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The Sofia Hotel in San Diego, CA

The Sofia Hotel in San Diego, CA

Specialties

Just a short ride from the airport, The Sofia is every business traveler's best friend, offering state-of-the-art technology including in room Internet accessibility, global video conferencing, 24-hour business center, and a variety of small to large meeting rooms accommodating a combined capacity of 88 individuals in conference, lecture, or training session. Sofia's prime location steps from downtown businesses, office towers, courthouses and the San Diego Convention Center is sure to please business travelers keeping a tight schedule.

An unforgettable experience for any guest lies in the hands of the host. Sofia's graciousness, charm and attention to detail are everywhere from the fine linens and soothing toiletries, to the ambient bedside light and serene 24-hour yoga center, all to help guests relax and rejuvenate while away from home. The ever sensible hostess,

History

Established in 1926.

The Sofia Hotel is a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America's Preservation Trust for Historic Places.  Situated at the corner of Front Street and Broadway near the historic, trendy Gaslamp Quarter, guests of Sofia are just minutes away from San Diego's exquisite fine dining, shopping, cruise terminal and outdoor activities. For an afternoon or evening out on the town, Sofia's proximity to Horton Plaza, Petco Park, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village, Sea World, Old Town, and the Embarcadero will keep guests' vacation schedule filled to the brim!

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.78

Address: 150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA, 92101
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Comments (445):

1. Alison L.
Yes, the rooms are very small, but they're also very clean and cozy! Plus, you can't find a better location! It's so close to the Gaslamp Quarter, the outdoor mall, and a million bus stops so it's really easy to get around the city.  Nice little internet room and pretty friendly staff. All in all a great deal and stay.

08/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Dave N.
Don't book on Expedia, call the hotel directly!!!!  The hotel front desk lady said she would match the Expedia price over the phone and make sure you get the right room.  My wife and I stayed here for our 16 year anniversary and I booked this hotel based on reviews here on yelp. Well, it is a fairly nice hotel but it is definitely not fancy. It has "old fashioned architecture with modern furnishings". The rooms are really small. Getting a suite is the only way unless you can deal with an 11x11 cube. I thought I was getting a suite with Expedia because the photos showed it --but it was only a standard room for $185.00 + $30 valet + taxes etc.. which I was happy to pay and thought it was a deal based on reviews and photos. But when they showed us the room I walked in and couldn't believe how small the room was!  We didn't even let the bellman leave and called the front desk. We upgraded to a suite for $35 more. The suite was a lot bigger but boy I was hoping for something REALLY nice with these reviews. And the photos look awesome. This is not a luxury hotel and definitely not worth $250 per night. The TV is about a 21" flatscreen (joke) to go with the tiny room.  LOL.  Granted this was a weekend night, one night stay and so rates will be more. I'm not going to tell you how much to pay but I will tell you it's a great location close to the night life,restaurants, and shopping but I will tell you that I will never stay here again for any price. My wife is a gem and didn't complain at all and thought the room was ok (I know better and we've been to much better) and what made the evening perfect is we had the best steaks in the world at "The Cowboy Star" restaurant within walking distance. We also did the Hornblower brunch cruise and had fun in Coronado all day so nothing could ruin our day, but man I was soooo bummed that Sofia hotel wasn't nicer. I expected A LOT more for the price. The staff, however, was very, very nice. P.S. The elevator is really small and they only have 2 bell carts in the whole hotel.

03/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. Jenn B.
Great location  - close to everything.  Very clean and comfortable.  Wouldn't stay here with kids - just because the rooms are on the cramped side.  Would stay here again for sure!

19/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Anne D.
The Sofia Hotel is conveniently located just outside of the Gas lamp district.  The beds are comfy but the rooms are very very small.  I would recommend staying at the Sofia only if you were alone or with one other person.  Currently there is no restaurant or bar associated with the hotel but there is one in the works which will be complete in the fall.  All in all the Sofia was a comfortable place to stay.

29/03/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. Mattea P.
I stayed at this hotel over the weekend with my boyfriend! The hotel is in downtown San Diego if you plan to party or have business to attend to. The hotel lobby is really gorgeous and the staff is really friendly. The room is small which is fine because it was just the two of us. My boyfriend thought the tv was super small, but I reminded him that we wouldn't be spending much time in the hotel anyway. If you are into a lot of amenities that hotels usually offer this may not be the place for you. The Sofia does have a yoga studio and a restaurant downstairs. The shower door is only a half door so the floor gets soaked. I really don't understand the reasoning behind that...The view was not great because we could see the tops of the Greyhound busses at the station so I just closed the drapes. The front desk was nice when we asked for more shampoo and conditioner. Our room came with a fridge and a microwave. You have to open the closet looking door to find it! The parking here is steep at $28/night, but that is the going price for parking all night in downtown San Diego. I would recommend this hotel if you need to stay downtown. If you have kids make sure to splurge and get a bigger room.

03/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Maggie P.
Like being on a cruise ship. Everybody is so attentive, though the people at the registration desk don't talk to you unless you walk up to them.

Clean, comfortable, well reconditioned. I've never been on a hotel or cruise ship (only been on one of those) that had down comforters on the bed; oh, it was so cozy! It reopened in 2006 after restoration. Quite modern and stylish. Modern appliances, excellent water pressure, shower doors are a little weird in that they don't close, but lay a towel down and don't complain. What I found very charming about this hotel were the open staircases. Probably not so great for fire safety, but they did seem to have an extensive sprinkler system. I don't like gyms, though this hotel seemed to have a very nice one, and ran up and down the stairs instead. Sometimes the internet worked, sometimes it didn't but it was nice to have and sometimes I got the free SD wireless from my room on the third floor that overlooked the Greyhound Station and Jail. The rooms are on the small side, but that's not unnatural for historical buildings. There was plenty of storage for my things, so I wasn't tripping over everything.

Because it was the historical Pickwick Hotel, San Diego has changed all around it. The Central San Diego Jail is a block away. How's that for safety! The cops are right there! If you need to travel, the Greyhound station is right there! Yay, public transit. It's within walking distance of plenty of downtown attractions: Gaslight, Marina, Convention Center. Albeit, some of these are long walks, but when you're in town on business when you are required to sit all day and listen, this walking is most welcome.

The Sofia people were very accommodating of our business budget and lowered the price of staying there for us. Ask for friends of Sofia rate.

30/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Kevin C.
I stayed at this hotel for two nights in July 2007:

Pluses:  
Clean room with modern furnishings (think Pottery Barn)
'Business Center' room provides for free internet access via 3 desktop PCs - free printing, to boot!
Location:  very convenient, 10 minute or less walk to the Convention Center / Gaslamp.  1.5 blocks away from the Horton Plaza, 2 blocks from Ralphs (which has a great deli).

Minuses:
Like others have said, room is VERY small... and yes, you do splatter water all over the bathroom floor when taking a shower (what were they thinking of when they built the 1/2 wide immovable glass shower door?
So-so front desk staff - friendly, but fumbling a bit... I also didn't like the unsolicited "upselling" attempt to a room with a KING bed for another $30 bucks.

Overall a good solid stay at a boutique hotel.  Wish the rooms were bigger.

20/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. BB B.
Beautiful hotel. Great downtown location near shops, restaurants and lots of public transportation. Stayed in a corner room, 533, and loved it. Got a great package deal on Expedia that made the price very reasonable.

24/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Samantha S.
Clean. Classy. Modern. Off the beaten path. Boyfriend and I are frequently out on the town. For his birthday I got us a room at The Sofia Hotel downtown. We passed it all the time and both have an infatuation with the name Sofia, with an F. Dont ask. We checked in easily and got to  stay in the corner room on the 6th floor. Which was great! We had an amazing city view and a very clean and modern room. The bed was definitely comfortable, and the hotel itself was great walking distance to all the areas of downtown that we hit that night, including the gaslamp.  I was more than impressed with the service, the room, decor, and overall experience at this hotel. And was actually charged only 160/night, which blew my mind, because although the hotel is a boutique hotel, it was so much nicer than more expensive hotels in the area. There is a 24 hour Yoga/Fitness room which I also saw as a plus. The yoga room was set up well, quaint and on the second floor.
The one thing you all must know is that the rooms are smaller than your average room. No room service. And no smoking That didnt seem to bother us though. The downstairs bar/restaurant Currant was very impressive. Dessert and drinks were excellent, and so was the staff.
All I can say is that we are planning to go back in November/December. The Sofia Hotel is a perfect romantic getaway in downtown San Diego.

23/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Kimmy N.
This hotel was very conveniently located and offered a great rate, even on the 4th of July weekend, with the Yelp discount.  The hotel rooms are very small but I would expect this for its ideal downtown location.  The hotel offered almost everything we wanted for its standard room - mini fridge, microwave, HBO, newer television, soft bed, clean room, accommodating staff.  My complaints?  The shower is half-enclosed by a piece of glass that doesn't keep the water inside the shower, so we laid down the rug/towel they provided.  Still, there was water all over the bathroom floor.  Valet parking is $30/night.  I understand it's the price of valet, and that it's not the hotel's fault there are no reasonably priced self-parking garages nearby.  We parked at 7th and Market (about a 10-block walk.. really, no big deal) for $8/night.  Huge savings, and we got to enjoy the casual saunter through downtown.  I ate breakfast at Currant, and their menu was short but offered a great morning meal for a reasonable price (we paid $18 between two people).  Their orange juice is delicious!  It tastes freshly squeezed.  The dinner menu is a bit weird though.  I saw nothing on there I really wanted so we opted to walk to the car at 10pm and drive to Hillcrest for food.  There is no room service, but you can go down and order food, and if they're not busy they'll deliver your order to your room.  I also don't think the hotel has its own pool, but it is VERY pet friendly!

07/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
11. Jay F.
As a frequent traveler, I highly recommend The Sofia. It's clean and modern and different, I like different.  It is a departure from the chains.  The rooms are small, you would think that you were in Manhattan and there is not smoking at this hotel but the clerk was nice enough to give me a room right next to the fire escape....sweet.  The restaurant is now open.  Enjoy
Oh, one thing...the room numbers and the directional placards are very hard to see even when you've not been drinking. Minus one star for that, you really have to look closely.

19/09/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Robyn d L.
I'm easy to please, really I am, so giving this place less than stellar reviews isn't exactly fun for me, but then again, neither was my stay here.

First, let me say that the Sofia is a beautiful hotel, the rooms are updated and quite modern.  A standard room is somewhat small, but definitely cozy, and the suites are actually pretty spacious.  There's also free Internet access in the lobby.  The valet staff is pretty cool, but aside from that, I can't really sing anymore praises.

It may have been an off week/month for the Sofia, I dunno, but here's what went down.

My friends were getting married in San Diego, and they made arrangements for a hotel block with the Sofia.  Guests started calling in, and guess what, there's no room for them the night of the wedding.  What's the point of having a block if they're not gonna save the rooms for you?

After some fancy schmoozing, some of us were eventually lucky enough to get rooms, and the bride reserved 2 suites for her wedding party.  When it came time for her to check in, she had one of her bridesmaids do it while she ran errands, and gave her the credit card and the confirmation number.  The suites were ready; however, they wouldn't let the bridesmaid check in, saying that the person who reserved the rooms had to be there.  That didn't make much sense, since she had both the card and the confirmation number, but she let it go and said she'd come back that night with the bride after the rehearsal.  However, when the bride came back to check in, they told her they gave one of her her suites away.  WTF?!  She reserved those suites 4 months in advance.  The SAME GUY who helped the bridesmaid gave the bridal suite away after she told him she would be back that night with the bride.  Who does that?  The he said he'd "help her out".  Excuse me, don't you mean fix it?  It really irked me that he made it seem like it was her fault that he gave her room away.  In the end, he couldn't do much and the bride had to get the manager to clean up his mess.  She ended up with a smaller suite, barely big enough for half the party.

The rest of the stay was ok.  Like I said, nice rooms.  But a few more irritations include:

- I didn't get my wake-up call, but I set my phone alarm just in case.
- They charged the valet more than once to the room, and in some cases they charged one car to several rooms.

I guess it's hit and miss here.  I think the hotel itself is wonderful, but the staff and hospitality need a lot of work.  I guess that's something they forgot to upgrade when they did the renovations.

29/10/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
13. Jason B.
Great hotel.

19/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Garrett D.
They will also put your CC info on file without telling you, and then automatically charge you 100 dollars. And then once I found out. They told me they'd give it back to me in 7-12 days... WTF? No where, or no one ever informed us of that. Kind of strange.

23/05/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
15. Roberta P.
Very small room... And $30/night for parking!!!!

28/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
16. kenneth b.
The bar is great very loungy and Bobby the bartender is a great guy. The food and ambiance are great highly recommend it. we will be back

22/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Rhonda B.
Me and the man stayed here for three nights in July.  I would give this place 5 stars but they have  tiny pillows. ( look at the picture of the bed, this is the actual pillow).  Maybe my head is too big, but give me a regular sized pillow.  Staff was super nice and the room was small, but comfortable and clean.  Hotel is centrally located to the train depot, Gaslamp, and the water. Free Wifi in the lobby was also a plus.

I would stay here again, but I will have to bring my own pillow.

12/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Brianna A.
We originally booked through Expedia, but since this site sucks, we had to go directly to the hotel to make a reservation. They were more than accommodating and gave us the Expedia rate. Friendly staff, cute, boutique hotel, in the heart of downtown San Diego. We had a great experience and will stay there again.

24/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. mike l.
we had a really nice stay at the Sofia. I took off a star for it's greyhound station neighbor and those ridiculous half shower doors. Parking was pricey too. at times, the staff seemed apathetic, but overall they were responsive and nice.

01/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. catherine l.
Good location, it wasn't right in the middle of all the nightlife but just a tad bit away which was perfect. The staff was very hospitable and knowledgeable about the area.

As for the room, very clean. But also small. We stayed in the queen room. Suuuuuuper soft comforter and five, yes FIVE, pillows. Although they aren't your traditional bed pillows. While very comfortable like a regular pillow, they kind of looked like throw pillows. Everything was dark wood (plus points for me). The only thing that was awkward was the bathroom set up. Right when you walk through the door to enter the room, the sink was on the right hand side. Then to the left is the actual bathroom itself with the toilet and the shower. The shower had a clear glass wall halfway through and no door to actually close. I was scared the first time I stepped out of the shower that I would fall right on my behind because of all the water on the floor. (No, I did not fall for those of you that are curious). There WAS a door for the bathroom, though. Also, it did not lock. It was a sliding door, and if one person were to stand in the hallway/in front of the sink and another person were in the restroom with the light on and door closed, you could see the silhouette of the person in the bathroom. Talk about lack of privacy.

My overall opinion of the Sofia Hotel? Fairly good. The hotel was modern and chic but yet still simple which is what I love. Do NOT rent a movie though. $12.99 each!

22/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Conny F.
Great little hotel. The emphasis is on little. The rooms are very small and the shower (plenty o' times explained on Yelp - so I will refrain from it) is "different". But the staff is very nice, the location is unbeatable and the price is what you pay for having a clean room in central location. I am a bit miffed about the valet parking charge - $28 seems excessive. But would I come here again? Yes. Also, free wi-fi in the lobby and 3 extra computers in the business center.

28/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Enrico G.
Yelpers guided me right again. Great location, walkable to the Gaslamp, Little Italy, Harborfront, Santa Fe Station, etc. and the Horton Plaza is across the street. This is a historic (previously the Pickwick) hotel where the restoration was well done. Rooms are clean, quiet, stylish and small (but it was not an inconvenience). Staff was friendly and helpful. Bar, restaurant, workout room, business area with computers. Good deal, especially with the Yelp code. Lost a star for expensive parking and $10 in room internet access (free it up like in the bar downstairs).

14/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Robert D.
Terrible experience.  I got a Spreebird deal (like Groupon) for this hotel so I thought I'd give it a shot.  What a mistake.  The room was awful.  Tiny, cramped, claustrophobic. This building was either a prison or factory building before it was converted to a hotel.  The windows were industrial style with chicken wire in them. They could not be opened. This added to the prison cell/sweat shop ambiance.  Hey Sofia, if you're going to convert to a hotel, why not splurge a little and upgrade the awful windows to something modern and aesthetically pleasing?  The idea for the room itself seemed like "let's squeeze a hotel room into a cubicle."  The bathroom set-up was poorly thought out and difficult to use.  The open shower got the floor wet every time.  Very little space to hang towels or place personal care items.  All the cabinets and sink, etc, were new, but not practical.  Very cheap, small TV with poor picture quality and a difficult remote control.  A clock radio that was constantly displaying the wrong time and could not be re-set.  Could not set the alarm either, obviously, since the time was always wrong.   One comfy chair in the room which had an unidentified stain on it right where someone's crotch would be.  Didn't want to know what that was!  One desk chair, but no place to move either chair.  My wife and I were looking forward to relaxing in the hotel room, but this room was so small all you could do was lay on the bed or sit in the two chairs 6 inches away from each other and stare out the chicken-wire prison window.  And the view?  We were in the back of the hotel so we got beige, industrial-looking buildings with parking lot underneath them.  Not even any attractive architecture on the buildings or any nice glass towers to see.  The buildings outside our window looked like prisons too.  No relaxing in this room.  $8 mandatory daily service fee for stuff we did not have any use for at all.  $30 to park the car for 24 hours.  What a rip-off.  Since we arrived on Sunday, we were able to park on the street (meters not active on Sunday) but I had to get up early on Monday morning to go down and feed the meter.  And only 2 hour parking of course, but we were ready to split anyway.  Room was very clean (aside from the chair stain), that's the best I can say about it.  Staff was friendly enough.  And it is close to everything.  But, I will never return to this hotel and I suggest you look for someplace else in the area.  We wish we had just stayed in the Holiday Inn by the harbor.

28/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
24. Steve C.
First and foremost: the Sofia Hotel has a friendly and very helpful staff.  For that reason alone they earned the fourth star.

Our visit was a bit mixed.  We stayed there because of their "pet friendly" status, since we were bringing our Bearded Collie to San Diego with us.  Here are the highlights of the visit:

- As we drove nearer to the hotel we were a bit concerned...on the route we took it seemed that 80% of the businesses were bail bond establishments.  This is because the hotel is fairly near the jail, although this was not an issue for the actual stay.  The area was quite safe to walk around.
- The hotel is also right next to the Greyhound Bus station, but again apart from some extra people on the sidewalk this did not affect our stay.
- We started in the city view queen suite, which was WAY too small for our dog (he's 40lbs).  It's like a Tokyo hotel room.  I would argue it's too small for any dog, really...you'd risk stepping on a smaller dog.  If you're bringing a pet, I'd highly recommend the suite.
- The bathroom doors are sliding doors, not regular doors.  They use less space, but it's a bit odd and in one of the rooms we were in the bottom was off its track.
- The shower in the first room had a half-wall, seemingly designed to guarantee that the rest of the bathroom floor gets wet.  The other two rooms had tubs with shower curtains, the bowed-out kind which is good for me because I hate being hounded by a shower curtain when I'm trying to take a shower.
- Parking is expensive @$28/day with in & out priveleges...but it's expensive everywhere in the area.  Still, if you're going to have a car with you, this ups your tab.
- The in-room Internet is $10/day.  This really should be a free perk nowadays at any hotel.  However, there was free wireless in the lobby and that worked fine.  We weren't staying there to use the Internet anyway.

We asked to switch to a bigger room after the first night, but because it was a crowded weekend we had to wait until Sunday.  The a/c was broken in the second room (a suite) though, so the following morning they moved us at no charge to their best suite (and comped us breakfast, although we didn't get to use that because the breakfast stops at 10am and we didn't get down there until 10:30.  The dog was much happier in the suites, and we were actually able to leave him alone in there for a few hours to go to the zoo without him.  The room itself didn't have anything that he would wreck, so that was great.

All in all, as I said at the beginning, the staff was excellent and they made the stay very worthwhile.  The rooms were clean and comfortable (leaving out the size, as noted above).  It's walking distance from the Gaslamp district and Horton Plaza, and a very short drive to the Zoo.  It wasn't far from Coronado island either.  Finally, the Federal Building one block south had a nice big lawn for the dog to do his business.

24/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. John W.
Horrible. Absolute nightmare.. stay at the US Grant or anywhere else. Really

09/01/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
26. Tif Y.
I got a room here in April and REALLY-- got a 'room.'  This place is ok if you are staying alone and not driving (parking is a nightmare/really expensive)-- because the rooms are SO tiny that there is not much else room for anything besides the bed.  The bathrooms are so small, and the shower got no door!!!  the floor ends up super soaked!  Anyway, no pool here, and tiny tv. Good quality towels but the sheets were a little thin. The good thing is that it's in downtown and the mall is super close.  Not a bad place if you're going to be in and out, and make sure you get a bigger room if you aren't staying alone.

18/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
27. Erica F.
A nice little romantic affordable getaway. I love the Sofia Hotel. I thought the staff was friendly, attentive and overall just very knowledgeable about San Diego. Me being a San Diegan, they know their stuff. Our room was on the city side overlooking the Spreckels Theatre. I love this little hotel because on each floor on their light fixtures, they have a little history about San Diego. I love the Sofia, I would love to go again. Just have to find time.

23/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Em S.
I was disappointed with my experience at the Sofia.  They have won a handful of awards so I was expecting a somewhat *great* experience.

The walls were so thin from room to room that I could hear the people in the next room clicking on their lights.  This is something you expect at Super 8, but *San Diego's Best Boutique Hotel*?

Also, the front desk folks were pretty unprofessional.  They were talking smack about a guest that walked by as we were checking in and when we called about a few specific issues these folks said they "didn't know" and I really had to push to get any information or help out of them.  This happened with three different people!  Not only did they not know basic information, but they seemed unwilling to do any work to find out.  I was like, am I paying for this?

The hotel restaurant "Currant" was a nice change from the hotel itself, with great happy hour deals, classy decor, and good service.  

All in all, I wouldn't recommend this place to a friend who comes into town.  Sorry, Sofia.

17/03/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
29. Douchey B.
I had to save up to go here, but I'm glad I went.  They only do rooms by the night, not by the hour, so be advised.  I do like their fluffy pillows and their room service was prompt and super adorable.  I thought the tub was claen, like bleachy clean, which always makes me a happy camper.

19/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. scott p.
As a local resident/business person, I would like to give some advice on parking in this area.  Meters are active till 6 PM on weekdays and Saturdays, inactive on Sunday (free parking, yay!)

Your best bet for finding an open meter during the week is to drive down front st, across broadway (heading south) and take a RIGHT on F st drive one block and start looking for a meter- State street has the most.

07/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Joy G.
My fiance and I went down to San Diego for a impromptu weekend. This hotel made our stay in San Diego amazing. The staff was super helpful. We were there for the Red Bull Air Races and arrived at 11am, way before the 4pm check-in time. We wanted to drop off our luggage and then we would check in after the race. The staff had a room available and checked us in RIGHT THERE! That was so nice of them.
The room was amazing. The bed was nice and comfy. Everything was beautifully designed. Though the room was small, it did not feel cramped at all. The bathroom had great tile work and I loved the shower. There is no shower door, so the bathroom floor was a little wet, but nothing to get upset at.
The staff, in addition to being amazing nice and accommodating, were very knowledgeable about the area. They directed us down to the North Embarcadero Marina for the air races and also to some great restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter.

We are looking forward to staying there again and I would recommend this hotel to everyone!!

10/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Matt B.
A wonderful historic gem in downtown San Diego.

19/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. joanna e.
I like the Sofia Hotel, but I don't love it. The decor is amazing, the location is ideal (across from Horton Plaza) but the rooms are just a little too small for my taste.

We booked two rooms here this past weekend and by some miracle one of the rooms they gave was a handicap room that was superb! We went into the small one first and it was horrible, no walking space, the distance between the double beds was close to none so you can only imagine what it was like when we walk into the 'Handicap Penthouse'. Couch - Check! Two Beds - Check! Two TV's - Check! Amazing... all for the same price of the shoebox!

So, if you're scared of small spaces I suggest you not stay here unless of course they overbook and upgrade you for free!

PS. And really who puts the bathroom sink in the hallway?!?! It's so awkward!

17/12/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Honor T.
Not a 5 but more like a 4.25 to 4.5  :-))

I love this boutique hotel! It reminded me f San Francisco (until I walked outside at least). Not a winning location unless you are downtown for business; I've never been a fan of San Diego's downtown, including Gaslight District. Having grown up there Gaslight District evolved from a cool, low-rent warehouse theatre area to something pretty cool with--finally!- great restaurants or bars in a diverse part of downtown, to purely a vehicle to attract tourism. I think it all fell apart when they built a Dick's Last Resort. I stayed here based on reviews as well as the fact that i had to do some clothes shopping and Horton Plaza a few blocks away. It's  a mall showing wear now (boy was it exciting when it opened! like the Disneyland of malls back then) yet still a very good assortment of stores and a six or eight-plex cinema.

ANYway, the Sofia Hotel was exactly what I needed: a quiet respite, luxury bed and linens and a general cozy I'm-not-at-home-and-want-a-treat-on-the-road experience. Service was great. The highlight of my stay was when I was pondering the odds of being able to get a pillow with less loft and I asked the housecleaning woman who was in the hall at the time. I felt her response and even determination (!) to get me just the right pillow! I feel sure it wasn't only a personal ethic of service rather one that is a core value of the hotel. The only service thing I found below-average was that I accidentally left all my chargers there and I waited a day to call, believing naively that if I'd left them there they'd have called promptly after securing them from housekeeping. Well, I did leave them there and I chose to express my surprise that they didn't call to let me know and the response was, "well, so many people leave things here".

The rooms are small but don't hold that against them; almost by definition you can expect that from any hotel that calls themselves "boutique". Neither be alarmed you will receive a European size small hotel...no bumping into furniture or the like.

Speaking of Europe, I can't tell you how many showers there are like this in contemporary lodgings of big cities in Europe. Very popular trend. Once you get that you need to slide just several inches closer to the shower head than you normally might, there won't be a mess. Even my slob of a young daughter didn't leave a puddle on the floor. That said, yes, the bathroom is not large enough to employ this style without you having to be conscious of the fact that you need to be closer to the shower head, where with a larger model of this same shower door style you wouldn't have to think about it.

Our room's flat screen TV had a bad picture, but we were just checking weather. If we'd wanted to watch a show i have no doubt the excellent service-left items not withstanding- would have had us receiving a better one right away.

Parking: I didn't want to pay $32 a night for parking, period. I went to a secured garage on Columbia, 2.5 blocks away (we had only a carry-on each) and paid $15 for each 24 hours parking.

Eat at Dobsons - it's deservedly a standard of the San Diego restaurant scene, neither casual or upscale but somewhere in between, except for lunches when it's mostly business. or at least used to be years ago. It's a few blocks east nearly at the mall campus.

I'll be back to la Sofia.

30/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. K S.
I booked a room at the Sofia during January 10. It was a low season and I called the same day and got a good price. The person on the phone seemed very nice and mentioned that I am getting a very good special price of $99 for a queen bed. After coming to the hotel I realized that I was very lucky to get this price because this hotel is exactly my style. Although small room we had all we needed (although  it had a shower not bath). We got a nice view of the city. Internet is free. There was additional ~$9 fee that was not mentioned on the phone. It seems like that you should always ask about additional fees when booking a hotel because these fees are a great way to show a good price in advance and then the customer pays more. However, coming from Las Vegas I didn't complain about that extra fee (which was relatively low) and anyway I feel I what I paid was completely worth it. The location is very good in my opinion. Also, the hotel provides bicycle for free which I and my girlfriend used. Also, on weekends there is a one hour free walking tour of the city that we took. The atmosphere is very nice and the staff was very friendly and professional. I think that the normal price for my room is $200 and I think it well reflects the worth of this room. If you like the big hotels with big rooms and "big" feeling this is not the hotel for you. I am also not sure if this hotel has all the facilities each traveler likes, but I was very satisfied from this pleasant hotel.

04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Paul S.
This hotel is located near the heart of the Gaslamp district.  It is in walking distance to many great restaurants and shops.  It's also right across the street from the Horton Plaza Mall.  The rooms are adequate for any stay.  They have totally modernized all of the amenities in the room.  The bathroom, the furniture and the bed seems as though they've had a recent upgrade.  I only had a slight criticism about how they renovated the bathrooms.  The shower area did not have a door, so it caused a lot of water to end up on the floor (it was designed that way... modern chic).  Outside of that minor issue, I adored this hotel.  The staff was friendly and helpful.  The $28 valet parking for the car was a bit of an unwelcome addition to the hotel stay, but by staying in the heart of San DIego, sometimes you have to pay the piper!

01/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Shay S.
The Sofia Hotel is just on the cusp between a good hotel and an okay hotel. The decor of this place is modern-neat, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it is an example of modernism. I wouldn't even go so far as to say the decor was striking, beautiful or stylish - simply neat, and adequate. I would however add that the lobby looks a little old-school though, with the check-in counter, not very modern.

The staff are okay - the bell hop and valet are the friendliest and nicest I've spoken to for quite a while. The lady checking me in was a little bit grumpy, but not rude. In general, again an okay experience, not one to rave about, but nothing major to complain about either.

The rooms are small with really odd pillows. You have a choice of square, over-sized sofa-type pillows or really tiny (16"x16" approx) pillows. The look nice on the bed, but are just not functional! I never realized how much I hated sleeping on square pillows - until I slept on square pillows; it just ain't right! The flat panel TV is small and the picture quality was bad. On channel 35, you had a video of a similar hotel room with a lady doing yoga - except for my stay there, the video was paused, so it looked like a lady was lying on the floor in some room, with her legs propped up on a chair and her hands thrown out in a crucifix position, eyes wide open -- dead. Very creepy.

The room was nice and for the price I paid, perhaps a little over priced, but acceptable in a city environment.

The hotel in general looked like it is in need of a little attention. The printer in the business center was not working, a drawer in my room wouldn't close and a light in my room had blown. Details like that should not be over looked in a truly good hotel.

The gym was okay, 2 good ellipticals, 2 good thread-mills and a couple of weights machine.

All in all, the hotel was fine, I don't have anything major to complain about - it wasn't terribly stylish or amazing, but it wasn't horrid either - at least it was clean and neat. For the price, $185 a night on the weekend, perhaps a little steep. If it was say $145-$165, this would be a great find. At $185, just okay.

03/02/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
38. Armando G.
So first Id like to say that everyone who has written a review on this hotel is smart and gave great comfort in booking a room for my wife on our wedding anniversary.

This Hotel rocks. Its a small but for the price I payed I got everything and more. After we checked in 5 hours early I learned that the hotel is part of this historical hotel society. (We had a book about it in our room got to see other hotels that are in this group of hotels from all over the US. ) The lobby was quaint and very modern with the furniture and decor. The elivators(only 2) have narrow doors and are a bit tight. we got our room and walked into this very nice room. Everything in the room looked like it was brand spanking new, and high class. I had reserved a room over looking the city which i guess meant on the corner of the building. We had the sign right out side of our room. I thought it might be an issue thinking that it would be bright but I didn't even notice it at the night time. the bathroom was pretty cool looking. a nice size shower but redone so you didn't have a standard tube/shower. It had tile throughout and a glass door that went 3/4 way and it was fixed. Thought that was a different idea but it worked.

The staff was super friendly and nice from when we checked in and checked out. If i ever have a another reason to stay anywhere in SD I am coming here, and eager you to check this place out.

07/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. shaun l.
Price to area to comfort level to amenities is about right for this small boutique hotel just on the fringe of the Gas Lamp district.

Like Anne D. said, the rooms are VERY small.  Seriously, my friend and I stayed in a double room, and there's really no room to put your luggage anywhere, let alone walk around.  Check the floor plan for 2 bed configuration:
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With that said, the room was new and clean.  The bed was very comfortable.

Service staff tried hard and were nice, but they seemed unexperienced with check in and were rather slow.  They kept picking up the phone while helping us, and then another front desk person would attempt to help us only to have the same thing happen again... Lame.

16/04/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
40. Squirrel C.
I always fret over what hotel to stay at when visiting a city that I've never spent the night at.  I don't want something sketchy, near a roaring freeway, far from attractions or just plain shkeev. So, after much research my friend and I settled on the Sofia.  It's an old hotel that's been around for like 90 years but it was recently rehabbed into a boutique hotel.  To repeat the previous posters, the rooms are small, but they're smart, which is short to say that they're well done to maximize space and comfort. Staff is very friendly, fitness room (although not used) was small, but adequate.  We scored street parking at no cost (nice) which allowed us to avoid the $25 valet charge.  The location is also choice because it's walking distance to Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp District.

Good decision. Although if I was going to a Padres game, then probably the Omni or Mariott.

23/04/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
41. Yohanna B.
Ah.. I like boutique hotels.  So this one is excellenttttt!!!!!...  But then again maybe I'm a bit biased because I was here on corporate travel, so I got nice upgrades and company picks up the tab...

Here are the things I like about the hotel:
1.  The furnitures--very Pottery Barn/west elm.  

2.  Clean and neat rooms.  And after carefully thinking about it.., hey, it's so clean that they don't have a guest directory in the rooms!!..  Perhaps the hotel is too new that they're not fully prepared yet.  I didn't get charged for using the high-speed internet, it could be that I got it comp-ed, but even when I first stuck that ethernet cable in, there was no portal or anything, so you can probably get away with it.  

3.  The alarm clock, it's from sharper image and you can plug in your ipod or mp3 player.  Plus if you don't want those things, there are options for white noise or selections of jazz/spa ambience, etc.  

4.  The amenities are from Gilchrist & Soames.  Very light, clean scent.  Nice lotion--I'm a lotion addict, so trust me, this one's very hydrating!  And I also love the fact that they give you mouthwash.  When I travel I try to bring my own but that is always the one that spills!

What I'm not too crazy about:
1.  Standard rooms may be on the teeny side, because the building is historical.  So they can't do anything about that one.  I found the ac to be too loud, but it's almost like white noise to me.  If you're pretty sensitive with noise, you may want to bring ear plugs.  

2.  Restaurant is not open yet.  But when it does, that'll definitely change the face of the hotel some more.  Right now you still have the stragglers from next door Greyhound.  Ick.

3.  The towels are huge!..  My friend who stayed here too said she loves them, but I think they're too big (or I'm too petite?) and not fluffy enough.  But that's really minor.  I can live with big towels that are not quite fluffy.

14/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Pam M.
$157/night, not bad.  LOVED this hotel. Parking $30 valet only sucks but the location is good, so you are able to walk everywhere. Great customer service, clean, modern hotel with lots of character, I really appreciated the attention to detail.  The shower situation is weird, at least for my city view room, but still cute.   I will definately stay here again.

05/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Cheryl V.
One of the better hotels in the city (if you don't want to stay at the chain Westin or Marriott) for the price.  Rooms are small (expected), but very clean and luxurious.  A good place to stay if you're absolutely stuck in your room working on presentations during your San Diego stay.  A bit noisy due to traffic and thin walls, but altogether a splendid location and within walking distance of anything else you'd want to do in SD.  There are always promotions going on, so do your best to find the cheapest rates before you book.

07/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. A K.
I've been here 4 days for a conference.  I got the room at an affordable price and I'm really enjoying the staff, the room, and the hotel.

Sure, it is a small room.  But I'm working most of the day.  The room is well appointed, there is a fridge, coffee maker, micro wave.  The bed is comfy and the room is quiet.  I'm on the second floor (always iffy for street noise) and I have slept like a baby.

Most of all -- the gym rocks.  It has a great selection of machines, weights, balls, a special yoga room with tapes, mats, and anything else you could need.

My colleagues are in hotels that are bigger and much, much fancier.  But for $80 less I am pleased in every way that matters to me.

10/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Vikky D.
We booked a room through Orbits but got upgraded to a suite upon check-in.  Sweet!!

I loved the layout and decor of our suite.  Although it was rather small for a suite, they do a great job of maximizing the space.  We had a nice living room separated by a bathroom in the middle and the bedroom on the other end.  The bed itself had lovely, soft linen with heavenly down pillows and comforter.  

It's a great space for a couple.  It may be considered cramped for more than 2 people, though...even in the suite.

The staff was friendly and professional enough.  They also did not seem put out when we asked to extend our check-out time in order to sleep in.  

The Sofia is within blocks of the Gaslamp District.  It's also conveniently located next to a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.  There's a media center located in the lobby with 4 computers.  It came in handy when we were looking up restaurants on Yelp and printing out directions (free of charge on their laser color printer).  We were also told of a gym and yoga (!!!) room on the second floor.  

We would definitely stay here again.

22/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. MC S.
Hands down the best boutique hotel we've ever stayed at.  Coming from the sad and tired Town and Country on Hotel Circle made this place even sweeter.  Staff and service was the best you'll find in America.  Bar / restaurant very good.  Rooms are comfortable and clean and modern.  If you don't need ALL amenities (room service, etc.) this is the place to be.  Fab location next to any eat / drink / entertainment you can think of in Gaslamp.  Ask for Gabriel or Graciela.  They made our trip especially fabulous.

20/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Holly B.
Super cute, super small rooms.  Lots of natural light - the shape of this building makes it so that about half of the rooms are on corners, and I like the historic exterior.  Bonus points for amenities like free waterbottles in room and ultra modern appliances, but minus points for room without bathtubs, including those euro-shower stalls whose pane of glass doesn't fully block water from spilling out all over the floor...

When I stayed here in spring 2007 the restaurant was under construction and I wasn't especially feeling the dark, low lobby or the prime location next to the greyhound bus station.. but I'd probably stay here again.

24/02/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
48. Rita S.
Even though I live here in San Diego, I had one of my great friends visit me from out of town and stayed at the Sofia Hotel.  The front staff was very welcoming and assisting her and her dog.  They are soooo dog friendly!  She didn't add on the pampered pet package this time, but may next.  The staff was so nice to even offer doggie treats to her pup!  They even greated her dog first when we were walking back in from a day of play in S.D.  Thanks for taking great care of my friend (and her dog)!

01/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Michelle W.
My husband and I were in town for the week of Thanksgiving, when tens of thousands of academics descended upon San Diego for an academic conference and literally everything was booked.  We were unable to get rooms in the hotels blocked off for the conference and booked at the Sofia instead.  I had been looking at it for some time because it was less expensive and looked nicer and I feel like made a great choice.

The hotel was really nice and absolutely beautiful.  The staff was extraordinarily helpful.  They were starting to decorate for Christmas while we were there and the decorations were lovely.  I will say it was odd that there was wireless in the lobby but only wired internet in the rooms, but that wasn't a dealbreaker.

The people who said the rooms are small clearly don't spend any time in New York City.  I stay in NYC boutique hotels regularly and I felt like the rooms at the Sofia were decent sized (they comfortably accommodated an armchair with ottoman and a desk) and very comfortable.  The king bed in our room was fantastically comfortable as well.

The decor in the halls was interesting and lovely -- it showed the history of the building.  The only real drawback of the location has to do with the history of the Sofia's building.  It is right on top of the bus station and, as a result, there are some kind of interesting folks lingering on the block around the building.  There has been a lot of urban renewal in the neighborhood, but a bus station is ultimately a bus station.

06/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Greg B.
Hotel has the charm of a historic hotel with clean and recently updated guest rooms. Compaired to other downtown brand hotels, the value is great. Would stay here again on a future trip!

31/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Stefanie D.
Quaint little hotel in the heart of downtown. Helpful staff, clean room and comfy bed. My only complaint is that the rooms are a little small... There's a Starbucks cafe right next store to chill in the morning and to people watch.

30/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Felicia G.
The Sofia is the coziest hotel I've ever stayed at. Whenever I have stayed in a hotel you always expect the same ole' same ole' normal looking boring room, but when you walk into the Sofia hotel's room they are gorgeous! I'm not going to lie as I opened the door and first thing I saw was a sink (the nicest sink I've ever seen in a hotel) I was kinda disappointed but when you walk into the rest of the room it makes you feel like your not in a hotel room at all.

Our room was on the 5th floor a corner spot and we could see down Broadway all the way to the ocean it was so nice. The Sofia hotel sign was right outside the window as well and was kinda cool to use the letters as a book mark when you were at street level to see exactly where your room was from down below. The room was equipped with a little fridge and a microwave as well as a coffee pot, coffee and a wine opener. The closet area had a safe which is always nice to store your expensive personals in and the blow dryer was hidden in the cute white little bag in the sinks vanities drawer. I loved the colors and the simplicity of it all. They offer free wifi downstairs in the lobby so no need to purchase it unless you want to be lazy and stay in the room for 10 bucks extra that's totally up to you! We used the stairs just to walk around and check out the wall pictures which had interesting info about the history of the hotel and information you wouldn't find just anywhere. The other neat thing is they had this book all about hotels in the room and they categorized them by most famous and which ones were haunted stuff like that is cool and interesting to me.

They sent us a discount coupon to keep us coming back and we might just have to take them up on that offer in the future so we can get some more alone time again.

11/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Maurilio V.
It's true the rooms are small but that's really all that's bad about this hotel. Me and my wife had an awesome time celebrating my birthday. The hotel was centrally located and much cheaper than other hotels ( Hard Rock).

19/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Peench P.
This is hotel is one of the best ones I have ever stayed, the staff is very friendly and helpful.

Yes maybe the rooms are small but if you are by yourself or with someone else it doesn't really matter, everything was very clean and the decor is very nice (urban-minimalist) the bed was very comfy and the room I stayed was in a corner so the view was nice.

I would definitely stay there again.

30/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Grace B.
I will be staying here again when I go visit the Gaslamp District.  A bunch of us drove to San Diego for our friend's birthday, and my boyfriend and I decided to pay a little bit extra to stay here instead of the hotel our friends were staying at.  I am very picky about hotels since most are pretty disgusting which is where my friends decided to stay, gross!!!

 First of all, it must be said that this is a boutique hotel so the rooms are a little bit small, however, the cleanliness of the rooms make up for the size.  Compared to most hotels in the area, this hotel is very cozy and very clean.  The staff is very friendly and helpful, they gave us directions to a few places and a coupon for free appetizers at a very good Mexican restaurant.  Also, they have a nice bar downstairs in the lobby with an amazing happy hour that features delicious drinks.  We were also within walking distance to all the bars in Gaslamp.  When our friends came up to the room to check it out they were jealous and wanted to sleep on our bed!  Our bed was amazing and very comfy.  Overall, cozy and clean hotel, worth paying a little bit extra for this hotel than the cheaper ones in the area which are just gross.

09/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. Joey H.
stayed here spring of 2011. nice boutique hotel, very small room. it was decorated with modern/contemporary look. the bed was comfortable, so was the chair and ottoman. we loved how the bathroom set up was. staff was friendly, but parking is a problem unless you want to fork out the cash. its a great location, walking distance to the gaslamp. maybe next time we'll get a suite.

16/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
57. Jenny L.
This hotel is AWESOME!!!!! It does look a bit ghetto from the outside but it's a historical sight and inside looks classy and modern. The service is awesome. The rooms are a bit small but the beds are like the heavenly beds I remember from Westin. No gross comforters but seems like everything is washed and clean. Complimentary waters in the fridge. Microwave. An awesome sink. There is no bath tub (sink is o/s) but the showers are nice.

Amenities rock- free internet, fax, yoga room (they have yoga videos), a nice gym (their treadmills each have a mini flat screen tv). Close to gas lamp. There are only 2 elevators which could be a bit inconvenient but it's alright. Valet is $25 (no parking) but that may be the case with all hotels in SD.

Overall enjoyable time...i miss that bed.

