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Stay safe and in Style at the Porto Vista Hotel

Here at the Porto Vista our guestrooms are framed by San Diego’s beautiful weather and scenery through our exterior corridors. What once was deemed as a flaw to some is now actually a beneficial factor for guest’s during these precedent times.

COVID-19 has drastically changed the way of life and the precautionary efforts to avoid this virus is at an all-time high. There are a few ways the virus can be contracted and aerosol transmission is when:

 an infected person expels microscopic infectious particles so tiny that they linger in the air and spread from person to person in air currents. Since they are much smaller than droplets, aerosols can travel greater distances and get deep into the lungs of someone who inhales them.

This occurs especially in closed indoor settings such as your big brand hotels. Air conditioning is a potential route of transmission by sucking in virus particles breathed out by an infected person and then blowing those infectious particles back out in the same room or even another room several floors away.

With our outdoor corridors and individual ac units for each room, the chances of aerosol transmission drops significantly compared to other closed in hotel buildings. As a family owned hotel, we strive to keep our staff and guests safe by staying up to date on all sanitizing protocols for a fun and clean environment. As San Diego begins to slowly reopen, stay in style and safely at the Porto Vista. We’ve always embraced our outdoor corridors and now are more proud to know that our guests can rest safer due to them.

Relax at the Ripassi began Friday, August 14th at 4 pm. Enjoy a family-friendly lounge on our Ripassi rooftop Fridays & Saturdays at 4pm.

Safely unwind with:

Little Italy is the new thriving neighborhood in San Diego full of lively events. Such as Al Fresco, the new outdoor dining event with all the authentic cuisines on India St. Fill up on delicious eateries then head on up to our fifth floor rooftop for drinks and a relaxing view!

Lounge times are subject to change. All safety precautions will be fully enforced, facemasks are required, temperature taking, enforcing social distancing from those not within the same household, consistent sanitation, and much more.

 At the Porto Vista Hotel we are lucky enough to continuously host substantial art with deeper meanings and inspirational motives behind the work. Our most recent exhibiting artist Josh Tonies’ falls nothing short. Who would think a relaxing activity such as going to a golf course and hitting a couple of rounds can be detrimental to the future of our ecosystem? Through Tonie’s art exhibition Green Hazard, featuring  new multi-channel animation film examines the environmental impact of golf courses. Catch the animations in looping in our lobby until Dec 2020.  

Josh Tonies’ animations navigate expansive golf courses that are digitally rendered from USGS and NASA topographic maps, and then edited and landscaped based on observational data of coastal golf resorts around the world. These picturesque, garden spaces that notoriously create a separation of economic and social classes are transformed by climate events using 3D animation software, physics simulations and climate models. These lush green manicured landscapes need vast amounts of resources such as land and water which contribute to increased global temperatures. Ironically, these coastal courses are the first to be affected by rising sea levels. 

Although President Donald Trump publicly denies the threat of climate change, Politico reported in 2016, that a permit application for the construction of a seawall to protect his Golf Resort in Ireland was filed by Trump International Golf Links Ireland, citing “global warming and its consequences — increased erosion due to rising sea levels and extreme weather” as the main cause of damage. Green Hazard positions the golf course at the intersection of political and ecological tensions. 


Josh Tonies is an artist who works with drawing and the moving image. His work centers around temporary ecological studies that take form as animation, drawing, works on paper and book arts. He is a lecturer on record at the University of San Diego and UC San Diego, teaching courses in film, video art, animation, and studio arts. He has exhibited his work most recently at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, The Center for Fiction in NYC, Comfort Station in Chicago Illinois and the San Diego Museum of Art. 

Artist’s website: http://www.joshtonies.com

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

Porto Vista Hotel has committed to sustainability and continuing to seek ways to improve daily routines that can help preserve the environment. In 2018, we had installed a complete solar panel system. Solar panels create energy without emissions or the use of resources including coal, trees, or other fossil fuels. Air quality can improve, it also can have a positive impact on farmlands, beaches, lakes and rivers and even marine life in the area. 

