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What We Love

  • Location in Little Italy, one of San Diego’s oldest districts, close to downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter
  • Sundowners with an epic view of San Diego Marina at indoor/outdoor Glass Door Restaurant
  • Shuttle service to key San Diego sights is available from 7 am until 8 pm

What To Know

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast is free for up to two adults and children under five
  • Furniture in some guestrooms feels traditional compared with the floor-to-ceiling photo murals
  • No pool but some of SoCal’s best beaches are a short drive away
  • Dogs up to 40 pounds are permitted for an extra $75 per week; contact the property to reserve a pet-friendly room


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Little Italy digs close to the Gaslamp Quarter, with an award-winning restaurant and views across San Diego Marina

The Lowdown

In the heart of Little Italy, Porto Vista Hotel has a hip Euro vibe and knockout views across San Diego Marina. The light-flooded lobby channels a beachy style from the sky-blue sofas to the ocean-inspired artwork, while guestrooms keep things simple in muted beige shades. The smallest are a compact 170 square feet, so Deluxe Rooms are worth the splurge for up to 350 square feet of space, oversize sofas, refrigerators, microwaves and, in some, private balconies. En-suite bathrooms are stocked with posh toiletries and have Med-style tufa tiles and deep baths with over-tub showers. On the fourth floor, the hotel’s popular Glass Door Restaurant & Bar serves a menu infused with Mediterranean and Moroccan flavors, plus simple sandwiches and burgers. Go early for cocktails and sunset views on the alfresco terrace, or join the late-night crowd for drinks until midnight, or 1:30 am on weekends.

In the Area

The hotel’s Little Italy locale puts you within striking distance of the lively Gaslamp Quarter, home to the city’s hippest restaurants, bars and boutiques, plus some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture on the West Coast. For a beach hit, go north to Mission Beach, Pacific Beach or La Jolla Shores, then get a culture dose in Balboa Park or at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Sports fans can cheer on the San Diego Padres and other teams at nearby Petco Park, or drive up to Torrey Pines Golf Course for a round of golf in a spectacular clifftop setting.

How to Get There

Porto Vista Hotel
1835 Columbia St
San Diego, CA 92101 United States


3.5 Average 1133 Reviews
Great stay
Reviewed 17 hours ago

Excellent service. Very friendly and polite staff. Clean rooms and comfortable beds. This was our second time staying here and we hope to stay again. Short walk to Harbour Breakfast, a great place for breakfast.

Christmas with friends in the Midway Suite
Reviewed 4 days ago

This Hotel is so accommodating. It has the best location and value of all the Hotels in Little Italy. We had a group of seven rooms and David Threet helped get us a great group rate and kept us informed with emails monthly. We will be staying there again next Christmas.

Small hotel in Little Italy
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very happy with my stay. Clean rooms, nice rooftop bar, decent breakfast. safe area. I am staying again over Christmas. A short walk , 1 block, to good restaurants and shops. Close to San Diego Bay and parks.

Great stay!
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great location....really good value...nice amenities . We met another couple for dinner and stayed in Little Italy. The Porto Vista is a great place .....beautiful room...clean, good service. We had a very good time and recommended that our friends stay here as well.

Felt Like Home
Reviewed 4 days ago

We loved every minute of our stay - even when little things might not have been perfect. It was so special, so worth it. The people are everything. Everyone was exceptionally helpful, friendly, and fun. Hanging out in the lobby or in the restaurant for coffee, or on the roof - it was all a really great experience. I would advise anyone traveling to San Diego to stay her for a friendly home-like atmosphere.