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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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West Sacramento, California
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Me and my wife enjoyed staying there its an old hotel with history and rooms seems to have been renovated. everything was up to par only main reason why i rated is average is parking can be bit off pain and the pool which was the main reason i booked this place was not warm like it claimed and some...

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

Thank you for your review and thank you for choosing us; we are happy you enjoyed key aspects of our hotel. We’re sorry to hear that the renovation disturbed you. As you can imagine a historic property like ours requires a lot of upkeep and renovation; we apologize it was not done more discretely. Our Weissmuller pool is a favorite...

Paris, France
Reviewed 16 October 2016

interesting historical hotel with very good breakfast area. some art inside and nice lap pool. good size balcony on the second floor rooms. however wifi signal was very poor from my room (second floor). so a reasonable option for a family trip but probably not the best for business travel. also there was no desk in my room. Area is...

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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 review your stay with us. We are pleased that you enjoyed the unique history of the Lafayette, that includes our Weissmuller Pool. Regarding the wifi signal, we in the process of installing as new system throughout the hotel. Hopefully it is fully operational by the next time you visit us. We do hope...

Mission Viejo, California
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Cute place. We couldn't use the pool, because we had no time and it was packed because of a wedding. The lobby smells too much like febreeze like you're trying to cover up the smell and it makes it worse. But we had a great time and having two kids at home... I haven't felt that rested in awhile. Decor...

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

Dear Laura, We are pleased to hear that we were able to provide you and your family with an enjoyable experience here at the The Lafayette Hotel. We do our best to provide a great experience for our guests, and it always makes us happy to hear that we have delivered. We hope to see you again!

CO
Reviewed 16 October 2016

First let me start out by saying this hotel is not for you if want everything perfect and new. The hotel was built in the 40s and has been restored but it is still an historic hotel with signs of age. But if you are up for a little adventure, this is a great little hotel. We stayed in bungalow...

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

Thank you for your review! We are glad to have provided you a comfortable and enjoyable place to stay. We are happy that you appreciated the unique, historic charm of the Lafayette, which includes our Weissmuller Pool, designed by Johnny Weissmuller, the original Tarzan himself! Our staff works very hard to make sure our guests feel well taken care of,...

Chula Vista, California
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The staff, as usual, was attentive, friendly and accommodating. We were celebrating our anniversary and they upgraded us to an awesome penthouse and treated us well. We love this place! We will definitely return!

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

Dear Lizette, The entire team at The Lafayette Hotel are thrilled that we were able to offer you a stay worth coming back to. Thanks for recognizing the hard work of our dedicated staff; they will love to hear your comments. We greatly appreciate your recommendation and look forward to your return!

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

My 10 year old niece and I stayed for 3 nights and loved our stay. We had a poolside room downstairs which was great for just walking straight out to the pool. The room was spacious, the food was good and the staff were very nice. Great location for the zoo - we took a bus from just across the...

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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 so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your three night stay with us here at The Lafayette. Our staff takes great pride in the quality of service given to our guests, and we are happy that you appreciated their efforts. They deserve the recognition! Our Weissmuller pool is a favorite of our...

SF, CA
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Not sure why I was surprised how much I enjoyed staying at this hotel, but I was. The room we stayed in was a little small, and that was fine since we spent most of our time sitting poolside. The pool has a laid back party vibe, with a live band, great cocktails, and there was even a women dressed...

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

Thank you for your generous review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us here at The Lafayette. Our unique style and charm tends to catch first time guests by surprise, as there is only so much that pictures can tell you. We are pleased that you enjoyed our pool, it is the crown jewel of...

Santa Cruz, CA
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Overall our stay was great. The property is very loud on the weekend by the pool but we had a great time. We had our 4 month old with us and they were very accommodating. All of the employees were very polite. The only reason that I marked it down one was because there was not a lot of shade...

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

Thank you for your review! We’re glad to hear that you and yours enjoyed yourselves staying with us. We’re sorry to hear about some of the issues you had, but we’re pleased that most of them were resolved. Our Weissmuller pool is a favorite of our guests, and while at times it can be noisy, we try to be accommodating...

Kennewick, Washington
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Love Boutique hotels and this one looked great. We checked in and our traveling companions had a bad room with no A/C. The night we arrived there was a beautiful wedding going on so the place was booked. The next day the hotel upgraded us with no additional charge to the side by side bungalows. They were the cutest little...

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

Dear Johanna, Thank you for your review! We are so happy that we were able to make your visit to the area a pleasant one here at The Lafayette. We are glad to hear that our staff was able to take care of you with your issue, our staff works hard to give our guests the best service possible. We...

Harrison, Ohio
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We were fortunate to get a two room suite with a large deck. Loved it!! The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our stay was a Tuesday and Wednesday night so it was nice and quiet. The pool look nice but we didn't have time to swim. We picked this hotel because it was close to the San Diego Zoo...

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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 pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our hard working staff takes great pride in the service provided to our guests, and we are pleased that their efforts are appreciated. Our proximity to so many great locations makes us strategic choice for the traveler looking to maximize their time visiting various nearby...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • 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
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $151 - $391 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 133
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Also Known As:
Lafayette Hotel San Diego
Lafayette San Diego
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in San Diego
#64 Business Hotel in San Diego
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“Big Rooms. Beds great. Shower water pressure low. ”
 of 5 bubbles C8538EDdianas, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Do not use old chairs that are already damaged and charge customers for them. the stairs are super quicky and loud, I understand the theam of the place is old and charming but it can definitly use some TLC ”
 of 5 bubbles Y4431NHrubenr, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Choose a bungalow - poolside”
 of 5 bubbles tawnywhite, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The Presidential Suite is very affordable and HUGE and very private! It was great for having friends over for a drink and birthday cake. Two little things because it's a historic hotel...elevator only goes as far as the level below this room. ..so expect to walk a floor up. Also, the fireplace is only for looks. ”
 of 5 bubbles Abetterton, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Great old tile in bathroom. Kind of a basic room with just a bed, desk, TV. Would have liked a comfy chair. No fridge. ”
 of 5 bubbles N3763FQpatriciag, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
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