150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA | Directions 9210132.715987 -117.164277
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: Core-Columbia, Central, Horton Plaza, Central San Diego
Don't stay here. The valets scratched my car and the company the hotel contracts with for parking services won't pay for it. It'll cost you way more in car repairs- and the hotel itself isn't great. For pretty much the same price (minus vehicle damage) you can stay at the U.S. Grant and not have dogs barking and people partying next to you ALL NIGHT. Oh and in SIX different rooms that my family booked none of the TV's really worked.
This hotel must be desparate – I agree with the other reviewers. The rooms are incredably small you have to step into the hall to change your mind. And there is an extra charge for EVERYTHING.
We booked our reservation through Orbitz. My husband and I had planned to stay for 2 nights but we had a change in plans and checked out after only 1 night, but they insisted on charging us for a 2 night stay claiming that it was Orbitz policy which was a lie.
We don't recommend this hotel, Tthere are a lots of great hotels in San Diego but this isen't one of them.
WORST HOTEL for Security and Service!!! – 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. WORST HOTEL EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!!
Romantic Rooms – Good service, and reasonable priced hotel rooms. We stayed for a few nights at the Sofia hotel on an anniversary and were pleased.
Not Recommended – I too stayed at this hotel. Rooms were extra small, as other reviewer pointed out the hotel is across the street from the City Jailhouse and right next door to a Greyhound Bus Station. Considering what they are charging for a room, I would not recommend this hotel. Many other better hotels to stay at downtown.
Teeniest room I've ever stayed in – My experiences of this hotel were so different from what other reviews led me to expect that I wonder if they were left by employees of the hotel. I travel a lot and stay at a variety of different hotels and this was one of my least favorites.
Location: it's 1 block from the San Diego county jail. You can google it to see for yourself how close it is. The people we saw milling around in the area were rather unsavory.
The room: At 5'6" and 130 I'm not a big person, but this room was too small for my husband and I. Even more so than many rooms I've had in Europe. Worse was that they put 2 double beds (which are the size smaller than a queen) in it. There was less than 12 inches between a bed and the wall, 2-3 feet between the beds, and about 2 feet between the other bed and wall. We had one of those racks that fits a suitcase and even if we'd had another for the 2nd suitcase there wouldn't have been anyplace to put it as there was barely enough space to walk around the foot of both beds without bumping into the desk, TV cabinet and closet.
We also found the shower cramped and agreed with another reviewer's comment that since there's no shower door the bathroom gets pretty wet during showers. The room WAS very pretty though, and the bed was comfortable if smaller than I would have liked. We strongly suggest getting a room with one bed if you decide to stay here.
The service was okay overall. The valets were very fast getting our car which mostly compensates for the desk staff at check-in who sent us on a wild goose chase looking for a late-night restaurant.
The Currant Brasserie in the lobby was pretty good, but the Sophia doesn't have room service.
Overall the Sofia has some nice features but I think we would have rather stayed in one of the big, chain hotels to save some money if we'd known what we know now.
Dying to go back! – My husband and I booked the Sofia Hotel last minute because we were spending a couple of days in San Diego. We didn't know what to expect before we got there, especially knowing it was downtown and seeing all kinds of interesting people hanging around. However, we were surprised and amazed at how nice the hotel was! The rooms are very, very tiny (probably because it is historic) but every detail is modern, quality, and beautiful. We stayed on the 7th floor and had a beautiful view of the city and the bay. We really wished we had more time there. Definitely check it out!
Cute and Quaint – PROS: Found this place based on the good user reviews. I agree 100% on what everyone says. This is a great place with a long history. Recent big renovation accompanied with a good price. Had to stay 4 days to get a discounted price on hotels dot com but was well worth the price. For the $95 average price per night it was well worth it. If you can stay in a corner hotel room on the south-east corner it has a fantastic view of the city and sunrise. We had room 300 and it was fantastic. Room is a bit small, but its quaint and very cute, perfect for the younger couple. Free wireless internet in the lobby and very reasonably priced in the room, not to mention that there is a good 3-5 free wireless connections available from the room.
CONS: Only bad thing I can say about the room is the shower. There is no bathtub which is not needed, but there is no door for the shower. I would recommend asking for a few extra towels ahead of time because the floor will get wet. Despite this slight annoying aspect, the room is fun and very enjoying.
WOW? what a gem! – We live in San Diego and just needed a nigh out. We decided to stay at The Sofia Hotel after it was recommended to us from a friend. What a hidden gem?. A NEW luxury boutique hotel in Downtown. The beds are GREAT. The rooms have everything you need including a refrigerator and microwave. They have a full business center where I was able to check my email and print out a large document to review? all FREE of charge. The staff was the friendliest I had ever come in contact with. From the front desk to the bellboys to housekeeping they were all so attentive, we felt like royalty! The hotel is located just outside of the Gaslamp where we walked and had a great dinner..thanks to a great recommendation from the concierges. If you are looking for a great value and a near perfect stay?. we would recommend The Sofia Hotel.
EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE! – My husband and I recently stayed at The Sofia for a conference that was located at the Convention Center. We were amazed at the location of the hotel and how close it was to everything from the Gaslamp District for entertainment to the Convention Center for business. The entire staff at the hotel was by far the best we have experienced anywhere in a long time. What a breath of fresh air! This hotel delivered exceptional service at an exceptional price. A true value for those visiting San Diego.
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