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La Pensione Hotel in San Diego, CA

La Pensione Hotel in San Diego, CA

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La Pensione Hotel, located in the heart of San Diego's Little Italy and only steps away from dining and entertainment. Clean, quaint, and renovated in 2011, La Pensione Hotel's extensive modern makeover artfully exemplifies the essence of San Diego's emerging Little Italy Neighborhood.

La Pensione Hotel considered one of the most affordable and best kept secret Hotels in San Diego.

History

Established in 1991.

68 Room Hotel located in the historic Little Italy district

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.53

Address: 606 W Date St, San Diego, CA, 92101
  • Mon: 1:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Tue: 1:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Wed: 1:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Thu: 1:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Fri: 1:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Sat: 1:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Sun: 1:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Comments (93):

1. Lauren N.
i love this little hotel!

my boyfriend and i stayed here when i visited san diego to check out the school i am currently attending. it's cute, within walking distance to all the little italy shops and restaurants as well as to the gaslamp quarter (as long as you're not wearing 4" heals). and it's cheap!

yes, the rooms are small, but the room we had reminded us of a hotel room we shared in barcelona (which was smaller) and i didn't find the size offensive. as i remember, the sink was outside the bathroom, which i found to be useful because i could be getting dressed while he showered and still see myself in the mirror. the shower was a normal-sized tub. it had a full-size bed, so i guess you might think it's on the small side if you're used to a king. we thought it was perfect!

my boyfriend was frustrated at the tiny underground parking lot; i was satisfied with parking on the street. unlike other yelpers, i didn't have an issue with the noise at any time, and found the courtyard to be quaint.

great place at a great price!

11/06/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. C. A. H.
Great location and you can't beat the price.  Rooms are very small.  They warn you about the rooms not having air conditioning.  I asked an employee about it and he said that every room is hot.  The rooms at least have a ceiling fan, oscillating desk fan, and a window you can open (though air doesn't flow).  It was also smelly-- like parmesan cheese.  We left the fan on with the window open when we went to dinner.  It was mostly gone when we returned.  Also, get there at checkout to be one of the first guests to check in if you want a parking space in their underground garage.  I had to find parking on the street and move it the next morning by 8:00 a.m,  Street cleaning occurs on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. so I had to wait until after 11 p.m. to find a nearby parking spot.  I'd stay there again, though.

31/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Andrew Y.
This renovated hotel seem is at the foot of Little Italy in San Diego. The hotel itselt is not all that fabulous, but the view is of the harbour. The rooms have a lot to be desired. They are a little small and do the job. What are you there for? To hang out in your room? The hotel has an open middle so you can get some fresh air when you leave your room. The hotel is a short walk from everything. I stayed here because it was one of the deals through Southwest.

The food around the hotel is grat. If I can remember the names of the places, I'll review them.

20/06/06 | Link | Rating: 3.0
4. Nancy W.
Rooms are super tiny - it's like I'm in New York.  My sink isn't even in the bathroom.  My room was on the 4th floor which is not a good thing.  They have windows above the door with no cutains.  I like to sleep in pitch dark, so that didn't work for me.  The place was under construction, upgrade, but I had an old room.  I would have preferred to stay somewhere else, but since it's on company dime, my company dictates where I go : (

03/08/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
5. Jane P.
Charming and very well priced.  Friendly staff.  Comfy bed and  quiet rooms.  Perfect location for enjoying Little Italy.

22/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Margan M.
I was VERY disappointed with the lack of customer service at La Pensione. The advertised and subsequently confirmed in-room Internet service did not work. I probably could have dealt with a down system had they been upfront, showed compassion, and told me what they were going to do to fix the problem, but NONE of that. The manager could not have been less interested in my problem. I suggested he give me a reduction on the room. I paid their rack rate of $129/night for their larger Queen "corner" room. I have noticed cheaper rates available, but I booked my room in person on the day I moved in. Anyway, an offer of $10/day would have demonstrated that they cared, but they refused to do anything. Just a "tough luck" attitude. I would definitely advise you to proceed with caution. Note as well that the A/C wall unit is not big enough to cool the room, and the neighborhood noise almost requires that you shut the windows at night.

23/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
7. Marissa M.
My experience at this hotel was unexpectedly not great, and I guess the best way to review it is to just list the pros and cons.

Pros:
1. The farmer's market is directly out the front door on Saturdays. I LOVED this.
2. Super walkable neighborhood with tons of restaurants and a few bars. Also within walking distance of the Gaslamp District.
3. Cute hotel with nicely renovated, modern rooms.
4. Waterfront is within walking distance.

Cons:
1. The air conditioning in our room barely worked. Two people in a tiny room makes for constant stuffiness, so we tried both turning the fan up and the temp down and neither worked.
2. The bed was hard as a rock and the pillow was mush. I try not to let these things bother me because everyone has their own preference and the hotel can't please everyone. But this was a really hard mattress and I kept waking up achy throughout the night.
3. The shower was tiny and the shower head came out of the ceiling, so the only way to get out of the water was to huddle in the corner.
4. Our room wasn't cleaned until 5:45 PM. I'm sure we still had our Do Not Disturb sign up the first time the cleaners came around,  but coming back at 5:45 seems a bit extreme, and we had to wait in the lobby until they were done, when we werealready out of the room for about six hours that day.
5. The parking garage was tiny with very limited spaces. This seems odd, since Little Italy is a very busy, touristy area. There is not a lot of street parking, so on our first night I had to park about .5 miles away. I could use the exercise, but I'm sure not everyone feels the same way. Most of the parking in the area was either metered or 2 hour parking, which is inconvenient when you're trying to be out doing things.

This hotel is nice, and while it is cheaper than some of the other options in the area, it's certainly not a budget hotel. I was expecting more from this place.

22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
8. Aunny D.
For the price ($90 a night) and location (Little Italy) you can't beat it. The rooms are tiny, and I would agree with the other Yelp reviews, it is reminiscent of the quaint European hotels I've been to. La Pensione is a four story hotel that sits above an Italian cafe and adjacent courtyard. The rooms are small, but they serve their purpose. We stayed on the fourth floor with a view of the ocean. They are in the heart of Little Italy and a nice walk or short cab ride (whatever you prefer) to any destination in downtown San Diego. There is a outdoor farmer's market held just outside the hotel on Saturdays and if you plan on taking a short weekend trip to San Diego I would highly recommend this place if you would rather spend your money on great restaurants and nightlife rather than a fancy-shmancy hotel room. If you are driving rather than flying into SD, the parking is a little challenging, but there is metered parking all along Date and India Streets. Stan the guy at the front desk was super friendly and the only major problem I have with the hotel is the lack of AC. I don't consider myself to be a high-maintenance kinda gal but AC is a MUST for any hotel I stay in.

04/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
9. Kristen G.
My stay at La Pensione definitely exceeded my expectations! As I saw from the reviews on Yelp while I was booking my trip to San Diego, I was expecting a small, boutique experience with potentially no air conditioning. I am from Atlanta, so I figured that I could survive 2 days in temperate, breezy conditions with no AC. However, upon arrival I found out that I had been upgraded to one of the brand new suites. I had booked my trip on Orbitz and got a room for only $79! That was a fantastic price considering the other nearby options that were a minimum $159+ a night. So, I arrived in my room to find a beautiful minimalist design that was perfect. A lush bed. A nice desk. A flat screen TV on the wall. Beautiful lighting. A waterfall shower. It was exquisite in my opinion. And this is coming from someone who had stayed in the Omni the previous night for business. Now granted, it is close quarters; however, I was staying alone. And I don't mind limited space. I live in a studio apartment, so this hotel room was perfect. Also, the newly renovated rooms have AC. So, that was a delightful find. My room did overlook the patio of the cafe below, but I never had any issues with noise. There were a lot of boxes, carts, etc. in the hallways and near the elevator as they were finalizing renovations during my stay; however, their update is due to be completed this month. Another bonus is that you are in the heart of Little Italy. I had amazing Italian food at great prices, strolled through adorable shops and boutiques, and even took the semi-long walk to Balboa park (I would recommend tennis shoes or taking a cab in hindsight). Another bonus if you're staying during the weekend, when I walked out of the hotel Saturday morning I was in the middle of an amazing farmer's market. Every Saturday they have a farmer's market in little Italy, and it spans about 6 blocks. It was phenomenal. As you can tell, I was definitely a fan of my stay here. The only reason that I am not giving it 5 stars is a) I had to wait to be checked in because the receptionist was on the phone. I prefer that they have more staff or put the phone customer on hold and deal with the patron that is looking you in the face and b) the shower was awesome but the shower door didn't do the best job of holding in the water. I had to use extra towels on the floor. But I definitely recommend the La Pensione for your stay in San Diego! Enjoy!

16/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. daeman c.
I originally used to book rooms in this hotel to house out-of-town guests and talent that were performing in the Gaslamp.  It was affordable, close to the airport, and had a particular charm that was almost exclusive to Little Italy (pre-condo explosion).  While I will agree with almost every one of the criticisms that the other reviewers posted, I feel that La Pensione hotel fulfills a need in San Diego for boutique-ish hotels without the costs involved in staying at the W or the Ivy.  I mean c'mon, I don't want to put my friends and family in the Holiday Inn or the Great 8 (San Diego has more flavor than that) but at this point in time, the more exclusive designer hotels just ain't in the budget.

La Pensione is all about value for your $$.  Sure, the carpet is black.  Sure, the noise from the courtyard might get a little annoying.  And Yes, the rooms are small!  Think San Fran small and you're just about getting there.  However, knowing is half the battle GI Joe and knowing these thing means you can request larger rooms, stay away from the courtyard (although it's really cute), or bring your own throw rugs if that's what makes you happy.  BUT, take into consideration the locale of Little Italy with all of the food and nightlife that area has to offer, the central location for everything touristy, and the charm of the hotel and especially of its staff and you'll be booking this place for years to come.  I promise.

I gave La Pensione 4 stars just because of the random complaints that my friends and relatives have mentioned although most all of them request to be put up there again when they come back to SD.

