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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The people at this hotel have an attitude problem. We paid 12 dollars to park in their garage and the next morning there was a note on our windshield saying that we were being given a parking violation for not displaying a permit, which we were never given. The rooms are very average and the whole place is a little...

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

We are sorry that you were dissatisfied with your stay. We do have policies in place for guest parking and smoking on the premises, which are for the benefit of our guests. If we did not effectively communicate the policies to you, I am sorry.

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Poolside room was lovely but the heated pool needed to be set to a warmer temp for this time of year! Stayed in the room with 2 queen beds. Mattresses too soft and sunken in if we stay again I would follow up on the pool temp because its an awesome pool and would want to use it more!!

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

Dear Monica, Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your poolside room. We apologize for the temperature of the pool, and we appreciate the feedback. We do our best to keep it at a good temperature year round, but the fluctuating temperatures this time of year sometimes catch us off guard. We hope you’ll...

Carlsbad, California
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I booked my room last minute over the phone. The Lafayette Hotel made it so simple. The price was completely fair for the area. My friends and I came here to celebrate my birthday and the staff was so thoughtful that they upgraded the room in honor of my birthday! The hotel is gorgeous and timeless. They pay attention to...

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

Thank you for your sterling review! We are pleased that we here at The Lafayette could provide you such an enjoyable experience at a fair price. Our unique style and charm is the product of a lot of hard work, so we always appreciate getting feedback on it. We are excited for our New Years Eve party as well, and...

Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

The hotel Lafayette is overflowing with kitschy charm. The central pool created a beautiful setting and there is a nice variety of bars and restaurants. The rooms are a disappointment. They resemble a standard roadside motel and they could use a through cleaning. The shower has minimal water pressure and the ac/heater worked intermittently. I recommend stopping by the hotel...

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

Dear Mark, Thank you for posting your review. We are delighted that you were pleased with our unique style that includes our amazing Weissmuller Pool! Thanks for the shout-out for our Hope46 Restaurant as well! Regarding our rooms, our hotel is on the Registry of Historic places. In order to maintain this designation, we have limits on what we can...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hotel is cute in a kitschy, seedy, dated kind of way. Main amenities are present. Major cons: 1) It is LOUD! They host weddings and the music can be heard loudly in the whole front half of the building. It ends promptly at 10pm, but then you have everyone going back to their rooms. The walls and windows are...

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

I am sorry that you were not completely satisfied with your stay. Regarding noise that disturbed you; we are an event hotel and offer complimentary earplugs to help mitigate noise that are available on request; we have other rooms less susceptible to noise as well. Regarding your room temperature, our Maintenance team is always available to fix temperature controls when...

Llano, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our room was on the second floor we checked in late after 10pm very easy check in despsite the hour. The room was clean and the beds comfortable, nice television lots of plug in for cell and laptop The room itself is lovely bath a little small but serviceable. Great lobby and pool area underground parking a good deal at...

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

Dear Donna, We sincerely appreciate your terrific review of the Lafayette Hotel! We are delighted that you were pleased with our unique style and our dedicated team! Thanks for the shout-out for our Hope46 Restaurant as well! That you would stay with us again makes our day!

San Jose, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

Second time staying at the Lafayette while visiting San Diego. This visit we stayed in a king bed room overlooking the beautiful pool. Room was clean but a bit dated and the bed comfortable. Room is on the second floor, with a terrace. Large flat screen TV with Showtime. Breakfast was included and was overboard! (in a great way) They...

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

Thank you for your review! We are happy that you came back a second time to stay with us. We appreciate your shout-out for our Hope46 Restaurant and our historic Weissmuller Pool; we will pass you kind words on. Sorry for the noises you heard at 1:30 am; we will review this with our security guards as they have the...

Hermoupolis, Greece
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lafayette is well located, walking distance to good food and shopping. The staff are quite helpful and pleasant, but the environment of this old time hotel was just delightful. I enjoyed the quite high ceilings and spacious feel to all rooms, public spaces and private. Only drawback was the noise. I could hear everything spoken in the adjacent room and...

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

Dear Nancy, Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We appreciate you recognizing our ideal location as well as the unique charm and decor of the Lafayette. In addition, we will pass on your kind words on about our dedicated staff. We also appreciate your comments regarding the noises that disturbed you; and we apologize for it....

San Diego, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hotel was quaint from exterior and the lobby area was also very nice. We git a room on the 1st floor just off the pool and parking lot. The room was very loud starting at 6:00am and evening hours. We got very little sleep. Im assuming other more expensive rooms were nicer, but our room had a bad smell so...

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

Dear Sandy, Thank you for your review! We appreciate you recognizing the unique charm and decor of our hotel. We also appreciate your comments regarding the noise that disturbed you; and we apologize for it. This feedback helps us to know what is important to guests and how we can improve. We hope to see you again in the future!

Fleetwood, PA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband travels constantly for work, and we didn't want a chain hotel....we, did not get one!!!! The Lafayette is quirky, weird, wonderful.... it has a beautifully decorated shabby chic, vintage lobby...the outdoor pool is from another time, and is marvelously up to date. Every bit of food we had at the Lafayette was way above expectations. Things moved a...

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We appreciate you recognizing what we take pride in, including our unique charm and decor, a departure from the chain hotels! Thanks for your shout-out for the cuisine of our Hope46 Restaurant as well! The fact that you would stay here again makes our day!

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Center with Internet Access
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  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
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 

Additional Information about The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Address: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104-1103
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $83 - $210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 131
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Also Known As:
Lafayette Hotel San Diego
Lafayette San Diego
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in San Diego
#25 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#64 Business Hotel in San Diego
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“Go to another hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles MT968, 6 days ago | Read review
“Basic room amnenties. hotel atmosphere is worth checking out.”
 of 5 bubbles 476monicaz, 6 days ago | Read review
“if you're looking for a quite room, stay away from the pool area.”
 of 5 bubbles tvanacore, 1 week ago | Read review
“corner room, away from street, prob best”
 of 5 bubbles P3566NGnancys, 1 week ago | Read review
“If you can afford the bungalows that have a full kitchen, two bedrooms, do it! It's worth it!”
 of 5 bubbles , 3 weeks ago | Read review
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