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“Average stay for an average price” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Vantaggio Suites

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Vantaggio Suites
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1736 State St, San Diego, CA   |  
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“Average stay for an average price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at Vantaggio for 2 months, from December until February.

The lobby is usually clean, but we can't say the same thing about the kitchen. Problem is that many people use it and don't clean up after they are done.

It's close to Intrax and LSI. Also close to County Center / Little Italy trolley station. Althought it is far from most beaches, it's easy to get there because of its location.

It's usually noisy, specially at night, but there's a security guy who tries to stop it downstairs. Many peoplo have parties in their bedroom.

We have to pay an extra to clean the room and it's not the cleanest way to do it. They don't change towels or give you toilet paper after your first week. It is mainly a carpet floor clean up.

You can make many friends there, though. People stay together with their own nationality most of the time.

To sum up, it's not the best place you'll stay in your life confortable speaking but, if you get luck with a nice roomate and friends, it won't let you down either.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
San Diego, California
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I'll be straight up with this review - I have both good and bad to report.

This place was good for what we needed it to be - it was a scantly furnished apartment, but we were staying there temporarily, so it worked out for us. The apartment wouldn't have been a good fit if we had been planning on staying long-term, but since it was temporary, it worked perfect. The furniture was decent, as was the kitchen equipment, and the apartment overall was quite nice. We had just moved across the country and needed a temporary place to call home, so it was exactly what we wanted/needed.

That being said, the management here SUCKS. They are far from helpful. When we were staying at their Broadway location, their parking garage was super disorganized. You had a "set spot" but quite often, when someone new moved in, your spot would be given away and all of a sudden there would be a car in your spot. I'm normally a super chill chick, so no issues there, a simple call would resolve the issue. However, not with Vantaggio. They didn't even keep a record of who was in what spot, and when I would call to say that someone was parked in my spot, they wouldn't know who it was, and wouldn't know what new spot to assign me to. It happened on multiple occasions, so I just started parking anywhere in the garage.

Upon move-out I figured we'd have a problem getting our deposit back, which we did. I took videos and pictures when moving in and out, and kept them as evidence - just in case. Thank goodness I did! If you stay here, I'd advise you to do the same. A portion of our deposit was just refunded back to our card - nearly two months after our move-out date. I honestly had forgotten about the deposit, since so much time had passed, but when I saw only a portion of it had been refunded, I knew there was something wrong. We had left the apartment in even better condition than it had been when we moved in. It was SPOTLESS (and I'm a clean freak! :)

I called Vantaggio yesterday to discuss the remainder of the deposit, and was told that we didn't get our full amount back because the apartment was left dirty and a lot of trash had to be removed. I sent them the video we had taken, which clearly shows the condition of the apartment on move-out day (spotlessly clean), and followed up with a phone call this morning.

I was hung up on EIGHT TIMES. I'm normally a super easy going individual. I don't care if you have trouble keeping track of the parking garage, or have poor customer service, or even made a mistake and should have given me the whole deposit back. But I do NOT appreciate being hung up on by the head manager, Alexander, 8 times in a row (over the course of 4 hours!) At times, my calls weren't even answered since the number was recognized. I even had to call on several of my coworkers' phones! I would call the office, he would answer, I would introduce myself and say why I was calling, and he would hang up. Several times he would answer and say "Vantaggio Suites" and I would only get in a hello before he recognized my voice and hung up. I understand if you don't want to talk to me, but hanging up on someone is not only rude, it's incredibly unprofessional.

After my eight failed attempts, I had my boyfriend call. He didn't introduce himself right off the bat, and Alex answered the phone and talked to John (my bf). Once he realized what John was actually calling about, he got a really bad attitude and was incredibly short and nasty while answering my boyfriend's questions.

