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The Sofia Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   150 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)   |  
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Evanston, Illinois
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“Lovely historic hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

It's just as reviewed and advertised...modest size rooms, very well appointed with plenty of storage space and a excellent restoration. The staff we found to be extremely accommodating. We needed help on directions as there were street closures due to a Marathon that weekend. Brian at the front desk regularly routed us around the trouble with no problems.

Location for the downtown Gaslamp District is great as well as other attractions. My little negative is that the room signing in the halls is unreadable. Listened to two other couples muttering as they tried to find thei rooms. Classic form over function.

We'll be back.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Stayed here for one night on a quick business trip. As others have reported, the rooms are quite small. So, it's best if you are traveling alone; out of the question if you are traveling with a family. The elevators are equally small. But it is an old historical building, so this is what you get. Check in and check out went smooth. Remarkably, there is a "resort fee" although that is not what they call it. It covers basic things like a bottle of water, internet, and cable TV. Also, as others have reported, my TV was a joke--completely non-functional. There must be a systemic problem with their cable tv or dish tv or whatever it was. I complained about it at check out, and they comped the "fee."

This hotel is well suited for the business person traveling alone and for one night. The on-site restaurant was very good, and the location is convenient to several places, including the state & federal courthouses, if you are headed there. An early morning walk will place the homeless people on full display.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

We had a great time there. They have a great restaurant in the hotel. They had nice rooms but a little small. Great staff and service. Pets are allowed. Only thing missing is a pool. Then it would be awesome.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The hotel was great, it was only a few blocks away from San Diego's gas lamp district. Clean rooms, good service, and comfy beds. You can't beat the deal either - I would recommend this place if you're looking for a quick stay in SD.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I loved this hotel. Yes the rooms were small, especially the doubles, but we asked to be upgraded to a queen and we were. Some of the views were not good - you looked out at the brick side of a building. But if you're not spending hours in your room, it doesn't much matter. The beds were comfortable, and when I asked for a different pillow, I was given a choice of several.

I enjoyed happy hour at the bar. The bartender was friendly and it was relaxing after a day of sightseeing. We were in San Diego for a wedding and most of the wedding guests stayed at the US Grant hotel. They said their rooms were small as well - and they paid a lot more for them.

The location of this hotel was perfect for walking around the city....short walk to the waterfront and to fifth avenue or anywhere in the Gaslamp District. They have computers and free wifi in the lobby for those not traveling with a laptop or ipad.

There is a coffee shop just to the left of the entrance of the hotel. Perfect for that early morning cup of Joe. We did not eat in the restaurant but it was quite busy most of the time so I assume guests enjoyed it. I would recommend this hotel without a doubt!

Room Tip: The king sized bed rooms almost all face another building (or so I was told) Our room was 726 (a qu...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Rooms are very small but excellently appointed! Very clean and well done considering the limited space (it's a historic building). Cozy, quaint...nice deviation from the typical hotel. Not many frills, but the basics are very well done. In my opinion, not the place for an extended stay, but a great get away for a nite or two.

Room Tip: I stayed 2wice, both rooms were about the same. I bet there isn't a bad room in the house.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Sofia Hotel San Diego
Sofia San Diego
Address: 150 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#38 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#52 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Sofia Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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