El Primero

416 Third Avenue , Chula Vista, CA 91910 USA (Show map)

About

Built in 1930, the El Primero Hotel stands as one of the oldest and most iconic buildings in Chula Vista. After retirement, Pie and Sol Roque purchased the hotel in 2004. From resetting the foundation in the lobby to installing double-pane windows, the Roque’s restored the hotel to its clean, art deco charm with touches of contemporary style. El Primero Hotel opened its doors again to the public in August 2005. The hotel is the proud recipient of many awards, from local to Congressional. The family and staff continue to set the bar with excellent guest service and practicing environmentally friendly ways. We invite new guests to stay and welcome returning friends back to our home!

Reviews

Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Sweet throwback to the ‘30’s

5 on February 07, 2018

On a visit to a friend who lives in the Fredricka Manor retirement community I selected this hotel for its location but will return for its friendly owners, the great breakfast and the ambience. The historic photos in the room and halls get you in the spirit of the place. By the way there are no room numbers just names which “requires” the host to personally escort you to your room.


Sweet

4.8 on January 27, 2018

Visiting a resident of Fredricka Manor just up the street several blocks this is a perfect place to stay. The breakfast was outstanding with many different fruits and egg dishes as well as home made banana break and really good coffee. In the summer there is a lovely patio to enjoy the sun while you eat breakfast. Unfortunately it was unseasonably cold during my visit and the small kitchen which was not really set up for diners was very tight as we all looked for some warmth.


Warm, friendly service

4.2 on January 18, 2018

The service here is incredible. A lovely place to stay. My only negative is that it is not as clean as one comes to expect from a place like this. The bedding and bathroom were very clean, but the details of the room were less clean than expected. The devil is in the details as they say. The lamp shades were dirty and the baseboards hadnt been cleaned, some dont care about things like this as the rest of the room was "clean enough", but others may feel that if those details arent clean, what else is not cleaned regularly? A very nice place except for this detail.


Historic and comfy

4.8 on January 13, 2018

I was visiting friends who live at the Chula Vista marina, and wanted a place to stay that was close by. This 'B&B-tel' was perfect. I stayed in the Del Coronado room....it was spacious, the bed was super-comfy, and the bathroom was spotlessly clean. This is an older building, and much of the architectural detail has been beautifully preserved. Pie was a magnificent host--friendly and helpful. The courtyard was so inviting, my friends and i spent an evening there chatting with a bottle of wine. I highly recommend this place if you enjoy staying at non-cookie-cutter hotels with a historic feel and great service!


chula gem

4.8 on January 13, 2018

El primero is a cozy, tidy space to be tucked away in.


Definitely recommend¿¿

5 on January 08, 2018

We’ve stayed here a few times and really enjoy the owners and the fun 1920s style. Wonderful breakfast served on outdoor patio also an added bonus. It is also nice that there are several brew pubs and restaurants just down the way. We will be back.


Pleasant stay in San Diego

3.6 on August 19, 2017

Charming refurbished historic hotel. Family owned and operated. Very clean with a plentiful breakfast provided until 10:00 am so one could sleep in if desired. Convenient parking. Nice patio so that you could have your breakfast outdoors. Only thing I would suggest is that they provide coffee during the day, maybe with a Keurig coffee maker in the lobby.


Nice B&B, comfortable, may need a little maintenance

3.8 on August 12, 2017

Breakfast was great, room was comfortable and nice, bathroom was OK


Above & Beyond

4.4 on August 10, 2017

We stayed here during a trip to San Diego. I appreciate the owners' preservation of the historic site, including naming the rooms to include the history of Chula Vista. El Primero is a great escape from the big hotel chains and offers quiet accommodations in quaint Chula Vista. The owners go above and beyond by offering suggestions for local eateries and activities. They take the time to talk with all travelers who pass through. Great option to experience something different.


Homey and lovely

4.8 on July 27, 2017

I stayed here for four nights during ComiCon. (I booked in January and this was the closest accommodation I could find!) Pie, Sol, Karen and Katie are all truly lovely people and I felt well cared for and taken care of. The breakfast deserves every possible accolade--tasty, lots of variety, not short on the protein (often a problem with hotel breakfasts), and served in a beautiful setting. The bed was also very comfy and the air conditioner kept things cool at night. The hotel was surprisingly quiet and I rarely heard anything from any other room, and the street noise was also minimal. The only caveat I will give, and this is NOT the hotel's fault, is that if you are trying to get back here from downtown San Diego after 11 PM or so, public transportation is no longer available, so getting there is basically impossible without an Uber or cab. Still, it was worth it and I would gladly stay here again.