01/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Joan G.
Stayed here during a weekend and I thought this hotel was great. Although the rooms are small, the room is organized to make it maximize the space you are given. I wouldn't recommend this to people who need more room. But if you are petite- medium siZed then it is fine. The beds are on the small side. Its not a queen and it's not a full. So I'm not sure what size it is!  I got a queen sized bedroom and they really do mean it when they say its just for two people.  The staff was super friendly and accommodating. We had our bikes with us so they let us put it in storage. The hotel is downtown so they charge for parking. Its close to the mall, has a chic restaurant below ( the currant), a coffee bean downstairs and close to the mall.

18/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
59. Ted G.
This is a great hotel in a great location.  This historic hotel has apparently undergone a perfect renovation that has left the quaintness of the hotel intact.  The rooms are small, but the space utilization doesn't make them feel small.  One thing that was a little weird was the half-glass shower door.  It stops most of the water from splashing out while you shower, but not all of it.  Guess this was someone's idea of chic, but they really should have tried it out first!

The reason for the two stars off is the TERRIBLE American Bar and Bistro located in the hotel.  Sofia boasts about this aweful mess of a place on their website.  I went there for breakfast, which was so bad I thought it was complimentary.  The breakfast consisted of muffins, yogurt, granola, undercooked scrambled eggs, and milk.  Okay, so I am not really picky and I was at a conference so I didn't want to go far, so I started to suffer through this pathetic meal.  My business partner asked the person working there for some orange juice.  Ten minutes later, my business partner asked the same guy if the orange juice was coming.

Then the strangest thing happened.  The restaurant worker started yelling at my business partner about the restaurant being out of orange juice, someone going to get it, blah, blah, blah.  I was so caught off guard, I paid my $15 for the dismal breakfast and left.  Oh, I didn't leave a tip.

Advice:  Stay at the Sofia, skip the restaurant.

24/04/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
60. Stephanie K.
This place is absolutely adorable!  The valet parking situation sucks, but the hotel more than made up for it!  I loved the bed.  It was incredibly comfy and provided me with the much needed night of sleep that I had been missing out on for the last three months.  It was so good that I didn't want to get out of bed!  They have a cute little setup at this hotel and I will make this my hotel when I come back to San Diego.  Perfect location as well!

18/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Shane B.
My partner and I traveled to San Diego and were both hoping for a unique, contemporary, and comfortable place to stay in downtown. The Sofia fit the bill in every way! The hotel is perfectly situated for sightseeing, provided you drove in or rented a car. It's within a 15 minute drive of just about every cute little neighborhood - PB, Ocean Beach, La Jolla, etc. Even more importantly, it's within walking distance of enough stuff downtown to be handy.

When we arrived I was immediately impressed with the beautiful architecture and lobby decor, along with the polite and hard-working staff. Our room, while small in size, was well-arranged and beautiful. We were right on the corner of the building and had huge windows opening to the streets below. There were privacy shades and curtains, which allowed us to vary the amount of light into the room. The sink, bed, dresser, etc, are all quite contemporary - I've never been to a budget hotel that had a shower straight out of Casino Royale! The room also had the very important mini-fridge for storing leftovers and a microwave to reheat things.

The Internet in the rooms was wired, unfortunately, but worked speedily. They charge $10 a day for it, but it was comped for us - not sure if that's the usual or what. Temperature was good, I didn't hear any random noises besides a little street ambiance, and they even try to be a little green by having compact fluorescent lightbulbs, will change your sheets only every 3 days unless you request more, and so on. We just put the little card out for our room to be tidied up and it was nice and clean when we got back.

The valet parking service was something like $28 a day, but well worth it since it got us in and out of our car when we needed it and the valets were fast. I wish I could have tipped them more when we left but only had a 10 spot.

So it wasn't a life-changing hotel experience, but it was cheap (something like $75 a night through hotels.com ), comfy, and cool. Recommended. Give the valets a tip for me.

27/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. Pete R.
A good deal downtown - great rates, newly renovated, nice boutique style. Beds are really comfy, staff is friendly, and the restaurant downstairs is really good (but pricey). Some rooms are a little small, so ask for a corner room when you check in; they have more space and a better view.

This place lost a fifth star for a couple reasons:
1) A few small amenities lacking. My girlfriend and I were going out to a formal event and had a small dress emergency right before leaving. Called the front desk and asked for a sewing kit. Nada. No gift shop either. So the curt girl at the desk told me to go to 7-Eleven a couple blocks away. Really? No shower cap either, which my girlfriend needed. These are pretty basic amenities in most hotels.
2) They give you a menu for the restaurant downstairs but won't provide room service. With such a great (and expensive) eatery right there- one that they're obviously trying to promote- offering room service seems like a no-brainer.

But overall the Sofia is a good deal, and definitely recommended.

14/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Vicky P.
I really enjoyed my San Diego stay-cation at the Sofia Hotel. It's so conveniently located right around the corner from Horton Plaza. It was perfect because we were meeting friends in the Gaslamp that night and only walked a few blocks. The hotel is quiet and quaint, perfect for a date night. Our room was a bit small but extremely comfortable and cozy. The feel of the hotel made took me back to the 1920s. I loved that the rooms provided some historical background about the hotel and it's landmark in San Diego. The Sofia was the perfect choice for our Valentine's Day getaway!

17/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Sarah G.
Stayed here for cinco de mayo weekend, the room was pretty pricey for what we got, the "Suite" we got was one room and pretty small. All the furnishings looked (and smelled) old. The sink and vanity mirror was located in the bedroom which i found really strange. The bathroom had a sliding door which was fine except for the fact that it didn't close all the way and would slide open a little bit on its own. The tvs were very very small; had cable but half the channels didn't work and the ones that did were fuzzy and hard to see. Had free WiFi but the signal was too weak to use from our room. None of the windows opened so there is no way of getting fresh air. A few of the lights wouldn't turn on and the room was very dark after the sun went down. Its an alright hotel but maybe for an older crowd. We were there for a weekend of partying and didn't feel like that hotel offered what we were there for. Would have rather stayed at the Hilton or The Solamar; which both have nice pools.... The Sofia does not have a pool. Will not stay here again.

14/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
65. John O.
Was pleasantly surprised by this hotel. I thought I would never think of staying here because of what the building used to be. Pretty much a homeless shelter of sorts...but, it is 2008 and they have made this place into something very impressive.

I normally stay at Starwood hotels, but I just got tired of the same type of hotels, Westin's, W's and Sheraton's...although my favorite is the US Grant, I just wanted to try something different.

I made a reservation through Expedia.com and found a rate for under $100. I was skeptical. I read a few reviews on Yelp.com and made my way to the hotel. I found parking on the street fronting the hotel.

At check-in, they were pretty professional and gave me a sheet displaying all the amenities the hotel had to offer. Cool. They also asked if I would like a map of the local area. That was cool too.

Off I went up to the room. The elevator was refurbished and had a neat floor with pebble rocks. It was not real, but looked neat.

As I went into the room, yes it was small. But it was just me and everything was in order. The bed was nice to sleep in. The shower was okay, just a shower and toilet. The sink was just outside with a bunch of towels.

There was a small TV in the room. It was a flat screen but I think they should have upgraded to a much larger TV. It would fit on the current platform.

They had a nice bar downstairs but it was pretty late and I opted for a Mexican restaurant with good margaritas.

Overall, The Sofia is a good choice. If you don't mind small rooms and not really particular and the price is right, this is a great place. I will certainly consider it again.

15/11/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
66. Kelliann I.
This hotel is so cute!
My girls and I went down to San Diego for a weekend and we discovered this hotel...it's definitely been one of my fave places to stay. We booked a suite for the 4 of us. The location is kinda random, but it's not too far from all the bars/clubs in gas lamp, which is a plus. When you get there the outside is cute in that old brick building kinda way...it's not run down looking or anything but it's def vintagey looking.
Once you get there you're greeted by the valet and they were really helpful. They unloaded all of our luggage, which was quite a bit considering we were a group of 4 girls staying over the weekend. Check in was really easy and the staff was really helpful. They joked with us and gave us suggestions for where to go later that night. So, the room was kinda small but the cute decor made up for it. One thing that was sort of odd was that the sink was in the hall way of the room rather than in the bathroom. Going back to how helpful the staff is, they came up to our room rather quickly to help us unclog the sink...turns out someone had closed the drain. We were so embarrassed but they fixed it for us.
They do have a yoga/workout room for guests. We didn't get to use them but we contemplated it on our way back to our room after more than a few drinks.
The only down side really is that the jail is pretty close and there's a greyhound station right behind the hotel.
Overall, the Sofia hotel is cute has great service and is conveniently located (minus the jail and greyhound station) for those wanting to check out the nightlife in the gas lamp district.

20/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. Jenny E.
You cannot beat the Sofia's location, just a block or two from the Gaslamp and all of its dining and entertainment options.  The hotel itself is also impeccably clean and sophisticated without being stuffy and uncomfortable.  

The rooms are smallish, but lovely to look at.  With San Diego's gorgeous weather, however, the rooms would definitely be enhanced by the ability to open your windows.  One of the primary downsides, if you're used to soft beds, is the very firm mattress.  We've stayed in two rooms here (a regular room and a suite), and both beds were fairly uncomfortable - much too hard for us.  But the couch and chairs in the suite were relaxing places to read.

I come very close to not recommending this hotel on the basis of one big issue: parking.  If you plan to bring a car to San Diego, the Sofia is not the place to stay.  You know, unless you love paying $28 PER DAY for parking.  For our stay, we ended up paying an additional $112 because of this (not including tips for the valet workers every time we picked up the car).  For their part, at least, the valet staff were super-quick and always smiling.

All in all, though, the Sofia's charm is in its boutique atmosphere, the very friendly staff, and its historical flair (placards lining the hallways offer glimpses into the building's long past).  If you like your mattresses firm and aren't bringing a car with you, there's no reason not to stay here.  Otherwise, there are better options.

20/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. Jan S.
It is true that the rooms are SMALL here. So small you have to laugh and feel like a giant in the room. It is also true that the shower is weird with a glass wall on half the shower, and no door, or curtain, so the water sprayed out everywhere. The ambiance was great, the beds were amazingly comfortable, the room stayed really dark when the shades were closed, the 24 hour yoga room and fitness center were nice, the business center (including free printing) was super convenient and the staff was soooo friendly and helpful. Plus you can't beat the location in downtown San Diego.

16/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. CRYSTI S.
Stayed for 3 nights while getting married in San Diego on 10/9/10.  FANTASTIC staff.  Gabriel rocked, was super sweet... there was a room mixup and he got it worked out and gave us some champagne for the trouble.  John, the Assistant Mgr hooked us up with fantastic rates and the room was beautiful and best of all, CLEAN!  Beautiful decor too!  Thank you to the entire staff at The Sofia and Currant!  Con: $30/night parking but valet.... and the room was quite small and windows didn't open, so kind of stuffy.  We'd stay again though :)

14/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. Frank C.
O' Sofia Sofia!

I highly recommend this downtown hotel. It's clean and modern and different. Yes the rooms are small, but that was expected! The rooms have very good quality towels, bedding, and amenities. Bed was extremely comfortable! Very modern, classy looks. Restaurant/Lounge on site (The Currant) I felt very comfortable and at home staying at the Sofia. They have a very nice workout out room, that is clean and has a nice Yoga center as well.

The Sofia in my opinion is located PERFECT! Walking distance from almost everything. Petco Park, The ZOO, Mall, restaurants and Last but not least the GAS LAMP DISTRICT!!!

01/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
71. Tania S.
TERRIBLE PILLOWS. They try to make it look all swanky with "stylish" pillows..... but there is no comfort. We called to see if we could get larger pillows.... the front desk said that they could give us more pillows. Why the heck would we want more of these uncomfortable pillows?

The design was very nice.

A fight broke out in the hallway at midnight on the 4th of July. Granted, it was in the middle of downtown over the Greyhound area, but still.... bunch of drunk folks in the middle of the night threatening each other was not fun. Cops came and broke up the fight.

25/09/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
72. SHANNON A.
I love that the hotel is within walking distance to pretty much anything that tourists want to see - the marina, the mall, the convention center, etc.  I walked to Balboa park one day, which took a while, but if you're not into walking a bus ride is pretty quick and the bus and train station are both barely a block away.

Our room was so quiet, which is amazing considering we always seem to get the room next to the ice maker/the loud family/the housekeeping room.  Finally, I didn't have to be Debbie Downer about this noise in a hotel.  The rooms have a microwave and a fridge which makes for a cheap breakfast in the morning if you can manage to get to the grocery store.

There was no regular coffee in the rooms and when I asked about it the woman at reception told me that they had ordered some and it would be replaced soon.  We were there for 5 days and the coffee was replaced on the last day.  There is a coffee shop right next door and it might have been cool if the hotel had given customers gift certificates until the coffee issue was solved.

There is free wifi in the lobby and also three computers with internet for those without lap tops.  One night I was in the computer room and an employee [who was off duty, I recognizer her from the front desk when she told me about the coffee] was using two computers - one to check her myspace account and the other to do her French homework.  Not cool.

The hotel offers complimentary walking tours on Saturday and Sunday.  If I could review the dude who does the walking tours I would give him 5 stars.  He was really laid back [not the typical hyper tour guide] and knew all sorts of interesting tidbits about the area around the convention center and the Gaslamp district without seeming too rehearsed.

I'd stay here again.

12/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Scott J.
Beautiful old hotel restored and updated to today's standards. Rooms were on the smaller side, but very clean and well maintained. The location is pretty good - its an easy walk to much of what you want to do in downtown San Diego.

28/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Sara C.
This place is really nice- it has character and is modern at the same time. The rooms are not huge but the beds are comfortable, the bathroom is up to date and worked great, and the housekeeping was amazing. It is located really close to the harbor and also to gas lamp quarter so we walked every where! It was a great location.

Downside: valet parking is 30/night! We thought for the price of the hotel it should be included, especially because there really is no other option. At least wifi was free.

05/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. Kimberly O.
This hotel was not only  stylish, but the staff was wonderful. I wanted food late in the evening and was worried to walk by myself and Reid, a worker there, actually walked me down the street!   What SERVICE!!!!!

Thanks Sofia!

07/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
76. Nora E.
This was NOT a good experience. Other than the location is great and the decent decor of the hotel, I cannot give any positives to it.

I don't care that the room is tiny. That's fine- I can deal with the fact that when you walk in the door, you are in the bathroom. A little odd, but whatever.

Here are the CONS:

1. The cabinet door that covers the refrigerator was broken.
2. The bathroom sliding door was broken. So I had no privacy when using the bathroom.
3. There is NO door on the shower- therefore you get the entire floor wet, and have to use towels to soak up the water!
4. The toilet flushes SO loud that it felt like I was going to be sucked down into the Twilight Zone.
5. The walls are BEYOND thin. At 3 in the morning we could hear our noisy neighbors and we got no sleep! Ugh!
6. The hallways AND the rooms are just hot. It's not properly air-conditioned.
7. They over charged my credit card...they billed me for twice what I was supposed to be charged so I had to call and clear up the mistake.

When I am downtown next time I will spend a little more money to stay in some place that's better. This was a disappointment.

11/03/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
77. Nedda S.
I really enjoyed this hotel when we stayed in San Diego for a week.

24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
78. Christina T.
The rooms are very small, but clean and updated. The service was horrible!!  The BIGGEST issue is they let anyone in the hotel and there is no security.  The hotel is across the street from the county jail and next to the Greyhound  bus station.

11/07/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
79. K C.
Let's begin with the good points because this list is so short. Its located in downtown near the hot spots, but still a walk to get to all the bars and clubs. The end of good points. Not really sure why this place is getting such great reviews but here's my story. First there was the $30 parking fee which is outrages, we then proceeded to the front desk where front desk guy was as warm as a block of ice, at this point I knew we where in trouble. We get to our room and i had to do a double take, is this the room or a closet!? To say the rooms are small is an understatement (it had wire on the windows like someone could break in on the 7th floor, felt like a cell block) as well as the children's size shower, outlets that don't work, cheap iron that was old and falling apart,  Wow! If it had a gym or pool or anything else we wouldn't know because the guy at the front desk didn't care to explain anything, "here your room (closet) key, now get out of my face!" thanks guy. I paid how much, for this! But ok I'm tired and so is my wife so let's just go to bed. But wait, why am i sinking into the bed in the middle of the night! The bed sinks in the middle!? WTF, I'm athletic built and so is my wife so to sink into the bed should never happen, first and last time for this over priced place.

11/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
80. KariNathan E.
Super cute and quaint hotel!  Very European style, but keeping with a classy and updated trend.  Rooms are small and compact and very cozy.  Rates are awesome.  There's a cool bar/restaurant on the ground floor (not open for breakfast) near the lobby, very convenient.  And there's a Coffee Bean just next door. The sinks in  the hotel rooms are kind of in an awkward spot, righat the front door to the room, and the bowl-like sink made it hard to wash my face without splashing all over the place. The price for trendy, I guess.... I'd totally stay here again!  Great location too.

15/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
81. Ryan H.
A very cool centrally located hotel.  One of the best if your an animal lover as it accepts pets.  Parking was a bit expensive so park just down the street for half as much.  Walking distance to Just about everything.

18/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
82. Gregg K.
We drove 2.5 hours from Los Angeles to San Diego and arrived at the Sophia Hotel.  The representative at the registration desk, Gabriella tells me that she hasn't received any online bookings all day so she probably couldn't help me.  I was a bit stunned by that comment but I proceeded to tell her my name and show her my Perfect Escapes confirmation on my iPhone.  She tells me that she didn't care about that and pointed towards the business center.  "Go and print me a hard copy and then come back here."  Again, I was stunned and asked her, "I am giving you my name, I am showing you the confirmation and yet, you're asking me to go and print out the confirmation or you won't be able to help me?"  She said yes.  As I stood there in disbelief from the response that I just received but realizing that this woman couldn't "think on her feet", I went over to the business center and tried to print my confirmation.  The printer was out of ink.  I went back to Gabriella and told her that the ink was out and she proceeded to yell loudly across to the other side of the lobby to tell a bellman that the printer was broken.  The bellman started to laugh at me  and says to me "what?, can't print something?".   The bellman slouches way back in the chair and starts printing off sheets and cavalierly hands them to me.  They were blank, obviously from the lack of ink.  I had to show them back to him so that he could see that they were blank.  He yells out of the business center back to Gabriella and says, "just book him a room!".  Gabriella starts to book a room but now wouldn't look at me.  I tell her that Perfect Escapes lists a late checkout and ask her if she is going to honor it.  Gabriella sighs and said I should be charging you more but I'll do it anyway and sarcastically says, "for all your inconvenience".   Gabriella still doesn't offer up any apology and still won't look me in the eye.

I had never been so close to having my girlfriend and I jump back in my car and take our chances finding a new place.  Next time, I will go with my instincts...

Now back to the fun.

The elevator was extremely small.  At most, it would fit 4-5 people and we see a couple struggling to get their baby stroller inside.  We wait for the next car.  Once in the elevator, we notice the odd décor.  Strange vinyl laminate on the floor of a picture of rocks mixed with old wood paneling on the walls.  The door on the elevator closes and the elevator jerks and drops suddenly.  It gets us to our floor and we quickly get out.  We nervously laugh and call it the Bates Motel and both assure ourselves that it couldn't get any worse.  We get to our room and one of the keys isn't programmed properly.  Luckily we had a second key that did work or I was dreading another visit to Gabriella, aka "Miss Congeniality".  The room is extremely small.  So small that you see a sink as soon as you open the door.  We walk in and we see the smallest flat screen TV that we have ever seen.  Maybe a diameter of 14".  We joke and say it helps to make the room look bigger.  We open the curtains and "our city view" is the old Grayhound Bus terminal. I tried to turn on the light next to the bed but it was burned out.  My girlfriend goes into the bathroom and the toilet wouldn't flush properly.  One had to hold it down until the cycle was completely done.  The kicker was the size of the bathroom.  The bathroom was so small that there was no bathtub, the shower length was only about 5 feet and they couldn't install a door on the shower as there wouldn't be enough room to open outwards.  Instead they had a half glass wall on the left-hand side.  The problem with this design was that the shower knobs were on the right side and the shower head was on the left, so when one turns on the water, the stream would hit you in the face and body if you wanted to warm up the shower while you were getting undressed.  In addition, with only a half glass wall on the left-hand side, the showerhead would shoot the water out onto the floor of the bathroom and would pour into our hallway.  Would never stay there again and obviously, I am taking the time to write this lengthy review to warn others about the Sophia Hotel.  I see on various travel sites that it just got downgraded to 3 stars, which is much too generous in my opinion.
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27/12/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
83. Stephanie S.
This hotel is super-cute and met or exceeded all of my expectations.  The online reviews averaged 4.8 stars out of 5, which I thought was quite impressive for a 3-star hotel, and now I know why.  Check-in was not til 3 but we were able to get into a room around 12:30.  The front desk guy was very accommodating, calling the service staff to ask them to clean the best available room, which wasn't quite ready.  So we got a corner room with several windows and a great view.  

The decor in the room was very sleek and modern - it almost feels like you're in an actual mini-apartment rather than a hotel room.  I appreciated that the refrigerator in the room was empty except for two complimentary water bottles - no over-priced junk food crammed in there, so you actually have room to bring in your own snacks or leftovers.  

There were just two downsides to the room: almost no hooks on which to hang towels (one of those little things you just take for granted unless they're severely lacking), and no way to close the shower.  Oddly, there's just a glass wall closing in half of the shower, and the rest is open, letting water out all over the bathroom floor.  But honestly, you only notice these two things before, during, and after your shower, and everything else was great.

As others have mentioned, there is a small computer lab with free printing, complimentary yoga, and walking tours.  The restaurant downstairs is a cute little brasserie-type of place with a decent happy hour, and you're also right next door to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  

I would definitely suggest looking for street parking first before coughing up the $28 per night for valet that the hotel charges.  We ended up finding parking literally right in front of the hotel both nights.      

The location is extremely convenient -- within walking distance to the bars/restaurants, Seaport, shopping, etc., and a short drive to Coronado, La Jolla, Mission Bay, Sea World, Balboa Park, and I'm sure tons of other places we didn't make it to.  Definitely consider staying here when you visit San Diego.

27/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
84. Amiee L.
Small boutique hotel that is right next to Horton Plaza...a little farther from the Gaslamp...but still walkable.

The staff is very nice, the hotel is clean, there is a free computer room in the lobby and free Wi-Fi in the lobby too.

Here is the one thing....the room is tiny and walls are a little thin. When I say tiny I mean there really is no standing room but if you are just looking for a room to crash with and a comfortable bed...this is a great hotel.

17/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
85. J.Nichole S.
Hotel Sofia was a fantastic find. A colleague and I were searching for a place to crash for one night in San Diego. Our criteria basically included: proximity to the Gaslamp District, wireless internet, reasonable parking and a room with two double beds as close as possible to $150.  At Sofia we scored a rate of $149 including free breakfast (at the restaurant, not continental) for both of us. When we checked in, we had not yet booked online, and they honored the price we'd seen, despite the fact that during the day it had jumped $24. The rooms did not have wireless, but the lobby did, which was workable, and bonus find - Sofia is pet friendly and has a 24hr yoga studio - how cool is that?

After checking in we dropped our stuff in our room and headed down to the restaurant "currant" - we arrived JUST in time for Happy hour and enjoyed some really tasty bites and a beer for REALLY great prices ($4 and $7 fries, Salmon tartar and NUMMY sausage flatbread) our server was pretty awesome too and the decor + artwork was PERFECTLY suited to our taste.

All the staff was exceptionally friendly, the place was clean and cool looking - and the design of the rooms was classy and hip but not pretentious. I LOVED the vanity in the entry: on-counter sinks with an orchid. Also loved the striped (and comfy) bedding, original glass art and our view - which for a $150 room was really quite great. The rooms are small because it's a 1920's build (Hotel Pickering I think?  It's in the historic registry - very cool) I like that this place has style and good taste, but not in an over-the-top kind of way. I think of it as the "diet" W hotel - at least in the rooms themselves.

Complaints include: no remote for the TV (random right?) - the shower gets everything in the tiny little bathroom wet and the "free breakfast" which came with the room was generous but not super awesome: the eggs, bacon and toast were all overcooked - but the $3 mimosas made up for it :)

I would DEFINITELY stay here again, and next time, I would bring Olivia.

22/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
86. Hannah Z.
This hotel is deserving of 5 stars because it's a clean, stylish hotel in downtown San Diego that you can book for about $90 a night. Good deal! Good location, right on Broadway next to Horton Plaza.

Each room to me is very spa like from the sink bowl, lighting, to their clear glass shower door with rainfall showerhead.

Now this room is extremely small. The smallest I've even been in. In fact the bathroom sink is in not in the bathroom, but in your sleeping area. We booked a 1 Full bed room and the ratio of bed to floor space made the bed look like a King.

We were there for only one night and I liked it lots.

03/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
87. Maddy T.
The bed was incredibly uncomfortable- I actually had to check out early because I couldn't sleep.
The room was incredibly small, I felt like I was on a cruise ship.
The staff at the front desk was also very unfriendly and not helpful at all.
The showers are poorly designed (without a curtain or a door) so the floor of my bathroom was flooded every time I took a shower.
The gym was one of the only redeeming qualities. A really beautiful facility with a yoga room too!
But overall- not impressed at all.

23/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
88. Bruce M.
I chose this hotel for location, star rating, and cost.  I was surprised and very pleased.  It was VERY clean everywhere, including the fitness area, which had high-end, very well maintained equipment.  The room was small, but not too small, having a desk/chair, cushioned chair, small but very tastefully designed bathroom.  The bed was very comfy, and the room was quiet.  This hotel is a refurbished ~100 year old hotel, and done/decorated very nicely, including lots of nostalgic reminders.  They did have wi-fi, and you had to pay, but it wasn't expensive (and I still don't understand why higher end hotels charge for wi-fi which most budget hotels give it for free).  There are a lot of restaurants nearby, and the train station is just down the street: trolly, commuter train and Amtrak.  Book online and find a nice price and you'll be surprised.

23/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
89. Frugalista C.
I usually look for accommodations in a slightly lower price range, but there was a substantial discount offered to a group that I was part of that was in town for an event, and let me tell you - it was well worth it! The room was small but well designed / decorated and incredibly comfortable. The level of customer service from all the staff I talked to throughout my stay was outstanding as well. Being able to check out a bike and ride around the city was very much appreciated, especially since I didn't have my car while I was there. I cannot say enough positive things about this place -  the entire stay was great: smooth check in, no mistakes on the bill at check out, and friendly service the whole time I was there.

26/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
90. Fun C.
I caught the city bus from the airport and arrived at tThe Sofia Hotel in about 10 minutes; I think it was the second stop, and the cost was $2.25.  Likewise, the bus back to the airport was picked up about 75 yards from the hotel, which made things super easy.  I've just returned from a 5-night stay at The Sofia Hotel December 8th through 13th.  The location was great, as I was able to walk to the Convention Center (10 min), the San Diego Harbor & Sea Port Village (6 min), shopping (2 min), and the Downtown Gaslamp nightlife (5 min).
I rented a car during one of the days, and to my surprise the rental agency (Midway) picked me up and took me to their lot.  They also brought me back after the rental at no additional cost.  Midway is close (maybe 1 mile), but that extra service was nice.
The hotel also gives FREE bike rentals (helmet included) to guests, which I took advantage of two of the days.  I rode from the hotel around the harbor, Sea Port Village, Coronado Island, and all over Downtown.  I was able to soak up the 80 degree December weather and get some exercise too.
The rooms are boutique style, which I loved.  The view from my room was great, and it was just me.  I'm not sure if they have bigger rooms, but my place was perfect for just 1 or 2 people.
There's a coffee house just below the hotel, which was a great place to catch the day beginning with a muffin or bagel and a latte.
The hotel staff couldn't have been better to me.  They knew who I was and took care of my every need as if I was family (not some crazy family either).  I called in one day to have my a/c noted as not operating well, and within 3 minutes, one of the guys from the front desk arrived and had it fixed.  Apparently a button had been pressed by accident.  They didn't "put it on the list" or try to walk me through it; they just came and took care of it.
The hotel does now have wireless internet access, which was never interrupted for me.  Sadly, this enabled me to work a bit more while I was on vacation.  Sometimes, it's good to stay in contact with work, right?
The history of the old Pickwick Hotel (now The Sofia Hotel) is quite interesting and was provided by the hotel for my reading enjoyment too.
My room rate was comparable to surrounding hotels, and will definitely be my first choice on future visits.

15/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Marvin S.
Great rooms for the price, Real impressed by the service and decor of the rooms. Prime Location, close to everything downtown. 5 star accommodation for 3-4 star pricing.

21/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
92. Jason W.
The rooms are small but functional. The TV is a 19" flat screen. The walls are paper thin. As I write this I can hear the neighbors as if we were sharing a room. There is also a $7.50 "historical tax" which is added on site and is not part of the charges from 3rd party websites such as hotels.com . The area is a bit sketchy. There's a Greyhound station on the same block and homeless everywhere. I will probably never return to this particular hotel.

16/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
93. Veronica V.
The Sofia Hotel is a nicely appointed boutique hotel in San Diego's  Gaslamp District. When you get past the business decor of the lobby and into the room the first thing you notice is size.  The room was small enough to rival a NYC hotel, good for two but three can feel like a crowd. That aside, everything else about the room is ideal from the soft sheets to the nice smelling Gilchrist & Soames shampoos and lotions.

We arrived late on Thursday and the valet was personable though sleep deprived. The next morning we awoke to a view of the people below and we in walking distance to some breakfast places and the outdoor mall. The location is good and the adjoining restaurant Currant is faux Paris style without being over the top.

Bad part about the Sofia is the 30 dollar a night parking fee.

06/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
94. Steven S.
A decent value but watch out for the following:

Internet in the rooms failed for 2 days.
Only 1 of the desk staff was friendly or willing.
Concierge is only mildly knowledgeable.
The building is connected to the bus station. (homeless traffic is a problem)
Printer failed in the common area office in the lobby.
Street noise (ambulances) is pretty high.
Showers are small with NO privacy. A frosted glass sliding door that does not provide any privacy...noise and visibility.

Restaurant  is good.

20/01/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
95. Michelle S.
I love this place!!

coming back next time

23/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
96. jubi l.
Weekend get away for Mr & I. We showed up before midnight on a Fri nite. Exhausted from working all day and was greeted by nicest desk person. Was even offer a choice of floors for our room.

I reserved a city side deluxe queen, pretty good size. Due to some of the fellow yelpers review, I know what to expect. Got an awesome deal on the net.

The half glass in the bathroom was okay, I was expecting a deluge of water but no biggie. I'm 5'3 and Mr is 6'1 so it work out :)

I like the ambiance and the decor of the place. Service was awesome. I didn't even mind paying $28 for overnight parking. I figure its worth not being stress out looking for parking and encountering bums on the streets. G*d knows I get in the city everyday.

The car attendants are friendly, freely gave us directions without prompting, gave suggestions where cool place to hang out and fast.

This could be easily a 5 star however they have thin walls. Mr and I got sandwich with neighbors mating all night. I thought we got away from our eek eeks neighbor in the city. But I guess its all good, s.e.x. makes people happy.

Not really recommended for family with kids.

11/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
97. Jim M.
This is our 2nd time staying at The Sofia Hotel.  I have to say that it really is a great hotel for the price.  Yes the rooms are small but they make up for it in service and the overall feel of the hotel.  The rooms are not completely unmanageable.  We had 3 in our room, so that was a bit cramped but if it had only been 2 people it would have been just fine.  

The staff here is extremely helpful and attentive.  This time we were able to have a drink at the bar (which was under construction the last time we visited).  The bar safe was very friendly and offered a nice conversation that wasn't force.

Ok now back to the rooms.  I do have to say that the bathroom has a design flaw regarding the shower door.  That was probably my only concern because of water getting all over.  Its a small issue that I am sure will be fixed in a redesign down the road.

07/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
98. Ron L.
I can honestly say the staff is attentive and take the extra effort to make
sure my stay is EXCELLENT. I have been really satisfied. The rooms are clean, well appointed in terms of my needs. The best point the hotel is close to everything downtown.  Its also a great meeting place for my friends..we all meet up at the Currant for a few drinks and a bite to eat.
Very cool place...

19/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
99. Camille W.
Cute hotel full of personality. The rooms are a little smaller than I expected, but it  didn't stop me from staying there again. There's also a great, but small again, gym and yoga room.  Despite the tiny rooms, I had a great stay here overall due to the great staff, the hotel's "personality" and the location.

25/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
100. Alex P.
If you can get a deal through Hotels.com or Expedia then it's a good deal for the Gaslamp district.  We paid $80 for the night.  Anything more, not a good deal.
Pros:  Clean and Chic upscale boutique hotel.  Good restaurant with good happy hour pricing. Walking distance to the Gaslamp district and the Horton Plaza Shopping complex (across the street)

Cons:  Small room.  Bathroom has no fan and AC very loud.

20/03/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
101. Brian N.
Not a bad, albeit trendy, hotel.

24/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
102. Marie D.
This place is the Pickwick with a coat of paint.  Don't be fooled.  We had a teeny tiny room on the 6th floor (top level thankfully) but could hear the woman sneezing with our door closed in the room across the hall.  I could hear the guy next to us reading his newspaper (turning the pages) and a woman REALLY enjoying herself on the other side of us.  I had requested a corner room but no dice.

This was the oddest hotel room I've ever been in.  You walk into the room and immediately on your left is the sink.  It is a cute sink but completely oversized for the room.  The bathroom door slides out from the wall and would not stay closed.  You basically had to keep an eye on it the entire time you were doing your business.  

The bed was comfy but the room so crammed with furniture that it felt claustrophobic.  There was a chair on the other side of the bed that was pressing up against the wall and the bed that was completely unneccessary.  It just made the room feel smaller.  We had a lovely view of the Greyhound parking lot and the gorgeous chicken wire in the window to keep junkies and drunks from jumping was a classy touch.  My computer screen is about the same size as the TV.  

Unless you paid for a suite I wouldn't bother at all with this place, and if you are staying here remember to pack your white noise machine because you are going to need it.

Despite the fact that there is a restaurant downstairs, there is no room service and you can't take their glassware up into your room.  It just gives a "lack of cooperation" attitude that is unimpressive at best.  I only had some fries and a ten-dollar bottle of sparkling water (that is the only choice I had for sparkling).  The BF had a very lousy omlette from what I was told.  

Since I live here in SD, I knew about the location and had been to Currant before for drinks.  I didn't mind the walk down to the Gaslamp and the East Village for entertainment and frankly, I was thankful for the time to have escaped from our chicken coop of a room.

There is no way in hell I would have stayed 2 nights unless I knew that I was paying rock bottom prices (from an Expedia sale).  If I was on vacation or paying a higher rate I would have checked out early for sure and rebooked elsewhere.  

The plus side is that it made my apartment feel HUGE by comparison.  I was so happy to be home.

01/12/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
103. Blane M.
The room is clean and cozy. I was unsure what I might be getting into as I remember this being a real dive in my youth, above the Greyhound station. But they have done a very nice job on this place. Nice vibes in the bar and good happy hour prices. Friendly staff and close to Gaslight area as well. Valet parking is steep at $30 a day but that s the way it goes I guess. I will come back and stay again.

18/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
104. Octavio L.
The Good:

Good location, close to gas lamp and freeways.
Clean.
Nice looking lobby and rooms, and restaurant.
Rooms were well decorated.
Price, decent pricing for the hotel

The Bad.
Thin walls, very thin.  I've heard about this before on yelp and i never really thought much about it but yikes!  I could hear every passer by in the hall way.  I could hear the neighbor's conversations to the right of me and i could hear my other neighbor's love making to the left of me!

Rooms are small.  It's an old building so that's what you'll get for the price.  Maybe the upgraded rooms will be like two rooms spliced together.

Smell, there's a not so fresh smell to the whole place.

The ugly:

The rooms could have been nicer, they were nice, but had little things that could have been easily changed to finish it and make a complete look.  The walls are stucko or some patterned spray.  Instead they should dry wall it and put some wall paper, that would fit.

They provide a tv, but it's the smallest flat screen tv i've seen.

Parking is about 30 dollars a day, not bad.

Would i go here again? maybe.  The price was right.  I would rather try the grant next door when i go again to sd.

08/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
105. Carlene R.
I love spending the night in the Sofia Hotel.  The front desk staff are very nice and welcoming.  They make the stay extra pleasant.  The valet people do an excellent job opening the door for guests and retrieving cars back to their original owner.  It is also a couple of blocks away from Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp.  

Inside, the blankets are heavy when you want to tuck yourself into bed, but that's good because that mean they have a lot of threading in the blankets and sheets.  The bathroom can use sliding doors or a shower curtain because the shower area has only one glass wall.  This causes most of the water to escape and leave traces on the tile floor.  So, when you take a shower watch your step and leave a towel on the floor because it maybe slippery.  When I flush the toilet, it flushes right away.  It reminds me of the airplanes lavatory area.

13/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
106. Sheena M.
While planning a turn around trip down the city for some partying, we were in the market for a place to rest our heads. We didn't need extras, we didn't need flash, just comfort.

The Sofia Hotel is great if that's what you are looking for. The rooms are small, but to be expected in older boutique style hotels. The room was still very clean and the bed was comfy. That is all we needed!

Now, the downside is there are no extras. No room service (although the Currant restaurant is right down stairs, read my review: yelp.com/biz/currant-san… ), no bars, no spas, etc.

If you are looking for a good deal on a place to crash that doesn't have the room rates flashing in neon lights, the Sofia Hotel is perfect for you.

22/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
107. Rosebud P.
I recently stayed here for a business trip. I absolutely loved the place! I was there in late February. For the most part, everything was smooth. I guess the hotel must have worked out its kinks. My TV was acting up a but the staff immediately fixed it. The rooms are very contemporary and have a very sheik vibe. The rooms are somewhat small but the comfort level makes up for it. The bedding, including the mattress reminded of a 4 or 5 star hotel. Honestly, the staff was extremely attentive to my needs. The Yoga studio and gym are really nice, even the bath products are great! I travel a lot for business and know a good hotel when I stay at one. Also, the location is walking distance from all the nightlife and shopping. The Sofia Hotel is highly recommended. Hope to be back soon!

02/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
108. Emily A.
Lovely hotel! Adorable rooms, and a great location. However, I left my camera in the room after checking out, and when I phoned the next day to try and recover it, they said they never found it! I know exactly where I left the camera, and the lady on the phone was very quick to say they didn't find any cameras before she even asked anyone else, or got the description of my camera! Horrible way to end a fabulous weekend.

10/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
109. Raina D.
Rooms are extremely small. They are great for a single person, maybe 2. I've seen complaints about the parking, however all hotels in Gaslamp charge that. I actually park on the street. It's free from 6 pm to 8 am. Within walking distance from everything. Showers are odd. No door, so you can't help but soak the bathroom each time. But overall a nice place to stay.

12/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
110. Stacey K.
This hotel was wonderful. Its a nice boutique hotel. It is in a perfect location and only a block away from many restaurants. The rooms are good for no more than 2 people. They have a nice gym and even a separate room for yoga. The only thing is if you need complete quiet during yoga it wont happen you hear the person the people exercising next door. But overall the beds are comfortable and I didn't want to get out of the bed.

06/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
111. JulieBean M.
3.5 stars

For the rate, this was a decent hotel experience. It's clean, nicely decorated and one of the more reasonable deals in the Gaslamp district. It neighbors a transportation station and is within close proximity of a jail, so all the vagrants  roaming around were not surprising to me. I think you would find this anywhere you stay in this area.

I think some of the issues people have expressed may stem from the hotel being Australian-owned. Lovely people, just different hotel standards than what we are used to expecting at an American hotel with regards to accommodations. All of the front-desk staff were nothing but polite.

As others have posted, the walls are tremendously thin/poorly insulated. During an early afternoon nap we thought someone was breaking into our room- alas, it was someone using the neighboring ice machine. If someone was speaking in the hallway, we could very clearly hear their every word in our room. I also agree that the restroom/shower set-up is awkward. The glass door is not long enough to shield the water stream from splashing out all over the bathroom floor and we had a great deal of trouble with the bathroom's sliding door. It kept coming off the track and SO got stuck inside the shower room; I had to lift it up off the track to get him out. Also, the door is opaque and didn't offer much sound or visual cushioning - kind of gross when you're sharing a bathroom with someone!

The bed was comfy, but the pillows were stiff and felt like they were only filled with batting. It didn't bother me that the television was small, but it was kind of comical.

11/01/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
112. Mike N.
The Sofia is a beautiful hotel! We love it, love it, love it! The wife and I were on a road trip. We were staying a night here, a night there. When we came across the Sofia, he ended up staying for three night. It was so cozy we spent most the time in bed. What made it even better was that the gaslamp district was right down the street. Look forward to coming back here ASAP!

06/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
113. Oliver L.
Found the Sofia on a Travelzoo deal for $80-90 per night! Hard to beat that rate for the Gaslamp/Downtown SD area. Very nice remodel in the hotel and friendly staff and pet friendly add to its charm.

The bed was very supportive and had both sheets and comforter. Bathroom is a bit strange with sink in the room and not in the bathroom, but I guess the small size of the rooms makes that necessary. The waterfall shower head was nice touch and very comfortable.

The hotel only has valet parking and its $30 per night, but there is lots of street parking nearby for the weekends so we did that instead of paying for parking.

Location is only thing keeping this Hotel from getting the full 5 stars. Its right next to the Greyhound station, which makes it a bit scary late at night and its not truly in Gaslamp - but close.

09/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
114. Sean S.
When you want a monk style room at bourgeois price in downtown San Diego, here you go.

I found the room to be rather small and dark with interestingly designed bathroom.  The shower comes with a half glass plate and half in tile step up frame.  This looks nice but actually floods your bathroom floor now matter how you stand in the shower.

So all those towels you see under the sink in the yelp provided picture, well you will be using those to soak up the floor.

So I won't be staying here again which is a shame because the staff could not have been more dedicated to my enjoyment. The gentleman at the desk, when asked, "what's hot on a wednesday night?" called my room 3 times that evening when more social options came into his brain.

That's services to be appreciated for sure but please, someone soak up the floor.

18/04/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
115. D K.
I was in San Diego for a run with a large group and everyone at the hotel  was professional and very friendly.  The Valet (a bit too expensive) was fast and efficient with their text messaging service, the front desk was extremely helpful in all ways and the cleaning staff did an exceptional job of keeping our room clean.  The on-site restaurant prepared great drinks and excellent food.  There is a 10% discount at the restaurant on the valet ticket so don't forget to use that!  Free wifi was also available and quite useful during our stay.  We upgraded to the VIP suite which has two rooms, a jetted tub and our room had a really nice view.  I would recommend this upgrade if you have a little extra per night and you want to have a bit more space.

04/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
116. Tyler S.
I have stayed at this hotel many times and always enjoy my room, the staff and the location. I don't even shop around anymore for a room in San Diego because the Sofia is always priced within my budget and always at a fair price. You can walk all over the place from here. One of the best things I enjoyed was after a long day at the Zoo (amazing Zoo BTW) we were wanting to go to a nice dinner out on the town and were just too tired but the restaurant Current in the Lobby was outstanding. We tried a few different drinks also and enjoyed everything about it.
Great room, great people, great restaurant, great value! I can't wait to come back!

