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San Diego: La Pensione Hotel

606 West Date Street at India, Phone: 1 (800) 232-4683

Reviewed by: SlowTalk Forum Reviews from Maria I. from AZ, review #2776

When: November 2007

Fantastic location in the heart of Little Italy

"My brother and I stayed three nights in La Pensione on November 2007 and had a fabulous time enjoying the Italian feel of the area. The hotel has a fantastic location right in the heart of Little Italy and near a trolley station. The staff is very helpful and friendly, including the resident dog who loves to hang around the small lobby. The rooms are clean but very small for US standards; think the size of hotel rooms you might find in Europe in the same price category (we paid $90).

There’s no AC but that didn’t present a problem to us since San Diego has such great weather in November. Be warned that it’s noisy at night in the area, especially on weekends. The train and the trolley tracks are nearby and you can hear them early in the morning. At around 7:00am you can hear the church bells from Our Lady of the Rosary, located a few blocks away.

We were lucky enough to find a parking spot for my car in the basement parking ($10/day) but it was low season and the lot wasn’t full. A few steps away there are great restaurants and a few places to have that first morning cappuccino and cornetto.

On the sidewalks of Little Italy’s main thoroughfare – India Street – there are green metal chairs placed there by the local association to encourage people to sit and linger. Our favorite pastime in the evenings was to grab a couple of those chairs and move them to a location where we would do some serious people (and dog) watching, just like one would do in a piazza in Italy. I love San Diego’s Little Italy; to this desert dweller it is the closest I can get to Italy without having to take an airplane."

NOTE: This review was originally posted in the San Diego Gathering forum by Slow Travel member Maria I., and has been added to the review listings by the Moderators. Click here to access the forum discussion.

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