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Published on February 16th, 2015 | by gareth


Sofia Hotel: San Diego

During our recent trip to San Diego, we got to experience our favorite place to stay in the city when we are in town for business or relaxing.

With a great downtown locale, the Sofia Hotel has an exceptionally decorated lobby with classic, old-world charm and a smartly-dressed staff who were pleasant, helpful, and efficient. Check-in was very smooth and in no time we were settling into our room. The spacious room offered a living room complete with a couch, chairs, desk, table, drawers, and a television.

We noticed that the hotel offered Yoga classes a few days a week and while we did not have time to experience them on this trip, we made a note to check it out on a future visit.

Our suite had an updated, modern bathroom with a unique layout in that the sink and counter were in the throughway to the bedroom, opposite a shower and toilet chamber enclosed by a space-saving sliding door. Fine linen, with plush pillows made for a comfortable night’s rest. The complimentary spa products and toiletries made even quick showers a delightful experience and were a very nice touch.

The suite also included a microwave and a miniature fridge that came in handy during our stay as we were able to store and chill water, as well as leftovers.

The bedroom also had television as well as a safe for storage of valuables. The flat-screen TVs offered a wide range of channels including both free and on-demand movie channels and local information channels which ensured after a long day at the beach, we were able to relax and enjoy dinner in the room while watching our favorite shows.

Dining options were abundant as not only did the hotel offer its own bar and restaurant, the Currant Brasserie, but there were numerous restaurants as well as shopping options within an easy walk of the hotel. The Currant has been rated the best French Bistro in town and each evening offers an amazing specialty popcorn which is worth making part of your stay each night.

The hotel also offers spa services and the 24-hour Harkishan Yoga Studio and Health Center provides yoga mats and a surround sound system and an on-call yoga instructor is available. The pet-friendly hotel also partners with Dogs and the City to offer pet care services such as grooming or in-room pet sitting and pet treats are all part of the check-in experience for pet owners.

While parking downtown can be a bit of an issue the Sofia offers valet parking. The valet service was extremely efficient and helpful and a couple of times provided directions that were even better than our GPS could provide. There are also numerous lots in the surrounding blocks which offer numerous options for guests as well but trust us, texting a number and having your car waiting at the curb when you arrive makes it so nice when you venture out into the city.

The hotel includes complimentary Internet access as well as other amenities such as bottled water. Since this was a working trip, I was extremely grateful to have reliable access to the Internet and a comfy room in which to unwind after an extremely long day in a city that offers countless activities.

For us, the ability to enjoy a dinner in the room after a long day is always amazing, and when you add in the sliding footrests that come out from the chairs, the comfy blankets, and the great couch, you have all that you need for a wonderful evening of calm. The complimentary coffee is a very nice perk as well.

Sadly our time went by very quickly as it tends to do when we visit this nice hotel and city but we were given and very friendly and prompt check out, and we are already looking forward to our next visit. From a great room and very friendly staff, we cannot wait for a return visit to this charming hotel as regardless if you are in town for business or pleasure, The Sofia Hotel is the perfect place to relax and stay.

About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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