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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

#43 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
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I are born 1 day apart. Thus every year we are more than excited to celebrate and enjoy that midnight drink. The tipping point of the year. This year we decided the Lafayatte would be the perfect place. Having stayed multiple times I convinced my wife it would be perfect for our circumstance of having a newborn.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the Lafayette Hotel today and received five star treatment from Greg while he served me drinks on the deck over looking the pool. What a super cool gem in San Diego. I look forward to my next visit to this fine, restored and awesome hotel. Thanks.

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

Thank you for posting your review. We are glad that you were able to enjoy the view of our famous "Weissmuller Pool" from your vantage point on the second floor. Also, we appreciate that you recognized Greg, our bartender. He is a real pro and does a great job. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I checked into the Hotel for nine (9), nights from Australia..on May the 24th.The weather is virtually the same as home, Brisbane, Australia.I am staying in a suit which is just...STUNNING, the size of an apartment , and so comfortable. the location of the LAFAYETTE, is a casual stroll to University heights, and Hill Crest,where the Bank of America is... More 

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

Dear Gary, Thank you for your thoughtful comments. We are proud that you associate the Lafayette with San Diego. Since since going back to 1946, we have been a part of the city's history. We appreciate that you stayed 9 nights with us on this trip and look forward to seeing you again. More 

Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Lafayette is THEE place to stay!!! Weather you are visiting from out of town or want to enjoy a staycation- I highly reccomend this beautiful hotel. Nestled between the elegant Red Fox Room and the original microbrew pub Livewire, the Lafayette is centrally located and near the freeways ! . Upon first arriving at the hotel, you are instantly... More 

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

Thanks for taking to time to write such a thoughtful review. We love to hear that you are a frequent guest. We are glad that you appreciate our updated room decor, as well as the rich history of the hotel going back to the golden days of Hollywood; as we like to call it "yesterday and today". Lastly, thanks for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is such a wonderful surprise! It's swanky old Hollywood with so much charter! If you are looking for a place to stay in San Diego, this is it! The ambience is so great at night also. The pool area is all lit up. We stayed on the second floor facing the pool. The balcony was great to sit &... More 

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

We appreciate that you took the time to post your review, and that you enjoyed your stay with us, from the vantage point on the second floor overlooking our famous "Weissmuller Pool". Also, thanks for the shout out for Lee at our Hope46 Restaurant and Bar, and Meme at the front desk. Our staff it very appreciative of your recognition... More 

Roseville, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to stay Retro rooms with famous stars and their quotes outside each room Great bar and pool Close to many great bars and restaurants Underground parking Try out San Diego pie company up the street for a deliriously retro Comfort food walk down memory lane featuring fresh chicken pot pie complete dinners for $8.50

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

Thanks for posting your review of our hotel.. We are happy that you were able to enjoy the 'crafted cocktails' at our Hope46 restaurant., and were able to take a dip in our Weissmuller Pool. In addition, you recognized that we are outside of downtown but close enough to the action for easy access. We look forward to your next... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The staff make this hotel - they are super nice and helpful always. Also had a great meal at their restaurant the Red Fox - excellent food and service also for a good value. Our room was a Suze Suite and was just the right size for three adults - so nice to have an extra full bathroom. Housekeeping was... More 

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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 visit with us and that you were happy with our Suze Suite. Our guests love those rooms. We are sorry the weather was not better, it is normally sunny this time of year. Next time, you will be able to enjoy our Weissmuller Pool, designed by Johnny Weissmuller himself. Many people don't know... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I booked a pool side room for two nights as a place for my bride and I to go after our wedding. The staff was very helpful and included some upgrades because I let them know it was for our wedding (Thanks Dede!) The pool side room opened up right next to the really fun pool. The Lafayette hosts parties... More 

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

Congratulations! We are glad that you enjoyed your post-wedding experience with us and that you liked your room appointments. We understand that with all of the fun in and around the pool on weekends, things can get a bit noisy at times. We would be more than happy to move you to a more quiet area of the hotel next... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stayed at the Lafayette for a night when I came home to visit. Every thing about the hotel felt so welcoming I loved it as soon as I walked up. The environment that it presented made me feel great full that I'm from San Diego. The front desk host I believe here name was Noni was so nice a... More 

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

Thanks again for posting your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay, and thanks for the shout out for Noni. Our staff takes a lot of pride in their work and we appreciate you recognizing them. Next visit, we hope you get a chance to sample the cuisine of our HOPE46 Restaurant, you will not be disappointed! We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

family oriented hotel. great location very close to san diego zoo, sea world, and downtown san diego. staff was very hepful. the pool area is really nice not to over crowded. me and my family have stay there on 2 separate occasions and both times was a positive experience.

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

Alondra, We are happy that you enjoyed your second visit with us, and that you found our location very convenient for things to do in San Diego. In addition, thanks for mentioning our 'Weissmuller Pool'. The pool was designed by Johnny Weissmuller, the famous Tarzan from the movies. Aside from his movie role, Weissmuller was a 7 time Olympic swimming... More 

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