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I only spent one night at The Sofia Hotel for a work event. What a pleasant surprise! Conveniently close to restaurants and shops, this hotel is a great location if you want to explore downtown San Diego by foot. My event was in Balboa Park which was only about a 10 minute drive. The rooms are small, but very clean and has everything you need - definitely no more than two people to a room. I had the room to myself so it was perfect! Love the fresh orchid in the room. Friendly staff and swank lobby. There is a restaurant just off the lobby. I didn't get a chance to eat there, but it looked inviting . Will definitely revisit again.
"A little gem; exceeded my expectations"
Someone else booked me into this hotel for a large meeting, and I was a little concerned; normally I stay with higher-end hotel chains, and my expectations for this independent property were low. Happily, I was wrong. The Sofia isn't large or flashy, but my experience was nearly perfect. The lobby is cozy (with a dispenser of ice/lemon water and sometimes cookies) and has a large worktable and desktop stations, the furnishings are unique and the front desk staff was unfailingly efficient and helpful in their recommendations. I called down three times because I needed things from housekeeping (more hangers, coffee, hand towels) and all three times, someone was cheerfully knocking at my door within minutes, even at 5am. Now keep in mind the rooms are small! I don't count this as a negative, because they are well designed, with plenty of storage, a comfy chair with an ottoman, a fridge that's actually cold and a microwave. The bath towels are huge -- proper bath sheets, which you rarely find in hotels anymore. Everything is spotless, the finishings are good quality, the bed was super-comfy, the bathroom toiletries are quite decent ... if I had to nitpick, I would have to point out the walls are perhaps thinner than you'd expect in a building this age, and once I was able to hear voices from the room next door -- but by and large, noise was not a problem, either from inside the building or out. There's a 24-hour gym that reflects the rooms in the sense that it is small but well equipped, and you can even take yoga classes. The wall sconces in the corridors depict historic photos and captions of Old San Diego, which were fascinating. And the Sofia has half a dozen casual eateries steps away as well as Currant, a more upscale brasserie right downstairs with a cozy bar (and if you go to the bar, try the "Popcorn of the Moment" for $3 -- I had the olive and parmesan popcorn which was delicious). I hope to return to the Sofia on my next San Diego trip!
"Small but nice"
Beautifully restored hotel in the Gaslight district. Lots of great restaurants and entertainment within walking distance. Our room was small but very well designed with comfortable beds and a nice bathroom. The staff are friendly and helpful. I'd definitely stay here again.
"Very good. Convenient"
Stayed here for four days for a conference hotel. Conference was at Westgate hotel which was just 1 or 2 blocks away on Broadway. Westgate is substantially more expensive but I am glad I stayed in Sofia - I preferred it actually. Nice room. Very clean. Good wifi. Coffee in room. Reception staff efficient and helpful. Very convenient for downtown area. Walk down fifth avenue and there are loads of bars and restaurants. It doesn't really serve breakfast but just over the road there is a super place - Corner Bakery Cafe - I would recommend. About $15 taxi ride to airport.
"Grand Hotel, real history"
The hotel has an amazing staff. fantastic pricing. Loved the location so close to the waterfront, just a few blocks away. a block from the gas light district. the staff are remarkable, the front desk even recommended using Uber to to get back to the airport which only cost me $5. the rooms have just been renovated, very cosy and rich feeling. They are very environmental with their options too. The grand history of the hotel has been kept. the hall light scones have historic photos of the building with the date and a line or two of moment in time. they have a two computers for guests. lots of comfy chairs. I did not try the hotel restaurant although I was assured by people who did that it was very tasty. We went to the Tender Greens beside it, look to that in another review. The wifi is a bit spotty in some rooms. My first room had that problem, but the staff found me another room with a strong signal then even helped me move everything over. The only surprise was the guest fee of $9 per night, it was for the water, wifi access they explained I did not use anything else. there was a very cool statue at the front door, guy leaning on the building with a magazine and pointing. Lots of folks talking selfies with it. There is an out door mall, with theatre a few min walk too.
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