21/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
117. Anne K.
I enjoyed staying at the Sofia Hotel.  My room was clean, comfortable, and quiet (the best part being having no roommates, but that has nothing to do with the hotel).  The shower was a bit odd for me but the floor did not get too wet even though there was no door to close.  The house shampoos were nice quality.  It was nice having a refrigerator and a microwave in the room.  I was pleased with the service I received, especially from housekeeping who had to deal with the consequences of my food poisoning ...

The amenities were also nice.   The 3-computer business center is open all night and had a printer so I could check-in online.  The meeting rooms looked nice although I did not use them.  The hotel would have a great atmosphere for a business or even a wedding party.  The gym and yoga studio are incredibly well equipped.  The concierge was incredibly helpful and gave me good recommendations like ExtraOrdinary Desserts (although it would have been helpful to know not to walk there by myself).

It was expensive, as is all of downtown San Diego, but I'd stay at the Hotel Sofia again.

25/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
118. Rob M.
Stayed here in a VIP Suite for V-Day. Great room, nice size.  The Sofia is a great little boutique hotel with it's own unique charm, and can't be compared to most hotels because it has it's own personality, character, and feel.

We used their Spa services to have a couple's massage, and that was relaxing. The valet was slammed and took over 15 minutes, which delayed us getting to our spa appointment on time, and they deducted those minutes from the hour, which is understandable, but annoying that I had to pay them as I was stuck valeted my car.

A few notes on the Sofia: the elevators are the tiniest I've ever been in, 4-5 people max esp with luggage, and a bit slow. But it's a historic building, hence certain legal aspects that may affect that (historic preservation etc). Oh and there's no room service (or even delivery) from the Currant restaurant in the hotel, which was annoying when we just wanted to relax and lounge in bed in the morning.  They may be working on that, and I heard they are introducing beverage service to the rooms, so at least drinks can be ordered and delivered.

All in all a nice stay in one of the most historic and charming hotels in San Diego.

17/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
119. Jeanie R.
The Sofia hotel left me with mixed emotions. I booked this hotel at half the price and I feel that is what I got. I was there for a conference and decided that this hotel was suitable, since it was 4 blocks from the convention site.
When I arrived at the airport I had to find another way to get to the Sofia (they provide no shuttle service). I checked into my room and the person who took care of me was very pleasant, but she forgot to return my credit card, my ID and didn't properly magnetize my room key. Which meant I had to make a double trip downstairs. She was nice enough to provide me with extra maps and directions. This doesn't really count as a negative toward this review.
After I got into my room, I was surprised how big the bathroom was. But this might be due to the room being a corner room. The room was very clean, well decorated and comfortable. I had a small flat screen TV, with basic and some cable channels. The bathroom was stocked with towels and shampoo/soap. They had a working fridge with microwave and the bed was very comfy. The sheets were clean and the comforter was puffy and soft. I was really happy upon entering (the positive).
Then I found out that internet was 9.95 a day, but it's free in the lobby. Which would explain why everyone was downstairs with their computers. Bummer. Considering my friends at the Best Western across the street had it in their room for FREE. My first night was pleasant , until 7am the next morning. You see, the Sofia is located next to the Greyhound station and because my room is located right next to the station, I could hear the buses coming and going at 7am! So if you want to sleep in late, tell them you DO NOT want to face the Greyhound station. Lucky for me, I had to get up by that time for the conference (the negative).
The hotel is located really close to the Horton Mall, which is great if you forget anything! They also provide massages and yoga, which is great to relax in your hotel. It is also within walking distance from the Gaslamp district and the baseball stadium (the positive)
So to wrap it up..
POSITIVE: room was clean and nicely decorated , service was nice, location was great!
NEGATIVE: pay for internet in your room and loud greyhound buses next door.
Overall, I would stay there again for the same rate I paid, but I would be picky on the room location.

29/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
120. Nicole B.
Comfortable, classy, elegant.
Small rooms, but not tiny.
Free wifi in the lobby, unfortunately not free in the rooms.
Has an antique feel to it, which I loved!
Good prices.
Great restaurant and bar.
Right next door to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.  
It was a great place to stay for a weekend.

01/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
121. Meredith D.
For a hotel that has an almost 4 star rating I expected to walk into a grand lobby and have a hotel room that blew me away the moment I stepped inside. Being a historic location, according to the city of San Diego I was hoping for an old world feel. None of this happened during my stay.

The hotel lobby was nothing special, in fact it was downright unattractive. While they boast a fireplace to meet with clients or friends, there was only one and it mirrored the dark green pattern of the carpets that gave a very somber feel to the place. The feature of allowing dogs was convenient for me, a dog owner myself, and they did have cute little treat package for my furry friend, along with a VIP sign for him. They did not have a dog bed for him to sleep in, sadly, forcing us to make a makeshift bed out of part of our own slightly uncomfortable bed.

The room we got was tiny and surprisingly so given the price of the room per night. Upon first entering the room we were basically standing in the bathroom, where the sink was outside of the bathroom directly to the right of the door and the small water closet (with toilet and teeny tiny shower) was to our left. The door to the bathroom did not fully close and certainly did not lock, leaving much to be heard and seen by whomever you may share the room with. The room itself was even smaller with little walk around room around the bed.

What was more astonishing, given how old, pricey and upscale the hotel claims it is was that there was no room service. None whatsoever. While they do have a high end restaurant downstairs with a good happy hour that you can take out from, you will be hard pressed to get food later at night after spending time in the famous gas lamp district.

They were very close to the gaslamp district (as well as a lot of bums that hang out there) so it was easy to grab a drink, some eats and maybe hit up a club which is always nice, within walking distance. But after you get out of the district you do walk a few blocks in a sketchy part of town where those with no means to support themselves like to hang out or even fight each other.

The hotel staff was amiable and friendly and the service did live up to its star rating but the hotel itself did not.

31/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
122. N B.
This is a beautiful hotel. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are gorgeous and pretty roomy for an old building. Everything was extremely clean and comfortable. The Currant is YUMMY and surprisingly well priced. Try the chocolate cake!  My favorite part of the whole hotel was the valet. The guys are so sweet, fun and as helpful as they come. These guys are very quick and efficient. And ladies, they are good to look at! Austin was the BEST. I'd go back just for that guy.

29/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
123. Leona C.
I am staying here EVERY time we come to San Diego!!

It's swanky -but not boughsie, close to the Gaslamp and not over priced! Bouttique,  yet super clean!

There's valet parking only (and it's $28/night), but you really don't need your car cause everything is within walking distance. Your car is safely tucked underground, ready to take out with one quick phone call.

Free wifi and use to the business center downstairs - awesome.

The staff is super friendly! We went to the Padres game on Friday (LET'S GO OAKLAND) in all our green glory. While the late night front desk guy was a hard core SD fan he knew his baseball factoids and we ended up spending a good half hour talking about how much we both hate the Giants.
Thanks for the bottled water dude!

The rooms are quaint and comfortable. omg - it took three dudes to pull me off that bed! I guess the shower set up is a bit different, but it's not as bad as other people have posted. Just adjust the nozzle down a lil and put an extra towel on the floor. Problem solved.

It took me 2 nights to find the fridge/microwave, but I found it!! It's hiding under the shelf with the coffee.

Er'thing about the Sofia was easy and pleasant. Oh! And book thru Yelp to get a 20% discount, wootwoot.

24/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
124. Dan E.
Great hotel, only a few minutes walk to all of the great places downtown!  We ate breakfast in the lobby restaurant, Currant, which was good, and wished we'd had time to eat dinner there - menu and atmosphere looked great!  Maybe next time.  Too bad no room service, but the restaurant will do take-out.  
Room was small, but new and clean.  Minimal street noise on the 4th floor.
Staff were all extremely friendly and helpful.  Would DEFINITELY choose The Sofia Hotel again and recommend to others.

25/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
125. richie e.
If you are a business traveler you should be at this hotel. You should NOT be at a hotel with a club/venue/lounge built into it.  If you have to be up early for meetings, yoga, wedding, etc why are you going to a hotel that blasts music way in to the night then go on Yelp to complain?

WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?

Yelp rage aside...  this hotel provides maximum utility without being overly utilitarian.  The rooms won't win any awards on HGTV but everything is pleasant and comfortable.  If you check out the reviews of other travelers to other downtown hotels all that in your face decor isn't what they want after a long day of conferences.

You know what little detail I liked? I had a FRIDGE.  I can actually use the fridge in my room!  It wasn't stuffed with over priced alcohol.  

Sure this place doesn't have ultra huge plasma screens in your room but this place isn't about partying. Although I will admit that I did throw a hotel party in the VIP suite. Which I completely got away with even though this is NOT a party hotel.  That just reconfirms the level of sound proofing so you're going to get a  good nights sleep.

PRO TIP: Business center is FREE! but do not throw an after party in the hotel lobby THE GLASS DOORS DO NOTHING FOR THE SOUND.

PRO TIP 2: Lambos and Ferraries get to valet for free! (although usually flashy cars like that go to the Ivy lol. I see lots of business upscale euro cars in valet though. BTW valet lot is off site so the guy has to run to get your car. If you're in a hurry leave a bit early if car is valet.)

Pro TIP 3: If you're in the VIP suite you can combine all the ottomans to make a bed.  They are on wheels so you can just push the together. It is NOT recomended to go ottoman skateboarding. There's also a pull out bed in the couch.

30/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
126. Manami Y.
I stayed here over the Christmas day weekend. I booked online, which was very convenient and easy. It's in downtown, within walking distance from the shopping center. The hotel lobby was nice and the staff were all friendly. The room was a bit small, but nicely decorated. There's only valet and they charge $30/night! A bit pricey, but I guess it's better than parking on the street and possibly getting your car broken into by the hobos.

17/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
127. Mary H.
Small rooms in this boutique hotel, but have all the amenities you would expect. I love the modern decor and the Hotel restaurant, Currant. Valet and Bell staff were excellent, ut be prepared that valet is mandatory and is $30 per night. So close to Gaslamp District and hundreds of amazing restaurants. You definitely don't need your car as EVERYTHING is in walking distance. Valet guys were the best telling us where to eat and offered coupon for in house retaurant
!

14/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
128. Jon A.
just finished the first of 4 nights, going to see how much of a cost it is to upgrade later today bc our current room isn't exactly ideal.

pros:

really cute hotel, esp the lobby.
staff we've spoke to so far have been very helpful and kind
the place is clean
in room wine reasonably priced

cons:
people saying the rooms are small are not kidding, great for 1 traveler and not too bad for 2, but small.
people complain about the shower getting water everywhere but my main problem us...the bathroom sliding door offers very limited privacy! The bathroom door doesn't make a seal-I've never seen that at a hotel...
agreed on paper thin walls, the nice man next door has a cold...
not sure if its all bed, but ours seems particularly squeaky
our small tv gets fuzzy reception on most channels

closing:

if I was traveling alone, would stay again. With someone, maybe, but not in the standard room. We booked this hotel to save our company a few bucks over where the convention was located, next time won't be as fiscally responsible.

27/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
129. Kenna C.
Cute boutique hotel. Compact rooms with paper thin walls. Tastefully decorated w/ a chic modern vibe. Expensive parking. Front desk staff is cold. Sadly In the effort to be professional the service becomes cold & unwelcoming. Definitely need to work on that. Will stay elsewhere next visit.

25/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
130. Red Tail H.
Comfortable Boutique hotel in San Diego's Gaslamp district.  If you want things like free wifi, a pool, etc - this isn't the hotel for you.  However, the staff have been unfailingly polite every time I've been there (three times, always over ComicCon timeframe).  Plus the business center will let you have internet (and printing, for boarding passes) for free.

Rooms do have microwaves & fridges, which is a major bonus.  I always stay in a suite, which is plenty of room for our group, plus all the stuff we seem to accumulate at SDCC.

Minus:  it is over the Greyhound Bus Depot.  I've never heard the buses in the rooms, but some people do get weirded out by being in a nice hotel right by the Depot.

25/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
131. Matty D.
Rather than write a more traditional review, I am going to list the things that I did and did not like about this establishment:

Likes:  the staff (everyone was super super cool), the mattress (phenomenal!!!), empty mini-fridge, decent restaurant/bar on site, proximity to 7-11

Dislikes:  windows in rooms do not open, the bedding (the WORST bedding we've EVER slept on EVER - cheap polyster crap), the carpeting (AWFUL!  used to be called the Pickwick Hotel - So-Sofia tried to upgrade but failed to get rid of that nasty old carpet - bad call!), no room services or amenities guide, valet parking set-up (enter on side of Hotel on Front Street [which is like a freeway off-ramp]), location (at base of Front Street, next to Court House and County Jail), creaks and cracks all night long (old building)

Despite the reasonable cost, I would suggest finding another location downtown.  This was more like a So-Sofia Hotel.

14/02/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
132. Orange C.
I was nothing but impressed on how wonderful our stay was. The staff was very helpful in us finding our way to the trolley to catch an SDSU game. The gym was very clean and equipment was well kept. Our room was very pretty and we brought both of our dogs. Upon check in, our dogs were added to the V.I.P. chalk board for all to see at the front desk. Every time I walked my dogs (no weight limit by the way) the employees at the front desk commented on them "this is the whole reason I work here," and "we are so happy to have you and your dogs here"... I really felt welcome. I always have anxiety when traveling without my dogs...so to have them there made the hotel feel like HOME. What a romantic and comfortable weekend!

p.s. for those dog owners...there is no lbs. limit and there is a grassy area across the street for your dog to go #1 or 2. And...there is a service in house for dog sitting or walking if you desire...its great!

19/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
133. Calvin Y.
Awesome hotel, period.

We stayed here for Comic Con and even with the $179 per night and $30/night valet parking price tags, it was well worth it and our first choice for the next Comic Cons to come. The hotel is located walking distance (just blocks) from the convention center and Gaslamp District, Coffee Bean on bottom floor by entrance, restaurant + bar, and restaurants and 7-Eleven, and a Ralphs supermarket within blocks.

Very friendly service  - whether its behind the counter, the valet or any of the other staff, people here are great and helpful. The valet parking is unlimited in and out, and when we needed to get things and put things into the car, the valet was quick to help out.

The hotel may be old, but from the lobby, to the hallways, to the rooms interior, it is obvious that the hotel put time and expense into renovations: the bed is amazingly soft but supportive (a bit small and short in length though), flat screen tv, microwave, fridge, and boutique fixtures. We stayed on the 2nd floor and a gym with machines, yoga mats, et al were inside.

The rooms may get kind of cramped with more than 2 people, but its clean, fresh, and artsy decorated. The noise was not too noticeable either.

27/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
134. Tehmin L.
Great location at a very good price but would probably not stay at again.

Pros
1. Walking distance to Gaslamp
2. Great price
3. Friendly staff

Cons
1. $30 for valet parking is crazy
2. The walls of our room was were very thin.  I could hear the people in the next room talking.
3. Room was pretty darn small

28/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
135. Ashley W.
Unfortunately I stayed there for Mardi Gras and they began demolishing a building next to the hotel at 7 a.m. the next morning! Other than not being able to sleep in, the hotel is beautiful.

10/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
136. Jacquee P.
This is a review for the deluxe studio suite.

Great location: close to downtown office buildings for work during the day and Horton Plaza/Gas Lamp for evenings.

Lovely decor: classically modern and so elegant. Sliding door on the bathroom saves space and looks so cool!

Smart: rooms come with refrigerators and microwaves, lamps with reading lights, and club chairs with foot stools.

I especially liked the window treatments. In traditional hotel rooms, I ALWAYS have to check behind the super long curtains for any spooky that might be back there. Not here! I love blinds!

08/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
137. Aguila D.
This hotel is perfect for me. It's easily accessible from gaslamp, includes a great restaurant & bar, and the price is right.
I was put off by other reviews mentioning the bus station next door, however it was not an issue for me. I did notice strange shady types loitering about and police activity at night, but I simply crossed on the other side of the street.

The room was very clean albeit small, and the gym facilities were above average (free weights!). The staff was very friendly and professional. There is free wifi in the rooms, although i noticed the connection was a bit iffy in the evenings. Mini fridge was not very cold, but good enough for a couple beers. There is also a microwave.

If you are traveling alone or with your significant other it is a good alternative to a chain hotel. If you are traveling with friends an planning on cramming into a room I'd think twice, they are very small!
To recap, clean, good staff, close to gas-lamp, great restaurant & bar, and an outdoor mall a couple blocks away, and CHEAP at 110 a night.

25/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
138. Dutch M.
Overall a good value.

Older hotel updated to more modern boutique standards.  Convenient location in city.  It was quick ten minute taxi ride from the airport.  Good walking access to Gaslamp District, cruise port, and transportation office to bus passes.

Unfortunately, this hotel shares the block with the Greyhound bus station and Pizza Hut.  Many transient travelers lounging around the sidewalk close to the main entrance.  This made me a bit uncomfortable at night.  A small room which is typical for many city hotels.  The sink was outside the bath which can be inconvenient when sharing a room.

03/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
139. Jill and Ying J.
If I could give this place 0 stars, i would.  I hate to write this as a disgruntled customer, cuz honest, who wants to just hear rantings and ravings, but really, this place some some pretty bad qualities.

First: the queen size beds aren't queen size.  I have no idea what size they are (likely full), but they are definitely not queen.  The worst part? we had one of the guys downstairs come up, and tell us to our faces that it was a queen size bed.  I'm not sure he believed it himself, unless he has never seen a bed before.  Ok, I get it, all the "queen size" bed rooms have the same sized bed....but just because they all have the same sized beds does not make it a correct size.  Yeah, downtown is a tough place to get square footage, but they should just come out and say their beds are small.  I don't appreciate it when a business straight up lies to your face.

The rooms are also awkwardly small, with furniture and decor in impractical locations.  At night, we were constantly tripping over our stuff because there simply wasn't any place to put them.  The small beds and small rooms were complemented well with a 20" tv.  The computer monitor I'm typing this on now is bigger than that.  And the lighting was awful.  At night, even with every single light turned on, we had trouble seeing what was in our suitcases.  

And of course, to top it off, $30/night valet parking.  No need to even comment on that.

All in all, a cute pretty boutique with a great location, but I definitely would look for a different hotel next time I'm in town.

06/09/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
140. Dale D.
I've stayed here twice in the past couple of years on business trips.  I like the hotel, and although the rooms are very small, it has been redone very nicely.

The rooms have very good quality towels, bedding, and amenities (fridge, microwave, and coffee maker).  The walls are fairly well insulated for sound also so sleeping wasn't a problem.  The decor is very nice and they also have a computer room downstairs in the lobby for guests to use.  It is also a designated historic hotel in the downtown SD area (kinda cool!).  It's a pretty short walk to the gaslamp district so you won't have to worry about finding a restaraunt for dinner.

The only drawbacks are that the hotel is located right next to the downtown Greyhound bus station and there are always bums hanging around the vicinity of the hotel outside.  However I did not feel unsafe at all in or around the hotel at any time of day or night.

23/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
141. Justin B.
Where do we begin?? We flew into San Diego to support a friend run in the Rock N' Roll Marathon and found the Sofia having reasonable prices and a good location. Within ten minutes of check in we realized that we should have stayed elsewhere. Our number one complaint? We found men's underwear in the pull-out bed!!! Housekeeping obviously didn't pay any attention to detail. We contacted the front desk to change the bedding while we went to dinner and returned to the underwear still in the bed!

After this, the staff offered us to change rooms, which we were staying in a suite so they couldn't up-grade us to a better room. We changed floors only into a room that had an air conditioner that didn't go lower than 74 degrees our entire stay!!

Now, I will be honest. We are not the pickiest people, but we do want a clean place to stay and after finding old Twizzlerz under the desk we were over The Sofia. In a room that was considered a "suite" there was only one trash can. The television was literally a 13 inch that offered less than ten channels that were actually viewable. On our third day of staying there our room didn't even get cleaned and we actually had to ask the front desk for it to be cleaned and for towels to be filled.

The reason that I didn't give one star is because the location is amazing. Steps from a great mall, and three blocks away from great food and night life!

11/06/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
142. Tony T.
I came here to stay while I was in town for a conference.  I stayed from Wednesday to Sunday with the cost being about $100 a night.  Since you are downtown, there are one way streets all around so you have to navigate correctly to get to the corner to valet your car.  Front Street can be very busy so it's a little scary to get out of the car if you're on the passenger side.

The staff is really nice.  Parking fee is $30/night with 24 hour service and unlimited in/out privileges so you can get your car anytime or the valets will pick up or put things in your car whenever you want which is nice.  I was going in and out several times during my stay and the valets started to know me by name, which is pretty impressive.  The staff inside the hotel is nice too.  The hotel is small.  The elevators are tiny, you can fit 5 people in there and the door to get in/out is thin too, only letting a person out at at time.  It also moves like molasses so I guess it's a good thing that there are just 7 floors.  There's also free wireless internet in the lobby.  It runs a little slow, but it works.  I booked via Travelocity and for stays of 4 days or longer, you get free internet in your room with an ethernet cable.

The rooms are small so that's a con about the place.  But then again, I really needed it as a place to sleep as I was out most of the day for conferences anyway so it wasn't an issue.  Not ideal to share with co-workers though as space is limited.

Overall, if you don't mind the extra parking fee, it's not a bad stay if you're in the downtown area.  There's a mall that's a few blocks away and there's a restaurant downstairs too (Currant).  I never got the chance to try it, but it looked nice.  I would stay again if I'm in the area, but would consider another place if I'm going to share a room as it's too small here.

21/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
143. Amy S.
My husband and I booked the Sofia hotel through expedia.com for $90 per night. We were extremely happy with our stay.

* The hotel was in a great, convenient location- easy walking distance to the Gaslamp District and driving distance to the freeways.

* The staff was awesome- everyone was so friendly and helpful.

* We did choose to pay for the daily valet- $30 per day- but it was totally worth it, in my opinion. The valets were awesome, they flocked your car the second you pulled up, opening doors and helping you with your bags. When you needed your car, they ran (literally, sprinted) to get it and it never took more than 2 minutes, even without calling first.

* The mattresses and bedding were super comfortable!

* Nice ambiance and decor.

The only downsides, as far as I was concerned, were the size of the room (small, but expected in the city) and the noise from the bus station across the street. It was quite loud, but we are early risers, so it didn't bother us too much. And that half-door shower- it was kind of annoying- and got water all over the bathroom.

30/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
144. Christine K.
Very cute and clean boutique hotel.
Pros-
-Computer lab in the lobby with free wi-fi in the lobby area
-Simple and clean rooms with very nice beds
-Restaurant/bar with a great wine selection and nibblers
-Towels were soOOOo nice...literally like new...super white/clean/fluffy!
Cons-
-Rooms are super tiny (unlike Omni-soOo spacious)
-Service was so-so
-Location is a bit of a walk to the gaslamp...(compared to Omni)

It's a cute hotel if you are staying for business or by yourself.
I'm a bit claustrophobic so the rooms being so tiny doesn't really do me any good. I felt like I was constantly bumping into things...including my sister.
This hotel actually reminded me of one of those asian boutique rooms where you stay for longer periods of time, usually for business trips.

30/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
145. Nichole H.
Most recently my boyfriend and I went too san diego for a new years eve trip.  Little to my knowledge my boyfriend was planning a proposal at this hotel.  He worked with the hotel to set up the most beautiful proposal.  First, upon checking in we received a suite (the suites are a bit smaller than a normal suite given at other hotels but was perfect for two people).  Anyways, we had plans to go downstairs to their restaurant CURRANT- which was wonderful, and delicious! We recommend the steaks!! so juicy and tender.  
After dinner my boyfriend wanted to go back up stairs to put our left overs away.  Upon entering the room he told me to go in first, in which i did.  The first thing i noticed was rose peddles all scattered across the floor, couch, hallway leading to the bed.  On the bed the hotel had spelled out will you marry me with the rose peddles.  they also had smooth jazz on which just made the proposal perfect!  Such a good surprise

THe hotel was really great and helped my boyfriend set up the whole proposal and even checked in with him after the weekend to see how everything went.  The food was wonderful and the experience was great- (everything is walking distance, it was a ten minute walk to gaslamp) i love this hotel but  i am biased bc this is where i went from having a boyfriend to now having a fiance!!!

07/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
146. Don G.
My wife, puppy, and I liked the place. Nice to have a dog friendly hotel right in the middle of downtown San Diego.  They even have a dog bowl on the counter with treats to give your dog.

The rooms were very urban (read: small), but they were clean and contemporary.  It reminded me of a hotel that you would stay at on the East coast.

23/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
147. Eimi M.
I stayed here for a total of 9 hours. But, from those 9 hours I observed:

The good-

- Very cute hotel and nice, helpful employees
- Cute rooms which are well decorated
- Comfortable beds and linens

The bad -

- Limited number of outlets so trying to manuever the ironing board around to an open outlet was interesting
- I couldn't turn on the TV. I wasn't born before there was electricity and technology so I'm pretty comfortable with pushing that power button, but it was hooked up to some other device and neither would turn on. I was about to go to sleep and was staying for only one night and didn't find it necessary to bitch about it...but just be forewarned.
- As stated in other reviews...the pillows suck. They are almost square, very soft and do not fit comfortably behind your neck/head.
- When the A/C turned on...it smelled like stale cigarette smoke. I'm assuming they used to allow smoking in the rooms before.

But with as many "bads" that I listed, it's still a cute hotel. I'd consider staying here again...but I'd be sure to bring my own pillows.

Plus the rate is pretty decent for what you get.

17/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
148. Christine F.
I stayed here before my husband and I moved to California over a year ago, and I just had all of my friends stay here for my wedding in August 2010. I had a 50% off coupon for them so it was truly a deal. The rooms are very small, but if you're on a budget and like a clean, boutiquey hotel then the Sofia is perfect. The building has a very modern, "nice" atmosphere that makes you feel almost feel like you're in a nicer place. One of my friends stayed in the "suite," which was the perfect size- the size one would expect a hotel room to be. The suite was not "fancy" by any means (mismatched furniture, for example), but it worked. Also, Currant is a great spot for happy hour (the sangria) and half price appetizers (my husband and I have gone many times, and we love it). Overall, if you're on a budget and need a downtown location the Sofia is perfect.

29/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
149. Aubri L.
Stayed here last fall and loved it. :) Surprised the boyfriend and took him out to the West Coast for his birthday. I found a deal for $99/night on a king room thats normally about double the price. We'd definitely go back if we found that deal again.

Pro's: Very modern, classy looks. Restaurant/Lounge on site (The Currant, great breakfast and you can sit outside to people watch!). Super helpful staff. Easy walk to Gaslamp district and buses. Quiet building and neighborhood. Mall close by.

Con's: Rooms are small. We didn't have much of a view.

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09/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
150. Miriam L.
Stayed here for one night attending a LA vs SD game at Petco.
It is nestled in between horton plaza, local Amtrak Station and trolley stop.
Cool to walk but dirty streets..
I read some negative feedback about the elevator. It wasn't so slow but it was small. Our room was extremely small too with no more than 2 1/2 feet between the bed and the bathroom wall.(brickwallview)
My bf payed for the room which he booked last minute and was pretty inexpensive even for the LA - SD weekend.
Our valet took a long time, it seemed only one person was holding down the hatch.
I understand that the Sofia has its history, but after one glimpse into the past, im ready to leave it behind.

09/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
151. Mike S.
I stayed at the Sofia in October on a work trip for 5 nights.  First off, it's in a great location - right on Broadway, near the mall and a quick walk to the heart of the Gaslamp, Petco, etc.

The decor is really nice - it feels really upscale for what you pay - I think my room was around $200 a night during a very busy conference week in SD.  The rooms are not huge, but they are quite modern and very clean, they have an ipod player and a fridge and was bed is outstanding.  

I didn't try the lobby restaurant, Currant, but I heard good things and the bar was always hopping until close.  

The only things keeping this from being a 5-star review is that they don't have wi-fi in the rooms (and you have to pay for the wired connection), and the parking situation is less than ideal.  They have valet-only and it's $30 a day.  They do have a 'text for you car' system, which does help speed up getting your car when you need it.

Overall, I highly recommend this place if you're looking for a stylish, upscale place downtown on a budget.

02/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
152. Alina M.
Cute and cozy hotel but smaller than your avg rooms. I'm from San Francisco so I'm used to a small space. I live in a 500 sq ft condo in sf but I can see how the rooms here can be way too small for many.

Pros:
- Good service everyone was nice
- Love the bed sheets!
- Fridge, microwave, ironing board, iron and blow dryer in the room!
- valet only so never had to park car. Attendants always greeted us immediately with a smile n opened my passenger door and when we needed to leave, the car was always out there when we called for it within 5 min
- central location, we walked everywhere
- always a cab out front if u need one
- I liked the modern-contemporary interior
- AC worked very well, as soon as u turn it on, you can feel it in the entire room immediately and it's easy to use.
- Dog friendly!
- not packed with guests.

Cons:
- The walls aren't just thin but paper thin. Heard my neighbor when they turned their lights on n off, coughed, sneezed, etc.
- small but I'm OCD and a perfectionist so I was able to arrange all my stuff so we didn't trip on anything and we were very comfortable
- tiny tv! And some channels couldn't take the volume and seemed like it would blow out the speakers even though the volume was low. Totally cheap tv, they could at least put in sine money to get better tvs.
- parking $30/ day extra but all other hotels downtown were around the same like $36 but everytime the attendants park or get our car, we felt like we had to tip so if we left like twice a day and tip $2 each time, it comes to about $38/day.
- shower was no joke, I thought yelpers were just complaining too much about the shower door, but it's true, the water gets everywhere! Is it that hard for hotel to spend extra money to put a track in and a sliding glass door? Also water pressure sucks. I have a special shower head at home that's super high pressure so I wasn't feeling it.
- Sink is literally right when you enter. Weird but u get used to it.
- Absolutely hated my view of the pipes and ugly buildings. I wonder if they had any nice views. Looking out the old window made me feel a bit like I was in jail.
- right next door to greyhound station so lots of ghetto ppl hanging outside of the greyhound station.

Overall, it was a cool, average hotel. I got a good deal I think but I wouldn't pay more than $130/night here but I honestly think the fair price for me to pay to stay here would be $110/night. I prob won't stay here again just cause there are so many other options in gas lamp. but dint get me wrong, it's not bad, it's just not great. I'm neutral. Bug if you dong like small rooms, the rooms here would prob be claustrophobic to you. Either upgrade or go somewhere else.

22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
153. Alik W.
Excellent value for money in numerous ways. Things we really liked:
- Superbly central location. Easy cheap bus ride from the airport, on bus routes to major tourist attractions, right near all the Gaslamp traps (and the convention hotels), near the train route and the bus depot... if you can't get there from the Sofia, you can't get there at all!
- The decor, especially all the fossil displays and the wall sconces that show scenes from the hotel's history.
- Friendly staff
- Rooms that actually have enough power outlets for two modern travelers (gotta charge the phone, and the laptop, and maybe the iPad, and where does this hair dryer go?)
- Really comfortable beds! I didn't want to leave.
- Excellent business center that we never had a problem getting a seat in to print stuff for our tourism.
- Best thing of all: FREE BICYCLES. Really nice, well-maintained, light cruisers, with helmets. And, right nearby, this gorgeous five-mile ride along the embarcadero, airport, and barrier islands. Or just use them to cruise to other neighborhoods.

Our complaints are minor: the shower gets water on the floor (it doesn't have a closeable door), the wi-fi is only free in the lobby (not your room), and the bottle of Mondavi in your room is priced at $20 (make it $10 and we'd have bought one). None of that will stop us from coming back. Book this place -- it's a gem!

10/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
154. Tee T.
I stayed here for a business trip and booked rooms for both my coworker and I. Whenever I book online accomodations I always put that I want a king size bed, and of course the end up running out of rooms and sticking me with two full size beds. How the heck does that happen? It's simply an okay hotel to me, only because I have been fortunate to stay at the ritz, st. regis, and the US grant just down the street.

Pros: decor is overal very chic and gives the appeal of a boutique hotel, great value (booked stay for $89/night), location to gaslamp

Cons: bed was hard and could not get a decent night sleep. front desk couldn't check me out at the time I was leaving due to a system upgrade and they never emailed me, faxed me, or mailed me a copy of my receipt after 4 attempts of calling them over a 6 week span.

Overall, it was less than mediocre to me. Will definitely stay at a different hotel the next time I'm down there for a conference.

09/03/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
155. Xiu G.
Man... where do I start? I booked a room using a "2 adults + 2 kids" Groupon and was assigned an extremely small room with barely enough space for a queen bed. Told parking was not included. The hotel itself is not that big, with one cafeteria down the lobby, yet they charge resort fees every night.

04/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
156. Heather R.
I don't know what it is with me and San Diego hotels, but they always fail to impress.  I stayed here last weekend for one night.

Bonus features of the hotel:

1. two bottles of water in your room.  Unfortunately, my room only had one bottle of water.  Both of my calls to the front desk went ignored even though both times, the clerk promised to send someone up with an additional bottle of water.  I finally got it upon check-out.

2. guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays of the Gaslamp District, complete with a history of the brothels and "old west" feel it used to have.

3. 24-hour yoga center.  While I didn't try this out, I did note it on the list of amenities upon check-in.  Sounds pretty cool.

Fails:

1. $30 for valet parking.  And the attendant gave me a dirty look when I checked out, got my car, and didn't give him a tip.  Sorry, buddy, but when your boss is charging $30 for you to drive my car around the corner, you can bet I won't be tipping on that already-extravagant price.  Take the issue up with your boss.

2. Negative vibe.  No one is very polite here.  They don't greet guests when they check in, and of course, customer service isn't a priority - they can't even be bothered to bring a bottle of water to a guest's room.

3. The hotel charged me $8.00 in non-descript "hotel fees" upon check-out.  When I advised the clerk that I had already paid the fees when I made my original reservation, he advised that I misunderstood the policy, and that these were "additional fees."  Maybe the clerk is pocketing the "additional" fees that I didn't understand despite the plain language print-out of my original reservation.

Couldn't bear to give this place 1 star, even though that's what it deserves for customer service.  The amenities are to be applauded; too bad the owners don't appreciate the guests who stay there.

18/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
157. Norman R.
Good workout room, had everything you need, much better than most. Happy hour at the hotel. Clean room, great price. I'd recommend and go back

03/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
158. Joel Y.
Loved my stay once again at The Sofia.

I was really impressed at check out with a gentleman named Brian. He was very nice and knew that my room had a horrible view so he insisted that the next time I stay at the Sofia Hotel to mention his name and he will upgrade the room and to price match or lower any rate advertised. Thanks Great!

I recommend this place for a quick and classy SD stay!

30/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
159. Monica O.
This is the best somewhat affordable hotel in the downtown area. The rooms are so cute and to me the rooms are a decent size, I don't need a huge room. But since the last time that i was here which was about 2 years ago I've notice that they have raised the prices excessively and charge for parking now $30/night. Before two nights was about $240 and there was no parking charge. Now it's over $300 and parking charge but compared to other hotels in the downtown area it's one of the most affordable however I think that the Bristol hotel is a bit more affordable. Overall I had a good experience here.

15/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
160. Alex T.
Sofia Hotel is a boutique hotel several blocks from all the action in the Gaslamp district.  I stayed here for a weekend trip and was very comfortable.  The decor is minimalist and walls are painted with warm earth tones.  They serve orange infused water in the lobby and there is a lounge attached in the hotel thats quite trendy and busy weekend nights.  The great thing about this place is that they have a computer room that is accessible to all.  This feature is great for tourists looking to do research, book rest/flights, or just catch up with things back home.

The room I stayed in was small but very comfortable.  Very comfortable and intimate.  TV, large closet, bathroom amenities, bed, room service quality are well and above industry standard.  Overall, a great find of a hotel.

14/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
161. Jill A.
I booked this hotel for me and my co-workers for a business trip.  It looked the best online out of the prior choices we had of inexpensive hotels in the area so I wasn't expecting to be too WOW'd when I arrived.  

It was definitely a pleasant surprise.  One of the cutest hotels I've seen.  I'm more into the cozy little hotels rather than big fancy chains.  The staff was super friendly.  They only have valet parking and good ole forgetful me kept forgetting items in my car.  The valet staff was very polite and eager to help me.  

The downstairs lobby has free wifi and a little computer area in case you didn't bring your own.  There is also a restaurant down there where they offer you a 10% discount for your stay.  I didn't get to experience the restaurant though the menu did look appetizing.  The hotel is also pet-friendly.  I believe all the pet rooms are on the 4th floor.  They offer doggy biscuits at the registration desk as well.

They have a fitness room that is accessible 24 hours.  I loved it!  There is a yoga/pilates room that was very serene.  There were plenty of fitness balls, yoga mats, yoga bricks, bosu balls along with yoga/pilates DVDs at your convenience.  You also have the option to schedule one-on-one yoga sessions with an instructor.  The weight/cardio room isn't that big but it was a good size.  It was fully equipped as well.  I love treadmills with TVs!

The rooms were very cozy with very comfortable beds.  I usually have trouble falling asleep in a new environment but the temperature and comfort level was just right that I slept just fine.  Coffee maker, ironing board, fridge, microwave, wine opener...pretty much all the necessities.  

The only odd thing was that the shower door...well it was only half of a shower door.  It looked cool but didn't really serve a purpose since water just kept getting on the floor.  I guess that's what the extra towels are for???

All in all, I was very happy with the hotel.  The location is awesome.  Everything is within walking distance...the mall, gas lamp, 7-11.  I definitely want to come back for a pleasure trip. :)

24/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
162. LikePink C.
I never actually stayed in this hotel but I was in the area and needed help with parking my car for few minutes near Sofia hotel. The wallet parking staff (working weekdays around 3 pm) was very helpful. They knew that I am not hotel guest, still were very helpful. I really appreciate their help in that rush hour, thank you guys!

02/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
163. Connie C.
Let me start by saying the pictures online are very deceitful.  The staff there were very nice, the hotel itself was small, and valet was nice but $30!

We arrived and since it was in Downtown SD, there were bums everywhere on the weekday! Tried finding street parking because valet is $30, what a major FAIL.  Ended up paying the extra $30 for an overnighter, and thats where most of my complaint will be.  The room was VERY tight meaning if you're there with friends its gonna suck.  The view wasn't what they seem to advertise online but it IS a good location.  

PROS:
-Great Location
-Near Shopping
-A lot of restaurants near by
-Good Service
-Bed (very comfy, reminds me of MGM's bed)
-Nice decor

CONS:
-You can tell it used to be a very old hotel
-Small Room
-Bigger bathroom(waste of space)
-Rusty Shower
-Public restroom looking toilet
- $30 Valet *cries*

11/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
164. Shannon C.
Pros
Incredibly helpful staff
Streamlined valet- you can text valet to have your car ready .  And they are great with directions, too.
Clean room with a comfortable bed.  I'm weary of bed bugs and this place passed inspection.
Great restaurant attached with happy hour specials
Pet friendly
Business center in lobby with free internet

Cons
Small room
Be careful because the hotel does have rooms with double/full size beds.
30/night for parking
This is an urban hotel and wouldn't consider it a great choice for a family vacation.

09/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
165. Jeremy B.
Alright but only if you don't mind spending $40 on parking. $30 for valet parking ( the only parking around ) and another $8 for a "guest services fee" .  Anyone who thinks $40 for freaking parking is not only a bit high, but kind of ludicrous should reconsider.

The room was clean but kind of falling apart. Desk staff did not seem optimistic about my experience there, which should have clued me in.

What's funny about the reviews of this place is that they seem to review the restaurant more than the actual hotel, which are two different things.

I would spend your cash elsewhere.  The lobby is kind of shabby, bathrooms are tiny, and the in-room cable flickers on and off.  Lame considering the ludicrous $38 valet parking.

10/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
166. Stephy S.
If you like beige, you will like this hotel.

I, however, detest the color beige and all things beige-like, so for me this place just isn't really my thing decor wise, but it has served its purpose. The rooms (or at least mine) are quite tiny and there isn't really much of a view to speak of. In fact you are sammiched right up next to and looking directly into the building next to you, so good thing for the two sets of blinds.

The bed is okay and the down comforter is a nice treat, but where this place loses some serious points is in the bathroom arena. For starters, whoever designed this place, thought they would go super, um, cool, i guess, and only have half of the shower covered with a glass barrier, meaning, there is no door, meaning when you shower, water goes everywhere, meaning what you are left with is a big ole wet floor. Meaning, how is this a good idea? Know what I mean?

There's also not much counter space to speak of and while they have the cool lighted wall makeup mirror, the lighting in the bathroom area is terrible for putting on makeup. It's that lovely direct overhead lighting that adds about 15 years to your face. I know you ladies know the lighting I mean, think bad dressing room lighting. Yuck.

As for the hotel looks on the whole, it's alright, but nothing to yelp home about. I did however like the random pebble stickered floors in the tiny 2-person elevators, I'd say that was kinda interesting. Would I stay here again, hmmm, probably not as it wasn't super cheap and I don't really know that it was that much of an upgrade from your basic $85-$130 a night room.

Oh and there is no room service, but they did extend my check out which was cool.

25/03/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
167. Rebecca G.
So disappointed! For trying to marketing themselves as a luxury hotel, they have certainly fallen well below the line of luxury. Guest service, guest recovery of issues and Housekeeping were lacking. The Valet team was the highlight of the Hotel staff, and provided the best service of the hotel! The hotel has set the expectation of luxury, but do not meet the standards of luxury.

My husband and I booked our room online and received the confirmation email of 1 room with King bed. When we checked-in the front desk agent told us we booked their "smaller room" with a double bed! When we showed them our confirmation email, the front desk agent shrugged it off and told us their computer system has us in a smaller room with double bed and there is nothing he can do... Basically pointing his finger at us saying it is our fault we are not staying in one of the "larger rooms". As a luxury hotel, if this happens, this is now your opportunity to recover the interaction and make it up somehow. They didn't!

In the morning we woke up early for a deep sea excursion. We were gone all day long, arriving back at the hotel at 4pm to shower and change for a nice evening out. When we arrived back to our room, it had not been serviced! The bed was in disarray, the wash cloth and towels we used the night before were still in the bathroom, and the bottles of water we are paying for as part of the resort fee had not been replenished! As we were the preparing for our evening out, the guest room attendant knocked on the door. I asked her if she could come back to 5pm... Fastforward to 1am, after our night out, the room had not been serviced yet!!! We called the front desk as we needed towels, and the water we are paying for as part of the resort fee. When we called to say the room had not been serviced, then front desk agent said, "Oh, I'm sorry, DID YOU NEED SOMETHING?" What?!?! Of course we need something! He promptly brought up towels and water, as we requested. But, again, part of the luxury hotel standard, a guest should not have to ask for anything, the staff should anticipate our needs, or at least service the room the next day.

On the day of our check-out, we asked to have a late check out as we were planning a kayak tour in La Jolla and wanted to be able to wash some of the sea salt off before driving back home. When we approched the front desk to confirm our late check out, the agent said "We don't do that." WHAT?!?! What Hotel doesn't offer a late check-out? We explained that when we called 3 weeks before, the agent on the phone assured us we could have a late check-out. The front desk agent then proceeded to tell us they are very booked (not our problem). I asked her when we would be informed our late check out request would not be accommodated, she shook her head and said "I don't know." She then tried to save face and say she could do her best to hold the room, but if we weren't going to make it back to give them a call to let them know...

This hotel has a lot of potential for a luxury hotel, but do not need the standards. The room is quaint, and the hotel has a lot of charm. But the areas they are lacking are the guest service, guest recovery of issues and the room service. We would not stay again.

