Hotel Vyvant

Address: 505 West Grape Street, San Diego, California, 92101, United States | B&B
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This B&B, located in the Old Town/Hotel Circle area of San Diego, is near Maritime Museum of San Diego, Little Italy, San Diego Civic Theatre, and Karl Strauss' Old Columbia Brewery and Grill.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Vyvant San Diego

    The Little Italy Inn, is a wonderful B&B


    It was my very first visit to sunny San Diego recently when I attended a conference for 5 days. (Feb 12 -16,2006)

    When I went to book the hotels that were recommended by the conference, the only ones left were either really expensive or very far away from the Convention Centre.

    I then searched Internet and found the Little Italy Inn.

    Something happened with my booking on-line and when I arrived in San Diego, the General Manager Rob Pierson on duty on a Sunday, was unable to find my reservation.

    He had one room left with a shared bath.

    The rest was history, I loved San Diego and the Little Italy Inn.

    It was very very clean and although the room I was staying in was small, it was nicely tucked away near the back on the second floor and was as Rob had promised Very Quiet.

    The mattress was extermely comfortable and had a great nights sleep every night.

    I thought I would mind sharing a bathroom, but I didn't, and I am sure it had something to do with how clean they kept it.

    I had 2 bathrooms on the second floor to pick from. One with a shower and one with a Bathtub.

    It is conveniently located B&B near some very fine Italian restuarants on Little Italy street, only 2 short blocks away.

    The staff at the inn were very friendly and even though I was travelling and staying on my own, I felt very safe.

    Rob the General Manager went out of his way to help figure out what happened with my orginial booking.

    The breakfast is definetly enough to keep you going with Bagels, Fruit, Toast, Cold and Hot Cereal, Juice and Coffee or Tea.

    They also keep a lovely fruit bowel going all day with coffee or tea for quick snacking.

    I would definetly come back to this very friendly, very clean and very reasonably priced B&B.

    Thanks Rob for everything..

    RAP from Toronto

    Unique, convenient, superb friendly staff


    My wife, daughter, and her husband had connecting rooms with a bath and kitchenette in one of the rooms.

    The Inn is very unique, much like a B and B in Europe, but much nicer and very very clean. A major plus for the Inn is the absolutely super staff. Rob, the manager, was knowledgeable about the city, transportation, and above all made you feel like you were staying with nice relatives. The Inn is located near public transportation that will take you to most of the popular city sites and districts. It is only one block from the Little Italy district. If your objective is to find a friendly, unique, comfortable place to stay as opposed to a large cookie-cutter national hotel chain, then the Little Italy Inn is the place for you.

    Ideal for a short stay in the city


    I was only in San Diego for one night and didn't have accommodation booked. Went to the visitor centre by the waterfront and quickly found this hotel for a very reasonable rate. The room we booked had a corner-jacuzzi bath tub which was lovely after a long days drive from the desert.

    The rooms have recently been re-done and have everything you need, including nice bathrobes, a portable heater and air conditioner.

    'European' (small) room and some of the rooms do not have their own bathroom. (The shared bathroom looked very clean and modern).

    You get comp. wine and cheese in the evening and comp. continental breakfast with fantastic bagels! We were able to park right outside on the street for free too.

    I would recommend this hotel if you are only in town for a day or two. We travelled all over CA so we didn't bother to unpack. Although I said the room was small, we still managed to fit 1 case, 2 duffel bags and a huge golf travel bag in the room!

    As it's in Little Italy we got a cab to the Gaslamp area which was only about $5, the hotel was only about 4 blocks from the waterfront.

    Weekend Get-away


    Stayed in August for a long weekend. This Inn is a haven in the core of downtown. The rooms were well-appointed. Linens were excellent. Our room (T) had a view of the harbor, one of the few rooms that can boast this fact. The breakfast was not fancy....but sufficed in keeping us eating light and healthy. When we arrived Friday evening the table was laden with wine and cheese....nice touch. Got great suggestions Friday night on where to eat in Little Italy....Mona Lisa and Fillipe's...both great and reasonable. Everything we wanted to do was accessible by trolley, ferry or bus...we hit La Jolla, Coronado, Mission Beach, and Petco park all from our Inn. A car is a luxury that is not needed in this location. Our room had robes, dvd player, beach towels and an iron that we requested. The place was super quiet in the hallways. It felt like we were the only ones in the place....not a bad thing.

    Staff was excellent...gleaned key info from them all weekend on beaches, transportation, and choices of restaurants. Very helpful.

