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La Pensione

606 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101-2526
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#127 of 291 hotels in San Diego
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.
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Paid public parking on-site
Parking garage
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Room features
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Italian
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Rachel G wrote a review Mar 2020
Shakopee, Minnesota14 contributions4 helpful votes
Overall, our experience was good. It is by far the smallest hotel room I've ever stayed in. That's not a huge problem overall, especially given the affordability, but I think they could do better with areas to set items on, especially in the bathroom. Perhaps a shelf or two for toiletries, a towel bar or hook closer to the shower, and a place to set clothing on. I ended up having to put my clothes, towel, and toiletries on the floor or on the toilet (yuck). It was just kind of awkward at times. The walls are pretty thin, so we heard our neighbors flushing/showering. The hotel was overall fairly quiet, but I can imagine that might change if you had noisy people nearby. The free coffee and pastry at the next door coffee shop was a nice touch, however, we weren't aware of it until morning #2. It would have been nice to know this on the first morning, as it would have saved us some breakfast $$. The location was great and the room was clean. Do yourself a favor and grab some bottled water at the nearby Rite-Aid to keep in the mini fridge, if you don't want to drink the tap water. They do offer a 1-liter bottle if you'd like for an extra $3. It's no Hilton or Marriott (they are way more expensive in SD), but I would stay here again, should I find myself in the area. There are many restaurants close by, and the trolley stop is a quick couple-block walk away.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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874daryld wrote a review Mar 2020
Milwaukee5 contributions
Location is awesome that’s all I have to say. Hotel is very pleasent and again the location is the key. Right off the plaza and little Italy is alive somewhat of a European feel shops restaurants lots of people
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
terrycarlson2018 wrote a review Mar 2020
Asheville, North Carolina421 contributions102 helpful votes
This hotel could not have been in a better location for our trip to San Diego...right in the heart of Little Italy. Our room was very nice - a little small but everything we needed - comfort and clean...nice decor.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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jenna b wrote a review Feb 2020
Tempe, Arizona1 contribution
What a great find! Lovely, inviting staff; large, clean room with a perfect view and comfy beds. I visit this area often, but this was our first stay at La Pensione...and won't be our last. Make sure to visit the hotel dog in the lobby.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: go for the 4th floor
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allenef2017 wrote a review Feb 2020
Milwaukee13 contributions1 helpful vote
My friend and I stayed at this boutique hotel at the recommendation of my sister who lives in Little Italy. The hotel is perfectly located, the front desk staff was outstanding, the room was lovely and the beds comfortable. Overall, a really great experience. Three recommendations: 1. There needs to be a place to hang wet towels and washcloths if you want people to use them for a couple of days. The one towel bar was not wide enough to hang two towels without folding them. Takes a long time to dry. That was frustrating. The lighting in the bathroom was dim and there was no way to angle the shower head. We would have stayed for seven nights had it not been for that frustration.
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Date of stay: February 2020
$119 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Pensione
Which popular attractions are close to La Pensione?
Nearby attractions include Enigma HQ Escape Room - Little Italy (0.3 miles), Little Italy (0.06 miles), and Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at La Pensione?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, baggage storage, and a 24 hour front desk.
Which room amenities are available at La Pensione?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
Is parking available at La Pensione?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking nearby, and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Pensione?
Conveniently located restaurants include Salt & Straw, Pappalecco, and Cafe Gratitude.
Is La Pensione located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of San Diego.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Pensione?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to La Pensione?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Mormon Battalion Historic Site (2.6 miles), Whaley House Museum (2.5 miles), and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House (1.0 miles).
Is La Pensione accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.