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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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Corrales, New Mexico
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Made a quick weekend getaway to San DIego. Have done the whole Seaport and downtown hotels thing. Wanted something different. Landed, logged on to TripAdvisor and founf The Lafayette. Fortunately was able to get two night at a very reasonable rate. An older hotel, it's still clean, airy, and staffed with very helpful personnel. The only downside is that the...

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Palm Springs, California
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love it. If you love The Edison Hotel in Manhattan, you'll love The Lafayette Hotel. Wonderful atmosphere, love the nostalgia, love the neighborhood. They seem to have a peculiar procedure in taking reservations, however. I asked the young lady at the front desk if I could reserve Room 54 for my 54th birthday at the end of March, which would...

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San Francisco, California, United States
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

We stayed only for one night after finding what we felt was a good deal on hotel tonight. The building evokes memories of a time gone by and is full of charm. The rooms were spacious but very basic and could certainly use an update. The common areas were welcoming and warm.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I walked into my 2 bedroom bungalow and immediately fell in love. I wanted to move right in and live there full time. It was a girls staycation for my birthday and everything (aside from the pouring rain) was perfect. We are already planning another stay! The bungalows are wonderful! So spacious, yet cozy- it was the perfect way to...

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place was really cool, but I was more attracted to the location, since it was close to where I was visiting while in town. In the end, I felt like too much attention was paid to superfluous details, while some basic details had been initially overlooked. These are some very elementary flaws involving room cleanliness, noise and function that...

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St. Petersburg, Florida
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice boutique hotel conveniently located to the gay Hillcrest district and shops and restaurants on University. North park also has a lot of excellent micro breweries to do do a pub crawl. The hotel room was large and clean. It is an older hotel that has been renovated with a lot of charm and character; however there is some wear...

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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 pleased to hear you had a good experience staying with us. Indeed, our proximity to so many dining and drinking opportunities makes us a strategic place to stay for the guest looking to explore the area. Guests often comment on our comfortable beds, our swimming pool, and our value, and we are glad...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great space to enjoy! I was a little skeptical at first. I was invited by a friend to attend an event hosted by this hotel. They hosted San Diego Made's artists and vendors. Wow, what a beautiful, creative space! Beautiful outdoor patio with pool, period specific architecture, and plenty of artsy food and drink! I've seen this hotel...

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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 glad to hear you enjoyed the event here at The Lafayette. We work hard to maintain our unique style and charm, and do our best to use it in interesting ways. Our staff takes great pride in the experience our guests receive, and so they will appreciate the positive feedback. Thanks again for...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let me first say, this is an older (though updated) hotel, so keep that in mind. It isn't a high-end luxury property or one of those slick modern hotels. But what it does have is loads of history and charm. Everything was clean and well cared for, and the staff were courteous, professional, and just overall excellent. We really enjoyed...

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

Dear Douglas, Thank you for your review! We are happy you enjoyed your time with us here, and will do our best to address your feedback. We work hard to maintain our unique style and charm and we’re glad that you appreciated our efforts. Our hotel has an interesting and colorful history, and we do our best to give our...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have never received such exceptional customer service from any where ever before. An unfortunate event happened to my friend (at no fault of/relation to the hotel), and multiple managers (Chris, Bill, etc.) came to our help! Completely unnecessary of them...they truly went above and beyond any expectation we had. They were attentive, understanding and compassionate about her situation. We...

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

Dear Nicole, Thank you for your sterling review! We are so happy to hear about your experience with us here at The Lafayette, and that we could help you during that unfortunate circumstance. Our staff, Chris and Bill included, takes great pride in the quality of service provided to our guests, and often go above and beyond to help with...

British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Charming 1950's style hotel. Some areas are a little worn but all is clean, fresh and maintained, and everything seemed to work well. Rooms were just fine and beds very comfortable. Noise from outside our rooms was an issue. Traffic from El Cajon in our street facing room: double pane windows could mitigate this noise. Loud talking and yelling guests...

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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 happy to have provided you with a pleasant stay. We are sorry to hear about the noise issue you faced, though we value your feedback and will be sure to work to alleviate this issue for future guests. We do our best to make sure all guests value each other’s noise comfort and...

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Amenities

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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: $141 - $360 (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
#25 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#63 Business Hotel in San Diego
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  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“When trying to reserve a specific room, the young woman at the front desk told me specific rooms cannot be reserved.”
 of 5 bubbles JohnK493, 25 Feb 2017 | Read review
“More than 3 of you- get a bungalow. You'll love the space.”
 of 5 bubbles brittanyp276, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
“If staying in the Suze Suites ask for the top floor as the bottom rooms can get noisy if the room above in occupied.”
 of 5 bubbles JodyR720, 31 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Poolside rooms are easy access and comfortable.”
 of 5 bubbles , 28 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Big Rooms. Beds great. Shower water pressure low. ”
 of 5 bubbles C8538EDdianas, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
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