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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Enjoyed my stay so much that I didn't want to leave! I loved everything about my room; classic, beautiful and charming! Service was impeccable, and room was clean. Didn't care that there wasn't a microwave in the room.

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

Dear Patrice, The entire team at the Lafayette are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. That you 'did not want to leave' is the highest compliment we could receive from a guest! Thank you!

Manchester, New Hampshire
Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Lafayette Hotel has beautiful, clean, and extremely comfortable rooms. I perfect place to end your busy day visiting San Diego. The staff is first rate. They are courteous, friendly, informative and will go out their way to help you. I have stayed there numerous times and can't wait for my next visit.

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

Dear Diane, Thank you for your fantastic review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed staying with us here at The Lafayette. We will be sure to pass along your kind words to our stellar staff, they deserve the recognition! Thanks again for your review, that you are a loyal guest of ours is what we work for and makes...

Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We stayed for a week and very much enjoyed ourselves. The room was good, the restaurant and bar had good food and service. The pool was wonderful - we had a great swim every morning. The staff at all times were friendly and responsive. Instead of renting a car - we were visiting from England - we used Uber and...

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

Dear Peter, All of us at the The Lafayette Hotel thank you for your kind words, you made our day! Our guests often comment on our historic Weissmuller Pool, the cuisine of our Hope46 Restaurant, as well as the efforts of our dedicated team. Thank you for your compliments; we will pass them on to the staff, they will enjoy...

La Mesa, California
Reviewed 26 October 2016

The rooms are great, the staff very accommodating, the 2 restaurants both have great food, and the vintage look and feel is something special to enjoy. Be sure to take time to lounge in the pool area.

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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 glad to hear you enjoyed staying with us here at The Lafayette. Our restaurants and Weissmuller pool of new guests and regulars alike, and we’re happy that you had the chance to appreciate them too. We will be sure to pass along your kind words to our stellar staff, they deserve the...

Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I had an amazing two night stay here. Met with friends for the brunch. Friendly staff folks..clean room...comfy nights sleep! Conveniently located and easy to find. Very historic and nostalgic! I would go again!

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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 enjoyed your stay with us here at The Lafayette. We do our best to highlight our unique and interesting history, and we’re so pleased you enjoyed it! Our staff takes great pride in the quality of service provided to our guests, and we will be sure to pass...

Woodland Hills. CA
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Overall, my stay even though it was a short one, was quite nice. I like the proximity to the major attractions and venues and the hotel was easy to get to.The on site parking was ample, but just so. There were times when the underground parking was absolutely full. I would have liked more restaurant choices within easy walking distances...

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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 had a comfortable time staying with us. Our staff works hard to give our guests great quality of service, and we are pleased that you appreciated their efforts. We apologize that your room took longer to prepare, we do our best to make sure everything is ready for our...

Los Angeles, CA
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I had been invited to speak at a conference being held here and had no idea what to expect of this hotel, as the room was "comped" to me, though one of my younger friends who had been there before described it as "sweet"..... The hotel has a lot of unique, retro character, having been built in the '40s......with a...

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

We are happy that your conference with us was a success and you appreciated our unique history and style; historic features and classic flavors paired with new and modern amenities. Our dedicated team will appreciate hearing your shout-out for them; they deserve the recognition. Thank you for staying with us, and we hope you’ll stay with us again!

Colton
Reviewed 24 October 2016

To small I love the decor the room was small and the shower water went from warm tor hot ever couple of seconds but the decor was awesome straight from the Hollywood box office. I will stay here again but get a bigger room next time.........................!better than ever. The only place to stay in San Diego County. Customer Service is...

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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 you had a good time staying with us. We are sorry to hear you felt your room was too small, and that you had issues with your water temperature. We will look into the water temperature issue. We appreciate your feedback, it helps us provide the best service to our guests. Our...

Downey, California
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Without a doubt best place to stay in San Diego if you want to be near SDU, USD, and CSUSD. Great party and family vibe. Near Belching Beaver treehouse and Balboa Park. Sidney, the concierge, is amazing.

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

Dear Bernice, Thank you for your review! We appreciate your recommendation of us here at The Lafayette. Our staff, Sidney included, takes great pride in the quality of stay our guests receive, and we will be sure to share your kind words. Our proximity to many nearby notable locations makes us a strategic location to stay, and we’re glad you...

Torrance, California
Reviewed 23 October 2016

We say here all the time when in San Diego. Historic hotel with character. Nice pool. Two really good restaurants. Big rooms that are decorated cute. Can get loud, there is always a lot going on. But I have never had a hard time sleeping. For the price I highly recommend.

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

Dear Michael, Thank you for your review! We are so glad to hear you’ve become a returning guest with us here at The Lafayette. We do our best to display our unique history, and always appreciate when guests have positive things to say about it. Our Weissmuller pool and Hope 46 restaurant are often mentioned by guests, and we’re happy...

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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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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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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: £81 - £171 (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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#8 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#9 Green Hotel in San Diego
#63 Business Hotel in San Diego
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“if you want to be loud and party, go by the pool, if you want to be quiet, get rooms at the back of the hotel, away from the partying”
 of 5 bubbles 306sophiej, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Choose one of the rooms by the pool if you plan to hang by the pool.”
 of 5 bubbles Jed_Schipper, 18 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Stay here at the Historic LaFayette Hotel”
 of 5 bubbles jeassmus, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The Suze Suites at the back of the hotel (2nd floor) are not fancy but they are QUIET!”
 of 5 bubbles CLwriter, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Executive King Suite has a balcony above the Red Fox”
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 of 5 bubbles DanielDiNicola, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
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