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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


Why I won't be back

Safety of the guests needs to be a focus. Handgrips in the shower and nonskid in the tub would help. The restaurant needs normal table and chairs, I saw a child fall at breakfast from one of the high barstools. The complimentary breakfast felt like it came from 7-11. The staff and housekeeping were the best aspect of the hotel. Please clean the jacuzzi, I took a photo of the black ring to show a friend.

Great Customer Service

This hotel will accommodate any of your needs. Close to everything in Little Italy.

Rooms are a bit dated. Parking is an additional fee and can be quite pricey. Look for a spot on the street.

Breakfast buffet has few options. I don’t recommend this. It’s not included in the room price and there are many restaurant options within walking distance

Great room for the price

The location and price of this hotel are excellent, although the rooms are dated and a bit musty, and the elevator is slow and doesn't indicate floors while in motion. If using shuttle bus, make sure the shuttle bus driver and the front desk are in agreement before planning your ride - my lack of doing this resulted in me having to roll my suitcase more than a mile for my last few hours of meeting. All in al good value for price.