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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

#32 of 273 Hotels in San Diego
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2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gig Harbor, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visiting San Diego while getting my daughter ready for college - this seemed to be a fun place to stay. Very bad part of town. The room was on a very noisy street with screaming yelling all night on the street. The "pool" the supposedly highlight was a huge disappointment - open to the public the one day we went... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I got a poolside cabin, which was lovely. Only problem was, it was at the head of the pool, where you get no outdoor patio area with chairs and a table. A minor setback, but still I was looking forward to opening the doors every morning and sitting directly outside of my room. Will specify a cabin to the side... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I stayed at this hotel the weekend of July 24-26, 2015 in a double queen size room. We had no idea what to expect....the reservations were made for us by a friend. The room itself was fine....nothing fancy but comfortable and clean, though the sheets kept gathering up! What we loved most was the energy of the... More 

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

Dear Beverly, Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We are happy that you and your husband enjoyed your stay with us and that you appreciated the rich history of the Lafayette going back to the glory days of Hollywood. Speaking of glory days, thanks for mentioning our Weissmuller Pool. Many people don't know that... More 

Orange County, California
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Hotel has lots of history displayed at every turn. The Staff was always friendly and helpful. It's also very close to shopping, restaurants and beaches. The only disappointment was the service at the restaurant inside the Hotel. Also, the parking can be a challenge if the Hotel is at capacity. Overall, we had a fantastic vacation and are very... More 

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

Dear Julie, Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, and our location was close enough for everything you wanted to do. We appreciate you recognizing our staff as well. Sorry we had a service lapse at our restaurant when you were there, there is no excuse for that,... More 

Kirkland, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really disappointed in our experience with the Lafayette. So much so that we checked out without staying. We reserved 4 nights in one of the "penthouses". After a long day of traveling, my husband and I waited until the 3pm check in time to ask for our room. We were told the room wasn't available yet - no problem, we... More 

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

Hello Suzanne, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I apologize about your first experience with us. You bring up some very important points that I will share with the rest of the management team. We could have communicated these issues better so that there wasn't a big discrepancy between the hotel and your expectations. We're going... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This hotel is not near downtown, but the bus to downtown is right across the street. There are great places to eat within walking distance and it is close to the zoo. The pool is wonderful and the neighborhood is great for walking or running. The staff are exceptional in giving directions, helping suggest places to go and things to... More 

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

Dear Patricia Thanks for posting your review of our hotel. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay, which included a swim in our famous Weissmuller Pool. In addition, you recognize that we are outside of downtown but close enough to the action; a bus of short taxi ride away. Also, we appreciate your shout-out for Meme! Our staff sincerely... More 

Somonauk, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I initially booked a Suze suite so my teenage son could have his own room. I quickly learned the room wasn't for me because I wanted a bigger room for my husband and me near the pool. When we told this to the front desk (thank you Meme) they IMMEDIATELY put us in a balcony room by the pool. It... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to review your visit with us. We are glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay, and thanks for the shout out for Meme. Our staff takes a lot of pride in their work and we appreciate you recognizing them. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Whittier, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second visit and it truly was great as the first visit was. We stayed in the penthouse suite and it was wonderful. My wife loved it as did my 1.5 year old who had plenty of room to run around. We will continue to stay at The Lafayette for our future visits.

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

We are very pleased that you enjoyed your second stay with us; this time in our spacious and well appointed Penthouse Suites, with room for the little one to play :-) We look forward to seeing you and your family again! More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel was really nice and had an amazing pool! Great location too. We loved the retro feel and beautiful lobby. I could've stayed and ready a book in there all day! Awesome coffee in the rooms too!

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

Dear Madina, We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at our historic hotel, and that you were able to swim in our Weissmuller Pool, designed by Johnny Weissmuller himself. Many people don't know that along with being the famous 'Tarzan', Weissmuller was a 5 time Olympic swimming champion. Next visit, if you did not do so on this trip,... More 

Tombstone, Arizona
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful hotel with lots of history, we thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay in this hotel. We were greeted by friendly staff and really enjoyed our experience. We will be staying here again during our next visit to San Diego!

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

Dear Tim We appreciate you posting your review or our historic hotel; we are happy that you enjoyed your brief stay with us. Thanks for recognizing our attentive staff, they appreciate the recognition. If you did not do so on this trip, on your next, we hope you get a chance to sample the cuisine of our HOPE46 Restaurant, you... More 

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