30/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
168. Kim B.
I was a first-time customer at the Sofia last December between Christmas and New Year's Day. A refugee from a hotel in Little Italy where they failed to mention the airport flight pattern is practically overhead. So I fled into the LUXURIOUS arms of the Sofia.  I had a Large Queen room, all black designer furniture with cream-colored upholstery - stylish, comfortable and perfectly-perfectly-perfectly clean.

The $99/night was exactly what I had been paying for that nasty little room in Little Italy, in other words a GREAT DEAL. My stay was quiet though I did notice some conversation in an adjacent room early one evening, enough to realize that noise could be a problem if you had a room next to talkers.  But it was blissfully quiet for the rest of my stay.

If you appreciate ARCHITECTURE and HISTORY the Sofia is on the Registry of Historic Hotels and there were gorgeous fossils displayed on every floor. The San Diego friend I was visiting is a landscape architect and said they had found fossils on the site when they were building the hotel so that may be the connection. The staff is low-profile and very sweet and helpful, and there's an attractive hotel bar street-level that I'll check out next time.

A fantastic place to relax and unwind.

28/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
169. Amy A.
I have to say that for a hotel at this price, I wasn't particularly impressed.  My experience was that it was all form with little function.

To begin, they claim to cater to the business traveler but do not have in-room wifi.  Hello, this is 2010!  To make matters worse, the ethernet connection in our room didn't work either.

Our bathroom was just gorgeous but way too small to get away with the uber-chic no door on the shower thing.  I found this out when I walked in there with socks right after my husband took a shower to find 1/2" of water on the floor.

The lighting in the room was warm and tinted to make for beautiful ambience -and absolutely impossible to apply makeup by.  I had to finish my make-up AND use the wifi at my mother-in-law's house because the hotel fell short.

Other nits include plastic plants in the lobby, some weird silk-screened stone pattern on the elevator floor and dogs barking in the halls.  Hey, I'm a dog person and I appreciate pet-friendly establishments; however, I don't let my pooch get away with barking in quiet places, and I do not want to hear other people's dogs when I'm paying for a $150 hotel room.

San Diego has much better to offer at this price point and next time I'll choose a known quantity like the Westin, the Grand Hyatt or the Bristol.

19/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
170. Vanessa L.
We stayed here for a night & it was such a pleasant stay! Every thing from check-in to the comfy bed was great! This place is full of so much charm & is centrally located to the harbor, bars, restaurants, etc. I would definitely stay here the next time I am in SD!

22/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
171. Jen S.
if it weren't for the $100 deal i got online for my room, i wouldn't be a happy camper.  the room feels somewhat dingy and a tad dirty.  the toilet is old and beat up looking.  the tv is very small has has spotty cable reception.  the location is good but lots of homeless surrounding the building day and night.  

upon waking up this morning, my husband and i could CLEARLY hear every word being said by the people in the room next to us.  

the pros: the staff is very friendly and helpful as well as the valet (but be warned it's $30/day with no other cheaper options in the area)

if you find a cheap price for this place online, it's worth it....full price, NO WAY.

05/04/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
172. Brad E.
Is 5 months enough time to let pass before I write another review?  Sure.  Here goes.

I recalled a trip to San Diego a few years back where I walked passed this hotel and thought to my self, "Self, next time you come back here, get a room there and you can booze it up all night and stumble back."  Well, fast forward a few years and I had the opportunity to spend a night here with the girlfriend.  

It is a great little hotel, and I mean little.  The rooms are small, but quaint.  It's a bit of a cluster trying to get to the valet.  At least in our case we had to circle a couple of blocks because of the one ways.  Plus, $20 a day for parking?  I guess it could be worse.  They do keep it convenient with the text messaging to the valet to get your car ready, so that was cool.  The staff was super nice and helped with some directions and recos.  

The bed was extremely comfortable and made you want to sleep all day.  The bathroom situation may keep me from coming back.  First, it has a sliding door and no locking capability.  Second, the shower.  It looks really cool, however, function took a backseat to form in this case.  There is a half wall and water was literally all over the floor.  So, all day you would need to wade in order to use the toilet.

Overall, I liked this hotel minus the slight imperfections.  The location is great,  the bar and restaurant looked really cool and would have tried it had we stayed longer than one night.

18/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
173. Aileen C.
Spent one night here after attending a wedding in San Diego.  We checked in late, around 10pm, but the staff was still attentive and their cafe/restaurant/lounge in the lobby was full of energy.  The room is small, but I love boutique-y hotels.  Everything is new and modern and CLEAN.  Love this place.  Best thing about Sofia Hotel is their SUPERB CUSTOMER SERVICE.  My fiance completely forgot he left his suit hanging in the closet.  While we only live in LA we didn't think it best to turn around and drive back to San Diego.  Instead, we called them asking if their cleaning personnel turned in clothing from our room and if they could mail it to us.  Management was very friendly and responsive and got my fiance's suit delivered to us in 2 days.  Next time we're in SD, we're definitely staying at Sofia not just because of the awesome accommodations or the friendly staff or the delicious restaurant/cafe they have downstairs, but because their key card to the room offers a discount at Macy's!!  So, if you stay here - keep the card and use it next time you're out shopping at Macy's. :)

03/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
174. Liz S.
Affordable, clean and with awesome inclusions like free wi-fi, two free bottles of water a day, and complimentary bikes to cruise around and check out the city.

The only downside: rooms are small, which is expected in historic/old city hotels, and the TV in the room was tiny with horrible reception/connection. The pictures were fuzzy and it was pretty much unwatchable. But, we weren't in the room much at all so it wasn't a huge deal.

The location is great - right near the Gaslamp District and a fairly short walk to Little Italy.  There's a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf right next door and a great little taco shop in the back of the building. Lots of transportation (cab stops, bus stops) are on the same block. Would definitely stay here again.

10/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
175. Katherine L.
There wasn't anything wrong with the hotel, I just didn't think it was all that great. The room was tiny, but that was expected. The front desk staff wasn't very friendly- on two different occasions, I stood in front of the desk while they were talking away on the phone. Didn't even look up to acknowledge me.

Our room was on the seventh floor over the bus depot- so not a great view, and we were afraid it'll wake us up, but it didn't. Oh, when we opened the room fridge, there was a halfway full bottle of milk in it. Yeah, it was a little gross- I mean how long as it been in there?

The shower was also weird- it just had a glass wall on half the shower, and no door, or curtain, which seems fine in theory, except the water sort of sprayed out everywhere.

The valet staff was very friendly though! But it's not really enough for me to come back...

24/06/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
176. James H.
Great location, everything is within walking distance. I think there's even a jail a couple blocks away, which I like for protection. I don't predict too many inmates escaping and coming to the hotel.

There is the Horton Plaza, 7-11, Pizza Hut, Yardhouse, and all the bars Gaslamp is known for, nearby. Parking, like others have mentioned, is $30 valet, only. We got lucky on both nights (Fri night, and Sat night) and parked nearby on the street. Sunday is free. Friday and Saturday was free after 6pm until 8am, the next morning.

There's also a garage a block away, near 1st and C street, which offered $10 all day parking so you may want to consider that.

We got a suite, which included a queen size bed and a pull out couch in the living room. There were four of us and space wasn't an issue. The hot water from the showers were able to accommodate all of us without cooling down. Only drawback to the bathroom door was that there was no lock. Unless you have a-hole friends, you don't have to worry about that. The TV is small but we didn't visit San Diego to watch television.

The gym was on the same floor and we partook in drunk'n olympics, through strongmen competitions. Access to the gym is 24 hours in case you feel inactive.

The staff was very friendly. Everyone from the valets, to the managers, to the front desk were at their best.

Conclusion?

I would definitely stay here again!

03/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
177. Jessica R.
This is actually a pre-stay review to speak of merely customer service. My boyfriend is coming into San Diego for the first time ever Nov 14-18. Of course I want it to be the best experience ever for him, so I booked us a hotel room for the first night of his stay :)
The great customer service started with Marianne who I spoke to Sep 24th to make my reservations.  I used a Living Social offer, but in no means felt that I was treated as less of a guest like I have read in another review, on the contrary, Marianne (sp) was very warm & personable, helpful & efficient.
I called back on Oct 4th bc there might have been a change in his travel plans, so I wanted dot cover us for that change as well, so I booked a room for both nights, again she was extremely personable & professional & helpful..
Well my boyfriend ended up getting an early flight in @ 1100, so when I called and asked if I could possibly check in early & if I could guarantee an early check in I spoke to a you ng lady named Erin & she said there shouldn't be aproblem with that because at the current time they were not 100%, but she wanted me to call closer to date to make sure of it. Again very sweet & helpful staff.
I called back the next day & talked to Brian who put my mind at ease. He explained to me the policy of the Sofia Hotel was not to keep guest waiting & if there are rooms guest will always be able to check in when they arrive. He said he understood how flying in & having to wait can turn away guests & that is not what his hotel was about. One it's refreshing to hear that hotels can actually let you check in early & two it was nice to hear someone who is proud of & takes ownership for their company policies.
I had also booked a room @ the Hotel Indigo for the same day & had planned to go with whomever could work with me & my situation with the boyfriend arriving early. Not only did the Hotel Indigo NOT work with me but the manager Darren was very short & abrupt with me & then flat out lied to me about the occupancy of the hotel, saying they were booked solid & I couldn't possibly check in earlier! I went online to try to book a room at Hotel Indigo & guess what? not only did they have rooms but several types of room available!
So I called back asked to talk to Darren the manager & when I told him I was looking at his hotel web page that showed open rooms. he said he didn't lie to me he just hadn't checked his information since this morning. I don't know which is worse a liar or an incompetent manager!
Needless to say I canceled my reservations & kept my reservations with THE SOFIA HOTEL. Not only did I keep the initial night as planned but I also kept the 2nd night i had reserved if my boyfriend's flight had been pushed back!
I was so pleased to be treated so well & assisted with what seems like a not so big deal to others but is for someone who hasn't seen her boyfriend in months!
I will be sure to comment on how the actual stay goes, but so far, so good! I am very excited for our visit!

14/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
178. Humphrey J.
Super cute. Really clean, good fitness center. Concierge needs work. I'll totally stay here again!
Next time I stay here I won't rely on anything from the bell/concierge. We never got a bike, even though we waited most of they day and we would have been okay if it seemed like anyone cared at all, but they just don't have that kind of personal service even though they are a small hotel. Good location makes up for things like that as they are RIGHT across the street from the transit center so we could take the bus / trolley any where we wanted to go. Would have been nice to have access to the bikes.

10/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
179. Ruthie S.
First thing... whoever said the pillows are hard to sleep on because they are square is not very smart! The pillows are squished, folded, and tucked into squares so they look pretty... all you have to do is untuck the ends and pat them down... bada bing... normal pillows!

Anyway, I LOVED THE SOFIA!

The rooms were small but worked for us. We did get the queen bed. The view of the brick wall wasn't the greatest but we didn't spend much time with the shades open anyway. The bed was so comfortable and the flat screen TV was just right for the room size.

I'll admit the half shower enclosure was weird but we just put down a towel and that helped. Housekeeping will bring you new towels every day so that shouldn't be a problem for most people.

The service was awesome, especially the valets! The parking is $28, but it's convenient - quick and easy... as downtown has horrible parking issues.

The business center is open all the time... I had to check my email at 2am for some reason. HA.

The Sofia is located about a block from Horton Plaza and a few blocks from the Gaslamp. Perfect location!

08/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
180. Cole C.
Large persons be warned, the rooms at the Sofia are polly-pocket sized.

I loved the juxtaposition of the old, historic building with the sleek, modern, decor of the rooms. There are a number of rooms with a beautiful view (just ask for one!) and the location is ideal. The price is high, but so is everywhere else downtown.

For me and mine, the Sofia was a great choice. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there and would book another reservation in a heartbeat. That said, there are a number of quirky aspects to this hotel that I think should be pointed out  before you decide whether staying there is right for YOU.

1. The rooms really are less than half the size of typical hotel rooms. They save space by putting a queen in each room instead of a king, but it's still pretty difficult to maneuver around the furniture.
2. There's a full sized mirror, but the proximity of the bed to the mirror makes it completely impossible to take advantage of it's full size.
3. The door to the room opens up into the bathroom. Literally.
4. There is no shower door. Water gets everywhere. Strangest design ever.
5. There is a door to the toilet room, but good luck getting it to stay closed. It's a completely dysfunctional pocket door. It also provides almost zero privacy, so you'd better be comfortable taking care of business right in front of whoever is staying with you.
6. The walls are SUPER thin. The best you can do is hope for neighbors that keep hanky-panky noises to a minimum.
7. The windows don't open. Potential for some very stale air.

Just a few things to keep in mind before your book it...

ALSO: I noticed on the way out that they have 9am free walking tours of the Gaslamp on Sundays. Wish I would have noticed that earlier!

13/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
181. Vijtibble A.
the sofia was lovely.  i'll start with that.

i spent 4 nights in san diego for my bff's wedding, my fourth time in the area, and by far my best experience.  the hotel was very friendly and service oriented when i called to confirm and my reservation couldn't be found.  eventually it turned up under my travel partner's name, which was weird, but ok.  

ok, the pros: sofia's got modern rooms, pretty furnishing, cushy towels, nice soaps, coffee in the room, a mini fridge, very comfy beds, lemon water at the front desk, free bike rental and concierge, an awesomely friendly cafe downstairs, and a pretty decent fitness room.  

the cons: sofia does not include any breakfast, only gives you enough coffee to make two cups a day (you have to ask the cleaning staff for extra), weird shower divider that splashes water all over the floor, a strange banging noise in the early part of the day near the elevators, loads of homeless folks on the block, and either a disorganized or lazy housekeeping staff (we had to ask twice for our room to be cleaned).  

all that aside, my stay was lovely and i'd stay again if i'm able to find the same expedia deal.  i've heard the standard rates are pretty high, so for what i paid, my experience was worthwhile.

24/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
182. Christine C.
Here's is my review in a nutshell.

Reasonably priced
Small rooms
Valet service required
Thin walls
Conveniently located
Friendly bellhop and valet
Water in lobby was never filled the whole weekend I was there
Pet friendly

Was a cute boutique hotel, but was not a favorite as far as hotels go. It gets an A-OK rating.

30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
183. Joann L.
Small room for a SoCal hotel but decor is nice (modern) and it was comfortable. The shower, however, was a bit annoying because only half of it was covered with glass so water escaped through the other uncovered half, leaving a wet floor. Price was reasonable for a comfortable hotel in downtown San Diego. Note that parking is $30 and valet only.

30/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
184. Michelle P.
Lovely.  Yes.  This hotel made me feel like I was in a Manhattan hotel or apartment.  The brick building, the tall windows, the decor.  The Brit and I came here for an extended weekend along with the Brit's parents (holy cow, has it come this far?!)  I'd been promoting San Diego as a weekend getaway for some time and so it finally came along.  

There doesn't visually seem to be anything in the immediate area, but you are just a brief walk away from the downtown area.  The hotel offers a morning walking tour and I do recommend it.  The current guide (Jared I think) is a local and friends with the owner, but knows a lot about San Diego.  He was open to answering my probing Social Worker questions about what SD's doing about their highly visible homeless problem.  He was a really nice, down to earth guy and made some pretty good recommendations for local stuff - one being a breakfast spot next to the Ramada that we never would have tried if it weren't for him pointing it out.  His wife is also the fitness person one can hire for personal yoga in the hotel.  

The hotel bar is wonderful.  I love the decor in there and they were so great one night when the Brit and came stumbling in after a night painting the town red.  Apparently we weren't actually finished drinking and thought we'd have a nightcap in the bar, but when we arrived we were devastated to find they had just closed.  You have to understand, when this happens, we are always truly shocked, wondering where the time has gone and feeling convinced we are being lied to.  The bar manager heard our disappointment and inquiries about a local liquor mart and offered to sell us something from the bar.  To our delight we jumped at the opportunity and got a bottle of champagne.  By the time we arrived to our room we passed out, never having actually opened the (what we would later find out to be $69 bottle) champagne.  We enjoyed it another night.  

I love the charm of this once public housing converted hotel has, but it does still come with some drawbacks.  You have to pay for parking.  Every. single. day.  Shite.  Pure shite.  I'm sorry, I feel if you are a guest this should not happen.  Anywhere.  And the windows in the room don't open at all so it's a constant battle between hot and cold.  And the water from the tap and served in the restaurant below is just terrible.  We had to buy bottles from 7-11.  

The hotel is named for the owner's grand daughter (if memory serves me well) and is a delightful place.

14/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
185. Theresa N.
Good location and if you are able to find a good deal it's not so bad (try looking on Orbitz, etc).  The room was actually pretty small but cozy.  Downside is that the valet is $30 a day :(  Big bummer so I recommend trying to find street parking, or if maybe a parking garage.

16/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
186. Federico E.
Eh.

The first time I went here, over a year ago, it was really nice.
The staff was friendly and attentive; the room was clean.

This most recent stay really was disappointing. The staff that I'd been used to seeing was gone, replaced with unfriendly and sarcastic employees. Luckily, the manager was nice enough to correct the situation.

I had to switch rooms two times. The first one had animal hair all over the floor and in the bed itself; the next one had pubic hairs in sheets. The third room was an upgrade, but I was kind of worried about what exactly might have been in the sheets this time around. I hope nothing.

This hotel was better a year ago. I hope it improves.

24/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
187. Christopher J.
==The Sofia Hotel==
The decor was nice. The lobby seemed very upscale and the service was fantastic. There is even a nice restaurant in the lobby that you should also check out. The food was pretty good. The rooms were very nice and felt comfortable and safe. Noise level was quiet outside and I have no complains. The view was standard, just overlooking downtown, nothing special. Paying the high price for the location was expected but It wasn't a rip off. Most likely you will HAVE to valet as you won't really find parking without paying the meters. Don't except walking outside to be exciting as this is downtown, and it's dirty with lots of homeless wandering around.

3 Stars because the VALET guys didn't seem like they wanted to give me and my ex respect. Gave us looks and did not speak too much nor smiled at us. Do I sense a little mis-judgement?

PROS::

1] Very nice decor in the lobby and rooms
2] A Fair price for the location
3] Spacious rooms and great customer service from the lobby attendants
4] Restaurant in the lobby with decent food

CONS::

1] Hire some new valet guys with more respect

19/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
188. L M.
We stayed here during a conference, so I am not sure what we paid. This is the 4th hotel we have stayed in in the area. I hated the Marriott at the convention center and the Embassy Suites had lousy Internet. This place is clean and well maintained. Internet was up to the job. It was in an interesting area (but the edge of an iffy area, though still perfectly safe). Our room was tiny! They have larger rooms, but I guess the government rate did not warrant it. I was there only their two nights. I think if I had stayed longer, the rating would have gone down. Employees are nice and efficient. I love Tender Greens, so I was happy to see it on the corner.

28/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
189. Taylor E.
There were several things about The Sofia Hotel that disappointed me. Parking is pricey ($30 for valet, which is the only option). The ironing board in the was room filthy (covered with brown stains). I set my keys on one of the higher shelves in the room, and when I reached up to grab them dust flew everywhere. The faucet sprayed water in every direction. There's an $8 fee for WiFi, which by itself doesn't really bother me, but when I was checking in someone was complaining about it and the clerk seemed to be treating him rudely. The room was tiny. The walls seem pretty thin.

The only thing pleasing about The Sofia Hotel was the rate. We paid $100 which is great for a hotel downtown.

26/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
190. Charles R.
Looking for something a little different? Try the Sofia Hotel. Felt very European because of the decor and the size of the rooms, which are small but cozy. Great ammenities (gym and yoga room). My husband and I had a couples' massage and enjoyed that very much. Very nice and attentive staff (front desk and valet). One thing we liked is that all you had to do was text the valet service w/ your ticket number and they would have your car waiting by the time you came downstairs.

Had we paid attention to the website, we would have noticed they are pet-friendly. So next time we visit San Diego, we'll take our dog. Very close to the Gaslamp district, which the hotel offers a walking tour of on the weekends.

15/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
191. Claudia M.
Super cute, comfortable, clean and oh so chic.
Close to everything! I will be back!

16/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
192. Steph L.
Through Yelp, I was contacted by the GM at the Sofia Hotel, who asked if I would come check it out and write a review. At that point I had never heard of the Sofia, so I was very curious and excited about the prospect of exploring a new place. My parents often come down from Orange County to visit and spend the weekend in San Diego, so I was hoping this could be a new place to add to their hotel repertoire. We agreed on a date that I would come stay, and the plans were set.

Coincidentally, my older sister sits on the board of a local non-profit organization callled "La Cuna" that places babies in foster homes, and when I mentioned the Sofia Hotel to her she said that they were hosting the La Cuna holiday party three days before my stay was booked. What a great way to check out the place in stealth mode when they weren't expecting me, I thought, and accepted her offer to be the +1.

To preface the rest of my review, I am going to just lay it out for you very simply: The Sofia Hotel is one of San Diego's best kept secrets. The level of service and overall experience I had on each of my two visits (one where they knew I was coming, one a surprise) was the same: excellent across the board.

Upon arrival to the hotel for the La Cuna event, I was greeted by the nicest (and dare I say cutest?) valet I have ever come into contact with. Huge smile, super helpful, eye contact....you never realize this kind of service doesn't exist in most places until you get it. Very impressive....

It should be noted that the Sofia Hotel is family owned, and very civic minded. My sister told me that they hosted (free of charge) the La Cuna event, but you never would have guessed that based on the fabulousity of the evening. There were roaming servers passing out gorgeous appetizers and hefty glasses of wine to the grownups, there was a face painter, cookie and ornament decorating, and huge trays of kiddie food for the munchkins. The Sofia Hotel employees who were working the event were volunteers (only well-treated employees would work for free on their off nights!), and halfway through the evening, Santa arrived to pass out presents to all the kids. We later learned Santa was one of the hotel owners--you would never see this type of hands-on participation in a corporate hotel.

The hotel itself has recently been renovated, but has retained the great history of the building. For some tidbit facts about the hotel and neighborhood, check out the light covers in every hallway--pictures and trivia about what San Diego used to be like. The rooms themselves are gorgeous (please see pictures), beautiful dark wood furniture, Balinese style sinks, flat screen tv's in every room, great views of downtown San Diego, and perfect location to walk around the gaslamp district.

I typically judge a hotel based mainly on two things: the comfy-ness of the bed, and their bath products. Sleeping in the Sofia Hotel bed made me seriously wonder if I could ever go back to my own lumpy bed: it was the perfect mix of soft and firm with just the right amount of pillows. Their bath products had a curious unique characteristic that I hadn't seen before--all of the bottlenecks were extra wide. What an ingenius idea, no longer will hotel guests smack the lotion bottle against their palm in frustration trying to retrieve the remaining third of the bottle. No longer will hotel guests have to chase the poor housekeepers down the hall, begging for more shampoo/conditioner/lotion. At the Sofia, no bath product shall go to waste. Call me a cheap date, but I LOVED this!

All rooms come equipped with blow dryers (good ones, not the crappy ones you see most places that rip your hair out upon use) huge fluffy white towels for the shower, a wine opener (brilliant--I forgot mine.) For special occasions (weddings, etc) management will arrange for a bottle of "Sofia" Ford Coppola champagne to be chilling in your room upon arrival. How cute is that? Just another one of the many thoughtful extra's this hotel provides.

Checking in and out of the hotel is a total breeze, because their staff is quick, efficient, and ready to assist you in whatever you need. On the checkout desk, there was a large beverage dispenser of ice water with lemons, and disposable plastic-looking cups that are actually made of some sort of corn product. The Sofia uses recycled and earth-friendly products *swoon.*

In this economy we need to support our locally owned businesses, and promote the idea of  "Stay-cations." The Sofia Hotel is a a beautiful hotel that combines just the right amount of local flavor with a Parisian twist.  It's elegant and the extra touches are obvious in each room. I loved my stay there, and can't wait to have my parents stay there next time they are in town. I wish this hotel, and wonderful staff, many years of success.

27/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
193. Cynthia W.
This was a cute hotel!  It's a perfect location and the fact that it's a pet friendly hotel makes it better!  We got an awesome package with car rental on cheaptickets.com !  They offer free rental of cruiser bikes!  Everything is within walking distance!  This is definitely one of my favorite hotel and will be going bak again!

18/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
194. Tony R.
Me and my wife decided to come to San Diego to spend our first year anniversary and I booked the hotel through Google. My first impression of the place was being treated as if we were second class guests for having used Google Offers to get a good deal. The value of the hotel room I booked was claimed to be at "up to $259", but it truly did not feel like that number matched the quality of this place.
1. The $30 valet is practically useless considering that there's a parking lot right behind the hotel for that price.
2. I get that it's a historical hotel, but the hotel could invest in a little sound proofing to keep the guests from clearly hearing each other through the paper thin walls of the tiny rooms.
3. The fridge should be able to keep ice cream from turning into a milkshake by morning.
4. I understand that it's a interior design feature to have a sliding bathroom door that doesn't lock, but to have a shower stall with no door so the water gets all over the place?!?! C'mon!

Not to mention the fact that I got hold put on card that I wasn't made aware of until after my stay. I get the need to put holds, but have some common courtesy to tell someone when you're about to hold back $179 from their bank account.

On the upside, the location is pretty awesome.

10/11/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
195. Sh F.
I stayed here last night and i think it is just the cutest hotel ever. The staff was soooo friendly and extremely helpful. We walked to Gaslamp from here it wasnt too far at all. I thought the 30 dollar mandatory valet charge was a tad much but i guess its because you're in downtown. We came back to our room around 2:30 am and noticed the toilet was leaking. I called the front desk and they immediately offered us a new room. It wasn't a big deal i asked for towels to clean up the mess and the problem was solved until the maintenance person came in later that day. Anyways the staff were so caring and took off our valet charges and service fee. The rooms were so clean and nice. I thought the showers were a little weird though. There was no door just half a glass wall so by the time you were done showering the floor was wet. Other than that I highly recommend the hotel. Im definitely going back!

11/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
196. Dano G.
This is a nicely renovated "boutique" hotel. I still have no idea what "boutique" really means. I will assume it means "old hotel with new furnishings made to look new."

The location isn't too bad, if you like to walk far, you can walk to the Gaslamp Downtown area on Fifth Avenue and get crunk.

If you don't like walking, hail a cab.

At least it isn't directly on Fifth Avenue, because I once stayed on Fifth Avenue and it was so noisy I wasn't able to go sleep on ANY night until about 3 am.

The furnishings in this hotel are nice, with the modern "big glass bowl" sink and the doorless glass walled shower.

But it's still an old building.

And it shares space with a greyhound station.

Which means you are surrounded by A LOT of people that still use the bus as transportation.

Weirdos.

They made my experience walking to and from the hotel horrible.

That is what made me minus the 2 stars.

Weirdos that takes buses.

And a LOT of bums.

Bums. Buses. Boo.

02/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
197. Rassamee H.
Stayed at the Sofia hotel for four nights for our 8th anniversary. Had a lovely stay. Room was small but well appointed - comfy bed, nice view, gorgeous sink, mini fridge, and microwave. There is a great fitness room and yoga space on the 2nd floor. The fitness room has treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, and medicine balls. You can also check out free cruiser bikes complete with helmets, lights, bike locks, water bottle holders. A definite perk! We checked the bikes out and rode out to Ocean Beach for a day. There is a decent restaurant/bar in the hotel called Current. We had some lovely drinks and appetizers on two of the nights there.

I do not recommend bringing a car here. I read what they charge ($30 per night) and we decided to go with public transit to save cash. This was not a problem as the hotel is in the middle of downtown. We were able to take a bus to San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, La Jolla, and Pacific Beach just by walking out the hotel lobby and crossing a street. Or you can hop on the trolley two blocks away or grab a taxi from the taxi stand out front. Really convenient. You can also walk easily to Little Italy or Gaslamp Quarter, or hire a pedicab.

A couple other words of advice. 1. The coffee provided in your hotel room is NOT GOOD. I suggest going to a nearby cafe if you are a coffee drinker.  2. Ask for a room that is not on the back side of the hotel, where you will be overlooking the Greyhound buses waiting at the station. You might prefer a better view.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants an affordable yet boutique-style hotel to stay at in SD. If we go back, we'd definitely try staying here again.

06/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
198. Abe M.
Nice hotel, friendly staff, close to everything, the only downfall is they don't have a pool.  Also there is a $30 a day parking fee, but it is central to nightlife and a nice clean hotel.

02/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
199. Rachel H.
We recently spent a weekend in San Diego kind of saying good bye to our beloved town before we move back to the SF Bay Area.  We stayed two nights in a suite at the Sofia and had a wonderful time. It is so quaint and romantic, and is nearby to everything you would want to do in downtown SD.  Prices are very reasonable, staff is accommodating and pleasant.  Only compliant is $30 per night valet parking - I think if you are staying at the hotel more than one night, it should just be a one time charge.

30/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
200. Pat C.
This hotel is very cute. We stayed at the Sofia for three evenings. We were lucky to be upgraded to a suite, but we could see how the rooms would be small with out the extra sitting area. The rooms are clean, nicely decorated and comfortable. Due to the design of the building the suites only share a common wall with one room and we did not hear anyone for the first couple of days.

The valet parking staff was very friendly and helpful, But surprisingly the desk staff was not very friendly at all. We did not get a pleasant look, smile or exchange from the desk staff until the last day? Very odd for this level of hotel.

The restaurant "The Currant" was very good. It was restaurant week when we were visiting so we gave it a try. We had a Panko encrusted avocado with lump crab and corn chowder with Thia basil and pancetta as appetizer. They were both amazing! My husband had the flat iron steak for his entree. The meat was cooked well, but the sauce was a little salty. I had the scallops. I am very picky about how fish/seafood is cooked. I can honestly say they scallops I was served are the best I have every had. Perfectly seared on the outside creamy and fresh on the inside.

Ok so why only 4 stars. Location. Although the hotel is very close to the Gas Lamp the area has some flaws. This may are may not bother you. It did not bother us much, but it was very noticeable. There is a large number of homeless people walking in front of the hotel at every hour of the day. Walk two blocks in any direction away from the hotel and the numbers decline. It is also right next to a Grey hound bus station so there is a lot cars dropping off and picking up people. Both of these only become an issue if you sit in the window or outside of the restaurant.  

We will definitely stay at the hotel again.

25/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
201. Rachel W.
I would call in advance and make sure your room in NO WHERE near the construction zone behind the building.  The jack hammer was sooooo loud in our room, that I couldn't hear my husband and we were yelling.  They promptly moved us, but I wanted to sleep in on Monday which was a holiday (Presidents day).  They should NEVER have put folks in that room with a construction zone right outside the window.

The restaurant attached to the hotel was nice.  The rooms were ok, rather small.

27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
202. Chris G.
GREAT location and value, my expectations were far exceeded! Do you want to see downtown San Diego, go to Petco Park and see the Padres, or party in the Gas Lamp District, this location is walking distance from all of them.

The staff is super friendly and the decor is nice. Let's get this out of the way, the rooms are small, but nice, fashion forward decor and a nice flat screen. If you have ever stayed in New York or Europe, where space is limited, you will not be disappointed with the size of the room, but as I said, it's still very nice. There is an internet charge, but it's free in the lobby, which is not a huge inconvenience. The lobby and downstairs area are all very elegant, I did not eat at the hotel but they have a nice restaurant which opens onto the street with big windows, cool effect. What really set my experience apart was the quality and friendliness of the staff, unreal! They have valet parking at a day rate of $30, which is normal for 24 hour parking in the area. My 1 night hotel rate was $175 after tax, but not including the parking fee.

09/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
203. Jen W.
We've stayed here twice in the past year for just an overnight downtown, and I really enjoy this hotel. The rooms are a bit small, but they are clean and contemporary with the extras you might need if you want to spend some time in the room (iPod dock, comfortable bed, etc.).

The staff is exceptional, and they even gave us a free upgrade to a suite the last time when they found out was my husband's 40th bday.

I haven't checked out the restaurant, but there is a coffee shop right next door, and some great breakfast places w/in walking distance. I did see, however, that the restaurant has a Bloody Mary Bar on the weekend, so I might have to check that out next time.

Walking distance to Horton Plaza and some good dinner places, too. Great price for a nice place close to everything.

11/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
204. Doug B.
Spent a saturday night at the Sofia recently and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Dined at the Currant for both happy hour Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning. It was both delicious and affordable. The room was nice, though small. My 2 complaints were the cable reception was fairly poor and the pillows on the bed were overly-stiff (I subsequently found a spare pillow that would have been much more comfortable above the closet in the morning.) By far the best part of our stay was the customer service. The staff were friendly and accommodating. In particular, I left some clothes in the closet when I checked out. When I called that evening the staff graciously offered to mail the clothes out the next morning. By mid-week, all my missing belongings were back in my possession thanks to the great staff at the Sofia!

21/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
205. Marquetia C.
If I could give this place 10 stars I would.  My grandmother uses a wheelchair and a walker.  The staff was accommodating in every way.  Comfortable rooms, professional and staff that was informative and friendly.

15/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
206. Tawny I.
This hotel was a great place to stay on my trip to SD!  The rooms are on the smaller size but it was cozy and nicely decorated so the size didn't really matter for a party of 2.  Parking is on the steep side, $30 for overnight but the valet said we were allowed to park until ~11pm before they charge for the next evening.  That was very convenient since my friend and I decided to head to gaslamp for a few hours after we checked out.

This hotel is very pet friendly (extra charge).  They have a drinking bowl for the dog right outside the door (facing broadway), give doggy treats upon check in and when you first book your reservation they ask for your animal's name and write it on a sign at the front desk with MORE dog treats.  The sign includes the names of all the animals staying that weekend...I thought that was really cute.

It has been mentioned in a lot of the reviews already but I'm going to mention it again.  The shower splashes!!! No matter how close you stick your head to the shower head the water will splash out.  I was tippy toeing to get close to the shower head but it didn't work and I'm not that short either -_- .  Seriously, the hotel needs to add the other half of the shower glass!  

FYI: Make sure you know how much your nightly rate is especially if you are booking at a special rate.  I'm not sure if it's because the guy at the front desk read the statement wrong but we were almost charged an extra $30/night.  He was really nice about it though. :)

Overall, the place was great despite the shower and the almost overcharge.

20/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
207. Katy M.
I was looking for an affordable but nice hotel close to the train station and the gaslamp district. The Sofia Hotel is totally awesome!

The room was small but totally adequate. It reminded me of European hotels, actually. Very effective use of the space.

The staff was super friendly and very helpful.

Food at the restaurant was great and the bartender was delightful.

I will stay here again for sure.

26/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
208. Jackee K.
Why u no have breakfast on weekdays?!
One would think they'd have breakfast at least on New Years' Day, but no.  No breakfast.  There's a Peet's Coffee (or something like that) right next door, though, with really good bagels.  The hotel is really close to Horton Plaza and all the fun stuff in Gaslamp.  
The room we had was pretty small, but it didn't matter since we were only there one night.  The bed was comfortable and there were a lot of windows, which were nice.  The shower had one of those shower heads that you find in Europe, that don't spray all that much and are hard to detach from the wall-holder thing (know what I'm talking about?)...and even though there are blackout curtains in the room itself, there are windows in the bathroom that don't have blackout curtains and the door to the bathroom is basically a piece of frosted glass in a wooden frame, so the sun comes right on in to your room.  SERIOUSLY?

15/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
209. Susan O.
Ok where to start... The only thing that made my stay "ok" was the awesome presence of the valet guys. Great personalities and overall very helpful. The staff at the front desk not so much. Upon arrival we checked in and found out they messed up on our reservation and charged us a lot more than expected... We didn't mind it, but what was very irritating was how rude and disrespectful this one girl at the front desk was. I believe her name was Erin or it started with an E for sure. Idk if it was her time of the month or what but she was completely rude. I had to do all the thinking for her, the math and calculations. She would always roll her eyes and used a very sarcastic tone. I'm a pretty fun and energetic person, I know I didn't cause anything for her to act that way. I complained to her manager bc she was dry, useless and over the top ridiculously rude. I would never stay here again. I feel like she needs to work at a funeral home or something. Horrible customer service in such a nice hotel. Not a good combo.

03/09/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
210. Dustin H.
Stayed her a few times back in 2012 and service was great... The location even better. Valet was quick, and check-in/ out was a breeze. The rooms are appointed nicely and had comfortable beds. Will return again.

16/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
211. Tara M.
My husband and I love this hotel. It's super cute, the people are really friendly and it's walking distance to Gaslamp. I will admit the rooms are tiny, but they are nice. When we go, we don't plan on spending a ton of time in the room so we are ok with it being small. The rest of it makes up for the small rooms. Great location, cute, quaint, good restaurant/bar in the lobby and free bike rentals! Oh plus you can bring your dog, although we haven't tried that yet!

18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
212. Megan K.
Cute hotel that is within walking distance to the gaslamp district. The onsite restaurant is also delicious. Our room was nice and clean, not very big, but it was big enough. I'd stay here again.

16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
213. Kayla H.
First, I'm surprised to see that the Sofia Hotel has less than five stars. Perhaps I'm just low maintenance. That or a lot of people simply cannot be pleased. Either way, I'll keep my review short and sweet.

The place is swanky with nice decor. The rooms are small, but nicely done and the beds are super comfortable. I rarely spend time in my hotel room, so, the bed is my biggest concern and this place wins. The only weird thing about the entire room is the bathroom--a sliding door that does't necessarily provide privacy (but you should probably only rent hotels with folks you know anyway) and the shower had only a half wall divider thing that results in a wet floor post-shower. But, really, it was barely an inconvenience.
I thought the staff were hella friendly and the fitness room had decent equipment and a pitcher of ice cold lemon water...seriously, I'm won over already. Plus, there's a free walking tour on weekends at 9AM. I loved this place...I even loved the coffee shop outside of the lobby. I would whole-heartedly recommend it and plan on staying here during next years conference too.

Oh, I guess I should note that around 9:30AM the construction going on nearby does cause a raucous in the rooms nearby. If you plan on sleeping in past 9:30AM, ask for a room away from the construction.

02/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
214. Mstl L.
I have never been more impressed with customer service at a hotel than I was with the Sofia. I purchased a LivingSocial deal for a friend's wedding, and mistakenly forgot to call and make my reservation until 2 days before the wedding! Idiot, right? Well, the staff here were super helpful and got me set up with a room when they were otherwise fully booked. The workout room was small but had a lot of weights/machines, the rooms were gorgeous, and the bar/restaurant downstairs had $8 BOTTOMLESS Mimosas on the weekend. Color me sold.

07/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
215. Hello P.
Ok, so the rooms are small.... other than that, this place rocks. the location is perfect and what set is apart is their service staff. They are professionals and very pleasant. I especially applaud for the valet service. I stayed at numerous hotels before and the Sofia Hotel's valet service is the best I've seen. Also, you can bring your dog here, which is a big plus.

05/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
216. John P.
Came here for our 5 year caravansary getaway. First time away in over 5 years without the kids. Love the hotel. Rooms are a bit small, but very good use of the space. Hotel staff was very attentive and courteous. Walking distance from just about everything makes Sofia a great location. My only gripe would be the beds. A bit hard for our liking. And for this gave it 4 stars. Guess that's what happens when you have the most comfortable bed at home.

I would highly recommend Sofia Hotel to anyone.

08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
217. Jason H.
Summary: Great place to stay, especially if you can get discounted pricing. Superb service and helpful staff. A Charming, historic hotel in the middle of all the action. However, the hotel is not kid friendly and the renovation is not complete, balanced, or thorough which introduces a few inconveniences.

Pros: 1) Friendly and helpful staff: We arrived early, around noon, and they cleaned our room within 15-20 minutes, letting us check in early. The folks at valet were extremely helpful and helped me fix a loose cable on my car's battery. 2) Great prices: We booked our room a month in advance and secured discounted pricing. The hotel seeks to fill every room so they are flexible with pricing when there is drop in occupancy. 3) Historic building: For history buffs like me it is a pleasure to stay in places like the Sofia. The hotel exudes charm and character. It was first opened in 1927 by the Pickwick Corporation, an organization which operated various stage lines and hotels, and the hotel was regarded as the most luxurious hotel in San Diego at that time. It was home to a radio station until 1944. In the latter half of the 19th century the hotel became less popular, but after two renovation periods, 1986 - 2000, and 2005 - 2006, and the construction of Petco Park, it once again became a popular place to stay. 4) Great pillows: Wow. Very comfortable. Leave yours at home. 5) Very comfortable bed in comparison to the industry standard. 6) High quality restaurant downstairs (but not associated with the hotel). 7) Nice, big fluffy towels. 8) And most importantly, A Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shop next to the lobby.

Cons: 1) Not kid friendly: My two-year old could easily unlock the door and walk out of the room as the door's lock was low, and there was no safety lock on the door.  The door to the fire escape also had a very low handle which would have allowed my young child to exit the hallway and to the fire escape's ladder/stair system, possibly falling 4 to 5 floors below. We solved this problem by pushing the couch in front of the door from inside the room. This prevented my child from opening the door, and allowed us to feel a little more secure. 2) Historical inconveniences: With every historic building there are always a few odd quirks. A balance must be struck between preserving the historic charm and updating the site to comply with modern tastes and needs. I think they could have done a few things better. For example, the elevators were small and cramped. The toilet in my room was small. I'm a big man. I'm about 6'2" and my bottom half simply did not fit on the toilet, and it was quite challenging to do my business. I expect to have a comfortable toilet no matter how old the hotel is. 3) Renovation not as thorough or classy as it could be: I could tell the bathroom had not been updated in 20 to 30 years. The tile, bathtub, and toilet while in good condition seemed dated. One of our family members stayed in the opposite room and their bathroom was fully renovated with a modern shower and toilet. There were a few rips in the carpet of our room. The furniture seemed a little cheap. Little things stand out. The rope/pulley mechanism to pull down the drapes was plastic. I don't know why this bugged me, but it did. The sliding bathroom door never really fully closed and did not have a lock on it. The reception on the television was poor. The remote didn't work. I liked the style of the renovation in general. but I could tell they used the cheapest materials possible. It was 5-star design with Best Western materials. To be fair they did get the most important things right, which was to have a comfortable bed, comfortable pillows, and comfortable blanket and sheets.

25/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
218. Ted R.
Spent one night there this week.  It's a nice hotel, modern, seems new inside and close to the gaslamp district.  Has a good bar downstairs, but closes at 10:00.  

The rooms, as said before, are small.  Basically a bed and a small bathroom.  However, it is cheaper than a lot of the others in the vicinity.  We paid extra for the room with the "city view".  I would not do that again.   Plus, like a lot of the hotels, valet parking is $30 -- wow.

Overall, it's a good value in a good location.  I would stay there again.

04/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
219. Regina I.
I booked the room for $90 through kayak and was extremely happy with the my experience.

The valet of $30 is steep, but expected for the area. However, you do get unlimited ins and outs. We just stayed there one night for a wedding so we didn't bother driving anywhere (the wedding was a few blocks away so walking wasn't a problem).

It has a nice old, but new feel, if that makes any sense. The elevator is a bit tight and slow at times, but I was on a short "vacation" so time wasn't an issue.

The staff was very pleasant and welcoming.

The rooms were very comfortable. Tiny, but comfortable. The only real issue I had was with the shower. The "door" only covers half of the shower, leaving plenty of opportunity for splashes and pooling of water. In addition, the shower backed up quickly, making we worry I'd flood the place before getting fully cleaned.

