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Porto Vista Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

leftover bottle of wine and half sandwich in fridge, so that was odd

Upgraded older hotel, if you want super fancy this isn't for you. BUT - every staff member was really nice and extremely helpful; location was great, right in Little Italy, a nice walk to any other downtown destination; beds were really comfortable although the pillows sucked. Nice size rooms. the bar does have a spectacular view.

Great location next to little Italy and friendly staff. Rooms have that dated hotel smell but thats normal for a hotel this old I suppose!

We stayed at the Porto Vista our last night in town. The woman we dealt with while checking in was very nice and very informative. Our room was clean and looked very modern. The balcony was attached to the balcony next door, which I thought was weird because you could easily just hop onto the next door balcony-- the hotel might want to change that for safety reasons ?? Our room was quiet and we got a good nights sleep. Checking out was easy and quick and the shuttle to the airport was a nice addition.

1st time we stayed r rm was very nice. This time r rm seemed dark and old needed renovation

This hotel had a great location. Everywhere we needed to get to was less than 15 minutes away. The staff was very accommodating from the moment we arrived until we were leaving. I would definitely stay here again next time I'm in San Diego.

Its not what I expected ,the photos are much more han the real experience

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.

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, Porto Vista Hotel is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Maritime Museum of San Diego and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. This 3.5-star hotel has 190 guestrooms and offers a 24-hour fitness center, free in-room WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. In the historical district, it's also near Port of San Diego and USS Midway Museum.


Dining

This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is 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). The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a meeting room, a computer station, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Double Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Double Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Classic Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Guest reviews for Porto Vista Hotel

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3

nice hote

Everyone

leftover bottle of wine and half sandwich in fridge, so that was odd

By on Nov 27, 2017

4

great location, wonderful staff

Everyone

Upgraded older hotel, if you want super fancy this isn't for you. BUT - every staff member was really nice and extremely helpful; location was great, right in Little Italy, a nice walk to any other downtown destination; beds were really comfortable although the pillows sucked. Nice size rooms. the bar does have a spectacular view.

By , from Torrance, CA on Nov 20, 2017

Review comment responded on Nov 23, 2017

Dear Angie, Thank you for taking the time out to share your recent experience with us. We are extremely proud of our staff for their efforts in going the extra mile and making you feel at home. We hope to have you back in the future since you enjoyed our Little Italy location.

5
Everyone

Great location next to little Italy and friendly staff. Rooms have that dated hotel smell but thats normal for a hotel this old I suppose!

By , from Chino CA on Nov 19, 2017

4

decent hotel in a cool neighborhood

Everyone

We stayed at the Porto Vista our last night in town. The woman we dealt with while checking in was very nice and very informative. Our room was clean and looked very modern. The balcony was attached to the balcony next door, which I thought was weird because you could easily just hop onto the next door balcony-- the hotel might want to change that for safety reasons ?? Our room was quiet and we got a good nights sleep. Checking out was easy and quick and the shuttle to the airport was a nice addition.

By on Oct 9, 2017

Review comment responded on Oct 17, 2017

Dear Guest. Thank you for your positive comments. So glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! Hope your next stay is just around the corner. Call us if there is anything we can help you with in the future. Best,

3

excellent location

Everyone

1st time we stayed r rm was very nice. This time r rm seemed dark and old needed renovation

By on Oct 3, 2017

5

great location

Everyone

This hotel had a great location. Everywhere we needed to get to was less than 15 minutes away. The staff was very accommodating from the moment we arrived until we were leaving. I would definitely stay here again next time I'm in San Diego.

By on Sep 30, 2017

Review comment responded on Oct 17, 2017

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we are glad to hear that your stay with us was a positively memorable one! We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Best,

3
Everyone

Its not what I expected ,the photos are much more han the real experience

By on Aug 23, 2017

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