Since the installation we are proud to state that we have saved 5,925 trees! Our goal is to keep this number rising, with that in mind we have placed a tree counter on our website to display our growing efforts and accountability. We look forward to implementing and sharing more innovative ways to preserve mother nature.

When spring season arrives, it blossoms a sense of freshness and excitement. Spring cleaning was taken to an extreme here at the Porto Vista Hotel. After reviewing our loyal guest’s feedback, management took the initiative to enhance the cozy room experience.

You asked and we answered! Out with the old, in with the new, flooring was one of the top opportunities guests mentioned. Viola, we have updated the flooring to beautiful wood paneling! Great for luggage to move around easily.

Freshen up in the new and improved bathrooms! Brightening up the pampering process with new tile work, counter space, lighting and lowered shower entry for safety.

Management is excited for all to enjoy the elevated room updates! Due to the circumstances today we understand you may need a place to self-quarantine or change scenery for a productive work space, rest in comfort in one of the newly updated rooms. All CDC cleanliness regulations are strictly enforced to ensure a safe environment. We are in this together and look forward to hosting you soon!

As a small family-run business, Porto Vista Hotel knows the importance of family and protecting the health of loved ones. Amid the pandemic, all of our lives have changed dramatically and in accordance with California’s executive order to stay home the best way to get through this difficult time is to remain separated from the ones we love. Below is a statement from our general manager:

To our Guests,

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you are the Porto Vista Hotel.

We wanted to take this opportunity to inform you that we are currently open for lodging in little Italy at a reduced capacity to assist with physical distancing and to comply with state and local guidelines.

We are committed as always to providing a clean and safe environment now offering additional sanitizing stations, social distancing, reduced elevation occupancy, awareness signage, increased hand hygiene, mask, gloves, sanitizer wipes and more restrictions for employees to help combat any spread of the virus. We also provide mask to our guests if they do not have one.

As we are taking steps to ensure the safety of our team members and guests, we ask our guests to be mindful and cautious. Do not visit the hotel within the last 14 days if you have been sick or had any suspected symptoms of COVID-19, contact with anyone with COVID-19 or have traveled internationally. While at the hotel, please ensure you are washing and sanitizing your hands frequently and are not having any unnecessary contact with anyone outside of your immediate family.

The food and beverage facility located at the hotel is currently closed except for a limited breakfast service due to COVID-19. However, there are several nearby restaurants offering pick-up, delivery and curbside services.

We look forward to welcoming our guests back to the Porto Vista Hotel in the heart of Little Italy and thank you for your continued support. We appreciate it. We could not be who we are without you and your support over the years.

All the best,

Arnold Ming Acting General Manager

We are committed to taking proper health precautions and are closely monitoring guidance from public health officials with increased sanitation measures taken throughout our property.  

We are here for you. 

The Porto Vista Hotel Family 

For more information on COVID-19, please refer to the available resources below: 

To ensure guest safety, here are a few of our new hotel guidelines:  

Have great cheer, Christmas is near. Tis the season to rejoice with friends and family! What better way to do so than with a savory meal and beautiful views of Little Italy San Diego as your backdrop. Leave the kitchen nightmares and clean up to us this year. Fill up on our 3-course dinner for only $27.95!

Begin with a warm and yummy butternut squash soup, dive into the hearty beef bourguignon and end it with a sweet chocolate mousse. A limited menu will be available with delicious alternatives. Check out the menu below then give us a call to reserve your spots at 619-564-3755.

Take your Thanksgiving dinner to the next level…Literally! Head on up to the GlassDoor on the 4th floor. We’ll take care of the cooking, you just enjoy your family’s company with our harbor views as your backdrop. This year we’re breaking all the traditions and innovating classics. Ditch the traditional turkey for a savory cornish game hen! Check out below our 3-course dinner special

For Reservations: Call 619-564-3755

Whether you’re in town with family or friends there’s plenty of spooktacular fun happening all around us!

