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“Not the Boutique Hotel I dream of...” 2 of 5 stars
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Porto Vista Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1835 Columbia Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #111 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
Riverside, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Not the Boutique Hotel I dream of...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

I've always wanted to stay in a boutique hotel so often that the conceirge knew my name...this is not that hotel. It is merely a renovated Motel 6. The rooms are fine, they're clean but not anything luxury. There are two elevators, one of which only goes to the 4th floor, which is wonderful when you're staying on the 5th. The valet staff is very friendly, although the front desk staff leaves something to be desired. It is located directly under the flightpath for the airport but noise wasn't a problem if the door was shut. The bathroom is decent except that there is NO place to put your belongings, I ended up emptying my makeup into the sink..not fun. And I just read a review to my right that the hotel was actually a Motel 6! You can tell... I say pay the extra $20 a night and stay in either a nicer boutique hotel or a hilton, marriott, etc.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

We recently purchased a 2 night stay on groupon and we loved it! It is in the heart of little italy yet close to everything else if you dont mind walking.. We loved the room and the view.. Yes the hotel may have been a motel 6 previously but they have really tried to revive the building. While we were there the restaurant was being renovated but the atmosphere here was warm and welcome. The complimentary breakfast we had was delicous. We used it as a staycation but enjoyed ourselves thouroughly...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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JLabsan, Director of Sales at Porto Vista Hotel, responded to this review, June 4, 2012
Dear Shantel,

Thank you for taking time in providing an online survey. We appreciate your business and if I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate in contacting personally.


Sincerely,


John F. Labsan
Director of Sales & Marketing


619.564.3743 Direct | 619.544.0164 Hotel |
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

The Porto Vista is a lovely hotel with friendly staff and the perfect location for enjoying all San Diego has to offer.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We booked this place with a Groupon Cupon. Great price, NOT. My wife inspected the room which was tiny with one queen bed. She took a larger room at $25/night more with two queens. The room was ok, as much as we needed. I got a laugh out of the environmentally friendly shower soap which is wrapped in recyclable paper, printed in English and French and made in.....China :(
The happy hour free coupons proved unusable for us as they had one beer and a cheap wine. The view from outside at the bar is partially of the harbor. Can't go wrong there. The free breakfast, described as continental was Cherrios or a low grade packaged granola and a packaged Danish about the size of a silver dollar. I took the cereal, no danish, my wife ordered off the menu. Parking on the street is difficult at best. The hotel garage is $22 a day. The overall experience felt like a bait and switch scam. Won't return.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 16, 2012 via mobile

We love little Italy area, and we love this hotel, we stay often here since we live in the Desert and it gets really hot in summer time so every time we can we scape to SD. We love the Porto Vista Hotel for two main reasons, first is difficult to find a decent hotel that is pet friendly, and we love to travel with our little Schnauzer . The rooms are clean, beds are comfy. The second reason, is close to everything, restaurants, shows, events and shopping. Also, the staff is really friendly. We'll continue visiting this hotel any time we can.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JLabsan, Director of Sales at Porto Vista Hotel, responded to this review, May 18, 2012
Dear Rocio,

Thank you for taking time in providing feedback with your recent stay. We appreciate your input and look forward in welcoming you back. If I can be of assistance with your next visit please do not hesitate in contacting me.

Make it a great day!


Sincerely,


John F. Labsan
Director of Sales & Marketing


619.564.3743 Direct | 619.544.0164 Hotel | 619.557.0353 Fax
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Barcelona, Spain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

I booked a trip online and they never let me redeem the special. The place was a former Super 8. The walls are thin. Customer service is not something that is in their vocabulary.

Stay away.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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JLabsan, Director of Sales at Porto Vista Hotel, responded to this review, May 16, 2012
Dear Trivialpursuits,

We are very disappointed to see your HEADLINER listed as SCAM and provide very little information with where you purchased your online booking to determine your restrictions and blackout dates listed on your purchase. We would like to learn more about the offer and your experience at the hotel since you’re specifically mentioning the walls as paper thin and the lack of Customer Service.

We take your online comment seriously and would like to conduct further investigation on your arrival, departure date to determine the interactions with our employees and the situation that occurred.

Sincerely,


John F. Labsan
Director of Sales & Marketing
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New York, New York, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

Proximity to airport, walking distance to anywhere in the city, Little Italy around the corner, 15 mins to DT, 10 mins to water.
As far as hotel goes, we had all we needed during our 5-day stay in SD last summer.
Clean, neat, everything works, nice crowd, what else do you need.
Nothing fancy, but who need s that in a city with 5major beaches and a great nightlife?

Def will consider staying there again

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1835 Columbia Street, San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego > Downtown , Little Italy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #111 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Porto Vista Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy an urban hotel experience in Little Italy with newly remodeled minimalistic Queen and Double Queen rooms. The Porto Vista Hotel calls to mind the casual elegance of Europe in the 60's, is famous for its friendly staff. The local-favorite GlassDoor restaurant features amazing views of Downtown and San Diego Bay. A great location, convenient amenities and shuttle service to San Diego International Airport, Cruise Ship Terminal, Convention Center, and MCRD make this a popular getaway for couples, business travelers, convention attendees, and families! Our European theme will be just what you need to get you out of the normal hotel experience, and our prices for a San Diego Downtown hotel are hard to beat. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ascend Collection San Diego
San Diego Ascend Collection
San Diego Clarion

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