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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

#30 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
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2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104
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Enfield, New Hampshire
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We discovered a major plumbing problem with our room. Maintenance appeared quickly, but was not able to resolve the problem promptly. We were moved but only after we asked and to a room not as nice. Front desk staff was disengaged. That is unfortunate, because the ambience of building was good and the staff at bar and cafe were pleasant.... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have stayed at the Lafayette several times and decided to host our office party at the adjacent Red Fox Room, and also reserved hotel rooms for some of our guests. As usual, the experience was great from beginning to end - great staff, breakfast in the morning and an oversized room overlooking the pool. Recently updated, the hotel offers... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Staying at The Lafayette Hotel was such a wonderful experience! As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the door man who kindly led us to the front desk. That is where we met Meme. Talk about customer service! She was extremely helpful and accommodating. She suggested lots of great places to eat and cool spots and bars... More 

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Thank NicoleKHubbs
Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Nicole, You made our day! All of us at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows greatly appreciate your sterling review. Thank you for recognizing our hard working staff; especially Meme. Making our guests' experience as you said "unforgettable" is our always our goal! We will pass your kind words on to Meme and the rest of our staff.... More 

Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed 4 nights on business, early Feb.2016, and really enjoyed it. The price was good, approx. US$100/night. The hotel was not busy while we were there. The hotel is easy driving distance to airport, downtown attractions, Balboa Park, and UCSD. In general, everything was clean and well maintained. The room was a bit dated, not luxurious, but clean, spacious, with... 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 write your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your 4 night stay stay and found the Lafayette to be a good value. In addition, you appreciated our convenient location as well as the rich history of the property going back to the golden days of Hollywood; as you said "YesterdayToday". You mentioned some... More 

Redding, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a great venue and a beautiful hotel! The issue that came up for me was that I was placed in a room directly over the entrance. I discovered that people who enter and leave a hotel are very noisy. I didn't get to sleep until about 2:00 am when unluckily my neighbors came in. They fought the entire night... More 

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

Thank you for complimenting our hotel overall. However, we are very sorry that you were not completely satisfied with your stay due to the noise near your room. We do appreciate the feedback. Ideally we would have moved you to a more quiet section of the hotel on learning of this. If you could give us another try in the... More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved the character of the hotel. Pool and courtyards are gorgeous. Room was spacious. Included a full sized sofa bed and lots of floor space. Location was very convenient to everything San Diego has to offer. We played tourist and it was great.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your 5 Star review of the The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows! Everyone here sincerely appreciates your kind words. It is great that you had a chance to play tourist in San Diego. All of us should do that from time to time. We look forward to seeing you... More 

Bakersfield, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Lafayette is in a nice location for what we needed, near North Park. The hotel itself is cool, vintage feel to it, nice lobby and bar. The room is average at best, considering the price and location, but comfortable. I don't think the bathrooms have been remodeled, and my morning shower was only warm. Breakfast was not good, they... More 

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

Dear April, Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay overall, and that you appreciated the rich history of the property going back to the golden days of Hollywood. Sorry your breakfast wasn't what you expected, we will pass your comments on to the restaurant as an opportunity for improvement.... More 

Yonkers, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very comfortable and relaxing visit...would definitely recommend to a friend.Happy hour was very good,as was breakfast and lunch menus.Bed was very comfortable .No complaints whatsoever...I would definitely return on my next visit so San Diego

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

Dear James, Thanks for posting your 5 Star Review! Everyone of the The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows. We all appreciate your kind words. It is good to see that you enjoyed your room as well as the cuisine in our Hope46 Restaurant; our Chef Ryan is receiving rave reviews, now from you!. We look forward to your next... More 

San Diego, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Lafayette is a very charming hotel. Had good staff, breakfast, etc. The only complaint is that our double queen size bed room was very small. Had trouble finding a place to put our suitcases. Otherwise it was a very relaxing experience. If we stay there again, we will request a larger room. Olivia and Richard James

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Olivia and Richard, Thank you for choosing to stay with us! We are glad that overall you were happy with your stay. We appreciate you recognizing our hard working staff, as well as the cuisine in our Hope46 Restaurant. Next time we will definitely put you in a larger room; we have more spacious options available. We hope to... More 

Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Swim Club twice last year, the first time with my critically ill (but still functioning :>) almost 90 year old Dad, and the second time with a couple of our grown kids. Both times we stayed in a Suzy Suite, and both times we had a ball. Dad loved the "old time" feel of the place... More 

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Thank Tammy T
Steven M, General Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Tammy, Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you had such a nice time staying with us on both occasions. We frequently hear great things about our decor, our Weissmuller Pool, and our great staff, and we are happy to hear you appreciated them too. We look forward to your next stay! More 

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