The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
150 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
322 reviews
Quick overnight getaway

My fiance came down from L.A. for an overnight stay in San Diego to see friends and go to the... See full review

  • Beghan
  • Aug 27, 2014
Amazing solo getaway

Wonderful in every-way! The currant bar and restaurant was amazing!!!. The hotel is charming and... See full review

  • Solo traveler detta
  • Aug 14, 2014
Sophisticated elegance in Gaslamp with business center and yoga
The Sofia Hotel was designed for business travelers. Guests enjoy the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. Other convenience-oriented amenities in this sophisticated and elegant property include mini refrigerators, laptop-sized in-room safes and more. Situated on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel features breathtaking views of San Diego Bay. The on-site restaurant, Currant Brasserie, serves French-inspired cuisine. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi access throughout the property.
Highlights
  • 24-hour business center, fitness center and yoga center
  • In-room mini refrigerator
  • Located steps from the Gaslamp Quarter and the waterfront
  • Property-wide Wi-Fi access
Rooms

The Sofia Hotel offers 211 rooms, including six suites which are sparsely decorated, but elegant nevertheless. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, MP3 docking station, laptop-sized safe, hairdryer and Gilchrist & Soames bath products. Pets are welcome (fees apply).

Features

The Sofia Hotel dates back to 1926, when it opened as the Pickwick. It closed in 2006, underwent extensive renovations and reopened in 2008 as the Sofia. Along the way, the property was inducted into the National Trust Historic Hotels of America.

Today, guests of the hotel receive complimentary access to the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. The yoga studio offers classes in a number of different styles, complimentary to guests. The Sofia Hotel also boasts an on-site spa which offers a variety of treatments inspired by the Far East (fees apply). The hotel even offers on site pet-care services through a local Dogs and the City outpost (fees apply).

Currant Brasserie, the on-site restaurant, serves a mix of American and French style brasserie dishes, along with inventive cocktails and desserts.

Transportation
  • MTS Bus (1 block)
  • San Diego Trolley (4 blocks)
  • San Diego International Airport (2 mi/3 km)
Attractions
  • Gaslamp Quarter (1 block)
  • Petco Park (3 blocks)
  • San Diego Zoo (1 mi/1.5 km)
  • Old Town (2 mi/3 km)
  • Sea World (5 mi/9 km)
  • Qualcomm Stadium (6 mi/11 km)
  • Point Loma (6 mi/11 km)
Business
  • 24-hour business center
  • Meeting space to accommodate up to 90 people
  • Global videoconferencing capabilities
Policies and fees
  • Guest must be at least 18 years old and should bring valid ID and credit card to check in to the hotel.
  • Valet parking fee is $34.
  • The guest service fee is $8.75 ($9.85 with tax and assessments). The fee includes the following: Property-wide Wi-Fi and Ethernet Internet access, 24-hour Fitness Centre and Yoga Studio, Scheduled yoga classes (please check with the hotel for times), 24-hour Business Center, Unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls, 2 in-room bottled waters, HBO and ESPN, Guided Walking Tours (Weekends, weather permitting), In-room coffee and condiments, Lobby Newspapers (USA Today), "Urban Cruiser' bicycle use with helmets.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

The Sofia Hotel Rooms

Deluxe 1 Double Bed
One double bed non smoking and features fine linens with white down comforters, plush pillows and pillow top mattress, Gilchrist & Soames Spa products and toiletries, separate vanities with lighted make-up mirrors, over sized signature bath sheets, convenient work station with ergonomic chairs and flat screen televisions. Guests must be 21 years old to reserve a room.
City Side Deluxe Queen Guest Room
One queen bed with views of the city. Each guest room is non smoking and features fine linens with white down comforters, plush pillows and pillow top mattress, Gilchrist & Soames Spa products and toiletries, separate vanities with lighted make-up mirrors, over sized signature bath sheets, convenient work station with ergonomic chairs and flat screen televisions. Guests must be 21 years old to reserve a room.
Deluxe Queen Guest Room
The room offers 1 Queen Bed with fine linens white down comforters, plush pillows and pillow top mattress, Gilcrist & Soames Spa products and toiletries, separate vanities with lighted make up mirrors, oversized signature bath sheets, convenient work station with ergonomic chairs and flat screen televisions. All the rooms are Non Smoking. Guests must be 21 years old to reserve a room.
Deluxe Studio Suite
For those guests who require special accommodations, the Sofia offers special one room suites. Suites include one Queen bed in the sleeping area and one Queen Sleeper Sofa in the living area. Each guest suite is non-smoking and attention to details are everywhere. All Suites include fine linens, white down comforters, plush pillows and pillow-top mattresses, Gilchrist & Soames Spa products and toiletries, separate vanities with lighted make-up mirrors, over-sized signature bath sheets, convenient work stations with ergonomic chairs, flat screen televisions, and a refreshment center that houses a microwave and refrigerator. Suites are designed to reflect a comfortable, chic feel with natural influences intended to invoke a sense of harmony and balance. Guests must be 21 years old to reserve a room.
Deluxe Double/Double Guest Room
The room offers 2 Double beds with fine linens white down comforters, plush pillows and pillow top mattress, Gilcrist & Soames Spa products and toiletries, separate vanities with lighted make up mirrors, oversized signature bath sheets, convenient work station with ergonomic chairs and flat screen televisions. All the rooms are Non Smoking. Guests must be 21 years old to reserve a room.
Deluxe King Guest Room
One king bed. Each guest room is non smoking and features fine linens with white down comforters, plush pillows and pillow top mattress, Gilchrist & Soames Spa products and toiletries, separate vanities with lighted make-up mirrors, over sized signature bath sheets, convenient work station with ergonomic chairs and flat screen televisions.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Non Smoking
General
Non Smoking
Concierge
Pet friendly
Elevators
Activities
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Services
Business center
In-Room Safe
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Service dogs allowed
Service animals allowed
Audible emergency alarm for sight impaired guest
Knock light (hearing impaired)

