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La Pensione

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   606 W. Date St., San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #110 of 268 hotels in San Diego
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Papillion, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I spend 6 days here while in town for a work conference - great location AWAY from the Gaslamp district but still close enough. As others will tell you, the rooms can be quite small - mine was no exception but so what? The location was great, the room was clean, the vibe was outstanding. Close to dining, shopping, the... More

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Santa Cruz
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading the reviews, I was a bit worried but we will be back since we loved it so.... The good: After arriving by train, we walked to 8 blocks to the hotel. Safe neighborhoods and relatively easy walk, even with my difficulty walking. The area surrounding the hotel was incredible, even at first sight. Check in was a breeze.... More

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Marc H, General Manager at La Pensione, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and for the insightful feedback, both good and the bad. (glad to know there was no 'The Ugly'!) We're glad you enjoyed your stay, but sorry you didn't sleep well. July 4th was definitely a raucous night - it was noisy even in the usually quietest parts of the county. Either way, I... More

Nottingham, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel looks very nice from the outside and the rooms are modern with a nice finish and very clean. The bathroom was also very nice with a great shower. The rooms are very small, however I was expecting this from reading other reviews. The hotel is in a great location in Little Italy with loads of restaurants close by... More

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Marc H, General Manager at La Pensione, responded to this review

Hi Natalie, First off, thanks for staying with us and for taking the time to leave us a review! Sounds like you had fun exploring Little Italy and San Diego Bay. Yes, parking is definitely at a premium here, as it is in several parts of downtown San Diego. I know how you feel about running out often to pay... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 hotel reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great hotel with friendly staff in a great location which we spent 4 very pleasant nights in. The Saturday market is right on the doorstep and runs for about 4 blocks, the only down side is that it is quite noisy when they are setting up but not too bad. The rooms are modern with good showers... More

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Marc H, General Manager at La Pensione, responded to this review

Hello - thanks for the review! Saturday mornings are some of my favorite times of the week - only because of our awesome farmers market. I agree it gets a little noisy at the very beginning as all the vendors bring in their wares and set up their booths. But, all the cool food finds, local people watching and neighbor... More

Brisbane, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
56 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very attractive hotel but one of the smallest hotel rooms we have stayed in, and we have stayed in some pretty small ones travelling through Europe. No wardrobe, but plenty of drawers; no coffee facilities in the room or lobby - but there is a café downstairs where you can buy. No breakfast - again, the café. There is... More

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Marc H, General Manager at La Pensione, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback and for choosing to stay with us. We're aware of our small rooms, and that's why we're able to offer some of the best prices you'll ever see in downtown San Diego, not just in the summer, but throughout the entire year. Locals know as being 'cheap and chic!" Also, our smallest rooms only make up... More

5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This quaint boutique hotel in the heart of Little Italy is the perfect placeto spend a romantic weekend. If you time it right you can also enjoy the Farmers Market on ASaturday. Loved the staff and the atmosphere!!

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Marc H, General Manager at La Pensione, responded to this review

Hello and happy belated birthday! Thanks for staying with us and for leaving us a review. Sounds like you had quite the fun, romantic birthday weekend. Happy you decided to celebrate it with us! More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Arrived in San Diego and checked in early in the morning the gentleman at the reception desk was very helpful. Impressed with the decor but size of the room was a bit on the small side. Lighting at mirror was a bit dim made it tough to shave. Beds were so comfortable. We had a room facing the south street... More

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Marc H, General Manager at La Pensione, responded to this review

Thanks for choosing to stay with us and for the review! Thanks for your feedback about the lighting. I'll look into brightening that up in the rooms. Sounds like you knew how to 'live it up' during your stay. Glad you had fun in Little Italy and we hope to see you again soon! More

Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
21 hotel reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I have reviewed this hotel before, it was better when I was alone and came back to the room late at night and just slept there. As I said before , the smallest rooms ($119) ) are small, very, very, small. This time around I had luggage and there were two of us, it was pretty hard to navigate, kinda... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I am giving this review three stars because I think it's just me. I stayed here on business - its NOT a good business hotel. The room is horribly tiny and you cannot connect wirelessly to the internet. I had to use an ethernet cable to get online. I havent used one of those in years. But that ties you... More

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Canggu, Indonesia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

For some reason, probably due to it's name and the published photographs, I had very low expectations of this hotel. However, my expectations were exceeded greatly and I just loved it. Little Italy on your doorstep, convenient to the airport (although the proximity meant a little aircraft noise but not enough to disturb our sleeep), farmers' market each Saturday right... More

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Address: 606 W. Date St., San Diego, CA 92101
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Pensione 3*
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Considered one of the most affordable and best-kept secrets in San Diego, La Pensione Hotel is a historic property located in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. La Pensione Hotel offers 68 guestrooms, a relaxing courtyard area, free high-speed internet, limited underground parking spots, conference room and a workout facility. After a property refresh in summer of 2011, La Pensione now offers air conditioning in every room and a new class of guest rooms called the Argento Collection. ... more   less 
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