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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

#55 of 270 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
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    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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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is my fourth time staying with the Lafayette and I sincerely hope it's not the last. At this point, I would seriously postpone a plan to visit San Diego if a room at the Lafayette wasn't available. I stay at a lot of hotels due to my line of work, so the most important feature of any hotel is... More 

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

Dear Rusty, Since you stay at a lot of hotels we appreciate you taking the time to single us out, this being your fourth stay with us! You commented on our swimming pool and our bar. Many guests are unaware that your pool was actually designed by 7 time Olympic Champion Johnny Weissmuller, better known as the original "Tarzan"! In... More 

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

I had to take my teenagers to San Diego & decided to make the most of it. Was pleasantly impressed with this unique find. Enjoyed everything, from the friendly service staff to the woman playing the piano when we first entered the Hotel's gorgeous lobby. Our room overlooked the pool, it was clean and had great people watching from the... More 

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

Dear Jeannie, Thanks for posting your review! We are glad that you and the family enjoyed our historic hotel and it's close proximity to fun things to do in San Diego including the Zoo. You mentioned our pool; one of the interesting historical aspects of the hotel is our Weissmuller pool. It was actually designed by 7 time Olympic Champion,... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose the Lafayette for our recent spring break trip and loved it! The Suze family suite was fantastic for a family of four. The kids were thrilled to have their own room with bunk beds, and having two bathrooms made getting ready in the mornings easy. Thanks to the Keurig, mini fridge, and microwave, we were able to enjoy... More 

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

We are glad that you chose the Lafayette for your spring break trip and that you and the family enjoyed your suze family suite. We have found that the kids love having their own room :-) Next time we hope it will be warm enough for you to enjoy our Weissmuller pool. What makes the pool special is that it... More 

Wollongong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here for 6 nights- perfect base for our family of four. The kids had their own space - bathroom and TV- which made our stay really peaceful! The pool is lovely, parking is easy, fresh linen everyday- what's there to complain about? The front desk are amazingly helpful. We added another night as we were having such a... More 

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

We appreciate you taking the time to write a review of your stay with us, all 6 nights worth! We are proud of our friendly service staff, and we appreciate you mentioning them. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and that the kids had fun. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Solana Beach, California
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7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! Spent a night here for a birthday celebration a few weeks ago and it was an amazing experience. What a great property! Great location, great pool area and service, and the rooms are very nice. The service put this place on the map for me....I will be back, soon!

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

We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and we appreciate that you took the time to post a review. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for a week while visiting family in San Diego. Vintage hotel with modern touches. Lots of movie stars have visited since the 40's. Fantastic to visit during warm weather as pool is large and well maintained. Lots of amenities..coffee in morning, fluffy pool towels, fantastic helpful staff. Parking is plentiful in the surrounding neighborhood. They even brought a... More 

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

We appreciate your comments about the Lafayette and the rich history of the property going back to the golden days of Hollywood. As we like to call it "yesterday and today". As you mentioned, we consider ourselves a nice alternative to the 'chain hotels'. In addition, we are glad that you and your family enjoyed amenities we offer our guests.... More 

New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had my wedding ceremony at The Lafayette Hotel and we recommended all our guests stay there for the weekend. The hotel is great as a guest. That would get a 5 star review easy. I highly recommend it. I think our guests were happy. As for hosting our wedding ceremony there. The grounds are beautiful, it's moderately priced, and... More 

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

Hi Jen, Thanks again for selecting our historic hotel as your wedding venue. We're so glad that you were 100% satisfied with your decision! I understand how frustrating the communication could have been with our event coordinator leaving. We have now two people in that position to ensure that all of our brides and grooms are taken care of in... More 

Riverside, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved everything about this hotel, and cannot wait for my next visit! I didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked at the pool or bar, but my stay here was wonderful. I loved the old-time atmosphere & decor, the staff were all very friendly, helpful and sincere, and everything we wanted to do was... 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 that you appreciate the history of the hotel. Yes, next visit please take a dip in our Weissmuller Pool. It was designed by the famous 'Tarzan', Many people don't know that Johnny Weissmuller was actually an Olympic swimming champion as well. Thanks for posting your review. We look forward... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great hotel with an awesome pool! I have always stayed in the Bayfront area but wanted to try this boutique hotel in North Park and the location was perfect, the pool was perfect and the staff was very friendly. The windows didn't open in my first room but they switched me to a poolside room with a balcony... 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 that you were able to swim in our Weissmuller Pool. Many people don't know that along with being the famous 'Tarzan', Johnny Weissmuller was an Olympic swimming champion. Next visit, we hope you get a chance to sample the cuisine of our HOPE46 'Restaurant, you will not be disappointed!... More 

Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I frequent the Lafayette with the wife about once a month on average. My trips are a mixture of a bit of business and much pleasure. My business takes me downtown where I have stayed on many occasions, and always come back to the Lafayette. Sure, downtown is closer for work, but I enjoy the relaxed and laid back atmosphere... More 

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

Thanks for posting your review. We are so glad that you frequently stay at the Lafayette! We take a lot of pride in our service staff and value your recognition of them. Meme and Nolan appreciate your shout-out as well. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

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