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Porto Vista Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

walls and ceiling are very thin as you can hear other people pretty well.

I loved staying here. Loved. Upon arrival, the valets were super nice, and the concierge was amazing! He immediately took out a map and circled places to eat, as well as areas of interest in San Diego, while explaining the complimentary shuttle they offer. When he found out we were celebrating my birthday, he comped us a visit to the breakfast buffet. The view from the restaurant is amazing, as is the neighborhood itself. The food in the hotel restaurant is ok, but a block away is one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to, which made up for the hotel food. The room itself was clean and spacious. I love this hotel, and will recommend it to anyone staying in San Diego.

Being from San Diego County and looking for a few days away downtown - this place is too expensive for what you get. The rooms are small and parking is 25.00 night. Most areas are walking distance and there is a shuttle that can take you anywhere you want to go- but you still have to pay 25.00 night. The ironic part is that there is plenty of empty parking in the lower parking lot- but it is saved for people looking for parking to visit Little Italy- the guest have to pay for the parking. If you are from out of town and just in and out and just staying in rooms to sleep- it is good. Nice roof top sitting areas with a nice view of the city. There are many other places downtown for San Diegans to relax for a few days !!!!

The great sunset view from the bar and restaurant almost makes staying at this cheap motel worth it. Somebody took a motel, painted it, put up some pictures of Marilyn, and started charging $200 a night. The beds were very good, very good mattresses. But overall just an unpleasant experience like at some random beach motel. But again, the sunset view from the 5th floor bar is so good, it almost makes it worth it.

My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel, which is in a great location! I loved the fact that there were so many pizzerias in one area, which is seriously all at walking distance from this hotel. Saturday mornings they have a farmer's market just one block away in Little Italy, which was really cool. The hotel itself is very chic-vintage, which I thought was cute. I didn't check to see if the pool was up and running, but I did use the gym. I was bummed that the leg press machine wasn't working, so I just stuck to the weights and elliptical. I didn't try the glass door restaurant, but I had plenty of outside food from nearby restaurants. My boyfriend and I walked to the gaslamp district, which was only a mile away. I would stay here again! I just wouldn't pay more than $100 per night.

Very enjoyable experience. The hotel is a work in progress, but what I experienced was pleasant. Staff was outstanding from the valets to front desk, to the restaurant and bar staff. Especially Jersey, the evening bartender - super personable. I'll go back!

I had reserved a city view double bed room online, but when I got to the hotel, the guy at front desk told me that there were no double rooms with city view, so I told him that I had paid more for a city view room and he told me that he couldn't do anything. Besides that friendly welcoming the hotel is fine.

This is a nice spot right in Little Italy, within walking distance to the harbor, downtown, and a longer walk to the Gaslamp district. Nice bar with a great view. Rooms nice, nothing special, had some issues with bathtub plumbing, but were quickly remedied. Would stay here again for $150, not $200.

Hotel location is good, but that's all. Room was extremely small, everything looks old, the entire hotel looks like an old apartment complex .. I won't recommended to anyone ..

My husband and I spent one night here, and had a good experience. The price was reasonable for the excellent location. The place seemed like a renovated motel, so the room wasn't spacious or luxurious, but the bed was comfortable and clean, and we didn't spend much time in the room except to sleep anyway. It was just what we needed in terms of cost and location. This is a great place to stay while in SD, and to set up camp if you're planning on being busy with activities. Valet is a must, and it was $25/day with in and out privileges.

We have stayed there two times now. We always get the king size with harbor views. Service is very nice, just parking costs a lot. Will be back for sure!

I love the stay and the place is very good to spend a great time with a love one, family, or just to do soemthing different.

At first we were put in a small queen size room that had what looked like a blood stain on one of the pillows... Also, the air conditioning did not work and it wasn't until we stormed to the front desk (since they weren't picking up the phone) that they switched us out of that horrendous room. The suite they put us in was soooo much better! Lots of space, bigger bathroom, a large balcony, and a nice living area. I think the walls could have used some artwork and a larger TV, but all in all it was great. The AC unit worked beautifully.

Liked the view, the room was ok. Enjoyed the neighborhood it was a great price for that location.

Came for during comic-con international and had to book a day before the event due to a mistake with our previous hotel. Was very happy with friendlessness of the staff and the little perks granted for the event such as the curtsey shuttle to and from the convention center. Location was actually great as well despite being a moderate distance away from the con, but being close to certain things such as a 7/11 for snacks and multiple restaurants right across the street in little Italy was nice, their is even a close by farmers market on the weekends. Only real downside was the lack of a pool and the cost. Yes we know most hotels increase their rates during events but upwards of 350+ (2000 for 5 nights) dollars per night when 4 star hotels right beside the event where almost charging the same seems like robbery. And since our mix up left us no choice that's what it felt like. Such an absurd markup like this is all it takes to leave a huge damper on the trip that would keep people from coming back much less recommending the hotel. It would be nice to see a hotel take the high road a bit and either bring the price down or up the benefits for paying that much.

The hotel has a great location in Little Italy in San Diego. The staff was very helpful and courteous. Our room was very small and located near the ice machine, so at times very noisy. The food in the restaurant was marginal. Parking was extra.

This was my first experience in San Diego, so did not know much about where to stay. If I go back, I think I will stay somewhere else. I picked this because it was a little cheaper but it still seemed to be close to things, but it was farther out from the Bay and Gaslamp district than expected. Also, the hotel was noisy because it was a converted motel. Like one reviewer mentioned, the room is damp. Check in was fast and easy.

