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La Pensione Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Good location but the front desk person was not too hospitable when we checked in. We were early and he was not happy about it. We just wanted to drop off our bags and it it felt like a chore on his end. The room was clean but small. No long mirror, only a small one in bathroom. The carpet looked clean but you could still see a lot of stains throughout the walking areas. We didn't have a car with us so didn't need parking. However we had friends come meet up and we asked if they could use our space and they said they gave it away. Strange.

La Pensione was a great experienced for us. Stayed one night as a couple. Easy to walk around Little Italy and to the Gaslamp District. Hotel staff were nice and helpful. Found free street parking for the night pretty quickly. The room was small but very clean and modern, and the bed was comfortable. They gave us a voucher for a free coffee and pastry in the morning at the cafe next to the lobby. Overall very positive experience, would use again and recommend!

The hotel was at the heart of little Italy. The staff was friendly and the rooms were great.

We stayed for 4 nights. Walking for us is no problem so from Little Italy we walked to the pier, downtown, and to Balboa Park. For us it was a perfect location without being touristy.

had to pay for parking along with parking away from the hotel.

1 queen bedroom very small. Our room had an odor. Our bed sheets had stains. Carpet also had stains. Shower ceiling didn't look clean. No hotel parking!

Single queen rooms are very small, barely enough room to move around. I had requested a room with a balcony but upon arrival they had none available. When laying in bed one night a GIANT cockroach went crawling across the wall. Different times during the day and night sounded like someone was jackhammering through the wall. Room wasn't the cleanest, phone looked like it hadn't been cleaned in months, pendant lights hadn't been dusted for awhile. Parking is minimal, 20 spots in hotel underground parking, otherwise street parking is available with max time being 2 hours ($2.50) at a time so you have to continue to feed meters until 6pm. I had to park 1.5 blocks away from hotel and drag luggage back to hotel.

I was in San Diego for a conference at the convention center. This was a great place to stay and a good value. The trolley line is nearby and went straight to the convention center. The room was clean and the floor (2nd) was generally quite (I was there sunday through thursday). A good stay for me.

Location is great! Walking distance to all restaurants in little Italy and quite close to the pier. Rooms on the small side, felt a bit cramped. Everything was clean. Great coffee shop downstairs with free wifi in the courtyard.

The room the was super cute and comfortable. Me and my fiance really enjoyed our stay. The hotel is in a great spot, many restruants, not too far from sea world and the zoo. We would definitely stay again.

Cute, hidden gem in Little Italy. Perfect for a romantic get away cute rooms, close to excellent food. Loved it!

This is a cute hotel in a really great location. Our room was small, but didn't feel cramped, and was very clean & comfortable. The location was excellent- right in the heart of Little Italy, and pretty close (20 min walk) to the gaslamp district. Front desk staff was friendly & attentive, making checking in/out a breeze. My only complaints are that #1, there's no coffee maker in the room (not that big of a deal), & #2, parking was a small nightmare. The hotel lot was completely full, so we had to drive around (for at least 1/2 hr) trying to find a parking place. We did eventually find a valet lot a block or 2 away (a pain lugging our bags back) that let us park over night for $25. All in all, we had a great time, and the pros far outweigh the cons here.

I only call name my review beware for one reason the overnight watch lady was very very mean, and wasn't a good hostess at all. She was snappy and looked like she was under the influence. She made me very uncomfortable and I left earlier than I was going to because of her.

I hotel was clean and in a great location. My only complaint is that the room was very small for the amount I paid. The staff were very nice and polite. The hotel and room was very clean.

Love this Little Italy location in the heart of the area. Extremely small rooms, (euro-small) but renovated rooms. No coffee maker, no full length mirror. Tiny garage parking for tiny cars. Great service. Restuarant connected. $15 for parking-2014/15. I would get 4th floor facing north looking over Little Italy for a cool view. Price was great for downtown location. Not a good place if you have a kid staying with you in the room not a lot of room to move. For a date night, or bussiness would be suitable.

The room was tiny and dirty. It looked like no one had vacuumed it since the last guest.

I enjoyed my stay here! Beautiful decorations, friendly staff and good location. The rooms are on the smaller side so it might not work as well for some families, but I found it to be the perfect size for my boyfriend and I. A lovely place, for a lovely price!

