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Sofia In The News

Since The Sofia Hotel’s opening in December 2006, there has been an unmistakable impression among her guests: exquisite service, luxury amenities, and a delightful glimpse of the past, all for the right price.

“9 things to do in San Diego”

January 2017

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“Hotel Review:
The Sofia Hotel San Diego, California”

September 2017

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“Comic Con, San Diego:
The world’s biggest pop culture convention. “

March 2016

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The Travel Magazine


“Hotel Review: The Sofia Hotel San Diego, California”

Touluse Le Trek


“Cities of the World: San Diego & The Sofia Hotel”

“Hotel Review: The Sofia Hotel, San Diego, California”

February 2017

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“Bay of Play”

August 2014

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“California Road Trip”

Summer 2014

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“Letters from Oli: Toulouse in San Diego and Beyond”

October 2010

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“Treat your friends and family to this delightful yet easily prepared light brunch, lunch or snack,” says Chef Walter Manikowski.

October 2010

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“City and surf — You get both in sunny San Diego”

May 2010

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“San Diego — Where the weather is fine all the time”

May 2010

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“EXPEDIA.COM – THE SOFIA HOTEL INSIDER’S SELECT 2010 WINNER”

 2010

“Cities of the World: San Diego & The Sofia Hotel”

March 2010

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“A Stroll Through Time to The Sofia Hotel”

 2010

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“The 12 Dogs of Christmas”

December 2010

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“From the beaches to gritty Downtown”

September 2009

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“San Diego — more than sun and SeaWorld”

September 2009

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“San Diego on a fall budget”

August 2009

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“Free Recession Buster Getwaway: San Diego”

August 2009

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“Proudly stationed in The Sofia Hotel, Currant American Brasserie has a charmingly romantic décor that would put any Parisian bistro to shame.”

May 2009

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“SAN DIEGO, California, April 1, 2009 The Sofia Hotel, downtown San Diego was awarded Expedia’s 2009 ‘Insider Select’ Award for the second consecutive year. Expedia.com grants this prestigious award to only the Top 1% of it’s over 40,000 hotels worldwide for the best in value, quality, guest reviews and satisfaction determined by Expedia’s experts.”

“Road Trip: San Diego. Sofia Hotel Tempts Like a Green Fairy.”

April 2009

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“Hello from San Diego: Exploring the Waterfrot and a Tour of the Historic Sofia Hotel.”

December 2008 

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“California The Golden State”

October 2008 

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“Chef of the Month – A Currant Affair”
Meet Geoffrey Yahn, The Executive Chef at Currant American Brasserie

September 2008

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“Currant Pairings — Dynamic Duos”

September 2008

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“The Timely Traveler – Balboa Park: The Center of San Diego’s Universe”

August 2008

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“ASID Recognizes Local Design Excellence for 2008”

July 2008

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“San Diego – Since when is L.A.’s little sister hip? Since now”

June 2008

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“Hello from San Diego: Exploring the Waterfrot and a Tour of the Historic Sofia Hotel”

June 2008

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“Destination: Southern California
Sun & Fun Vacation Spots Around San Diego.”

June 2008

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“San Diego is a favorite getaway for Tucsonans.”

June 2008

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“Epicurean Delights”

April 2008

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“San Diego Sofia Hotel – Haute Spot During Winter Chill”

February 2008

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“Double your pleasure, double your fun! Where to Stay::San Diego, CA.”

February 2008

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“Double your pleasure, double your fun! Where to Stay::San Diego, CA.”

February 2008

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“Where to Eat::San Diego, CA.”

February 2008

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“Smooth Traveler: Sensational San Diego.”

February 2008

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“THE SOFIA HOTEL This charming 211-roomer is a $16-million revamp of a 1920s hotel.”

February 2008

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“Too often, promising young men and women rise to pominence in San Diego, win our hearts, and then move on.” “But this month, we’re toasting a return.”

January 2008

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“Currant Brasserie Unleashes the Spirit of Absinthe in San Diego.”

January 2008

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“A New Great Bristro – Currant American Brasserie.”

January 2008

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“AU CURRANT From its modernist interpretation of the classic zinc bar, ornate Louis XIV-inspired furnishings, chandelier-bejeweled ceilings and two-toned tiled floors, Currant Restaurant brings the rive gauche to San Diego.”

December 2007

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“The Sofia Hotel houses a first-class but affordable new restaurant, Currant, which should prove a destination in itself.”

December 2007

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“A place you wan to visit — San Diego. Sunny coastal city offers lots to see, do, taste and enjoy”

November 2007

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“THE NEWLY RENOVATED Sofia Hotel’s Currant American Brasserie & Bar aims to redefine San Diego’s upscale-hotel dining scene.”

