Porto Vista Hotel & Suites

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

1835 Columbia Street, I-5 S Exit Front Street, San Diego, California, 92101, United States

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  • Couples58
  • Solo65
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  • Absolute Gem


    Great, Chic, Boutique Hotel in the heart of San Diego's little Italy. Loved the Italian theme to the place, really cool, and I had a great view from my Junior Suite room. No complaints about the room and everything worked (it's been a long time since I can say that about a hotel room), loved the Jacuzzi tub as well. I Stayed 3 nights, all the staff were extremely nice, friendly and welcoming, Especially the Manager Donna.
    I Highly recommend the restaraunt on the 4th floor, 'The Glass Door', it served excellent, big portions of food. Overall the service was prompt.
    Another good thing about the Porto Vista was it's location, Less than 10 minutes from the airport and right near the bay and all the major attractions, You really can't go wrong with this place.

    Unique Quality: Free Wireless Internet and yoga classes!
    Decent gym
    Great views of the bay
    Excellent Valet service by Jose and Alex ($22)

    Directions: Located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Little Italy neighborhood, with fabulous views of the San Diego Harbor, Only 1.1 miles from San Diego International Airport (SAN)

  • Liars and Thieves


    My party of 6 arrived with confirmation number in hand for 3 deluxe King w/balcony rooms. We had double-checked with the hotel 3 days earlier when we started out by car and the front desk confirmed our reservation. We arrived road weary the first night and were told that they had only one of the rooms we reserved, the other two being the “cozy queen.” "Cozy” is an understatement. 2 suitcases and 2 men couldn’t walk around the room. One person would have to stay on the bed to let the other move to and from the bathroom. THERE IS A REASON THE ROOM PICTURE ON THE WEBSITE IS OF THE CORNER OF THE ROOM.
    We repeatedly asked for a manager and were told none were available in person or by telephone and concessions could not be made with out the approval of a manager.
    We were concerned that the last arriving couple was not going to be able to fit in such tight conditions as he was 6'4 and 270 and needed a king bed to be comfortable let alone fit his wife.
    Despite much pleading and complaining about how we had confirmed, we were told they couldn’t accommodate. We went to the car and searched another hotel nearby that had kings and went in to cancel the reservation and magically they had a room the third part of our party could have at no additional charge. If we could just be patient and accept the upgrade to a suite, all would be made good in the morning when a manager was available to discuss concessions.
    The next morning we were made to feel like we were granted the privilege of having our reservations honored but no apology was forthcoming for the terrible room that we had stayed in and for having to wake up extra early to have time to deal with the hotel management.
    Mr. Johnson, the front desk manager, told us that we would all be comp'd the parking expenditures for the poor customer service we had received and that the third couple would be "allowed" to stay in the suite for the remainder of the stay.
    During the stay the rooms were not well cleaned and refreshed, one room didn’t get toilet paper restocked and we had to call and get some brought to us. After 3 calls, an extra roll was donated from another room. The extra toilet paper was eventually delivered to the wrong room.
    The mirrors would fog from the shower and reveal pornographic images left by a previous guest; the refrigerators would not cool anything to below 57 degrees. You could not drink the complimentary coffee in the room because there were no cups in one room and only decaf another. The TV's were a different brand and size in each room, all circa 2000, no flat screens, no digital reception and the color tint function was broken in our room so we watched TV in blue and orange.
    Breakfast was included with the stay but if you slept past 8am there was no French toast, bacon or sausage. They bill themselves as a "Hip Hotel near Sea World | Zoo"...anyone paying attention to anything "hip" knows you better have bacon.
    This all culminated in a phone call from Mr. Johnson to my cell phone after leaving and 80 miles out of town telling us that it turns out since one of our party got the room they wanted, no one would be compensated for that first night and parking charges were added to two of our credit cards.

    DONT STAY HERE unless you want to pay good money for a renovated broken down motor lodge, right off the loud freeway, directly under the flight path of landing jets to the San Diego airport and the worst customer service. They fail to realize that it’s not about the money; it’s about customer service and being played by management.

    Unique Quality: Location is the only thing going for this motel.

    Directions: Located in Little Italy.

