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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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#60 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Vienna
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We attended a wedding here and wish it was located on the East Coast for our daughter's wedding. We loved everything about this space, from the scallop shell backdrop to the large dance floor, this room was made for celebrating and having fun. The food was wonderful and service was prompt. The wedding size was 250, however, it still felt...

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HOTEL’S FAVOURITE REVIEW
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We booked The Lafayette because of the New York Times article, "36 Hours in San Diego." The updated "motel-style" rooms are large -our 2nd floor room overlooked the pool with our own balcony. The pool is 25 meters, perfect for laps, plus has a 7ft deep end. Would recommend breakfast and/or drinks in the restaurant - we went both days....

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Sue, We are so happy that the NYT article led you to the Lafayette. Our staff takes great pride in the quality of service provided to our guests, thank you for your kind words. Guests often comment on our ideal location, close to so much of what San Diego has to offer, and we are happy you did as...

Austin, Texas
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The room was nicely updated, the lobby area was fun. The pool area was worthy of Tarzan. The breakfast was very, very good. Parking was easy. Location is perfect. The staff was particularly nice and helpful. That is what made it for me.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've stayed that the La Fayette four times in the past three years and I won't stay anywhere else. The staff is great and it's within walking distance to the University Heights area that has a lot of food and beer options.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

designed this hotel pool - Johnny Weissmuller. This was something my kids brought back to school in Sweden and told their envious classmates about and also the gigantic chess pieces were a hit. A very fresh and nice hotel with a touch of the fifties. No complementary breakfast but coffee in the morning.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great historic hotel and fun pool! Especially appreciated the extra attention we received from Taryn - - she was very professional and helpful during our stay in San Diego. If you're at the pool I'd suggest trying a margarita!

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Stephen F, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Sarah, Thank you for your highest review! We are glad to hear that you had such a pleasant stay with us here at The Lafayette. Indeed, our staff Taryn included, work hard to give our guests great service, and we appreciate your kind words. Guests often have good things to say about the unique, historic charm of the hotel,...

New York
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

I was not told when I booked a three night stay in a room that opened onto the pool and with my own small patio that there were "events" booked at the pool all weekend. The first morning at 8am my furniture was moved and there were people all around the pool setting up decorations. While that was going on...

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Stephen F, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and feedback. We sincerely apologize for the experience you were faced with, we should have done a better job of communicating with you. You deserved better as our guest. We do our best to make sure that guests respect each other's noise comfort levels, but sometimes we aren’t able to insure this respect and for...

Bidford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

I chose the hotel due to it's history and the swimming pool. Be aware that rooms considered to be the same class are very varied in size, we had a very small room and hearing that out relatives had much bigger rooms we asked to change room, we got a bigger room but still not as big as they had...

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and kind words! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and extended it to 5 nights with us!. Guests often comment on our unique style (vibe), our beautiful Weissmuller pool, and the cuisine of our Hope46 Restaurant and Bar; we are happy that you did as well as well. Thank you so...

Rancho Murieta, California, USA
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and daughter in law live in the North Park neighborhood and have loved looking at the facade of this hotel. Our whole family was together for Mother's Day, a pretty rare event, and they wanted to pick somewhere special to celebrate the day so they booked the Lafayette Mother's Day brunch. Aside from the setting, which was lovely,...

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your highest review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed Mother's Day Brunch with us! Guests often comment on our unique style (vibe),as well as the cuisine of our Hope46 Restaurant and Bar. We are happy that you did as well, and thanks for the shout-out for the entertainment! In addition, we will pass...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was excited to stay at this historic hotel, but was disappointed the minute we arrived. Although it is a non smoking hotel, our room smelled like smoke. We didn't find out why until coming back after dinner, we discovered the "smoking section" was in the parking lot directly below our room. Staff and guests congregated right near our door...

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Julia, Thank you for your review and feedback. We are happy that you appreciated the key aspects of our hotel including our location close to many things to see and do, and you considered us to be a good value for the money. We also appreciate your feedback regarding the smoke from the outside which bothered you; you deserved...

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Built in 1946, the Lafayette has been the site of historical glamour, and offers a unique change from a typical hotel experience. Among its famous guests were Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and Betty Grable. Inside, the Mississippi Ballroom took center stage where Hollywood’s stars came to dance the night away. Conveniently located to all shopping, entertainment and business areas, the historic Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is, indeed, the best lodging choice in San Diego. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Address: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104-1103
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $159 - $338 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 133
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Also Known As:
Lafayette Hotel San Diego
Lafayette San Diego
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#9 Green Hotel in San Diego
#15 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#63 Business Hotel in San Diego
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  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“If you want privacy, stay in the bungalows”
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“Pool Courtyard Room is the best!”
436chelseyc, 1 May 2017 | Read review
“If you want to sleep in, you may want to avoid rooms near the pool as it can get quiet noisy once the pool opens.”
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“If you need a good nights sleep ask for a quiet room, check it out before you take it.”
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