It was in a great location. In the middle of city. Activities were in walking distance. I wish i was told about playing for parking. Would have never rented a car. Staff was nice!

Air Conditioner did not cool. Hotel tried to fix but still was not satisfactory.

The rooms are ok but the location is ideal. Love the rooftop for great Bay Views.

1835 Columbia St San Diego CA

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Free airport shuttle

Located in Little Italy within a short walk of Maritime Museum of San Diego, Porto Vista Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as USS Midway Museum. This 3.5-star hotel has 190 guestrooms and offers a 24-hour fitness center, free in-room WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. It's also close to Balboa Park and San Diego Convention Center.


Dining

This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Start your day off with buffet breakfast, available for a fee.


Rooms

All 190 air-conditioned rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include safes, ironing boards, and desks.


Property features

At Porto Vista Hotel, guests have access to a 24-hour fitness center, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas. Valet parking is USD 25.00 per night if you plan to drive, or hop aboard the free airport shuttle (available on request). Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a meeting room, a 24-hour business center, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Double Room

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Double Room

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Classic Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Single Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Guest reviews for Porto Vista Hotel

Everyone (3) Business (35) Couples (137) Family (47) Friends (48) Other (28)
3

great to watch 4 of july fireworks

Everyone

walls and ceiling are very thin as you can hear other people pretty well.

By , from phoenix, az on Jul 8, 2016

4

what a wonderful experience!

Everyone
View from the restaurant View from the restaurant View from the restaurant

I loved staying here. Loved. Upon arrival, the valets were super nice, and the concierge was amazing! He immediately took out a map and circled places to eat, as well as areas of interest in San Diego, while explaining the complimentary shuttle they offer. When he found out we were celebrating my birthday, he comped us a visit to the breakfast buffet. The view from the restaurant is amazing, as is the neighborhood itself. The food in the hotel restaurant is ok, but a block away is one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to, which made up for the hotel food. The room itself was clean and spacious. I love this hotel, and will recommend it to anyone staying in San Diego.

By , from Las Vegas, NV on Jun 5, 2016

3

not for local san diegans looking for a nice getaw

Everyone

Being from San Diego County and looking for a few days away downtown - this place is too expensive for what you get. The rooms are small and parking is 25.00 night. Most areas are walking distance and there is a shuttle that can take you anywhere you want to go- but you still have to pay 25.00 night. The ironic part is that there is plenty of empty parking in the lower parking lot- but it is saved for people looking for parking to visit Little Italy- the guest have to pay for the parking. If you are from out of town and just in and out and just staying in rooms to sleep- it is good. Nice roof top sitting areas with a nice view of the city. There are many other places downtown for San Diegans to relax for a few days !!!!

By on Apr 20, 2016

2

lipstick on an old motor inn

BusinessTravelers

The great sunset view from the bar and restaurant almost makes staying at this cheap motel worth it. Somebody took a motel, painted it, put up some pictures of Marilyn, and started charging $200 a night. The beds were very good, very good mattresses. But overall just an unpleasant experience like at some random beach motel. But again, the sunset view from the 5th floor bar is so good, it almost makes it worth it.

By on Mar 12, 2016

4

birthday getaway

Couples

My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel, which is in a great location! I loved the fact that there were so many pizzerias in one area, which is seriously all at walking distance from this hotel. Saturday mornings they have a farmer's market just one block away in Little Italy, which was really cool. The hotel itself is very chic-vintage, which I thought was cute. I didn't check to see if the pool was up and running, but I did use the gym. I was bummed that the leg press machine wasn't working, so I just stuck to the weights and elliptical. I didn't try the glass door restaurant, but I had plenty of outside food from nearby restaurants. My boyfriend and I walked to the gaslamp district, which was only a mile away. I would stay here again! I just wouldn't pay more than $100 per night.

By on Dec 22, 2015

4

san diego little italy find!

Couples

Very enjoyable experience. The hotel is a work in progress, but what I experienced was pleasant. Staff was outstanding from the valets to front desk, to the restaurant and bar staff. Especially Jersey, the evening bartender - super personable. I'll go back!

By on Dec 7, 2015

3

good location, not the best service

BusinessTravelers

I had reserved a city view double bed room online, but when I got to the hotel, the guy at front desk told me that there were no double rooms with city view, so I told him that I had paid more for a city view room and he told me that he couldn't do anything. Besides that friendly welcoming the hotel is fine.

By on Nov 4, 2015

4

great location, beautiful spot to watch the sunset :)

GetawayWithFriends

This is a nice spot right in Little Italy, within walking distance to the harbor, downtown, and a longer walk to the Gaslamp district. Nice bar with a great view. Rooms nice, nothing special, had some issues with bathtub plumbing, but were quickly remedied. Would stay here again for $150, not $200.

By on Oct 6, 2015

1

not a good get away

Families

Hotel location is good, but that's all. Room was extremely small, everything looks old, the entire hotel looks like an old apartment complex .. I won't recommended to anyone ..

By on Oct 6, 2015

4

great location and clean

Couples

My husband and I spent one night here, and had a good experience. The price was reasonable for the excellent location. The place seemed like a renovated motel, so the room wasn't spacious or luxurious, but the bed was comfortable and clean, and we didn't spend much time in the room except to sleep anyway. It was just what we needed in terms of cost and location. This is a great place to stay while in SD, and to set up camp if you're planning on being busy with activities. Valet is a must, and it was $25/day with in and out privileges.

By on Sep 30, 2015