The Sofia Hotel

Address: 150 West Broadway, San Diego, California, 92101, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Old Town/Hotel Circle area of San Diego, is near San Diego Civic Theatre, Spreckels Theater, San Diego Opera, and San Diego Repertory Theatre.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews The Sofia Hotel San Diego

    Facelift looks great!


    I stayed at the Sofia during a recent business trip and was pleasantly surprised. The hotel has recently undergone a major remodel, and it looks beautiful inside and out. The rooms are small, but well-appointed and clean. Brand new fixtures, bedding, furniture and electronics. Great value for the cost, especially in a tourist-heavy city like San Diego.

    Under the Radar San Diego Treat!


    Since it's renovation, the Sofia Hotel has definitely become one San Diego's best finds! The staff is incredibly helpful; the rooms have a "W" Hotel feel with their soft beds and modern furniture. I slept like a baby! If you're staying in the heart of Downtown San Diego and you want to party and not have to worry about taxi's or driving, I definitely recommend this hotel!

    LOVE IT!


    The Sofia Hotel was spectacular! The Front Desk Receptionists were unbelievably inviting and sincere. They seemed willing to go through great lengths to make every single customer have the best possible stay. Anyone who puts the customer first is number one in my book!

    Mi è piaciuto molto


    L'Hotel Sofia stato spettacolare. Il personale della reception incredibilmente ospitale e sincero. Sembrava che fossero disposti a fare qualsiasi cosa per far s che ogni singolo cliente trascorresse un soggiorno il migliore possibile. Chiunque si preoccupi cos tanto di un cliente un grande per me!

    Great location and nice hotel.


    This hotel is a renovated hotel with former name Pickwick. Though it's renovated, some parts are still in process. One of the elevators are not decorated and some walls need painting. But don't worry, this hotel could be a good choice. Except these tiny defects, this hotel has great location. Only one block from Horton Plaza, a good shopping place; Amtrak Santa Fe Depot is in walking distance. Trolley station (blue line and orange line) and bus stations (routes to most destination) are all in one or two block distance. Of course, Gaslamp Quarter is nearby, too.

    There are also restaurants and cafes around, choices range from fast food chains to high-class restaurants. The only thing you have to worry is what to eat today.

    Back to the room. As other reviewers said, the room is tiny, so don't expect a room like you will have in Bali or other southeast Asia places. Decoration is nice and modern. Bed with several pillows is very comfortable. Bathroom is small but it's not a big problem to me, but it may be to some guys. Flat LCD TV is great! Internet access is quite limited, there is no internet in rooms but you can access it in the lobby. There is also a business center in the lobby, it is a good alternative (acutally I wrote this comment by hotel's public PC).

    Staffs are great, they are all friendly and willing to answer your questions. Luggages storage service is also available, just ask the bell captain to serve you.

    There is a comment says that the wall is paper thin. I can't deny it since I could hear other people's voices in my room. It could be very bad if your neighborhoods have a party in room. My room is in the 7F, and I didn't hear any noise from the greyhound. If you are female, please be aware of other rooms. I can see opposite room's TV show from my room's window. Remember to keep curtain closed while changing clothes.

    All of all, this hotel is a small boutique hotel, it needs improvement, but it could be a good choice.

    Great Hotel in SD


    Great location in the center of the Gas Lamp District. You are walking distance from fabulous restaurants and nightlife. The rooms were unique, yet cozy. I would definitely recommend this hotel to people traveling through San Diego.

    Ottimo albergo a San Diego


    Ottima posizione in centro del Gaslamp District. Molti ristoranti e tutta la vita notturna raggiungibili a piedi. Le camere erano originali e accoglienti. Consiglio questo albergo a chi passa da San Diego.

    Great Boutique Hotel in Downtown -- But May Not Be For Everyone


    This is a fantastic hotel right in the Downtown area only a few blocks from the heart of the Gaslamp District. I was traveling for both a family wedding and business and moved to the Sofia at the business end of my trip from the Marriot Marina Hotel. The Sofia was a beautifully desgined and appointed hotel. The staff was incredibly friendly and the rooms were smartly designed with a very modern/IKEA feel to them. When I was here the hotel was still getting the finishing touches to some areas.

    While I loved the hotel and would stay there again in a heartbeat, I will admit it may not be for everyone. The rooms were a little small compared to what was at the Marriot. Being from New York City I've seen my fair share of small rooms, but I think that some people might be disappointed. The design aesthetic might not be to everyone's liking. I'm in my early 30's, but I know my parents who are in their 60's wouldn't like it. Also, while I knew there was no internet access in rooms when I booked (the lobby does have wireless access), it still is a feature that was very much lacking for a new hotel in the area it is in. Despite this a great in room TV system, a small fridge, microwave, and safe in the room were great amenities. The gym on the 2nd floor had a full yoga room as well as a standard set of cardio and weight machines.