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Rooms & Rates

112 - TP Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the second floor. Private bathroom with stand-in shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

113 - SI Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the second floor. Private bathroom with stand-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

111 - MS Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the second floor. Private bathroom with shower tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

122 - LA Full

This room has a full bed, a large window and is on the second floor. Quite room towards the back of the hotel. Private bathroom with shower tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

106 - CP Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the first floor. Private bathroom with stand-in shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

118 - HP Double

This room has two double beds and is on the second floor. Private bathroom with shower tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

108 - BP Double

This room has two double beds and is on the first floor. Private bathroom with shower tub. Handicap accessible.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

107 - MH Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the first floor. Private bathroom with shower tub

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

104 - WP Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the first floor. Private bathroom with shower tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

116 - CS Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the second floor. Private bathroom with stand-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

110 - BP King

This room has a king bed and is on the second floor. Private bathroom with shower tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

117 - SF Queen

This room has a queen bed ans in on the second floor. Private bathroom with shower tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

101 - VM Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the lower floor. Private bathroom with shower tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

114 - PL Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the second floor. Private bathroom with shower tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

103 - DM Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the lower floor. Private bathroom with stand-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

102 - SZ Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the lower floor. Private bathroom with stand-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

115 - MA Queen

This room has a queen bed and in on the second floor. Private bathroom with stand-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

109 - SC King

This room has a king bed and is on the second floor. Private bathroom with shower tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

105 - OT Queen

This room has a queen bed and is on the first floor. Private bathroom with stand-in shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

120 - HC Deluxe King

This room has a deluxe king bed and is on the second floor. Private bathroom with shower tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location

Location Type

Downtown, Small town

Airport

San Diego, CA (SAN-Lindbergh Field) 12.2 miles

Directions to property:

Get on I-5 S from Airport Terminal Rd, N Harbor Dr and W Grape St (2.6 mi): - Head northwest on Airport Terminal Rd (79 ft) - Keep right to stay on Airport Terminal Rd (0.2 mi) - Use the left lane to turn slightly left to stay on Airport Terminal Rd (0.2 mi) - Slight left to stay on Airport Terminal Road (0.1 mi) - Turn left onto N Harbor Drive (1.4 mi) - Use the left 3 lanes to turn left onto W Grape Street (0.4 mi) - Use the right 2 lanes to take the Interstate 5 South ramp - Continue on I-5 South to National City to CA-54 East 8 min (8.2 mi) - Take exit 1 for Highland Avevue/4th Avenue. Turn right onto Highland Avenue/4th Avenue - Use two left lanes to turn left onto C Street (0.2 mi) - Drive to 3rd Avenue/Third Avenue in Chula Vista (1.4 mi). - Hotel will be on the right, just past G Street.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, International Border (Mexico), Olympic Training Center, Nature Center, Cricket Amphitheatre, SD Sky Dive, SeaWorld, SD Zoo & Wild Animal Park, LegoLand, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Qtrs, Water Parks and Beaches, Old Town, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Ironing Board, Microwave, Parking, Private entrance, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Fridge in room for King and Two Double Bed rooms

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Desk, Hairdryer, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Summer Concert Series

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Policies

  • Check In:: 15:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only All rooms are tobacco free.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Family-run hotel.
  • Childcare Provided: No We dp not provide child service.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Our hotel is not suitable for pets.
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Pie, Sol, Karen and Katie Roque, David Mone

Languages spoken

Tagalog/Spanish, English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

"I was grandfathered into the business my parents have built. Every one of my jobs was in guest service and I love living in decades past, so I was a natural fit here." -Katie Lee "After 16 years in guest service, and doing all sorts of jobs, talking to our guests at breakfast might be my favorite thing" - David

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 7:30- 10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: courtyard, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Restrictive Int'l restaurants


Signature Dish

Fritatta or quiche, banana bake bread,
Fritatta is more like Spanish Omelet and served hot. It takes the shape of a muffin for individual serving size.


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