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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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#60 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Fleetwood, PA
Reviewed 27 November 2016

My husband travels constantly for work, and we didn't want a chain hotel....we, did not get one!!!! The Lafayette is quirky, weird, wonderful.... it has a beautifully decorated shabby chic, vintage lobby...the outdoor pool is from another time, and is marvelously up to date. Every bit of food we had at the Lafayette was way above expectations. Things moved a...

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We appreciate you recognizing what we take pride in, including our unique charm and decor, a departure from the chain hotels! Thanks for your shout-out for the cuisine of our Hope46 Restaurant as well! The fact that you would stay here again makes our day!

Mesa, Arizona
Reviewed 22 November 2016

This place is amazing! We went last August. AMY the manager was great, we had had a negative experience at another hotel down the road and came to the Lafayette. It was my birthday and we were stressed to say the least when we arrived. Amy could not have been more accommodating and even upgraded our room and gave us...

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

Dear Micah, Thank you so much for the 5 Star review of the Lafayette Hotel! We are honored by your kind words; for Amy in particular. We will share our words with her. Again, Happy Birthday! We hope to see you back very soon

Pasadena, California
Reviewed 21 November 2016

The property was well maintained and clean. I was especially impressed with the lobby. It was a good value for the price we paid, even with the additional $12/night parking (cheap in San Diego!) The only reason it was not a five star stay was because our phone did not work (and since we were only staying one night, we...

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

Dear Toris, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. Many of our guests enjoy the unique, historic nature of our property; we are happy that you did as well. You are correct regarding our parking fees, they are less than 1/3 of the downtown chain hotels; thanks for mentioning it. Sorry about the phone situation,...

Baltimore, Maryland
Reviewed 21 November 2016

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows makes you pay to park in their lots. I have never been to a hotel that has a parking lot, where the hotel charges you $12.00 parking per night. Here's the kicker...this doesn't even buy a parking space for yourself. I would think that if the establishment made you pay for a parking...

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am sorry that you were frustrated with the parking situation, however there are some things you should know about Hotel parking in San Diego. Fees are standard in San Diego because it’s a destination city. Our parking fee is less than one third of the downtown hotels. Again we...

Tucson, Arizona
Reviewed 21 November 2016

If you like a hotel with some history and very welcoming you will love this hotel! Very clean we felt right at home! We got a pool side room and loved the view and privacy and cozy feel. Highly recommend hotel staff was great aswell!

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you had a good time staying with us. Our stellar staff takes great pride in the quality of stay our guests receive, and we will be sure to pass along your kind words. They deserve the recognition! Our unique style and charm are the product of a lot of dedication...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 20 November 2016

I want to thank Sydney, Ronan (LeStat, he looks like a young Tom Cruise) and the other Front Desk Staff at this Hotel for treating my husband and I like Movie Stars. We are local San Diegans and we stayed here to celebrate our 11th Wedding Anniversary. Our bungalow was beautiful, clean and very, very posh. We were comped breakfast...

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Patricia, Many thanks from the Lafayette Hotel for your review! We truly appreciate your kind words regarding the unique experience we offer our guests; we are so happy that you spent your anniversary with us. Thanks for your shout-out for our dedicated team, especially Ronin and Sydney. We will pass your kind words on to them. Happy Holidays to...

Fallbrook, California
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Every single thing about this place was magical. Everyone was so nice, the room was perfect and very clean. The pool was beautiful. ( A bit cold in November but I wore a wetsuit top and swam laps anyway). The lower level poolside room was perfect. Both of the restaurants were great. The piano bar was like stepping back in...

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Paria, The entire team at the Lafayette are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us; and that you felt your stay was "magical". Your praise is about as high a compliment as we could receive from a guest! Thank you!

Oceanside, California
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Exemplary in every way possible...San Diego's best Boutique Hotel. We were amazed at the food, available fun onsite, "Tarzan" Swimming Pool, and the great music !! Our room was clean, and very art deco...Retro actually. Remember; you are staying where Betty Grable, Bob Hope and Ava Gardner stayed, along with every other Hollywood movie stars. The Lafayette Hotel is a...

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Mike Thank you so much for the terrific review of the Lafayette Hotel! We are honored by your kind words and that we are your hotel of choice in the San Diego area. Praise does not get higher than that! We agree that we offer a unique and wonderfully nostalgic experience. Thanks for recognizing the efforts of our dedicated...

Carlsbad, California
Reviewed 19 November 2016

The Lafayette has charm. From the time you pull up to the front and see the beautifully decorated columns, to the fantastic lobby and all of the smiling staff, you are immediately whisked away into another era. The energy is fantastic. There are always celebrations going on. We have stayed a few times in the rooms right on the pool...

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Karyn, Thank you for the review of your recent stay with us. We agree that we are unlike hotel chains and offer something different and nostalgic, yet with modern amenities; thank you so much for recognizing and mentioning that. We hope to see you back soon!

Massachusetts
Reviewed 19 November 2016

We spent six nights at the Lafayette. and found the staff cheerful and helpful. The food was good, especially the fantastic breakfasts. The room was spacious and comfortable. The rooms are a bit dated but that added to the sense that we weren't in an ordinary hotel, but a historic one. We didn't use the pool but enjoyed sitting poolside...

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Many thanks from the Lafayette Hotel for your review! We truly appreciate your kind words regarding the unique experience we offer our guests; our convenient location and the tasty dishes at our Hope46 Restaurant included. Most of all thanks for your shout-out for our dedicated team. We will pass your kind words on to them. Thank you so much!

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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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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • 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: ₹ 7,690 - ₹ 16,350 (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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