More about Porto Vista Hotel & Suites

Get what you pay for!

by A TripAdvisor Member

I gave this hotel a "Above average" score - may be a little generous. Look, the bottom line is that it was clean, safe and the staff were very nice. The location is fabulous, and it was cheap! It was about $40 cheaper than any hotel in the area, and there was free parking (first come-first serve).

Much has been made of the construction - it didn't bother us because we were up and out pretty early. The breakfast was muffins, danishes, etc. The coffee was not good, but there was a Starbucks and 7/11 within two blocks.

The hotel itself looks a little dated. The rooms are quite small (smaller than they look on the web site - we had the cheapest rooms). Little things, like the shower head was made for someone 5'4''.

This hotel is on the edge of little Italy, so there are some great restuarants there. If you are driving (recommended in SD) you are about 10 mins from the beaches, and old SD, and 5 mins from downtown/gaslamp district.

All in all, I'd say that if you are a "comfort" traveller, skip it. If you can put up with less than perfect, in order to get cheap rates, then this is the place for you.



Nice, Clean, Convenient and Affordable

by TripAdvisor Member BostoSD

The Super 8 Bayview met our needs – inexpensive, clean, convenient location and free parking. We stayed for a week and really had no problems. The first 2 nights we were on the construction side, which was fine for the weekend but once Tuesday rolled around we asked to move rooms b/c they started work around 7:30am! They weren't terribly accommodating about our request at first, but finally agreed to switch our room to an equal one (One queen bed) on the other side of the hotel. The switch ended up being more to our advantage than just being quiet. They had just put a new mattress in and it was much bigger than our previous room. The decor was outdated and the TV was small, but we really didn't care at all. We took a dip once in the pool, but it was nothing special. The other reviews cover the “free continental breakfast” pretty accurately. We only ate it once, and that time they were out coffee so we ended up going somewhere else anyway. There’s a cute coffee shop called “It’s a Grind” down India St. where we went a couple of times. Just like most of the other posts, I would say this is a clean place to lay your head every night, but is certainly a budget motel. I did feel safe there, which was something I was concerned about. I would stay there again if I was on a budget and needed something less than 100/night which is the minimum you pay at a nicer place in SD.

Fabulous Location and Great Value

by A TripAdvisor Member

Walking distance to the harbour, trolley ride to anywhere, Little Italy down the block and the best hotel bed I've ever slept in. What more could you ask for? Excellent value, free breakfast and really good coffee. Rooms were small, but when only used for sleeping... I would definitely recommend it. You could get away without renting a car if you stay here. Be sure to eat at Filippi's.

The best inner city hotel deal this Budget Traveler has ever received

by TripAdvisor Member troy mcclure

So I just got back from a 2 week trip in Southern Cali and Nevada. I have 2 friends in San Diego, but neither of them live near downtown so while I was walking around the harbor and downtown I found a budget travel magazine (one of those ones with coupons for off-peak travel times. Anyway, since I had two nights that I had events at the House of Blues ($6 cab ride/15-20 minute walk) I wanted to see if I could find something reasonable so I could drink and not have to figure out San Diego's bus system or have to drop $20 on a cab each way. I ended up pay just over $60 (in late October-midweek) with my AAA discount.

I found the room to be clean, compfortable and a GREAT value for in the city. Most of the other reviews seemed right on. Note: If you have a car, get it back to the lot ASAP, say midafternoon if you want to take advantage of the free parking.

Construction was not a bother, but I could see it being a problem for some.

The staff is nice, although some are so-so. The location is a good as you could hope for the location. I would guess you are about a 1/2 walk to most of the city, but easily could take a cheap cab to most places. The zoo was about 10 minutes away by car.

The pool isn't heated all that much, same for the Jacuzzi. Many good restaraunts are close by, and convenience stores to get odds and ends are close as well. I would recommend to most. Note laundry here is overpriced.

Very Good Location

by TripAdvisor Member kevhk

This is a good location for San Diego. They told me about the construction before I booked, so I knew what we were getting into. It is a basic hotel, but great for somewhere to sleep, in a really good location for the harbor and downtown San Diego. We felt we got a good deal. If you want a bigger room for a few dollars more then ask for the double room (which has two queens).The people at the front desk were very helpful and helped us with the best deal. We would go back.

