The location just can't be beat. Little Italy is an alternative to staying in the gaslamp area, and we are glad we did. La Pensione is in the dead center of all the action in Little Italy. What's here is plenty of Italian restaurants (naturally); the top coffee shop is right downstairs / attached to the hotel. Also the Ballast Point Brewery is a few blocks North. And hey you can walk to the gas lamp in 20 minutes or so.
Our hotel room was small and suited our needs fine. There are not a lot of frills at this establishment, but the rooms are updated with a clean modern chic look. Our window looked right out over India street, which we enjoyed. You are in the middle of the action so there can be some street noise, depending on who's out to party.
The hotel has a pretty slow elevator - if you take the stairs you'll note that the layout is a bit odd because the hotel combines two main buildings. It surrounds a central court where the coffeshop patrons downstairs like to hang out. Quite pleasant. The price point is generally kept on the low side, which adds to the great value.
I would definitely recommend this property along with its location.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Pensione San Diego
- La Pensione Hotel San Diego