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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

#48 of 271 Hotels in San Diego
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2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Carmel, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the quiet rooms poolside and had great meals in the lobby restaurant. Staff went the extra mile for us. We got upgraded to poolside and the bartender let us try experimental drinks. Also conveniently located near a ton of culinary attractions.

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Sun City, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Second stay from three years ago and it keeps getting better. Not only the refurnishing and remodeling but the staff never looses a beat in making your stay more enjoyable. Also the bar and restaurant now called the "Hope 46" is like Cheers where everybody knows your name. Kaitlin, Greg and Nolan will make you feel like your hanging out... More 

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

We are happy that you enjoyed your visit with us again. Thanks for posting your review. We appreciate the comments about your experience at our HOPE46 Restaurant and Bar, and for the shout-up for Kaitlin, Greg and Nolan. Our hard working staff always appreciates the recognition. We look forward to seeing you many more times in the future! More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were greeted by two wonderful ladies in the reception Meme and Aimee, they were very helpful and showed us some places we should go for dinner. They were very accommodating and our mood improved greatly after talking to them. On entering our room we were very pleased with the cleanliness and overall quality.

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

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay, and thanks for the shout out for Meme and Aimee. Our staff takes a lot of pride in their work and we appreciate you recognizing them. Next visit, we hope that you will be able to enjoy the cuisine of our own Hope46 restaurant as well. We look forward to seeing you... More 

San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've stayed at the Lafayette several times over the past couple of years and it's always a great spot with a fun vibe. And this stay was no exception. The retro feel of the hotel is refreshing and the bar/restaurant and pool area are such a great place to relax and have a good time. The staff was so attentive... More 

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

Thank you so much for being a repeat guest! We really appreciate your business as well as the nice review you wrote. We try to maintain the 1940s style and vintage design that the hotel had when it opened in 1946 but balance that with modern amenities. Please be sure to check out our amazing line up of poolside entertainment... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is like stepping back in time. Period style building and decor. Scores and scores of historic photos of all the famous people that stayed here over the years. Dining is phenomenal. Service and staff are attentive and spot-on. Heated pool on the cool May, San Diego nights. Total smoke free. Drink service poolside? Yes, thank you. Manager Sydney was... More 

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

Joseph, We are happy that you enjoyed your visit 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 along with being the famous Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller was an Olympic swimming champion, and he designed... More 

Manchester, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for a long weekend to visit friends that live in the neighborhood. We would usually have chosen a more upscale fancy schmancy hotel but were delighted to find ourselves here. The rooms are clean and comfortable but not completely updated. There's a wonderful ambience of old Southern California with a touch of Old Hollywood and we really... More 

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

We are glad that overall, you enjoyed your stay with us. We are proud of our historic legacy going back to the 'glory days' of old Hollywood, and appreciate that you recognized it. You also heard some of the 'urban chatter' coming from the neighborhood, and mentioned our windows. In order to be a recognized historic site, we have to... More 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommended!! Every person on the staff was amazing! Great restaurants, great pool, great vibe. Cool decor, I'm sure some people might want more updating in the rooms, but I loved the classic originality of everything. Will be back!!

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

We are happy that you two enjoyed your stay with us and you took the time to post your review. I see that you experienced the cuisine of our Hope46 restaurant, which is getting rave reviews, and our staff appreciates your recognition as well. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Ventura, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have stayed at the Lafayette twice now; both times were memorable. Friendly smiling staff, clean comfortable rooms, a great atmosphere, all added up to a fun stay. The food was outstanding at the 46, as were the drinks. If you can afford it, get a poolside room - very wonderful and relaxing

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

We really appreciate the fact that you are a repeat guest and that you took the time to post your review. Thanks for recognizing our staff as well. We look forward to your third visit soon! More 

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

I grew up with this hotel as a fun but shabby staple for a summertime swim, and, upon a recent stay, was very impressed with how beautiful it has become in a short amount of time. The upgrades and embellishments have brought the hotel's glamourous 1930's history back to the surface. Added bonus, the attached Red Fox Room is the... More 

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

We are happy that you appreciated the restoration of our historic hotel. Be believe were able to capture the 'glory days' of Hollywood, when the Lafayette was born Next visit, we hope you get a chance to sample the cuisine of our HOPE46 'Restaurant, you will not be disappointed! Thanks again for posting your review! More 

Portland, Oregon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We could not have more pleased with the Lafayette. The hotel is wonderful....the staff MORE than accomodating, the LOCATION is stellar and our two bedroom condo was just perfect for us. I expected this to be a good property however it exceeded our expectations. Oh, and the pool and pool area was the cherry on top of the sundae for... More 

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

We are happy that you enjoyed your visit with us and thanks for mentioning one of the many interesting historical aspects of the Lafayette, our 'Weissmuller Pool'. Many people don't know that along with being the famous Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller was was a 7 time Olympic swimming champion. Lastly, thanks for recognizing our attentive staff, they appreciate the recognition. If... More 

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