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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104
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Ranked #90 of 270 hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Reading, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed for one night at the Lafayette hotel in San Diego. Check-in was very straight forward and we were given one of the family suites, which are located in one of the outside bungalows. We did not get to use the pool, as we arrived late and the pool shut at 5pm which was a bit of a shame.... More

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Josh L, General Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to stay at The Lafayette Hotel. We are so happy you had the chance to stay in one of our most valued guest rooms, the Bungalows! I understand that you did not have the opportunity to utilize the famous near-Olympic sized Weissmuller Pool. I truly apologize if the hours of operation did not accommodate your needs.... More

San Luis Obispo
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great hotel. Stayed here with my kids in a poolside room. Pool was fabulous, hotel food was great, and we all had a wonderful time. Will be returning on our next visit to San Diego! Great central location.

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Josh L, General Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thanks so much for providing such fabulous and colorful feedback regarding your stay with us! I've shared your comments with our HOPE 46 Restaurant staff and they were so ecstatic to hear that you enjoyed the food & beverage experience. Most importantly, and because you have shared such candid positive comments, we can actually utilize this as constructive material towards... More

San Diego, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my #1 hotel recommendation for people coming to San Diego. Get yourself off the boring freeway view that is Hotel Circle and come stay at a historic hotel where the locals (that's me) hangout. I've only stayed here as a guest twice, and both times were before the remodel. The rooms are small and cozy, but they were... More

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Josh L, General Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Greetings, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience and for choosing to stay with us! I have shared your comments with our hotel team and they are so grateful for your candid and honest feedback. The entire hotel team works to provide a unique experience where guests can truly feel the late 1940's era of service, infused... More

Riverside, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are traveling on vacation, why not make the hotel as much a part of the experience as the sites you see. This is the place to do just that. This hotel is mid-century modern in design, and 21st century in service and amenities. The room was spotless with ample closet and storage space. The bed was s dream... More

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Ronan O, Front Desk Supervisor at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive recount of your stay with us at the Lafayette. It is great to hear that you felt the ambiance of the mid-century design and decor juxtaposed with our modern take on the hotel. I do believe you stayed in one of our poolside rooms, which I agree are great... More

Sacramento, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was with my granddaughter and daughter in San Diego to tour colleges and my daughter chose this hotel because it was close to San Diego State and she does not like the vibe of "Hotel Circle" in San Diego. It was a great choice, but not really "close." It used to be on the main highway thru San Diego... More

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Ronan O, Front Desk Supervisor at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you, your daughter and granddaughter for giving us the opportunity to host you during your college search. I am glad you found the history of the area appealing, as "The Boulevard" (El Cajon Blvd) was the main highway through San Diego. SDSU is 5.5mi east on The Boulevard, UCSD north-west 14mi, and pretty much anything in San Diego is... More

Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i've stayed here twice, 2 consecutive years on my birthday. the first time i stayed they gave us a great room with an amazing balcony looking over to the pool. we had such a great time and everyone was so incredibly nice. the second time i stayed here they upgraded me to suite, it was very spacious with 2 bathrooms.... More

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Josh L, General Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Happy Birthday! I am so happy to hear that we were able to fulfill your wishes on your special day. I have taken the liberty of sharing your comments with the appropriate team members. These hard working team members take pride in helping to create memories, one guest at a time, we are truly grateful. You are among the most... More

San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was so incredibly pleased with this place! The staff was so accomadating, kind, friendly & helpfull. They made for such a special stay. The rooms are very clean, hip and fun, the pool is amazing, and the restaurants are great. We got a free breakfast because someone somehow checked us out of our room- the restaurant had amazing food.... More

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Ronan O, Front Desk Supervisor at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

And we were incredibly pleased to have you stay with us! I think I speak for our entire team when I say that we would like every one of our guests to feel just as special as you. I do apologize for the error in mistaking you for checked-out, but glad to see you were able to enjoy a nice... More

Temecula, California
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just want to say that I was greated by Ronan who was polite and embracing as this would our first time at this fabulous establishment! He not only was able to get us into a room earlier than expected but upgraded us to a pool side room. The food is amazing the front desk staff is alert and accommodating... More

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Ronan O, Front Desk Supervisor at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review and for the recognition! It's great that we were able to accommodate you with an earlier check-in as well as one of our poolside rooms. IMIG's restaurant has recently come out with an amazing new menu, I am sure our Chef will be thrilled to hear you found it so... More

Roberts Creek, BC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you enjoy swimming in an excellent pool, and don't need excessive luxury, this is a great choice. Reasonable price when booked in advance on line. I have only stayed in 'manor' rooms, the basic choice, and found it very comfortable and quiet, away from streets and pool, with goood blinds and black-out drapes. I like the location, not the... More

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Sacramento, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Centrally located with easy parking and comfortable accommodations. Every staff member, everyone of them, greeted me and asked if I needed anything or wished me a good day. Both restaurants are great, and the pool is a classic.

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Additional Information about The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Also Known As:
Lafayette Hotel San Diego
Lafayette San Diego
Address: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Green Hotel in San Diego
#24 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#64 Business Hotel in San Diego
#90 Top resorts Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 3*
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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