I honestly didn't feel the need to write about the poor customer service until today. I'm not usually one to complain unless I feel there is an actual need. But I'm sure we're not the only people dealing with the poor customer service, and I'm positive we're not the only ones who are having a portion of their deposit stolen. It's simply unprofessional for a manager at an apartment complex to physically hang up on a customer. They were more than happy to chat when I was signing my lease originally - it's so unfortunate when companies can't provide a positive customer experience through a whole relationship.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Over the last 12 weeks I’ve made plenty of experience in this hotel. Now, as my time here has come to an end, I would like to share my experiences with you. First off, I am wrong to use the term “hotel” when talking about Vantaggio. The accommodation is humble and the average age of the customers is somewhere around 21. Vantaggio Suites seems to me rather like a frat house or a cheap youth hostel. And by cheap I mean both, price and quality.
To start with a positive point, it has to be acknowledged that everybody is having a really good time at Vantaggio. This is true, even if the reason is definitely not Vantaggio itself. It’s true because of the young and open-minded people who came to party and to enjoy an unforgettable time in San Diego. More than 90% of them come from Switzerland, Brazil, Saudi Arabia or South Korea. There are some French-speaking folks from Belgium and France, as well. These groups barely mix up; everybody makes friends and spends most of the time with compatriots. People at Vantaggio speak their native language very often. I don’t say this is particularly negative. However, for people who want to study English, Vantaggio is not the right place to be. Especially if you have higher goals such as an “Advanced Certificate of Cambridge English” I highly recommend NOT going to Vantaggio. In this case a host family may be the better choice: you are in contact with real Americans, you learn their language and their culture. Additionally, you spend less and get more. You can live in a real house, where they cook for you and clean your room. Living within a host family does not mean you stay at home all the time. You will make a lot of friends at school with whom you can spend your free time, go out and party.
In contrast to some host families, Vantaggio can proud itself on a prime location in Little Italy. It takes 5 minutes to the next trolley station and 15 minutes to the city center by foot. The fact that 1000$ per month is an appropriate amount of money for this kind of location, is the major asset of Vantaggio Suites. Little Italy is magnificent and one of the most charming regions of San Diego. The coffee houses are very original and the Italian food you get there is simply delicious. This is crucial since the kitchen at Vantaggio is filthy and no real alternative. And with that said, it’s time we took a look at Vantaggio’s downsides.
The kitchen is without a doubt unhygienic and represents the improvable condition of the entire building. There are some points that cast a rather poor light on Vantaggio Suites, especially if you compare it with other apartments in San Diego such as “Avalon”, “J Street Inn” or “Newport Place”. There are some criteria I would like to elaborate on.
Noises. Vantaggio is an extremely noisy place. Depending on the room, you will hear drunken people yelling all night. This can be very annoying if you need sleep because of an important exam or a trip the next day, or if you’re just not feeling good that day. Furthermore, the walls and ceilings at Vantaggio are very thin and under every door there is an unusually big gap. You will hear if people outside are talking. You will hear every single step of the person that lives on the floor above you. Sometimes you will even hear how he or she opens a drawer or is lying in bed. As you can imagine, this can also impair your own privacy… Furthermore, there are noises outside. On one side of the building there is a church whose bell is ringing loudly every full hour. On the other side of the building there’s an elementary school. Every morning there are children blowing their whistles to get other children across the street safely. To make matters worse, every room has an obsolete refrigerator. Day and night it is buzzing at a surprisingly loud level. Some of my friends unplugged the power cable, I just slept with earplugs because I didn’t want the milk to go off.
Odors. On every floor there is a room where you can trash your garbage. The smell that comes out of this room is rather disturbing. And everybody is exposed to it because the garbage room is just next to the staircase. Moreover, you will have a problem if you feel bothered by the smell of cigarette or marihuana smoke inside the building.
Sanitary facilities. Just like many other things at Vantaggio the sanitary facilities are way too old and need replacing. In most of the rooms there is the annoying noise of endlessly dripping water in the shower or the sink. The thing that bothered me most, though, was the cold water. There were days I had to wait hours until the water in the shower turned warm. There were also days I waited for nothing. I remember when I was taking a shower, my head full with shampoo, and all of a sudden the water turned ice cold. I got so angry. And there were even bigger incidents. Once, the toilet flushing didn’t stop releasing water. Until I realized that, the whole bathroom was flooded. This story leads us right to the next point:
Service. So I went downstairs to inform the receptionist who happened to be the boss of Vantaggio at this time of day. He assured me the internal technician of Vantaggio would repair it until 4 PM. The next day, after nobody had shown up at my place, I went down to the reception again. It took those guys yet another day until my toilet was finally repaired. Everybody makes mistakes, me too. Once, I forgot to pay my monthly rent by the 1st of the month. I learned so when a shabby piece of paper was put through that really big gap under my door. It also said I had to pay 50$ extra for the delay. So I went down again to the boss of Vantaggio to pay my rent. I asked him if he could maybe forget about those 50$ since I was having a stressful time with my final exams and I reminded him of the fact that I had to wait 3 days until my leaking toilet was repaired. He didn’t really care. In the end he had me pay the money. And this guy is not even the most unpleasant person of Vantaggio’s receptionists. There’s this Mexican girl. She is the human form of disinterest. She is unfriendly, dismissive and if you have a question she says: “Ask Miguel. He is always here until 3 PM.” Miguel is quite a pleasant and helpful guy. He must be the reason why the administration of Vantaggio is still working, more or less at least. Seems legit that he is pissed by his lazy co-worker.
Internet. The Internet was the reason why I had to change my room. If you are unlucky when checking in, you will get a room with no access to the Wi-Fi at all. I’m really not that type of guy who hangs out on Facebook all day long, but if you can’t even check your WhatsApp or your e-mails – it drives you mad.
Fire alarm. Now, this is just a bad joke. The fire alarm goes off so often - I remember one day it went off like 10 times - nobody takes it seriously anymore. Once it went off at night. Fortunately, the buzzing refrigerator had forced me to sleep with earplugs, otherwise I’d possibly still be suffering from a shock. This incredibly loud, high-pitched noise of the fire alarm is so obnoxious, it feels like your eardrum gets torn apart.
Alright, it’s high time for a conclusion. Originally, I wanted to rate Vantaggio with 2.5 out of 5 stars. Since there are only full points to assign, I decided for 3 rather than 2 stars. This is a generous rating, though, and should not be misinterpreted. Although I got to know some really cool people at Vantaggio, staying there was sometimes very annoying and altogether not a good experience. San Diego is an amazingly vibrant city with so many things to enjoy. I had a great time here and I want to come back soon. Next time, however, I will know better and stay away from Vantaggio.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