The location was great because it is close to many yummy restaurants and bars. However, the room we had was so tiny it was actually difficult to find a place to put your suitcase and still be able to move about the room. The carpet was black in color and had NOT been vacuumed after the last guest so it was dirty which made me wonder what else had not been cleaned since the last guest. And the worst thing about this room was the fact that there were NO shades or blinds on the windows. The only thing they had was a mesh shade like the sails people put in their yards to block some of the sun. So when I turned off the lights to go to sleep the room was lit up with the lights in the courtyard and I could see into other people's rooms and they could clearly see into mine. That is beyond NOT ok!

pedestrian friendly with good coffee at the ground floor cafe. I would highly recommend this place

The blanket was dirty when we arrived, and my towel had a huge hole in it. The guy at the front desk was great, but when checking out the lady was quite rude. There's 1 mirror with horrible lighting around it.. and found overall lighting to be very dim. The location is great, so if you are fine with the bare bones hotel room then it's a good fit.

606 West Date Street San Diego CA

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour fitness center

Located in Little Italy within a short walk of Maritime Museum of San Diego, La Pensione Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as USS Midway Museum. This 67-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and free in-room WiFi. Located in central San Diego, the hotel is also near San Diego Convention Center and Balboa Park.


Dining

Enjoy a bite to eat at Caffe Italia, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


Rooms

All 67 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators, phones, and ironing boards. LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Hair dryers and desks are other standard amenities.


Property features

At La Pensione Hotel, guests have access to a 24-hour fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. Self parking is offered for USD 20 per night. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with tours or tickets, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

Single Room, 1 Queen Bed, City View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Single Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for La Pensione Hotel

Everyone (5) Couples (48) Business (10) Family (1) Other (8) Friends (6)
3

good location

Everyone

Good location but the front desk person was not too hospitable when we checked in. We were early and he was not happy about it. We just wanted to drop off our bags and it it felt like a chore on his end. The room was clean but small. No long mirror, only a small one in bathroom. The carpet looked clean but you could still see a lot of stains throughout the walking areas. We didn't have a car with us so didn't need parking. However we had friends come meet up and we asked if they could use our space and they said they gave it away. Strange.

By on Jul 2, 2017

5

nice hotel in great location

Everyone

La Pensione was a great experienced for us. Stayed one night as a couple. Easy to walk around Little Italy and to the Gaslamp District. Hotel staff were nice and helpful. Found free street parking for the night pretty quickly. The room was small but very clean and modern, and the bed was comfortable. They gave us a voucher for a free coffee and pastry in the morning at the cafe next to the lobby. Overall very positive experience, would use again and recommend!

By , from Maine on Jun 3, 2017

5

great location

Everyone

The hotel was at the heart of little Italy. The staff was friendly and the rooms were great.

By , from Phoenix on May 15, 2017

5

nice hotel in little italy.

Couples

We stayed for 4 nights. Walking for us is no problem so from Little Italy we walked to the pier, downtown, and to Balboa Park. For us it was a perfect location without being touristy.

By , from Spokane, Washington on Dec 14, 2016

4

great location, very friendly staff

Everyone

had to pay for parking along with parking away from the hotel.

By on Nov 21, 2016

2

don't stay here!

Everyone

1 queen bedroom very small. Our room had an odor. Our bed sheets had stains. Carpet also had stains. Shower ceiling didn't look clean. No hotel parking!

By on Sep 19, 2016

3

just ok hotel

Singles

Single queen rooms are very small, barely enough room to move around. I had requested a room with a balcony but upon arrival they had none available. When laying in bed one night a GIANT cockroach went crawling across the wall. Different times during the day and night sounded like someone was jackhammering through the wall. Room wasn't the cleanest, phone looked like it hadn't been cleaned in months, pendant lights hadn't been dusted for awhile. Parking is minimal, 20 spots in hotel underground parking, otherwise street parking is available with max time being 2 hours ($2.50) at a time so you have to continue to feed meters until 6pm. I had to park 1.5 blocks away from hotel and drag luggage back to hotel.

By on Aug 12, 2015

4

nice conference stay

BusinessTravelers

I was in San Diego for a conference at the convention center. This was a great place to stay and a good value. The trolley line is nearby and went straight to the convention center. The room was clean and the floor (2nd) was generally quite (I was there sunday through thursday). A good stay for me.

By on Jul 25, 2015

4

great location, small rooms

Couples

Location is great! Walking distance to all restaurants in little Italy and quite close to the pier. Rooms on the small side, felt a bit cramped. Everything was clean. Great coffee shop downstairs with free wifi in the courtyard.

By on Feb 17, 2015

5

relaxing, romantic

Couples

The room the was super cute and comfortable. Me and my fiance really enjoyed our stay. The hotel is in a great spot, many restruants, not too far from sea world and the zoo. We would definitely stay again.

By on Feb 11, 2015