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606 W. Date St., San Diego, CA 92101
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#120 of 292 in San Diego
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La Pensione Hotel immerses guests in the European exuberance and charm of San Diego's Little Italy - a hip neighborhood renowned for lively ambience, modern global restaurants, quaint sidewalk cafés, and trendy boutiques. Our boutique hotel is located in the center of Little Italy and is widely recognized as the neighborhood's architectural icon.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking on-site
Car park
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Breakfast available
24-hour security
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Vending machine
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Telephone
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Italian
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Steve A wrote a review 11 May
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Third visit to La Pensione this time we brought our adult children and 9 year old and 14 year old grandchildren. Perfect location for family visit to zoo, USS Midway, Balboa Park, streetside restaurants, access to public transportation. Staff is responsive and always available.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Diego c wrote a review 9 May
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Great staff and clean room. The room was smaller then expected, but you don't need much if you are going to spend all day outside exploring. The hotel is located in the middle of little Italy, next to great resturants. When visiting San Diego, this will be my go to hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Michael M wrote a review Apr 2022
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Great staff, plenty of nearby nightlife and restaurants. Paid for parking in a very secure garage. Easy walk down to waterfront. Close to Gaslamp. Close to trains and metro. Decent price. Definitely do again
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
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mconnelly44 wrote a review Apr 2022
Pine Valley, California2 contributions
The only good thing about this hotel is the location if you like being right in the middle of everything. The Farmers Market outside on Saturdays is amazing and that is why we picked this hotel. We could literally walk outside into the Farmer Market. That was the only good thing really. Now onto the ZERO amenities. I mean that. Okay, there is a small fridge in the room. Coffee? Nope. Not in the room and not in the "hotel" where it's free. There is a coffee business downstairs BUT it doesn't open until 7am and for us early risers, we are waiting around for coffee. They don't have complimentary breakfast, nada. Except for a fridge, I'm serious when I say zero amenities. The rooms are very small. We live in a very modest house and our bedrooms are bigger than the hotel room. The shower? Sucks if you don't like water in your face and have long thick hair. It comes out of the ceiling so falls on top of your head without a way to adjust it and there's no pressure. It was a nightmare. My husband loved it because he loves getting water on his face but I don't because I wear contacts. Closet for clothes? No. There is a bar hanging from the ceiling to hang up your clothes if need be. Elevator? Yes but it was broken when we first got there so we used the stairs the entire wknd. Haha. Fitness center it says it has? Nope. We tried to use it but it was "out of order" and locked up. The staff was super nice but for the price, some amenities would be nice. We won't stay there again. Oh, and if you want peace and quiet, this is NOT the place. NOISY!!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: If you want a quieter room, don't have one that is on the Date street side.
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Steve G wrote a review Mar 2022
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La Pensione is in the heart of Little Italy with great street views. It is a short walk to all shops, bars, and restaurants. Parking is conveniently located below the hotel with an elevator to all floors. I will definitely be returning.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: Some rooms have a balcony with a great view.
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H-Woman-in-Hawaii wrote a review Mar 2022
Oahu, Hawaii29 contributions4 helpful votes
La Pensione review Hubby booked this hotel for my birthday weekend, Brandon was extremely helpful and patient when I called him a few times to ask him about the parking situation. The other FrontDesk agents were friendly and helpful too. The hotel is a cozy boutique hotel, located in Little Italy, surrounded by the wonderful smells of Italian cuisine. The lobby has a fireplace and a few seats. The room was small, clean and had the necessities needed for an overnight stay. There was a fridge and TV. We loved the rain shower. We had the option to store our suitcases with them, while finding parking. Honestly, once you’re checked in, you don’t need your car, everything is in walking distance. They have a Saturday Farmer’s Market directly in front of their door, all the way down the street. Totally loved this. The morning coffee was available at the little coffee shop, next to the lobby. If you have a truck or SUV, you won’t be able to park in this hotel’s garage, it only accommodates compact vehicles, and costs $30 per night. Alternatively, there are lots of other parking places around ranging from $16 and up, if you don’t mind walking to the hotel. There is also meter-parking around the hotel. Also Gaslamp District was rocking on Friday night, and only a 20 minute walk from hotel, if you don’t mind getting your steps in. There are Uber’s and these little lit-up motorized or non-motorized carts available from the GasLamp. I did like this little gem and will be back. Thank you Brandon for all the suggestions.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Their parking garage only takes compact cars, it’s $30 a night. There are metered parking in the...
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loobobone wrote a review Feb 2022
Wisconsin57 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed at the La Pensione for four nights in early February. The location in Little Italy is great. Easy walk to so many places and connections to public transportation. Our room was small, but very clean and quiet. Staff was always present at the front desk and very accommodating. Definitely would consider going back.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
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osimajorusaf wrote a review Feb 2022
Ruston, Louisiana560 contributions139 helpful votes
We've visited San Diego numerous times over the past 50 years. Yet, this is the first time we stayed in Little Italy. We wanted to be able to spend the majority of our time in Little Italy with friends enjoying the many restaurants and shops in the area. La Pensione was the perfect choice for us. Centrally located and directly across the street from a pedestrian zone. The room was in good condition albeit a bit cozy. However, since we were out and about from morning till night, it was fine. The parking in the basement was rather tight so one may wish to brush up on their parking skills should have a large vehicle. I'd definitely stay there again should we wish to stay in Little Italy.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Emily B wrote a review Jan 2022
Oceanside4 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful little gem in the heart of little Italy. Perfect to walk to things. Wonderful coffee shop adjacent to the hotel. Very small basic rooms but clean and nicely done. We like to stay here when we are leaving out of San Diego airport since it's only about a 5 min uber.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Melissa P wrote a review Jan 2022
San Francisco, California373 contributions102 helpful votes
Chose this hotel mainly due to its location to be close to restaurants and be within walking distance to the waterftont, downtown, etc. Besides the great location, the hotel wasn’t too noteworthy. The rooms are small and simple with no items you might find elsewhere like tea/coffee. Depending on which room/side of the hotel you are on it can also be pretty noisy- I didn’t have an issue with the outside noise but if you are sensitive then this could be an issue for you. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Parking is available for $30/day
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US$165 - US$286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
la pensione san diego, la pensione hotel san diego
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaSan DiegoDowntown / Little Italy
NUMBER OF ROOMS
75
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Pensione Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to La Pensione Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Little Italy (0.09 km), Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market (0.2 km), and Waterfront Park (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Pensione Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, breakfast, and baggage storage.
What food & drink options are available at La Pensione Hotel?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at La Pensione Hotel?
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 Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Salt & Straw, Pappalecco, and Cafe Gratitude.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Pensione Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to La Pensione Hotel?
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 Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.