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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


Louise B

This was a fantastic location and very hip. I wouldn't hesitate to come here again. Everyone was truly helpful and friendly. The Glass Bar on 2nd floor was convenient for an appetizer and drinks Saw the rooftop small pool but didn't have time to use it. It is difficult to find an inexpensive hotel in the heart of San Diego and We found it with the Porto Vista.

Good stay
Josh V

The location is great room is nice. There was some black mold in the shower which was discouraging. There also, was a guy stay painting some artwork all week. Which I didn’t like for my pregnant wife to inhale.

Great Location, but that's about it

The location is unbeatable. You walk out your door, down one block, and you're in the heart of Little Italy. For us, that was well worth it. That being said, I probably should have looked more at the options available elsewhere. The hotel is really structured more like a motel, the walls are thin so you can hear everything, the service was meh, and honestly there are nearby hotels for just a small price hike that are far nicer.