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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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St. Petersburg, Florida
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice boutique hotel conveniently located to the gay Hillcrest district and shops and restaurants on University. North park also has a lot of excellent micro breweries to do do a pub crawl. The hotel room was large and clean. It is an older hotel that has been renovated with a lot of charm and character; however there is some wear...

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a great space to enjoy! I was a little skeptical at first. I was invited by a friend to attend an event hosted by this hotel. They hosted San Diego Made's artists and vendors. Wow, what a beautiful, creative space! Beautiful outdoor patio with pool, period specific architecture, and plenty of artsy food and drink! I've seen this hotel...

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

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the event here at The Lafayette. We work hard to maintain our unique style and charm, and do our best to use it in interesting ways. Our staff takes great pride in the experience our guests receive, and so they will appreciate the positive feedback. Thanks again for...

Reviewed 1 week ago

Let me first say, this is an older (though updated) hotel, so keep that in mind. It isn't a high-end luxury property or one of those slick modern hotels. But what it does have is loads of history and charm. Everything was clean and well cared for, and the staff were courteous, professional, and just overall excellent. We really enjoyed...

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

Dear Douglas, Thank you for your review! We are happy you enjoyed your time with us here, and will do our best to address your feedback. We work hard to maintain our unique style and charm and we’re glad that you appreciated our efforts. Our hotel has an interesting and colorful history, and we do our best to give our...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never received such exceptional customer service from any where ever before. An unfortunate event happened to my friend (at no fault of/relation to the hotel), and multiple managers (Chris, Bill, etc.) came to our help! Completely unnecessary of them...they truly went above and beyond any expectation we had. They were attentive, understanding and compassionate about her situation. We...

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

Dear Nicole, Thank you for your sterling review! We are so happy to hear about your experience with us here at The Lafayette, and that we could help you during that unfortunate circumstance. Our staff, Chris and Bill included, takes great pride in the quality of service provided to our guests, and often go above and beyond to help with...

British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Charming 1950's style hotel. Some areas are a little worn but all is clean, fresh and maintained, and everything seemed to work well. Rooms were just fine and beds very comfortable. Noise from outside our rooms was an issue. Traffic from El Cajon in our street facing room: double pane windows could mitigate this noise. Loud talking and yelling guests...

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

Thank you for your review! We are happy to have provided you with a pleasant stay. We are sorry to hear about the noise issue you faced, though we value your feedback and will be sure to work to alleviate this issue for future guests. We do our best to make sure all guests value each other’s noise comfort and...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great place to stay. Its like stepping back in time, the hotel looks awesome, the history is fascinating, and the pool! You can imagine the parties that used to go on here. I had a look at there reception room downstairs and couldn't help thinking how wonderful it would be to have a wedding reception here. We stayed...

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

Dear Jody, Thank you for your generous review! We are happy to hear about your experience with us here at The Lafayette. We have a unique and interesting history, and we work hard to give our guests a taste of what it was like back in the day. Our staff takes great pride in the quality of service provided to...

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Why stay here? Because Team Lafayette that's why!!! You will not find a hotel that treats its guest better in San Diego. From the time you walk in the front door till the time you leave you are given a grade A treatment. They are there to handle what ever you need. This is a nice clean hotel, and the...

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

Thank you for your generous review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us here at the The Lafayette. Our staff, Taryn included, takes great pride in the quality of service given to our guests, and we will be sure to pass your kind words along to them. They deserve the recognition! We work hard to maintain...

Arizona
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I attended a 3 day meeting this past week at the hotel and it was perfect! From the room setup, the food - where to I start with the food! It was perfect -the Manager Chris even got us some sunshine on the last day! I can see why this unique and incredible hotel is perfect for business and pleasure!...

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

Thank you for your sterling review! We are happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us here at the The Lafayette. Chris, Aimee, Andrew, Nicholas and the rest of our staff work hard to give our guests great service, and we are happy to hear you had a positive experience with them. Guests often comment on our HOPE...

Gladewater, Texas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotel was built in the 1940s and was visited by many movie stars. Bob Hope, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, and others stayed here. So while the building is rather old, it has been remodeled and modernized over the years. Our room was a little smaller than average but clean and functional. Lighting was not very good so my wife...

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

Thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Indeed, our history is unique, full of history and famous characters. We do our best to incorporate that history with a modern flair, and we are happy that you appreciated our hard work. We are sorry to hear about your issues with lighting and...

Prescott, Arizona
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I visit San Diego I always stay at the Lafayette. The staff is outstanding and very friendly, always willing to help. The underground garage is great, especially when it's raining, which it was. They schedule outstanding events throughout the year, pool parties are the best summer fun. Try it you will like it!

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Thank you for your sterling review! We are so happy to have provided you with another pleasant stay here at The Lafayette. Our staff works hard to give our guests great service, and we will be sure to pass along your kind words. Indeed, our summer pool parties are a lot of fun, and we provide a fun time all...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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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
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • 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: ₹ 7,393 - ₹ 19,155 (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
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in San Diego
#63 Business Hotel in San Diego
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  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
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“If staying in the Suze Suites ask for the top floor as the bottom rooms can get noisy if the room above in occupied.”
 of 5 bubbles JodyR720, 31 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Poolside rooms are easy access and comfortable.”
 of 5 bubbles , 28 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Big Rooms. Beds great. Shower water pressure low. ”
 of 5 bubbles C8538EDdianas, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Do not use old chairs that are already damaged and charge customers for them. the stairs are super quicky and loud, I understand the theam of the place is old and charming but it can definitly use some TLC ”
 of 5 bubbles Y4431NHrubenr, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Choose a bungalow - poolside”
 of 5 bubbles tawnywhite, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
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