I’m currently living in San Diego: home of fun, sun, and beautiful beaches. When you first enter Downtown via the I-5 South, you see a vast array of buildings, but one of them sticks out- a jet black rectangle with a blue “P” and a white “V”. That is the Porto Vista Hotel in the Little Italy region of Downtown San Diego. This chic boutique hotel embraces its Italian roots by having an on site Vespa dealership, a salon fit for an Italian model, and a wall mural in each room that brings you back to beautiful Roma. There are some areas that Porto Vista needs improvement on, such as creating some sort of an outdoor courtyard below where all the rooms are located. However, Porto Vista is still a reasonably priced, up and coming hotel. The hotel is in walking distance of some fine Italian cuisine, and my personal favorite Extraordinary Desserts- San Diego’s premier dessert shop. The best thing about Porto Vista is the rooftop- where you can watch an amazing sunset backdrop the San Diego Harbor, and this was where Porto Vista’s Ripassi Rooftop Happy Hour was located.Recently Porto Vista had its first gay happy hour ever, which is reportedly the only gay happy hour in the Little Italy area. I felt that much of the crowd was scared off by the possible rain that day (Southern Californians think the sky is falling whenever it rains). Thankfully, the sun shined on Porto Vista’s rooftop and the party had a great turnout for the expected rain. Porto Vista drew in a more mature crowd Sunday; all drinking, schmoozing, and watching a gorgeous sunset. This event is a great networking opportunity because the hotel managers plan on bringing in different vendors that cater to the gay community (HEADS UP- GayTravel will be coming to Porto Vista this May). And if work has got you down, the hotel offers a free masseur to rub away all of your troubles. When you go, I highly recommend ordering the Cabo Wabo from the bar- strong but good!-Brendan

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