    Only watch-outs we can get hot if you leave the shades open during the day. Drain in shower was a bit slow.

    Go Hogs Go.

    Completely disappointing


    We chose the Inn at Little Italy hoping for a quiet, comfortable, romantic place for our first no-kids weekend away in years. What a disappointment.

    First of all, when we arrived around 10pm, the lobby was nice and cool, but our room was HOT. No air conditioning, except in the lobby I guess. The ceiling fan made a horrible creaking nose, so loud we couldn't sleep. We asked for a regular fan, but the one they gave us had one setting: tornado. My husband couldn't sleep through that either and ended up sitting in the hallway reading for half the night, guarding the open door to our room (which was the only way to get any cross-ventilation).

    Plus, as someone else mentioned, there is no parking. We were lucky to find a spot on the street just outside the entrance, but clearly parking is hit or miss.

    And breakfast was pedestrian at best.

    In fact, we were so turned off that we stayed only one night instead of the planned two.

    Little Slice of Heaven-shhhh-don't tell!


    The Little Italy Inn is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! From the sweet and helpful staff (Richard had even saved me a parking spot for when I came to check in), to the spotless room I was in (with a jacuzzi tub in it's own separate room), to the foam mattress I slept on--what a great stay. This really did remind me of my favorite B and B in Florence Italy--furnishings, decor, and heartfelt service were filled with warm Italian charm. And simple...a pleasant and smooth checkin process, super quiet and relaxed, and very customer service oriented. Best kept secret in Little Italy!!!!

    Lovely Little Inn


    At West Grape St. & State St., on the outskirts of Little Italy in San Diego. Quaint style inn. Close to the airport. Decor was pleasant. The room we stayed in reminded me of a nicer B&B in Europe. The continental breakfast was nice, but average.

    If we were to stay there again, I would probably request a room not facing Grape St. The street noise is noticable. The staff was friendly. Overall, a lovely stay.

    Loved the Little Italy Inn


    I almost don't want to say this, for fear it will become a popular spot and I'll not be able to get a room next time!!! But, for the sake of the hotel, I have to give it an excellent rating here on tripadvisor. The Little Italy Inn was a pleasure. After walking in from a very long flight from New Hampshire, after having to wake up at 4am and face airports all day, it was a real treat to walk into the room we were given at the Little Italy. Very clean, comfortable king memory foam mattress, beautiful whirlpool in the room along with a spacious bathroom. Antique furniture, pine floors, Italian décor, marble and stone bathroom, oriental carpets. Very nice staff - all at the front desk were extremely pleasant and accommodating. Bianca was a sweetheart, she gave me an iron for 3 days which I really appreciated. The lobby is very clean and pretty, and the hallways are wide and spotless, decorated very nicely. The manager was lovely; he made reservations for our bus tour to Baja and called a cab for us whenever we needed one. He was very helpful when we had questions. He gave me an excellent rate too - $99 for a room with a whirlpool tub since it wasn't peak season there yet. It had a safe in the room along with a mini fridge which was great for storing drinks and treats for late night snacks. We stayed for 6 days and loved it. The location was excellent - we walked everywhere without having to rent a car. Who needs a car in San Diego anyway? You can walk anywhere from this location, except Balboa Park - which we took a $5 cab ride to when we went to the zoo. We were only a $5 cab ride from the airport too. Everything else we saw via foot or trolley. The hotel is only 4 blocks or so to the trolley and Sante Fe station which takes you around to the hot spots. The room was private, I could not hear conversations or hallway activity at all and I'm very sensitive to sound. I could hear planes since the airport is nearby, but after 10pm, flights were usually over so you couldn't hear anything during sleeping hours. I appreciated this section of San Diego, "Little Italy", because it has great Italian eateries, shops, and beautiful property that lines the streets. Very friendly locals, too. You really get the "pulse" of the city - the real San Diego - in this section of town. It's not clogged with tourists, bums, party goers or kids; which I find very stressful about staying in the more "touristy" spots in the city. In "Little Italy" you hang with the locals which was simply unbeatable. The Little Italy Inn was excellent. We'll stay there every time we visit San Diego, it was exactly what we were looking for. Clean, quaint, high ceilings, great neighborhood, boutique-feeling, non-touristy, great location, excellent front desk staff, excellent rates, no hassles with billing at all, very clean bathroom, great soap, shampoo, and products, quiet property (no swimming pool so you don't deal with screaming children which is great if you don't have kids). The other person that posted for this hotel commented that it was a ghost town, which isn't exactly true. I saw people every morning when I enjoyed the free continental breakfast in the lobby of cereal, fruit, muffins, bagels, fresh OJ, coffee, pastries, and oatmeal. I agree though that during other times, I barely saw any other hotel guests which was wonderful. I knew they were there (I passed people in the lobby, hallways, etc. from time to time) but I didn't hear anyone else so it was wonderful. We stayed for 6 days (5 nights) May 28-June 2, 2005. The earlier reviewer also mentioned the staff as detached and uncaring. Honestly, I do understand why he'd say that at first because they aren't bouncing around with enthusiasm like the big chains. The Little Italy staff is laid back and casual, friendly, but not overly and they aren't a bunch of fakes. I liked this because it was real to me. I get sick of all of these fake personalities walking around, and I found it refreshing to have a hotel staff that does whatever you ask of them at a moments notice, yet don't bubble and gush with fake sincerity. For once, I experienced a home away from home at a hotel. I applaud this Inn and rate it EXCELLENT.

