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La Pensione Hotel

3-star hotel with restaurant, near Waterfront Park

  • Free continental breakfast and free WiFi

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8.2.Very Good.
  • I got the room with the balcony and I loved the view. I decided to stay an extra night…

    May 6, 2021

  • Decent

    May 6, 2021

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to SafeStay (AHLA - USA) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Dining options
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 67 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Self parking
  • Spa services

For families

  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • Television
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Hair dryer

What’s around

  • In Little Italy
  • Port of San Diego - 13 min walk
  • B Street Cruise Ship Terminal - 13 min walk
  • Balboa Park - 14 min walk
  • USS Midway Museum - 18 min walk
  • Seaport Village - 19 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Room, 1 Queen Bed, City View
  • Double Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible
  • Double Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible
  • Room, 1 Queen Bed, Ground Floor


  • In Little Italy
  • Port of San Diego - 13 min walk
  • B Street Cruise Ship Terminal - 13 min walk

What’s around


  • In Little Italy
  • Port of San Diego - 13 min walk
  • B Street Cruise Ship Terminal - 13 min walk
  • Balboa Park - 14 min walk
  • USS Midway Museum - 18 min walk
  • Seaport Village - 19 min walk
  • San Diego Convention Center - 25 min walk
  • Petco Park - 31 min walk
  • San Diego Zoo - 40 min walk
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot - 43 min walk
  • Waterfront Park - 9 min walk

Getting around

  • San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN) - 7 min drive
  • General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl. Airport (TIJ) - 34 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) - 15 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field) - 25 min drive
  • Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) - 36 min drive
  • San Diego Santa Fe Depot - 9 min walk
  • San Diego-Old Town Transit Center - 8 min drive
  • San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station - 15 min drive
  • County Center - Little Italy Station - 4 min walk
  • America Plaza Trolley Station - 8 min walk
  • Civic Center Station - 15 min walk

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 67 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-anytime
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms


  • Onsite self parking (USD 30 per night; includes in/out privileges)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Onsite parking limited
  • Height restrictions apply for onsite parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop/café

Things to do

  • 24-hour fitness facilities
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Fitness facilities

Working away

  • One meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance


  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Elevator


  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Visual alarms in hallways

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer

Be entertained

  • LCD TV
  • Premium TV channels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. There are massage/treatment rooms and couples treatment room(s). Services include deep-tissue massages, sports massages, Swedish massages, and Thai massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.


Caffe Italia - Onsite restaurant.

Na Pizza - Onsite restaurant.

Small print

Also known as

  • La Pensione Hotel San Diego
  • La Pensione Hotel Hotel San Diego
  • LA PENSIONE San Diego
  • Pensione Hotel
  • Pensione Hotel San Diego
  • Pensione San Diego
  • La Pensione Hotel Hotel

Optional extras

Self parking costs USD 30 per night with in/out privileges


Parking height restrictions apply.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, La Pensione Hotel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes. Self parking costs USD 30 per night. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • You can check in from 3:00 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant, Caffe Italia. Nearby restaurants include Pappalecco (3-min walk), Mona Lisa Restaurant & Deli (4-min walk), and Extraordinary Desserts (7-min walk).
  • La Pensione Hotel has a 24-hour fitness center and spa services.
8.2.Very Good.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Nice hotel

    Great stay but I think parking should be included with booking.

    1 night family trip, May 2, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    We’ve stayed here 4 times. It’s clean, comfortable and a great location.

    John, 2 night trip, Apr 30, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    I loved everything about it! I want to go back asap.

    Lori-Anne, 4 night trip, Apr 28, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Super location right in the heart of Little Italy. Room was very clean although small. The room needs a full length mirror. Had a great stay!

    Richard, 1 night trip, Apr 24, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Expensive Parking

    Very nice place, friendly staff. Parking is $30 per day if your vehicle will fit the garage. Offsite overnight parking was more. I will not stay there again because I think paying for parking at a hotel is wrong. Parking should always be free, especially at a hotel thats not 5 stars.

    Christopher, 1 night business trip, Apr 23, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Little Italy gem

    Nice lil boutique hotel in the heart of Little Italy. Convenient to the great Saturday Farmer's Market, and also terribly isolated by it on Saturday mornings. Staff very nice, place welcoming and secure. Rooms/beds comfortable, although always limited space. Vouchers for a continental breakfast at adjacent bistro. Parking very iffy. Mere minutes from SAN airport. Probably our first choice for accommodations in the area.

    Mark, 1 night trip, Apr 23, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Cute, small European style hotel

    This was a great little find in the heart of SD’s Little Italy. Room was small but perfect for just me. Bed was super comfy!!! Had a great breakfast nearby and a walk down at the waterfront. Great stay.

    Molly, 1 night trip, Apr 21, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    5 stars

    This is a great hotel close to everything you need. It’s very comfortable and clean. The staff is nice as well.

    Vanessa, 1 night trip with friends, Apr 17, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very clean, great room and services

    Robert, 1 night family trip, Apr 15, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Little Gem in Little Italy.

    WOW!!! Its a European style hotel in little Italy for about no $$$. You walk out and all the desirable eats for San Diego's next Gas Lamp District are a few feet from the door step. It's not a hotel for a family with 12 kids who want to be room bound. It's a comfortable, bed, great shower, WiFi, a desk and TV but location location location. When COVID lessens and the gorgeous lobby and eating area and fitness center reopen it may go up, but.... until then at these prices its the place to be.

    Paul, 2 night business trip, Apr 11, 2021

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