La Pensione Hotel, San Diego
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Doorstepfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Great Value!from A TripAdvisor Member
Great place to stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Best value in San Diegofrom A TripAdvisor Member
We loved this little hotel. Our room was actually quite spacious (3rd or 4th floor?) and had a little fridge and microwave included. I think we payed $75, which is incredibly budget-priced for just about anything nice in San Diego. (Having lived in S.D. for two years now, I can reaffirm this.) There were not many 'comfort' amenities such as a comfy couch, but the room was just fine and had a reasonable view of the harbor.
We found the help to be quite good. We liked being in Little Italy, and I highly recommend both the restaurant and the little cafe attached to this hotel. (Indeed, the latter has a great waffle offering on Sunday mornings....don't miss this.)
We've recommended this hotel to just about everyone we can, since they treated us so well.
More plumbing problems and Lots of Noisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The noise from Amtrak (which rumbles by regularly) and the din from the street made these cramped quarters a place we were anxious to depart.
Our letters to the management later went unanswered. We chose this one after reading a recommendation at Frommers, but were sorely disappointed.
A terrible experience.
Great location, lovely roomfrom A TripAdvisor Member
There is a small amount of parking which is under the hotel and is free. The elevator also stops in the car park itself which makes it very handy when carrying lots of luggage!
The room was spotless and seemed to be recently modernised with a mini-balcony with sea view. It came equiped with fridge, hairdryer, and tv but was a little on the small side. With three suitcases we did feel a bit crammed in. Additionally there was no aircon but there was a fan.
Overall though we found the hotel very welcoming...there is even a fantastic Italian Restaurant attached to the hotel (Vincenzo's) which not only has great food but comes complete with a Italian singer!
pretty goodfrom A TripAdvisor Member
La Pensione Rocks!from A TripAdvisor Member
The airport is also convenient by cab or bus. Yes, rooms are small and no, they don't have air conditioning, so if you plan to spend a lot of time in your room you would probably be better off saving to pay a little more for a more upscale hotel or one further out of town.However, if, like me, you plan to spend the bulk of your time in SD out and about being tourist-crazy, then you could do a lot worse than the La Pensione. If you're up early and out all day, you'll find the room has a reasonable ambient temperature in the evenings (this is common in SD in fact - I have often switched air conditioning off at night in other hotels as the nights can be quite brisk). There is some noise overnight due to the trains and the street partying, but it really isn't excessive if you're used to living in an urban area. When you've lived with the sound of Concorde for ten years, San Diego airport is childs play! :)The bathrooms are small but very clean and with good showers, and the addition of a refrigerator in the rooms is a real bonus. The inner courtyard links to a coffee shop which provides a wonderful start to the day with a selection of pastries, cakes and fancy coffees (it also does ice cream). There are some great cheap and cheerful delis and restaurants nearby, and all in all I enjoyed Little Italy a lot. It felt very safe both on the streets and in the hotel. I would stay there again in a heartbeat and have recommended it to several budget-conscious friends.
Small, but cozyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
While the room was not silent, especially with the window open, we had no street sounds except for some car alarms the first night, and certainly no sounds from other rooms, etc.
We did have one major problem (our room key/lock failed and we had to wait for an hour or so while they tried to open the door), but I think it was related to the remodelling, and the staff was helpful and helped us move to a new room afterwards.
On the last day, we had a late flight and asked if we could leave our luggage in a secure location after checkout, and the person at the desk directed us to a messy, unlocked office, which was a bit unnerving. We didn't have anything valuable, so we left our stuff, but for next time I would look into finding a more secure location elsewhere.
I would definitely go back, and if our room lock hadn't failed, I'd probably give 4-4.5 stars for this place, considering it's price and location.
ve seen mostfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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- Address: 606 West Date Street - San Diego - California - 92101 - United States
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