The perfect place for a weekend stay to make memories to last forever!! Lafayette was a perfect location for my friends and I to have a girls weekend. We arrived Friday, checked in and went directly to the restaurant & bar in the Lafayette called Imig's. Absolutely fabulous! The cocktails were amazing and very unique. You have to look for my favorite bartender, Brandon. He is very talented and an expert in mixology. My favorite dinner was the marinated grilled tri tip and salad. Delicious!! After dinner we walked out by the pool where they had a LIVE band called, "Miles Ahead." We had a blast!! They played a mix of everything and we couldn't stop singing and dancing. At 9:00pm they played the movie "Top Gun" outside by the pool. Did you know that the bar scene from "Top Gun" ..."You've lost that living feeling" was filmed in the downstairs bar of the Lafayette? Amazing!!!
Later in the evening we were fortunate to have met the Assistant General Manager, Andie Turner. Andie truly made our entire weekend special. She made us feel like we were a part of the Lafayette family. She suggested for us to go to "Red Wings" for the evening. Best karaoke in San Diego! We were in a cab in five minutes and 5 dollars later singing at Red Wings and enjoying the wonderful crowd of people. Everyone was so kind!!!
Saturday we were poolside all day and enjoyed Imig's fantastic mojitos, margaritas, and ginger beer cocktails. Drew, another member of the staff, was very nice in reminding us of the poolside rules and kept the pool area, restaurant and staff in order. Drew also offered a tour of the famous bar downstairs. So fabulous!
Saturday evening we all went to see the "Glamour Divas" at LIPS. This entertainment is also a 5 dollar cab drive. I loved the entertainment and the dinner was delicious! We all laughed and cheered on the dynamic divas...especially "Kiki". After dinner and the show, we went back to Lafayette to enjoy the "Red Fox Steakhouse" piano bar, which is just down the hallway from the lobby. Listened to piano tunes of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Julie London, etc. I even got up to sing a song. What a wonderful memory!!!
Sunday morning we ate at Imig's again. Fabian, our waiter suggested one of his favorites and now it is mine. You must order the Huevos Rancheros and unlimited Superfruit Mimosas and enjoy first class treatment from Fabian & Arnie!
Overall, we had an amazing time at the Lafayette. It provided a multitude of food offerings, cocktails and neighborhood bars. The rooms, lobby, restaurant, bar, pool, and outdoor patios, are nestalgic, comfortable and stylish. I definitely could feel the presence of the legendary Bob Hope and friends of the late 1930's & 40's. Simply amazing!
My friends and I will definitely return!!! The Staff was absolutely one of a kind and very delightful. Thank you Lafayette Staff for making us feel like we have a home away from home.
Love and miss you all!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lafayette Hotel San Diego
- Lafayette San Diego