05/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Katie W.
La Pensione has been a home away from home for me and my fiance on a few occasions as we planned our move to San Diego.  The value for the location in the heart of Little Italy, close to the Gaslamp, and bay can't be beat.  Sure the rooms are small, but I have stayed in smaller in Big Italy for more money.  The staff is friendly and accomodating.  We never had a problem finding a space in the garage...although we sometimes had trouble wiggling into spots.  But the parking is $10 per stay, which is almost unheard of in most hotels.  The WiFi almost never worked in our room, but seemed to connect better in the courtyard.  There is even a self-service laundrette by the front desk for longer stays.  You can hang out by the fireplace with Penny, the hotel mascot, and read one of the many San Diego pamphlets and magazines in the lobby while you wait for your clothes.

La Pensione has a certain charm and if you need a place to stay in San Diego that is clean, close to everything for LESS THAN $100 per night, then book a room and feel lucky to have found a bargain in an otherwise expensive tourist destination.

26/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. L D.
This little hotel is purely functional and budget minded.  It did in fact feel somewhat like the kind of modern budget hotel you would find in Rome (tiny rooms, filled mostly by the bed, painfully slow elevator, open air core, nicer than a Motel 6)

Parking in the area is supposedly difficult but I found it to be really easy.  I was surprised how many parking spots were not 2-hour zones or metered.  The only thing to look out for is the street cleaning but if you are used to this routine, you know how it works.  
I did see people getting their tires chalked in the 15 minute zone out front so be careful there.

Oh yeah, about the hotel also:  they had mini-fridges which was unexpected but a nice touch for a budget hotel.  Our top floor room faced the city skyline which was what I had requested.  Any room with a "water view" couldn't possibly see much water so I wouldnt bother requesting that.

15/05/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Stacey A.
Yes, the rooms are tiny... but who goes to San Diego to stay in their room?? This is such a nice place for a weekend stay - you've got tons of restaurants around you and you're in Little Italy. What's even better is the Saturday market is set up literally right outside the hotel room, and the streets are blocked off so you can walk along the road and visit all the vendors. The only con I experienced was the parking, the garage is small and it's a huge CF - but it didn't matter cause I did a lot of hoofing it anyway (besides the drunken cab rides to and from the Gaslamp District). I will definitely reconsider staying here again!

21/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. jessica z.
If you are expecting palacial size rooms go somewhere else.  Besides, the prices here are totally reasonable.

First, this hotel is located in Little Italy.  I like this area from a tourists perspective because its a great neighborhood with some good food, but its also right next to downtown. From here you can take a cheapish cab to gaslamp at night. But also hop in your car the next day and be on the freeway in minutes.   Basically, its centrally located without having to be in the center of it all.

The rooms are, like i said, small.  Think of rooms in European hotels and you've got the rooms here. They are compact, but they have everything you need.

The only, only reason I dock a star for La Pensione is parking. They do have a parking structure underneath the hotel. But it, like the hotel, is small. So, even if you get there early enough in the day to win a spot, it will take you at least 10 minutes to maneauver through that maze of a garage to find a spot. If you have an SUV, don't even think about it.

13/05/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Tarek S.
I stayed in this hotel for a day, loved it, we got a room with a full balcony and very modern for a great price & it was last minute notice + the weekend! very clean & the area is amazing, you are in the heart of Little Italy!

23/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Chris Y.
Great place for a recovery room when your enjoying the night life. People complain how small it is, but you can't deny the price tag!

22/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Kris J.
By complete good fortune on the end of long solo road trip, I found myself in the quaint hospitable arms of the Pensione Hotel in the heart of San Diego's Little Italy (I had no idea there was such an area).

Everything was perfect, charming, and very comfortable! The rooms are small, but to me it didn't matter, in fact,  that only led to the European feel of the space. The room had fun art work (some black and white Italian street scenes) which was a nice departure from the basic hotel art you normally find.   The bathroom was well lit and updated.  

The best thing about this place is not only the proximity to the ocean (walkable) and the immediate charming area, but the rate was amazingly low!!! It still surprises me!

Little Italy is great, I wanted to stay right there forever. The food was amazing, nightlife fun, the replicated piatsas with old couples sitting around benches speaking Italian,  the colorful bricks, and painted walls... truly a gem of a neighborhood.

I was having so much fun alone I felt guilty that I was enjoying this all to myself, so I called my mom and she flew out to meet me for the weekend. We had a lovely trip and each night looked forward to walking back into our home away from home at the Pensione.

The staff and vibe there was really relaxed and easy going.  I felt very safe as well being a single female traveler.

26/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Mindy N.
there's not much else I can say that hasn't already been said

+adorable boutique hotel
+renovated rooms are beautiful!
+such a good deal
+AMAZING location.

went here for a surprise weekend getaway and it was perfect. close to the water and close to the city. at night we took a stroll along the streets of Little Italy, got tipsy off a bottle of wine while enjoying a delicious Italian dinner, then walked back to the hotel to relax, all in 4 inch heels! would definitely stay here again and would definitely recommend to friends visiting San Diego.

**parking is HORRIBLE. theres only a handful of spaces and they are all cramped n together. first come first serve so come early and never leave your parking space!

11/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Wendy H.
What's not to love about this hotel? First, LOCATION. Right smack dab in Little Italy. Just a few steps to the best pizza, pasta and gelato ever. Step out of the front door on a Saturday morning, and you're in the middle of the Farmer's Market. Walking distance to fabulous Balboa Park to the east and the San Diego bay to the west. Second, CHARMING as all get out. This hotel is perfect for couples - the rooms are super small and intimate, all the amenities you need, plus an empty mini-fridge to store the fresh juice and food you buy at the Farmer's Market! A coffee shop downstairs with a little courtyard also. Reminded me of our hostel in Spain. Courteous and helpful front desk. Free wi-fi. A/c wall unit. And most importantly, it didn't break the bank.

24/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Ty C.
I stay here for work, it's a small boutique hotel located in little italy. The upgraded rooms are adorable, clean and slick. The hotel also has a resident dog who moves about as he pleases, he is cute! The only draw back is the parking below, it's a major ordeal to park your car underground.

23/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. sarah a.
Beautiful modern hotel with great views. Big plus for me was the in house coffee shop with REAL coffee.

09/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Ryan S.
This is a perfect hotel for a one or two night stay in downtown San Diego.  It is in an excellent location close enough to the airport and Gaslamp bars, restaurants, and shopping.  

I've stayed there twice and my brother and his wife stayed there once.  All at different times of the year we always paid $88 a night.  Yes that is a two digit number!!! An incredible price for the location!

Before staying here my regular San Diego hotel was the Marriott Gaslamp across from Petco Park.  The Marriott was much nicer and the rooms, bed, bathroom, upstairs bar, and complimentary beverages and snacks for Diamond members were what always brought me back.  But the price was triple what I paid at La Pensione!

The rooms are small but not ridiculous.  There is enough room for a desk, a fridge, a queen sized bed with two nightstands, an armoire and a full sized bathroom. The bed isn't a Heavenly Bed but it's comfy and clean.  But I love this hotel even in the heat of July!  It feels like you are in small authentic Italian hotel.  It's perfect setting in Little Italy is ideal and part of the charm.  

The lack of a/c could be alarming to some travelers but San Diego has a very cool climate especially in the evenings.  So unless you are planning on sleeping the heat of the day in the middle of August you probably won't even notice.  There is a ceiling fan and a tabletop fan that I didn't even turn on until the second night.  There are two large windows that open all the way with screens to catch the breeze.

The bathrooms are newly remodeled but nothing special.  The important thing is that its clean, great water pressure, and nothing gross like rust or anything broken.  

There is a mini fridge which is perfect for leftovers or beverages! There is a laundry room as well which I needed at the Marriott but did not find!

The staff is very friendly and offered to keep my bags for a few hours after we checked out before our flight.  I wouldn't expect that at such a small hotel but it was really helpful.  

I highly recommend this charming hotel for casual travelers looking to enjoy the nightlife of downtown San Diego without paying for the a high priced hotels in the area.

26/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Alice S.
You walk into this super cute little hotel, thinking you've made a great decision- it's inexpensive, adorable, and right in the heart of little Italy!...then you walk into your stiflingly hot room, turn on the air conditioning and... CLANK CLANK CLANK about every 5 to 10 seconds. Go downstairs and talk to the (perhaps rude because she addressed this same question no fewer than 3 times whilst I was standing at the front desk) front desk girl, saying 'there's a weird LOUD clanking sound from my air conditioner?' and be told that you should do some convoluted 'turn the ac on high to 74 while you're gone, then down to 72 on high at night, it won't stop it, but it will make the sound softer.' Hear that?! You will be sleeping with a loud mac-truck clanking noise ALL NIGHT LONG! Your other option is to sleep with the one teensy window open which will generate absolutely no cross-breeze because it looks out upon the tiny alleyway.
Your bathroom will also smell funky, but really you'll be so damn exhausted that'll be the least of your worries.

19/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
24. Michael M.
I stayed at La Pensione with family and friends, during the Italian Festa in October of 2010.  We rented a total of six rooms.  The hotel was difficult to work with when checking in, and although we had requested  rooms that were somewhat close together, they split us up on a couple different floors.

 Upon checking out, four of us made reservations to return for the Sicilian Festa in about eight months.  I specifically reserved one of the three rooms that have a balcony which opens to India Street.  The hotel confirmed a room with a balcony for me  and gave me a rate as well as a confirmation number in writing.  I thought I was set.

 Upon arrival inMay  2011, I showed the hotel clerk my paperwork.  The clerk told me none of the rooms with balconies were available.  When showed my paperwork, she didn't care.  She told me the hotel was doing some rennovation work on those rooms and there was nothing she could do.  I went up the elevator and found that the rooms with balconies were not being rennovated at all.  There was some work being done on the third floor, but it didn't involve the room I had reserved.

 I came back to the clerk, who now admitted the owner rented the rooms with balconies to his friends.  I had already planned a reception on the balcony of the room I had reserved, complete with food, drink and guests because Sunday May 22nd was my wife's birthday.  I was now out a lot of money because I had to cancel those plans.

 This hotel would do well in a third-world country because their business practices would fit right in.  They don't feel any different about loyal returning costomers than they do someone who stays once and they'll never see again

 In October 2011  I'll surely be attending the Festa, but sure as hell won't be staying at La Pensione!

15/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
25. Tina H.
Noisy Place to stay. Trains and Planes. Extremely small rooms. You have to leave the window open for air circulation. Semen and blood left on comforters. Very dissapointed in the Front desk clerk's  ability to deal with customer complaints. Manager seems to be out of town and no one else to contact in order to deal with issues. Parking is a BIG FAIL! Not enough parking for the occupancy of Hotel guest. I do NOT recommend this place.

