The Sofia Hotel - San Diego

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Hotel at a Glance: The Sofia Hotel

When it was built in downtown San Diego in 1927, The Sofia Hotel was known as the Pickwick, a swanky art-deco spot hidden inside a red-brick Neo-Gothic building. Now nearing its 90th birthday, the hotel recently underwent a multimillion-dollar overhaul to restore it to its former grandeur. Guests can embrace the decadent spirit of the Roaring Twenties by sipping aperitifs in one of the Sofia’s recent additions, an elegant French-inspired bistro.

  • Savor duck confit and steamed mussels amid sparkling chandeliers and checkered floors at Currant American Brasserie, the hotel’s onsite restaurant.
  • In-room amenities: pillow-top mattresses, WiFi, and large flat-screen TVs
  • Neighborhood tour: The hotel conducts “Rise and Shine” tours of the nearby Gaslamp District.
  • Indulge in aromatherapy and a variety of massage, body, and facial treatments in the dedicated spa treatment room.
  • 24-hour yoga studio with scheduled guest classes
  • Press mention: Frommer’s says the hotel “works for a lot of different crowds—business travelers, downtown revelers, and serenity seeking vacationers.”

San Diego, California: 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 the trendiest listing 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 occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.

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 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.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a deluxe queen room, deluxe double city-side room, deluxe queen city-side room, or deluxe queen studio suite
  • Up to two kids 11 or younger stay free in a deluxe double city-side room or deluxe queen studio suite.
  • Dates into July

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Cancellation policy: 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable.
  • Additional fees: $8.75 daily resort fee plus tax paid at check-in
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • French-inspired bistro
  • Spa
  • 24-hour yoga studio
  • Fitness room

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points. $8.75% daily resort fee plus tax paid at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

Deluxe Queen Room, Deluxe Queen City-Side Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Two-Double City-Side Room

  • Two double beds
  • 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

Deluxe Queen Studio Suite

  • One queen bed and one sofa bed
  • 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, 24-hour fitness center and yoga studio, 24-hour business center, local and toll-free calls, two Sofia in-room bottled waters, in-room coffee, bicycle rentals, HBO and ESPN, and guided walking tours on Saturday and Sunday
  • Parking: valet parking available 24 hours a day for an additional $34 a day
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $25 per pet per night.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the property or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: San Diego International (SAN; 4 miles)
  • Nearest transit stop: Broadway & Union St.
  • Cab fare: about $19 from SAN, including a 15% tip

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