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La Pensione

606 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101-2526
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#127 of 295 hotels in San Diego
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.
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Paid public parking on-site
Car park
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Room features
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Italian
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39greybeard wrote a review May 2021
California14 contributions10 helpful votes
The hotel is well-located for access to restaurants, public transportation, or just walking the waterfront or downtown. Our room had a nice view over the Bay, and we sprung for the paid underground parking to keep our car safe and accessible. Some may find the room size a bit small, the bed comforter too warm, but we are used to that from European travel. Several of the nearby restaurants are quite good, and the vibe along India and Date Streets is lively. We were glad we chose La Pensione.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: Shoot for 4th floor, Bay side.
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queenbeePennsylvania wrote a review Mar 2021
pennsylvania4 contributions
Beautiful property very comfortable bed. great pool and love the porch for relaxing. The employees were friendly and very helpful with suggestions for dining. And the location can’t be beat. And free easy parking.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Melanielee_anderson wrote a review Nov 2020
Redwood City, California1 contribution
Love this hotel. The rooms are very clean. It has friendly staff and a perfect location in the heart of Little Italy. Will plan to stay again and again! Just steps away from great restaurants and fun-filled activities.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony
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Rachel G wrote a review Mar 2020
Shakopee, Minnesota14 contributions19 helpful votes
Overall, our experience was good. It is by far the smallest hotel room I've ever stayed in. That's not a huge problem overall, especially given the affordability, but I think they could do better with areas to set items on, especially in the bathroom. Perhaps a shelf or two for toiletries, a towel bar or hook closer to the shower, and a place to set clothing on. I ended up having to put my clothes, towel, and toiletries on the floor or on the toilet (yuck). It was just kind of awkward at times. The walls are pretty thin, so we heard our neighbors flushing/showering. The hotel was overall fairly quiet, but I can imagine that might change if you had noisy people nearby. The free coffee and pastry at the next door coffee shop was a nice touch, however, we weren't aware of it until morning #2. It would have been nice to know this on the first morning, as it would have saved us some breakfast $$. The location was great and the room was clean. Do yourself a favor and grab some bottled water at the nearby Rite-Aid to keep in the mini fridge, if you don't want to drink the tap water. They do offer a 1-liter bottle if you'd like for an extra $3. It's no Hilton or Marriott (they are way more expensive in SD), but I would stay here again, should I find myself in the area. There are many restaurants close by, and the trolley stop is a quick couple-block walk away.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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874daryld wrote a review Mar 2020
Milwaukee, Wisconsin5 contributions
Location is awesome that’s all I have to say. Hotel is very pleasent and again the location is the key. Right off the plaza and little Italy is alive somewhat of a European feel shops restaurants lots of people
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Pensione
Which popular attractions are close to La Pensione?
Nearby attractions include Enigma HQ Escape Room - Little Italy (0.5 km), Little Italy (0.09 km), and Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Pensione?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, baggage storage, and a 24 hour front desk.
Which room amenities are available at La Pensione?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
Is parking available at La Pensione?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking nearby, and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Pensione?
Conveniently located restaurants include Salt & Straw, Pappalecco, and Cafe Gratitude.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Pensione?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to La Pensione?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mormon Battalion Historic Site (4.2 km), Whaley House Museum (4.0 km), and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House (1.6 km).
Is La Pensione accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.