18/03/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
26. Jim S.
"Meh. I've experienced better." is the perfect description for this place.  The rooms are really small (see my pictures for the whole truth).  The walls are paper thin.  The bed is not very comfortable.  The garage is a cluster___.  But it's on the affordable side, and the location's not bad at all--I selected this place because it was stumbling distance to The Casbah.  But you definitely get what you pay for.

30/07/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
27. Rachel B.
We recently got married in Balboa Park and were looking for an affordable, well located hotel for our out of town guests.  In the heart of little Italy, La Pensione was absolutely perfect!  A big financial plus for us... we did not have to commit way ahead of time to paying for all the rooms we reserved.  As the wedding approached we were able to release any un-used rooms. Also, we made little welcome bags for our guests.  The front desk held these bags for us and gave them to our guests at check in.  Most hotels charge for this service, but La Pensione did it for free.  Awesome! One side note... the rooms are on the small side, but they are cute, clean, and for the price and location our guests were very happy.

05/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Crystal S.
Bought tickets to attend a concert in the Gaslamp District, but wasn't in the mood to pay $300-400 dollars a night for a swanky hotel room in said area.  Went online and researched several options before deciding on La Pensione.  Right choice!

When we arrived, I was pleased to find that we had gotten exactly what was expected.  A boutique style hotel with smallish clean rooms, nothing at all fancy but functional for those on a budget.  Those who have minimal hotel needs, such as sleeping, showering, and getting dressed.  This is exactly what we wanted, and for 89.00 a night thought that it was a great value.  

Located right in the heart of Little Italy, about an eight block walk from the Gaslamp district, I doubt there is a better lodging option for those who are on a budget but want a nice clean place to stay which is in the center of town.  Next time I'm back in San Diego, I wouldn't at all hesitate to stay here again.

31/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Corey H.
Put my buddy up here when he visited for a job interview. Close enough to our apartment, inexpensive, drops you right in the middle of the farmer's market, and apparently has a hotter than hot desk girl.

I'll definitely use this as my go-to put up spot for friends in town.

04/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. bold s.
Fantastic little hotel with amazing prices to match. Its on the small side but its classy and chic. The rooms with the queen size beds are much bigger and roomier so upgrade to get a much more comfortable experience. There is no reason to spend more money on a brand name hotel if you are going to be in san diego.

14/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. David M.
Tremendous value.  Great room.  Excellent service.

03/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Michael C.
Solid hotel in the Little Italy district of San Diego, about a 15 minute walk from the popular Gaslamp district. There were a couple quirks that got annoying, namely the slowest elevator I've ever been in. The front desk was fine, but they weren't overly helpful. For the price though I would highly reccomend this place for your stay in San Diego.

22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Jasmine K.
Such a great little hotel in the middle of Little Italy! I stay here every time I come to San Diego and it never disappoints.  Yes, the rooms are not huge but they are clean, comfortable, modern, and a great price.  Also, there is a farmer's market in front of the hotel on certain days and a cafe and restaurant on the first floor.

21/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. David J.
Amazing location, great price, fantastic staff.  I booked a room for two nights on Orbitz.  Check in smooth, nice friendly conversation with the front desk.  Underground parking was only $10 a night.  Every Saturday there is a Farmers Market right in front of the hotel.  Had coffee at the Italian coffee shop in the lobby and watched the vendors set up.  Locals came by with their dogs and chatted.  Once the Farmers Market got into full swing it was a very nice scene.  Decent jazz bands, good food, amazing people watching and dog watching.  My plans changed and i had to leave at 5:00pm on Saturday instead of Sunday. I explained this to Stephanie at the front desk, fully expecting to pay for the two nights based on their publihed and fair cancellation policy. She said, no charge!  When she pulled up my invoice, she saw my card had already been charged the full two nights  by Orbitz. She suggested I call Orbitz, which I did. Orbitz quoted me the cancellation policy. I said but the hotel is cool with not charging me for the second night. They called Stephanie at the front desk, confirmed and refunded me $114!!  I love this hotel!

Yes the room are small. That is accurate.  But Little Italy is great, the ambiance is good, and these folks are really nice.  Give them a try.

07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Molly C.
Thank you - to the hotel owners and decorators who had the foresight to decorate a budget friendly hotel into a modern, clean and welcoming change from the chain budget hotels which are fastly going down hill.  I work in San Diego regularly and stayed here frequently before I took an apt in nearby Little Italy.  The lobby is welcoming especially if you're lucky enough to walk in when the fireplace is lit and Penny is there. Penny makes my stay worth it everytime as I own a Wheaten Terrier at home in San Francisco.  Penny is a bit on the scruffy side but I call her the "Canine Concierge" as she will remind me whether or not I brought treats by jumping on the luggage cart to wait for the right signal.  She also knows where the treat jar is at the coffee shop next door.  If you want to sit or work by the lobby fireplace, Penny may sit in the chair next to you to remind you of home.  Oh, the hotel.....yes, it's great!  Just enough decor to add a bit of style without breaking the bank.  The rooms are petite but have all of the basic necessities.  One thing I really appreciate as a weekly commuter, is clean, white, comfortable bedding.  The acrylic bedspreads in chains like Courtyard Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn are not only NOT sanitary, but look sleezy fairly quickly and there has to be a better solution - La Pensione did it right - high-grade cotton duvet covers that are washable.  The rooms have small refridges to store your leftover pasta dishes from Little Italy or a little canoli.  The underground parking is a huge plus considering the bustling area.  I stayed in a basic room but would be very interested to stay in one of the suites with a balcony and a bit more space. Be sure to ask for a quiet room as some face the street and some face the train/trolley tracks a few blocks away.  I'm accustomed to the train noises and feel it's comes with city living so it doesn't bother me, but it might bother you.....

The cafe downstairs is a welcome change to the predictable Starbuck's model.  They serve Italian coffees, baked treats, gelato and have a magazine rack should you choose to partake and the central courtyard shared between the hotel and coffee shop has wi-fi.  

My critique is comprised of 6 items (only 2  having to do with the hotel):
1) I would pay more attention to the nicks and scratches on the furniture and repair/replace more quickly, so the Pensione does not appear run down;
2) Groom Penny more often so we can see those beautiful eyes;
3) Give Penny more high-protein, high-quality treats;
4) Take Penny to dog beach in Ocean Beach so she can get crazy;
5) Create a "Penny Treat Fund" jar at the front desk.
6) Rename the hotel: "La Penny-sione"

I'm just saying...

24/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. Dana R.
My initial impression was due to the front desk gal. She was SO incredibly rude, she was so rude in fact that I had my fiancee complete the check in process because she had infuriated me with her dismissive and completely unacceptable attitude. We arrived around 1PM, I had called the day before to see if I could arrange for an early check in and the associates response: you don't need to request early check in, if you get here and your room is ready we will let you in..." I knew the parking situation was very limited and that was part of the reason we arrived early, I asked about early check in and the gal said, "Nope, your room is not ready." I asked if she could give us an idea of when it might be ready and she rudely replied,. "After 3, that is check in time." I told her I had called about early check in, she replied, "look, I checked and your room isn't ready." Really? could you not move us to another room that was ready? Any how, this did not make me happy...

Once we checked in and got into the room I felt better. The room was tiny and the TV was even tinier, but the room was cute and clean, with the exception of a few hairs on the bathroom floor. The bed was comfy, the pillows were great and the a/c worked really well and quietly. There were very limited amenities in the room but we only paid $99 so I wasn't expecting much.

Little Italy is adorable and a perfect spot to park the car and walk the whole time, thank goodness because the parking garage is so small and difficult to park in, I drive a beetle and it used every bit of the parking space. $10 for parking, not a big deal for peace of mind.

Cute dog in the lobby and the other associates were friendly and helpful. Had I gotten the name of the rude lady, I would have contacted a manager. The stay turned out to be just what we needed, relaxing! Our room overlooked some gross houses, but whatever- we weren't there for the view. I will definitely be back!

03/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Mickey T.
Pluses: Clean room; mini-fridge; GREAT location.
Minuses: Small rooms; not enough parking in their garage for their guests.

But the reason why it gets 1 star is the noisy AC, which kept me up all night. Imagine the Family Feud buzzer going off every couple minutes throughout the night. Apparently this affected all of the rooms and the staff blamed it on the unusual humidity. If they know exactly what the issues is, why won't they fix it?

I CAN NOT recommend this hotel. If you can't get a good night's sleep, all the amenities in the world won't make up for it.

21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
38. Tyler D.
Small, clean rooms.  Nothing fancy.  People at the front desk were some of the nicest most helpful people I've met in the industry.  Only downside is there is no wifi in the rooms.  You have to go down to the lobby.  But at $120/night, its worth it.  

10 out of 10.  Would bang.

19/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. Sara G.
Hotel was better than expected. The location was perfect. Entire hotel staff was friendly and professional. I found this hotel on Expedia and decided to yelp it before booking it over the phone since Expedia said it was not available to book. All reviews said the room was small but nice and the a/c was loud so when my boyfriend and I arrived that is what I expected.

I was really surprised how modern, nice and CLEAN these were! The a/c did not make a noise so they must of fixed this problem recently. The room is smaller than most average size hotel rooms but I didn't mind it since I only spent little time in it.

The only bad thing about this hotel is the parking situation. It really sucks so expect to spend money and time searching for parking.

Hours after checking out my boyfriend realized he forgot his Kindle Fire in the desk in our room. He called the front desk to ask about it and they said they would go up to the room and check. He got a call back within 10 minutes or so from the front desk letting him know they found my boyfriend's Kindle.  Now that's some honest folks here! Really surprised on that one to be honest.

We really liked it here and plan to come back next time we stay in San Diego.

24/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Keith J.
An incredible find; this is where I *always* stay when in San Diego.  And even though I only gave it 3 stars, it's still a gem.

Here's the good:

* Incredible location. Little Italy is a walkable human-scale neighborhood with restaurant that range from historic and cheesy to wannabe upscale to truly upscale/awesome (see my review for Davanti Enoteca). Safe area, lots of people around, great neighborhood-sponsored plazas for sitting and people-gazing. A HUGE and crazy-wild Farmers' Market on Saturdays. And its own trolley stop just a 5 min walk away.

