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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 1223 Reviews
Don't go here for business
Reviewed 1 day ago

The wi-fi doesn't work well enough to conduct business during your stay. For me, it went down for half a day, but even when it was up, it was super-slow. Several calls to the front desk and nothing. My company booked a block or rooms there for a conference we held in town. I needed to do a fair amount of work in my room. I had to use my phone's hot spot. Very aggravating.

Reviewed 1 day ago

We highly recommend this hotel. We were originally going to stay at the Wyndham Bayside, but my wife was going to need a microwave and refrigerator because of some medication she had to take. So I searched the Internet and found this hotel which did have them, and was cheaper than the Wyndham. In fact, it also included free breakfasts which hardly any other hotel I had searched in the city offered. And the breakfasts were the best I had ever had in any hotel. A full hot breakfast with eggs, meat, potatoes along with choices of cereals, yogurt and granola, muffins, fruit, and excellent coffee. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room (we were pleasantly surprised when we were given a complementary upgrade to a suite) was very clean and the bed was super comfortable. We also fell in love with the Little Italy section of San Diego where the hotel is located. For me, a good vacation is not a good vacation if I have to drive. This hotel was in short walking distance to the trolley stop and, with a four-day all day MTS pass, we were able to get to such places as Old Town San Diego, Balboa Park, Coronado, and even La Jolla using the trolley, city buses and the ferry. It was a great experience and we are grateful to all at the Porto Vista Hotel.

San Diego - Conference Travel
Reviewed 1 day ago

Staff was attentive to needs of guests. Shuttles to airport were timely. Breakfast in the Glass Door restaurant gave option for hot or cold meals. I would have liked to have had a waffle maker as well. Food was delicious and view of the bay was amazing. Close to Little Italy with tons of restaurant options. Close to trolly.

Reviewed 2 days ago

Staff was pleasant. Room was clean. Room has an older look to it and could use better lighting. Maintenance should be more thorough with repairs. Front-desk staff should know how many people to expect to check out early so they can accommodate the increase of staff needed.

Charged Extra to Check in Early to Room Cross from Construction Site
Reviewed 2 days ago

I flew cross country and arrived late morning at the hotel. I was told me room was ready but I had to of an extra $25.00 to check into the room early early. I was exhausted from my cross country flight so I reluctantly agreed to it the extra few. The room I was assigned was directly across from a construction site with loud trucks, whistles, etc. Too loud to sleep, work or make telephone calls. I won’t be returning. There are many better alternative hotels in San Diego.