restaurant with a sit-down area (we ate on site). The food was fantastic and the presentation of the food was certainly far better than what one would normally expect from a 'take-out' restaurant. We loved it. We also ate at the Saigon on Fifth restaurant our last night there. It was also fantastic. We were surprised at how reasonable the prices were, given the interior of the place. We couldn't have asked for a better, more private, place to stay than Hillcrest House. So nice not to hear the proverbial noise next door, cars starting up, horns, airport noise, etc, . . . all the stuff you usually find in a regular hotel/motel. We are already talking about returning on our 1-year anniversary.

Great B&B

4.8 on November 23, 2010

My husband and I had an intensive scientific conference to attend in San Diego, and it was our first experience to stay in Bad and Breakfast. This was a wonderful B&B, and we feel lucky to have found it. We stayed in the Balboa Room an it was small enough, but was very clean and nicely decorated, the bed was very comfortable and nice, and I love the bathroom! We want to thanks Ann (owner) for making our stay at the Hillcrest B&B a most pleasant one. We are looking forward to our next visit. Alex and Larissa


5 on August 15, 2010

I had an intensive Real Estate Conference to attend and Hilcrest provided me with unparalleled service and value for my $. Ann has been in the hospitality business forever and it shows. She knows how to provide a quality service for clients, who loyally troup back to her door routinely. It was a much needed respite in a wonderful oasis!!! "Lucky" Lindy Gelber

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Rooms & Rates

Old Town Room

Color Infused with Flair of the Mexican Frontera, the Old Town Room features many handmade treasures by indigenous artisans. A Private Entrance stepping out onto an outdoor deck is this rooms gem. Located on the ground floor of the Main House. Margaritas anyone??Si!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Zoo Room

Adventurous, or Romantic, what?s your Mood? Rich animal prints & textiles abound this space. Located on the 2nd floor of the Main House.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Gaslamp Room

Great Gatsby influences the Gaslamp Room. This popular guest room is our smallest. Black & White Art Deco tile on the shower and flooring adorn its private bathroom. Sunshine filled, with vaulted ceilings, this room is perfect for one, functional for two. Located on the 2nd floor of the Main House.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Coronado Room

Not a very large room, but big on amenities. Located in our cottage building adjacent to the Main House, you?ll find the ?Crown Jewel? of Hillcrest House. Newly updated paint, bath & room decor. Indulge yourself. Of course?You deserve it! Located on the ground floor of the Cottage Building.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Balboa Room

New updated look, and paint surround this warm, eclectic Balboa Park inspired space. Location of this room is on the ground floor of the Cottage Building. A Rendezvous in the making??I think so!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Balboa B

This room is one of our smallest. Perfect for the budget minded traveler. Our repeat guests love this cozy space, and ask for it by name when booking. This room has a private full bath, and the amenities of all our guest rooms including the luxury 5k thread count sheets! Perfect for (1) comfortable for (2)persons. Located on the ground floor of the Cottage Building.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Hillcrest Bungalow

Separate from the Bed & Breakfast, and located on the east side of Hillcrest, we?ve got the neighborhood ?Covered? Already a International Success. The reviews have been pouring in from China, Norway, Germany etc? on the comfort, and fantastic central location of the Hillcrest Bungalow Vacation Rental. This private home accommodation is perfect for the traveler who wants more privacy, space, and MORE VALUE! Purchased back in 1993, this was Ann?s first home in San Diego. Built in 1915, this bungalow has craftsman charm and character, with the latest-greatest modern features that today?s traveler has come to enjoy. This house is pet-friendly and accommodates up to (2) small breed dogs, each 20 pounds or less. If you are bringing your dog(s), please add the Pet Fee ($67.87 plus 10.5% Tourism Occupancy Tax) to your reservation on the next screen. CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel for any reason, you will lose 100% your advance payment as a Canc

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

La Jolla Suite

Brand New! This beautiful suite is the perfect accommodation to celebrate a special occasion. King bed with 5k thread count luxury linens, livingroom nook with leather sofa and chair, HUGE bathroom with 2 person jacuzzi, and marble shower. Enjoy coffee/tea or your own snacks with the Keurig, Microwave, and Refrigerator. Located on the 2nd floor of the Main House.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Convention Center, Airport, Downtown, Oceanfront


Eureka, CA (ACV-Arcata Eureka) 3 miles

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Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Ocean, Gaslamp District, San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, Tijuana, Mexico, Historic Old Town, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Library, Piano, Videos , The new Cottage has A/C

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Boating, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 14:30
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Families with children 12 yrs and older welcomed
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions



Ann Callahan

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8:30am-10:00am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Signature Dish

Continental Plus
Breakfast included with room.