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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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Trenton, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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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San Diego, California
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Aurora, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was an older hotel that has been remodeled , so if you are expecting a spacious room this is not the place. It was on the edge of a seedy part of town but we never felt worried for our safety.. The one thing that made up for it was the friendliest staff .. So all and all it... More

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Apple Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed for two nights in a room with a king bed. Had a great time at the pool. Hotel had a lot of character and is close to the San Diego Zoo (the reason we stayed there). Meme at the front desk was also very hospitable and nice. Will stay there again!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We liked the Lafayette for its quirky character and nearness to Balboa Park where most of our outings would take place. We stayed three nights and have the following comments: Beds and Linens-- top notch, and housekeeping kept it all tidy. Restaurant-- The Hope Restaurant served our needs. The food was plentiful for the price and pretty good. The only... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I decided to celebrate my birthday and the 4th of July in town, since San Diego is a little slice of Heaven anyway. I booked a bungalow at Lafayette for July 3-5, and my friends and I had such an amazing time we're already talking about doing it again next year, and a couple friends are looking to book these... More

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

Well thank you for letting us share your birthday and enjoying our little slice of heaven. We do have bungalows that are two bedrooms as well as the three bedrooms, which are as you stated are basically town homes. We love hosting events such as birthdays or bachelor/bachelorette parties, although we do ask for any non-sanctioned event that you contact... More

Shawnee, Oklahoma
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All staff were friendly and helpful. But Meme and Ronan were especially so. They were friendly, helped me solved problems and showed interest in all their guests, about their stay and to make sure all our needs were met. I have stayed there before and will do so again on my next trip. The Lafayette is located so that my... More

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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 (again!) for your San Diego trip, I'm glad we could welcome you back and everything exceeded your expectations. We would love to have you back the next time you can come visit your family members, especially if we are in such close proximity to all of them. I would have to agree with you... More

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a 2 bedroom apartment for three nights and had a wonderful time. The apartment was spacious and had a kitchen and so we did manage to get some much needed home cooking done However must mention the restaurant was also fantastic with great food and a broad menu. We loved the unique feel, the pool and the handy... 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 your positive feedback. I am happy you enjoyed your stay with us and that our staff provided you with the service you deserve. I'm also glad you were able to get some home cooking done but also enjoyed our restaurant, Hope 46. All of those attractions are within 15 minutes of the hotel and are... More

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at the lafayette from June 13-18th and it was a very pleasant stay. Melissa at the front desk was very helpful especially since it was my first time in san diego and i had a ton of questions. I will definitely be going back to this hotel.

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

Thank you for making us your first review on TripAdvisor and enjoying your stay with us! I'll make sure Melissa receives your praise, any new city can be quite daunting for the first time but she is very knowledgeable of the area. All of us at the front desk enjoy sharing our good experiences at different restaurants and attractions so... 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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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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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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