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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

#42 of 281 Hotels in San Diego
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Manchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived quite late in the evening, tired after a very long drive. The one thing on both (my wife and I) our minds was, "where is the bed?" We came for Comic Con 2016 and booked in for 5 nights. The next morning we realised that this was a nice hotels do both agreed that the room was very... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope that you had fun at Comic-Con! Being at the heart of San Diego, there are so many fine establishments and events nearby, which both guests and our staff enjoy! We’re glad that you found the... More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel itself was a joy to stay at. The jazzy early 1900's feel was something I have never experienced in a hotel before and would love to come back to. The lobby always smelled very good and it was a pokestop (for those of you playing Pokemon go). The people working there were all very friendly and helpful. I... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to give us a generous review! Our staff works hard to maintain the aesthetic and decor of our hotel, and we’re always pleased to hear that our guests love it too! We love to hear compliments regarding our staff, as that shows that we’re giving our all to give you the best experience that... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Brought my husband here (I've been before visiting kids and granddaughter). Wondered what he'd think. I love this hotel and the most friendly staff you could wish for. Well the verdict - he now lives it too. Can't wait to go back! Ask for a balcony poolside. Great for people watching If you want fancy this is not for you.... More 

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

Dear Pamela, Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! We at the Lafayette Hotel are honored to receive your praise, and glad to see that your husband loves us now too! We take pride in our staff’s upstanding and friendly personality to try and give our guests the best experience that they deserve. We’re glad that... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed in the room which has 1 King bed + 1 bunk bed. The kids certainly love the bunk bed. The hotel itself has a classy lobby area, with some activities (like games) and small convenient store available. Despite the name (Swim Club), frankly I'm not that impressed with the swimming pool. It's just a plain rectangular shape (and... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! We’re so glad to hear that your children enjoyed the bunk beds. Our staff works hard to maintain the aesthetic and decor of the hotel, and we’re delighted to see that you enjoyed it, along with the amenities that we offer. We’re sorry to hear about the WiFi situation.... More 

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281 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 402 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once along the main highway from the north, it offers an opportunity to revisit that era. It is beautifully decorated and offers all the amenities, close to all the benefits and places to visit in San Diego. There are plenty of good eateries to choose from and other conveniences.

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

Dear Richard, Thank you for taking the time to give us a generous review! We work hard to maintain the aesthetic and decor of our hotel, and it gives us joy every time we receive praise for them. Being located in the heart of San Diego has so many benefits, for guests and us employees alike. With so many fine... More 

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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This wonderful grand colonial style hotel seems like a time capsule from decades ago... The lobby is beautifully decorated and it has a really nice patio and pool. Our room was clean, spacious and modernly furnished, in a warm and homely way. Since our windows din't face the street, it was pleasantly quiet. Service is top, staff was very friendly... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! We are ecstatic that you thoroughly enjoyed the aesthetic and decor of our hotel! We make sure to keep it well maintained so that everyone can enjoy it as much as we do. Every compliment that our staff receives pushes us to keep up the good work, and to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always love the Layafette, it's a local favorite, we stayed here while my parents visited for a couple night, enjoyed lounging by the pool and had a couple friends over to hit the bar and do some dancing at night. Staff was friendly and helpful as usual 😊

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

Dear Jenifer, Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! We’re excited to hear you enjoyed your time here, and proud you consider us a local favorite! We hope your parents had a great time with us as you did. The pool is considered a big favorite by most, and we’re glad you and your friends enjoyed... More 

Campbell, CA
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not fancy Historical 1940's hotel on El Cajon Blvd once the hangout of movie stars. Great friendly service Adequate rooms at a good price, clean with comfortable beds Definitely some funk about the place. Great pool scene The food was good in the restaurant Seems to be popular with 20-30's and international travelers We stayed as part of a nephews... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! Every compliment our staff receives gives us great joy, as we want to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. We’re glad that you enjoyed the funk of our hotel, especially the local bands and the swimming pool. There are also many establishments and activities being at the heart... More 

San Diego, California
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a local area hotel that was redone a few years ago. Very fun old world (think Flapper and High Hollywood fashion). they have Summer pool parties and weekend specials that expose you to the local sights and sounds of San Diego. Local bands play here nearly every weekend. The New Years Eve Party cant be beat!

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

Dear Elizabeth, Thank you for taking the time to review us! We work hard to maintain the aesthetic of our hotel, and being complimented with it definitely makes our jobs easier! We’re glad that you enjoyed our amenities, especially our swimming pool during a hot summer day. We’re glad to give exposure to local bands, and love to hear that... More 

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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I looked at this Hotel on TripAdvisor thought it would be a nice place. The patio above the pool was nice and relaxing at the time we were there. The room we were in was very noise from the street so we were relocated. The staff seemed to be preoccupied and only replied to my needs by handing me a... More 

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

Dear Dana, Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed the patio, it’s a good place to relax and enjoy the view. We should have done a better job communicating the parking fee, but we’re proud to say that our parking fee price is ⅓ the price of most other... More 

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
GreenLeadersGold level
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
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
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $111 - $343 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 131
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Also Known As:
Lafayette Hotel San Diego
Lafayette San Diego
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#9 Green Hotel in San Diego
#64 Business Hotel in San Diego
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