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Description from owner

TripAdvisor Property ID: 4923296

About the area

This contemporary flat in the city is bordered on all sides by San Diego's most famous neighborhoods. A five-minute walk to the west takes visitors to the beautiful Little Italy area of downtown San Diego. Here you can stroll through coffee shops, boutiques, bars and some of the most unique specialty shops and restaurants San Diego has to offer. Have dinner and a cocktail at el Camino, or pick up hand made pasta and imported olives from assenti's and bring them back to the cottage's fully stocked kitchen to have an Italian dinner at home in the garden. Walk three blocks in the opposite direction to reach Balboa Park, the Old Globe theater, art museums and the famous Prado restaurant. To the south, it is just minutes to the Convention Center, Gas Lamp District, and Petco Park. To the north, visitors can get lost in the architecture along Banker's Hill and in Hillcrest daytime boutiques and buzzing nightlife. Stroll to the nearby waterfront, visit Sea World, San Diego Marina District, Seaport Village, Horton plaza, Symphony Hall, the Embarcadero, and of course, the famous San Diego zoo. These are all accessible by bus, car, trolley, or on foot.



  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding

Reviews (2)

Excellent – based on 2 reviews Excellent
2 reviews

“Great urban escape”

Reviewed 15 Oct 2014

Truly a great hidden gem in the urban shadows of downtown San Diego. Conveniently located between Balboa Park, Little Italy and the Gaslamp District, this studio offers all the conveniences along with a great little patio to soak up the sun and the skyline views. The unit was very clean and is exactly as advertised. Parking is a bit tricky since there are no dedicated spots for the complex but with a little patience that too isn't an issue. This was our first VRBO experience (VHR) and we're confident that it won't be our last.

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

Sara Christensen said...
Jul 31, 2014
Amazing Studio!!

Date of Stay
July 23, 2014
I cannot say enough about this darling studio! From the time I entered the front gate, I felt like I was in a secluded paradise right in the middle of the city. I loved everything about my stay here... Clean, cute, new, everything was wonderful. I loved the bed. It was so comfortable. I loved the kitchen. It has everything you could want for food preparation. We were 10 minutes from everything, Coronado, several beaches, shopping malls. Even better, we were in walking distance of Little Italy, which was the most charming area. On Saturday, we walked to the farmers market and spent the morning there and it was wonderful. I loved having the washer and dryer as well. The owners thought of everything. I called and texted then several times with questions and Maria and Max were quick to respond and patient with me. The air conditioner works so well and was so refreshing after a hot day at the beach. The TV is big and the owners pay for Netflix and other movie channels, and that was fun. The sheets and pillows were SO COMFORTABLE. I'm not kidding. My only suggestion would be to work out some parking. We got 2 parking tickets and that was sad (and not the owner's fault), but there is an empty lot next door that would be nice to park in.
Recommended for: Girls Getaway

Renee Becker said...
Aug 6, 2013
Very Lovely and Cozy - Great Location!!
Date of Stay
August 1, 2013
We stayed for 4 nights and found Urbana Studio very cozy and absolutely lovely! It was very clean and offered wonderful conveniences. We found that Little Italy restaurant area and Gaslamp area were both within walking distance and easily found. The I5 is so close that it is easy to get right on the freeway to the beaches and sea world. We drove into San Diego and was able to find parking as long as we looked and was patient - right up the hill on 2nd avenue even on weekends there always seemed to be parking and was a short walk. I loved that our studio also had a AC unit. Although San Diego weather is wonderful most of the time and opening windows does provide you with cool air I prefer having AC as an option. If you are looking for a cozy place to stay that is super clean this is your place.
Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Louisa Hardman said...
Jul 29, 2013
Great Studio!!!
Date of Stay
July 15, 2013
Helpful votes:2/2.
My husband and I recently stayed at the studio for 3 nights. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Very clean and well decorated. We rented a car and had no issues finding parking around the area. The apt is located in a quiet neighborhood, a short walk from Little Italy. Kitchen is fully stocked with cooking utensils, silverware, plates, etc. Cute little table and chair set on terrace. Would definitely stay here again!
Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Wossene Bayisa said...
Jul 10, 2013
Date of Stay
April 12, 2013
This Past weekend my boyfriend and I decided to stay at Urbana to enjoy a little "staycation" in our home city. We were looking for a place that was centrally located to everything we wanted to do and this was perfect. It is located in a cozy tucked away section of Downtown/Little Italy right in the heart of all the action. Our experience was instantly started on the right foot when we met Marie. She had so much passion and enthusiasm. She answered all of our questions and was extremely welcoming. It was evident that she treated this place with the same attention to detail that one would put into their own home. To start the place was GORGEOUS! Your can instantly tell that a lot of love and care had gone into renovating this building and making it feel like a home away from home. Almost like a little Oasis in the midst of the city. The building had beautiful landscaping all around and even little garden planters in the back for tenants to use. There was a BBQ that we used on our second night right outside our room! Inside everything was immaculate and well put together. A beautiful color scheme coupled with a tasteful mix of artwork and an innovative custom made Murphy bed! It was so cool! The appliances were all state of the art as were the furnishings. During our stay we were able to enjoy all of the adventures that San Diego has to offer which we don't normally have a chance to take in. While using Urbana as our "home" we were able to have fabulous dining experiences in downtown, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Friday night we headed down to Seaport Village, and then the Gaslamp District. We walked over to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning in Little Italy, then took in a Baseball game at Petco Park and even made it over to the Zoo on Sunday. Urbana was so convenient because it really was easy to get to and from all of our destinations. The next time we can, we will absolutely be back for more!!!! Thanks for a wonderful experience!
Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway