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La Pensione
Ranked #114 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“Great spot, but......”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

We recently stayed at this well located modern hotel during an unusual heat wave. The air conditioners in EVERY room, made buzzing sounds off and on all night making sleeping difficult.
Their excuse- it's humid this time of year, and they can't be fixed.(it's in Little Italy- sounds like they got a deacon the ac's from cousin Vinny) They should try living on the Eastcoast- what they call humid is a dry clear day. Don't go there July- September. Otherwise I'd give it a 4-5 star rating. Loved getting up to an amazing Farmers' Market on Saturday.

Room Tip: call to see if they got new AC's/ we loved our 2 double bed room
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at La Pensione for 3 nights and enjoyed our stay. Our room was clean and did the job, we just needed a base for exploring the city. We were concerned when the air con started buzzing incessantly, so I used the free wifi to check trip advisor for recent reviews. That's when I saw that the buzzing air con was not just a problem in our room!! Luckily it wasn't horrific, if you turned the air con off a while before you went to bed it would stop making the buzzing alarm sound (although it would go off once or twice in the middle of the night). Our room faced the courtyard but there was a bit of noise from the cafe first thing in the morning. We recommend Mimmo's over the road for Italian food & enjoyed the USS Midway museum, Balboa Park & the zoo

  • Stayed October 2012
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San Diego
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Where else can your weekend begin with standing infront of the entrance, watching the sun set to the west and a full moon rising to the east. Then having a great dinner, a walk, music, and people watching. Then waking up the on Saturday, walking out the front door to see the street filled with vendors selling flowers and farm fresh vegitables and fruit. In short, the location if perfect.

The hotel is super. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Don't worry about the reviews of small rooms. Yes, the room is small but you are in one the best areas of San Diego so who cares. The only smaller room I stayed in was in Venice, Italy, but you are in Venice, Italy so who cares how small the room is. The hotel itself is an architectural wonder, with lots of intersting nooks and cranies to explore, views of the patio and the exciting street scene, and even an area where all of a sudden you are in an outdoor area.

The hotel is a short walk from the LIttle Italy trolley stop so don't worry about parking, just use the trolley.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Location is good, but it's a noisy neighborhood with trains and restaurants. This did not bother me, but the AC that sounds like a buzzer drove me crazy and the smell of mold was bad.
By turning off the AC during sleeping hours it was ok, but it gets warm

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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

This boutique hotel is very nice! We had a wonderful time in san diego and even if our room was quite tiny the hotel is just renovated and looks really nice! The parking is a bit expensive but if you go duing the weekend you can easily and cheapily manage to park in teh street. The aerea in which it is located (little italy) is full of very good restaurants and we had a great pizza al taglio!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Location is right in Little Italy with great restaurants nearby.

Hotel itself is fairly nice and modern with a Spanish feeling. We had a great room on the 3rd floor with a balcony overlooking Little Italy.

There are no frills here. No coffee maker in room, no ironing board, no pool, etc. I would call it a budget boutique hotel.

The service was absolutely terrible. The A/C was making a buzzing noise every 30 seconds... like a LOUD buzzer/alarm clock sound. Woke me up every time... I switched the A/C off and opened the windows and it still made the sound. I complained at the front desk and the woman just held her head (facepalm) and said the managers knew about the issue since the previous night (it affected EVERY room) but did not warn anyone checking in, and would not give ANY discount or refund. She even said that she herself was frustrated with the situation and the lack of options provided by her management. My options were to leave in the middle of the night (and get money back for that night) or stay and have to pay. 2 of 4 people in my room were fast asleep because they were exhausted and heavy sleepers so I was not about to change hotels at 2 AM. Any normal person would not be able to sleep through a buzzer going off all night. Like someone else said, it was like a Family Feud buzzer! I received no apology. I slept horribly. I would not stay here again.

Room Tip: We had a great room on the 3rd floor with a balcony overlooking Little Italy.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

I'm surprised at the multiple average reviews of La Pensione given the very fair price and great experience we had. This hotel delivers on all of the things a boutique property could. It's in a safe, lively area with cafes, restaurants and shops, within walking distance to the bay, downtown and the ferry to Coronado. The hotel itself has a peaceful courtyard on the interior with the lower lobby area connecting to a off-premise cosmopolitan cafe. The train is also a short walk away if for any reason you need to use public transit. The rooms are very small, but this is San Diego, you should not be spending too much time indoors. One low point was hearing excessive train noise in the evening. From my experience as an urban dweller, it sounded like there was a multiple track switch nearby. It did not detract from the experience. The Gaslamp District is walkable too, but you'll need a good pair of shoes...not just for the clubs.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Pensione
Address: 606 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101-2526
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #114 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Pensione 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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