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The Sofia Hotel - San Diego, CA

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1920s boutique hotel in downtown San Diego features French bistro and 24-hour yoga studio

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. Celebrating 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 wild salmon salad amid sparkling chandeliers and checkered floors at Currant American Brasserie, the hotel’s restaurant.
  • In-room amenities: pillow-top mattresses, WiFi, and large flat-screen TVs.
  • Neighborhood tour: The hotel conducts walking tours of the nearby Gaslamp District.
  • Indulge in aromatherapy and a variety of massage, body, and facial treatments in the spa treatment room.
  • Yoga classes available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.
  • 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: Electric Nightlife and Historical Attractions

San Diego’s sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted 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 nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings occupied by high-end boutiques and gourmet restaurants.

A stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 museums, as well as the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists produce pottery and oil paintings. In Old Town, shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful 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 and eerie dolls.

What You Get

  • Stay for two in a deluxe queen room, deluxe queen cityside room, deluxe two-double cityside room, or king studio suite
  • Up to two kids 11 or younger stay free in a deluxe two-double cityside room or king studio suite

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Additional fees: $14.95 daily service fee plus tax and $3.00 daily HPA fee plus tax paid at check-in.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

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

Amenities

  • French-inspired bistro
  • Spa treatment room
  • Guided walking tours
  • Yoga classes (available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings)
  • Bicycle rental
  • 24-hour well-equipped fitness center
  • WiFi access
  • Pet-friendly (additional fees apply)

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The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 72-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
  • $14.95 daily service fee plus tax and $3.00 daily HPA fee plus tax paid at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

Deluxe Queen Room and Deluxe Queen Cityside Room

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

Deluxe Two-Double Cityside 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

King Studio Suite

  • One king bed and one queen 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.
  • Service fee includes: WiFi, 24-hour health and 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: 24-hour valet parking with in/out privileges available for an additional $36 per night
  • 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; 3 miles)
  • Cab fare: about $20 from SAN, including a 15% tip
  • Nearest transit stop: Broadway & Union St.

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