    If you are looking for an upscale and "cool" hotel right in the middle of everything you can't go wrong with the Sofia. Plus I've found that hotels in San Diego are at the ends of the spectrum, either $300+ a night or $80 a nice. The Sofia is a welcome middle ground.

    Fabulous downtown boutique!


    My wife and I stayed here in January and were very impressed. This is a brand new hotel with a great location at a reasonable price. The rooms are very modern and tastefully decorated. Flatscreen LCD TV is a nice touch. Down comforter and sheets were top quality and very comfortable.

    Location is superb. This hotel is right on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter with its many boutique shops and trendy restaurants. A block away is Horton Plaza, a downtown shopping center with 3 levels of shops and a multiplex movie theatre. The convention center and Petco Park are also a short walk from this hotel.

    Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the Sofia and will definitely consider this hotel again on our next visit to San Diego.

    Location is great, but otherwise...


    The Sofia hotel is a newly renovated property in a legacy building, located on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter. The new decor is modern and in very good taste. I stayed here for business at a conference in the Convention Center.

    It's best feature is its location. It is only 6 blocks from the convention center, about two to Horton Plaza (lots of shops), a supermarket on First street (Ralph's), and close to the Gaslamp quarter. The trolley station is also very close by. If you are going to Tijuana, this is your best bet, unless you wish to shop at the outlets by the border. In that case, you should drive.

    The trolley also takes you to Old Town. If you are there, visit the shops in the state historic park, and maybe even have lunch at the rotisserie mexican restauarant on San Diego avenue. But if you would like to have high end Mexican food, please, please keep walking to the end of san diego avenue. Here I found one of the best secrets in town: EL AGAVE restaurant. It has actually won several awards, so it's not such a big secret after all. I travel throughout North America frequently, and my grandfather was a tour operator in Mexico, so I have been lucky to expand my gastronomic experience. This place will not let you down. It is across from the Holiday Inn and on top of a liquor store. Quite deceiving, in fact. When you enter the restaurant you will realize that it is also a tequileria, and has hundreds of ornate bottles for you to choose from. The food, again, is phenomenal. My fiancee and I dined here three times at EL AGAVE during our visit to San Diego.

    Valet is $25, which is consistent with downtown rates. I would take a cab from the airport and just take the trolley. If you need to rent a car, the hotel is very close to an AVIS location just outside "Little Italy" and they will come and pick you up. Their cars can also be taken into Mexico, provided you purchase additional insurance ($25 per day).

    Back to the hotel.

    As it had just opened three weeks ago, the staff was very eager to please. There were workers refitting the elevators and putting the final touches on the hotel. The fitness center, for example, has free weights (no bench, however), a machine, and several treadmills and bike machines. The flat screen tv's were installed two days into our stay. They also had bottled water in the room for most of the time.

    The Yoga room next door is just an empty room. I imagine they will be getting matts and an instructor, but at this time there is only a mirror on the hardwood floor.

    The business center has two computers and you can print from them. The concierge was excellent and very helpful.

    I was very disappointed to learn that, contrary to its claims on its website, the hotel does NOT have a spa. Rather, they have some person come to the hotel to perform services. This is clearly deceiving and was one of the reasons we chose to stay at the hotel, since it has no pool and the restaurant will not open until the spring.

    We were at the top floor (seven), so the noise from the Greyhound station next door did not bother us too much. However, if you are in the lower floors I am sure you will become well acquainted with the routes and times of departure.

    But speaking of noise, here is the worst part: the WALLS ARE PAPER THIN! We could hear the neighbour's conversations, almost perfectly. When the lights by the bed (attached to the wall) were turned on, the clicking sound came across perfectly clear. And last, but not least, we were involuntarily treated to an explicit "romantic interlude" by our frisky neighbours, despite their best attempts to keep quiet. Luckily for us, it was a quickie.

    Having said that, let me reiterate that the hotel staff is great. When I reported problems with the internet, staffers came three times to ensure that the problem was solved. There is also a fridge and a microwave in the room, as well as a wine opener. We did in fact buy a couple of bottles for the room and it was great.

    The rooms are very small. The toilet is next to the shower stall and there is not enough room for a second door. The water from the stall splashes all around and creates huge puddles. The staff cleans very well, however, and the floor dries quickly. The windows don't open, by the way, so if you are claustrophobic this may not be the best choice.

    I would recommend this hotel if you are in San Diego for pleasure and don't plan to sleep very much. If you need to work the next day, there could be problems with the noise.

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Sofia Hotel San Diego

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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