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El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the time you walk in the door you become part of Pi and Sol's family. They were in the process of renovating a few rooms and to ensure that I was not bothered too much, they upgraded me to the room that I originally wanted. There were a few issues that came up but they were remedied in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful, clean and charming historic hotel run by a lovely family that makes you feel like they've known you forever. The rooms, although old, are updated and nicely appointed. I was very impressed with how clean the room was. They also serve a wonderful breakfast in the courtyard every morning. This hotel is a true gem and the owners are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed a few days at the Sunset Cliffs room and overall was a decent stay. Here is my positive comments: Very nice location to everything that we were there for; beach, old town, and SeaWorld, nice breakfast selection and most importantly excellent customer service from Karen, Pie and Sol they are the most memorable part of my stay there... More 

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Sayulita, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were enthralled by this unique little hotel. Lots of personal touches make it very appealing. For example, photos of Chula Vista and San Diego in the early 1900s line the hallways, and each room is named after an important local site. We stayed in the El Coronado room, which is delightful - lots of light, big bathroom, etc. The... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in the Sunset Cliffs room at the El Primero. This hotel was a welcomed surprise.The room was everything you could ask for, clean,inviting,and well maintained. The breakfast was FRESH every morning. The owners were so sweet and hospitable.

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our friends in Bonita, recommended this B & B and so we reserved 2 nights. We were greeted by KAREN, at the front desk, and she was lovely and very friendly. Our room was the Villa Montezuma, first room on the first floor. Very clean and they even provided us with an extension cord for our C-Pap machine. Free WIFI.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Chula Vista for a concert. It happened to be ComicCon weekend so we had very few lodging options in all of San Diego. Thankfully, we stumbled upon the El Primero. There is a delightful family that runs the entire B and B. The place is clean and not pretentious. Also, they are happy to answer all questions... More 

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elprimerohotel, Owner at El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing our hotel, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations. Our hotel aims to provide a truly unique at home experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the future. You definitely can trust us!!!! More 

Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed here recently and found it to be quite interesting. The owners were very polite and gracious. The hotel itself was very clean, the rooms were quite small and my room had the TV at the strange angle next to the side of the bed. There was no refrigerator in my room and there is no pool here. The... More 

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elprimerohotel, Owner at El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us and for the very interesting comments. We definitely have no pool in the premises and no refrigerator in some guest rooms. We can mitigate the need for a "must have refrigerator" if advised, but not the pool. As far as guest having to "ring the bell" for someone to let you in, we hope... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Found this on tripadvisor. This is a clean, well maintained, old property in downtown. The owner Pi is delightful, and you'll get a chance to see him every day at breakfast, and every evening if you come in late, because he'll let you in when you ring. The rooms are smallish, but quiet, comfortable, and everything works. Breakfast is a... More 

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elprimerohotel, Owner at El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing our hotel, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations. Our hotel aims to provide a truly unique at home experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the future. More 

Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Pai & Wife very welcoming & friendly. Interested in their guests and chatting a bit. Breakfast is a treat & laid out fresh each morning, Including individual egg omlets, homemade banana bread (both delicious), cereals, juices, breads, coffee, tea (including herbal), fresh fruit, etc. Bed comfortable, hotel very clean. Very safe and owner proud of that. Room not elegant, but... More 

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elprimerohotel, Owner at El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing our hotel, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations. Our hotel aims to provide a truly unique at home experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the future. More 

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Amenities

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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Belonging to the heart of downtown Chula Vista, this historic landmark was brought back to its 1930's glory in 2005. Each of El Primero Hotel's 20 guest rooms provides a cozy king or queen bed for travelers to relax in, after a a day of work or play around beautiful San Diego. Located minutes from the Sleep Train Wireless Amphitheatre, Olympic Training Center, Gaslamp Quarter & other city destinations, this inn gives visitors modern touches with down home comforts! ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel

Address: 416 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910-4603
Location: United States > California > Chula Vista
Price Range: $99 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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