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"Great Boutique Hotel "
We chose The Sofia for location and were not disappointed. Walking distance to the harbour one way and a of Gaslamp Quarter the other. Staff at The Sofia is excellent. The rooms are smaller than most American hotels but are still big enough and are quite nice. Refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker are handy. The Currant lobby bar is spacious and well stocked. No complaints at all about our 3 night stay at The Sofia!
"Things to consider before booking Hotel Sophia"
Price, Location, Room Size, Amenities and Services are some of the most important elements when booking a hotel. While I usually stay in one of the larger Chain hotels, the price of Hotel Sophia was really compelling at less than half of the nearby Westin. So, I booked it and I am very happy I did. Here are some things to consider before you book: The Location is great, Gaslamp District, Convention Center, Balboa, all walking distance. Less than $15 bucks to the airport, hard to beat the location unless you want a harbor view, which it does not offer. . The Rooms are very small. The bathroom is so small that the sink is actually in the room, the toilet and the shower are behind a sliding door. There is no tub, but the tiled shower with partial glass panel door was sufficient for me. There's a desk with chair, a lounge chair, a nice comfy bed, a fridge, coffee maker and closet. Plenty of power sources and lights bedside. Great for 1 or 2 people. My room was on the 3rd floor which made using the stairs almost more convenient than the elevator. The amenities are on par with the larger chains, in room coffee maker, but no free coffee in the lobby, however they offered girl scout cookies. It is directly next to a Leaf & Bean and across the street from Maggiano's corner bakery, so there are plenty of place to get a quick drink or bite. It has a bar and restaurant which I did not use but looks very nice. One of the stand out Free Services for this boutique hotel is the 8am yoga session. Lauren was an excellent instructor, great way to start the day. The workout room is also well equipped. Bell staff is available and the front staff is friendly and efficient and I believe they allow pets. Overall a 5 stars based on the compelling price point.
"Fine for a quick stay"
I stayed at the Sofia for one night for work travel, and the staff at check in were friendly, and I thoroughly enjoyed the girl scout cookies in the lobby. When they couldn't find me a room on a higher floor, my room was "upgraded" to a one bedroom suite. The room was lovely with a really spacious sitting and work area separate from the bedroom--the only draw back is that the room was on the second floor next to a fire escape door. I was worried about the street noise, but it really wasn't an issue at all. The hotel doesn't have room service, but ordering take out from the restaurant on the lower level was a totally reasonable alternative.
"Some drawbacks, but they are small"
Stayed here for two nights for a work trip. I booked it because at the time, the price was more reasonable than some of the other options. Also, the location was good for my day at the conference center (about a 1 mile walk). Check-in was nice and quick and they recommended either their restaurant for a quick dinner to go or trying out the Tender Greens place next door. I chose the latter, and did so 4 times total on this trip (good place with healthy options). I will say there are some parts of this hotel that feel run-down such as the baseboards in my bathroom were rotting/swollen from the moisture. I agree with one reviewer who said the shower set up was not good. It's a small glass panel that does a terrible job of keeping the water in while showering. Water was super hot, though, and good water pressure. Bed was comfy enough, although the A/C did not work like I would have preferred. I woke up hot each night. It had some weird red light on the bottom of the thermostat that I think had something to do with motion sensing so that it would turn off if it detected no motion (hello, during sleep!). The faults of this hotel were outweighed by the positives: they had little candy dishes set out each day, a full tray of girl scout cookies, and lemon water all at the front desk. Staff was always very friendly. They also advertise free yoga classes and neighborhood walking tours. I didn't have time on this trip to do either, but I would have liked to! Plenty of positives at this hotel. I'd go back.
"Mediocre experience -- Nickel and Dimed"
I Stayed at the Sofia for two nights and I would never go back. Cave-like Room was dimly lit and small with a view of a brick wall 5 ft away. I also constantly felt like the management was nickel and diming me. The shower water shuts off after a quick rinse leaving guests soapy and irritated (explained to me because the owner doesn't want to pay for it) and they charge for printing at the "business center". The ice machine was broken so I had to go three floors away to the next one.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 4:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM