My friends and I love to travel and pension hotels are a great way to get more out of your trips. I would rather save as much money as possible on rooms when I travel, and that way I have more money to spend on other activities. Just below the price of flying, places to stay are one of the top travel expenses.
I have had nothing but positive experiences when staying in pension hotels and I highly recommend them if you are just looking for a clean safe place to lay your head for the night.
You might also want to consider couch surfing as a means of saving a few dollars on accommodations when you are traveling. Couch surfing refers to the practice of staying in the homes of people who offer you boarding for a minimal charge or in exchange for a place to stay when they travel to your area.
When you go online you can find a network of people who participate in couch surfing. I'm sure this is not for everyone, but it is an option when you want to save money.