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El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hotel is clean and very nice, staff is exceptional about your needs and accommodations. Breakfast was great and had a good variety. Only thing we noticed, was the shower tub needs new anti slip strips.

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Long Beach
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've really enjoyed staying in El Primero, several times over the years. The rooms are small but comfortable. I've noticed that there are two rooms you want to avoid. There is a room facing the street, which is large and gorgeous. Unfortunately the front room is very noisy because of street traffic. Another room that isn't very good is the...

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Thank George G
Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This hotel is sooooooo nice. Fully renovated, old style, beautiful tiles and archways, wood and old world glory. The owners-inn keepers are always on site. They purchased this pla de twelve years ago, as a wreck, and managed the renovation themselves. Cool, sweet a step back in time. And breakfast was delicious.

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Thank Cecile P
Pacific Northwest
Reviewed 21 October 2016

We have never stayed in a B&B prior to our visit here, and we stayed for five days. This was a fabulous visit! I was first impressed by the Art Deco architecture and the neon accents. The parking is onsite, and the entrance to the hotel is secure. Entrance is by buzzer, and the staff personally opens the door for...

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Laguna Hills, CA
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

The very definition of a boutique hotel. Not fancy but clean, comfortable, and intimate. Has character and the staff are proactive in taking care of you. Lots of local eateries and night spots in easy walking distance. Beats the franchise experience hands down; has that small business feel so often missing these days.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 7 October 2016

If you want a genuine family like atmosphere with people who care enough to actually talk to you with interest, then you would love the family-run El Primero B&B. When my husband and I arrived, we were greeted by the owner who made us feel welcome and in fact, said that we might feel like part of the family. The...

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elprimerohotel, Owner at El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to detailed your stay with us. We truly appreciate the kind words and genuine expression of gratitude about your experience in San Diego. We hope your mission was accomplished and soon be a "local citizen". Then you will truly be part of our larger family. All the best from our family to yours.

Steinbach, Canada
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Wowed! We came back for a second night on the return leg of our trip, about a week after our first night. This charming family-owned hotel is in the business of comfort and service; it’s obvious their objective is to please their guests. The room's cleanliness: 5 stars! Hospitality: 5-star pleasant! The beds were firm, soft, and the best on...

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elprimerohotel, Owner at El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your stay and for taking the time to review us. We are pleased that we met your expectations and hope you will be back someday. We wish you the very best.

Berlin, Germany
Reviewed 16 September 2016

- there were dirty spots in the toilet. after an immediate complaint, the owner removed the dirt with a brush and did not clean his hands afterwards, which seemed rather unhygienic - dirty, old bedsheets, after my complaint the owner himself said the stains come from not bleaching the sheets because this would be too expensive. in addition, he only...

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elprimerohotel, Owner at El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your brief stay with us and for the very thorough review. Unfortunately, we did not quite meet your expectations of what a hotel stay should be and for that we apologize. In the interest of those who might be contemplating to book with us, we offer the following detailed response to your concerns. We truly care about...

San Antonio, TX
Reviewed 6 September 2016

We traveled to see our daughter and grandchildren that live in San Diego. I picked this B & B because I grew up in Chula Vista in the late 50's. This is an excellent little gem. Small rooms, but extremely quiet and the best management of any location I have stayed in the past 30 years. Breakfast was also very...

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Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed 6 September 2016

The service at El Primero is second to none. Innkeepers Pie and Sol, with daughters Karen and Katie are tireless in making sure their guests are always the main concern. We originally booked a standard queen room to visit San Diego and help our son in his transition from the Marine Corps to college life. Shortly before we left for...

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elprimerohotel, Innkeeper at El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for the kind words. It was our pleasure and honor to have you as our guest for the first time. We hope to see again at next opportunity to visit your college son. We thank him for serving in the Marine Corps were " Once a Marine, always a Marine." All the best in life...../Pie, Sol anf family.

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Belonging to the heart of downtown Chula Vista, this historic landmark was brought back to its 1930's glory in 2005. Each of El Primero Hotel's 20 guest rooms provides a cozy king or queen bed for travelers to relax in, after a a day of work or play around beautiful San Diego. Located minutes from the Sleep Train Wireless Amphitheatre, Olympic Training Center, Gaslamp Quarter & other city destinations, this inn gives visitors modern touches with down home comforts! ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel

Address: 416 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910-4603
Region: United States > California > Chula Vista
Price Range: $117 - $203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Primero Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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“Avoid the front room facing the street as it is noisy and the room next to the kitchen.”
 of 5 bubbles georgeg110, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“There is no elevator, so there is no noise from that. If you have mobility issues, there is a ramp to the front door.”
 of 5 bubbles TheSauciestwench1, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“There is a first and second floor. No elevator.”
 of 5 bubbles 112faithg, 7 Aug 2016 | Read review
“No elevator to upper level. Carpeted stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles CarolS52, 12 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Very Quiet stay”
 of 5 bubbles jeffmS5642BG, 2 Jun 2016 | Read review
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