There are problems everywhere but lack of education from employees towards clients is unacceptable! There is a brunette girl that works at the frontdesk that is really annoying. Unlikewise ALL other staff that is really helpful, she never can help people, she complains at clients when they need assistance, she stereotype clients in offensive manners and confront clients as she was the one paying and clients were the ones being paid to listen to her stress. It feels terrible to depend on someone bad educated and that clearly is upset to be working only for a pay check. Apart from her it's all good!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The only problem with this place is that the owners only concern is to make money. There is no intention in invest to improve services and conditions nor to satisfy their clients. The owners have no idea about the potential they have or the location they are, therefore they have no idea how much money they can make. Simple issues such as internet connection, room extensions, noise, kitchen & parking rules and smoking-free rooms become a huge challenge for anyone that want to stay there having a peaceful stay. Good for a short stay or for teenagers looking for parties. There are good points as well as lots of friends, location and price, friendly staff.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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vssd, Manager at Vantaggio Suites, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Thank you for your stay and the comment. We are changing our Wi-Fi system to a complete new system next week. We hope this update will solve Wi-Fi problems that we have been challenged. We will continue to work on improving our service and amenities. We hope we will see you again!
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1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

Awesome... I have to come Back there... Highly recommended, Nice location, everything was okay with my stay.

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bern, Switzerland
12 reviews 12 reviews
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2011

The Vantaggio Suites provides everything what you need for a longer stay at San Diego. The Vantaggio is very attractive for young People with its Partys every weekend. The Rooms are basic concerning the cleanliness and equipment.
You can reach Downtown in 10mins by feet. The nearest Trolley station is around 5 mins far.

For better sleep quality choose a room in the upper levels of the building.
The provided free WI-FI is poor, too many users...

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1736 State St, San Diego, CA
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #21 of 54 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Number of rooms: 280
Also Known As:
Vantaggio Hotel San Diego

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