Great location and value

by TripAdvisor Member ozro

This has to be one of the best motels for location and value in San Diego. With being in Little Italy and what l have to say is one of the best Italian restaurants "FILIPPI's" l have eaten in (And l have eaten in a few all over the world). You wait in line through the Deli part of the shop until you are seated which dosn't take long. The cost for us being Australian was great as they had a fantastic $10 special that was a 3 course.

The hotel is a nice walk into the main part of the city and along the water front.

Wouls stay here again the only thing is there are some big renovations going on so be prepared to have noice around 8am. The room are clean and big if you get the 2 queen room.

The only thing is be quick to get a car space as they do fill up quick.

the staff was great

by A TripAdvisor Member

The staff was the best! Unfortunately the room I stayed in wasn't very clean. The carpets are disgusting. If they would just shampoo the carpet, that would be a vast improvement. My light color soled slippers were black after a 3 day stay...
It was an older room with a very noisy fan in the bathroom. I felt sorry for the people next door who had to listen to it in the morning.
The hotel offers a morning shuttle to the Convention Center that ran twice in the morning (7:30 and 8). That was a great convenience, and the hotel is a good walk from the Convention Center if you want to walk back in the evening. The shuttle doesn't run in the evening to the Convention Center.
The front desk staff is very friendly, and an assest to the hotel.

Great budget choice!

by TripAdvisor Member gingele

Traveled to SD thanksgiving week 2005 with extended family group (total of 7 in 3 rooms). I had researched our options after taking everyone’s parameters into consideration: Inexpensive. Central location. CLEAN. Cheap/Free parking. Coffee in the am, pref. some breakfast, too. OK, well as you may know in SD that leaves a fairly short list. I can say with all the help from TA San Diego board we wound up at the Super 8 bayview. It really fit the bill for our whole group. Rooms were clean, standard hotel rooms (2 beds, bath, etc.) Hubby and I sprung the extra $10 per night to get a room with a mini fridge and microwave (travel with kids enough and you know why). Worked out great – esp. the mini fridge for leftovers, drinks, etc. for the whole group. The location was perfect – free parking if you have a car, and perfect if you don’t – Little Italy is full of great eating options, several mini-marts & a rite-aid within walking dist., and it is a short 4 or 5 blocks to the tram, 2 blocks farther on to the waterfront. Other nice pluses – free airport shuttle & Free shuttle to Zoo (& Balboa Park) and Sea World. Minor negatives – no balconies (will have them in new wing), not enough storage for a week’s worth of clothes for a family of 4. But overall – would highly recommend it for a budget hotel in a fantastic locale. No need to blow the bank on a $250+ / night room IMHO. Oh, and we never heard any construction noise. Excellent value.

OK property, it is a Super 8 Afterall

by TripAdvisor Member wanderer05

This motel was decent. A good choice as a place to sleep for a night or two, not recommended for longer stays or for people intending to spend much time at the motel. Construction continues right adjacent on the south side of the property.

The location is decent, not a great area, but not bad either. I walked around the downtown and gaslamp quarter around 9pm on a Sunday night by myself without much concern. Filippi's Pizza Grotto is about 2 blocks away on India street a fabulous place for an evening meal, though not the place to go for peace and quiet, it is very bustling. Good prices, excellent food and drink, and hardy portions.

Back to the motel, service was suprisingly good and the room was clean, parking wasn't an issue as the motel wasn't that full. I could see it being an issue. Free parking and contintental breakfast. Pool as well, but it is small and not much of an attraction. Ok view from the fourth floor balcony walking around the west side, of San Diego bay - which is not within walking distance, neither is the convention center, more of a hike. Easy drive to Balboa park and the harbor.

I was "upgraded" to a two bed room which is an extra $6, as to be on the side opposite the construction by the manager without request before arrival. The pastries and juice/coffee for breakfast were good. There is no place other than the lobby, your room - if you want to walk back to it, or the parking lot to eat at. I sat on a loveseat if I recall correctly in the lobby and ate.

Ultimately you get what you pay for, this motel though provides cleanliness and service above many others in this category. Hotel's are generally overpriced in San Diego, I had the most trouble picking one for a night in SD than anywhere else I've stayed, eventually settling on the Super 8 Bayview based on reviews and location.


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 Porto Vista Hotel & Suites

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Address: 1835 Columbia Street, I-5 S Exit Front Street, San Diego, California, 92101, United States