Hotel Map

32.7162 -117.1644
Area served
San Diego, CA
Nearby airports
(SAN)San Diego International Airport
Area description
San Diego's greatest urban retreat walking distance to the historical Gaslamp Quarter, PetCo Park, Broadway Pier, San Diego Convention Center and Sea Port Village. Just minutes from all San Diego's most popular activities including San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Sea World San Diego and the white sandy beaches.

Nearby points of interest

  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 0.4 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 0.4 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 0.7 mi
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 0.7 mi
  • PETCO Park: 0.8 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 0.9 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 1 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 1.3 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • Botanical Building: 1.4 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 1.4 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 1.5 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 1.5 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 1.5 mi
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 0.4 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 0.4 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 0.7 mi
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 0.7 mi
  • PETCO Park: 0.8 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 0.9 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 1 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 1.3 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 1.3 mi
  • Botanical Building: 1.4 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 1.4 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 1.5 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 1.5 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 1.5 mi
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 1.5 mi
  • Port of San Diego: 2 mi
  • Heritage Park: 3 mi
  • Whaley House Museum: 3 mi
  • Old Town San Diego: 3.2 mi
  • Bazaar Del Mundo: 3.3 mi
  • Junipero Serra Museum: 3.5 mi
  • Qualcomm Stadium: 4.4 mi
  • Hospitality Point: 4.8 mi
  • Sea World: 5 mi
  • Sunset Cliffs: 5.1 mi
  • Mission Bay Park: 5.9 mi
  • Belmont Park: 6.3 mi
  • Chula Vista Nature Center: 6.5 mi
  • Pacific Beach: 7.2 mi
  • Family Fun Center: 8 mi
  • Sorrento Valley: 12.2 mi
  • California Center For The Arts Museum: 28.1 mi
  • Legoland: 29.8 mi
  • Cox Arena: 2,118.5 mi

Dining

Currant American Brasserie
Monday - Friday Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm Lounge Menu: 11:30am - Close Happy Hour: 3pm -6pm and 9pm - Close Dinner: 5pm - 10pm Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 9am - 2:30pm Lounge Menu: 2:30pm - Close Happy Hour: 3pm - 6pm; 9pm - Close Dinner: 5pm - 10pm

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Conference + Business Centers Life on the road doesn't have to be hard for business travelers. Sofia's event space accommodates up to 88 individuals in a variety of ways, including conferences, lectures, private events and training sessions.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (322)

Ratings and reviews for The Sofia Hotel

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
322 out of 322
Amenities:
3.9
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.4
Value:
4.1

89% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
G in MN
Business
Twin Cities, MN
Aug 10, 2012

Awesome

Went to San Diego for conference. Started with wonderful reception staff. Room we had was smallish but incredibly stylish and clean! 3 types of glass glasses as well as in room refrigerator. Workout room was great and clean. Restaurant was wonderful - best meal we had in San Diego. Avacodo coated in panko and then fried topped with crab! Bus from airport travels up and down the street.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Amazing food at the hotel restaurant.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
vinnyc2012
Business
queens, new york
Aug 8, 2012

