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“What! No breakfast!” 3 of 5 stars
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The Sofia Hotel
Ranked #87 of 281 Hotels in San Diego
Carlsbad, California
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47 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“What! No breakfast!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I recently spent 2 nights at this hotel in downtown San Diego. I picked it because the price was almost reasonable and it was in walking distance from the railroad station. I parked my car in Oceanside and took the Coaster to San Diego, which was much cheaper than parking my car at the hotel for the ridiculous fee of $30 per night. The room was well appointed but rather small. The room had an easy chair and ottoman -- which was nice -- but the chair took up all the space between the bed and the window. Also, the closet was not well laid out and was hard to get in and out of. I was most disappointed with the discovery in the morning that they had no breakfast service! Contrast this with hotels that offer free breakfasts both the US, but especially in Europe. Besides the car parking fee, which I did not have to pay, the hotel also hasn't gotten the word and charged an $8 per day "resort fee." The only benefit of the resort fee was the allegedly free coffee in the room. If the fee is mandatory, PUT IT IN THE PRICE!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Far from a boutique hotel, someone needs to clarify to them that concept ASAP. It's an OK Hotel, location is convenient but other than that there's nothing remarkable about the facilities or service.

No shower door, uncomfortable beds and poor cable. They have an extra $8.00 dls a day fee for "amenities" which are absurd to charge for. (Business Center, Wi-Fi, bikes) and there's a $30.00 dls a day for Parking Valet Service.

Pricey for what you get.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Evanston, Illinois
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27 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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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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Cleveland, Ohio
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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
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Palm Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

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
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Alina A
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Property: The Sofia Hotel
Address: 150 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101-3811
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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:
#52 Business Hotel in San Diego
#60 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Sofia Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 211
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of San Diego, The Sofia Hotel offers luxurious accommodations to please every taste. Weather you are traveling for business or pleasure, you will indulge in an unforgettable experience. ... more   less 
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