Book this Hotel >> The Sofia Hotel has a rich history dating back to 1915 starting when it was a San Diego stagecoach company whose station took over the Old Pickwick Theater. In 1926 it became the Pickwick Hotel, which eventually was closed down in January, 2006. It underwent renovations and reopened in December of that year as the Sophia Hotel. It was inducted into the National Trust for Historic Hotels of America, preserving the hotel’s lengthy heritage. This smoke-free hotel focuses on providing its guests with a luxurious and tranquil setting. Imagine spiritual retreat meets upscale resort, and you have everything The Sophia embodies. Located on the corner of West Broadway and Front Street, you’ll find the perfect place to focus on your spiritual, mental, and physical well-being while exploring the city of San Diego.
There are 211 rooms at the Sophia Hotel; each one is a sophisticated combination of modern decor and natural influences giving the rooms a comfortable and chic vibe. You can rest your travel weary body on lovely pillow-top mattresses with crisp, white linens and plush pillows. Softly illuminating and adjustable bedside lamps allow you to indulge in that book you’ve been dying to read. Thirty-two or 42” plasma TVs have all the cable channels you could want or need. Use your favorite gadgets with the universal docking station, and always be on time with your in room’s clock radio. If you need to get some work done, you’re in luck, your room has a large desk with an ergonomic chair ensuring your comfort. A lush chair and ottoman allow you to kick your feet up and gaze out at the bustling city.
After a busy day enjoying the city you can decompress in the contemporary bath/shower with complimentary Gilchrist & Soames spa products and toiletries. Just outside the modern bathroom is a separate vanity with lighted cosmetic mirror, the perfect place to freshen up before you head out to dinner. For those who cannot start their day without a caffeine fix, each guest room comes with a coffee maker. Store some of your favorite creamer and some fresh fruit in your mini-fridge to start your morning off right. When you’re ready to head out for the day, lock your laptop away in the electronic safe keeping your mind at ease while you’re out.
If an upgrade would make your trip that much more memorable, book one of the VIP Suites. When you walk in your suite, you’ll be greeted with a beautiful living area with exquisitely papered walls showcasing breathtaking fine art prints. A comfortable couch, chair, desk with ergonomic chair, and dresser holding a 42” plasma screen TV bring you all the comforts of home. Moving toward the bedroom you’ll pass a luxurious and modern bathroom with a soaking spa tub on your right and a beverage center and vanity on your left. Once you enter the bedroom, you’ll find the same amenities as the guest rooms designed to invoke harmony and balance.
When it comes to perks there are no shortages at the Sophia, starting with the on-site spa that offers luxurious treatments. Pick from one of their energetic massages; Deep Tissue, Crowning Chakra, Earth + Sky, or the Luna Special designed for expectant moms. Massages can be upgraded with the use of aromatherapy for an additional $10. Other treatments like facials, manicures, pedicures, or spa packages are also offered. The spa is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or at your whim for a $20 fee after hours; they make sure you’re relaxed and well taken care any time of day or night. Find your inner Zen with the 24-hour yoga studio and health center. It features audio and visual surround sound, yoga mats, and on call yoga instructors. The adjoining health center offers cardio equipment, free weights, strength training equipment, and on-call personal trainers.
Every Saturday and Sunday, for 60 minutes starting at 9 a.m., the Sophia offers a free tour around the historic Gaslamp Quarter where you can learn about this interesting San Diego neighborhood. Grab a bite to eat any time of day at the hotel restaurant Currant Brasserie, where the old world mingles with the new. The Currant team created a simple and elegant menu that is guaranteed to delight your palate; it’s no wonder that it was nominated the best French food in San Diego. While you dine, soft lighting emanating from sparkling chandeliers will highlight the exquisite artwork lining the walls. Beautiful tables, chairs, and sofas rest on stunning checkered tiles; spacious windows let the natural glow of sunshine radiate throughout the restaurant. The restaurant ambiance is the perfect mix of edgy, modern, and elegant, giving you a pampered vibe while you dine.
If you need to do some business while in the city, the Sophia has a 24-hour business center, access to Wi-Fi in your room, and event space that can hold up to 88 people. The staff is multilingual, a 24-hour concierge is on-site in the lobby, and they have all the state-of-the-art technology you could need. Whether you want to host a private dinner, organize a lecture, set up a training session, or any other event, the Sophia has the space and professional staff to make it happen.
Downtown San Diego, especially in the Gaslamp Quarter, is filled with a wide array of activities and is constantly bustling. There are roughly 90 diverse restaurants just blocks away from the Sophia Hotel, including Brazilian, Indian, Persian, and Mexican cuisines to name a few. Horton Plaza is located just across the street from this hotel. It houses over 170 department stores, boutiques, bistros, and restaurants in 6.5 city blocks. If you’re in town during baseball season, Petco Park is just blocks away; grab your tickets and spend the night eating hot dogs, drinking beer, and cheering on the Padres.
Downtown San Diego is also known for all facets of the arts; you can enjoy musical and theatre performances, comedy shows, orchestra events, and museums. You name a cultural venue and Downtown has it: Symphony Hall, Spreckels Theatre, Fourth and B, House of Blues, and the Civic Center Theatre are just a few of the places to enjoy the arts. Head over to Seaport Village where you can roam among eclectic shops, walk along the winding paths, stop at an outdoor eatery, or stroll out to the embarcadero. This is the perfect place to find some great gifts and souvenirs. If you want to widen your scope beyond the Downtown area, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Pacific Beach, SeaWorld, and Old Town are minutes away by car and offer their own unique experiences.
The Sophia Hotel offers a Best Rate Guarantee, which means that you won’t find a better price on their rooms than going directly through the hotel website. This hotel offers several packages; among them are the Sophia’s Pampered Paws, Sophia’s Renewed You Spa, and Sophia’s Slow Down and Glow Couples Spa. This is a pet-friendly hotel, so feel free to review their pet policy and bring your furry friend.