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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104-1103
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 14/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 14/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#17 of 295 hotels in San Diego
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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.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Solarium
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Safe
Telephone
Iron
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Room types
City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Residential Neighbourhood
Classic
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Nancy wrote a review 12 Nov
San Diego, California1 contribution
I would love to say Thank you 😊! Your staff, especially Joseph, Monserat, and Crystal are complete Sweathearts!!! I grew up coming here and the staff are very kind & professionally attentive. See you in December. The McDonalds.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Hi there McDonald family, Thank you for taking a moment of your time to review your stay with us. We are pleased to hear you had a great time with us. We hope to have you back again soon.
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Amy wrote a review Sep 2020
Oceanside3 contributions
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I loved my stay at The Lafayette! Clean, cute, great location (walkable to out door bars and restaurants), friendly staff, amazing pool, and great cocktails and poolside service (thank you Hannah!). I loved the room overlooking the pool! I felt nervous about staying at a hotelduring a pandemic let alone hanging out poolside. But The Lafayette is being so responsible about keeping the pool from getting crowded during these Covid times. I felt 100% safe! Juan and Joseph at the front desk were so helpful and were able to help me get checked into my room a little bit early (something i was not expecting on a weekend! Thank you!) The room was clean well and felt so comfortable! I wish I could have stayed more than 1 night and really cant wait to go back!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 4 Sep 2020
Amy We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and that we were able to offer you a safe yet fun experience. We really appreciate your kind words. That you 'can't wait to come back' makes our day We’ve already forwarded to our team members, especially Juan and Joseph. - Thank you again from the team at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows.
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Christine F wrote a review 2 Nov
Cheyenne115 contributions32 helpful votes
I was in San Diego to visit family and decided to stay at the Lafayette. The history of the hotel drew me in. I made a mistake with my reservation and when I called to correct it the staff was so helpful. There are a lot of positive things about this hotel. The secured parking is great. There is a charge for it, but I didn't think it was unreasonable. The lobby of the hotel is bright and welcoming. The restaurant was great. We had a breakfast and a dinner there and both meals were fresh and delicious. The wait staff at the restaurant were also quick and helpful. The pool area is beautiful! Our room was where I have some hesitation. It appears that our sleeping area had been updated in the past few years and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom is in need of a remodel. It appeared original and had some issues with very dim light and a shower area that needed some ventilation. There was some mold on the ceiling of the shower room. I believe that the hotel is working to update rooms. I really did enjoy my stay and would visit again but would inspect the bathroom as soon as I checked in.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 6 days ago
Hi there Christine, Thank you for taking a moment of your time to review your stay with us. We are pleased to hear you had a great time with us. Yes, we will be undergoing property-wide changes in the coming future. We hope to have you back again soon to shoot for 5 stars!
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caronallison wrote a review 2 Nov
San Diego, California3 contributions5 helpful votes
My friends and I rented several rooms to celebrate my birthday and had an amazing time. The staff, especially Joseph, worked to put our group in rooms next to each other, ensuring we could share outdoor space. Our poolside server Amy was so attentive and fun. The front desk answered all my questions patiently. It was a perfect place to celebrate, with outdoor space and separate rooms so everyone could feel safe during Covid, and still feel part of the group and enjoy a festive atmosphere. The decor and set-up are really charming and felt special. A million thanks to Joseph and his team for making my birthday weekend a huge success!!!!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: My corner room was huge, and my friend's 2 bed/2 bath accessible suite was spacious and very...
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Hi there, Happy belated birthday! Thank you for taking a moment of your time to review your stay with us. We are so pleased to hear you had a great time with us celebrating. We hope to have you back again soon.
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Jackie Combs wrote a review Oct 2021
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My husband and I are members of the swim club and frequent the hotel and pool. In addition to many days spent poolside, we do a few "staycations" throughout the year and will book a room. The staff is always wonderful and the hotel gorgeous. Kerri always takes excellent care of us by the pool or in the restaurant. She's makes us feel like family and is one of the main reasons we come back so often. If you are in the San Diego area and looking for a fun, retro hotel in a great location, The Lafayette is it!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: You can't beat a poolside room.
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Hi there Jackie, Thank you so much for taking a moment of your time to review your stay with us. We strive to deliver great customer service! hope to have you back again soon.
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US$112 - US$250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaSan Diego
NUMBER OF ROOMS
133
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
Which popular attractions are close to The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows?
Nearby attractions include The Lafayette Hotel (0.03 km), Red Fox Room (0.03 km), and Live Wire (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pomegranate Restaurant, Hope 46, and Flavors of East Africa.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mormon Battalion Historic Site (5.0 km), Whaley House Museum (5.0 km), and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House (5.2 km).
Does The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.