Long story short, great place made better by a good deal. If I can find a rate like that again, I'd go back.

26/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
220. Eric C.
My wife and I stayed at The Sofia when we were in San Diego recently.  We utilized a great Facebook deal that was too good to pass up.  

The best thing about the property is location.  It is located within walking distance to everything in the Gaslamp.  The hotel is possessing of vintage, throwback charm that is reflected in the architecture and decor.  The rooms are by no means sizeable, but acceptable all the same.

A couple of very minor negatives: the bathroom is indeed very small.  All the reviews that mention a splashing problem while showering are true.  The shower is designed in such a way that water freely splashes out onto the bathroom floor.  The tv is also quite small, and of less than HD resolution.  The valet parking, at $30/night, seemed very expensive, though from what I understand, that is par for the course in this area.

All in all, we had a pleasant stay at the Sofia and would gladly do so again, especially given the discounted rate we enjoyed.

17/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
221. Leslie T.
I did not I enjoy my experience at the Sofia.

The valet was $30 a night, that's the same as the Standard in LA - but I'd expect to have overinflated rates in LA, but San Diego? Plus a mandatory $8.95/day fee for wifi (that we didn't use) and two small bottles of water. So if you don't drink the water or use the wifi, you wasted $8.95 - they still have a $100 hold on my card as well for incidentals.

The room was okay, but they were really small - like NY size, which was unexpected. It barely accommodated 2 adults. There was a video on the TV showing people do yoga in the small space - and they must have had a different room, because I barely had enough room to get around the bed.

The thing that pissed me off the most? When I had checked in, after a long drive, I was standing there minding my own business when two drunkards who had just gone to Tijuana came into the lobby (I believe they were guests). They just start going off about something and then one of them had the audacity to touch my face. The hotel staff (two men) just looked at the situation dumbfounded and didn't do anything, so I had to take care of the jerk myself. I'm 5'0" and about 100lbs! When you hide behind the counter going "you should go up to your room" - it's pretty useless, how about, "hey leave the lady alone" or something. Thank goodness I took a few self defense classes - but it really put my friend and I in an awkward situation where we didn't want any trouble, but we didn't want to be harassed as well. They didn't even comp anything to make up for that experience. So livid.

Next time, I'll probably just spend the extra few bucks to go to the W next time.

08/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
222. Courtney D.
This hotel is not for families.  We paid waaay too much for a room with a view of: The brick wall and window into other guest rooms in the hotel.  The rooms were nicely appointed, but very dark and extremely small!  We had two small children and it felt like abuse to keep them cooped up in the insanely small rooms!  There is almost no floor visible.  The housekeeping was terrible, they forgot to vacuum and barely cleaned anything.

The hotel is charming in architecture style and there is a coffee shop right downstairs so maybe it would be ideal for the business traveler, but not for boisterous children.  The elevators are also tiny and not reliable (they broke twice while we were there) so we used the stairs most of the time.  One nice thing: My mother's wheelchair broke while we were staying there and they let her use the hotel's for no charge for the duration of our stay.  

Also, keep in mind there is NO nearby parking.  You HAVE to park in their Valet parking, for the bargain price of $30 per night.  Another little thing they like to throw in after you arrive is an $8 per night "service fee."  So, if you're thinking about booking this hotel on priceline or hotels.com , you're going to need to figure an extra $40 per night for these ridiculous fees.  Also, my sister's car was damaged by the REQUIRED valet parking while there.  When she contacted the hotel about it, they told her to call the valet company they contract with, i.e. welcome to the runaround.  

While the location is nice and the architecture is charming, because of all of these issues it is not likely we would stay here again.

02/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
223. Yesenia E.
We were in San Diego for 2 nights we found this little boutiquey hotel through Yelp. The Reviews looked good and so we booked it for 2 nights. We LOVED it. Everyone is so nice and were great at suggestions on what to do while in San Diego, the valet parking is very convenient especially when you have kids with you like we did. The room we were in was on the smaller it was a 2 queen bedroom but it's fully equipped with a mini fridge and microwave. plenty of storage for your things - when you bring 2 kids 6 and 7 you're pretty much bringing just about everything. It is located close to everything it seems , we were at Sea World within 10 mins and the Zoo too. Its walking distance from many restaurants and the bar in the lobby is great! I am planning a get away for my husband and I and guess where we will be staying.... YEP The Sofia Hotel. Can't wait !!

18/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
224. Arondy S.
I've always had a great experience at this place.  I've stayed at other hotels in their brand; one in Atlanta and one in Chicago, and they are similarly constructed; the units have a bit of a modern condo feel.  Definitely an upgrade over something like a Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn (which are often also fine enough hotels), but generally at about the same price given the location.  

Speaking of location, it's excellent-right downtown, walkable to everything you would want to see, but far enough away from the Gaslamp district and bars and stuff that there's no loud noise at night or anything bothersome along that line.

The rooms have a refrigerator and microwave, which are essential nowadays in my opinion for a hotel, so you can make breakfast, keep leftovers, etc.

Staff is always friendly and helpful

There's no in-room breakfast option or anything like that, unfortunately, but the Currant restaurant downstairs is very good, if not a bit pricey.  

The comments about the shower/bathroom are somewhat true; this is where the "modern" thing gets annoying; there's a sliding door to the bathroom which provides minimal privacy (visual, but not auditory, if you know what I mean), and the shower is half-enclosed by a glass pane, so water tends to spray out onto the floor.  But, you just put a bathmat down, and it gets sopping wet and moldy, and you live with it.  Not the best design, but considering everything else, it's not really a big deal; the shower itself is nice (good water pressure, ample space, etc).  

This is my go-to hotel whenever I have to stay in downtown San Diego.  I overheard a guy in the airport talking about how his company had booked him at a certain chain hotel downtown, but he had seen the Sofia at the same price and wondered if he ought to change over to it.  I told him he should, and he thanked me for it, and I'm betting he's glad he made the switch.

(Regarding parking: I can't comment on this, as I've not had to use it when staying at the Sofia).

25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
225. Dave L.
Stayed here from April 12th through the 15th. This place is great. The staff was very friendly. Has an issue with my remote and it was fixed right away. Yes the rooms are a bit small but the place is extremely clean. Was there for a conference and every day when I returned the room was like new again. Very close to the Gas Lamp District as well. The conference I was at had a shuttle bus service so made it easy to get back and forth. The Coffee Bean which is right out the front door is very good as well. I only had drinks in their restaurant but the menu looked great. All in all I was extremely happy and would definitely stay here again if I was to come back to san Diego.

16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
226. J D.
When I visit San Diego, I normally stay in Carlsbad.  However, this trip a group of friends and I decided to stay Downtown, near the Gaslamp District.  I found the Sofia Hotel on Expedia and saw that it had great reviews and a decent rate for this weekend.

Rooms - The rooms are nicely decorated, very modern.  However, they are small and you feel a bit cramped.  What can you expect from a hotel that was originally built in the 1920's?

Parking - Your options are:

1 - Valet park for $30 per night.
2 - Find a parking lot for about the same price per day.

I opted to cab it and hitch rides with my friends everywhere.  It wasn't worth it to me.

Dining - There is a restaurant and bar on site.  I ate at the bar and had their burger & fried pickles.  The burger was ok....the fried pickles were awesome.  I'll write a more complete review of this experience on the restaurant Yelp page.

Will I return?  Definitely.

14/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
227. Richard M.
Last weekend after spending the night at Stingaree I needed a place to stay, and the Sofia fit the bill. The x g/f had broken me down as usual so I was off to find a good time. And the stingaree and Sofia Hotel hit it right on the head.

After partying and dancing until 1:30am I knew I needed a place to stay so I drive over to the Sofia. The rooms are small but that's all you need when you roll in at 2am. Just a place to crash and the Sofia was great. Clean rooms, reasonable prices and they didn't give you that look for coming in at the wee hours of the morning.

Next time i need a place I'll definitely come back.

27/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
228. Kindra S.
I paid $30 for the valets to ding my brand new suv. I'm not the only one, so based on the other reviews don't sacrifice your car to stay here. The location is good, but for the price I would stay at the U.S. Grant. Way nicer inside, and soundproofed so I wouldn't have heard the people across the hall partying until 3am or the other neighbors dog YAPPING all night long.
The rooms were tiny, but clean, the tv didn't work in any of the SIX rooms my family was staying in, and we didn't even get the complimentary water bottle that was promised (or was it complementary? just for the Chevy Chase fans).  Don't bother staying here, it'll cost WAY more in damages than its worth.

22/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
229. Alison A.
My husband and I got married on 6/1 and chose The Sofia Hotel as the room block for our wedding guests. From the moment we inquired, Amy Ragsdale (Director of Sales) was so helpful at securing the rooms we needed and always made us aware of the flexibility to modify our needs as they changed (if necessary). As we got closer and closer to the big weekend, Amy was always very receptive to giving us updated lists of reservations and answered all of the questions that we had regarding ensuring that our guests got 'Welcome Bags' when they arrived.
This is a boutique hotel and has all of the charm in the world. It has been updated and maintained incredibly well but has all of the modern amenities that you would need. It is tastefully decorated and while some of the rooms aren't spacious (it is a boutique hotel!), they are laid out well and the location and staff are incredible. We got the ADA suites for the bridal party and it was PLENTY of room to spread out and have all of the girls get their hair and makeup done without being squeezed at all.
The staff at the Sofia Hotel is unmatched. From the bell hops to the front desk to the restaurant/bar staff, everyone made it their mission to be professional, attend to detail, and ensured that all of our out of town guests were welcomed to San Diego and made to feel as much at home as possible. Special thanks to Sam, Leah, Bryan, Chloe, Michelle, and Dodd - we ran into them quite a bit over the hectic weekend and were ALWAYS helpful and courteous. I must have asked for 30 room keys over the course of the weekend but I was taken care of each time without hesitation.
After the wedding, we asked Currant (the hotel restaurant) if we could host a 20-30 person brunch the morning after the wedding. Renee was SUPER helpful - she helped me pick our menu options, crafted a personalized menu, and made it her mission to ensure that everything was executed perfectly. When our 30 person brunch turned into 60, all of the staff were SO flexible and open to the shift - I wish I could have taken down the names of the servers/bartenders who helped our group because they were SO wonderful.
Thank you so much to the Sofia Hotel for all of your hospitality. Should we ever find ourselves needing a hotel in San Diego again, we wouldn't hesitate to book with you.

08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
230. Gayleen G.
Beautiful lobby with great sitting areas.  Rooms are very modern and clean, though small.  Gym was clean. Evening staff was helpful and friendly.  Restaurant was excellent!

07/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
231. Kim L.
Stayed for two nights while attending a conference at the convention center. Pleasantly surprised at what a little hidden gem this hotel was. Good price (loss of one star for additional almost $8.00 per night "historical building" charge at check-in that wasn't disclosed during reservation). Really cute boutique hotel with lots of nice details. Clean, well decorated and maintained, nice quality (bath towels were fantastic!). Our whole stay felt luxurious. Walking distance through nice shopping and gas-lamp district to Convention Center. Great restaurant in hotel and great coffee shop just outside. Nice details like complimentary loaner umbrellas and bikes. Helpful and friendly staff:-). I would definitely stay there again.

08/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
232. Kerry B.
My husband and I have stayed here two times now, and we love the place. We live in north county, and like to do little weekend getaways downtown every once in a while. We've stayed at other hotels, but we like the Sofia the best. First, the value is incomparable. We love the boutique type hotels, and the Sofia is exactly that. We love it's historic charm blended with modern rooms. The TV reception wasn't very good, but that's not really what we were there for! It's great walking distance to everything. We've gotten a corner room both times we stayed here because we like the windows on 2 sides and the city view that we get. The staff here was all great as well. I'm already looking forward to our next stay. We don't need to try out any other hotels again in the future- we've learned we can't get a better hotel anywhere near the price range.

03/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
233. Honest R.
The entrance to the hotel looks hip and elegant, however, the rooms are tiny. Very disappointing rooms. We had a full size bed that literally filled the entire room. The shower was ridiculous...it doesn't have a door! Water sprays out everywhere, making the biggest water mess that reaches the front door.  The desk staff was very friendly and courteous, but, the housekeeping staff were talking about feeling sick and having diarrhea!  We checked-out much earlier than planned and will not ever return.

25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
234. Daren M.
Got a great deal on expedia.  Great location,  friendly staff, decent gym.  Parking is a bit steep at $30 valet parking a night, but it is downtown and still cheaper to have a rental car on our vacation than take taxis everywhere.

04/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
235. Chelsy W.
I love this style. You have to appreciate the smaller vintage spaces. Area great. Beware of the parking. Overnight self park 30$ and street parking tricky. Rooms are real nice and staff great. Walk to Gaslamp. Nice. Got good deal on Bloomspot

12/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
236. Lauren D.
Adorable boutique hotel. The rooms are small but very cozy and pretty. THE BATH TOWELS. I judge every hotel by the bath towels and theirs were massive and plush. Parking isn't cheap ($30 a night). Hotel staff is fantastic. Very clean.

26/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
237. Adrian A.
Small room, but clean. Did have a ratty towel that should have been recycled months ago.

It is a shame that they don't have decent pillows (amazing how a lumpy pillow can ruin your sleep) or walls that will afford some level of auditory privacy.  Yes, could hear the mediocre sex from next door and their call for a plumber afterwards.  Even conversations in the hall sounded like they were in our room.  And when said plumber came to fix the issue next door, I thought for sure they were knocking on our door.

And since the hotel is vintage, the windows suck.  Very thin (though cool with retro "safety glass" made with embedded chickenwire) so could hear all the noises of the city, and the top windows are inexplicably opaque.  Fortunate that the construction area was not in operation on Sunday, otherwise the noise would be awful...even from the 7th floor.

Valets were great, very prompt and they offer a text-ahead service.

Quaint hotel.  Lovely little lobby.  Glad I got a deal on the reservation.  Would not stay again.

16/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
238. Betty N.
**AWESOME SERVICE BUT SO-SO ROOMS**

We stayed here for Comic Con for $179 a night. Valet parking is $30 a night.

We stayed in room #326 which faced the Grey Hound station. Unlike previous reviews, the buses were not loud and we slept soundly. The queen room is small, but not tiny.

The queen bed was short, our feet dangled, which was slightly uncomfortable. The bathroom was modern, but not convenient with the glass half-door for the shower. Water flooded after every shower.

We received exceptional customer service from the front desk and the valet. They were friendly, easy-going, and helpful.

Hotel is central to everything. This is a BIG PLUS; especially if you plan to eat or party in the Gas Lamp.

It was a fun stay, but I expect a bit more space in a hotel room.

RECOMMEND for business solo travelers but not for couples or families due to tight-spaced accommodations.

27/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
239. Michelle J.
It started out nice. Room very nice, but very tiny. Was enjoying myself until the NOISY ASS LOUD people checked in and ruined it. Must you yell at the top of your lungs in the hallway. My seven year old KID even complained. $30 parking sucked but other yelpers warned me about that.  At least the Cheese Cake Factory was a nice walk ,no car needed if you like a 10 min walk.

18/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
240. Karen r.
This is a wonderful hotel.  I travel to SD on business and Sofia is located very close to the court.  As other reviewers noted, it's cute and clean and provides great service.  

What really makes this an outstanding hotel is the restaurant, Currant.  My compliments to the chef, management, staff, etc. etc.  Even though they don't have room service, you can order take-out at the bar.  The bartender was super-nice and helpful.

The burger was AWESOME and those homemade, gourmet tator tots that come with the burger?  Un-for-gettable.  Almost worth a trip to SD just for the food at Currant!!

08/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
241. Mars C.
Loved this place. It's quite nice. Visited with friends from New York. It was close to all the shops and bars. I didn't mind walking down.

I will come again soon.

16/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
242. Remie M.
Reserved a room here for NYE!
Staff was amazing!!!!
Rooms were amazing but tiny. . .elevator space is tiny.
The location was great! Walking distance to 2 of my fave places in gaslamp district. . .sushi deli #2 and Star Bar!
Valet parking . . .$32

07/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
243. Alisa M.
I booked a room here for my 23rd wedding anniversary. I was lucky enough to get in on a deal where the cost of a regular room was the last two digits of the year I was born. Being an old broad this was quite the deal. I even thought of having my mother-in-law book it because $37.00 would have been an even better deal. But I was honest.

The people at the front desk were nice enough and I have no service complaints but upon entering the room I was extremely glad I didn't pay full price. It was TINY!!!! I don't mind a small hotel room especially since I wasn't going to spend all my time in it. But it was awkwardly small. We were only staying one night and I think that would be all I could handle or I would have felt caged in.   Adding to the caged in feel is that the bathroom sink is located right next to the hotel room door.  So you will be confronted by all your toiletries (if you keep them out like I do) everytime you walk in the room.  

Another issue is that we just couldn't get the room temperature to behave. It would either be freezing cold or roasting. The thermostat also had a blinking light on it.  Didn't bother me but bugged the hell out of my husband.  The bed wasn't very comfortable for me but probably because I was uncomfortably hot. The TV was probably 15 inches at the most and it was difficult to turn channels without raising your hand in the air.

So why am I giving this place 3 stars? I think the service was decent and to be fair I never gave anyone the chance to fix the issues with the temperature. So maybe they could have fixed it I don't know. The Sofia is a nice enough hotel and the front desk gives you a map of the Gaslamp which really came in handy for this directionally challenged girl.

Would I come back here again?  Yes I would.  But only of they had another deal.  Because I did get what I paid for.

21/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
244. Jenny J.
Helpful service, great room and awesome location. I took my boyfriend on a surprise mini weekend getaway. This hotel is literally located on the corner of where all the restaurants and bars are in the Gas Lamp District. It's five minutes away from the hustle and bustle so you get a great quiet night's sleep. The room is very modern and comfortable. Yes, it is smaller than your usual standard Marriott of Hyatt room but why would you need a bigger room to just sleep, shower up and to get ready for another night out! :D

Also, it's a 15 minute walk from Petco Park where the Padres play and it's great cause on your way to the game you walk down 5th St. and check out all the restaurants and bars you can hit up after the game. It literally reminds me of a very chill mini downtown San Francisco. I LOVE my stay at the Sofia hotel cause the staff is so helpful and gracious. Their restaurant also has great reviews and there's a Coffee Bean right next door! Sigh... I can't wait to come back to this place.

30/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
245. Melissa H.
Had a wonderful time at this hotel. It's very clean, has a nice ambience to it, and the service is great. They even rent out bicycles for free! It's located in walking distance of nearly 100 bars/restaurants. You can ask for a Yelp discount or whatever discount they have going on. It's affordable, conveniently located, and perfect for a little romantic getaway.  Super comfy beds are always a plus. I would absolutely stay here again, next time I'm in town!

05/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
246. Mr K.
So I'm a little on the fence about this place.  It's a funky little boutique hotel with newer rooms and nice fixtures.  I think for a single business traveler, this would be an ideal place.  However, if traveling with a family, there are probably better options.

The single rooms are small, some are downright tiny.  We had to grab an emergency room here when we were unable to drive back to LA.  Our family of four piled into a small room and could barely take a step without getting in the way of one another.

The restaurant downstairs could be very good, but the execution of the menu is missing something.  My review is posted here separately.  They also do not have a kid's menu.  My 6 year old will eat anything, so it was not a big deal for us.  Lastly, the restaurant doesn't not open for breakfast.  We walked to the food court at the nearby courthouse instead.

There is no pool here.  Like some other SD hotels, they may have a partnership with a nearby Gym, but usually only if you are 18 and over.

15/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
247. Kyle W.
Service: 4 Stars
Food: 4 Stars
Drink: 3.5 Stars
Environment: 4 Stars
Valet Parking: 4.5 Stars
Location: 5 Stars
Clean: 5 Stars
Internet: 3.5 Stars
Rooms: 4 Stars
Bathrooms: 3.5 Stars
Beds: 4.5 Stars
Gym: 3 Stars

03/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
248. 'Ris B.
The Sofia is a cute hotel within walking distance of the Gas Lamp district, the convention ctr, a shopping mall, the pier and several lightrail stations.  I loved the architecture and the decor. Staff was friendly. We had access to printers and computers, a cute coffee shop downstairs and a fabulous restaurant, The Currant.  I didn't get a chance to explore the gym or yoga facilities.  

My only negatives were the following: The rooms were exceptionally tiny (we had the deluxe queen). If you need a lot of space or if you'll be spending a lot of time in your room  or if you don't necessarily like the person you're with that much (LOL!) - this is NOT the place for you. ;) The bed, although pretty, wasn't very comfortable by the third night and we had our doubts as to whether it was REALLY a queen.  The sink/vanity area area was very pretty and the bathroom and overall room was nicely decorated.

However, there were a couple of major design flaws in the bathroom. There is no fan.  The toilet is insanely loud when you flush and the worst is that the showers do not have a curtain and there is no sliding door...it's design is an open "doorway" and then the rest ofthe area is a glass wall.  So this means no matter which way you turn your showerhead, your floor and bathmat will be soaked in minutes from the "open" door way. Not a deal breaker, but extra bathmats would be nice to have and it just seemed nonsensical.  I can also imagine it would be difficult for elderly people to have to mop up the floor after a shower.

Other than that, I thought it was a great place to stay and very convenient to everything that we wanted to do. Oh - the room was equipped with a fridge and microwave, wine glasses, etc. You DO pay an amenity fee each day, so make sure you drink your water. ;)  The Currant was fabulous - great food and drinks, awesome brunch and great happy hour specials.  :)  

Oh - the only other thing I found kind of questionable was when I got up early one morning and went for a coffee next door to the hotel, I stopped by the ladies room in the lobby and encountered a homeless women bathing herself.  :/ I was surprised the front desk staff hadn't seen her come in and she had made a bit of a mess in the restroom but seemed to be cleaning it up.  I felt bad for her - I didn't say anything to anyone, but it wasn't necessarily something I expected to see given the type of hotel it was. However, I know there are a lot of homeless in the area and an urban area, so....Either way - I'd definitely stay here again - particularly if we can find a good deal again.

07/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
249. Stephanie T.
I love love love this place!!! I highly recommend this hotel. I got good deal from groupon and only I got reservation got one night. But I loved it so much that we ended stayin for another night! They actually matched the price I got with groupon which is even better considering its a Friday night. The workers are really nice especially Maryana. She was really sweet ad helpful. There is a charge of 7.95 per night but honestly it's worth it tho if u take advantage of their fitness and yoga center!! It's soo worth it! I love the 24 hour fitness they have! It's a must. If you love to work out. $30 dollar parking is really expensive. You can park at street jut make sure there is no street cleaning that day. Overall, I highly recommend this and will stay again. Also this hotel is really in the middle of everything! Really convenient

19/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
250. Darlene B.
This boutique hotel is gorgeous and adorable.  The ambiance is relaxing and cute. My friends were visiting, so I decided to get a room for my birthday in downtown.  The hotel had a fridge and a microwave which was cool.  They had free wifi, a necessity.  They have a valet service, where you can text your valet number to the hotel, and they have the car out ready and waiting!

Complaints, $30 valet -- expensive but expected, and they took all these cars behind mine before somebody asked if I've been helped - that took forever! And that guy was not in proper valet uniform so I didn't even know he worked there. No hairdryer, and the location on broadway and first was kind of a walk, to all the main bars/clubs.  We had to take a cab because the walk would have been ridiculously long.

AND -- i checked in, there was an offer for a free yoga dvd which I unfortunately didn't get. free is free :)

can't complain about the stay, it was great.

21/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
251. Don T.
Nice little boutique hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego near the Gaslamp District. Oh....the operative word is "little".

I wanted to stay in downtown for a couple of nights so that I could easily attend a football game and convention (car show) and found Sofia Hotel while searching Yelp. I found most of the reviews to be right on. You can't beat the location, but the rooms were quite small. I'm glad that I happened to be staying there solo. It felt like some of the hotels I have stayed at in New York City. I'd say the rooms were about the size of those in the Waldorf Astoria.

I had some technical problems with the "small" television in my room, but the maintenance service was fast and courteous and they had it fixed within 15 minutes. I was near the top floor and had a nice view of downtown. The queen bed was fitted with a really nice down comforter and I slept great.

They offer parking for $30 a night, but you can get it for $18 around the corner if you want to find a cheaper way out. I just used the hotel parking there as it was very convenient.

The "no shower door" thing was a little weird. Ended up with a very wet bathrrom floor by the time I got out of there. Also had some problems getting the water as hot as I would have liked.

I really wish they offered room service there.

My review may sound skewed a bit negative, but all in all I thought it was a good value for the price ($190 a night) and would stay there again if I could get the same rate.

28/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
252. Dixon S.
Ultra close to everything downtown - Amtrak train station, shopping, gaslamp quarter, Petco Park.
A short walk to Seaport Village, the convention center and a short tram ride to Balboa Park and points beyond. We found the Sophia to be quiet and comfortable and well accomodated. The rooms are on the small side, but we didn't spend a lot of time in the hotel during the day anyway. The front desk personnel were very helpful in finding things to do and places to sight see, along with knowing the really good places to eat. Brian was especially helpful in getting us settled in and on our way to a great anniversary weekend. We rode the Amtrak train from the valley down and saved on parking fuel and time on the freeway which was really awesome. Everything is close enough to walk to anyway so why pay for parking. Defintely recommended if you want to be close to downtown and stay in a scenic older hotel with modern comforts.

10/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
253. Tracy M.
I'd like to start off by saying that they are very friendly and helpful. The staff there is a five star. I was also very pleased with their pet policy. Not only can you bring your dog (no weight limits) but they have no problem with you leaving your dog in the room unattended. AWESOME.

Now the not so great stuff - the air conditioning is sooooo loud I felt like there was a truck running through my room. I finally turned it off and just decided to be hot. However, that didn't help since I then could hear the air conditioner in the room next door - yes, that is how loud it is. The bed was comfortable but the pillows were rock hard and terrible.

I am very bummed to have to give them only two stars but really, it's about getting a good nights sleep and despite the great service, pet policy, clean facilities and other great amenities, I left there exhausted.

06/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
254. Janet V.
rooms are tiny dont bring a lot of luggage!

27/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
255. Joy S.
Excellent place to stay, clean and comfy beds. Love the decor. The customer service is superb. You will know from the time you check in at this hotel. The bar downstairs is really affordable. The hotel is centrally located to great restaurants and shopping, across from Horton Plaza Mall and Gas lamp district. I will have to stay again at this hotel.

05/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
256. Pam S.
I know.. I know... How many times can you review a spot???  Well I learn something new each time.

This is Thomas Jefferson and I "home base" for when he leaves to return to Mexico. FYI The Greyhound bus station next door has a bus that leaves directly from here to take you to the TJ Airport for Volaris Airlines. So you don't have to deal with cabs... crossing the border, getting lost trying to find the airport etc etc. Volaris offers cheap flights out of TJ for most places in Mexico beats the main airlines by like $300.00!! you just have the hassle of flying in-and-out of Tijuana Airport =/

So I was here last Friday, April 22nd when it is a drop off (his flight leaves at 1:55am) I generally don't care what sort of room we are in since I am just seeing him off. I was in a King size room on the 7th floor this time and Man Oh Man do I miss the spacious suites of the Sofia... if you are coming here for more than one night spend the extra dough and get a suite. The rooms are small but the trendy decor sorta makes up for the cramp space. That shower deal is a TRIP 1/2 glass and water gets EVERYWHERE - suites have tubs :0)

Valet is still $30.00 a day and I have NEVER had a problem with the Valet staff they are always fast, efficient  and courteous. Housekeeping has been sketchy with consistency in the past I have had tubs with 'fine' hair and other findings but for the most part they do the job.

Front Desk staff - ahhh I have been checked in by some pretentious people before but not this visit. The business center is right in the Lobby and you can print out any maps, restaurant (Yelp reviews), emails at no additional charges. THAT IS AWESOME!! The concierge will assist you if you need reservations you just need to ask.

If you are in the mood for a cocktail I can not stress enough how much we like Currant (the hotel Restaurant) and you can charge to your room. Overall if you want to be in walking distance to Gaslamp and the Embarcadero you can't beat this place!

Respectfully Reviewed

27/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
257. Meredith M.
Me and my boyfriend snuck away for a quick weekend trip to San Diego.  I scoured the internet and found The Sofia Hotel that was reasonably priced, close to the Gaslamp, and more importantly scored well on Yelp.

LOVED:
-bargain room rates compared to other nearby hotels
-Easily within walking distance to and from Gaslamp.
-All employees (valet, front desk, housekeeping,) were exceptional in providing good customer service--very nice, informative, and helpful.
-Upon checking in, we were given a handy map of downtown SD which proved to be helpful since we were walking to and from the Gaslamp
-Valet offers a texting service to notify them when to get your car
-The attached restaurant: Currant American Brassiere and its late night happy hour offerings
-comfy bed
-charming, modern decor

LOVED..not so much:
-small room
-small TV in the room, and our particular TV was grainy with white fuzz skewing the display of whatever was being shown
-the shower with no door...water was not contained in the shower and we ended up with a wet toilet room floor
-the walls are pretty thin

Good to Know:
-valet parking is only available at a fee for $30 a night (common amongst hotels in downtown SD)
-some reviews have noted the neighborhood to be sketchy/shady, but that's a relative term depending on what your idea about sketchy is. I didn't find it to be at all sketchy and felt fine walking at night with my boyfriend...in fact because of its close proximity to gaslamp, there are other people out and about walking either to and from the gaslamp district.

The Sofia Hotel offered plenty of bang for my buck but there just wasn't enough time for us to enjoy the additional amenities/courtesies they offered: morning gaslamp tour during the weekend, complimentary bikes w/ helmets; and a fitness center.  

Me and my boyfriend had a nice time and would gladly stay here again.

12/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
258. Rachel V.
Spent Valentine's weekend here last year. It was lovely. Despite the tiny rooms, the decor looked pretty upscale. I didn't mind the space, or lack thereof. As long as we had a clean and comfy bed, a bathroom, TV, fridge, coffee maker, blow dryer and enough towels and toilet paper then I don't mind where I'm at. I wouldn't recommend this place for families since the rooms are a bit tiny but they are perfect for individuals or couples.

I do have to mention that the shower was a bit odd. I'm not sure if they forgot to put a door or something because it was just a glass wall covering half of the shower. I didn't like it all because the water was going everywhere (this is where the mounds of towels come in handy).

On the other hand, the staff is very hospitable, reasonable price and @ a great, convenient location--walking distance to the Gaslamp district.

FYI: the hotel is next to the Greyhound station. Fortunately, it's not as noisy as I thought it would be but there are some homeless people hanging around there.

18/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
259. Jim B.
The Sophia is a sophisticated older hotel off the main drag, but close enough to get to everything there is to do in this area. We got a Travelzoo voucher and decided to take a chance, and are glad we did. The room was small, like all downtown type rooms, but very nicely done - excellent bedding, towels, TV, service, etc... The Currant restaurant int the hotel is excellent, with delicious food and very good early and late night happy hours - very convenient. The hotel wasn't very crowded, which is nice because the walls appear to be thin - luckily we had no one staying on either side of us. We could hear a family with kids in their room down the hall several times when we left our room - they were quite loud but I think the staff purposely put them at the end of hall alone so it would be less noisy. Overall, we were very pleased with hotel and would stay again, although next time we would park at 777 Front Street garage (right down the street) which is only $10 per night as opposed to $30 a night.

23/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
260. Mirielle C.
Loved the location! Walked everywhere! Parking is expensive but we valeted it and the valet was expedient and nice and we didn't need to pick it up by a certain time. The room was a little warm, the ac didn't seem to be cooling, and it wasn't very big but it was beautifully decorated. Overall wonderful experience!

04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
261. Afrikyn V.
I will keep this one short and sweet.

I loved staying here.  The rooms were clean and comfortable.  The staff was friendly and helpful.  The location was super convenient.  Plenty of restaurants and bars and restaurants in walking distance.  Felt safe walking back to my hotel at night.  I took one star off because the rooms were a little small.  This was really not a big deal for me since I only stayed one night.  I could see the space being a little tight if it were more than one person for more than one night.  

I would definitely stay here again when I am next in the San Diego area.

30/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
262. j t.
Ehhhh. 30 for overnight parking is ridiculous. The room was tiny! smallest i've ever seen. The walkway has no AC. The shower has no curtain like everyone says and the door is not lockable and slides out. I guess thats more for the couples who like couples. The bathroom is tiny anyways. And the room I stayed at the bathroom smelled so bad we thought someone took a dump in our toilet before we got there but it turned out the drains were moldy and started to smell after one takes a shower.

We paid for 2 days but left a day early because we could not stand the stuffyness of that small room. People also said that the hotel was haunted.... That could be true.

08/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
263. Zach D.
Went above and beyond to make our stay special.  I don't rate often, but when I do, I prefer 5-star worthy venues.  Stay classy.

04/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
264. Lindsey P.
Newlyweds on our honeymoon, we have never been to San Diego, and I am so glad we picked this hotel! Perfect location! Walking distance to the Gaslamp District and Seaport Village. 10 minute drive to the San Diego Zoo and Balboa park. Friendly and informative staff. Clean rooms, small, but perfect for us!

10/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
265. Milique M.
This hotel is sub-par for a medium-high end hotel in the middle of Downtown San Diego. When I arrived, the room we were assigned to was in complete disarray. The bed was not made, there was crap on the floor. I went back down to the main lobby where I was assigned to a different room. In this room, the battery to the remote control was not working. The air conditioning at this time was also not in functioning order. I was burning up when I got in bed, but was freezing cold when I woke up. The air conditioning issue was also the topic of complaint among other guests of the hotel. The hotel employees were professional, yet gave sort of empty hearted responses to the air conditioning issue. Like 'Oh, yeah, that doesn't work....We're sorry....'. They didn't seem too concerned about that.

25/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
266. Stacy A.
For a quick 1 night stay in Gaslamp--it was great.

Here's the breakdown:

The staff: very friendly, especially the valet guys - great service!

Parking: $30, yes that sucks but it seemed to be the standard hotel parking throughout gaslamp--must be some kind of SD hotel agreement that they all charge extremely high rates to park your car... bummer.

Room: small, but cute boutique style. And for a 1 night stay, how much space do you really need? It was just the right size for 2 people.  Had a nice sink, big mirror, lighting was a little dim but was okay, mini-fridge, microwave, and 2 bottles of wine (for a fee of course). However, the one weird this is that the shower doesn't have a door. I thought those come standard in the 21st century but I guess I was wrong. It has a small glass wall dividing it from the toilet, but either way, by the time you're done, it looks like a shaggy dog shook all over... kind of gross.

Area: close to downtown, less than .5 mi to all the hotspots. and way cheaper than most of the other hotels. I'd definitely stay here again.

14/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
267. Glenn W.
Nice little boutique hotel in the gaslamp. Here is a rundown:

- Nice rooms, a bit on the small side, but normal for a downtown hotel
- Free WIFI with a poor signal (unusable)
- Great location
- $30/day parking
- Tiny 19" TV
- No breakfast.
- Cheap-ass coffee maker (which is a problem when there's no breakfast).
- Too-hard pillows

The single most redeeming quality of the Sofia, besides the excellent location, is the adjoining restaurant called Currant. Great food, great bar, and they always seem to have a Yelp coupon special :) But that's another story for another review.

22/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
268. Aminda S.
I had a wonderful stay at The Sofia Hotel...but I should preface that with my love of boutique hotels or anything that makes me feel like I'm in Europe even when I'm in sunny SoCal.

The rooms are small but set up in such a way that there is plenty of storage for your belongings.  Little cubbies on the entertainment center were perfect for stowing shoes, a clutch, my jewelry bag.  There's a microwave and mini fridge which was a dream come true for my 4 night stay.  IPod docking station/alarm and two complimentary waters per day!  Color me hydrated and happy.

The lobby bar - Currant - deserves a review of its own.  Two happy hours (normal and late night) and above average food menu.

Location was walkable to anything downtown.  And the dudes that work the valet and Currant are smoking hot which was a nice way to start the day (hello valet!) and end the work day (Stone ipa and your number please!)

04/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
269. Mindy D.
Great boutique hotel in Gaslamp. Be prepared to feel like you're in a NYC hotel if you stay in Gaslamp. The size of the room and bathroom is small. However, the location and the staff is great.

20/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
270. S. B.
The location was super convenient and the hotel was clean, but every time I took a shower water ended up everywhere. The bathroom was small and only had glass halfway in the shower stall so water splashed all over. The walls were also super thin so we had the pleasure of hearing our neighbor sing to their infant each morning when the baby woke up and cried. Besides that though the beds were comfortable and the building itself was pretty.

04/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
271. Suzie D.
The Hubs and I stayed here for an over nigh date night. There was a mix up upon checking in. We had booked and payed for the room before we arrived. When we arrived they did not have our reservation or payment. We put our credit card down again to get into our room. We had plans that night and didn't want to be late.The room was small but had been updated. Hotel Sofia was able to find our reservation and made things right for us. We had breakfast the next morning in the restraunt and it was very good. All in all it was fine for one night.

27/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
272. Alejandro L.
I love this Hotel. I booked it on Hotels Tonight app and it was rated solid and I agree. As a first timer to San Diego, it was in a great location, the building was beautiful on the outside as it was on the inside.The reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because of the $30 dollar a night valet parking, and some street noise, but that's the price you pay for the stellar location.  I would definitely stay there again.

25/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
273. Jessica C.
The only reason I won't give it a 5 star is because when I moved a small sofa chair to plug in my hair dryer I found a receipt from two weeks ago.. yeah...get on the ball cleaning staff.

Okay now for my wonderful weekend that started off as soon as we walked in Thur the side valet doors.

As I checked my party of 4 into our complimentary Deluxe Studio Suite Stay for 2 nights, Gabriel the same gentleman who assisted myself a year to day came up to me and said welcome back! I can't believed he remembered me or the drama we had the previous time we where here, he gladly took us to our room and we talked about my last trip here and even asked about my " then" boyfriend I was with. Thank you to the Director of Sales and Marketing ( who's name I won't mention for her privacy) for giving me an entirely different opinion and experience this second time around.

The room was beautiful, this is the way weekend getaways should be. Even thou it was small for a suite it was upscale lovely, and comfortable for 4 women and 20 tons of luggage. I love the decor of the hotel and how each room has a different picture lamp to explain the hotel and how it's dated back to the 20's.

I know the hotel has nothing to do with the $30 a day valet parking but I do love the fact I can text the valet to retrieve my car and by the time we get downstairs it's there waiting, that's pretty cool to me. Including the free wifi , even thou we didn't need our computer too much.

Even the bar service is a deal at $25.00, it's called make your own bar ( take a notice next time)

I can't afford $800+ suite when I come back to the Sofia but I will stay here again in the more to my budget range.

They also had a yelp free check in for a free DVD yoga which let's face it, there's no way I'm doing anything called downward facing dog position, at least not in yoga!

20/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
274. Bailey S.
I took my husband here for a weekend trip before he went on deployment and we LOVED IT! I wasn't planning on taking my 2 little pups but ended up having no other choice and I was SO relieved they are pet friendly. The staff is beyond helpful and they even give out dog treats and write your pets' names on a little chalkboard...so cute! We loved staying here and being able to walk around downtown - the hotel is quiet, super nice and clean, and perfect for couples or families. We loved it!!

07/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
275. Carrie L.
I stayed here one night for my friend's wedding this past weekend (5/18).  It was very accommodating in that you can check in before the 4pm check in time so that was nice.  I didn't realize until I was there that spa services (facial, massage) were included with the hotel fee!!  Unfortunately, since it was a quick turnaround trip, I wasn't able to take advantage of that service. Booo... but if I come back here, I will definitely schedule an appt in advance!  

The room was a little small and the shower was teeny and since it didn't have a full door (only half a glass panel) the floor got soaked... (not planned very well).  

Also, the walls were *extremely* thin!  I could hear the conversations going on next door... maybe I was "lucky" enough to get some loud talkers next to me, but either way I could hear a lot of talking before going to sleep and when I woke up.  

All in all, I guess I would try it here again, if just to get a massage.  The workout room was nice, my friend tried it (I was too busy sleeping in!) even though he said it did get a little busy after 10am or so.

22/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
276. Nicole Z.
I absolutely LOVE this hotel. The staff is friendly. The lobby was decorated beautifully for Christmas! The Currant restaurant that is connected to the hotel has great happy hour and excellent dinner. Our room was modern and cozy. I can't wait to go back!

01/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
277. J N.
Nice hotel. Small rooms but they match the price you pay. Long blonde hair lady at reception is rather rude and looked so depressed in her job..Really really close to the gas lamp. Will Definitely stay here again.

02/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
278. Cat S.
always a pleasure to stay there. Nice when we can get a coupon thru Travelzoo. Very centrally located to the gas lamp district. Rooms are tight and quaint but ok. Hotel reminds me of Hollywood. Vintage. This is our first hotel pick for SD every time we visit.

02/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
279. Teri C.
Clean, inviting. Staff was very nice. $30 valet isn't the best. Pillows were terrible. Bed comfy. Shower temp/pressure perfect. The air conditioner is super loud. Great view. We had a great time. Close to gaslamp/little Italy/all restaurants.

05/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
280. Karen H.
Just stayed for the weekend. Hotel was great as always; We've stayed here before. The girl who checked us out (Maryanne?) was so friendly and smiled the whole time. My only complaint is that on our first night (Sat night) there was a very loud party down the hall and the room next door had a crying baby from 5am-9am!
Otherwise the hotel itself is cute, quaint and nice!

04/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
281. Adam S.
I found a great deal online for the Sophia hotel and decided it would be nice to stay at a quaint, boutique hotel vs the typical Marriott that we stay in. We had only booked one night as a day trip and back so my expectations wherent too high. There was a gentleman at the front desk that was great, fantastic customer service and very helpful and friendly. When we got to the room, it was blazing hot in there! I go to blast the AC but it barely chugs along to work. I called down to the front desk and maintenance came up in a jiffy, who let us know that the AC is on a sensor and will only work if something is moving in the room. Fantastic. So every time we left the hotel and came back the room was warm. He put the unit on "override" for us so that it would always stay on. No biggie. But then - we open the bed to find HAIRS all over the bed sheets and pillows.... GROSS!! Called the front desk again, and they moved us to a new room (what she called the "VIP Suite" which was literally the exact same room and furniture but the bath tub had jets) we open the bed again to find the SAME ISSUE, BUT WORSE! Even more hair in this bed, in a completely different room. But this one had small, curly hairs that I can only imagine where it came from. The shift lead and maids came up and just changed the sheets with us sitting in the room, but we wanted to reach out to the hotel manager so she was aware of this issue in two complete separate rooms. She was very nice, and ended up giving us a comp room for our next visit and took care of the $30 overnight parking. Even though we didn't use it, I thought it was pretty cool that they offer "free" bike rentals if you're staying there. Despite the gross issues we had in multiple rooms the staff here was all great and hopefully our next stay with the comp room is a smoother, less hairy experience.

09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
282. Brenda N.
The hotel is so quaint, very boutique  style with lots of history.
The bar and restaurant is wonderful, very french, and the bartender (I can't believe I didn't get his name, was awesome)
The room was wonderful, the only complaint would be the toilet that didn't have much privacy but otherwise the room was clean and it's amenities were wonderful.  We only stayed one night and we are from New York...we are relocating to San Diego and we loved this hotel.  The location was perfect, very close walking distance to the central 5th Avenue Gas Lamp district.  I would stay here again in a heartbeat!!

