Downtown San Diego - Gaslamp Quarter

The Sofia Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • A cute and quiet 1920s boutique hotel in downtown San Diego
  • A member of the Historic Hotels of America with preserved original details from the jazz age
  • The buzzing Gaslamp district is a five-minute walk away
  • There's an on-site yoga center and complimentary Gaslamp Quarter walking tours on the weekends
  • Wi-Fi is free

"Charm and sparkle" -- Frommer's
Enjoyed This
(6 Member Ratings)
"The hotel restaurant has amazing food and a great happy hour! The room was clean and cozy. You can walk almost anywhere from the hotel. Cool old building."
31. Mar 2018
Reno, NV, USA

Map & Directions

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the San Diego International Airport.

Rooms & Rates

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Once a stagecoach company building, the 1920s Sofia Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Cute, quiet and fully renovated, the hotel is just blocks from the trendy restaurants and nightlife of the Gaslamp Quarter. It's also two blocks from a trolley stop that takes passengers to Little Italy, Old Town and PETCO Park. The San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld are less than five miles away.

The hotel's updated rooms feature fine bed linens, contemporary decor and free Wi-Fi access. It also has a 24-hour yoga center and an American-style bistro, Currant. The hotel hosts free walking tours of the Gaslamp Quarter on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

From the press:
  • "The historic Sofia has 212 rooms so fashionable you’d never guess it’s right down the block from the Greyhound station" -- Lonely Planet



  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center

Room amenities

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


  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (fees apply)


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


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

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


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.


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.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 4pm Check-out time is 11am

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • This property allows pets in specific rooms only (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 6 and USD 12 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 9.98 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 9.98 per night (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 34 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 36.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 25 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:

  • Resort fee: USD 9.85 per accommodation, per night
The hotel 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 have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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

Enjoyed This
(6 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Sofia Hotel, San Diego (CA) (part of Historic Hotels of America) over the past 15 months.
3.8 Ambiance
4.2 Location
3.2 Rooms
3.8 Quality of Service
3.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The hotel restaurant has amazing food and a great happy hour! The room was clean and cozy. You can walk almost anywhere from the hotel. Cool old building.
Other Comments
Enjoyed our stay. We'd definitely stay here again!
Mary 31. Mar 2018 Reno, NV, USA
Enjoyed Most
corner room, restaurant and bar, convenient location
Other Comments
only one washcloth was provided for two guests, room was small
Michael 08. Aug 2017 Laguna Hills, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Super small room, shabby, smelled musty, very noisy because of very thin walls (heard neighbors on both sides), unhelpful staff, NOTHING "deluxe" about the room, NOT in the Gaslamp district, have to navigate the homeless around the area, and NOT worth the $178.00 I paid!!
Mary Ann 22. May 2017 Westminster, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location and history of the hotel
Other Comments
Concierge service needs a fix....we are locals and were exploring our town. They should know more than us about what is going on downtown and local city events. No help at all. We relied on our phones and websites.
Jessica 11. Jun 2017 La MesaLa Mesa, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Restaurant attached
Kathleen 17. May 2017 Carlsbad, CA, USA

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