* Coffee house and OK Italian restaurant IN THE BUILDING. Better versions of these are just steps away, but it's nice in the morning to just come downstairs and grab your coffee and muffin.

* Nice price. Typical room is $99 + tax. Used to be $79, which was awesome, but since they added air-conditioning and remodeled, they upped the price. The A/C wasn't REALLY needed; San Diego's bayfront weather has always been on the milder side. Just open the window and you are generally fine.

* Clean compact rooms. Small, but workable. Modern rooms that are as clean as a whistle. Nice views from many of the rooms. A single queen size bed in most rooms.

* Free WiFi in the courtyard, adjacent to the Caffe Italia coffeehouse in the building.

* The lobby dog and the fireplace. Makes it feel like home.

The not-so-good:

* Compact may not be right for you. These rooms are TINY, smaller than Motel 6 (although they now have a few more expensive rooms that are larger and more traditional...you must call the hotel for these; they are not available on the Internet). My room this time had a door to a very cool balcony (rare in the hotel), but the door couldn't open all the way, banging against the bed.

* Some employees are very friendly and welcoming, but the one lady who checks me in every year is somewhat distant and just-doing-her-job. I never get a "Welcome Back!" or even a "Welcome". My stay at a La Quinta Inn in Oceanside was much more personable.

* WiFi in the courtyard. Yeah, I had that above in the good. Problem is, if you want it in the rooms, forget it (most of the rooms). I think they've added a couple more routers, but the signal is pretty weak over most of the property. And no Ethernet cables or jacks in the rooms. You MUST go to the lobby or courtyard. (or use your own phone-based wi-fi hot spot).

* The two full days I was there, my room hadn't been cleaned as of 3 pm. Both days I had to visit or call the guy on duty to call housekeeping. Granted, I may had have the Do Not Disturb sign on before 9am or for 30 minutes in the morning, but off it came and out I went all over town, only to return to a dirty unmade room in the mid-afternoon. Not good.

* No pool, no spa, no sauna, limited parking. This doesn't matter to me typically, but it's a major negative for many visitors.

Again, this is still my goto place in San Diego for the positive reasons enumerated above.

20/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
41. Reets S.
A beautiful hotel, I would give it 4.5 stars if yelp let me :). Lovely friendly staff and a wonderful location in the heart of little Italy with many restaurants to choose from.  The rooms are clean and beautiful, with windows that open to let in the fresh San Diego air.  Free Wifi in the room requires a laptop with Ethernet connection, but in the lobby and cafe you can access it on a tablet device.  There is a lovely cafe in the lobby (cafe Italia)- five stars for them!  Parking at the hotel is paid, $15 per night, but street parking is free if you are comfortable with that.  Penny the old dog is a sweetheart.  It is a short walk to the trolley line to go into old town.  Thank you for a lovely relaxing stay in one of my new favourite cities :)

27/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Marcia S.
La Pensione is now on my favorites list! Why? Location, cleanliness, friendly and helpful staff, parking in Little Italy and near so many great restaurants and cafes.

We found that the Trolley was only a block or so away and we could walk to the pier, to the Museum of contempary Art, downtown and many fabulous restaurants.  The third or fourth floors are most desirable as small outside balconies offer great views.

An inner courtyard connects to a small cafe that features fresh and fast food and good coffee!

This "Little Piece of Italy" offers charm, trendy rooms and value.

We were so busy that we didn't utilize the Wi-Fi...it is available, but beyond that I can't comment.

02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Ken A.
I will never give this place a great review!!!!... because La Pensione is totally awesome!!! I feel like I found the perfect getaway in La Pensione and want to keep it a secret. The last thing I would want to do is cause this place to overbooked, weekend after weekend. It's my new favorite. I will absolutely go back  and stay and I would recommend this to all my friends, family and business associates without hesitation. Having said that, you have to know what your travel partner is all about before recommending La Pensione. Our room 416 was very small but it was also very stylish,comfortable and clean. I guess cozy would be the right word, because the bed was extremely comfortable and the linens were silky smooth.
 We came to get out of the 118 degree Phoenix heat and in truth we would have slept on the beach if we had to, but we didn't. Everything you could possible want is within walking distance. The nightlife in the Gaslamp district was a ten spot cab ride away and we took advantage of it. The eateries come by the dozen, and deeeeelish doesn't even start to describe how excellent the food is. It's just the perfect, little getaway at an extremely affordable price, as long as you can live out of your suitcase, and really, really like who you are staying with. If you go and love the place like we did ...please give it a horrible review just like we did.... so we can keep it al to ourselves. hehe..smirks.

09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Leen H.
My husband and I stayed one evening at La Pensione Hotel.  I loved it!  Located in the heart of Little Italy, it's within walking distance of restaurants, bars, dessert, cafes, and the farmer's market.  The farmer's market is right outside the hotel on Saturdays.  I reserved one of the argento rooms.  The room was small but beautifully decorated and clean.  The bathroom was also small but also renovated beautifully.  You walk in and there is a large ceiling to floor mirror propped against the wall.  We had a queen sized bed with crisp white sheets and comforter.  There is a desk and flat screen tv mounted to the wall.  Bathroom has an overhead shower head and hairdryer.  Beautifully, small, and clean.  The only drawback was that the room didn't have a fridge.

The lobby is swanky and also beautifully decorated with classical music playing.  Underground parking is $10.  The hotel has a courtyard with bistro tables and chairs and a fountain.  Roll in for the evening and then walk to one of the restaurants on the street.  Stroll over to Extraordinary Desserts to satisfy an evening sweet tooth.

23/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Greg L.
Very place to stay in San Diego: good location and great value. I'll definitely go back there next time I'm in San Diego.

I was looking for deals online with hotels but everything was very expensive. I looked on yelp and found this place. The photos do not do it justice at all (that's why I tried adding some myself). I had a room on the 4th floor, it had a lot of light.
Nothing bad to say about this place, apart maybe that the fan in the bathroom was noisy when it was on...

28/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. Jon J.
Really liked it.  Very good value.  Small but clean room.
Keep in mind that this is a big city hotel and near the rail lines.  Trains whistle and rumble into the wee small  hours of the a.m.
Lots of noise outside.  Boom boxes, yelling and everything short of gun shots.
I asked about quieter rooms and was told that although my fourth floor room is louder, there are slightly quieter rooms available.
Don't get me wrong about the noise.  We will be back.

06/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Mari A.
Remodeled recently, very centrally located, staff is friendly, right in the heart of little Italy where all the restaurants and bars are, very close to the airport. I recommend this place.
Tip rooms are small.

06/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Stephany R.
This is a nice little budget boutique hotel right on Little Italy. It is good for the money. It is perfect for young couples wanting to roam about the city. It has exquisite restaurants and shops around. It was very clean and had a nice vibe.

The people from the front desk were very friendly and helpful. I want to thank Javier and Ana for offering super customer service. They were both kind enough to let us bother them with direction inquiries, Javier going as far as printing maps and itineraries for us to go in our California tour.

21/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Dima C.
Right in the heart of Little Italy, this quaint hotel will make it's way into your heart. With the amazingly priced rooms, you will forget about the small stature of them. It's in a great location, with plenty of cafes and restaurants near by as well as the Gaslamp Quarter about 3 minutes away by cab. The staff was very nice and helpful. The renovated rooms were kind of small, but felt very cozy. I felt as if I were on a European vacation with a great view of the local cafes and restaurants. It's a great value that you can find on any hotel room website, but they don't only have those deals there. When I wanted to book through Priceline, I was informed there were no more rooms available. I then decided to call the hotel directly and I was pleasantly surprised! They had one more room available!

Goes to show you, always ask. Never assume! I would definitely tell anyone asking me to stay at La Pensione Hotel! You'll have alot of fun at the local bars and restaurants and you'll come back to a cozy and very comfortable hotel room to enjoy the rest of your night!

My Recommendation: Make this your next stay if you're heading to San Diego for a nice get away!

05/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Jen B.
This hotel would receive 4 stars from me because everything was good except the room being TINY, but loses 2 due to the unprofessional attitude and rudeness of the front desk woman. She is curt and doesn't smile. Plus I hate the attitude and tone change from sales end once there is a question about charges. You might get the same question everyday 100 times, but it is the first one from each customer. If you can't be polite each and every time and you don't know how to interact with all different kinds of people in a respectful manner at all times, you shouldn't really be in the customer service business.

I see another negative review about this woman. At least I am not the only one who experienced this!

07/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
51. Lauralai K.
I went to La Pensione Hotel with my boyfriend for my birthday last weekend, and we didn't get a single hour of sleep while I was there, due to the horrible and jarring noise that the A/C made every 2 minutes the ENTIRE day and night.

Now, of course, this is not directly the hotel's fault (they're actually in the process of suing the A/C manufacturers, according to the manager, who is very nice), but they have their fair share of the blame.

First off, when I called the hotel earlier in the day to confirm my reservation (before leaving LA for San Diego), the hotel should have TOLD me there was a problem!! What kind of hotel knows they have a horrible malfunctioning A/C system and just pretends nothing's wrong, and waits for the guests to find it out for themselves, once it's too late to turn back?!! That is completely inexcusable.

Second, when I got to the room (late check-in, so around midnight) and heard the horrible A/C noise, I of course went back down to the front desk girl (who was very nice). She just sort of shrugged and said that the hotel "knew about the problem and was working on it", but there was absolutely nothing they could do to stop the noise (even turning off the A/C system didn't help, for some inexplicable reason). But they had no open rooms so tough luck. Oh and also it was a problem in most rooms so switching rooms wouldn't help anyways.

So I got no sleep and felt like total shit on a weekend that was supposed to be a relaxing escape from my very busy work. Thanks a lot, La Pensione. Even once you get your A/C fixed, I will never EVER come back here.

-Laura

ps - My boyfriend called the manager and we got a refund for one night's stay, but that doesn't even come close to making up for how miserable the weekend was and much of an asshole move it was for the hotel not to warn us about the problem.

