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Vintage Sol
Ranked #15 of 33 San Diego B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Couldn't have found a more welcoming or comfortable place to stay.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2011

Secluded cottage with beautiful patio in fun, eclectic neighborhood just outside downtown San Diego. Not only is the small cottage fun and comfortable, the attention to detail, wonderful breakfast and helpful tourist advice from the hostess, Paisley, is a great added benefit. Be sure to make time to look through the organized neighborhood listings compiled by the hostess to find great off-the-beaten-path cafes and shops around town. This cottage made for such a more interesting visit to San Diego than the typical convention hotel options. One word of advice, the neighborhood is definitely more accessible with a car.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2011

*Location: Vintage Sol is conveniently located in the North Park neighborhood, close to many restaurants, art galleries, and shops (not the tourist traps). It is pretty close to the highway, but far enough so you won’t hear any traffic noise. The B&B is located in a mostly residential area, which means that the street is very quiet, and with (easy and free!) parking any time (parking in San Diego can be very frustrating).
*Transportation: I do not know about depending on public transportation if you stay there, I would ask Paisley first. I know she rents bikes, though.
*Hospitality: Paisley is extremely tactful about her presence. She is very discreet, which gives you a great sense of privacy, but she is always present when you need her.
She will give you lots of information about the upcoming events around the North Park area and around San Diego. In addition, you’ll find binders with information for restaurants, local attractions, and events (with directions, menus, etc.).
*THE FOOD: Oh, the food… It is outstanding! *best*breakfast*ever* I would go back there just to eat that delightful breakfast. Believe the hype from the other reviewers. It truly is that good. Please take a look at the pictures.
*Sleep quality: the bed is soooo comfortable. Luxurious, delicious. Clean, crisp linen. Quiet nights: Just you, your significant other, and the stars. There are water fountains outside that you may choose to turn off if the noise bothers you.
*Décor: So unique. Just look at the pictures. ☺

I was so glad we stayed at Vintage Sol. The casita has everything you need and more...

Conveniences that you will find at Vintage Sol:
Steamer, iron, hairdryer, wifi, laptop, free parking, convection oven, iPod dock, DVD player, movies (good selection, not the “bargain bin”, as someone mentioned), direcTV, radio, CD player, portable heater, books. For the beach: umbrella, beach chairs, beach towels, picnic blanket. Kitchen: plates, pot & pans, double burner, ice bucket (for your private celebrations), coffee grinder, coffee maker. In the fridge: juice, sodas, fruit bars, coffees, creamers. Bathroom: moisturizer, Qtips, cotton balls, disposable razors, shaving cream for women, hairspray. Games: Monopoly, chess set, Scrabble. Cool, huh?

My only *smallest* things that I would point out so others know what to expect are:
-The shower doors do not close properly (maybe se fixed them?)
-I did see some spider webs in the bathroom (maybe she cleaned them since I was there?) Hey…spiders kill mosquitoes! ☺
-The place is small and filled with furniture and decor, which doesn't give room for you to spread out your things. Paisley does warn you about this. You have to keep your belongings organized.

Bottom line: I would absolutely stay here again and I would recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Palmdale, California
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2011

I write this review with some trepidation, fearing that once people find out about Vintage Sol, it will be incredibly hard to book a trip there in the future--and my husband and I definitely plan to return.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room had absolutely everything we could need or want. The courtyard was private and inviting. The breakfasts were exquisite--even surpassing those served at a popular La Jolla restaurant--and brought to the room or courtyard. The decor was truly one-of-a-kind, and I was awed at the creativity displayed. Paisley showed perfect friendly professionalism, and had great suggestions for places to visit and things to do.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2011

We stayed at Vintage Sol April 16th and 17th while visiting friends in San Diego. I chose this wonderful B&B because of the previous glowing reviews on Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. Paisley has lovingly provided everything you could possible need during your stay. The refrigerator and cabinets are filled with complimentary drinks and snacks. As other reviewers have stated, the breakfasts are amazing. What a cook! We felt guilty because we couldn't clean our plates.

The outside patio and interior of the casita are filled with amazing antiques and fun South of the border handicrafts. Each evening, after enjoying our intimate surroundings, we sank into the luxurious bed for a good nights sleep.

Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere different while you visit San Diego. Yes, Vintage Sol does not offer a huge room and bathroom, but all your needs and more will be provided in this very unique casita. Thanks again Paisley for your hospitality.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2011

This is definitely not your Holiday Inn! If, like me, you enjoy B&B's for the adventure, this is your perfect place. It was totally unique. You have a tiny casita (in your own courtyard outside of the owner's house) all to yourself decorated with everything from Mexican angels to Frida Kahlo portraits, You are the only guests so it is very private and quiet. The bed is the best I've ever slept in. The location is terrific -- only a short drive to Balboa Park and the zoo and very convenient tolocal restaurants (which were terrific and inexpensive--not tourist traps). The refrigerator is stocked with soft drinks, juice and gelato. Paisley was very nice and helpful. There were a few things that could use improvement, but they didn't diminish our enjoyment of the place. You have to make your own coffee in the morning and there is no decaf. Also she does not clean if you leave after 10 am. The shower definitely needs a redo, since the doors are difficult to slide and some of the decorations outside are getting shabby. The door also does not lock (however the courtyard door does so you are safe). But really these negatives were minor compared to the charm and quiet of the place. Also the food was wonderful with lots of fresh fruit.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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, Owner at Vintage Sol, responded to this review, 28 April 2011
Thank you for your review and I am happy you enjoyed your stay. To answer some of your concerns. I am sorry about the oversight on the decaf coffee. We have included decaf to the in room selection. Check in and cleaning times are limited due to work and school schedules.. We have replaced the french door lock. We are looking into changing out the shower doors but the home is over 72 years old so some sticky doors and quirks are to be expected. Many of the outdoor pieces lean toward a rustic aesthetic in keeping with our love of vintage patina, aged painted wood, rusty ironwork and repurposed salvage.
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Additional Information about Vintage Sol

Property: Vintage Sol
Address: 3606 Felton St, San Diego, CA 92104-3811
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in San Diego
Price range (per night): $171 - $184
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vintage Sol is a unique artsy Spanish Bed and Breakfast. A fresh new approach to the traditional B&B. Stay in your private tiny Casita filled with Mexican handcrafts, revolving vintage collections and local artists work. Eat alfresco in the color drenched courtyard with fountains, herbs and fruits. We use organic cage free eggs and organic herbs in our dishes. ... more   less 

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