Trick or Treaters Gather at the Piazza della Famiglia

We enjoy how close our Little Italy community is and each year the Little Italy Association hosts Trick or Treat on India Street. Little ghouls, witches and goblins storm through the streets on Friday, October 25th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Take your family to this awesome community just minute walk down the street from our lobby! Check out all the other spooktacular fun happening around us below:

Family Fun

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA

SeaWorld gets into the spirit of Halloween with a celebration geared toward young children and families on Saturdays and Sundays September 21 – October 27. You can enjoy special daytime Halloween performances, costumed creatures and even celebrate Halloween with Sesame Street characters. Bring your little ones in costume and let the family festivities commence. This event is included with regular daytime park admission and kids are free with purchase of adult ticket.

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

On October 26th, over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions will present free craft projects for kids, costume parades, and other spooky surprises while participating museums offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult.

Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA Oct. 25-27

Enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Discover a sea of glowing beasts (big and small), get sticky with slime, and enjoy spooky stories, all while boo-gieing down to live music and having a monstrously good time. Recommended for ages 2+. Admission is $25 for the public and $20 for members if purchased in advance. Admission is $30 at the door. Children 2 and under are free. Aquarium admission does not include special event entry; separate special event ticket must be purchased.

LEGOLAND California Brick-or-Treat

1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA Now – October 26th

Have a night of family-friendly fun with live entertainment, character meet and greets and a pumpkin patch building area. There’s also a Hubble Bubble’s Dance Party, SEA LIFE Pirate Booty Boogie and a costume contest. And don’t forget the trick-or-treating! Event-only tickets are $64. Full-day packages with park admission and event admission are $79. 2-day and hotel ticket packages also available.

Ghoul’s & Witches Fun

Top of the Bay’s Annual Halloween Bash

Porto Vista Hotel’s Rooftop October 25th

The hottest LGBTQ rooftop happy hour, Top of the Bay is excited to announce their Halloween bash details!
No tricks all treats this Halloween. This year’s theme is Marvel vs. DC. Pick a side or come as you please. Don’t miss out on KaPow Hour from 5p-6:30p, well drinks will be only $3!

Compete against villians in the costume contest at 7pm. Grand prizes for 1st place is $100 cash, 2nd place 1 hotel night stay and 3rd place a $50 gift certificate to our GlassDoor restaurant. DJ Rick Betta will be saving the night by spinning all our favorite jams.

Top of the Bay is hosted on the rooftop of the Porto Vista Hotel every Friday from 5pm-9pm.

WCKD Village Monster Bash

Streets of Gaslamp Quarter and East Village Oct. 26th

Prepare to enter into a realm of electrifying adventures as San Diego’s largest Halloween festival returns, bringing you the best of Monster Halloween Bash with a new WCKD twist. From 6 p.m. to Midnight, six blocks in the East Village will transform right before your eyes as the WCKD Village comes to life. With new interactive elements, amazing talent, elaborate themed areas and more, WCKD Village is shaping up to deliver an over-the-top Halloween experience like never before. Must be 21 years old to enter. Purchase your tickets early. Prices begin at $40 and increase until event day.

Hallo-Wine & Spirits Party

Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA Oct. 26

Celebrate Halloween at San Diego’s famous haunted hotel. Wear your best costume and join us for the annual, adults-only, Hallo-wine & Spirits® Party full of spooky surroundings, great eats, drinks and dancing until you drop!

In collaboration with 1805 Gallery, the Porto Vista Hotel presents Vend Arts an art exhibition space inside a vending machine at the Porto Vista Hotel. Correspondence is the first group art exhibition showcasing small works of art in the lobby vending machine. Original poems, postcards, paintings, sculptures, drawings, and limited edition sound works will be available for purchase 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The exhibition aims to democratize art distribution and reinvigorate encounters with contemporary art.  

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