23/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
52. Mark G.
La Pensione has been a surprising delight. There are for sure things you should be aware of before you decide this place will fit your needs but it has been great for me. The room is very small but it's also very functional. I only needed a place to sleep so I had no problem with that. The window in my room opened to the inner court that's shared with Caffe Italia. The good part is you have access to their Wi-Fi. The downside is the room's a little darker than others, there's no view and the conversations from below echo in the courtyard until the cafe closes at 10. The hotel is fairly new, everything is real clean and works correctly, the urban decor is nice and I thought the staff were all super friendly. They warn you that they have only a limited number of spaces in their underground parking which is true but there were spaces available when I was there over the MLK Weekend. The hotel is located in the very vibrant Little Italy district and I thought $84 per night (+ $15 for parking) was totally reasonable for lots of walkable restaurants, galleries and coffee houses not to mention being adjacent to downtown and the airport. Lodging seems to be generally way over priced all over San Diego. You'd pay lots more in less attractive areas for what you get at La Pensione. I will definitely go back to La Pensione when I'm in San Diego again!

17/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Ellie B.
This is a really cute place in a wonderful location, but it sure is bare bones. Our room was TINY and I'm normally okay with small rooms. It did have a view of the ocean, though!

Front desk staff was okay but not very forthcoming with help in terms of parking, internet, maps, etc. We had to ask about every single thing.

Parking in their underground lot is $10. It's kind of necessary because street parking is hard to come by (it is in a great area with lots of restaurants and things to do!).

Pretty small TV, slow internet, and no alarm clock. The toilet was SO loud it made me jump the first time I flushed it. I'm surprised it didn't set off any car alarms outside.

25/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
54. Matt V.
Stayed here last weekend for a friends birthday  in San Diego. My initial impressions of the hotel were good. Cool location and decent staff.

However, now having read the other comments (something I should do more often now) the AC problem is horrible. The first room we booked the AC made this super loud, obnoxious buzzing sound every 5 mins. I immediately called the front desk and she said that steam from the shower generally clogs up a pipe in the unit and produces this noise? Seriously? She was however quite accommodating and switched rooms for us. In the second room the AC had no noise, even when I actually took a hot shower, there was still no noise. So I am not buying the steam excuse.

Now for the worst part. I travel a decent amount and the first thing I like to do in a hotel in crank the AC down, way down. For some reason the only way I can get comfortable in a random room is to make it an ice box and get under a bunch of blankets (don't judge). Although this rooms AC didn't make the buzzing sound, we could not get it to work properly. the dial kept flashing 72, which is was not. Sporadically I would feel cold air, then the room would get hot. The end result was a HORRIBLY uncomfortable small room that was super HUMID. I woke up in the middle of both nights and just felt gross, like I had a weird hot/cold sweaty fever.

Also the parking situation sucks. I guess this is to be expected in Little Italy, or any other large city like San Diego.

22/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
55. Conni E.
My husband and I wanted a romantic get-away for our 20th anniversary this past May, so a friend in the restaurant business suggested La Pensione Hotel. I thought the rates were fair and I was excited by the ambiance of the area. Who knew there was a Little Italy in San Diego!? Not me! I would recommend paying for the parking in the garage, street parking is hard to find. That way your car is underground and safe and you can walk everywhere, but if you choose to take it, you won't have to drive around for an hour to try to park it. There's also a train nearby that can take you to other parts of the city. The check in was fast and courteous. I had some questions about the area and got some great recommendations. It was unseasonably warm the weekend we were there and when we got in the room it was blazing hot even though the AC was blasting, also the mini-fridge felt warm. So I called down to the front desk and they gave me a new room with no hesitation. I was very pleased to see that this must have been a "view" room, we could see the Little Italy sign from our room and with the windows open we could hear all the music and sounds of the street, it was really nice. The room itself was on par for a boutique hotel and very nicely appointed. It was great having a room right in the heart of the Little Italy scene. We were able to go down and eat, drink, walk around and whatever, while the room was close and we could go up anytime, then back to the fun! Also on Saturdays there is a big Farmer's Market right outside the front doors! When we checked out, again it was fast and courteous and I was relieved to see that our room rate stayed the same even though I'm quite sure we were upgraded. We will be back!!

28/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Lisa Z.
We stayed here over the Memorial Day weekend again, after receiving an offer for returning guests to come and see the remodeled rooms.  The staff at the front desk are still very friendly, and the hotel dog is adorable.  Remodeled rooms are more modern, but I wasn't fan of the open shower door panel in the bathroom and the fact that since the door doesn't slide, you have to get in the shower to turn it on.  Rooms are remodeled in terms of furnishings, not size.  They are still quite small.  
The housekeeping issue is still going strong; we checked in on a Saturday; went fishing very early Sunday am, returned around 3pm and the room was still not made up! AGAIN.
Once again, had to clean up from fishing, rest, change and get ready for the evening, so if the maid ever came around, we missed her.  This is a huge area of opportunity for this hotel.  They need to get their housekeepers done and out before check in time (3pm).
They also only give you two full size towels for a 2-occupancy room.  If you are paying for double occupancy, you should get 4 towels.
I did notice on the front steps they now have a sign for the disabled stating to call the front desk for assistance.  They probably take you in near the cafe, street level.
Fairly quiet stay except for some loud guests on our floor.  Area is great to stay in.
We used the street parking on Kettner so we didn't have to pay any parking fees.
Would stay again for the great location.

05/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
57. Amanda R.
My fiancé and I stayed here last weekend. We had a fantastic time! The location of this hotel is ideal for exploring the city. Tons of great places to eat right outside the front door. Saturday mornings in little Italy are awesome, theres a farmers market in the area with great vendors, food and music. I would recommend la pensione to anyone traveling to San Diego for the first time. The only downside we thought  was the parking situation, they didn't have spots for all guests. So if you want parking at the hotel reserve it advance.

23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. BunBun x.
Meh. Not great for business travelers. Front desk was rude and unprofessional. Didn't tell me there wasn't parking available until I tried to go park, then recommended I find street parking which was a MESS. There was an all night lot right across the way that she didn't tell me about. Had to drive around forever looking. Rooms were dingy. Carpet needed to be cleaned. Coffee stains etc. nice location. Would not stay here again. And walls are paper thin. OH and there was a bag of dirty laundry hanging out in the elevator all night. Cool.

12/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
59. Michelle C.
We recently stayed at the La Pensione as a little stay-cation as we are San Diego residents.  First night away for my husband and I since having a baby and were very excited to say the least!  

My husband checked into the hotel alone and when he entered he noticed that our bathroom was not clean.  There were wet, dirty towels on the floor and he saw the housekeeper was next door so he went over to ask her to please pick them up and straighten the bathroom.  She was sitting on the bed in the neighboring room eating a sandwich but said she would be over to pick them up soon.  My husband had to leave immediately to meet me at a wedding.  When we returned he noticed that his bag was open, which had his wallet and some cash in it.  He noticed that $100 was taken out of his wallet.  The next morning he confronted the same housekeeper who dismissed my husband and acted like it was humorous.  I talked to the front desk clerk after this and said she would have a talk with the maid and have management call us.  Few days later, no call.  I called again and asked for management.  Got a voicemail, no response.  So here I am.  I understand that shifty employees are out there and we should not leave cash in our room but for the hotel to not even have the decency to respond to us shows us that they do not care.  

San Diego is a wonderful city filled with amazing hotel options.  Unfortunately, this is not one of them.

17/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
60. Letty R.
I'm Fan! I would stay here again.

Over the labor day weekend (2013) I spent a night away from L.A. After about a week of research, I found this place on both expedia and travelocity and cross referenced it with Yelp reviews.

The Rooms:
They are small but SOOOO modern and clean. We stayed in a standard Queen and it was cute and had a good view of Little Italy.

Bathroom:
Modern and clean.

Parking:
Is $15 over night. However, I was able to find street parking without much difficulty and it was free. Make sure you read the street signs.

Bars & Nightlife:
Its near a bunch of bars and good eats. Super close the the Gaslamp District.

Staff:
Initially, the girl (she was immature) that helped us at the front desk was a bit rude. However, once her shift ended...the rest of the staff was so pleasant and helpful.

I would recommend this hotel...4 Stars!!!

04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Courtney H.
This is the very best hotel I have stayed in while in San Diego -- and I go there a lot!  This last trip, my boyfriend and I took our bikes from our home in East Hollywood, took the Metro to Union Station, and took the Amtrak to San Diego.  This hotel is a few blocks from the Santa Fe Station, which is in downtown and houses a major trolley stop.

We arrived and this place was so cute, welcoming, and friendly.  There was a fireplace burning inside, with tasteful chairs in the kickback area.  Best of all, there was a sweet little dog named Penny lounging in the lobby; I loved her and so will you!  She greeted us each morning that we ventured out, I looked forward to seeing her and saying goodbye when we left.

Check in was a breeze.  I upgraded and got an Argento room.  The room had a flat screen, modern bathrooms, gorgeous linens and lamps, and THE BEST bed I have ever slept on (besides our own)... the pillows and the linens were so luxurious.  I had one of the soundest nights of sleep in a long time!

Also worth noting is the Little Italy Farmers' market on Saturday mornings.  Awake to the church bells down the street and the smell of pastries and coffee from the street.  Grab yourself a bunch of random things from the market, and have a fantastic breakfast from local vendors from all over SD.  

Little Italy closes down a little earlier than the rest of SD, but don't let that stop you from hopping on the trolley and going out for the evening to wherever you like.  

I was so happy to find this place, and I have been telling everyone about it.  On top of all this good stuff, it was a little over $100 each night, on a weekend!!   Take your bikes, take the train, and call this charming place your home for the weekend.

19/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Mia R.
Il Gioiello Nascosto Della Piccola Italia!!! (The hidden gem of little italy)

This place is truly beautiful!!! I did alot of research of little italy hotels as well as surrounding areas to prepare for our adventure ...I was looking for a place walking distance of ALOT of bars & restaruants as well as being close enough to the harbor & beach for the great views!!!  

We checked in to La Pensione around 4pm after our Downtown/Little Italy Food Tour ended @ the Cafe Italia which is located ground level of the hotel. I fell in love with the location the second we walked up. The little Italy sign is RIGHT outside the windows of the hotel & standing on the street looking up at the sign & out on the street you feel like your in italy! On saturdays theres a farmers market on the street right outside until 3pm & there is an amazing place for food, beer or wine everywhere you look. Just park your car & start walking..you will find something delicious or incredible with every turn!

