*The following opinions are completely my own, and I was not perked or paid in any way by Hotel Vyvant to write this article.*
I wound up in San Diego completely by accident.
I had previously spent a week in the LA and Santa Monica area for work, and had opted to extend my trip by a few days to spend some extra time with a relative who lives near LA. However, when that fell through last-minute, I wasn’t sure what to do with my extra time. I found the Amtrak website and saw that there was a train called the Pacific Surfliner that went from Los Angeles down the coast all the way to San Diego. I had always wanted to take a trip on a train, and I had never been to San Diego before, so I booked my one-way ticket for early on Saturday morning.
From the second I stepped off of my train until the moment my plane home left the tarmac, I had a ridiculous smile plastered across my face. San Diego was the most incredible American city I have ever visited. I have never fallen so instantly, passionately, head-over-heels in love with a place in my life. And staying at Hotel Vyvant had everything to do with that impression.
I can confidently say that Hotel Vyvant is the single most charming and hospitable place that I have ever stayed throughout my travels (and I have stayed in a lot of places). This place was hard to track down – it was listed under the “other” section of Expedia, and the stellar reviews piqued my interest. I ended up booking directly through the hotel’s website, and was impressed right from the beginning, after receiving a friendly confirmation email. It was evident that Hotel Vyvant took an enormous amount of pride in their establishment. I replied to the email explaining that I was a travel blogger who was traveling solo to San Diego for the first time, and I asked for any recommendations of attractions in the area that shouldn’t be missed. They replied warmly with tons of information – I couldn’t wait to stay at Hotel Vyvant.
I arrived shortly after noon on a Saturday – check in wasn’t until 4 but they had my room ready for me, which was a nice surprise. I was met by Bekah – who I believe is the general manager – and was shown around the property. I couldn’t stop smiling. This was the cutest little place I had ever been. The hotel itself is located in a restored 1910 historical building, and is tastefully decorated with gorgeous vintage furniture, luxurious, comfortable beds and linens, all the modern amenities a person could ask for and more. The hotel features 23 rooms in total, which range from queen bed rooms with shared bathrooms to “urban flat” suites with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen.
I was shown to my room, which was the “economy” style one bedroom with a shared bathroom, and honestly, in the 4 nights I spent at Hotel Vyvant, there was never a time that I needed the bathroom and wasn’t able to access it. Sharing was no issue at all. The room came equipped with a fluffy queen bed, a flatscreen TV, a sink, safe, and a full closet. It provided more than enough space for one person traveling alone, and would suit a couple just fine as well as long as they were comfortable with a shared bathroom.
The highlights of Hotel Vyvant, for me, were the location, the offering of a complimentary breakfast and a complimentary happy hour on weekends, and the phenomenal staff – all of which helped to created an overall feeling of hospitality. I felt as if I were staying with friends in their home. The hotel is located in the quaint district of Little Italy, which I truly never wanted to leave. It is a short walk to many conveniences such as shopping, ample restaurants and a 7-11 store. Walk a bit further and you can easily make your way downtown, to the Gaslamp Quarter, to the harbour, or to stunning Balboa Park. (More to come on all of those fabulous places in an upcoming article!)
Every morning, a complimentary breakfast was served in the lobby, consisting of fresh pastries and baked goods from a local bakery called Bread and Cie, greek yogurt, Safari Crunch granola, fruit such as apples, oranges and bananas, fresh brewed Dark Horse coffee, orange juice, and an assortment of teas. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the hotel offers a complimentary “Happy Hour” on their charming outdoor terrace, which gives the guests a chance to socialize with one another while sampling local beer and wine and enjoying light appetizers.
Truly the most wonderful part about staying at Hotel Vyvant, though, was being taken care of by the spectacular staff. Everybody I met was amazing. I’d like to extend a special thank you to Bekah, Ashley, Connor and Taylor for making me feel so welcome and providing me with so much information about what to do in the area. Everybody seemed so happy and pleasant and sincere. I felt like I was chatting with old friends every day.
Thank you again, Hotel Vyvant, for such a comfortable stay. I will recommend this property without hesitation to absolutely anyone traveling to the San Diego area, and I plan to return myself in the next year or so with my boyfriend.