4.4 out of 5

"the bed is fresh and comfy and the pillows smell nice and are comfy. Happy hour is such a plus and a grand deal. the food is good and it is a nice p ... " More

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Hotel Description

A romantic stay in San Diego awaits you at The Sofia Hotel. Within just a 15-minute stroll, you'll find popular places like San Diego Convention Center and USS Midway Museum. Highlights at this historic hotel include a restaurant, a health club, and a bar/lounge.

Attractions within a 20-minute walk of this 3.5-star Central San Diego hotel include Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego City College.

The restaurant, Currant American Brasseri, is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Business travelers can take advantage of conference space, meeting rooms, and a business center. Other amenities include free wired Internet in public areas, massage/treatment rooms, and laundry facilities. On weekend mornings cooked-to-order breakfast is available. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and all 211 rooms feature free WiFi, free wired Internet, and coffee/tea makers. Refrigerators, microwaves, and room service make in-room dining convenient. Pillowtop beds and premium bedding welcome you to a good night's rest, and other nice touches include designer toiletries. Free weekday newspapers, free local calls, and safes are also available.

Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$114 per night

Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking, City View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Deluxe Studio Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Non Smoking, City View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking, City View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Sofia Hotel ratings based on 156 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

date night in the gaslamp

Pros: it is in a grand location to walk to gaslamp to all the many nice restaurants and music is everywhere.
Cons: nothing
Location: all of gaslamp and the midway all close and the hotel offers a walking tour in the morning which is free and a very nice thing to do
the bed is fresh and comfy and the pillows smell nice and are comfy. Happy hour is such a plus and a grand deal. the food is good and it is a nice place for a night cap as well. Parking is pricey and there are extra taxes and such so don't forget to add it in your total.

Posted by on May 14, 2017

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5 out of 5

Quaint Hotel With Character

Pros: The staff here are very friendly and accommodating.
Location: Within walking distance to many restaurants and Petco Park.
From check in to check out, dealt with very friendly, helpful, and competent staff. Will stay here again.

Posted by on May 10, 2017

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5 out of 5

Very very comfortable

I was not at this hotel long, but had wonderful accommodations. Old hotel which is beautifully decorated down to Orchid in th bathroom. Very cozy with luxurious bed and pillows!

Posted by , from Wimberley, Texas on May 9, 2017

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4 out of 5

nice hotel good location

Pros: great price relative to other hotels in area.
Cons: Make room up early sign was hidden with soaps; wish I had found it before checking out of room.
Location: easy to walk to downtown locations.
Hotel is in a good location downtown and had a great room rate. Room had no view at all--looked right into another room--but I was at a business meeting so it didn't matter. Wish there had not been an obligatory facilities/resort charge. Very convenient--15 min walk to hotels at harbor and convention center. Good value.

Posted by , from Pittsburgh, PA on Apr 17, 2017

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5 out of 5
The staff is the absolute best part of the Sofia hotel. Although the ambience is beautiful the staff really went out of their way to help in every situation to make us comfortable and to feel welcomed. Alex, Logan, Andrea, Joe (maintenance) Brian and Luis (Currant Restaurant) worked as a team to made the stay fantastic!

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017

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5 out of 5

Beautiful historic hotel in Gaslamp

This hotel has many pros and no cons. We loved staying here and plan to come again! First, you have to keep in mind that it's a historic hotel. The rooms aren't going to be huge. However, a room with a queen bed was more than adequate for two people. The hotel is beautifully decorated. They had free Girl Scout cookies in the lounge. They had free yoga lessons in a studio within the hotel. They gave free guided walking tours. Their attached restaurant was very good. The hotel service was very good; they were very polite and seemed to enjoy working there. The Sofia Hotel is located in Gaslamp and a $5 Uber ride from the main area/Gaslamp sign. Honestly, we could have walked to the main area if it wasn't raining. Definitely worth the amount of money paid and was a great experience!

Posted by , from orange county, california on Feb 20, 2017

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4 out of 5

Tiny rooms

Unless youbget a suite these rooms a tiny and for a party of two i wouldn't recommend it. I moved to a suite and they are more c9mfortable. Friendly staff and good service.

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016

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3 out of 5

Super Location

Pros: The location.
Cons: The rooms are so small.
Location: Within walking distance of Gaslight Quarter
The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Let me use their printer to print my airline boarding pass. Hailed a cab when none was available.

Posted by , from Columbus, OH on Aug 14, 2016

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2 out of 5

Big dissapointment!

First, after driving 3 rounds around the hotel I had to call to find out where the parking was. Only Valet for just $36 per night. A truly rip off. I was checking in and I was about to offer some money to the person at front desk to smile or be a little more friendly. The size of the room was literally a hole. For almost $200 a night plus tax and valet...and you get a hole! Of course, I was offered to upgrade the room for another $30 dollar. An armoire instead of a real closet, only one trash basket in the whole room. The carpet was dirty and it looks ready to be change. This is my first time writing a negative comment, but I feel obligated to let people know That this hotel is far to be a "boutique" hotel nor a value. If you feel castrofobic, just n consider it.

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Jul 22, 2016

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4 out of 5

stayed here

Pros: the people that work here
Cons: keep the bums away
Location: not as closr to things they told us
we stayed here the people were very nice but for the price the rooms were very small. when we booked it they told us they were in the gaslamp area but you really have to walk a long way. and it a long walk to the beach.

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A business center and meeting rooms are available. Wired Internet is free in public spaces. A health club, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly The Sofia Hotel. Parking is available for a fee. This 3.5-star San Diego hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 211 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 3 conference rooms
  • Built in 1926
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Business facilities
  • Conference facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge) , Free wired high-speed Internet


Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Train station: San Diego Santa Fe Depot Station (0.5 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge
  • Airport: San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) (4.4 km / 2.7 mi)
  • Metro station: Civic Center Station (0.3 km / 0.2 mi)

Room Amenities

The Sofia Hotel offers 211 air-conditioned accommodations with laptop-compatible safes and coffee/tea makers. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with premium satellite channels. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include showers, designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This San Diego hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Currant American Brasseri - This restaurant serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast on weekends.

Nearby Activities

The hotel provides a 24-hour yoga studio with on-call instructor, and a 24-hour fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment.


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight

Special check-in instructions:

An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


  • Pets: USD 25 per pet, per night
  • Certain rooms only
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

The resort fee includes:

  • Fitness center access
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Sporting facilities or equipment
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • In-room safe
  • In-room coffee
  • In-room bottled water
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

  • 2.89 percent destination fee will be charged
  • Resort fee: USD 9.85 per accommodation, per night

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 6 and USD 12 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 8.75 per night (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 36.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 36.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 25 per pet, per night

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Pets are welcome in specific rooms only, which can be requested by contacting the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).

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