They have "tried" to build a luxury hotel out of an old building with small room!
An oversized guest with a large wheelchair would probably not make it through the small elevator doors!
The bedding and furniture were superb but everything else was
a mess. The room was way too small and the view was directly into other guest rooms. The bath room was too small and had a shower with a half way glass wall; i.e. every day after the shower you need two towels just to dry up the floor! I guess the moto of "think green" doesn't work there!
The sink was a fancyful small bowl with no handle to open or close the drain; i.e. if you start off with a closed drain and you notice it after the sink is half full, you can help yourself by puting your hand into dirty water to open the drain!
I guess the architect was trying to substitute hygiene with "Art"!
Apparently they have some larger rooms but one has to ask for upgrade upon arrival!
The location is in the heart of downtown San Diego so that was awesome.
Pros: lots of places were walking distance, amenities like 2 water bottles per day, free bike rentals, and free internet were included for a reasonable fee.
Cons: Since the
only rooms available had only 1 bed, I requested a King bed so that my friend and I could sleep comfortably. They ran out of king beds so we were upgraded to a "suite" with a queen bed. The so-called suite was tiny. I can't imagine how uncomfortably small a regular room would have been. The floors were uneven in certain parts of the room which was strange.
If you're not planning to spend a lot of the time in the room, this hotel will be fine.
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):
Short walk from hotel
Lots of good food just a couple of blocks away in the Gaslamp District
It was only ok, from the check in, to the room, to cleanliness. The best part was the location, it was in walking distance to almost everything and the CTA stop was right across the street. Brian at the front desk was the best part of the hotel.
Super friendly and informative about anything in the city.