Checking in was pleasant...the front desk were helpful & friendly & I would to if i got to work in such a lovely place every day. We made our way up to room 414 on the fourth floor...walked in & our huge smiles turned into ear to ear smiles!!! The room was GORGEOUS!!! It is a bit smaller than a normal hotel room...but its not a problem at all!!! Boutique hotels are more chic & stylish vs size...the bed however was sooo comfy & the overall ambiance made us feel pampered & fancy! Our window was perfect!!!! It looked down onto little italy & at night we got to see the sign & the whole area lit up...we would hang out of our room window sippin a beer being serenaded by the accordian player down below..it was truly breathtaking!!! It had the greatest rain shower head with an open door shower & a large flat screen TV. The linens were clean & soft, the decorating was beautiful & the views all around were breathtaking!!!....overall we didnt want to leave!!! Theres a few vending machines downstairs in the garage if you are needing a late late night snack or beverage but you can just walk out the door & find something to nibble or sip on.

The only reasons they didnt get that last half a star was because parking was $15/day (ouchies) & the spots are very limited, maybe 10 spots max down in the garage. Finding street parking is plosable but during the busy nights & dinner rush as well as the saturday farmers market FORGET ABOUT FINDING A SPOT. Also i couldnt find an ice bin anywhere so if you are wanting ice I would stop & bring some with you. The wifi didnt reach up to the rooms, but if you bring an ethernet cable that is free & it definitely manages during your stay. The 2013 Tech freaks may have a hugeee problem with having to partake in such an archaic tradition as using an ethernet cable....but its a tiny trade off for the location & hotel itsself. The tiny minuscule issues are seriously nothing compared to the amazingness of this place so I would never let these things keep me away!

This hotel really is a hidden gem amongst a beautiful part of San Diego & this will be our go to spot when visiting downtown. You can not beat the location or overall GREATNESS of this place. We are definitely in love with LA PENSIONE! We cant wait to return.

21/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Bethany R.
Overall, a decent hotel in a good location.

Pros:
Location
Swanky feel/decor

Cons:
SMALL rooms
Paid parking
No wifi
Bad cleaning service

04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
64. James S.
This hotel is fantastic.  

First, ask how to use the AC if you can't figure it out.  Split systems like this are pretty foreign to Americans.  The units are brand new and work fine, it's just that they don't work quite like American AC.  Plus, it's San Diego, so open a freakin' window!!!  If it's noisy outside, use your phone as a soundscreen.  

Anyway, they did a beautiful job decorating this hotel, and it reminds me of a lot of European hotels.  Small, good design, not cookie-cutter.  I've stayed at places like this in London, Granada, Sevilla, Venice and Paris, and loved them each time.  If you want the Hilton, then definitely go stay at the Hilton, or Marriott, or Hampton Inn.  But if you want a unique experience in a fantastic location at an unbeatable price, then look no further.  In two minutes you are on the street with access to some of the best restaurants in the city, and only a mile from the ferry where you can sail over to Coronado and spend the day.  So much is within walking distance and you can forget your car if you like.  

Some folks gripe about the $15 parking, but all of the other hotels in this area cost $30 and up, so I look at it as a bargain.  

The bathrooms are small, but really beautiful.  Love the white marble floors and well-appointed shower.  The bed was very comfortable, and the pillows as well.  I was worried about those, but they were great.  

On Saturdays there is a beautiful, large farmer's market that fills Date street.  They have crafts, food, veggies, flowers, etc.  For a great view of this, make a reservation for the window at Prepkitchen across the street.  We did, and the view is just lovely.  Excellent coffee at Caffe Italia, but not great food, and they only take cash, so have a cappuccino on the street and listen to the locals speaking Italian, then go have breakfast elsewhere.    

You could literally spend a week eating your way through the neighborhood, so come with an empty stomach and enjoy yourself to the fullest.  We'll be back before the summer is over to do just that.

17/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
65. ginger f.
Thank you Pensione! Great place to stay for Comic Con, close enough to the convention center (just a few stops away on nearby trolley) but a nice escape from the hectic Gaslamp scene.

This is an economy type place so don't expect frills. Room is small and basic (no iron, no real closet) but stylish, clean and comes with mini fridge. We loved the rainfall showerhead! Great coffee downstairs in Cafe Italia and waaay too many delish food options within walking distance. If you get sick of Italian there's Burger Lounge. And Farmer's Market on Saturday right outside hotel had lots of choices and was lovely.  Staff was super nice, thanks for the jump when our battery died:)

Didn't have any problems regarding housekeeping. I was a little worried they might have passed us over as didn't leave the room til 11 and there is no sign to put out requesting service- but we always returned to a spruced room.

Only downers would be lack of internet in room (but you can access outside via cafe), small room size, and lack of pool - but hey it's a "pensione" and the rate is fair. Also, if you're there for comic con- Blick art supplies is next door for last minute needs. You might also want to bring a full length mirror as there is only the one over the sink.

26/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Tracy F.
We took a chance on this hotel. When I say "took a chance," I mean that for the nightly rate, how good could it be? But, based on the photos and location, we tried it out for a three-night SD getaway. SO GLAD WE DID!

This boutique hotel is modern, clean, well-designed, in a perfect location, has good customer service and a darling "hotel dog." Yes, the standard rooms aren't large, but they aren't as small as I've stayed in NYC for a lot more. If you plan to spend your entire trip in a hotel room, then perhaps this isn't the best choice, but it was just right for us (two people and two suitcases). Plus, our room even had a harbor view!

And I cannot say enough about the location. Little Italy is a wonderful neighborhood, has lots of great restaurants and cafes, is walking distance to all the touristy stuff and has an amazing farmers market on Saturdays. You will not be disappointed with location.

I'm somewhat hard to please, so I have to give a con. My only complaint is parking. We didn't get in early enough to claim a spot in the garage, but overall, street parking isn't that bad and it's free on Sundays.

We will definitely stay at La Pensione again the next time we're in SD.

10/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. Nancy A.
This place was horrible!  My husband and I arrived around 11 pm to check in.  For whatever reason, their underground parking garage was closed.  We had drive around the block several times (not easy to do in the dark in an unfamiliar area) to finally find parking on the street.  The room was tiny and cramped, with the bathroom sink outside the bathroom itself.  Not much value for the price we paid for the room.  Plus- I found a cockroach roaming around my toiletry bag!!!  So freakin GROSS!!!!  When we went to  check out, I told the desk clerk about the cockroach.  All she could say was "I'm very sorry about that, we'll have someone look into it."  REALLY??!!!  No discount, nothing.  I won't be staying here ever again.

29/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
68. Andy D.
I stayed here in 2012 when I was entertaining a lady friend and I did not want to have her stay in my shabby studio in La Mesa, away from the city. From what I remember it was a great value and an awesome hotel. Clean rooms, clean sheets, and close to everything, right in the heart of Little Italy.

I give it 4 stars because it could have used some extra touches, like flat screen TVs, free toiletries, and Wi-Fi, but the lack of those things makes it all the more reason to go out and see the city, which is a good thing.

If my friends in San Diego were lame and did not let me sleep in a guest room or on their couch, I would absolutely stay here again. I recommend it to anyone who wants to stay at a great, urban, independent hotel.

05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Marcos R.
So... nice place. It's cute, the room was clean and cold (good cold), and the area was nice. But, and here's where the 2 missing stars come in, parking and customer service was lacking. I wasn't able to secure decent parking for the two nights I was there. I understand that they only have a small garage but I had to park 4 blocks down the street one night. Talk about aggravating. The customer service left something to be desired as well. They did hello me out with an issue I had back at home but that was about it. The front desk staff lacked professional courtesy. It was more like talking to someone working at the Lil pizza joint attached to the hotel. They even gave parking passes to people who checked in after we had. It was a cute place, but I'll never go back.

01/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
70. Crystal K.
Rooms are tiny. Cute. If this doesn't exactly float your boat already, then do not stay here. My boyfriend and I stayed on the 3rd floor.

Rooms are very clean, and modernized. Other people had an AC problem, but I had no troubles with it. They were very quiet and worked well through the night. Also, the bed we had was very comfy! We didn't want to get up.

We accidentally locked our bathroom door closed and the maid came right up to open it for us. No problemo. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

HOWEVER, I give only 4 stars because there is no wifi -- there is only high speed ETHERNET connection, which means you have to plug an ethernet cable from the table to your laptop and leave you internet-less for wireless devices such as your iPad or other tablets or phones.

Also! Just a recommendation, stop by Underbelly to try the ramen. It's just a walk away (:

11/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
71. Elle T.
Succinctly put: I had a great overnight stay on a Friday evening at La Pensione in Little Italy.

I booked my reservation over the phone, not online. I recommend calling and securing your reservation in this manner so you can really determine what TYPE of room your are reserving and at what price. Stephanie was extremely helpful in explaining the different types of rooms and amenities. I took special care to inquire about parking. As other reviewers have mentioned, there is limited parking underneath the hotel for $15/day. It was worth it. Easy access (and safe too) to rooms from garage. I lucked out and got the final space on a Friday night by arriving a bit earlier in the afternoon.

I stayed in a Queen corner room with a view of the San Diego Bay, 2nd floor. The bed was very comfortable. My room had a full bath (shower-an amazing shower, no tub), a mini-fridge and an area to hang my clothing and an area to place my suitcase. No Wi-Fi, but that's why you have a good data plan or put your mobile on Airplane Mode for a while.

The interior design of the hotel and the room itself is wonderful. I loved the furniture chosen, the lighting, the linens, the window dressings, the toiletries, artwork, everything. We needed a bottle opener (those silly IPA bottles...) and the evening front desk clerk allowed us to use his. THAT'S great customer service.

Had an iced coffee and some delicious egg & cheese panini in the morning at the bistro next door (there was a long line, but worth it!) and then ventured out for the incredible Farmer's Market on Saturday. I knew about the Farmer's Market ahead of time, so no complete out-of-body fit when set-up noise began around 7:30 a.m. I asked for a slightly later check-out and La Pensione was able to accommodate my request so I could spend time at the market.

It's a great place to stay if you are taking in a local show updown or downtown with easy access to a cab and it does not cost a fortune to take said cab because you are so close to everything! I'll be back in April. Thank you!

31/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Eric F.
Just checked out of La Pensione today after a four-night stay, and my wife and I greatly enjoyed the experience. The greatest part about it is how close you are to all the great restaurants and coffee shops in the heart of Little Italy. You literally walk out the door of the lobby, and you are there. But the hotel itself is great, too.

