We stayed here for one night, on a quick trip to show my cousins the Zoo during their escape from Winter weather back East. We booked two regular rooms, and couldn't have been more pleased. Instead of a basic place to stay, the hotel became an attraction in itself and really added to our enjoyment of the trip. While our rooms were on the small side, they each had large (LARGE) closets, very nice flat-screen TV's, and very comfortable beds with great mattresses. No "Oh, my aching back" mornings for us. Wi-Fi was fast as we'll as free. That coupled with free parking added up to a really excellent value for a nice place to stay just minutes from Balboa Park and the Zoo. Plus, the hotel facility overall was very attractive, and interesting to wander around because of its history. As others have noted, it was like an instant trip back to the late forties - early fifties, in the most attractive way. A beautiful pool area, and a dining area that overlooks it, plus one of the best, and most affordable hotel breakfasts I've encountered in years, while Crosby and Sinatra crooned in the background. All staff members from the Reception desk right through to maids and dining service staff were uniformly helpful, courteous, and pleasant. We would go back to the Lafayette in a heartbeat.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Lafayette Hotel San Diego
- Lafayette San Diego