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Stay at Porto Vista Hotel in San Diego

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Mod Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Little Italy

The scent of freshly baked pizza is in the air in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood, where the streets are dotted with red-and-white-striped restaurants. Crowds file in and out of the area's quaint shops, stopping to grab a quick cup of espresso at one of the cafés on India Street. Steps away from the vibrant shops is the stucco-fronted Porto Vista Hotel; Frommer's characterized the spot as "retro-Italian cool."

Upstairs, cozy queen rooms are dominated by an ultra-mod, floor-to-ceiling photograph taken by a local San Diego artist. The outsize image hangs over cushy pillow-top beds wrapped in crisp, white linens.

On the fourth floor of the Porto Vista, chefs at the Glass Door restaurant use local and seasonal ingredients to concoct inventive dishes such as duck-fat fries and prosciutto-seared salmon. Meals are served at communal tables amid wrought-iron lanterns and wall-to-wall waterfront views. Elsewhere, you can unwind during a Sunday morning yoga class, get styled in the attached Evolve Salon, or explore the happening neighborhood just outside the Porto Vista's front doors.

San Diego: Foodie Heaven with Vibrant Neighborhoods

Little Italy's streets hum with tourists and locals alike who come to sample the good eats around every corner. Handmade gelato and golden pizza pies fill the storefronts of classic, Italian-style eateries. One dessert café, run by a Paris-trained pastry chef, regularly sees lines forming down the block in the early morning, when the shop starts selling the day's croissants and scones.

Less than a mile from the hotel, the massive USS Midway Museum lets visitors wander through a navy aircraft carrier and get to know life on the high seas. To observe San Diego's funky neighborhoods up close, you can shadow a local mailman or rent electric bikes for full- or half-day adventures. The San Diego Trolley also provides access to areas throughout the city, including Little Italy.

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


  • Stylish restaurant with bay views
  • Unique local artwork
  • Sunday morning rooftop yoga classes
  • Pet-friendly lodgings
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

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Room Details

Cozy Queen

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

Standard Two-Queen

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for an additional guest 13 or older; guests 12 or younger stay free

Business-Class King

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

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: valet available for an additional $15 per day with in-and-out privileges; limited street parking may be available.
  • Rollaways: available for $25 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets up to 40 pounds may be added for an additional $75 per stay; non-refundable.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request; call the property to arrange.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 2 miles from San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • By cab: about $7 from SAN
  • By shuttle: $5 per person per run; service available 8 a.m.–8 p.m. daily

Traveler's Tips

  • Though street parking is free, Groupon customers can get a guaranteed spot in the hotel's valet lot with in-and-out privileges for a discounted rate of $15 per day.
  • The hotel shuttle can take you to the convention center and nearby cruise terminals as well as the airport ($5 per person per run).
  • Complimentary rooftop yoga classes are held on Sunday mornings.

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