Our room was one of the larger rooms, and it had a bay view.  Now, granted, even the larger rooms are small, so think Europe rather than America in terms of the accomodations, but the decor is mostly upscale and contemporary.  Even in the larger rooms, you don't get a closet, but you do get a rack on which to hang clothes and drawers and shelves on which to put things.  The windows in the room fully open, so you can let in the fresh air if you want to, but there are no screens, so it is possible that a bug or two could fly in if you opt to do that.  As our room was on the Date Street side of the hotel, we didn't have any problems with noise keeping us awake or anything like that.  The in-room wi-fi was free, and we had a good connection the entire time we were there.  About our only complaint was that the bed was a little too firm, so we both got a little achy because of it, and a little water leaked out of the shower on to the bathroom floor near a bracket that just needed a little silicon caulking, but that was no big deal.  I reported it to the front desk, and they said they would take care of it.

Some people have complained about the slow elevator.  It's true that it's a bit slow, but it really didn't bother us at all, probably because the hotel was not fully booked.  Besides, we usually took the stairs down to the lobby anyway except for when we needed to go to the parking garage, which is only accessible by the elevator.

Parking in the parking garage underneath the hotel was $15 per day, but I guess because the hotel was not fully booked, the front desk told us we were guaranteed a parking space there for the duration of our stay.  That made coming and going a lot easier as we did not feel like we were going to "lose" our space if we left the hotel in our rental car.  The only concern we had was that it was always possible that we could return and find that the only spot left was a hard one to maneuver into, but that didn't happen.  It's true that it is very tight in the parking garage, especially when it's nearly full, but the hotel can hardly be blamed for this.  It's clearly the best they can do with the space constraints that they have.

The hotel staff was friendly, and the housekeeping staff was also friendly and attentive and kept the rooms looking great each day.  The hotel does have a small fitness room with an elliptical, exercise bike, and some other things, including a TV.  The front desk can give you a separate key to access it for no additional charge.

At the end of the day, the positives far, far outweighed the negatives at this hotel, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to be steps away from all of the great food and ambiance in Little Italy.  We loved being able to get up in the morning and walk down to Caffe Italia in about 30 seconds.  It was incredibly convenient to not have to search for parking, feed meters, or have to drive several miles to drop something off at your hotel room and then come back.  Is the wife starting to feel a little chilly?  Well, just run up to the room and grab a jacket.  Don't want to lug the jacket around anymore?  Just run up to the room and drop it off.  Great convenience, and you're not getting robbed for a nice place to stay in the heart of Little Italy.

28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Pete V.
We came here last weekend 10/11 thru 1/13 for 2014 Festa, and really like it.  Nice hotel in the middle of Little Italy, very clean and very pretty hotel.  It came as expected, small rooms, but very charming, AC worked great!  All the employees from desk clerks to housekeepers were very kind, helpful and friendly.  Didn't mind parking a few blocks away.  This is Little Italy and parking always sucks.  Not sure what some of the other reviewers expected for $119.00 per night,even weekends but we thought it was a bargain for a nice stay.  Only complaint I have and dropped this review to four stars is the bed, hard as a rock. Take note management, better beds make for happy travelers.  Thanks, we'll be back but will bring a memoryfoam bed pad so we get a good night sleep.  Thanks,

14/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Cristina D.
I guess it depends on different people's stay experience. I know people who have encountered a housekeeper thief that stole $100 from their wallet they have left in their suitcase and another that had AC problems at this hotel.

I certainly didnt have those problems. I stayed on Monday and checked out Wednesday morning. As soon as I checked in with my boyfriend, they had the AC turned on for us, but we like it super cold so I turned it on to 65° (cuddle up with a bunch of blankets) and I also felt the AC fan with my hand, didnt seem cold so I switched on to another button which had a little snowflake thing on it. At first it was turned on as fan. Theres also another AC thing on the wall, to turn it on, you press the button next to the window (beware its loud), I dont really know what thats for but Im guessing its an AC too?

The bed and decor in the room looked so nice. It will be small to people. Im a small asian girl so it didnt bother me at all. My boyfriend didnt mind either. The shower was cool, although the tiles in there seemed pretty dirty and rusty. I liked the showerhead and the water flow was just perfect. The sink is outside of the bathroom which seems weird to me. It was tall.

They have a fridge for you. And a hairdryer. No wifi. Bring an ethernet if youre bringing your laptop!

Its very hard to park in the garage. We parked underground the 2nd night we went since there were none the 1st so we parked where the meter was which was fine because they didnt tow us for the night. Its free after 6pm on weekdays and you will have to wake up at 8am to pay the meter or find somewhere else. As I asked to park underground, one of the staff girl didnt really smile (it was 9am) she gave me the parking pass and didnt tell me how much it was. Youre supposed to tell people how much it is. If I didnt know it was $15 before I came here, I wouldve never known until we checked out.

The housekeeper will come to your room and tidy up, also give new towels for you in the bathroom. My bf and I went out shopping in the evening on the 2nd night, came back around 10 and lights were on, bed was cleaned up, new towels. Im so glad they didnt steal anything! Felt bad for the person who had $100 stolen by the housekeeper.

Very long review. If you want a bigger room than the standard, go look on their website. I booked my stay at booking.com and they only had one option which was the standard queen room. Overall, I enjoyed the stay! Its up to you to stay here. It depends on your preference :)

08/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. Am E.
Beautiful, but incredibly small room and not worth the cost. Too bad their service is HORRIBLE! Snobby and not so helpful front desk staff. They were very rude to my friends and I upon check in. Service is very important to me when traveling and that is the last thing the staff has to offer at this property. I would never recommend this location to anyone.

26/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
76. Angela S.
We stayed here on a Friday night while attending a play at the San Diego Civic Theater. The proximity to the theater was excellent. We paid $7.00 for a cab ride there and walked back. It was all flat streets with many people out and we felt very safe.

We only live about an hour's drive away. We took a cab because we both wanted to enjoy a cocktail, and also because if we moved our car we know we would have never found another spot.

Pros: Location is excellent. In the heart of Little Italy. Many restaurants to go to within walking distance. Every member of the staff we encountered were nice and helpful. Room was clean and the decor was nice.

Cons: The parking situation is terrible. They advertise they have parking for $15. We heard the young lady telling the couple checking in in front of us that the number of spaces available to them were all taken. Therefore, no parking available. She provided them a map with 3 other parking choices ranging to $25. Some with no in and out privileges. There are 4 parking spaces in front of the hotel marked 15 mins. parking. Two of the vehicles parked in those spaces when we checked in were parked there the next day when we checked out. One had a handicap placard. An employee told me they can park where ever they want, with no time limit. Not sure how true this is. We actually drove around for 10 mins. waiting for someone to leave so we could remove our luggage and check-in. We eventually gave up,or we'd still be driving in circles.

The room was pretty small. No iron or ironing board and no closet. Our room overlooked a small restaurant patio. I could see perfectly out of the blinds which may me think the people outside could see me perfectly too.

They have an older dog that lives on the premises. We over heard a guest complain. Although quite honestly he did not bother us at all.

All in all it was not a bad experience. However, with so many hotels to choose from in San Diego we would not stay here again.

21/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
77. Micah B.
This hotel does not deserve even one star. Customer service here is the worst and I have had stayed at so many luxurious hotels way better than this at the same price they are charging per night. Room is very small & carpets are old, not worth your penny.

I highly recommend to stay away from this hotel & look for surrounding hotels around the area. Boutique hotel description is a joke.

26/05/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
78. Amber L.
We had a rather poor experience here, which was a shame.  I had a lot of family in town for a wedding and several of them stayed here - all with subpar experiences.  I assumed they may have been complaining because they weren't used to more urban/boutique (small) hotels, but when we checked in - I knew exactly what they were talking about.  The gentleman at the front desk was preoccupied, seemed more interested in getting us out of his busy line (which had ZERO other people in it), that offering a friendly or informational welcome.  The room was TINY, and it was about 90 degrees in there when we arrived.  I understand conserving energy; however, when it's a hot day and you know you have guests checking in - it's a thoughtful thing to turn on the air - at least a fan.

We had friends whose smoke alarm kept beeping in the night and when they called the front desk, they were advised to stand on a chair and take it off the ceiling.  When they refused to do that, the desk attendant moved them to a different, nicer room - but the next day, the gentleman we had the pleasure of dealing with asked them to pay the difference for their nicer accommodations.  Unbelievable.  

My sister also stayed, and when she arrived with 3 babies in the car she was very confused about the understandably strict parking restrictions in Little Italy on a Friday night.  The same attendant was equally as helpful with her - advising her to "figure it out".

FINALLY - we parked in the parking lot below the building.  This is one of the tightest parking garages I have ever been in, and that's coming from someone that lived in Seattle.  It was literally a 27pt turn getting in or out of our spot - and a bit of a prayer that everyone else down there took equal care not hitting our car.

With Porto Vista Hotel around the corner, and having been with friends checking in there as well - I would recommend making them your first choice.  The staff were hugely friendly, rooms much larger, and hotel amenities much more abundant - and they were cheaper.

09/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
79. Marie C.
Aside from the $15 parking fee the hotel charges you, La Pensione is still a VERY NICE hotel located  in a VERY nice area ! I admit, we were a little ticked off because of the parking but we were able to find parking down the street , the location of this hotel is amazing , lots of things to do and the Gaslamp district is walking distance! On Saturday mornings they have a farmers market that goes on until 4pm , and honestly some of those vendors are AMAZING ! The pizza place right next to the hotel is good! And the British pub across the street was always busy, so that's a plus (:!? Lee are definitely planning on staying here next time!

16/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
80. Brenda P.
The location is great. Walk outside and you are in little Italy. The airport is close by and can hear the planes but they should not keep you up.  The rooms are small but if you get a room here you won't be in the room much.  The staff is helpful and rooms are clean.

