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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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Madrid, Spain
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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First impression when walking in was fantastic, colonial theme really well done, very nice reception attendant (Meme) made us feel welcome at once. It was Saturday afternoon, and there was quite a party going on at the pool, with the room below us playing loud music (fortunately they switched off by sleeping time). We had a Suze suite, which is... More

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4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place is really great looking and the pool is fantastic, Ronin and a few other staff members gave great service but there are also a handful of things that were far from great. The air conditioning in our room was horrible, we had to keep fiddling with it to get it cooler but for the three days we were... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My friend and I took our two 13 yr old sons to visit San Diego. We stayed at The Lafayette Hotel because it was near a family member. This hotel was absolutely wonderful in all ways. The service from every employee was excellent, the rooms were clean and spacious and we had a nice balcony overlooking the pool. The pool... More

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For my birthday I decide to go to this hotel cause they have a neat pool, great restaurants and who doesn't like north park?! Aimee, the receptionist was super nice and made me feel like I'm a VIP, when I arrived I wasn't expecting this but since it was my birthday and they were still cleaning the room I booked... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My teenage children (aged 12 and 14) and I were fortunate to stay at the Lafayette for 4 nights in July 14. Coming from Australia (and not a member of the LGBT community) we were unaware that we had booked over the entire PRIDE weekend. My 12 year old had chosen the room due to it's proximity to the pool... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Lafayette will always be our San Diego hotel. The bungalow was perfect for my family for a week stay. If you want to relax in a family atmosphere, stay during the week to eat and drink on the patio while the kids play in the pool. If you are looking for a party stay on the weekend and take... More

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

Wow; you and your family will always be welcome at the Lafayette! We enjoy the diversity of our guests and receive them from all over the world with open arms. But I do think you hit the nail on the head in terms of our day-to-day operations and with what to expect during your stay with us. Thank you for... More

Trenton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My family started our vacation here on July 11th, and what a start. It's about 8 minutes just outside center city and about 4 or 5 from the zoo. We walked in to a beautiful and very cool lobby and were greeted by very friendly front desk employees. We then proceeded toward the pool area for a look see...just the... More

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

Thank you for having a great start to your vacation with all of us! So glad your wife and children enjoyed the pool area, it was designed and built by Johnny Weissmuller, the 5x Olympic medal winner and actor who starred in the original Tarzan film. Glad you were able to enjoy the Dive-In-Movie while the promotion was still active... More

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

This is unfortunate, because I really do like the Lafayette Hotel. I live in San Diego, and my girlfriends and I like to go to the pool parties at Lafayette. We've been many times. This last time I visited was Saturday July 12, 2014. They weren't as busy as they typically are over the weekend, a lot of families with... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family recently stayed here for 4 nights during a trip to Southern California. Our stay was very enjoyable. The room was great - we had a Suze Suite. My husband and I had a king bed, full bathroom and large walk in closet. Through french doors was the kids' room with a single-over-double bunk bed, full bathroom, large walk-in... More

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

Thank you so much for choosing the Lafayette during your Southern California vacation. It sounds like our Suze Suite was a perfect fit for your family, although we do apologize for the difficulties in using the WiFi and is something we are diligently working on. I hope your kids were able to create some masterpieces on the chalk board! Unfortunately... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved hotel with old school southern charm and decor. Arrived on Sunday and enjoyed live music around pool. Staff were helpful and knew area. Easy to get to and lots of restaurants in greater area. Great beds and pillows!

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

Thank you for choosing the Lafayette for your San Diego stay. Our Sunday pool parties are a lot of fun for hotel guests as well as locals for a small cover charge, Rip Carson being our house rockabilly band throughout summer time. That being said the poolside rooms on the weekends are more trafficked so thank you for the tip... More

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Address: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104
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Location: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 3*
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Lafayette Hotel San Diego
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Amenities

Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#8 Green Hotel in San Diego #64 Business Hotel in San Diego
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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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