Basically, this is an OK hotel at the heard of downtown San Diego. But one thing I warn you is that the front people may need to be retrained. On Sunday, we decided to go to Balboa Park using public transportation (trolley & bus). The park is geographically not that far, but we wanted to use the pub transportation. We tried to confirm what we knew about the services but two of the front people Ms L and the other older Caucasion fellow try to convince us that the services were VERY rare on Sunday and the best way to get there was to take a cab both ways. Well, I saw the trolley coming and going fairly frequently from our window and we were assured by the bus time table. It turned out that both trolley and bus were serviced well enough and we spent perhaps less than 10 minutes max to hop on to them.
We also asked about the bus going to the airport by 5am next day (Monday). Again, the same front people tried to convince us that we take a cab. It is true that there is no bus arriving at the airport by 5am but there is a service that is scheduled to get there at about 5:15,j which was fine with us.
So, we felt that these front people are either uninformed, uninterested in assisting guests, or commissioned by cab companies.
One day, we hanged the "privacy please" tag until noon and then went out all day. The housekeeping then skipped our room and we had to ask for the amenities to be delivered.
Other features: the room is small with very little space for luggage, but it's OK if one stays out all day. It is old but fairly clean. They provide lemon water at the front desk, which is refreshing. It is located right by the airport bus, trolley station, Horton Mall, Gaslamp area, and more.
- Also Known As:
- Sofia Hotel San Diego
- Sofia San Diego
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