The Sofia Hotel - San Diego, CA

One- or Two-Night Stay at The Sofia Hotel in San Diego

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Historical Hotel Offers Chic Dining and 24-Hour Yoga Studio

The Sofia Hotel in downtown San Diego is the only property in the city listed on the Historic Hotels of America. Though it opened under its current name only five years ago, the property dates back to 1927, when it debuted as the Pickwick Hotel. Originally comprised of two towers, the hotel was a huge success almost overnight—it was the first in the city with en suite bathrooms, and the critics loved its neo-Gothic architecture.

In 2006, almost 80 years after its construction, the Pickwick reopened as The Sofia Hotel. A $16 million renovation managed to preserve many of the building's original architectural elements, including the crenellated roofline and terra cotta embellishments. A stylish restaurant and lounge, along with other amenities, were added during the overhaul.

Located on the first floor, Currant American Brasserie is billed as a "modernized version of a classic French bistro.” The dining room's traditional black-and-white color palette is jazzed up with edgy leather chairs and crystal chandeliers. On the dinner menu, you'll find contemporary takes on classic French dishes such as steamed mussels in a spicy curry sauce, and herb roasted pork loin topped with a fried egg. During nightly happy hours, crowds gather at the bar for $5 martinis or full-price absinthe cocktails infused with real wormwood liquor.

There are plenty of ways to relax at the hotel, ranging from meditation sessions in the 24-hour yoga studio to aromatherapy massages at the spa. Traditional guest rooms and suites reinforce the peaceful vibe with ambient bedside lighting and natural wood furnishings.

San Diego: Historical Attractions and Electric Nightlife in Southern California

San Diego's sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted vacationing out-of-towners, but the city's inland scene is no slouch, either. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably one of the trendiest listings on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings now occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.

During the day, a stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. There's also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists continuously produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.

Farther north, in Old Town—site of the first European settlement in California—shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful wrestling masks, woven baskets, and maracas. Nearby stands The Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture, eerie dolls, and squeegees for ectoplasm cleanup.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for two

  • Option 1: $115 for a one-night stay in a deluxe queen room with one appetizer (up to a $244 value)
  • Option 2: $150 for a one-night stay in a deluxe queen studio suite with one appetizer (up to a $344 value)
  • Option 3: $300 for a two-night stay in a deluxe queen studio suite with two appetizers (up to a $673 value)

Book by: 12/21/12
Travel window: 11/4/12-4/30/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Stylish restaurant and lounge
  • 24-hour yoga studio
  • Full-service spa
  • All pets are welcome

The Fine Print

  • Book by 12/21/12 or promo value expires
  • Travel 11/4/12-4/30/13
  • Not valid 11/9-11/10, 11/12-11/17, 12/29, 12/31, 1/28-1/30, 3/3-3/6, 4/12-4/15, or 4/24-4/27
  • 1/person, 1/gift, 1/visit
  • Valid only for option bought
  • Reservation req'd, subj to avail
  • Must cancel by 4pm one day prior to arrival or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to Groupon price
  • 21+ to check in
  • CC req'd at booking/check-in
  • Not valid w/ reward pts
  • Use promo value in 1 visit
  • $7.95/day resort fee and 15.75% tax not included

Other Details

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • Mini fridge
  • Flat-screen TV

Deluxe Queen Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Deluxe Queen Studio Suite

  • One queen bed and one queen sleeper sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest 12 or older; kids 11 or younger stay free

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: WiFi and ethernet internet throughout hotel, 24-hour fitness center and yoga studio, 24-hour business center, unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls, two Sofia in-room bottled waters, HBO and ESPN, and guided walking tours on Saturday and Sunday
  • Parking: valet parking is available for an additional $30 per day.
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $25 per night.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: may upgrade to city-view room for an additional $10 per night, subject to availability

Getting There

  • By plane: 4 miles from San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • By transit: San Diego Metro Transit System (MTS) bus #923 toward downtown, Front St. & Broadway stop
  • By cab: about $15 from SAN

Customer Reviews

159 Ratings

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· Reviewed January 28, 2018
the queen bed was okay.


Gloria O. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed December 30, 2017
Second time staying here. Love the cozy little rooms. One thing I didn't like were the uncomfortable pillows, too high and hard, made it hard to get a good night's sleep.


Luis A. M. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed November 29, 2017
Although quite empty, great little and cozy hotel with plenty of "extra" amenities, such as free bike rentals during the week.
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