Downtown San Diego - Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Porto Vista Hotel

Dana Marshall
Deal Expert

Why We Love It

  • Poised in the epicenter of San Diego’s Little Italy, less than a 10-minute drive from major attractions
  • Impressive views from the fourth-floor restaurant
  • Comfy guestrooms with modern decor and complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary extras include shuttle service to the airport and cruise terminal 13 hours per day

“A solid pick for the price” --

81% (211 Member Ratings)

"The best part of Porto Vista is its location in Little Italy. Although the accommodations are a little Spartan, with inadequate lighting, this was still a very good value for the San Diego Coastal/downtown market. The included breakfast was ample and tasty,a very good value. "
Oct 22, 2016
San Diego, CA, United States


Map & Directions

Porto Vista Hotel is approximately a six-minute car ride from the San Diego International Airport, in good traffic. Cab fare is approximately $12 one way. Shuttle service is provided for free by the hotel from 7am-8pm. There is an additional per-night cost for valet parking.

Rooms & Rates

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In the heart of San Diego’s urban center, hip culture meets old-world feel in Little Italy. Shoppers flock to the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market on Saturdays to purchase fresh produce. Pasta, wine, burgers and delicious desserts are easily found at the area’s restaurants and pubs.

Start a vacation in the center of the action at Porto Vista Hotel. The location is a bit of a trek on foot to well-known attractions, but a 10-minute drive delivers guests to familiar sites like the San Diego Zoo and USS Midway Museum.

Stop in Glass Door Restaurant to take in views of the city and harbor from its location on the property's fourth floor. Nosh on a tempura shrimp wrap or sample a Mediterranean tasting plate. Market-fresh seafood, cocktails and sweets also adorn the menu. Breakfast and brunch are also served.

As the sun dips below the horizon, head back to a guest room where floor-to-ceiling murals adorn the walls and complimentary Wi-Fi access makes it easy to stay in touch. Some rooms offer guests views of the bay.

Make the most of the city with deals on gourmet meals, spa days and activities.

From the press:
  • “This former budget motel has transformed into a contemporary hotel-motel with updated furnishings, a stylish restaurant and lounge” -- Fodor’s
  • “Proving you needn't have wads of cash to be stylish, the owners of this Little Italy inn managed to dress up an old motel with enough extras to make it a fun place to do more than simply sleep” -- Frommer’s



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Complimentary airport transfer
  • Complimentary shuttle service
  • Concierge service
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children under age 18 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Children age 5 and under eat free, from the kids menu. Cribs available (in King and Deluxe Rooms) on request, free of charge for one child under age 5. Extra beds available (in King Rooms) on request: $10 per night. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged $25 per day (subject to tax). Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Fees: A parking fee of $25 per night (subject to tax) applies. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.
An incidental fee of $50.00 (subject to tax) per room/ per night applies. This is refundable upon checkout.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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211 Member Reviews
(81% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: The best part of Porto Vista is its location in Little Italy. Although the accommodations are a little Spartan, with inadequate lighting, this was still a very good value for the San Diego Coastal/downtown market. The included breakfast was ample and tasty,a very good value.
Ann Oct 22, 2016 San Diego, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Everything, the location, food and people. Porto Vista is the place I'll be staying when I come to the San Diego area
Other Comments: A special shout out to Jose (valet) is is an asset to the Porto Vista Hotel
Ramona Oct 13, 2016 Jackson Heights, NY, United States
Enjoyed Most: The view from the restaurant and the location in Little Italy
Carol Oct 13, 2016 Mission Hills, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The view from their restaurant "The Glass Door" was awesome.
Other Comments: Happy Hour at the hotel was conveient, the free breakfast was delicious, the guys running the valet and shuttle buses were very friendly.
Lucinda Oct 06, 2016 Yucaipa, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Staff were all very nice, helpful and courteous
Other Comments: The lounge/restaurant was enjoyable with nice view
Melinda Oct 06, 2016 Costa mesa, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Anthony, at front desk was helpful. He changed our room and allowed us to check in early. Shuttle to the harbor was provided by the hotel.
Other Comments: Assigned room, based on Travelzoo deal was unacceptable. Too small, no view, Motel 6'ish. Upgraded to a bigger room with a front street/harbor view for $40 charge. The price increase to a acceptable room and extra discounted parking charges, and current construction mess in the area does not make this a DEAL.
Sal Sep 28, 2016 Trabuco Canyon, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Close to the airport and nobody bothered you. Front desk eventually helped me get a credit for the double charge of our stay. They also were nice when they gave me shampoo and conditioner the cleaning service forgot to give me in my room. Lobby was pleasant and clean. Street parking always available. Liked they included breakfast vouchers during our stay.
Other Comments: The A/C in our hotel room worked ok the first night but didn't at all the next nights eventhough it was on. All the electrical machines in the gym were out of order. There was no toast served with breakfast in the Glass Door breakfast Buffett. Cleaning service was meh. They forgot to refill my shampoo and conditioner a few times and didn't give me all the towels from the day before. Travelzoo also double charged me for the hotel and front desk told me i need to take care of it even when they acknowledged it was their own fault
Nancy Sep 28, 2016 San Francisco, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Location was great.
Other Comments: The service was warn and welcoming.
Heather Sep 27, 2016 Folsom, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Location was excellent. Front desk people were all friendly and accommodating. Breakfast was superior to other complimentary offerings at other hotels. Valet personnel were excellent.
Other Comments: We paid $40 per night to upgrade to a suite. They did not tell us that the location was right below the restaurant and they were constantly moving bar stools, tables, chairs etc. and it was very noisy. Would not stay in that location again. To be fair, I did tell the front desk about the problem and they said the restaurant had been told before about this problem and were supposed to pick up the furniture and not scrape it across the floor. They refunded the cost of the upgrade for one of the nights.
Joann Sep 25, 2016 Prescott Valley, AZ, United States
Enjoyed Most: Clean, charming, and best neighborhood in town
Other Comments: Would stay again always and recommend to friends...great PV
Brian Sep 25, 2016 Holland, MI, United States

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