November 2007

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“The Sofia Hotel: Modern Chic Awaits You in Downtown San Diego.”

November 2007

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“Stay There. The 1926 downtown Pickwick Hotel was recently given a $16 million update to emerge as the gracious Sofia Hotel.”

November 2007

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“At the Sofia Hotel in downtown San Diego, hundreds checked in, and out, with more than just their luggage. Hotel managers said dozens of pets were also guests for several days. Everything from goldfish, to hamsters, to snakes, took refuge in the downtown area. The Sofia Hotel said even with some evacuation orders lifted, they are still housing many people with their pets.”

October 2007

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“Dine in sophisticated comfort at the newly opened Currant Brasserie in The Sofia Hotel.”

Fall/Winter 2007

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“Fitness Director at the Sofia Hotel in San Diego, California. Not one to sit still, this fitness instructor finds the fun in movement.”

September 2007

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From citysearch.com the #1 Online Guide, The Sofia Hotel received five-2007 Awards:
2007 Editorial Winner – Budget Hotel
2007 Audience Winner – Boutique Hotel
2007 Audience Winner – Budget Hotel
2007 Audience Winner – Business Hotel
2007 Audience Winner – Hotel Staff

September 2007

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“Now you can soak up the San Diego sun, enjoy the best foods and relax the day away all with your best four-legged friend by your side!”

September 2007

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“Opened in dowtown’s historic Pickwick building, The Sofia Hotel offers more down-to-earth accommodations. A good value, this stylish hotel is equipped with modern rooms, ample business amenities, a yoga studio and 24/7 personal training. Original Gothic architecture, stately brick exteriors and old photos lining the hallways recall the hotel’s 1920s origins.”

September 2007

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An in depth interview with John Maclean – Assistant General Manager.

July 2007

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“Following a $16-million renovation, San Diego’s historic Pickwick Hotel has recently reopened as The Sofia Hotel.”

July 2007

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“The concept of the boutique hotel has officially hit SanDiego, and Downtown’s Sofia Hotel is one of the city’s newest initiates.”

May 2007

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“Built in 1926, the 211 -room historic structure retained its gothic architecture, changing its interior to a soothing organic theme with natural colors and art along with fossil sculptures. Moderately priced, the hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center with an on-call personal trainer and yoga instructor.”

May 2007

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“When it first opened in 1927, the distinctive Gothic Revival building housed one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. After all, the Pickwick was the first to boast en suite bathrooms. (Its ad campaign: A room and a bath for two and a half!)”

April 2007

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“The friendly staff looks spiffy in custom uniforms and are committed to going above and beyond the call of duty. A member of the bell staff once ran out to buy chicken soup and served it to a guest who came down with the flu.”

April 2007

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“The National Trust Historic Hotels of America has announced six new members, including the Sofia Hotel in San Diego, formerly known as the Pickwick Hotel.”

April 2007

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“To be selected as a member of the Historical Hotels of America is a true testament to the property’s rich history and our efforts to preserve the unique architectural elements that make The Sofia so exceptional,” said Ken Winslow, president of Pickwick Properties, Inc., which owns The Sofia property.”

April 2007

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“A San Diego hotel has become one of the newest members of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Downtown’s newly renovated Sofia Hotel was among six new members announced Monday.”

April 2009

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“Around the lively Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, you can do almost everything: browse boutiques and galleries, dine at pubs and restaurants, take in live entertainment, or live it up in the nightclubs. Now there’s another activity to add to that list: relaxing. The newly opened, boutique style Sofia Hotel stands out for the subdued cushiness that it offers so close to downtown’s vibrancy.”

April 2007

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“The owners spent $16 mil to spiffy it up into a cool spot with contemporary rooms with top linens and a new spa and 24-hour yoga studio. And it just made the list of National Trust Historic Hotels of America, so you get the 1926 exterior with all the 2007 amenities. Best of all, rooms start at $149 a night, and there are pet-friendly packages. Check it out.”

April 2007

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“The Sofia Hotel is right on target to make its grand debut in the heart of San Diego this month. Completing a $16 million renovation of the former 1926 Pickwick Hotel, the new Sofia will open as an upscale boutique property with modern amenities…”

December 2006

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“The historic Pickwick Hotel in San Diego is being reinvented as The Sofia Hotel, set to open in December 2006. Architect Richard Bundy is leading the $16 million renovation and says his goal is to refurbish the spirit of the original hotel.”

November 2006

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“Set to open in January 2007, The Sofia Hotel will offer guests an array of amenities, including white down comforters, armchairs and ottomans, flat-screen TVs, fine linens, Gilchrist and Soames spa products and amenities, and in-room laptop safes. Guests may also choose to indulge in a variety of rejuvenating in-room spa services.”

November 2006

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