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Published on June 14th, 2021 | by gareth


The Sofia Hotel Remains A Great Place To Stay In Beautiful San Diego

During a recent trip to San Diego; we had a chance to stay at the Sofia Hotel. We have not stayed at the hotel in a few years and it was very nice to go back to a familiar and comfortable hotel for our stay.

Under Covid, the hotel does not offer Valet Parking but does have a nearby lot and offers a discounted rate when you pay through the hotel vs paying at the meter.

Our check-in was fast and pleasant and the elevators were limited to one party per car which is ideal as the hotel offers a pair of smaller elevators and we were quickly on our floor.

The decoration was a nice mix of modern and classic and we always enjoy seeing the artwork which depicts the history of the buildings and surrounding area.

Our room had a spacious front room with a desk, chair, television, and ample space. The room also featured a sink and coffee area with a microwave and fridge which came in handy as the Currant Restaurant was closed so we kept a supply of cold drinks on hand.

The bathroom had a very spacious and modern shower which had a large shower head and a new-wave drain that used a special tile system vs a traditional drain to clear the water.

The bedroom was very comfortable and we had a safe, television, and ample closet space to go with a very comfortable bed. We settled into the front room to watch television while we ate as we picked up dinner prior to our arrival. The television was not able to get a signal and after a few attempts; we had to call down to the Front Desk for help. Within a few minutes, we had a masked staff member in the room discovered the HDMI connection was loose and had the signal back in no time.

The television offered a wide range of stations and we had a very relaxing evening and noted the hotel offered a Hydration Station on the floor to get all the water we needed.

The local Convenience store on the corner had closed and the closest one was a few blocks away. The weather was considerably cooler than what we had at home and it was almost chilly in shorts and a shirt walking to the store. It did allow me to pass by several new restaurants and shops and it was nice to see people returning to spaced seating at restaurants and some were also taking part in a masked walking tour.

We had a very pleasant sleep and enjoyed our in-room coffee while we got ready and watched the morning news shows. Our checkout was very fast and pleasant and the staff was as usual very friendly and efficient.

While certain offerings of the hotel were not available due to the restrictions; we still had a very nice stay and wished we had more time but sadly this was a fast trip over to cover an event before returning home.

The hotel has a great location as it is very near the Convention Center as well as numerous dining and shopping locations and easy access to the highway so guests can easily make their way to and from the hotel and the numerous attractions in the area.

While our stay was short; as travel options start to increase; we look forward to a future stay and do not plan to let such a large gap between stays happen again.

Check out the official page for the hotel below.

Accommodations | The Sofia Hotel

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