Proving you needn't have wads of cash to be stylish, the owners of this Little Italy inn managed to dress up an old motel with enough extras to make it a fun place to do more than simply sleep. Granted, the least-expensive rooms are small and simple, but the ice-blue tufted headboard mounted over the bed, and black-and-white glamour photos on the walls, add a touch of class. As the price climbs amenities include bathtubs, balconies with bay views, and expanded wet bars including coffeemaker (in all rooms), microwave, and fridge. Happy hour at the fourth-floor Glass Door restaurant and lounge attracts neighbors from nearby condos; grab an outdoor table for views of Little Italy and the harbor. The food gets mixed reviews, so order sparingly. Packages including free Wi-Fi and full breakfast are worth a few extra bucks.
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Porto Vista Hotel & Suites
1835 Columbia St
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown, Gaslamp Quarter & Little Italy Phone 800/537-9902 or 619/544-0164 Prices $111–139 double; suite from $150. Valet parking $22. accepted with $75 fee. Wi-Fi $20 (or free with packages) Amenities Restaurant; bar; free airport shuttle Units 189 units Web site Porto Vista Hotel & Suites Other Dogs up to 40 lb acceptedBook a Room Now