16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
81. Miguel M.
Super cute small boutique hotel.  Located in good area in little Italy, close to the Saturday farmers market ( a must try......)   The bad parts are that the rooms are tiny..... Just a queen bed a small dresser and a restroom oh and a mini mini fridge. Also the parking lot is super small I recommend driving a small car because you may not fit since the parking is under ground.   You may not get a parking spot in the garage because it fills up quickly so u have to find one on the crowded streets and pay at the meter.  But the garage parking is an extra 15$ a night.  So anyhow the place is good for short time stays but it's not homey enough to turn it into a week thing.  The restaurants are walking distance and everyone walks to get around or u can rent a bike at an automated machine for 15$ for 24 hours, works well if u wanna stroll down to the beach or just take in little Italy.

15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
82. Rebecca R.
Cute. Affordable.  Small rooms.  Great location.

I stayed here about a month ago with my boyfriend for a weekend getaway.  I'd always wanted to stay in Little Italy so I was very excited.  He was not thrilled by the small room and small bathroom but it was only for two nights.  

Some things to consider:  there is no closet.  Just a rack to hang up a few items.   The sink is outside the bathroom in the living/sleeping space.  There's about a foot between the desk and the end of the bed.  If you have an interior room there might not be a window. Our room had a balcony door that overlooked a small courtyard.  The first night we thought it was an interior courtyard because it was after sunset.  Turns out we overlooked the patio at the coffee shop next door.  

Also when we were checking in, my boyfriend asked for the room rate and the attendant said it was on the tiny receipt he printed from the credit card machine.  My boyfriend asked him to point it out because he couldn't see it.  It was in 8 point font and did not say room rate so there was no way we would have guessed that's what it was if it hadn't been pointed out to us.  

I would stay here again if it was just me but next time my boyfriend and I visit San Diego, we will stay elsewhere.

17/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
83. Anthony C.
Cool hotel in little Italy ... Awesome location .. Near everything ... Shops ... Awesome food ... You walk everywhere around here ... Parking structure sucks ... Tiny and a bit inconvenient .. Expensive ... And all the rooms are tiny ... So don't think about sharing with your partner unless she's a midget ... Enjoy ..

28/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
84. Kelsey V.
The only good thing about this place is location.
Firstly, it was super small with barely any room to even walk around in. Secondly, it was very loud at night and we could hear all the water running through the walls and also the angry fighting couple a few doors down. Thirdly, the male concierge was very rude and didn't bother to explain very much to us. Fourthly, parking really sucks unless you want to reserve a spot in advance and pay for it daily. And finally, we were gone all day and the maid service didn't come. When we got back around 5 they knocked and asked if we wanted our room cleaned. We said yes and that we would be leaving in ten min. They said they couldn't clean it because it was their last room and they couldn't wait. We called to ask if they could at least change our sheets since we were leaving in five. We got back to a folded duvet cover on the bed that we had to change ourselves because apparently that's not in their job description.

27/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
85. Jessie P.
Stayed at the La Pensione Hotel this last weekend with my boyfriend. We had an amazing time and I'd highly recommend this hotel to couples looking to stay in Little Italy. In terms of location, it literally can't be beat! You're in the absolute heart of Little Italy and within very close walking distance to many of San Diego's hottest bars and restaurants, the Farmer's Market, and the waterfront. If you consider yourself on the active side you can even walk to Balboa Park (approx. 30 minutes) or rent a bike nearby. During my 2-night stay, I didn't get in the car once. The location alone merits the hotel a 4-star rating. See below for a couple of things I noted during my stay.

- This is a boutique hotel, so expect the room to be small. It is very tiny with just enough room for the bed. If you enjoy lounging in your room, this is not a good choice for you. That said the room was clean and attractively styled. Bathroom was updated with a nice-sized shower.

- Parking is provided for $15/day in an underground garage. I cannot stress enough how small and difficult to maneuver the garage is. There are about 20 spaces in total on a single level. We arrived at around 3:30 pm and the lot was almost full. We were able to JUST fit my boyfriend's Prius in a space with some expert maneuvering (I definitely couldn't have done it alone). Arrive early or expect to have to find parking elsewhere and BRING A SMALL CAR.

- Hotel provides free WIFI. We had no problem connecting.

- The staff was a bit mixed. Upon check in the woman at the desk had a bit of an attitude, but the gentleman running the desk the remainder of the weekend was very pleasant.

- The website says the hotel has a "fitness room," which is really a tiny room with a bike, elliptical, and some medicine balls. If you are an avid gym-goer, like myself, this absolutely will not do. That said, the waterfront is just west of the hotel and makes for a lovely running path.

23/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
86. Jeffrey S.
Sure, it has smallish rooms. But they're really nice. Plus, inside courtyard, and three words: location, location, location.

Seriously.. I lucked out. I booked this hotel sight unseen on the interwebs, and could not have been more pleased with how that worked out. When I say it's in the heart of Little Italy, I mean it's in the heart of everything. Stellar food, great shopping, gelato, and close enough to the water that you can head that direction if that's your heart's wishes.

You have to love city life to stay here. It's still pretty quiet inside, considering, but once the street livens up, you're going to feel like you're in the thick of it.

I woke up on Saturday morning and went to go move the car early (did I mention that the parking is extra? Well, of course it is. Or, shuffle around and try to find street parking) and plopped out of the entrance right into the farmers market. Travel serendipity. Spent the next couple of hours walking all the way up the street sampling fruits and veggies and chocolates and eating cookies and BBQ and then came back down to the hotel. Laid on the bed in the hotel room with the window open, with a cool sea breeze, rich Italian restaurant aromas, and the sounds of the street performers' music wafting through the windows. Beautiful.

14/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
87. Khara H.
This hotel is truly a hidden gem in Little Italy! My best friend and I wanted a little get away to the SD area and this hotel was perfect. The price was right and the location was amazing; tons of restaurants near by and the Gaslamp area is a short uber ride away. The staff was very friendly the whole trip. Will be coming back!

01/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Vicky M.
Had to come here for work and this place is sooooo charming!

Parking sucks up the what what in the butt butt, BUT it's something you can figure out with a walk and parking lot.

In the heart of little Italy be prepared to have a carb overload and food coma.

25/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
89. Heather S.
I really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. Please note that I am in my mid 20's and just want a clean room, nice employees and a good location-- which we definitely got! The room was a bit small and I wish our window had a screen on it, but overall we really enjoyed staying here. The front desk staff was very friendly and let us check in around 10am on a Saturday (instead of 3ish) with no extra charge! The maids were also very friendly as well. The location in Little Italy is perfect and we had everything we needed within a minute walk- Napizza (which serves pizza by the slice), the coffee shop right under the hotel, and there was also a juice shop which was great to be able to get while on vacation. It was also a 25 minute walk to Gaslamp (or a $6 Uber ride). You can also walk to breweries like Ballast Point and Karl Strauss. It was also a $6 Uber ride from the San Diego Airport to this hotel. We flew in so we didn't have to worry about parking which seems to be difficult in Little Italy. Thanks La Pensione, we will definitely be back!

04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
90. Aaron B.
La Pensione has an amazing location. If you're unfamiliar with SD, Little Italy is amazing. It's a great place to hangout anytime of the day and has lots of fun things to do in the evening without being too crazy. The steps of La Pensione are about 5 blocks from the ocean and you get a great look of it from the street.

The hotel itself is nice but I should say the rooms aren't very big. They lean towards the smaller size and are perfect for one person. They can obviously do two but it's going to be a little tight. If you're looking for a hotel where you want to spend a lot of time in your room, than this isn't the spot for you. But if you need one in a great location for a good price than it's an amazing option.

If you're there on a Saturday there's a farmers market down the street. You must check it out....the breakfast/lunch options are killer. Other than the farmers market, there are plenty of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants within a block of the hotel. There is a cafe in the hotel but I never tried it out because it opened a little later in the day. I would totally stay here again.

18/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
91. Michelle H.
We just had our wedding in San Diego and a lot of our friends and family stayed here. Pros: location because Little Italy is amazing! It was affordable compared to other hotels in the area and the rooms were decorated nicely.
Cons: the rooms with one bed are too small. The bed takes up all the space and if you have luggage it barely fits. There are no closets, just hook like structures hanging from ceiling to hang things. The bathrooms were strange, some rooms had the toilet, sink and shower in the bathroom, others had the sinks on the outside. The showers were small. My guests advised of the following complaints: too hot, squeaky beds, noisy fridges, slow elevator, parking garage was too small. It is a small hotel so people would complain if others were being too loud.
I loved Little Italy and being able to walk around to the restaurants and bars. If you dont mind the hotel itself and are more concerned with location it was wonderful. If you want more amenities and a more comfortable stay La Pensione isnt the right place.

17/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
92. Linh T.
Location is great since it is in the heart of Little Italy. The room was comfortable and had all I needed. The room I was in was so small that the sink was outside of the bathroom. There is no closet but they have a few drawers. This didn't really bother me though. There was a blow dryer, a fridge, the usual shampoo and lotion and towels.

I can understand why people would complain about the noise IF you are an extremely light sleeper like me. I was in the second floor and I could hear people slam their car doors, people talking and laughing (only if they were loud about it) and the train go by (Btw there is a train down the street from the hotel). Please don't be deterred from the hotel because of the train. I did not hear the train blow its horn once, I only heard it slowly rumbling by as quietly as it could. Yes I was woken up by the low rumbling of a distant train, that is how much of a light sleeper I am.

Parking cost me $20/night. You must ask for parking if you want it, otherwise you must park on the streets. There is street cleaning on Wednesday nights so beware of where you park on Wednesdays if you choose to park on the streets. The parking garage is under the hotel and is very small and VERY compact. Be prepared to practice your parking skills.

27/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
93. Brenda B.
Why are people complaining it's loud? I slept like a rock! And I'm a light sleep, I have a 2 year old!
This review is closer 4 1/2 stars. Anyway, stayed at this quaint little boutique style hotel for my husband's and my anniversary. We stayed on the 4th floor and the room is small but that doesn't bother me. Why? Because once you travel to New York or out of the country like Europe, you will realize that the majority of hotel rooms are small. The room was clean and tidy, bed was comfortable and shower had great pressure and hot water. The room had a modern boutique flair to it.
Location is awesome! We didn't want to stay in gas lamp or downtown but this was centralized and we used lyft to get around, We did drive in, and we parked our car, about 15 bucks a night. Parking lots has about 23 spaces a little tight but not a big deal.
Anyway if you are one that needs a big ass room with a shit load of amenities , then this isn't for you. But if you want a great price, awesome locations and a clean and modern hotel, then book this little gem!

07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0