Two-Night Stay for Two at Porto Vista Hotel in San Diego
- Pay: $149
- Value: $432
- Savings: $283
Boutique hotel overlooking Little Italy and San Diego Harbor; onsite contemporary restaurant; rooftop yoga classes
Book by 10/8/12 or promo value expires. Must complete travel by 1/31/13. Not valid 8/24-8/31, 9/1-9/2, 9/9-9/13, 10/6-10/13, 10/31-11/3, or 1/20/13-1/26/13. Limit 1 per person +1 as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, subject to availability. 48hr cancellation notice or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to amount paid for Groupon applies. Credit card required at check-in. Must be 18+ to check in, 21+ to consume alcohol. Not valid with reward points. $50 fee applies for stays 12/30-12/31. 12.5% tax not included.
Mod Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Little Italy
The scent of freshly baked pizza permeates the air in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood, where the streets are dotted with red-and-white-striped restaurants. Crowds file in and out of the area's quaint shops, stopping to grab a quick cup of espresso at one of the cafés on India Street. Steps away from the vibrant shops, the stucco-fronted Porto Vista Hotel channels a fun, throwback vibe characterized by Frommer's as "retro-Italian cool."
Upon your arrival, bartenders serve two complimentary welcome drinks—choose either domestic beer or glasses of house wine. Upstairs, cozy queen rooms are dominated by an ultra-mod, floor-to-ceiling photograph taken by a local San Diego artist. The outsize image hangs over cushy pillow-top beds wrapped in crisp, white linens. Guests can snare wild frisbees from the window, which faces the glittering bay.
On the fourth floor of the Porto Vista, chefs at the Glass Door restaurant use local and seasonal ingredients to concoct inventive dishes such as duck-fat fries and prosciutto-seared salmon, which are served at communal tables amid wrought-iron lanterns and wall-to-wall waterfront views. Elsewhere, you can unwind during a rooftop sunset yoga class, get styled in the attached Evolve Salon, or explore the happening neighborhood just outside the Porto Vista's front doors.
San Diego: Foodie Heaven with Vibrant Neighborhoods
Little Italy's busy streets hum with tourists and locals alike who come to sample the good eats around every corner. Handmade gelato and golden pizza pies fill the storefronts of classic, Italian-style eateries. One dessert café, run by a Paris-trained pastry chef, regularly sees lines forming down the block in the early morning, when the shop starts selling the day's croissants and scones.
Less than a mile from the hotel, the massive USS Midway Museum lets visitors wander through a Navy aircraft carrier and immerse themselves in life on the high seas. To observe San Diego's funky neighborhoods up close, you can shadow a local mailman or rent electric bikes for full- or half-day adventures. The San Diego Trolley also provides access to areas throughout the city, including Little Italy.
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