La Pensione Hotel

, San Diego, United States
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La Pensione Hotel

, San Diego
3 star
606 West Date Street - San Diego - California - 92101 - United States Hotel Website | | 619 236 8000
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from A TripAdvisor Member
La Pensione's almost a boutique hotel. It's modest, simple and nothing too fancy. But it's precisely that and the classic use of colours inside and out of the rooms that won me over. No wonder everyone's screaming about this being a fabulous budget hotel. It's good when you're on a budget, but I rate it better than a budget hotel. Oh and if you want quieter rooms, request one that faces the courtyard. Good food abound downstairs and across the street too! And walking distance to Gaslamp and the bay. I had a bonus staying there the same weekend the Italian Festival was going on. Two small gripes are that the exhaust fan in the bathroom was deafening, and so was the flushing system. Other than that, it's worth every cent.

Great Value!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is a great value! Yes the rooms are small and it's not the quietest area, but my room was clean and the restaurant and coffee shop downstairs plus the nearby restaurants make it a great location. It's not exactly downtown, but the walk is not too far and it's certainly very central if you have a car. Not a place to stay if you're planning on spending hours in your hotel room, but otherwise the price is great and it beats the cookie cutter motel chains.

Great place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here for 4 nights in July 2004 while attending a convention. It fit my needs perfectly. The room was very clean and since I was alone the room size was fine. If I were travelling with someone else I'd stay elsewhere. It took me about 15 minutes to get to the Convention Center using the trolley. I was concerned about the noise after reading reviews but it was fine, about what I'd expect for a city neighborhood. The fan kept the room comfortable. Don't miss the coffee shop in the same building or Filippi's Pizza Grotto across the street.

Best value in San Diego

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in La Pensione in the summer of 2002 (a bit late at writing this review).

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 Noise

from A TripAdvisor Member
When I read the favorable reviews, it makes me think that the hotel management is writing them. My experience mirrored that of the person in August 2003 that had plumbing problems, and an unresponsive and rude staff. The toilet was broken in our room, and despite several requests, it was not fixed, even when we went out for the evening and invited them to take advantage of the opportunity to fix it while we're gone.

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 room

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at La Pensione for 2 nights at the end of May 04. The location of the hotel was great. The Trolley is really close by which gives you access to the rest of San Diego city but Little Italy itself was lovely - bustling and friendly.

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 good

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed in the best, big-name hotels and I've stayed in total dumps, but this is one of the best low-priced hotels that I have ever stayed in. My room is always clean and there's always fresh towels and linens whenever I stay there. And the neighborhood is fairly decent, good people. The staff of the hotel and the coffee shop next door (who by the way, make the best lattes,) are great.

La Pensione Rocks!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed in a variety of San Diego hotels over the years, but last year was my first visit to the La Pensione and I stayed there in July during Comic-Con International.I've noted there are a lot of complaints about the size of the rooms and the air conditioning here, but I have to say that I think some people perhaps have unrealistic expectations for $75 a night! San Diego is incredibly expensive to stay in, especially Downtown, and as such the La Pensione represents excellent value.It is clean, well decorated and friendly, linen is fresh and clean, the rooms have excellent maid service and there is free underground parking (this latter is EXTREMELY rare in SD). For those relying on public transport, the trolley stop and train station are only a couple of blocks away - or you can even walk downtown easily.
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 cozy

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed 4 nights at La Pensione in April 2003, which I think was during the remodelling. The room was small and had no view (faced a dumpster/parking lot), but we weren't planning to spend a lot of time looking out the window, anyway. It was actually kind of fun to watch the planes go by! Once we got used to the size, the room was more cozy than small, and I loved the ceiling fan - quiet and relaxing. It was not particularly hot during our trip, so the lack of AC was no problem.
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.

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from A TripAdvisor Member
I travel to San Diego several (3-4) times a month, and after trying out over a dozen budget hotels in the area, have been very impressed with la pensionne, and now stay there every trip. I'm a former San Diego resident, and knowing the area, Pensionne is in a great location right near a small but colorful Little Italy, and within 5 minutes of the airport, downtown and gaslamp, and route 5 and 8. The hotel has a great modern European look and feel, and the small rooms are extremely clean and well maintained with new furniture and great small touches, like black and white tile bathrooms and good sized color televisions. This is a great BUDGET hotel, priced $40 lower than the nearby Hojo's, or the dingy and more expensive dives of hotel circle. It is true to it's title as a pensionne, and I think complaints that there's no couch in the room come from unrealistic expectations, and people not familiar with San Diego and it's usually extremely high hotel rates. For it's price, and anything else within a $50 range, it can't be beat. Insider tip, rooms facing the city receive wi-fi access from the free neighborhood signal.

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  • Address: 606 West Date Street - San Diego - California - 92101 - United States
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