15/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
283. Erin H.
Worst hotel ever. The front desk staff was rude and unaccommodating. I came in late and had made my reservation through the hotel itself bc I wanted to price check with them before I used a company like Priceline. They were super accommodating until I arrived at 1 am. They have us a single double bed with a smell of smoke and cleaning detergent. I would never stay here again to say the least.

02/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
284. Vincent R.
Just finished a  night stay.  Checked in sunday checked out tuesday for the memorial day weekend.

*Erin at the front desk was very sweet and courteous upon our check in and later when we called the front desk for more hangers.   All the staff were very nice and helpful.  The concierge desk guy was great in helping us get bikes to ride around.  Bike, helmets, and locks were free with my groupon stay.    

* Hotel room was clean, smelled good and was well kept.   I had the Queen Suite overlooking Broadway on the 6th floor.  Great view,  Couches were comfy, bed linens felt great and clean.  Closet space was a little small combining storage for the iron, ironing board, and safe.  TV's were good size with HDMI plug in ability for laptops.  They also provide alarm radios with ipod docks for your music.  Wash basins were great. Bathrooms were clean and had a sliding half door.  I found to be nice.  Decor and colors worked well.  I felt the basin area could have had better lighting for the ladies to put on makeup etc.  I like the half fridge in the room and microwave.  Didn't use them but they were nice to have.  2 Free bottles of water were included each day for me.  

* Fitness room was clean and had a decent supply of machines and free weights.  Elliptical machine, and treadmills are available.  Free bottled water and towels available.  They have a yoga room you can use as well.  Yoga DVDs are available or you can arrange a private session. There is a aux jack in the stereo system to plug in your own yoga/meditation music if desired.   I didn't get to check out the spa facilities though.  

* Currant restaurant food was good.  Enjoyed the Brasserie burger and fries are great.  Strawberry and tomato bruschetta was good.  The Chicken club was tasty and worth ordering.  Beet salad was just ok though.  Staff was friendly and attentive for us.  Prices were reasonable for the area.  The bar area had friendly staff. I ordered the sangria.  It was ok but not as good as I hoped.  High tables and chairs, comfy pillows at the bench side of the tables.  Good ambiance.  Nice mellow feel to hang out and chill in my opinion.  

Walking distance to the gaslamp area.  This was my first time their and found it to be too club based and hip hop ish for my taste.  Overall nice to visit.  Especially the Ghirardelli chocolate shop.  Movie theatres close by, food, entertainment.  I thought this was well worth the price.

Parking is valet only.  30 bucks for the valet.  There is a lot behind the hotel that is self parking and pay, it is 30 bucks for 24 hours with unlimited in and out.  Plus you don't have to tip each time you want you get your car.  Weekend parking on the street with meters is free.  (From Saturday after 6 i think) The meters are used then.

I would go back and recommend it to others.

28/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
285. Jillie B.
I am currently staying at the Sofia Hotel. I booked a travelzoo voucher and they matched the price for a third night.

Location is great. It's in the Gaslamp, a very central location. The front desk staff are very nice! I checked in early and they were able to find me a room right away.
Throughout my stay they have also been very helpful with my questions and have given me great directions!

Rooms are small but clean. It's a bit weird that the sink is in the entryway but its no biggie. Bed is ok. A bit firm for my liking but its a place to put your head.
There's a flat screen TV in each room. Channels are a bit spotty but a good selection.

I am giving 3 stars to the hotel for two reasons: 1. Thin walls! Usually I stay away from hotels and this is a reason why. I had to call and complain on a neighbor my first night and I may have to complain about the people on the other side tonight. They need to sound proof this place.
2. Cleaning ladies! They are very nice but please don't knock on my door at 830am and then 2 more times when i say no cleaning. There's no do not disturb sign to put out. Argh.

Anyway, there is a gym which is fine. Small but usable.

Currant, the restaurant is nice. Bartenders are great and there's a good happy hour!

Overall, hotel is nice.

08/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
286. Leslie Y.
Beautiful hotel, made for the business woman with spa treatments, yoga classes and more. Unfortunately, my friend who booked it is a guy and got confused. But there was nothing too feminine about the place, and there were business men around as well. There were also men at the yoga classes. It's a great location close to gaslamp. Staff was all friendly, and rooms were extremely clean and I was comfortable the whole time. There's also dog options with doggie beds and a dog walker for an extra price. Very cute place and recommend it to many of my friends who come into town for a visit.

05/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
287. John Mark I.
I stayed here a year ago and wish I had reviewed the hotel then because I remember it being a great stay. This past week, though Lord knows they tried, didn't turn out as good. I entered the room and it just seemed so small to me despite requesting two double beds which usually gets you a larger room. I never unpack my suitcase but was forced to this time because of the lack of space. A stench from the bathroom at first smelled like burning human hair so I thought maybe it was just the heatlamp in there. I showered and realized the smell was actually coming from the shower drain. It smelled like raw sewage at this point. Truly noxious fumes. Plus the drain cap was completely loose. I requested a new room but they only had single beds which meant smaller rooms so I endured. While at supper, they attached the drain cap and there was a pleasant smelling deodorizer but it quickly faded after another shower. No offer of a refund in anyway. Also I was on the second floor facing the Transit Store next door which is a very busy bus area first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I could hear everything from the street. Staff were nice enough and my wake up calls were on time. Two free bottled waters every day too but I doubt I'd ever stay here if work didn't require it because it's so cheap.

17/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
288. Tayler B.
Rave reviews for the Sofia Hotel. I was in a last minute pinch with a client who was supposed to be booked at a hotel nearby that didn't have his room reservation (and was, of course, sold out). I was in a huge panic but when I called the Sofia they easily matched the online rate. This client had an extremely rough day and not having a hotel room was the cherry on top - I wanted to send him an amenity and the nice lady on the phone made sure he had a bottle of champagne (which she comped) waiting for him. Having worked in the hospitality industry for several years I was extremely impressed and grateful for her service. Though I didn't stay I have been at the hotel many times and it's a beautiful property. Hospitality can make or break a hotel and this one does it right. Thank you again!

31/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
289. Katie S.
Charming hotel in downtown San Diego.  Parking was a little pricey ($30/day) but that's pretty much what you get downtown, and the valet attendants were great.  The hotel itself is inviting, well-decorated, and trendy.  They have a bar attached to the lobby, and there was a coffee shop located right outside the hotel.  The rooms were clean and well-maintained, but a little small.  We rented a room and a suite because we were traveling as a group of 8.  I would definitely recommend the suites: they were spacious and had better natural lighting because of all the windows.  The suite also had a great view.

On a side note: this hotel is dog-friendly and family-friendly, and great walking distance to lots of shops and restaurants, including Horton plaza.  I would ABSOLUTELY stay here again, maybe next time without the kids :)

28/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
290. Artemis X.
I liked this hotel because it was very Utilitarian.  It is a historic building in Downtown San Diego walking distance to transportation hubs, the San Diego Opera, the Gaslamp Quarter and much more!

I call the rooms Utilitarian, because they are small but efficient, everything you need will be there; iron, ironing board, closet, mini-fridge, microwave, tv, lounge chair, comfy bed.  I liked the sink basin FYI it is outside the bathroom.

Unexpected surprises: no pool/jacuzzi, no tub and the shower door is a half door, meaning you are not completely enclosed  & you can splash water on the floor as a result of a normal shower.

There is a restaurant connected to the hotel (Currant American Brasserie).

We enjoyed a walking tour of the local area sponsored by the hotel, roughly an hour.  It was fun and informative.  A man with a cane kept right up if you are concerned with athletic ability needed to complete the walk.

Parking is $30/day

24 hour yoga room.

Fun light fixtures throughout the hotel offering factoids.

A treat bowl for four legged guests.

I liked that the hotel bottled water is spring water rather than distilled.

There are complimentary (check on that) bikes available for guest use to sight see, etc.

Some employee name badges have conversation starters such as "Tanzania" and "Outer Space"  as their country of origin.

Likely to stay again.  Thanks Sofia!

28/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
291. Connie F.
A precious, historical hotel that has modern touches. All the staff members were so kind, helpful, and courteous. They have nice touches like lending umbrellas for unexpected weather, cruiser bikes, and complimentary bottles of waters. The location is within walking distance of the convention center, Horton Plaza, and the Gaslamp Quarter. If you are looking for huge and spacious rooms, this might not be your place. The historical charm is delightful.

07/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
292. Andi C.
Beautiful hotel located near the Gaslamp Quarter! Though the 1 Queen bed room is quite small, it is decorated very nicely with a modern/cozy feel. They have great amenities like free bicycle rentals all day until 7pm, free newspaper, free bottles of water in your room, and free yoga classes with a fantastic fitness center. The staff was incredibly nice and helpful to boot! The only down sides were that the valet cost $30 a night, and the bed was not very comfortable. All in all, it was a lovely stay, and very conveniently located near so much fun stuff down town. My husband and I will definitely stay here again during our next visit to San Diego!

22/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
293. Megan A.
I did not stay in the hotel but I use the parking associated with the hotel. Today I parked there and paid for one hour, I only inserted my car once and was given a receipt of a one hour time stamp. I happened to be checking my debit card statement today and was charged for the one hour parking 3 times and was charged $30 bucks for a one hour parking.
Thats a complete joke, fix your machine.

17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
294. Jessica T.
We visited The Sofia Hotel on the tail end of our honeymoon this year. We are return customers, and booked through the Sofia Website. We were very excited to return, because we had such a nice stay a few years ago.

When we checked in, the front desk staff took forever. I had reserved a deluxe Queen with a "City View" and was put in a room on the 2nd floor, staring at the side of a tall building. From my experience, living in a city, nothing on the 2nd floor should be more expensive because of the "View"- because there never is one. When we asked to change floors because we were dissatisfied, the front desk said nothing else was available, so we were stuck with a room we did not like. In the middle of the night, the air conditioner stopped working. It was still not working when we returned from our outing during the day, and in the evening, we were given a new room because the AC was inoperable.

Fine- we were put in a larger room, so that was nice, but the smoke detector in that room had a low battery and beeped all night. I called the front desk to have maintenance fix this issue when we first got the room- but we received no assistance.

It's important to note that none of the TV channels are HD. This may seem like a small problem to some, but I find it incredibly irritating when I'm trying to wind down from a long day of sightseeing and the TV channels are fuzzy and out of focus. An LCD TV should not look like it's pulling the signal from a pair of bunny ears like an old timey rural motel.

We will not be staying with the Sofia again. The Historic charm cannot save the maintenance  and customer service issues, and for the same price, we can stay in a similar hotel in the area.

The valet service was very good, however.

21/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
295. Jessica W.
This is where we stay when in San Diego.  Hands down.  Great Price, INCREDIBLE location, excellent service, clean rooms, nice sized rooms, mini fridge, ipod docking station.  Everything we need.  

We aren't ever in our room too long to truly care about this, but my one complaint would be the teeny tiny TVs.  You might as well just watch a netflix on your laptop.  ha

We love staying here though and find it more than convenient for our trips to SD.  This is our favorite place to getaway for a weekend together.  We love San Diego!  From our wine trips to Temecula, days at the Zoo, Beach days at Coronado Island, or nights out in the Gaslamp (walking distance from Sophia) - This hotel is our go to!

It's easy to find, easy to get in &out (Valet is fast & friendly) for a day's adventure, and if you wanna bring your puppy along - They are very accommodating for your 4 legged family members!  

See you soon, Sophia!  See you SOON!

16/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
296. Michelle B.
updated rooms,  hallways smell of new carpet chemicals.  convenient location.  clean.  friendly staff. very small rooms.

would not stay there again. SD downtown is revitalized but with quite small town-ish appeal. not worth it.

30/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
297. Tasheena B.
Super cute hotel with friendly staff and nice rooms!  Loved that we had a mini- fridge and we were put on the top floor even though we used a groupon for the room.  Not a fan of the INSANELY expensive parking fee!  Otherwise I really liked this cute hotel and how it was centrally located!  Would stay again if I can find a cheaper parking spot.

Pros:
Staff
Clean Rooms - super cute
Mini Fridge
Central Location

Cons:
Parking - $30
no shower door
no tub- I'm a bath person

22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
298. Kenny T.
My girlfriend and I were visiting San Diego for a film festival in the Gaslamp district and we decided to stay at The Sofia Hotel. It was a very special night for me to celebrate somewhere comfortable and close to the event.
Initially I was a bit sketchy because I saw that the hotel was dog friendly. However,  upon arrival off the train from LA this place was a pleasant surprise.
I got there early and checked in around 1:30pm. My reservation was messed up through the website I booked it though but they fixed it quickly and smooth.
The room was quaint but perfectly arranged. Felt like a cool vintage boutique hotel.
I connected my ipod to the radio and got on the free Wi-Fi and prepared for my event. They allowed me to leave a key at the front for my girlfriend who was arriving later.
They also brought up a toothbrush with toothpaste free of  charge.
Everyone there was so helpful. The valet guys helped me load my car even though I am a big 6'2" man. I really appreciated the hospitality.
I would recommend this place to stay to anyone who cares about a comfy bed and good services.
The rooms are small but it is a great hotel.

03/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
299. Raquel C.
Visited this place about 2 years ago. Feel in love. Cute/sophisticated little place.
Rooms are good size, nice decor and perfect for the weekend. Probably the only downfall is that right behind the hotel is a greyhound location. So its not the best view to look at. Other than that its great walking distance to the gaslamp district, house of blues and other bars. Hoping to go back soon!

18/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
300. Josephine S.
Booked the hotel stay for the labor day weekend with my boyfriend. The hotel was cute and had an old-fashioned outside architecture which I liked. We were going for 'romantic getaway' and this place hit the spot. It was a little small, but we did not plan to stay indoors. Perfect for a couples outing but I would not use hotel for any get togethers, two people is the rooms max in terms of size.

We were able to walk all around Gaslamp because our hotel was so convenient. So the location of the hotel is a huge plus for anyone wanting to explore downtown.

If you plan to stay at the hotel a couple nights then I would take advantage of the free 3 hr beach cruiser rentals they have.

The staff was very friendly even during the busy weekend. I would definitely come again.

09/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
301. Melissa K.
Safety?

Let me start off saying that this hotel is gorgeous. It's one of the last Gothic style buildings still in San Diego. On top of this, the staff is SUPERB. They are beyond attentive and truly make you feel welcome.

That being said, my big issue with this place is that on the inside of the rooms there is no extra lock (the kind of lock that only those inside the room can lock..as in a safety lock). Normally I wouldn't think twice about something like this. As I've stated before in some of my reviews, I'm ignorantly NOT cautious enough as a woman. Unfortunately this lack of caution was tested here. At 10 am I was in a towel and without knocking, a gentleman opened my room door to come and service my tv. Granted, it did need servicing, but not only should there have been a knock, but this could have been mitigated by a simple safety lock on the inside. Because there are no safety locks any person with a key can walk into your room. :(

Other than this it's a great hotel (supposedly haunted) and again, really beautiful inside. I just think it's important for any women traveling alone to know about this minor but important lack of safety. I was semi nervous the next night.

16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
302. Odette F.
My favorite hotel (or at least top three!).

I first came here for my 23rd birthday and it was a dream. My husband and I brought our puppy the last time that we came and they were so accommodating with her. They have free bicycle rentals which I have yet to take advantage of! But it's so great that it's included. It's location is prime (right in the center of all the places I love in San Diego and a very quick walk form here to everywhere you want to be. The rooms are elegant, completely modern, and super clean. They have all of the accommodations that you would expect from a four star hotel.

There is also a beautiful gym and amazing yoga room! And the restaurant is beautiful (they sell absinthe). Our go-to hotel every single time we visit the city.

09/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
303. Danielle C.
Really enjoyed our stay. Nice location, great ambiance, pet friendly, nice rooms and customer service was great. The restaurant is great as well. Trolly nearby goes to and from Qualcomm stadium. Near the water and zoos, parks. I loved this place and would stay again.

08/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
304. Nida K.
The Sofia is truly a beautiful boutique hotel in Downtown San Diego. Upon doing some research before I made it down here, I knew the rooms were probably on the cramped side and the parking would cost $30. So my friends and I decided on finding some street parking for cheaper and we found a parking lot a few blocks away for $15.

Right when you arrive and enter the lobby, you get the sense of intimacy paired with luxury. The building itself is historic and you can see it based on the architecture on the outside as well as the structure on the interior of the hotel. When we got to the room, it was literally like a box. There wasn't very much room at all, but at least the furnishings were nice and modern.

If you're planning on visiting Gaslamp, The Sofia is within walking distance to Horton Plaza and 5th Ave. There's a $8.95 mandatory hotel fee which includes WiFi connection, water, and coffee in your room so use that stuff up! I also recommend visiting Currant ( yelp.com/biz/currant-ame… ) downstairs in the lobby. The food is pretty good and the restaurant fits in with the theme of the hotel.

16/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
305. Krystal R.
The hotel is cute and was close to the area we needed to be. But, we asked for two beds and we got one. And we asked for a few things to be brought up and were asked "if we wanted to come down and get them". It was also pretty awesome having one of the guest service workers decide to smoke right next to our car while we were sitting in it, waiting to be checked in. We also weren't offered a baggage cart. And walked two blocks from the parking lot back to the hotel. There isn't much privacy if you decide to open your window, and you need to open the windows because there is hardly any lights in the rooms. Oh and if you're claustrophobic, probably not to hotel for you; tiny restrooms elevators and staircases. So... I guess three stars is pretty gracious if me.

02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
306. Donna A.
My friends and I stayed here unintentionally over the weekend but we're really glad we had the chance to. We were supposed to stay at the hotel across from them but at the last minute, the other hotel offered to book us for FREE at The Sofia for overcrowding reasons. (They were having a wedding event that day.) So who can say no to FREE accommodations!? It turned out to be a great weekend!

On to the hotel: It is a quaint one but with character. My friend who was driving didn't even notice the hotel until we were right in front of it. But no matter. Valet parking attendants were very nice and helpful. FYI, it's $30/night per car. They provide you a card with a number on it to txt with your valet # if you are ready to check out so they can get your car out in advance. No self-parking available anywhere. The person at the counter (Christian) was very helpful to the questions I had and I'm grateful he was nice enough to provide my friend an extra room key because we were out when she arrived. Since there were 8 of us, we had 2 rooms booked, we were supposed to get a Deluxe King room at the other hotel but Christian was only able to provide us with 2 queen rooms. But I like that he got us adjacent rooms and that we got the corner room as well.

Rooms: So we got the corner room on the 2nd floor and it was great! Chic decor. Lots of natural lighting and views of downtown. The sink is very modern as you can see in the photos the other Yelpers provided and it's the first thing you see when you come in the room. The bathroom is small, with just a sliding door for privacy. The bed is comfortable and the pillows and towels are really fluffy! There's a small bar with some drinks and 2 complimentary water bottles that they provide once a day. Wi-Fi is free as well! The rooms are small, just big enough for a couple. There were 4 of us but it wasn't a problem. The rooms were FREE, remember?? Beggars can't be choosers yo!

Housekeeping provided us with extra pillows and towels and they were very pleasant on the phone.

They also offer complimentary bicycles, as well as early morning walk around tour of downtown on weekends I believe, but we never got the chance to take up on the offer since we got back to the hotel at 3am after clubbing at Stingaree and the rest of the gang were snoring their heads off until late in the morning. Also a plus, they offer late check-out until 1pm! Perfect for people who slept at 5am like me.

The only downside was there were a lot of sketchy/homeless people walking around, and some were even standing just in front of the hotel entrance. It was a little scary for us while we were waiting for a taxi at 11pm to take us to the club. One guy was actually just looking at us and was smiling like crazy when I happened to glance at him. *shudder* Only reason why this review is one star shy of 5 stars. Other than that, we have no complaints.

Checking out was easy. Brian at the front desk was very informative about the charges (or lack thereof) incurred during our stay. The Sofia Hotel was actually my second choice for the weekend so we're really glad we got to stay here. Very close to everything, and only a 15min walk to Gaslamp or a $6 taxi ride.

Oh and one more thing, they are pet-friendly too so I can't wait to come back here with the hubby and our two little rascals!

01/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
307. Jen N.
Wow, this place is amazing.  My sweetie and I recently stayed here for our anniversary weekend.
Some stand-outs...
- We got there well before check-in and they still had a room ready for us. It was so nice not having to explore the city without luggage!
- The presentation was BEAUTIFUL, everything about this hotel is just so pretty to look at.
- Pet friendly! While we didn't have pets with us, I noticed they had a welcome sign and treats available to furry guests. So great!
-We didn't use all the amenities available but were definitely impressed with the options
I would recommend this place in a heartbeat. Everything, including the restaurant attached were fabulous!

28/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
308. Mike C.
For the price and location, this hotel does meet the basic necessities one would need if you're staying in the downtown area.

Free wifi: logon is "sofiahotel", password is "sandiego".

Lobby - seems historic, nice old oak trimmings, high wall ceilings. Bar across from the check-in counter and valet service is also offered.

The room - I got the basic room since I was just gonna stay here for one night and it was just myself, but the bed was nice and soft. Overall, very clean. The shower was designed for one person. Water pressure was decent. Small flat screen tv in the corner.

Other amenities - fitness room also available, valet at $28 a day. Free dog treats if you bring your dog.

The staff do seem to try to be engaged with you as you either check in or out. If they notice a line is getting bigger, they ensure that you have been acknowledged and that they will get to you as soon as they can. But acknowledging existence doesn't guarantee immediate service. I was waiting in line (just to check out) for over 15 minutes. One employee was on the phone helping out a reservation and the other employee escorted a couple upstairs. Oh well. What can you do?

So yah it's in downtown. The intent of getting a room downtown is to ensure that the hotel is within stumbling distance from any and all of the bars that you have partaken that particular evening. And this hotel does meet my stumbling requirements.

10/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
309. Phil K.
We stayed here for 1 night. I thought the hotel was just ok. The staff was not very friendly except for the valet people. The valet staff were very fast and courteous.

The room was very small and dark. The bathroom was a little dirty. We found hair on the bed and some dirty spots on the bathroom sink.

Overall, this hotel is just ok.

02/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
310. David C.
Stayed here for 1 night with my girlfriend during LDW and was decent for the price and location. The room was clean and easy to find. The room was a bit on the smaller side compared to other hotels but regardless we weren't staying in all day.

The shower didn't have a door so water would leak out into the bathroom and some into the entrance of the room. They have vending machines on even number floors and ice on odd number floors or vice versa can't remember.

Parking was $30 for the night with in and out privileges and hotel charged a "fee" for staying there.

Overall it was a good stay I would just inform the staff/manager to use the A/C in the lobby as it was humid upon arrival.

03/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
311. Mary L.
I recently stayed at The Sofia Hotel for the first time on the night of May 10th & 11th. Upon checking into our room I noticed that there was some trash on the floor corner of our room and it made me wonder just how clean our room really was. It appeared clean and it was late so I chose not to request a new room.

During our stay the staff was very courteous, friendly, and helpful whenever I interacted with them. The service and food at the restaurant was amazing as well and I enjoyed the location & decor of the hotel.

After checking out that night, I realized I had left behind 2 bracelets and some beauty cream that I had purchased over the weekend in the nook of the dresser under the TV in the bedroom. I estimate the total of these items was a little under $150 and I thought for sure it wouldn't be a problem getting back. Since in the past I have left much more valuable items behind at a Vegas hotel and had the items returned to me.

I called Sunday night and reported the missing items and was told I would receive a return call. I never did receive a call back. So I called again on Monday and inquired again about my items. I received a call back later in the day claiming housekeeping never turned in the items.

I was extremely disappointed by this and I got to wondering if housekeeping never even noticed the items left behind since they missed an obvious piece of trash in the room from when we checked in and that maybe a new person staying in the room would find the items and turn them it but I haven't received a call and I am not even sure if I will. I don't expect any compensation for my lost items but I would at least expect the staff to be simpathetic and they were not. I wrote a letter to the hotel and mailed it last week and it would be nice to at least be acknowledged.

I highly question the honesty & integrity of the staff working at the hotel.

20/05/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
312. Carmen A.
Chic, great location, competent staff and all around great hotel for the price. Our room was the perfect size and being walking distance to everything was super convenient. I absolutely loved this hotel and look forward to the rest of my week here. Recommended!!

28/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
313. Francesca D.
First off, let me state that I worked in the hotel industry, and I'm very particular about where I stay when I travel. The Sofia was hands down one of the cleanest, most beautiful hotels I've ever stayed. When we arrived we were upgraded to a queen city view suite, and it was amazing! The location of the hotel is ideal to walk to the best attractions and restaurants in san Diego. You must take advantage of the bikes they rent out at least once during your stay, what a great amenity! The staff was incredibly polite and always had a smile their face. The cleaning crew was fantastic. I swear you could have eaten off of the floor in our room, it was so clean! I took advantage of the gym daily which had all of the equipment I needed plus bottles of water and towels. I was on was on east coast time, so when I made it down in the morning it was completely empty and was only me. The restaurant downstairs has a great happy hour and excellent breakfast! I would make it a point to get there at least once, plus it's super convenient if you don't want to go too far. My only complaint, is that the lighting in the rooms is quite dim, and we could never figure out which switch was for which light and that the Internet wasn't the greatest and spotty at times. Overall, amazing stay and we will be back! Thank you for such a lovely trip!

28/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
314. Nicole P.
I read many reviews before booking, including hauntings of this hotel.
The staff and hotel are great!  We were welcomed and treated well, rooms nice and size is fine ( how much time are you spending in room when you are in a town that has tons to do)

Now for the hauntings.  My first night in room 435, something (or someone) rolled and shifted in my bed until I turned on a light, then it was gone. 2nd night it touched me and I felt their fingers, now I am freaked out!  Asked the hotel staff what they knew and the staff that night not sure, but had heard rumors.  I leave tomorrow morning and have now moved to the the hide-a-bed in the sitting area of my room, I am hopeful to get a good night sleep and not be disturbed.  Will let you know tomorrow!!

Hotel is in a good area to see a lot in San Diego, take the trolley around town, worth it as you get to see and learn a lot about different areas to visit. ( Trolleytours.com )

13/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
315. Cat P.
We reserved through Priceline for a queen bed for 3 nights.  Upon arrival, our "clean" room had hair throughout the bathroom, the stall looked insanely tiny, and our TV didn't work.  It was late, though, and we just wanted to sleep, so we asked them to clean our bathroom in the morning.  The next day it was obvious that they didn't touch our bathroom, so we called the front desk that afternoon when we came back from a day out and they apologized profusely.  We were subsequently upgraded to a king suite, which was awesome because it actually had a proper shower in it!  They also waived their $8-a-day resort fee, which seemed like a weird charge to begin with anyway.  All in all, our experience turned out okay.  If we had to book here again in the future, we would try to go with a king suite again as long as it wasn't a ridiculous price!

27/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
316. Anthony G.
My stay at The Sofia Hotel was completely wonderful from start to finish.

i spent two nights this past weekend visiting with a friend from LA.  After doing a lot of research on Yelp, I settled on The Sofia based on its proximity to the Gaslamp and affordability.  Its decent Yelp reviews didn't hurt either.

We pulled up and were met my an extremely friendly valet guy.  He explained how the charges for parking would work (I had no idea it could be charged to your room) and that we could go in and out during our entire stay.  You can also text ahead of time to have your car ready for you.  Very cool.

The gentleman who checked us in was also very friendly and helpful.  He explained the extra $8/night charge to us up front, so I didn't have any surprises like some of the reviewers here.  He gave us a map of the area and highlighted the areas to check out.  We used that map all weekend.

The elevator was very fast.  I was expecting it to be slow based on some of the reviews I read.  We used it several times throughout the weekend, and never had to wait more than 10-15 seconds.  I don't know what it takes to please some people, I suppose.

Anyway, the room was adorable.  Sure, it was tiny, but we expected that.  The decor was very chic and modern, and the room seemed clean.  The sink in the entryway was cute, and although the toilet/shower room was small, the sliding door was very slick (just wish the door didn't rattle so much).  The one weak point of the room (and perhaps what keeps it from being 5 stars) is the half-shower door.  Water gets everywhere.  It's a cool looking design, but that's one situation where I think you need to go with function over form.  it's just not practical.

The beds and pillows were super comfy.  Both nights we fell asleep almost instantly.  I also appreciated how big and soft the towels were.  And perhaps my favorite part of the room - the two free daily bottles of water.  Sofia, I'm not sure if you understand how much you won me over with the free bottles of water.  When I'm at home, and especially after a night of drinking (which was inevitable, since we were on vacation) I need to have water at all times.  What a perfect, extra-special touch.

Most importantly, I felt that our room was extremely quiet.  I read a lot of reviews on here about how thin the walls were and how loud the outside noise was.  Well, our room on the fifth floor was silent.  We didn't hear a thing.

Check out was quick and easy, and there were no surprises.  

I will absolutely stay here again any time I visit San Diego.  It's extremely close to the Gaslamp for about half the price.  And the few blocks west that it is of the Gaslamp just puts you that many blocks closer to the harbor.  

PS - This will be a separate review, but the Currant restaurant was delicious.  And you get 10% off with your valet stub!

09/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
317. Quynh B.
Pros
- Clean
- Modern decor
- Restaurant/ Bar downstairs
- Coffeebean downstairs
- Very close to all the nightclubs and bars
- Saved about $50 per night due to government employee discount

Cons
- VERY SMALL ROOM
- TINY bathroom; the door is sliding and wouldn't close all the way.
- SMALL elevator
- EXPENSIVE parking ($30)

I would come here again, but I was not entirely impressed. This place would be a hit if the rooms were a little bigger. It's much smaller than a standard hotel room.

17/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
318. LISH E.
Booked about 4 days out from our one-night stay downtown and we got a great rate ($156 total with tax and daily resort fee). Quick 5 minutes at most walk to all Gaslamp dining and drinking but really the service is what set our visit apart. In town for a wedding, the wrinkles in the shirt my boyfriend was planning on wearing (the only one he brought) were impossible to iron out! The price list provided for overnight service for laundry, including just a press, didn't allow us to get overnight service for just 1 shirt. We called down to the concierge and Joseph was awesome...he came straight up with a promo card for a local, extremely reasonable, overnight option about 2 blocks away AND a steamer just in case. It worked out perfectly, they delivered the shirt to the hotel the next morning, and all in all it was a fantastic experience. We would definitely stay again. Thanks!!

17/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
319. JC Z.
The Queen rooms that face the streets are very small.  Go for the king with no view.  Very nice room, clean comfortable, and stylish.  Decent spot to get a work out in to. Bonked thru hotel tonight 2 nights for 225.

11/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
320. Katie W.
The Sofia Hotel is a great little boutique hotel located very close to the bars and restaurants downtown SD.  The attached restaurant had very good apps and STRONG drinks!  A bit pricey and not sure if worth the extra money considering there are many other more upscale hotels nearby thats have roof decks/pools/etc.  There is nowhere to park nearby so you are pretty much forced into the 30$ a night valet.

02/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
321. Miran C.
Loved the service and amenities at the Sofia Hotel.  It all began from the chill and professional valet guy to the check-in guy who gave us a useful map with store & resto landmarks as well as a tip: "There will be lots of people on 5th avenue, so it should be OK to walk down there tonight."  

Hmmm, OK?  We were eager to check out the nightlife in Gaslamp, which is reminiscent of a dirty mix of New Orleans and Seattle. Having lived in NYC and SF, we are pretty spoiled by a sense of safety, since the homeless folks there are pretty chill and like preserving their own personal space.  In contrast, the homeless in the Gaslamp are, shall we say, a bit more "interactive" and have kindly advised me to return to China.      

However, the hotel is also just a short walk to the Marina area, which is the SD equivalent of Fisherman's Wharf.  Plus, we had a great time in Little Italy, which is a bit more of our speed.  All in all, the location is in a fantastic part of downtown SD.  It is also just a short drive to Balboa Park.  Yes, $30 valet seems steep, but we previously considered parking in a separate parking lot a few blocks away- thank goodness we didn't because it might have been part of the seedier Gaslamp District area.  

Plus, we liked how cozy the room is- the perfect size for a couple (not a family) as well as the stylish touches in the bathroom and sleep area.  Did you know that this hotel is the first that came with individual bathrooms for each room?  The soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and mouth wash were high end Gilchrist & Soames, a luxe company in London (these little deets always win me over).  And we got 2 free spring water bottles everyday, which were very handy in the warmer-than-usual SD summer days.  Wireless internet was fast and reliable.  Plus, the maid staff wear French Maid (not the sexy kind) outfits which left a favorable impression on me. It's the deets, I tell you!

20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
322. Irene L.
Great hotel. Extremely pet friendly. We recently stayed here with our dog Teddy. The hotel charges $35/night for a pet fee, which is pretty reasonable from our experience. The hotel was extremely welcoming - after we checked in, they put our dog's name on the welcome sign that they had for dog guests. They also supplied Teddy with a gift bag of dog treats and a sign for our door to indicate that a dog was staying in the room. The hotel is located in a historic building, which we loved, since it gave the hotel a unique vibe. The hotel is located on West Broadway, near the local courthouse, and in an area of San Diego located right between the Gaslamp quarter and Little Italy - which were both within walking distance. The hotel does charge  a $7.95/day fee, but that includes wireless internet, bicycle rentals, gym access, yoga room access, among other things. Parking is hard to come by in this part of San Diego, so we took advantage of the hotel parking. Hotel parking is valet only and is $30/day, which is pretty hefty. The valets were extremely friendly and helpful though! And valet parking was extremely easy - all you had to do when you were ready to leave the hotel and needed your car was to text the valet parking number and, by the time you went downstairs, your car was there! The hotel also has a restaurant - Currant American Brasserie - which is pretty good. Overall, we were very happy with our stay at the Sofia Hotel and will definitely be back again.

22/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
323. Anon Y.
Got a deal on a suite for a quick trip into San Diego.  Its a bit quiet, considering its on the edge of the Gas Lamp District.  On the surface, the room looked nice.  Based on previous reviews, I checked the vents....clean!  The pullout sofa bed was extremely uncomfortable!  Even worse was the bed: we found hair from another person in the sheets!  GROSS!

Plusses: pet-friendly, a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf just downstairs

Minuses: $30 valet parking fee, poor cleaning

I'll be sticking to my preferred pet-friendly hotel chain the next time I'm in San Diego.

15/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
324. Lena A.
Cute, comfortable, and clean boutique hotel. Rooms are small and a bit cramped, so not good for claustrophobic types. Nice extras like the yoga studio, yummy (and cheap!) wine in room, and extra large towels. Next door to a Coffee Bean which was nice. The biggest flaw is the bathroom. Teeny tiny setup, sink outside the bathroom, and no door for the shower. It's impossible to shower without flooding the whole bathroom.

13/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
325. K H.
Stayed here on a whim for one day and it turned out well. Check in and check out was seamless and front desk staff were professional especially the checkout guy in the morning.. Don't remember his name. Rooms were very clean, we'll decorated but small. The room had a microwave, safe and frig however, if I had to complain about anything, the shower set up is all wrong.... Water everywhere. Remember, it's small but it didn't help that the shower door is just a half piece of glass with the other half left open. It's seriously the size of my closet, the whole bathroom that is. But nonetheless, it was a pleasant stay and I would stay again but perhaps in a larger room. Now... For the adjoining restaurant the Currant.... I'll just say it was meh.. Nothing to write home about but just ok. One thing that made me go hmmm was the fact that they serve water in these milk jug type containers that look really cute and like you're getting something special however after taking a sip of my "special" water I discovered it was plain old tap.... Nothing special about that. I don't get it.. Why waste all that time putting tap water into special jugs? *shrugs* I don't think I'd eat here again.

03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
326. AJ J.
I stayed at the Sofia hotel last weekend and it was great!!  The staff was super friendly and helpful, especially Enzo.  Enzo was able to give us lots of suggestions on where to go out and all his suggestions were just what we were looking for.  Our room was very nice, all updated and very clean.  I especially liked the water pressure in the shower.  Most hotels I have stayed at have had really awful water pressure.  Our shower was really nice and had great water pressure.   Also, really liked the towels.  They were nice, soft, and really big, almost like beach towels.  The location of this hotel was perfect.  It was also a very quiet hotel.  We stayed on the top floor and we could not hear any noise in the hallway or the rooms around us.  We were able to walk to all the bars/cafes all weekend.  It was also not a bad walk to the trolley which we took to go to Qualcomm Stadium. The hotel was decorated so nice for the holidays.  It was very pretty.  We had a group on deal so the price was very good.   The next time I go to San Diego I will definitely stay there again.

I took one star away for the parking rate.  It was $34/night which seemed like a lot.  I walked by other garages in the area and they were much less for parking overnight around $15-$20 per night.  They should give discounted parking for guest.

12/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
327. Amanda R.
This is a very beautiful hotel filled with wonderful employees. I have been here twice now and both times were an unforgettable experience.

First off, the hotel is dog-friendly (confined to the 4th floor) which I think is great in itself as there aren't too many hotels that allow dogs. The only issue is there isn't really an area to let your dogs out, except a grassy patch down and across the street. It's not much of a walk at all but it would be nice if there were a designated dog area that was located on the hotel's premises as I feel awkward letting my dog do his buisness in front of a County Marshal Office.

The room was very well put together and the bed is extremely comfortable. I can't say I like the shower all that much, only because there's no door and water gets all over the floor, but that's not a huge deal. I'd also like it if they had a bath tub but once again, not a big deal. All in all, I think the room is a perfect size, decorated beautifully and very comfortable.

The hotel staff are all extraordinarily friendly and very helpful. It's unfortunate that you have to pay to park there, maybe this is a San Diego thing that I'm not used to (it's $30 a night plus valet tips). Luckily the valet guys are all very propt, professional, and curtious (not to mention, they're pretty easy on the eyes as well!)

I give this place 5 stars because of it's friendly/helpful staff, warm interiors, comfortable rooms, and great location (it's sits in the middle of Gaslamp district and walking distance from great restaurants and bars). I can't wait to stay here again soon. It will always be my hotel of choice in San Diego.

25/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
328. Cherie C.
Loved it!  When I came to SD for a conference, other folks stayed here and raved. So when I had the occasion to use the Hotel Tonight app for nearly 50% off, I jumped at the chance.

The hotel is old/historic, so the rooms are very small but very nice. But if you plan to enjoy the city like we did, you won't spend much time in the room. We borrowed bikes from the concierge by day to tour the city. We took the free walking tour (on Saturdays and Sundays in the lobby) to learn a bit about the area. We ate at the restaurant.

Amenities like a fridge and microwave were nice, since we had leftovers from dinner on night 1. Toiletries were fine. Pod coffee is a good idea, though we jumped at every chance to visit my favorite coffee shop in town so the pods went unused. The bed was very comfortable.

Location was good, as we could walk (or bike) to a lot of the things we wanted to do. We only needed a cab once, and we didn't use our car at all.

Finally, the concierge was great. He was friendly, helpful, and willing to help in any way. His excellent customer service alone would bring me back to the Sofia.

11/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
329. Miss J.
My fiance and I stayed here for our most recent anniversary trip. We fell in love with this boutique hotel. Situated in a convenient area of Downtown, it was very easy to walk to and fro the hustle and bustle of the city. I also liked the rooms a lot albeit it was small. Fortunately, I was well informed since I had "pre-loaded" myself with Yelp reviews beforehand.

The service was fantastic from start to finish. Everyone was nice and accommodating, and the people who worked there greeted us every time we passed by the halls. It was a nice feeling. Despite the fact that we were so close to everything on Downtown, the rooms were still very cozy and quiet. We stayed on the 3rd floor and enjoyed our privacy very much.

The only qualm I had was Valet parking per night, quite pricey, so I will take off a star for that. Other than that, we will definitely come back if given the chance!

01/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
330. Esther K.
I was lucky enough to get a reservation at this hotel for SDCC this year. It was great since it was within walking distance, although after the first day I was too tired to walk back and forth so I took the shuttle instead ^^# And if you needed a little pick-me-up, there's a Coffee Bean on the corner right outside of the hotel! And if you were too lazy to walk anywhere for dinner (which is ridiculous because there are like 200 restaurants within walking distance) the hotel even has its own restaurant/bar. A small boutique hotel in downtown San Diego, the Sofia Hotel is clean and well managed. I never had any problems with service and I even got a free yoga DVD for checking in on Yelp! They also participated in the souvenir hotel room card program that Warner Bros. does so they had two room card designs: Batman and Person of Interest. Nice!

We had a room with 2 Double Beds. From the pictures online the room looked a lot bigger than it actually was. The room ended up being TINY. It didn't help that my friend and I had brought a LOT of food/drinks with us to get us through the Con, and also that he had bought a lot of stuff at Preview Night, but we made it work. As soon as you walk into the room the sink is on your right with shelves and drawers underneath for the towels and hair dryer. The shower/toilet are in the small bathroom on the left that has a door for privacy. The shower was a bit odd in that it had half of a glass wall but the other half was exposed. I'm not sure if I'm articulating it properly but there was no way to completely "close" the shower (no sliding wall or curtain) which I thought was weird. But it was fine; we made do for the five nights we were there. I did appreciate, though, that the room had a mini-fridge (which was completely empty yay) AND a microwave! Very nice. They also provide complimentary WiFi which is always nice. Parking is $30/day though, which is pricey, but it's hard to find better prices during SDCC anyway so I can't complain.

Overall our stay here was decent--would rate them 3.5 stars but I'll round up to 4 since I'm grateful that I was able to get this reservation through SDCC. Will definitely be trying for a closer hotel next year though because the shuttle took up too much time :/

18/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
331. Nikki W.
I give the Sofia a 3 and 1/2 star. A+ for cleanliness, A+ for location, A+ for valet and bell boys. I'd rate the front desk but we only ever really interracted with them one time, the ppl that we saw more often were great though! The only thing I didnt really like is the room size, the rooms are tiny, you feel like you have no space to get ready for the day and the bathrooms felt as small as a porta-potty! That was a huge rating factor for me. Their gym is also very small. I believe they had two treadmills and 2 elipticals, but hey, who goes on vacation to work out right? We extended our stay for a day and they charged us the same rate as the rate we had when we booked ahead of time so that was nice.

28/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
332. Greg B.
I was able to lock this place in for around $100 two days before arriving, which I felt was a huge deal based on extensive research. I stayed for four nights.

The tips from Yelp helped a lot in my decision-making process, and I won't repeat what has already been firmly established. I would encourage you to read a handful of previous posts, which I felt are accurate.

I like to walk the city on my city escapes, and the Sofia Hotel is centrally located. I had tickets for two Brewers-Padres games, and it's a 10-to-15 minute walk through the Gaslamp district. I walked to Balboa Park, as well, which took me around 30 minutes.

The rooms are comfortable and quiet, and I slept well. Yes, the rooms are small, but cozy, and are better suited for resting. I made it a point to drink my two bottles of water, which are included in that $8 service fee.

01/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
333. Karen L.
A beautiful hotel that is unique and elegant in it's own right. I LOVE that they offer yoga in the hotel! I unfortunately didn't get to try it as our stay was a bit short, but next time I stay in SD, I def want to check it out. I did get a free yoga video though with a check in! :)

We were staying here for the weekend for my birthday and when the front desk girl found out it was my birthday, she upgraded us to a suite, which was absolutely gorgeous with a wonderful view. I seriously could LIVE in that suite - it would be perfect for 2!

Will definitely return!