    I do not suggest this hotel for elderly, as there are stairs and I do not suggest this hotel for kids because there's no pool and you have to walk several blocks to attractions. But, if you're a couple or single person looking for a nice peaceful hotel with a good European feel to it, I do suggest it. It's not posh or upscale, but it is very lovely and laid back. Also, I didn't notice an ice machine or vending area, so call the hotel if this is a concern - it may have been tucked away someplace and I just overlooked it. Also, the TV in the room, although it did have a DVD player, was about 10" and positioned in the corner so you couldn't really see if from the bed unless you laid horizonally across the bed. But, it had cable and a good picture. The room windows were old and a little hard to open, but it's such a beautiful restored building that this is nothing you really get bent out of shape over. They opened and let in a lovely breeze from the Bay, which I could see from my room. You can walk right over to the Bay and eat seafood, can't beat that. I didn't notice a writing desk in the room or an internet connection, so if you're looking for web connectivity, call the hotel first before booking because it may have been there and I just didn't see it.

    One last comment (I promise!!) the rate was $99 a night including a full continental breakfast. You can't beat the rate - other area hotels charge double this (or more) so give Little Italy Inn a chance, it's very nice.

    Note: The room we stayed in had a whirlpool in the room, attached to the room, separate from the bath/toilet/shower room. The whirlpool easily fits 2 adults.

    My complements to the hotel manager and staff.

    A slice of heaven!


    Needing a vacation and no time to travel far, we decided to stay in our home town and experience San Diego as a tourist. We booked 2 nights at the Little Italy Inn and had no idea how lovely it would be. To our surprise we found a beautiful 23 room inn located in the Little Italy area. Once we set foot in the hallway to go to our rooms, we couldn't believe how beautiful this inn was. We loved our room and location, but most of all the staff made us feel at home. The manager made it a point to check on us and if we needed anything he was quick to oblige. Overall our experience was delightful and I would recommend this lovely inn to any of our friends or family members. We are looking forward to staying there again in late September. I consider this inn our home away from home.

    Disappointed in Little Italy B&B


    Their website is quite misleading. First off, this is a HOTEL in guise of a B&B. The staff seemed detatched and uncaring. We reserved their kitchen suite, which ON-LINE clearly said to have a king-size bed with memory-foam mattress. When we got our room, it was a tiny room, queen-sized bed, and plain old spring mattress. We immediately asked about the mix-up, and the "host" said that it's kind of hit-and-miss with what's available. We asked to be moved to a better room, and he stated that they were booked. But, we only saw one other person staying there the entire time. The place was like a ghost-town. Also, we couldn't find a place to park anywhere near the "hotel." We asked the "host" where we could find a nearby lot or garage. He just said "well, I had to park over 4 blocks away and walk." Thanks, that was helpful. Oh, and here's the next complaint...we couldn't sleep for all the NOISE! The walls must be made out of the best cardboard money could buy. Not only were the walls paper-thin, the windows were single-pane. This, by the way, is a downtown "hotel", oh...and not only street traffic goes by, but it is also right under the landing zone for the nearby major airport. To add to the symphony of distraction, we could hear our neighbor next door speaking in a normal tone. Yikes. So that's the "bed" part. The "breakfast" part consisted of pastries and juice...oooohhh. Don't go out of your way or anything for my $145 bucks. We opted to leave and go to brunch at the Hotel Del. We should have stayed there instead. Nuff said.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Vyvant San Diego

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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