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The Sofia Hotel
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

The Sofia was a new hotel we booked and we were pleasantly surprised by the comfortable accommodations and proximity to the Gaslight district. We were able to walk most anywhere and when we returned, they had iced flavored water for us. Very clean and neat. Would return again when we visit.

Room Tip: Have your room overlook the front.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank joseph c
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Reviewed 15 March 2014 via mobile

I can't say enough about the location; it was central to everything. Yes, it is right next to the jail, but honestly no issues walking around. Tons of great dining close by and bus/trolley routes too. Staff wasn't quite as friendly, or at least they weren't consistent. Check in was good, but depending who was behind the desk meant if we were going to get an attitude or not. Loved that they had citrus water available in the lobby! Made sure to take a glass with me everytime we arrived from our day out. The rooms were very small though, not too big a deal. We had a corner room, so our bathroom was kind of huge. Could tell that the room/hotel is historic in some of the odds/ends. Definitely would come back!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
Thank ritaventures
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

I booked this hotel through my credit card and lucky me, hit the jackpot again!
We stayed 2 nights before our cruise and could easily stayed longer. Check-in was friendly and efficient with helpful and (again) friendly door staff.
Location is great. The Horton Centre is across the road, the Gaslamp District 4 blocks and Trolley station 2 blocks the other way. All easy walking.
We ate twice in the Currant Restaurant...same quality service and top food and had no problems finding our other meals nearby.
Check-out was as simple as check-in and a $5 taxi ride took us to the cruise terminal in a couple of minutes.
A great and satisfying experience.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Howard S
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

My Wife and I have stayed her by ourselves and with our children and both experiences were wonderful. The Currant Restaurant has EXCELLENT food and you're in walking distance of Gaslamp District as well as Seaport Village if you feel like a longer stroll. The staff is wonderful and they will remember your name as well as answer any questions from those annoying tourists like Me. :-)

Cool modern layouts in the rooms, the beds are awesome and the rooms are VERY clean (a must for my wife). Great city views on the South, West and East sides of the hotel. When The Wife and I go back to San Diego in May of this Year, we will be staying at the Sofia.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Leroy D
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

This hotel has lots of old world charm! The staff are very friendly and helpful. There is a great little bar and restaurant attached to the hotel called 'Currants'...and very convenient to having a drink or small plate or dinner. What we loved most is that we could walk to the train station, ferry to Coronado, Little Italy and the Gas Lamp District of downtown San Diego...all having nice outdoor (or in) restaurants with plenty of meal choices! The only real negative issue that we had with the hotel is that the bed was very uncomfortable. We stayed for 5 nights....so maybe someone else only staying a couple of days wouldn't have noticed this as much as we did. One more thing is that the air ventilation was a problem as well...either too warm or too cold.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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