14/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
334. Sandy C.
This hotel is haunted. Our room was 431.
First night My flat iron fell when it was stable on the sink table by the door. It made a loud noise we thought someone was at the door but nobody was there.
Second night, My BF saw a shadow late at night by the bathroom and heard loud electricity noises. He had to turn on the bathroom light. He was freaked out

Bathroom was small and has no fan.
Bed was slouched in the middle.
Room was clean sink and vanity was cute w artificial orchid plant. The entire room had contemporary decor which made it feel new.
Walls are thin, heard the neighbors playing justin timberlake and cracking up drinking. Seemed like We were partying w them.

We stayed there during the Ghost Month for Chinese which made things creepier

Other than the creepiness we had a nice stay. But wouldn't stay there again.
The hotel is old1920s. Valet was 34$ not 30$

11/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
335. Jeff K.
more like 3.5/5 stars.

i booked this hotel thought a third party website, and requested two queen beds.  when we were checking in, they gave me a room on the 6th floor and we prompted discovered it was only 1 bed.  i then went back down to fix this situation and they moved me to another room with 1 bed and 1 pull out sofa. they told me that if i'm booking it though a third party website, its not always guaranteed to get i paid for.  the best way to ensure you get what you want, is it book it through the hotel directly.

as for the room.  it was really nice.  the pull out sofa was located in 1 room and the queen side bed was located in another part of the room.  the "bedroom" looked modern as did the sink... the sink is located right outside the bathroom.
the bathroom seem a little older, but it was clean and everything was working.  there's no lock to the bathroom door... fyi.  
we had 2 tvs in our room.  1 for the sofa bed room and the other for the queen bed room.  not too shabby.

since you are in downtown SD, there's no parking anywhere... so if you want to park near this hotel you have the option of paying like 15 bucks for like a whole day in a near by parking lot... but they might have restrictions like moving your car by a certain time in the morning... or you can have the hotel valet your car for 30 bucks.  they will add the fee to the hotel bill.  with the 30$ valet, its free in and outs, and they also have a number you can text so that when you're walking down to your car, it will be ready.

this hotel was moderately priced compared to other hotels in Downtown sd.

they have bikes they let hotel guests use for up to 3 hours.  how neat is that?!
and the elevators are a bit slow...lol

PS: there's a guy who's always pointing at something in the front of the hotel.  i seriously don't know what he's point at.

14/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
336. Jenny Y.
This hotel is in a nice location in downtown SD...great walking distance to many stores, shops and eating places...and it's near the Gaslamp District!  The hotel has been here many years so don't expect it to be a five-star luxury hotel!

However, when you arrive inside, it is decent.  Check-in and check-out service was great.  No hassle or any issues.  Friendly staffs and good customer services.

This is a perfect place to stay for a weekend getaway or on business trip.  They got internet accessibility, video conference rooms, business center and small to large meeting rooms as well.

They offer valet parking and shuttle services.

The room itself is decent, with some cool attention-to-detail decor.  The room is kinda small however, but, manageable.  :)  The bathroom is tiny though...or should I say, the shower is tiny!  Other than that, the room is clean, the bed is comfortable.

They do also have the VIP Suites that includes spa tub with jets (NICE!) and extra cushions.

16/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
337. Ed W.
Just stayed at The Sofia Hotel last night.  The location is ideal and the history behind the hotel is intriguing.  The hotel is really nice and well appointed.  The rooms were spacious and the amenities were high quality.  

Although I wasn't able to use the hotel restaurant and wine bar, both of them looked vey hip.  

I will definitely look this place up next time I am in San Diego.  Great spot!

30/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
338. Jessica R.
This place is an excellent value for the $.  Great location, rooms are clean and cute.  I stayed here with a couple friends after the Food and Wine fest and it was convenient to everything downtown.  The beds were comfortable.  The front desk staff were accommodating and friendly.  I would definitely stay here again.

11/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
339. Cheryl S.
I'm going to call this one a solid 3 stars - inching toward 3.5 stars.

We stayed here for two nights this past weekend and it was mostly an okay experience.  Some things we really liked and some things were less than optimal.

When we first checked in Saturday at nearly 4pm, we were given our room keys, but when we walked into our room, it had not yet been made up.  Towels everywhere, dirty sheets, yuck!  We called down to the front desk and they sent someone up with room keys to a similar room, one floor lower.  Sending someone with our room keys was a nice touch.

We got into our room and we could not get the TV remote to work.  We again called down to the front desk and they must have reset something because it worked after that.  

The internet was fast, the bed and pillows were comfy, the towels were cushy.

Only the shower and toilet were separate from the rest of the room.  I like a little privacy while putting on my makeup for a night out.  The shower had no door, just a half glass wall, which meant the hanging towel on the wall got a little damp, as did the floor.  

Our room was small - pretty typical for an older, downtown hotel, from what I have experienced.  Our room looked right out over the neighbor a couple of feet away - we could see right into their room.  This made the room rather dark at all times.

Our room came with free appetizers at the restaurant downstairs.  We ate there for dinner one night and the food was actually really good.  There's brunch on weekends but no breakfast during the week.

Parking is $30 a night, and there's a 7.95 resort fee.  I guess this covers the internet.  There's no pool, but I did see something about yoga so there is at least some fitness options.

The morning we were to depart, even though we had the do-not-disturb sign up, the maid was knocking on the door before 9am.

Would I stay there again?  Probably, but I think there are other places nearby where I would stay first before returning.

30/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
340. Bridget B.
I found this hotel through living social and i was thoroughly impressed. nice staff, really nice room, pet friendly, no smoking, overall it was a very good experience. I felt like the parking was a little expensive but whatever.

one reviewer called the rooms small, and i am not sure if it's because the last couple hotel rooms i've stayed in were in Boston, LA, and SF, but the room felt huge to me. It had 2 tvs, a pull out couch, and a queen sized bed (though admittedly I would've been more psyched if they had had a king sized bed)

the room also had a mini fridge and a microwave which is great since I tend to make food for myself when I travel.

checking in and checking out were simple and efficient even with the living social deal(since those can go awry sometimes)

11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
341. Stefanie H.
Found out about this place from Groupon. Reserved for a deluxe queen room. I don't know if we were lucky getting a cornered room on the 4th floor but it felt like it was for disabled individuals with the multiple handle bars along side of the bath tub. The toilet got a public toilet feel since it didn't have a tank and has a metal bar for flushing. Bathroom floor tiles were small hexagon shaped tiles, each no more than an inch wide, which also gives it a public toilet feel. Closet was small. Furnitures seemed old and used. And the couch had a suspicious stain on it. Bed was comfy enough, considering the size of the room.

Had an issue with the valet. They seemed nice enough but after we checked out, we noticed that the coin compartment in our car was VERY low, and all that was left were pennies and dimes. We tipped the valets too, so I'm not sure why they would take our change. I wonder if this is normal for them or if we just got unlucky. My husband is 100% sure he had change in there, so we can't see any other explanation other than the valets taking it.

What?! How convenient! A restaurant inside the hotel? Needless to say, we dropped by during happy hour around 3pm. Yes, we literally just dropped by. We made eye contact with the waiters hanging out in the bar area chatting, hoping to get their attention. We seated ourselves since it was HH. And by ourselves we were for the next 15-20 minutes. No waiters dropped by to serve us. Needless to say, we had to leave.

When I called to make the reservation, the lady who helped me gave me a lot of sass and attitude when responding to my questions.

Aside from those things though (valet and reservation), service at the hotel was pretty good. All the staff we interacted with were friendly and helpful.

If you are strictly looking for a "boutique" feel and decorations, as in form over function, then you go right ahead.

06/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
342. Sharona R.
A conveniently located hotel in Downtown San Diego.  Walking distance to pretty much everything.  This hotel has prompt valet parking service ($30) and a friendly staff.  It is a very cute boutique hotel with modernized furnitures and comfortable bed.  Only downside is the size of the room....small.  With two adults and two small children you feel a little claustrophobic.  If you don't mind a quaint boutique hotel to venture out and see Downtown SD and sleeping is your only thing in the hotel give this a try.  The place is clean and well organized.  The Currant Restaurant is pretty good and recommend it.

18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
343. Joan B.
I am currently staying at the Sofia Hotel.  I was happily surprised to see that this hotel has a yoga studio and offers complimentary yoga classes on M, W, F from 8 to 9am with a fabulous instructor, Emily.  I took my first class and it is one of the best yoga classes that I have taken.  Sofia is a nice hotel and having yoga classes and the other amenities makes it very special.!

Joan
Washington DC

16/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
344. Elwood M.
Great location close to mall and Gaslamp. Nice place; clean with courteous staff. Parking is way too much and they really should do something about it for their customers. Rooms are pretty small. Unfortunately discovered the walls are also a bit thin due to the conversation in the next room at 2 AM and the other "activities" at 5 AM. Also had to ask for regular coffee half the mornings we were there.

21/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
345. Katrina W.
Nice boutique hotel!
The staff were very polite and the rooms were decent. Very close to all the restaurants and the brunch on Sunday was delicious(bottomless mimosas)! I would definitely stay here again.

06/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
346. Bob S.
Back at The Sofia 6 years later. The rooms are still small, the WIFI is hotel wide and the bar has a great happy hour wine selection. Still a fan!

14/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
347. Kelvin M.
Nice boutique hotel in downtown area. Rooms are a bit small, but to be expected. Service was great and they are eco-friendly. For shoppers, the Horton Plaza mall is a couple of blocks down the street. And it's close to the Civic Center trolley station on C-Street. But still close enough to walk to the waterfront and Gaslamp district. The Currant restaurant is nice for evening dining and socializing...they have two happy hours.

06/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
348. Ken B.
Pretty nice hotel. Rooms are a bit small but you arent in San Diego for the rooms. Easy access to Gaslight, Petco, Convention Center, Seaport Village. The valet guys and front office staff were very nice too. The bar was fun at night. Elevators are super slow, just take the stairs. Id stay here again for sure.

07/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
349. K S.
Cute furnishings, but awkward room layout; immediately upon entry there is the bathroom vanity to the left, and the toilet and the shower are on the right (there is a door).  There was a long, curly hair in the shower which was not mine, but otherwise my room was clean.  

Staff has been friendly, however, not the brightest or very accommodating.  There is a spa on site, and I tried to make a reservation yesterday prior to check-in but no one was answering the phone.  So, I called the front desk who could not book appointments.  After asking for them to call the spa and then transfer my call, the staff member placed me on hold.  A short time later, she said she could not get through and said I should call the spa again.  Today, when I arrived, I took my car to the $30 valet.  Wanting to tip the guy helping me, I told him I only had a $20, asking if he had change; he told me I had to pay for parking inside.  

The restaurant here smelled amazing, although I had other dining plans so I did not eat here.  THERE IS NO ROOM SERVICE :(

You pay a $7.95 fee which covers wifi, a 3 hour bike rental, bottled water in your room, and a USA Today newspaper.  

All in all this place is fine, but there are other places with bigger rooms and nicer accommodations.

09/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
350. Nick C.
Perfect location with easy walkabilty to the best San Diego has to offer.  The rooms were clean and recently updated.  Literally every single employee I encountered was top shelf good.  Very reasonable priced too!  I am only holding back the full five stars since the rooms were on the smaller side and my view was obstructed, but I will be back.

11/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
351. Toni L.
If you like history, you'll love this place.

I was looking for a hotel within walking distance of the Surfliner. This place is just a couple blocks away from Santa Fe Train Depot and was featured in an ad when I bought my Surfliner ticket. Anyway, the hotel itself is extremely small in every way. All of the rooms are filled to the brim with furniture and there is hardly any room in which to walk around. My room came with a queen bed ( yelp.com/biz_photos/the-… ), flatscreen tv, and a desk ( yelp.com/biz_photos/the-… ). They'll charge you a mandatory $9 service fee that includes access to the gym, the business center, two bottles of water in the room ( yelp.com/biz_photos/the-… ), and internet. Mandatory fees usually really irritate me (why don't they just include it in the price if you have to purchase it anyway?), but in this case the fee is actually a lot cheaper than internet at some hotels. The bathroom is a little weird, possibly due to the space constraints. The sink is outside in the hallway between the door and the bedroom ( yelp.com/biz_photos/the-… ). It was pretty clean, but you could tell people were definitely bumping into things and scraping up the wood. I probably did my fair share of damage and I'm height-challenged. The hallways are decorated with a random assortment of conversation pieces, flowers, and black and white pictures with informative captions.

Anyway, if you like weird decorations such as this fossil ( yelp.com/biz_photos/the-… ), public transportation, or plaques and pictures that describe the history of downtown San Diego and the hotel itself, you should check out the Sofia.

16/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
352. Phuong T.
Rooms are tiny but it didn't bother me because I didn't book a hotel room to stay in all day. What I look for is how convienient it is to attractions and how comfortable the bed is because  at the end of the day, I just want to sleep on clouds.  

Sofia hotel had exactly what I was looking for. Nice modernize room, comfortable bed that engulfed you, and close to attractions. I only stayed over night and some of the pros are friendly staff, clean, new modernize place.  Some of the cons are, $30 for overnight parking is expensive, there are street parking and or parking lots that allow you to park overnight.  If you get the city view rooms and are on lower level, it can get very noisy on weekends, ask for a higher room or non city views.  The noise within the hotel was good, couldn't hear my neighbors and was able to sleep well.  I would stay again but will stay away from the city view rooms, I like peace and quiet after a long day.

15/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
353. Isai C.
This hotel was awesome! First of all they gave us a 40% discount because it was slow, then the rooms were really nice, they allowed my doggie and gave her some bones.  If you have to take your dog to go potty, the only real place is the federal building in front.  BE CAREFUL, don't want to get a ticket.  The service was awesome, but the parking was $30, HOWEVER, you can do in and outs, so that is pretty rad.  I would definitely stay here again.

11/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
354. Stephanie P.
My boyfriend and I have stayed here twice and love it. There are always great groupon/living social deals and $99 email specials from Sofia to cut down the cost. Great location, as it is within walking distance to the Gaslamp district. Have yet to try their restaurant "Currant" but the menu looks amazing and is on my list to try next time we stay at the Sofia.

22/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
355. Heidi D.
The stay here was fabulous! The staff was amazing. They are dog friendly & give you dog treats when you check in. The tantalum was 139 (including 25 for pets), that's a great deal. Currant was amazing and so was bartender Megan. The only downer was there is no room service but when you're getting such a deal and amazing staff it doesn't matter as much.

20/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
356. Michelle O.
Fabulous hotel, with beautiful rooms.
A huge plus is its parking facility. Such a bonus, when your in a city your not familiar with. On the downside, staff are not friendly!  Esp the lady with the long blonde hair at reception! Apart from that, if your looking for a hotel that is close to the strip, this is your spot!

10/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
357. Mickey M.
This cute boutique hotel  that has nicely decorated rooms is a short walk to the Gaslamp District and a short Lift $9 ride to Hillcrest. Make sure you take a stroll inside the beautiful US Grant Hotel as you walk to the Gaslamp District.

08/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
358. Janelle L.
Let's just start by saying, I'd stay here again.  If you know me, you know why that's a big deal.  I enjoy staying in nice hotels.  Some people say, well, when you're on vacation, all you really do in a hotel is sleep.  Yes, true.  However, I like to feel comfortable and safe and clean and if I want to, turn the A/C down REAL low to freezing and slither myself between the sheets.  

We got this hotel room from a great site, Hotel's Tonight.  They basically list unsold rooms in various hotels for the night. They list at noon for a relatively decently discounted price and then it's up to to jump on it or not.  I think I saved about $100 for the night.  For those of you with high anxiety, this is NOT the way to go for you.

I like the location.  Personally, I would say it was on the fringes of the Gaslamp.  Located catty corner away from Horton Plaza.  About a mile from Seaport Village and the SD Convention Center and about the same to the robust action on Fourth and Fifth street.  Yet, it was far enough away from the center of all the action to be appreciatively "quiet-ish" while trying to sleep.

Anyhow, the staff was nice and friendly, they greet you with a nice big smile.  Even the valet was cool and helpful.  The major plus about this place is that they are pet friendly.  There were many people with their dogs on vacation.

We walked around looking for the spa because we got a recording when we called the number we were instructed to in the directory.  I guess the spa person is  travelling service.  The Sofia merely provides the space.  While being nosy, we did encounter the workout room and a connecting Yoga room!!!  Imagine that!  I really appreciated the progressive vibe to this hotel.

The only thing I found annoying was the overwhelming smell of bleach throughout the hallways and in the room.  I guess that's better than dog poop and trash.  I think I would have preferred, oh, say, lavender or something.  Ok, I lied, not the only annoying thing, and really, I guess you find this in more hotels more often now, but there was no ice maker on our floor.

02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
359. Yayme P.
Only stayed for the night.. Fast check in and check out.. The room was small but comfortable, the bed had 5 layers of sheets( including duvet) and that's something I appreciate. The room was clean and the hallway was very quiet.. Definitely nervous for the "haunted" reputation...(lol) but actually it was a peaceful night.. Location is great, 4 stars for the $34 dollars for 24h parking....(just not something you see in Vegas.)

16/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
360. Farrah A.
The rate I snagged online from Hotels.com made me pick this hotel for a two-night stay (at $165 a night) but I didn't know there is an $8.94 daily "guest services fee" - gym, complimentary bottled water, etc - which is totally stoops! I didn't use the gym, we had our own H20 ... not a fan of that. Any "fees" should be incorporated into the price of the hotel stay. And then overnight parking is $30 a day. The room was extremely small - reminded me of a NYC hotel - shower and restroom even smaller, the A/C wasn't blowing any cool air, and there's a lot of street noise you can hear all morning and night. Fail.

What I did, like, however, is the proximity to other restaurants and bars, a friendly valet, on-site bike rentals (first come, first serve). Not sure I would stay here again unless the rate was under $125. ...Which I did see a $119 rate for a Sunday night stay.

29/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
361. Yousef Y.
My customer service experience here was excellent from the beginning of my stay to the end.

01/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
362. Cathy S.
I booked our company meeting at Sofia Hotel and Amy Ragsdale worked with us to book both domestic and international sales their rooms and helped with catering decisions. As a boutique hotel, I understood that the hotel is not huge but beautiful and welcoming. Everyone, from valet, concierge, front desk, and cleaning services was gracious, helpful, and friendly. The beds are really cushy and the fridge/microwave is perfect for someone like me who has leftovers from eating out. The food was above average and being next to a coffee shop was a plus. The hotel is priced well and even though it is further from the convention center, it is worth it. Book your stay!

23/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
363. Gerald S.
Its a nice place in the heart of downtown a block away from Horton Plaza. Even though the standard room is small it has a nice warm feeling to it. you can tell it is a older building by how the windows look. Its quiet and walking distance to anywhere. second time staying here I will definitely will be coming back.

31/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
364. Katie M.
We spent one night here last week.  The location is great and the hotel looks nicely remodeled, but the room itself was terribly disappointing.  We booked a king on the hotel's website and I asked for a view room, and told them it was my birthday.  

Weeks later when we arrived, we got a room that faced the windows of the rooms across the way.  It was dark and dreary and the windows don't open, which is such a shame in a climate like San Diego where you don't need AC most of the time.  I know.  I lived there 20 years.  Anyway,  in a small, dark room this feels very claustrophobic.  

To make matters worse the AC was LOUD and rattled.  I called down to the front desk to ask it that was always the case and was told to come to front desk in person when we left for dinner to "remind" her and they'd have maintenance check it while we were out.  When we did go down to the lobby the front desk staff was occupied and I didn't want to hold up our party to wait, so we left.  Hours later we come back to the room.  No change.  Spent the night with earplugs in.  

I probably would have made a bigger deal about it ,but we were only there one night so we made the best of it, but I would not choose this hotel again.  

PS.  I tried to give this feedback to the hotel itself when they emailed an invite to do so, but when you click on the form - nothing's there.  I think they probably censor their "guestbook" so I didn't bother.

28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
365. Karen N.
The best service I've ever received. Every single one of their staff is accommodating and friendly. We brought our puppy Roxy to the hotel and she was greeted with a bag of dog treats. :) We booked a Queen room but because we were there celebrating an occasion, we were upgraded to a suite and had champagne delivered to our room. SUPER nice. The valet is $30 and good for 24 hours, so you can take your car in and out as often as you want. Complimentary were water bottles, coffee and bicycles! What?! yeah. you can borrow bicycles and ride around downtown! unfortunately we didn't stay long enough to take advantage of this but that's awesome! We loved the staff here and will definitely be coming back to stay here if we're in SD. Pet friendly hotel, perfect location downtown and accommodating/friendly staff, what more can you ask for?

16/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
366. Sarah W.
Do not stay here!  The rooms are incredibly small and the walls are paper thin.  The double size bed was smaller expected and uncomfortable.  We had to call the front desk every day because housekeeping forgot to leave us something.  They also cancelled one of my reservations and charged me for not showing up, even though I still occupied two rooms.  Parking was $34 per day.  There were numerous extra fees for the room- a charge for beverages (whether you drank them or not), a historic fee, among others.

22/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
367. Vincent L.
Cozy boutique hotel where they've managed to preserve the outer grandeur of an older downtown building, yet carve out a lot of contemporary, if small, rooms on the inside.

That having been said, there's a surprising amount of thoughtful amenities that they manage to pack into each room, whether the mini-fridges, microwaves, free bottles of water, even free yoga DVDs. The bathrooms are on the small side and are enclosed only by a sliding door, plus the showers are walk-in with a glass wall that goes only halfway, which means you'll need to place several towels at the exposed entry to the shower to soak up excess water.

Service is very friendly and personalized, with a thank-you/welcome note left inside the room, and the hotel plays up its downtown location, offering free weekend walking tours, a convenient, annotated map on downtown restaurants and amenities, and even bike rentals. There's also plenty of free overnight street parking all around on the weekends.

Definitely enjoyed my stay here and would definitely come back again.

31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
368. Priscilla C.
Great hotel and GREAT location!! Literally within blocks of a shopping mall, bars, restaurants and just feet away from an adorable hotel restaurant with a great happy hour and last but not least, a Coffee Bean right next door to the hotel! The rooms were extremely tiny but nice for the price. The complimentary wifi, IPhone dock/charger and full cable television were a plus!  The only reason I gave the hotel a 4 instead of a 5 is because the window was blocked by another building and there was little to no natural light that came in the room- felt kind of claustrophobic! There was also no full size mirror... So ladies, if you decide to stay here, make sure you try on the outfits BEFORE you check in!

25/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
369. Shelbie M.
The Sofia is a great hotel, the price is equal to the quality. I love the style and the view of the city is wonderful. Its very quiet and the cleanliness of the hotel is obvious top priority. The only thing that is keeping the Sofia from a 5star raring is the room service.

31/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
370. Kristin G.
Booked our room through a third party - had some issues upon arrival with the reservation. But Reyna at the front desk was nothing short of amazing sorting it all out. She even sent us a bottle of champagne for all the trouble. Great customer service! I would definitely stay there again.

22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
371. Yvonne B.
Beautiful historic hotel. As noted on other reviews, it is clean, classic, with slightly modern edge facility. Stories about the history of the building the building are throughout the facility.

It was a beautiful room...great air-conditioning, beautiful decor. The shower had a great pressure with a temperature control valve (I like pretty warm showers and this one was great.) The bed was really comfortable.

Good happy hours at the attached restaurant. The hotel provided complimentary water and wifi in the rooms. We had a beautiful bar in the room that also had a refrigerator and microwave. Bottles of wine were for sale in the room.

We accidentally left some clothing in the closet when we checked out. Housekeeping was able to locate them and put them in the mail for us.

08/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
372. Michelle J.
I am staying at The Sophia Hotel currently, and cannot say enough nice things about the staff here! They are super professional, and NICE! It is a really stylish boutique hotel and it offers great amenities associated with an upscale hotel but it is affordable, and still gives the feeling of a high-end classic hotel. The rooms are nicely decorated and the beds are comfortable, although a bit small - but it isn't a deal-breaker because it is an OLD hotel, totally remodeled, so gives the feeling of history with lots of modern to it. I asked for a late check-out and it was not a problem.

One of the "fun" things they offer is a free 3 hr. bike rental - super cool, and I have seen people with well-behaved pets, so if traveling with your dog - would be great!

Truly enjoying this stay! A great find! Would recommend to anyone.

21/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
373. Phillip K.
Arrived at 8:45am, not counting on having a room available.  Brian at the front desk was very accommodating and offered us a clean room and a suite upgrade at a great rate!  The recently remodeled suite has a separate living area with leather sleeper couch and two nice flat screen TV's.

18/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
374. Marie C.
Awesome all-around hotel, definitely one of the more comfortable accommodations you will find in the Gaslamp district. We stayed here last Saturday night strictly as a "daycation" to party and drink along the bars on 5th street. This is a boutique hotel so it's pricier than other accommodations, but many of the amenities are thoughtful and well worth it-- comfy towels, high thread-count sheets, modern décor, friendly staff. We stayed in a Queen Studio Suite which was tons of room for Gaslamp (sidenote: people who leave complaints about the room size on Yelp obviously have never stayed in Gaslamp before, ALL rooms in MOST hotels are smaller than avg here, it is a very old part of town).
They have a yoga room adjoined to a small but very decent gym-- Came here Saturday and Sunday morning and there was only 1 or 2 more guests there besides myself with modern, well-maintained machines.
There are free bike rentals available, and they are pet friendly.
The valet is $30, but there is day parking right next to the hotel for $10 (only up to 2am) if you are having friends visit. There is also a scarce amount of street parking, free after 8pm (they just changed the ordinance this past month or so from 6pm, sorry!)
Checkout is unfortunately 11am, but it's worth it to call downstairs and see if it's not too busy (called them this past Sunday morning and they said we could check out 12:30!)
Location is central but on the quite end of Gaslamp and not too close to 5th; fyi if you are in painful heels it's still a walk aways-- I am lazy an it was a bit of a challenge for me to get to 5th!

27/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
375. Allison P.
We love this hotel, and we stay here every time we spend the night in San Diego. It's in a great location right smack in the middle of the Gaslamp district. The overall decor and vibe is great-- slightly modern, but classic. Very simple, clean, and contemporary design without being cold or sterile.

The rooms are relatively small, but so well-appointed-- nicely furnished with comfortable and luxurious beds and linens. Great contrast between very dark wood and lighter fabric, walls, fixtures. The bathrooms/dressing areas are also small, but not "crampy" at all. (I love the clean, white pedestal sink atop the simple dark wood counter/table.) The shower/toilet room is finished with beautiful stone-like ceramic tile. The shower enclosure is glass, with no door, but a door is not necessary considering the design of the room. The towels and robes are very nice, as expected, and if you're someone who actually uses the provided toiletries, they are quite nice ones procured through Gilchrist & Soames.

If I absolutely had to complain about something, I would say that the lighting in the dressing area is not great for doing hair and makeup. There is a nice wall-mounted mirror on an extended arm to accompany the large mirror behind the sink, which helps, but the lighting in this area is situated in such a way that the light beams down on top of the head while getting ready. Lighting on the wall above or around the mirror would be helpful in this aspect!

The lobby and common areas are just as beautifully appointed as the rooms, and the restaurant/bar follows the same simple, elegant design. We have never eaten in the restaurant (Currant), but we usually end up at the bar for a nightcap before going to bed for the evening.

Amazingly, all of this comes with a very decent price tag by downtown SD standards! We have been loyal customers since The Sofia Hotel opened, and we continue to stay that way as long as we are here!

31/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
376. Kenny I.
Sofia hotel was the perfect location for a weekend getaway with the gf.
Located right inside gaslamp everything is within walking distance ... If you aren't in the mood for walking, Sofia hotel offers free bike rentals from 7 am- 7 pm for you cruise around downtown in! Unfortunately we didn't get to use the amenity.
Check in was easy, got in an hour before normal check in time, rooms were clean, bathrooms/sinks were awesome, bed was comfy...
$30 valet is pricey... But location and everything else make up for it
There is a resort fee that they add onto your bill, but if you utilize the fitness center, bikes, water bottles, coffee in the room it isn't too bad !
Will definitely be here again when visiting SD !

08/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
377. Jennifer B.
Really enjoyed our (short, 1 night) stay! Room was small but well thought out--there was space to get everything out of the way. Never saw a bell man to help with luggage,front desk efficient but not warm. Valet guy was great and got all the tips we would have left with other staff. :)
Hard to say why it was so enjoyable--but it was just so comfortable and cozy. Wonderful bed, big bath towels (a personal preference that is very important), amazing location and great price.

18/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
378. Melissa D.
Fantastic boutique hotel in a great area in San Diego, easily walk-able to the Gaslamp District, Balboa Park and the harbor.  The room was gorgeous and the view incredible.  The room was small, but was perfect for the two of us.  The bed was super comfortable and the linens very lush feeling.  I loved that we had the use of bikes when we stayed there too.

30/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
379. Luanna Y.
Labor day weekend = expensive hotels. Stayed here for 1 night at a cringe worthy cost of ~$300 when you include the $30 for overnight parking and the odd $7.95 daily extra charge.

However, I picked this specific spot for their ideal location.  5-10 minute walk in one direction and you have all of Gaslamp at your disposal. About a 10 minute walk in the other direction and you have Little Italy (wanted to go there specifically to meet friends at Craft & Commerce). There's also tender greens, a convenience store, a bank, a coffee shop, and a plethora of other quick eateries within a 1 block radius. About a 10 minute drive away and you're at Balboa park with all of its museums and fun and the zoo!

But even with the ideal location, I could only give this place 2 stars. The lobby was a disaster as they decided to leave off the AC in 90 degree 100% humidity weather. I felt so bad for the front desk staff, they must have been dying. There was also some kind of pipe leak as water was dripping from the lobby ceiling, and the carpet was soaked in areas.

The size of the room itself was tiny but adequate. I wasn't planning on spending that much time in the hotel anyways. However, like others have mentioned, the bathroom door doesn't close all the way and the shower has no door?! In their desire for a modern/hip aesthetic, they sacrificed common sense and utility. The walls are also super thin - got woken up in the middle of the night by neighbors who weren't being overly loud. But I could, nonetheless, hear their entire conversation. The pillows were also some of the most uncomfortable that I have ever slept on. They looked nice and fluffy but felt like you were sleeping on sand bags. They were stiff, dense, and uncompromising.

But again, given the amazing location, I would stay here again if the cost was drastically reduced.. perhaps on a non-holiday weekend.

02/09/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
380. Eli E.
I previously stayed here this past week, and I must admit it was a nice stay. Definitely close to many interests points as well as the bay. Parking seems to be the biggest negative here. You either have the option to park behind the hotel for $30-$35 (I believe) or valet at the hotel for the same. Go with the valet, they keep your vehicle underground.

You must understand that this is a botique hotel which has rather small rooms. The room was rather clean and noise level wasn't that noisy (3rd floor).

I recommend you check out their restaurant attached to the hotel, Currant. Great burger and beer selection.

All in all, I was satisfied with my stay here and would consider returning.

24/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
381. Amelia M.
Such a disappointment. My boyfriend and I booked it knowing that the rooms would be small and hoping to save money. Boy, oh boy was the room small! Right when we entered our room, the bathroom vanity was immediately to our right side. That was a big surprise for us. The room is awkward and to me, felt a little dirty. The bathroom is the worst! The shower door only covered half of the shower. Our floor would always get wet whenever we showered. Walls are super thin, we can hear our neighbors talking which put a damper on our privacy. When they serviced our room, they had turned off our refrigerator which spoiled the food that was inside! Also, one of the side table drawers didn't close fully, the air vents are dusty, and the ironing board has a bunch of stains on it (yuck).  

When we checked in on a Wednesday night around 11PM, two people in charge of valet in the front helped us figure out parking. $30 for valet is pricey and suggested to find street parking until 8AM the next morning to save us money which was really nice of them. We were lucky enough to find a spot right in front of the hotel at that time. Two days later I had asked someone at the front desk about parking again. It was now Friday morning around 1AM.  We were only asking for our car to be valeted for the night (Friday at around 1AM) and stated they will charge us from Friday til Saturday for $60, even if we only want our car to be valeted for Friday. I asked him to explain the situation, as it was confusing to me. The man in the front desk had an irritated and condescending tone when he was explaining it to me and did not help us out. Poor service! We opted to just park overnight at a nearby parking lot for $30/night since street parking was scarce.

Overall, I didn't enjoy it here. I did not feel comfortable in my room and the service was poor. I'll check in somewhere else next time.

18/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
382. Cindy S.
Stayed here this past weekend for a bachelorette party. The rooms were extremely small. Barely any walking room around the beds and the walls were thin (I could hear someone blow drying their hair from another room. However, the rooms were clean and the staff was friendly. The hotel is close to the action in downtown, but I wouldn't walk. Use Uber for the free first ride or a cab. A cab from FLUXX only amounted to $6.

17/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
383. Jeff S.
Fantastic location.
Outstanding service.
Reasonable pricing.
Free bicycle rental.
Classic exterior with remodeled rooms.
We will return when we are back in town.
Wish they had a pool and/or spa...that's the only reason this is four star and not five.
Zero complaints.
Highly recommended!

07/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
384. Mathew S.
It's not $24 to park, it's $34. That's 34 (thirty-four) dollars to park your car overnight, whether you valet it or self park. And it's not like you're parking in a structure either; it's a bare space of dimly-lit concrete right next to the hotel. $34 to park your car at a place you're patronizing is obscene even in San Diego, and God-forbid you're road-weary and sleep-depraved enough to chuck $40 in the machine because it will provide you with no change. Room was obnoxiously small. Got charged a resort fee twice; once when I booked the room and again when I checked out. Staff is super friendly though... to the point it no longer seems sincere but rather an act to cover up the cash-grab. I'll sleep in my car next time.

09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
385. Valerie B.
I stayed at the Sofia last year and was accidentally charged double.. I spoke with the assistant manager, John M., and he was very apologetic. He more than made up for it by helping us out on our next stay! All of the staff are very accommodating, everyone is super friendly and the hotel is beautiful. Will definitely be returning!

29/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
386. alexis h.
The hotel has a really nice facelift. Cute, clean, inviting.
Excellent location down in the Gaslamp.
The only downside for me was the size of the room.
Extremely small and not very easy to move around with more than 2 people.

Valet was extremely prompt as well.
I would definitely stay here again.

I booked third party so the price was just right!

12/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
387. Tamika T.
Great location and walking distances to Gaslamp area. Happy hour at the bar and helpful staff. You can rent bikes all day for free through hotel. Everyone was very nice and professional.

Rooms: clean but very small! Very very small!  The bed was very hard.. But We did not mind it.

Internet: it was very slow.  

Parking:  $30 with in and out privileges.

21/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
388. Q T.
Tried booking couple spa package online
Not possible

Forced to call
800 826 0009
I am still on hold
Have not spoken to a human yet
Listening to auto recording - it's awful
It would be nice if a person at least answered to acknowledge me
Not just waiting hoping someone answers

As I end this review it has been exactly 6 minutes without a human answering me as I sit on hold.

12/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
389. Christina O.
THE ROOM:
The room was smaller than we thought it would be, but it was in a nice part of the hotel. We were on the top floor in a corner room facing the city. The view at night was nice and the morning view was even better, but that's about where the good things about the room end. The first issue I noticed was that the bed was extremely uncomfortable. It was as hard as a rock and really difficult to sleep on. The sink was right next to the door when you walk in, so it felt more like a studio than a hotel room. While it was very clean, the toilet would stop working every once in a while and the door that slides open/close to the bathroom doesn't seal or lock. The door itself seemed very unstable, almost as if it's hanging on by just the hinge and from the inside of the bathroom, the wood on the door was breaking off. The nice area by the window and the bed made up for it, but I expected much more for the amount that we paid for. The shower also doesn't have a door on it, so water got all over the bathroom floor when we were done showering. The bathroom was a huge issue and I was very surprised that a room that price would have so many things wrong with it, city-view or not.

THE SERVICE:
The service was just fine. We were greeted by all the staff when entering or leaving the hotel. They were nice enough to explain to us which restaurants were nearby and where we could find coffee bean, starbucks, shopping centers, etc. The hotel also advertises a free yoga dvd when you check in, but we did not receive ours and I forgot to ask.

THE RESTAURANT:
The prices were pretty decent. The food was really good and the drinks were wonderful. The staff was very friendly and our server couldn't have been nicer. He was very eager to explain to us different dishes or drinks the restaurant offers and we loved the quick service. I also really appreciated the staff checking up on us every once in a while. Good service at a restaurant inside of a hotel is a bit difficult for us to find, so we're glad we found it here. The perfect end to a wonderful day was the happy hour prices and the well-crafted drinks.

THE LOCATION:
The hotel is located in the Gaslamp District, which was wonderful and only a few feet away from a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. While my fiance and I stayed away from the bars on our trip, the architecture was beautiful and the city was bustling. The only issue is that when you're walking to a restaurant from your hotel and back again, it's easy to feel unsafe in the area. (This is particularly true at night.) It's not so bad during the day, since the sidewalks are busier during daylight. But the area isn't as busy at night and the people who do populate this particular part of town are either drunk or homeless. While on our trip, my fiance and I went to a convenience store near by for cheap snacks and drinks since the restaurant downstairs was closed and a group of young adults stole a ton of stuff! The employees were in a huff and the situation made my fiance and I nervous.

PARKING:
The parking was awful. They have a parking lot behind the hotel with valet, but you have to check your car in and out after hours (which can be both a good and bad thing.) The over night parking costs a whopping $34 dollars a night. I wasn't planning on spending that much on parking alone, but there was no where else to park near the hotel where you can safely and comfortably walk your luggage without worrying about getting mugged.

Overall, I really enjoyed the hotel and I appreciated the excellent service. I liked that they gave free walking tours of the Gaslamp District and offered free yoga classes to the guests. However, I don't think I will be coming back because I know that I could have reserved a much better room for the price that didn't have all the issues this particular one came with. The hotel is animal friendly, so make sure you're willing to spend an evening with a few barks and howls if you want to check-in here!

16/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
390. kristeezy e.
SO DISAPPOINTING. I am currently laying in this poor excuse of a "queen bed with down comforter and pillow top mattress" as I write this review. The sad part is that I live in San Diego and had an unexpected leak in my condo, so to give myself a break from the stress of finishing up a 12 hour night shift at the hospital and the mess of the remodel and a tough work week, I booked this hotel with high hopes and looked forward to this moment of laying on a big, fluffy comfy bed. Instead, I can't get comfortable while laying on these pillage covered pillowcases and sheets. I tried to give the benefit of the doubt by asking for two more pillows, but after the 20th minute, I think it's time for a review that speaks the truth.
 I've stayed here before and I really don't remember it being this bad. Staff failed to tell us what room we were in or repeat to us what kind of room we booked upon check in- although the guy helping did seem nice, it felt so rehearsed. Like...some eye contact or a smile would be nice, bro. That's pretty much the sum of the staff- rehearsed and not compassionate. For example, shortly after we settled into our room, I called to ask about the "resort fee" and if it includes slippers. The response was a quick, "no," and then silence...cut off by me just saying, "ok...thanks". For nothing. There is also no parking garage here, so you have to fork over more money for them to park your car, top it all off, the room is the size of a shoebox with some kind of wiring in the windowsq, making me feel like I'm in some kind of trendy prison room.
 So. As I finish up this review, still waiting for my damn pillows, i wish I woulda paid the extra money and just stayed somewhere else- no amount of pillows can right this wrong at this point. Won't. Stay. Here. Again.

13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
391. Kerry C.
Parking is $30.

We were able to get a room same night through kayak for $130 when the best price they could offer over the phone was $180.

When we arrived their check in service was down so they turned us away and told us to try again later. After 9:00 pm they finally gave us a room though the program still wasn't working. Gave us 2 free drinks to thank us for waiting for what had been several hours at this point. Sorry, that's not good enough for wearied travelers who wanted to finally make it to their room.

11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
392. Rick K.
The hotel was good. I really liked the external architecture, as it reminded me of an old vintage building. I enjoyed the service and the restaurant, but the bathroom was a letdown. It was small and oddly designed. I don't know what it is about me, but I don't mind getting a small dainty little room as long as I get a really nice bathroom. Their showers didn't even have a door (although there was a half glass wall separating the toilet from the shower). As a result, water sprinkled all over the floor.

It was nice that the hotel was relatively close to the gaslamp district. Walking distance, even. But I cannot say I felt impressed by the hotel. Do I recommend it? Sure. Would I come back? I'll think about it.

31/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
393. Coral H.
Nicely remodeled old hotel in the heart of downtown. Restaurant does brunch and a fine happy hour. A red and a white wine is $20 in your room. A refrigerator in every room. The rooms are small but use the space well. Pet friendly. My only issue for not 5 stars is that the common area hallways are stuffy and hot and not well ventilated.

15/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
394. Tony B.
Whenever I come to SD, to visit friends, see a show or just to enjoy some nightlife and the tourist attractions I stay at the Sophia. Nice rooms, great location and the Currant restaurant is attached so it's convenient. The valet is good (no door dings) and its close to shopping and some great food. Now if SD could just do something about that homeless population downtown...

30/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
395. Angel N.
We came for the weekend and this place was ideal for so many reasons.  The location is just top-notch - literally in the heart of the Gas Lamp, and walking distance to many a great restaurant, bar, and nightclub. My wife and I took advantage of the FREE bicycle rental they offered and took a ride around the city.  The hotel offers a restaurant in the foyer (The Currant) that many people raved about its happy hour (we did not have a chance to try it ourselves).  The only knocks on the hotel was that our room was a little too cozy, and the hotel did not have an indoor pool.  But other than that, the staff was polite and helpful, the location rocked, and I would ultimately recommend this place to anyone traveling to the great city of SD!

29/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
396. Laura E.
Beautiful cozy hotel, easy access to gaslamp district and 1/2 mile from little italy. I found parking in little italy and walked the 1/2 mile b/c the valet parking is $26 per night and I would rather use thay to pay for drinks. The staff was great and the coffee they provide in the room was good.

12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
397. Tracy K.
Great place to stay.  Small cute rooms.  High end with class.  Your in the middle of everything downtown.  Can walk to everywhere.   Especially little Italy.  No parking so you'll have to valet which is $35 a day.  Nice gym.  Plenty of fresh water everywhere. Beds are to small for my 6'5 frame but comfy

21/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
398. Jenn T.
I stayed here for a two night stay and I really enjoyed the hotel.

Location was perfect: super central and close walking distance to Gaslamp and still pretty close to Little Italy, as we easily walked to both locations.

The hotel is historical (old) but completely redesigned. The rooms are small, just like most boutique hotels, but still very cozy and comfortable. The only issue I had with it was the odd design of the room, with the bathroom practically being in the doorway of the room. The sink wasn't attached to the bathroom either, it was just on the other side of the entrance to the room, where you;d imagine where the coat closet would be. It wasn't really a problem, just odd.

As for the service, it was fantastic, everyone was super friendly. Also the hotel restaurant, Currant was great, I have a separate review for it!

09/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
399. Isabella B.
NOTE: The No1DP stayed here the second time to see me and I tagged along for short stays of several hours for two days and overnight one night.

The Sofia's main charm lies in that it's a historical boutique hotel.  When I talked to the valet upon realizing that I was from the area he mentioned that at least half the guests staying this weekend were also doing their staycations here.

LOCATION: Downtown San Diego on the corner of Broadway and Front. It's quite close to a lot of bail bondsman places as it's right near the courthouse but more notably it's also walking distance from Horton Plaza and several blocks away from the Gaslamp.  

