El Primero Hotel

at 416 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, 91910 United States

Chula Vista's historic and award winning Boutique Hotel.

El Primero Hotel
416 3rd Ave
Chula Vista , CA 91910
United States
Contact Phone
P: (619) 425-4486


Built in 1930 for John and Lilly Ratcliffe by the Dennstedt Construction Company the Hotel boosts amenities such as steam heat, and hot and cold running water. The building construction incorporates modern practices such as use of fire-retardant materials and carpeting throughout. The El Primero is one of two zigzag modern design structures in Chula Vista with an art deco flair interior. According to local historians, the Dennstedt family of three brothers were reputedly the first "German Boat People" that migrated from Germany. Building their own 14-foot boat they set sail to North America in the 1840s and landed in New York. Migrating to Canada, young Albert Lawrence (AL) Dennstedt later found his way into Minnesota and eventually settled in California. Aside from building the first modern hotel, the El Primero in Chula Vista, AL also pioneered apartment building concepts in the area. Purchased in 2004 by Pie & Sol Roque, this Chula Vista keystone was restored back to its art deco roots. The inn provides 19 guest bed rooms, each named after a San Diego landmark (i.e. Balboa Park and Sunset Cliffs) and has had many patrons from 55 countries. If you are looking for modern touches with the comforts of a bed & breakfast, please stop by for a free tour!!!!

How To Get to El Primero Hotel

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Reviews for El Primero Boutique

Norma K.

Beautiful place, respectful staff, clean rooms. Only dislike is the breakfast. Same breakfast everyday. Per management "this is not a bed and breakfast". "... Read more

Bree M.

Cute little family-owned bed and breakfast with friendly service, comfy rooms and a pretty solid breakfast spread. The rooms have TVs, WiFi, ample lighting... Read more

Ashley M.

Stayed here just for the night but wish I could have stayed longer. Staff was friendly and very helpful. Rooms were clean and had ample amount of space.... Read more
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