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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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Mesa
1 review
Reviewed 9 September 2016

We visited the San Diego Zoo! The Lafayette was a nice clean hotel. We wish we had better quality pillows. Ours were lumpy and not comfortable at all. Other then that our stay was good! Clean and quiet

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

Thank you for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to San Diego, and your stay with us. We are sorry to hear about your experience with our pillows, we will be sure to check on this internally to see if there is anything we can do about that for future guests. Thanks for your feedback, and... More 

Bakersfield, California
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Only go if your group is committed to this place. Well past its prime. Furnishings need replacement as they are well worn. Neighborhood is not safe for walking after dark. The pool bands are LOUD. No consideration for guests not in the party as the music played late.

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

Dear Vincent, Thank you for taking time to give us feedback about your recent stay with us. We are sorry to hear about the issues you had, and we will do our best to address them. Feedback like yours helps us figure out what areas we should be focusing on, and let us plan what improvements should be made to... More 

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 9 September 2016

This was a last minute decision. I stayed by myself, while visiting friends and family. The staff Was Mostly helpful and Friendly. Clean and safe hotel. Such a Fun environment with the pool-bar-restaurant. I had the handicap room (Maybe because it was the only room left) but this is my only complaint. I was right by the lobby and could... More 

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

Dear Lindsay, Thank you for your review! We are glad you hear you had a pleasant stay with us. We are sorry about the noise issue you were faced with, we’ll give that a room a look as far as sound proofing is concerned. Our staff works hard to give our guests a great experience, and we’re happy that you... More 

San Diego, California
1 review
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Some of the basics go a long way: provide more towels, improve light fixtures, increase number of toilette paper rolls. Although wifi was included in the cost of the room, it was out of service; a phone number was available to call however that was also out of service.

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

Thank you for your review, and for leaving us valuable feedback. We are sorry to hear that your visit to our location left something to be desired, though we appreciate your specific feedback. Reviews like yours contribute to our internal conversations about what we can do to give our guests the best experience possible. We’re especially sorry to hear about... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

My partner and I literally woke up on Saturday morning about 7:00 a.m. and decided to get away for the Labor Day weekend, so after narrowing our decision down to a road trip to San Diego, we worried about being able to find a hotel at the last minute, so he called a cousin of his in San Diego that... More 

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

Dear Alex, Thank you for your review! We’re glad that you enjoyed our Matinee event, good timing for deciding to visit! We are proud of our unique style and charm, and work hard to maintain it for our guests. Our staff, Robert included, works even harder to give our guests the best service possible, and we’re glad you appreciated their... More 

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3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

The atmosphere here can't be beat. You're transported to another time when you step into the lobby. The highlight of the hotel is its beautiful, large pool. The pool is always fun but even more so on the weekends when they have musical entertainment and a party atmosphere. The hotel lets you check out nice large beach towels, which is... More 

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

Dear Debbie, Thank you for your sterling review! We’re so glad to hear about your wonderful stay with us here at The Lafayette. We do our best to stay true to our roots and to give our guests a taste of our history, and we’re glad you appreciated it. Our Weissmuller pool is indeed the crown jewel of our location,... More 

Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

Great service throughout the property. The poolside restaurant had delicious food for each menu. Sydney, front desk staff, was incredibly helpful during our large family & friends stay for attending our daughter's wedding. This hotel added to our incredibly memorable San Diego stay.

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

Dear Mary, Thank you for your generous review! We are very happy to have provided you with such an enjoyable stay here at The Lafayette. We are pleased that we could be part of making your stay in San Diego a memorable one! Our staff, Sydney included, works hard to give the very best service to our guests, and we... More 

Bonita Springs, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 September 2016

They have done a remarkable job of making you feel as if you stepped back in history with the decor. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The maintenance man even helped us out so we did not have to wait in line. We very much enjoyed our stay and the location.

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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 happy to hear that you had such an enjoyable stay with us here at The Lafayette! Our staff takes great pride in the quality of service given to our guests, and we will be sure to share your kind words with them. They work hard, and they deserve the recognition! We... More 

1 review
Reviewed 29 August 2016

This hotel makes you feel like you at a resort. LOVE IT All staff were professional and friendly. Pool, bar, restaurant were great Underground parking was great and very easy to use. Kids loved the pool and had plenty of floaties to play with. One last thing the free early morning coffee 6:00AM is great. Enjoy our stay greatly, next... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us here at The Lafayette. Our staff works tirelessly to give our guests great service, and we will be sure to share your kind words with them. They deserve the recognition! Guests tell us great things about our pool, our restaurant, and our... More 

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Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I stayed here with my 16 year old daughter, 12 year old son and husband. We had two rooms and we had two queen beds in each room so loads of space. We stayed -for 6 nights. It was a great location for exploring the area. It was 10 mins drive from Ocean Beach (which is amazing) and 15/20 mins... More 

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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 glad to hear about your stay here with us at The Lafayette. It warms our hearts when we can provide a comfortable and enjoyable stay for the whole family. Our proximity to so many San Diego attractions makes us a strategic option for those looking to maximize their time, and we... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • 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
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $120 - $295 (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
#23 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#64 Business Hotel in San Diego
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“if you're looking for a quite room, stay away from the pool area.”
 of 5 bubbles tvanacore, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“corner room, away from street, prob best”
 of 5 bubbles P3566NGnancys, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you can afford the bungalows that have a full kitchen, two bedrooms, do it! It's worth it!”
 of 5 bubbles , 20 Nov 2016 | Read review
“room 55 has a magical view and will put you right in the middle of the pool scene”
 of 5 bubbles 724karyns, 19 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The room I stayed in wasn't luxurious, but it was sufficient. They have multiple rooms to stay in. Think I'll try by the pool next time. ”
 of 5 bubbles nye_eye, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
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