PARKING/VALET: The public parking right next to the hotel is $10/hr or $30 flat fee for 1-9 hours. Valet parking is available to hotel guests and Currant American Brasserie (the hotel restaurant) diners, $10/hr for first 3 hours and $5 each hour afterwards and $30 overnight. Valet parking was efficient but a little slow into the wee hours of the night, when I drove home at 2-3AM. They give you a ticket to redeem your car, which also gives you 10% discount at Currant.

FRONT DESK: No1DP did much of the talking at the front desk, but from my observations if your luggage is late and you have it delivered here front desk will notify you and there's dog treats on top of one of the counters.

ROOM: As you expect from a boutique hotel, the room is pretty small but gets the job done. The beds were quite comfortable and sometimes the No1DP and I would have a hard time getting out of bed. There's a closet opposite the window and a HDTV mounted to the wall. The large chair was big enough to put stuff on top. There's a small mini-fridge in the area next to the bathroom along with a coffee pot, with coffee/wine glasses on top and the house wines available were $20. Unlike other hotels where they actually charge you for their standard bottled water, the 2 bottles provided are actually free.

My only con was that there was some heating problems and it took the No1DP a little while to find out how to actually heat the room.

BATHROOM: The setup is a little weird since the sink is actually outside and opposite the actual bathroom, which contains the toilet and shower. The sink is akin to a large wash basin, which looked quite nice for a sink. No1DP noticed that the one of the drains was loose and housekeeping would fix it, but they never came around to it. It didn't take long for the showers to produce hot water.

CURRANT AMERICAN BRASSERIE: We actually ate here twice, once for dinner and once for their weekend brunch. They are known for their very interesting popcorn flavors such as truffle parmesan and duck confit. As I noted in my review of the courthouse, if you have jury duty you can get 5% off your bill if you present your juror badge.

After this experience I would consider this hotel as a possible staycation site.

09/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
400. Heather N.
Location is perfect!  You are in the heart of downtown and you feel very safe. I would recommend not driving/renting a car if you don't have to. Walking or public transportation in San Diego is easy.

We stayed in a suite our 2nd & 3rd night, which for us is the perfect size for a couple.  If you are one person, their regular room is a good size, but pretty tight for 2 people. The room was really comfortable and was very fresh and clean.  For being a beautiful historical hotel, it's actually amazing how cared for the hotel and room was.  I've stayed a lot of places that are only a few years old and not taken care of with love like this hotel is.  We loved it and will definitely stay here our future stays, hopefully sooner than later.

It was also my boyfriends birthday and I have to say, Brian, front desk, really made him feel special.  Brian really went above & beyond for us and he really makes this place extra special to us. This hotel really is lucky to have someone so special interacting with their guests.  We can't wait to return.

13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
401. Lynne K.
Wonderful hotel and staff - very accommodating! At the last minute we wanted to stay another night and they price matched (and did better) than the surrounding hotels. Rooms were small but perfect for a couple, we had the city view and it was great to wake up to.

Downstairs, the restaurant Currant, was equally fantastic. Prices were reasonable for quality food. We ended up getting a bottle of champagne for the room and our waiter from the precious evening totally hooked us up on a good deal.

All around a great stay. Very easy to get around downtown and anything around town. Metro was close by as well for access to further away places. Would absolutely stay again!

10/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
402. Tom F.
Here for tonight.  Lovely hotel in downtown San Diego!  Room,is Excellent as is the Service that has been provided!  Would recommend to any and all you travel to San Diego!

13/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
403. Patrick M.
This is a great place to stay.  It is in a great location.  The people at the desk are very friendly and helpful.  They are pet friendly and mean it.  The rooms are clean and all the linens were fresh.  The only thing that I wasn't happy with was they charge $34 a night for parking.  The pet fee was only $25 a night, so I guess it washes out.

They have a great restaurant attached to it.  

I will stay here when I go back to San Diego.

06/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
404. E O.
It's a good size room for two and clean. Stayed for the night and it's literally around the corner from Horton Plaza and all the bars and night clubs on down town Gaslamp. Would absolutely stay here again.

12/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
405. Jessica L.
The rooms are pretty small and not that impressive. The living room side of the room was very dusty and looked a little dirty. The bathroom door was a sliding door and you had to put something up against it to keep it from opening up.
Aside from the average rooms the hotel was close to the breweries in the area and only a couple of blocks from Gaslamp.

30/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
406. Aaron S.
I just checked out from my one-night stay at the Sofia Hotel, and I couldn't be happier with how things went. The price is reasonable, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the location is superb.

Arriving at the hotel, the valet was super friendly, helpful, and remarkably quick. At a not-so-cheap $34 per night, it's a bit of an investment, but they bill the total to your room, so you don't have to pay separately on your way out. But one really cool feature they offer is the ability to text your valet code to a mobile number, so your car is retrieved for you before you even leave your room. Turned out to be incredibly helpful when I forgot my business cards in my car. I was able to tell them why I wanted my car retrieved (grabbing something from the trunk), so they knew it was going to be re-parked soon after.

Check-in was fast and easy. I made my reservation on AAA, and the price really couldn't be better for a hotel in the Gaslamp District. The folks at the front desk were friendly and helpful as well. Something REALLY cool is they've partnered with Uber to give your first ride for free. No complaints here.

The room was awesome. I got a regular room with a king size bed. The mattress was amazing quality. I slept like a baby. They have free wifi as well, so I was able to get some work done during the short time I was in my room. One cool amenity is they provide a couple bottles of water each day. You never realize just how thirsty you are until you're winding down for the day. Having those available was a life saver.

Finally, the location is ridiculous. It's seriously right in the heart of Downtown San Diego/Gaslamp District. I was visiting for the San Diego Spirits Festival at the Broadway Pier, and it was seriously a 3 minute Uber drive from the hotel to the Port Pavilion. It's removed just enough from the bar scene that you don't have a bunch of drunk kids stumbling around the sidewalk, but close enough that you can walk to some of the best nightlife establishments in the city.

I guarantee the next time I'm in San Diego the Sofia Hotel will be the first place I check for a room.

24/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
407. gareth m.
SAN DIEGO -- During our recent trip to San Diego, we got to experience our favorite place to stay in the city when we are in town for business or relaxing.
 
With a great downtown locale, the Sofia Hotel has an exceptionally decorated lobby with classic, old world charm and a smartly-dressed staff who were pleasant, helpful and efficient. Check-in was very smooth and in no time we were settling into our room. The spacious room offered a living room complete with couch, chairs, desk, table, drawers and a television.

We noticed that the hotel offered Yoga classes a few days a week and while we did not have time to experience them on this trip, we made a note to check it out on a future visit.

Our suite had updated, modern bathrooms with a unique layout, in that the sink and counter were in the throughway to the bedroom, opposite a shower and toilet chamber enclosed by a space-saving sliding door. Fine linen with plush pillows made for a comfortable night's rest.  The complimentary spa products and toiletries made even quick showers a delightful experience and were a very nice touch.

The suite also included a microwave and a miniature fridge that came in handy during our stay as we were able to store and chill water, as well as leftovers.

The bedroom also had a television as well as a safe for storage of valuables.  The flat screen TVs offered a wide range of channels including both free and on-demand movie channels and local information channels, which ensured after a long day at the beach, we were able to relax and enjoy dinner in room while watching our favorite shows.

Dining options were abundant, as not only did the hotel offer its own bar and restaurant, the Currant Brasserie, but there were numerous restaurants as well as shopping options within an easy walk of the hotel. The Currant has been rated the best French Bistro in town and each evening offers an amazing specialty popcorn which is worth making part of your stay each night.

The hotel also offers spa services and the 24-hour Harkishan Yoga Studio and Health Center provides yoga mats and surround sound system and an on-call yoga instructor is available. The pet-friendly hotel also partners with Dogs and the City to offer pet care services such as grooming or in-room pet sitting and pet treats are all part of the check in experience for pet owners.

While parking downtown can be a bit of an issue, the Sofia offers valet parking. The valet service was extremely efficient and helpful and a couple of times provided directions that were even better than our GPS could provide. There are also numerous lots in the surrounding blocks which offer plentiful options for guests as well but trust us, texting a number and having your car waiting at the curb when you arrive makes it so nice when you venture out into the city.

The hotel includes complementary Internet access as well as other amenities such as bottled water. Since this was a working trip, I was extremely grateful to have reliable access to the Internet and a comfy room in which to unwind after an extremely long day in a city that offers countless activities.

For us, the ability to enjoy a dinner in the room after a long day is always amazing, and when you add in the sliding foot rests that come out from the chairs, the comfy blankets, and the great couch, you have all that you need for a wonderful evening of calm.  The complimentary coffee is a very nice perk as well.

Sadly, our time went by very quickly as it tends to do when we visit this nice hotel and city, but we were given a very friendly and prompt checkout and we are already looking forward to our next visit. From a great room and very friendly staff, we cannot wait for a return visit to this charming hotel, as regardless if you are in town for business or pleasure, The Sofia Hotel is the perfect place to relax and stay.

04/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
408. Michael L.
An incredible value right off of the gaslamp district. It is a boutique hotel which pays attention to smaller details.  The rooms are updated and very very tasteful.  Great bed, great linens and towels... Excellent workout room with all new equipment within the last 60 days.  A very friendly and accommodating staff. It is and a gorgeous Older landmark building. The only issue we had was the $34 a night parking charge.

09/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
409. A B.
Unfortunately I had a "not-so-great" experience here. I travel for a living and I am in a different hotel every 1-2 weeks so I have a very good basis for comparison when it comes to customer service from hotel staff.

After checking in I experienced several issues ie. toilet not working properly, housekeeping staff waking me up early in the morning, a bug in my sheets, irresolvable wifi network issues (for which I was paying extra), etc.

I called the front desk because these issues started piling up and I was hoping they could help. I was told, by the Asst. General Manager, John, that he couldn't do anything to help me because "my room was booked in a group and the sales manager who handled the account wouldn't be back until Monday" (it was Friday and I was checking out on Monday)

No matter if your room is booked through a group or on Kayak or over the phone directly with a front desk associate, you should still receive the same level of service when having problems in a hotel room. Unfortunately I did not receive anything even resembling good customer service. I was brushed aside because they felt I was part of a group paying too low of a rate to make it count. I will not be staying here again, I will inform my group we should not book again, and I would not recommend it to you.

26/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
410. Matt G.
This will be a five-star rating. I will tell you why.

I have been going to the beautiful city of San Diego every year since I became a yelper. And every time I go to San Diego, I have stayed in various hotels and motels. Some of them I am ashamed to review, because many of them are total shitholes and least glamorous.

Finally after eight years and coughing up a few extra dollars by trimming down my credit cards, I have finally made a huge upgrade and found a quality hotel in the downtown area, which is also not far from the weekend-friendly Gaslamp headquarters, Horton Plaza, Little Italy, Pacific Highway and within minutes of San Diego International Airport.  

I also got a great deal from an undisclosed website at $149 per night for my three night stay on Labor Day weekend. My cozy room has internet access, a nice fluffy bed with feathered pillows, flat-screen television, a safe, coffee-maker, fridge and microwave. All guest(s) get complimentary toiletries and bottled water with the hotel logo on them.

Hotel's amenities also include a tiny fitness center with yoga studio (both located on the second floor) and a pretty good bar & restaurant (based of the ratings) called the Currant Brasserie. I wish I did eat here. Maybe I will next time.

If you check-in with your device, you will receive a yoga video. I forgot to get my video.

There is also a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf coffee shop in the building. But you need to step outside and walk a few yards past this bronze sculpture of the founder: yelp.com/biz_photos/the-…

The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. I feel very welcome here.

If I come back to San Diego, I would definitely stay at the Sofia Hotel again.

03/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
411. Jay L.
My girlfriend and I just spent a 3 day weekend here for the AARP Ideas at 50+ Convention and this place was a pleasant surprise.  While there were "partner" hotels for the convention, their prices were at least $100 more a night.  The regular hotels I frequent (Hilton, Marriott, etc) are closer to the convention center but were much, much pricier.  

I was worried about trying out this historic "boutique" but I was not disappointed.

Here's the upsides:

Least expensive rates for a hotel of this quality.
Walking distance to Gaslamp Quarter, Petco and Convention Center.
Staff, with one exception, was incredibly nice and helpful.
Great bar/restaurant on site - "Currant"
"Coffee Bean" just next door
Check-In and Check-out was quick and easy
Hotel is partnered with "Uber" to give your first ride for free
Free bikes to use
Fridge and microwave in room
2 bottled waters each day
Free WiFi

The only downsides were:

Strange "minimal" glass window for shower creates huge bathroom puddles
Small room
Queen bed was only a 3 out of 5
Valet parking was $32 a day but has unlimited in and out privileges
Room A/C was not real strong - stayed around 80 degrees the whole time

Two folks deserve extra "attaboys" for their excellent customer service.  The first is Bryan the Concierge that helped us our first night.  He has a great personality, is extremely knowledgeable about downtown San Diego and was incredibly helpful in making us feel at home.

Probably the nicest and most accommodating front desk person I have ever worked with was Brian Wells.  He is magnificent and should be working at a Waldorf Astoria or a Four Seasons.  He has been at the Sofia for over 13 years and is probably the reason it is so popular.  I would return to this hotel just to work with him.  Even with the short time we spent there we could tell he was hard working, trustful, generous, thoughtful and he totally respected his customers.

I rated this hotel one star higher just because of Brian.

09/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
412. Munchy M.
Rude front desk and her name was REYNA! You seriously need an attitude adjustment and it's rude to smack your mouth with a piece of gum while you're serving a customer!! Not friendly and didn't seem like she wanted to help much.  Ruined my mood. The vallet guy was way nicer than you.

Other than  that, we got a double deluxe 2 bedroom and it's very small and disappointing. Never ever coming back to this junk again. The bathroom looked like a college dorm bathroom.  By far the ugliest hotel I've been to in SD.

28/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
413. Denise H.
Another great stay at the Sophia. This is a great choice downtown if you are traveling with your doggie.

The rooms are small here but the wifi is fast, you can get the daily paper in the lobby, there are two bottles of water in the rooms, the beds are super comfy with nice quality linens and the place is QUIET! We never heard a peep out of anybody our entire stay here.

The doggie fee is $25.00 and parking is $30.00. The front desk people are super nice and friendly & so are the parking valets. You will receive doggie treats at check in and a Yoga DVD with a Yelp check-in.

The hotel is located super close to the Gaslamp area. This is a fun spot for people who are ready to party. There are tons of restaurants and nightclubs and bars in this area.

I always find a great deal here on Groupon or Living Social & the next time they run one I will snap it up!

21/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
414. Gabby D.
Two girlfriends and I decided to have a staycation, we've always thought the Sofia Hotel was really cute and we decided to spontaneously book a room on a Saturday night. The hotel itself is really cute and pretty clean- rooms are awkwardly tin (but nice)

We got to our room at around 8 pm and started getting ready for the night. At 9:30 pm, security was called on us and we were mind-boggled as to why. I was playing music from my iPhone there was no way it was loud enough for anyone to complain. However the security guard informed us that we were getting a complaint about "language". Again, mind-boggled because it was just us 3 girls using inside voices, so basically we got in trouble for talking about inappropriate things inside our room. WARNING the walls are paper thin. You can literally hear anyone's conversation from outside the rooms. No privacy.

We left around 10:00 and came back to our room at around 3:00 am. We got into the room and began to eat our food we brought back and security was called on us again within 5 minutes of us getting back. The security guard said that we would get the cops called on us if he had to tell us again, the neighbors were complaining and we were forced to move to a different room at 3 in the morning. We were completely cooperative and once again, we were never too loud in the first place. I don't think its fair for us to have to whisper in a room that I paid just as much as the next person. It wasn't a weekday, it was a Saturday night, we weren't rowdy and I think it was rude and absurd to make us move rooms and threaten to call the cops on us for talking?

Very disappointed in this hotel, specifically the service and the way the hotel handled the situation. Won't ever stay here again nor would I recommend it, very scary how thin the walls are. Unless you plan on staying here by yourself and read a book, I would stay else where.

02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
415. Thuy D.
Regardless of the awful reviews, I thought I'd give this place a chance and personally experience this hotel myself. Of the hotels that I've stayed in San Diego, this hotel was subpar. The rooms were small and I was very surprise to walk right into the bathroom where the sink connects right at the door.  They placed me near the ice machine and I heard clicking the entire stay. Housekeeping was heard every morning right at 6 am with a lot of chattering. Very disappointed that my coffee machine didn't work and they provided the San Diego times during the weekends. Since there are better hotels in the area, one would assume that this hotel would do its best to make their customers stay as pleasant as possible. Overall, very disappointing and not worth the cost.

28/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
416. Jacklynn L.
Great hotel!!
Loved everything about it. Cozy getaway for me and my SO. Close to everything, and have a great bar on the ground floor.:)))

23/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
417. Alice L.
Really pretty (pet-friendly) hotel and they give a complimentary Yoga DVD when you check-in!

Initially I had a regular room with queen sized bed but because wi-fi didn't work in that particular room, they upgraded me to suite. YES, PLEASE. The suite had a king sized bed along with a "living room area" so it was more spacious and a better view of the city.

Very classic decor and the restaurant that's part of the hotel has great happy hour deals and yummy popcorn creations!

It's walking distance from the Amtrak station and bus/trolley lines. You really don't need a car here, and can purchase a day pass for the public transportation system. You can borrow a bike (first come first serve) in the mornings too.

If I need to stay in a SD hotel again, I'd pick the Sofia.

24/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
418. Ana A.
Amazing .! I loved everything it's small and cozy . Definitely will stay here again .!

09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
419. Andee S.
I want to give this hotel more stars, because it is wonderful in so many ways. First of all, it's beautiful and was done up for the holidays in a very lovely way. Staff was excellent, friendly and gracious. The rooms are very cute, and yes they're small, but they are clean and nice looking.

However there are few things that are problems to the point where I'd probably not come back. First of all we asked the concierge for info on a booze cruise and he printed us out some info that clearly showed that there are no cruises in December. Glad we looked closely at the print out before we left to go out. Second, the parking is pretty outrageous. Between the parking fees and the guest services fees, for a two night stay, I paid almost as much in those fees as for a night at the hotel. $87 in fees for two nights! There was no coffee maker in our room and we had to wait for someone to bring it. Lastly, the bed in our room (rm 611) is probably the single worst bed I've ever slept on. It was lumpy and old and sagged so badly toward the middle it was hard to get out of.  The bed alone was so bad that if that were the only thing wrong, I still wouldn't come back.

I will say that the restaurant bar in the lobby, Currant, was great! Great service, great food, but closes early, 10 or 11pm on weekends.

14/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
420. Jessica C.
This is a cute little place right next to downtown SD. I came here with my bf, only one night, and found a good deal with the Sofia Hotel. I believe it was through some travel rewards credit card and my southwest credit card had a deal too, so make sure to check it out! It's right next to a Specialty's Cafe (only opened on weekdays though :(), and some other restaurants and office buildings in the area. The parking is a little pricey, I forgot but it was something like $48 for overnight parking. We ended up parking at a parking garage in downtown for something like $15 for overnight, but it was a 10 minute walk away so a little less inconvenient.

The hotel has a certain charm to it. It is small, but very cute. Very good use of space. The hotel front desk was quite nice and helpful. They give you a map and ask how many keys you need. They also gave us a paper with all of the amenities which I thought was very helpful. This includes: 2 bottles of water in the room (complimentary), a free yoga class (which I wasn't able to make! but it was like Saturday 10:30-11:30AM), a newspaper (I believe Wall Street Journal), and some other services they provide. They take a $50 incidental fee during check in which is very standard and scan your credit card. There's also some water and cups at the front desk for you. Everyone we spoke to was really nice.

The room itself, honestly, was a little small, but VERY efficient use of space. I am in interior design, and honestly really liked it. But if you're used to very big hotel rooms, then it might be a little rough for you. Right when we went into the room, I saw the bathroom sink to the left, and to the right is a door for the bathroom toilet and shower. The shower itself is as walk in shower to save space, but the sliding door for the bathroom closes right into the wall, and if you don't let go of the door, will run your hand to the wall too. It happened to my bf cause he wasn't careful, so it just wasn't designed too well. In the room there is a small refrigerator, microwave, ice bucket, wine bottle opener, 2 wine glasses, 2 glass cups, and a coffee machine. The TV is a little larger than normal hotels, which was quite nice! I would definitely stay here again. Pretty sure I saw an ironing board in the cabinets as well.

Check out is at 11AM, but we were running late, and with a quick call to the front desk, they gave us a 12PM check out with no problems. Very nice of them for no extra charge.

Some con's for the hotel though (very minor things):
-it might just be our room, but when we opened the window, the next building's brick wall was about 1ft or 2ft away from us, hence, we did not get very much sunlight AT ALL! I didn't mind it too much, but if I were here for longer than one night, I would have liked more sunlight!
-the wayfinding is quite difficult. Right when we exit the elevators, there are no signs to tell you where to go. We got our room number, and went to the right floor, but when the elevator door opened, we didn't know to go right or left. It took us longer than needed to find our room! Especially cause our room was hidden within a smaller hallway, so we walked around for a little bit. Just put up some room number signs with arrows!!

19/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
421. Michelle H.
My bf & I came here on a short trip for my bday. We had originally booked the Omni hotel, which ended up screwing us over so we booked a room here at Sofia.

We got a great rate, $99+ tax for a "New Years getaway", but what they didn't tell us is that there is no parking and you are forced to pay $35 to use their lot, or their valet service!! We felt forced into using their valet and normally I NEVER valet my car. It's just a personal choice, I don't like valeting my car and I like having my keys in my possession.

Now I while I did like the design of the place and I was impressed with its cleanliness, I could hear EVERYTHING through the walls. I have never stayed in a place with such thin walls. Sunday morning I was awoken by a middle aged sounding cowboy who wouldn't shut the fuck up in the next room.

Overall, I liked the place but the parking and the wheat thin walls killed it for me. Sorry, Sofia hotel. I'll find another place next time I stay in Gaslamp.

08/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
422. Annie A.
Clean, comfortable, modern, hip room
iHOME!
Lovely warm/hot shower with good pressure
Free yoga DVD with yelp check in!
24 hour gym AND stocked yoga room! (Awesome!)
Free wifi
Free parking on the street after 6 ($30 cheaper than valet)
Free bottled water ( I get thirsty at night)
Has your standard toiletries, PLUS mouthwash!
Great bar/resto off of the lobby. Tots were delicious--like smaller, peppery, vegetarian version of Porto's potato ball
Bed is so comfortable
Close by the airport, freeway, gas lamp and little Italy..AND extraordinary desserts!!!
Nice, helpful staff
Picked up a groupon deal for a little more than 100 bucks. Came with the voucher for a free appetizer, and that's why I got the tots.
Check out is 11am and I will be sad.

09/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
423. Neamen L.
This place overall was nice. It is in a great location near GasLamp and Little Italy. Close walk in either direction to food and entertainment as well as the ocean.

The rooms are a bit small and I had the worst view. I looked out my window and it looked directly into someone else's room. The shower was weird where there was no shower door. It was a half glass which made it a bit cold when showering.

30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
424. Katherine I.
What a lovely little boutique hotel! I was in town for Comic Con, and was a little apprehensive considering the crush of people who were in town for the same reason. However, the hotel was blissfully quiet, our room was cleaned spotless every single day, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly.

I agree with some of the other reviewers who found the waitstaff and hosts at the adjoining restaurant rude or inattentive. I went down for brunch a couple of times, but ended up leaving and going elsewhere because there wasn't anyone around to seat us or even say that someone would be with us in a second. That was a shame because the Happy Hour and the food looked really appealing.

Luckily, though, it's just a few short blocks away from everything; shopping, restaurants, the water, and the Convention Center. The only time I needed a cab was to get to the airport.

I'll address the shower issue. It's contemporary and different, but the toilet/shower room is small and the shower stall has no door. I'm a small woman. 5'2", 125 lbs. The floor gets a little wet outside of the stall, but a small adjustment of the shower head fixed that. And there is a fresh shower mat/towel every single day to lay out so you don't slip. I don't know what all the fuss was about. I think people really just want to find things to gripe about. There was no massive flooding of the floor from the shower. Seriously. A little common sense goes a long way.

I wish I got to check out the gym, but I chose to run outside by the water during my San Diego trip since it was so close by. In terms of location, this hotel couldn't have been better. Not in the heart of the Gaslamp area, but I kind of enjoyed the quiet at night. A four block walk never did anyone any harm. And, no, my room didn't have a view, either, but I like getting my view from walking around outside.

We had a Queen bed and utilized the drawers and closets so our luggage wasn't in our way. The iPod dock was a nice touch, and they had premium cable hooked up in there. The hidden mini fridge and safe were also very handy. Wish I could tell you how the rates were, but I was bunking with someone whose company was footing the bill for this business trip. This was still one of the nicer places I've seen in terms of boutique hotels.

05/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
425. Belle S.
The Sofia Hotel is conveniently located and looks appealing, but I'd say that it's too pricy for what you get. Don't get me wrong, I liked my room at first glance; it was very small, but stylish, but what I really disliked was the fact that the bed didn't seem fresh and clean (at all!). The sheets didn't smell like laundry, they seemed to have been used and my pillow case was ripped. The flush was extremely loud and the toilet seat, broken. Parking costs $34 for 24hs.

19/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
426. Elaine M.
I was skeptical when I booked at the Sofia. I was pleasantly surprised. This boutique hotel is very nicely decorated, offers FREE yoga and has a spa! Oh I soo wish I had known about the spa. Anyway... Bed was comfy, room was in smaller side but I'm ok with that (traveling alone), walking distance to food and shopping. I only dock a star as I didn't like the shower! The half glass wall wasn't enough coverage to keep water off the bathroom floor.

22/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
427. Sila W.
I was in town at a two-day conference, and I stayed overnight at the Sofia.  My stay couldn't have been better; highly recommend!  

A friendly and professional staff, great restaurant (the Currant) with delicious food, and the fact that my regular room reservation got upgraded to a suite, which was beautiful and clean - made my stay a rather pleasant one.  The only thing I wished they offered was room service for us business travelers who get in later than proper dinner time.  Aside from this, you will enjoy your stay in this urban, boutique-hotel oasis.

21/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
428. Adria D.
Free yoga DVD with check in! I was really excited to stay here when we were partying downtown and decide to grab a room so we didn't have to cab it or drive.

I was immediately shocked at the room size because I expected a large nice room these were all dinky little rooms. I guess you could say they were just okay they were extremely small and very pricey. The bed was very comfortable.

Before I moved here I visited a lot and I stayed at a lot of hotels downtown this one was not my favorite or a good value in my opinion. There are quite a few places I would prefer to stay at next time. I paid less for the US Grant on Priceline when I bet on it than this place which to me the Grant is better. My favorite still remains the Hotel Salomar. I like that they have the J lounge pool bar which wass the happening place to be  most of the weekend nights so you never even have to leave your hotel if you want to party. I don't know if that pool bar is still all the rage on the weekends because I haven't been in a year or so.

Parking is $35 for 24 hours ouch

16/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
429. Amanda H.
I could not have been more pleased with my stay at the Sofia hotel. I arrived in San Diego around 830 am, and needed to drop my luggage off before heading to a job site. When I called on my way to the hotel, to let them know I was dropping off my luggage, they told me they had a room available and would let me check in early. I was in shock. As someone who travels for work, let me say, this never happens! The front desk attendant Graciella was fantastic.

The room was right off the elevator, and I was nervous that I would hear the elevator all night. Not the case at all. I actually didn't hear anything from outside my room. The room itself (a queen) was small, but designed in a way that felt cozy and luxurious.

They have a great small guys which offers a yoga room as well. The designer and owner of the hotel did a fantastic job designing a hotel with amenities like this.

The location was perfect for me. Just 4 blocks from where I worked, and right next door to my favorite healthy dinner restaurant  (Tender Greens).

Check out was easy, and the bellhop/concierge was very friendly when taking my luggage for me.

I wish I stayed here one more night! Great place for traveling alone or as a couple.

04/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
430. Sophia N.
Stayed here on a trip to Sd from LA for Valentines Day weekend. We had a deluxe Queen room with a city view.

The atmosphere of the hotel was pleasant. Very quiet, didn't see many people and they were helpful.

The room however was awkwardly small. It's really hard to get around the room when it's more than one person because the area around the bed is so tiny.

The shower was also very awkward, there was no door to the shower, except this glass part that didn't really cover much, and the water kept splashing out. The light for the bathroom was outside the actual restroom area and the sink is also in the hallway to the bedroom. I don't know why it's such a weird setup. The sliding door is a cool feature however ours was incredibly hard to open or close which definitely annoyed me several times!!!!

The tv remote did not work even though they came to take a look at it, it wasn't a big deal but would have been nice to have it work.

The worst part of the hotel is the $34/night for overnight parking. It's ridiculous!!!

16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
431. Adrienne G.
Girls' Weekend in San Diego found us staying at Sofia for 4 nights & have to say, even though my overall impression was around the A-OK rating, we wouldn't stay here again

Firstly, I can't mentally accept paying $34 per day to park my car.....yet this is what we did..... but come one!  This is San Diego, not New York & parking was plentiful in other lots & if you simply MUST charge for parking, there should at least be a hotel-rate-discount instead of what the public is paying

Then their $9.95 per day "services fee" was completely bogus since the WiFi never worked & we didn't use any of the other amenities like the "free" Gaslamp district weekend tour or Yoga Classes or gym or anything really.......sure we did indulge in the 2 free small bottles of water each day but they sure weren't worth $5 each

Voices were very present & given it seemed like the whole hotel was staying on the 4th floor, we were woken up every night w/ party-people screaming at the tops of their lungs at all hours of the night

The beds were small but this was expected since we were quoted 2 doubles..... but boy were they doubles!

Shower had nice water pressure but I didn't care for the half-glass-pane thingy.  Water got all over the floor & there was no way around it.  I would also note that the bathroom was teeny & there was nowhere to place fresh clothing or towels, except for a tiny hook on the wall & when trying to dry oneself, bumping against the toilet is not enjoyable........plus, there was NO fan so roommates heard *everything* and there was nothing to help rid the steam from the shower

The A/C is on a sensor system & this meant it only kicked in when there was movement in the room - and while you're sleeping, the room cranks up the heat since nothing is triggering the sensor.....and needless to say when you arrive back after a day out, the room is hot since again, nothing is triggering the sensor while you're out

Cleaning service was inconsistent - we either had no washcloths or no soap on alternating days

So while the room was tidy & the location was okay, the neighborhood is sketch.  You're right beside the courthouse, police dept, & bail bonds establishments - the homeless were a bit off-putting but not aggressive.......so yeah..... have to say didn't hate the place but definitely wouldn't stay here again & at the end of the day, that all equates to "I've Experienced Better"

30/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
432. Joy G.
If we paid full price, I probably would have docked another star. The website we booked through had this room listed as $165 per night over the memorial day weekend. We jumped on it being that most other downtown hotels were upwards of $200 for the holiday. My business partner and I spent Thurs & Fri night there with not too many complaints.

However, after reading a few reviews on a couple sites, I still am unsure why they don't install full shower doors. The entire bathroom is tiled. Toilet and shower are separated by a glass partition. The partition doesnt fully stretch the length of the shower, so the water tends to splash out. IMO, if it wasn't possible to install an entire glass door, shower curtains would have sufficed. The switch to the restroom light is to the right of the main door, however the restroom itself is to the left. The bathroom sink is to the right as soon as you walk into the room.

My one other complaint is the parking fees. When booking online, it first appeared we would be able to pay an "overnight flat fee" of $10. Once we arrived, we noticed that the $10 flat fee is only good until 2am. If your stay doesn't include cruising downtown streets during the witching hours, you actually have to pay $30 for 24 hours of parking. You can self park to get that rate, or you can use valet--it comes out to the same $30. We opted to self park since we were not too sure how long it would take for valet to retrieve the car. We were in town for business, so there was not a lot of free time to dawdle.

There are a good amount of pros to this hotel. The view from the third floor of Downtown San Diego is beautiful both during day and night. The cheapest food options we found within walking distance was Wendy's and a fresh baked large pizza from 7-11. They have 3 different HBO channels. If you don't want to use wifi, they do provide an ethernet cable for internet connection, which I appreciate. They provide 2 water bottles per day as well as coffee, both regular and decaf. Their fitness center is open 24 hrs, although I was not able to use it.

Most of the staff was really friendly. The maid came to clean when we were still in the room, so we sent her away. Before she left, she made sure we had all the supplies we needed...toilet paper, water, shampoo, etc. One of the valet guys threw dirty looks, but whatev. If Hotels Tonight has another special on this hotel, we might just stay again. If you do download the hotels tonight app, make sure you use promo code "sSaenz3" to get $25 off your first booking. Every little bit helps! Safe travels everyone...

This area is mostly one way streets, so let me offer small tip.  When southbound on Front St, look for parking on the left side just as you pass C street.  If you pass it, you can still pull over in front of the hotel for valet.  If you're determined to self park, turn left on Broadway (Broadway runs both ways), and left again on first.  The first parking lot on the left side is for the Sofia.  Parking permit machine goes to sleep after inactivity, so if it looks off, just hit a button to wake it up.  It accepts both cash and credit.

26/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
433. Alex S.
Had a reservation but last minute got sick and cancelled our trip to SD. Called the hotel to cancel and expecting to have to pay a large cancellation fee but was greeted emphatically by front desk staff. After listening to my situation they didn't charge a fee. Because of the great customer service I'm planning to book my room here again once we decide to go back to SD.

09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
434. Randy B.
Price is right -- $135/night on Travelocity when comparable hotels were $200+.  Valet service is $35 with in/out privileges, $20 for parking in the lot behind the hotel (if you are living large, you'll valet).

But money aside, this little boutique hotel is historic, and thankfully, remodeled.  Formerly known as the Pickwick Hotel founded in 1926 .  It's very close to the Gaslamp district, Horton Plaza, Little Italy, and a short distance to Balboa Park.

Valet service is professional and nice upon arrival, and check-in process is easy and very warm and friendly.  The rooms are teeny tiny, and the toilet is kid-size.  Still, the bed is super comfy and the room has a modern design that I really liked.  Best feature: very clean.  What else do you want?

Make sure you say hello to the little chihuahua -- he's a cutie patootie.

29/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
435. Gina M.
The staff were amazingly so helpful, nice and welcoming.

Check In-
We came from Palm Springs and arrived earlier than the normal check in time, 4PM. However, no questions asked, they let us check in early. Gave us a map of Gaslamp district at the front desk which was helpful and explained where everything was located.

Valet-
The Valet IS $34 a night.. a bit expensive but the valet customer service was outstanding! Unload and reload our baggage no problem and took our bags up to the room. (You can text a number and they will bring out your car out within 1 minute) Very fast and friendly service! Not just that, we called the concierge for a taxi, they immediately went out to the street to grab us one. We literally just had to stand there and do nothing! CAN YOU SAY AMAZING?

Room-
Right when my partner and I got to the room, they welcomed us with a free champagne for our anniversary!!! Usually you would have to pay, $20-$25, but not here! The rooms were extremely small for the price paid, but it was cozy and comfortable. The modern style room definitely made up for it! The bed were extremely soft, comfortable and very clean.

Checkout-
The check out time is 11AM, it was simple and easy. My partner and I wanted to grab brunch somewhere in gaslamp, so asked if we could keep our car parked while we walk around after we have checked out, and of course they said YES! Concierge immediately grabbed our bags and held it for us until we were done. :)

Free Offers-
This hotel offers Free Yoga room along with Free Bicycle rental. We didn't get to spoil ourselves with these free offers, but we will definitely be back to take advantage.


Downside-
The view was completely covered by another building that was right next to it.. It was only few feet away and was afraid that they could see everything inside our room if the curtains were open..

IT IS PET FRIENDLY HOTEL!!!
Didn't hear any barking noise or people walking down the hall way. *thumbs up*!

Overall, it was a great cozy stay! :)

02/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
436. Johanna G.
Very cute boutique hotel in a great location! Rooms were clean and cute and the service was excellent! I loved my stay here! A short walk to the Gaslamp district.

15/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
437. Pilley A.
We came to San Diego for a random trip to see Bob Sinclair at Fluxx and stayed at the Sofia Hotel. Loved our stay there and so glad we decided on this hotel. It's so nice, chic, and CLEAN! The staff is very friendly. Our room had everything we could possibly need from space, storage, to a microwave and fridge! (We stayed in a basic one king room). Definitely recommend this hotel and can't wait to go back!

17/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
438. Brit T.
Decided to stay here for my husbands dirty thirty. We had been to this hotel before and knew how close it was to the gaslamp (5 minute walk) we knew it was the perfect spot for us to be.
The hotel is nice, lobby was clean, bar was cool with some great local beers. Staff was friendly and accommodating. All in all it was ok.
Pros:
-5 minute walk to Gaslamp
-across the street from a coffee shop, chipotle, bank, a sports bar and bakery
-friendly staff
-complimentary water and coffee in room
-modern decor
-fridge
-bar (a little pricey)
Cons:
-small rooms, vey small (we even had a suite)
-a/c sucked so it was hot in the room
-uncomfortable bed
-parking is $34 no matter what (valet or self)
-walls are paper thin
-house keeping coming around every hour starting at 7 am so see if you'd like a room clean. Just let me sleep!!! Im hungover!! Haha.
-everyone is talking about a shower door but the room I was i had an old tub. Like grossly old, so my room must've not been updated.
(TIP: if they ask you if you want to upgraded for free to a suite, I don't recommend it, it won't be updated like the others. You won't get two beds, it's one with a pull out)

Probably won't stay here again but it wasn't a bad experience.

05/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
439. Kimberly G.
There were two things I liked about this hotel: One being the location and the other being the service of one of the employees. The hotel is close to gaslamp which was very convenient and the guy working as the bell hop was awesome. He was so courteous and helpful. I think he may have even been a manager just doing a few people's jobs because he looked and acted like one.

Even though that one guy was nice, I felt like the hotel was understaffed and not well trained. My husband had just finished running 30 miles in the Socal Ragnar and we have the same credit card and last name, yet they wouldn't let him check in to shower and rest without me. I literally called and said my name and they let him check in. So it could have been anyone calling. They didn't verify my identity, but made my husband wait.

The room was the worst! The beds were small. Don't even think about bringing a large suitcase. Thank goodness it was an overnight for us so we packed light, but we couldn't open up our babies pack n play so he didn't have a bed. The bathroom was one of those awful modern ones where the door doesn't shut properly so you can hear people doing their business in there. The shower didn't have a door so the water got all over the floor where you went to use the toilet. Windows don't open and it felt muggy in the room, even with the AC set to 65 degrees. We ended up not even staying the night and leaving to return to Orange County because I couldn't stand the room. I think I am done with boutique hotels. Not worth the money.

14/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
440. Kerri H.
Calle is amazing!!! She took care of us and she really knows customer service!  She was able to get us checked in and on our way extremely fast!!!

Found this place on yelp and it was right in the perfect location, DTSD... A few blocks from the water.  Check in on yelp and get a free yoga dvd.

Dog friendly!  So great. They have free bike rental and free yoga classes!

Awesome French cafe downstairs with a little New Orleans flair!

Highly recommend!!!

Very modern and hip hotel!  Loved this place.

14/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
441. Jeff S.
Pretty swank boutique hotel close to everything in downtown San Diego.

Parking is $35/night and is valet only. That's pretty steep and certainly helps them bridge the gap with their lower-than-average rates.

From a service perspective, I was not blown away. I stood at the front counter waiting to check in for 5+ minutes while one of the gals at the front counter was laser-focused on the computer. I actually didn't interrupt her on purpose as I want to see how long it was actually going to take for her to notice me. Eventually she did.

As for the room, it's tiny. Very tiny. I was traveling alone for work so no big deal but if I was here with my GF, we'd be bumping into each other just trying to get from the bed to the bathroom. The distance between the bed and TV stand/dresser is probably 20" max and there was a chair stuffed against the wall between the bed that almost looks out of place. I tried to sit down there but go claustrophobic :)

The decor is very nice; upscale but cozy and very much inline with what you'd expect from a boutique hotel these days. The towels were amazing -- huge and the lotions and potions that they provide were great as well.

They also give you two FREE bottles of water in your room. I don't know about you, but I hate that most hotels charge you $4-$5 bucks for water. A lot of other amenities as well; gym, yoga room, free WIFI, business center and a lot of nooks and crannies to post up with a laptop downstairs or read a book, magazine, etc.

As noted in a couple other reviews, the beds are very hard, which is absolutely perfect for me. The linens felt fresh and crispy and the comforter well above average - I slept great.

Unfortunately, I had a view of a parking lot too, kind of a bummer but when you ask for early check-in you get what you get - no worries.

I really wish Yelp had a 1/2 star rating as a 3.5-star review feels appropriate given my experience with the front desk, size of the room and the above-average amenities and decor. In the end, they offer a cheaper rate than most boutique hotels in the area BUT with $35/night mandatory valet  parking it feels shady. Couple that with the service and fact that I felt a bit claustrophobic in a my very well decorated room and you get 3-stars.

Would I stay here again? Yes, absolutely but only when traveling alone and I would probably explore another parking option to save a few bucks.

21/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
442. Chel R.
Cute little boutique  hotel in close proximity  to everything  in the heart of downtown  SD.  
Valet is $34/night which is average in SD. Just text them  and your car will be out  front  by the time you make it down their small elevator. (Hey, it's a boutique  hotel and as long as it works ).
Friendly  concierge and front desk personnel.
On Saturdays and Sundays,   they offer  a guided  walkabout tour of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter and Bayfront. I recommend that to first time visitors in SD.

Rooms are  tight with limited on views.  Definitely something I am not use to #Chel #is #spoiled.  But this is very typical boutique hotels.

But  great modern decor with the black wood furniture. Looks like my own  bedroom furnishings  hahaha so I actually  enjoyed our stay.

Bed mattress and pillows and beddings could've been more softer and higher in thread count  but was doable for one to two nights  tops.

So the plus...

it is near all the must see in downtown, Gaslamp  Quarter, Bayfront,  little Italy,  old town, balboa park etc.  So a great stay if this is your primary itinerary.

#i#love#SD

27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
443. Elijah S.
Very warm and welcoming staff!

The restaurant was very good and the bartender was extremely informative. I like the location and will visit again soon.

16/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
444. Nicholas D.
Nice hotel, overall. Staff is helpful and friendly. Rooms are clean and comfortable, if a bit small. No room service, but the restaurant downstairs will suffice most of the time.

I don't like having to pay $34/night for valet parking, but there aren't a lot of good options, because the neighborhood is a bit on the sketchy side. Not the worst neighborhood I've ever stayed in, but not a great place to hang around after dark. However, it is conveniently located for trips to the zoo and the Gaslamp Quarter, so it's not all bad.

27/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
445. Raymond U.
The Sofia is a boutique hotel. So come prepared for that type of experience.  The staff is very friendly.  Check in was a little bit of a hassle because due to the way booking.com processes reservations.

The rooms are small, the windows don't open, and the view out the window is not overwhelming.  But, I don't mind it.  The cleanliness, amenities, and bed comfort make up for it.  

The furnishings are modern.  Each room is equipped with all that is needed for a comfortable stay.

The hotel restaurant, Currant, is excellent.  Our server, Sean, was very friendly and courteous.  He took very good care of us and was very accommodating to our requests.  Not always easy with a group of eight.

Overall a great experience.  This might just be my go to hotel when in San Diego. Next time I'm just not making reservations through booking.com .

02/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0