Very Good

My stay at the Sofia hotel was good for 3 nights. They had friendly staff and the hotel was not crowded. There is a very good dinning right in the hotel. I ate a good portion of my meals there. If your renting a car, it's 30 bucks a night parking in a public lot next door or for the same price they valet it. The room was nice, though a bit small. I wasn't overly impressed, but it was modern and kept clean, I enjoyed the fact they had a gym on the second floor with good equipment for cardio. I went to a few ballgames at petco which is like a 15 minute walk. And the hotel is like 3 blocks from all the nightlife in the gaslamp. I'd recommend this place for a short stay. If your looking to party or for bells and whistles you might want to check out somewhere else. If you want cozy and quiet for a decent price this is the place for you. p.s. this is not ny the beaches so if your plan on going get a car or plan on paying for taxis.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
GIS dude
Business
Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Jul 30, 2012

Nice place

I have stayed at the Sofia a number of times and have had a good experience each time. The rooms are nice and I like the older style decor. The new daily fee for Internet and 2 bottled waters (which you get only if you wish to have maid service) was a little annoying and took away from the value that you usually get at this hotel. I would stay again but beware of the daily service fee.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Lots of good food just a couple of blocks away in the Gaslamp District

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
GISSean
Business
Reno, Nevada
Jul 27, 2012

Conference Stay

Very nice hotel, helpful friendly staff. Great location within walking distance of the Convention center and restaurants. Small rooms, but comfortable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Monkeyd
Business
San diego
Jul 26, 2012

The Sofia Hotel

I recently stayed at The Sofia Hotel for a conference and I was not impressed by any means. I read a bunch of reviews prior to booking my hotel that were positive and I was so disappointed not to have the same experience. The room was super small, way smaller than I expected, I couldn't adjust the thermostat to make the room cooler either. When I first walked into the bathroom the toilet was still dirty from a previous quest which totally disgusted me. In addition there was hair from a previous guest on the bathroom floor and also in a little tray that had hand soap and mouth wash in it. I then discovered when going to bed that there was dried blood on the comforter from a previous guest so I threw the comforter on the floor. The last issue I had was in the morning when I was going to blow dry my hair in front of the mirror in the small area designated for getting ready. The only outlet there stopped working. The GFI was popped out so I pushed it back in, the outlet still didn't work. I then had to blow dry my hair using the outlet over by the TV where there was no mirror to use. I was so upset about my experience so when checking out I told two people at the front desk about everything except for I left out the part about all the hair on the floor and not being able to adjust the thermostat. All they said was we are sorry and they would inform housekeeping. After leaving the hotel I was really bummed about my experience, I wasn't looking to be reimbursed for the room but maybe throw in a day of parking for all my issues. I decided to go back later that day and I told the same story to two other employees and they did end up comping me one days parking. You would think when paying $161.74 a night in addition to $30 a day for parking plus some other junk fee of about $8 the experience would be a lot better. The only true positive thing I have to say about this hotel is the valet, they were great!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
RCUCelaya
Business
San Leandro, California
Jun 25, 2012

Great Hotel, Great Restaurant

Great experience from start to finish. There is a small surcharge of $8.00, but it's nothing compared to what you get. Rooms are small, but cozy. Very pet friendly, and also very clean. My biggest issue was not being able to retrieve a sweater left in the room. Otherwise, it's a great hotel in a great location. The restaurant next to it is great for brunch and happy hour. I will always try to book this hotel for future stays in San Diego.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: In Hotel

Great happy hour in the evenings until closing!

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
DoubleAAs
Business
Boston, MA
Jun 20, 2012

Great for the price

Rooms are a bit small, but it fits into the decor and style of the hotel. Watch out for $7.99/night fees at the end of your stay. Double check these are covered by your agency before booking.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Happy hours are great in San Diego, planning accordingly can cut your bar tab in half.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Captain Memo
Business
Vienna, Austria
May 16, 2012

Nice weekend trip.

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Room sufficiently equipped. Nice and clean fitness room, sufficient for a good work out. Great food for a reasonable price during happy hour. Close to the Gaslamp Quarter, to the Coronado ferry and to the airport. Easy to reach by public transport.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
cityroamer
Business
Southern California
May 12, 2012

Small rooms and rude staff

The only nice thing about this hotel is the location if you don't count the county jail next door. The rooms are incredably small even by European standards. We booked a 2 night stay but had to cut our stay short and check out after the first nights stay, but they insisted on charging us for 2 nights. Staff is extremely rude and they charge extra for everything. We don't recommend this hotel. There are lots of great hotels in San Diego - this isen't one of them.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Dobson's Bar & Restaurant on Broadway Circle - what a gem.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
JanaMN
Business
Saint Paul, Minnesota
May 7, 2012

Great hotel near gaslap district

Friendly staff, clean room in boutique hotel, and easy walk to various destinations, including boat docks, gaslamp quarter, and Petco Park.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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