Like most, I was drawn to this place by the price. It was very affordable for a lengthy stay. I stayed there 6 nights, so I got a good sense of the place.
Let's start with the good: The restaurant offers an EXCELLENT breakfast that was included in the rate. Very good portions and high quality presentation; the lobby is nice and clean, and the staff was friendly; the location is GREAT, as its one block from the center of Little Italy, which is a very active area, particularly at night, and it's a relatively easy walk to get to the County Center trolley stop.
Improvements needed: The TV selection sucks - I flew JetBlue and had FAR better channel selection than the hotel did; free shuttle from airport? Yeah, if you come at the right time. I got in and called for a shuttle, and was told it ends at 4:30; try as they may to masquerade it, you can still tell this was once a budget hotel, as the exterior corridors are dingy and the doors look like they just slapped a coat of paint on them. From the street, looks great; inside, less impressive.
I still indicate that I would recommend this hotel to a friend, because my friends are cheapskates like me and are willing to sacrifice some amenities for an affordable rate.
- 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