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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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Fullerton, California
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Room not very good at all, we heard every noise from the cars in the parking lot to music all night and even the door on our neighbor's room opening and closing. I thought about getting some WD40 out of my truck and fixing it! The reason it got 2 stars is the staff was nice and helpful and the...

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

Thank you for your review and feedback. We are sorry to hear that the noises you heard disturbed you. You deserved better as our guest. We do offer complimentary ear plugs on request for that purpose. We are glad to hear you had a good experience with our staff, they work hard to give our guests great service. We appreciate...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Outstanding customer service from hotel staff, especially at the front desk. Very well run, updated rooms are nice, overall feel and vibe is best described as "updated oldschool classy glamor" Bar staff great, drinks well made, great selection of craft beers and quality liquors. Again classy and yet down to earth feel. The Red Foxx steak adjacent/attached is great! The...

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

Dear Eda, We are happy that you were pleased your stay; thank you for your review! We work hard to maintain our unique style and charm, different for the chain hotels. We are always pleased to get feedback on it from guests. Our staff takes pride in the quality of service provided to our guests, and we will be sure...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for New Years Eve party, booked two rooms. Fun, right? Nope. Parking is nearly non existent and if you DO find a spot, they charge you $12 for each one! No parking to be had for us, we had to search the surrounding neighborhood for half an hour, then walk a quarter mile with our bags. Rooms were...

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

Thank you for your review and feedback. We are sorry to hear about the negative experience you had with us. We are glad to hear you had a good experience with our staff, they work hard to give our guests great service. Events like New Years Eve come with their own set of advantages and challenges, and it seems you...

Oakland, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

You really feel one with the Hollywood start who used to frequent the hotel. Forties' decor, a magnificent foyer, the sparkle of the pool through the glass doors...it's all every louche, very stylish, very very different from most hotels. Great rooms, too.

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

Thank you for your review! We appreciate your compliments and feedback! Here at The Lafayette, we work hard to maintain our unique style and charm, and it means a lot to us to get comments about our hard work. It is all worth it when we get reviews like yours! Thanks so much, and we look for your next stay...

Berkeley, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

I just love the Lafayette Hotel. From the minute I saw it I knew it was the place for me. There's a sense of history and of the modern at once here. Staying there makes me feel like I'm in an old Hollywood movie, but at the same time makes me feel like I'm at a place where there's cool...

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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 so happy to hear that you’ve had such a good experience with us here at The Lafayette. We work hard to maintain our unique style and charm, and always appreciate hearing feedback on it from guests. Thanks again for your review, and we look forward to your next stay with us!

Fountain Valley, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love staying here and have never had a bad experience. The only hiccup on our last trip was when we visited the bar/restaurant. Service took a while to arrive and then there was a large amount of time between their next visit. There wa only one other couple in there and we ended up leaving and going somewhere else....

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Chino, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the hotel online, and couldn't have been happier! The service was great, and the room was perfect for myself and my family. We would definitely stay at this hotel again in the future! We highly recommend this hotel.

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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 pleased to hear you had such a pleasant stay with us here at The Lafayette! Our staff works hard to bring our guests great customer service, and we are happy to hear you had a good experience with them. We look forward to your next stay with us! Thanks again for your...

Palm Harbor, Florida
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would highly recommend this hotel. Rooms were clean, bed comfortable and quiet. We ate there every day and the food was great and the waite staff could not have been better. The hotel location was great too as it was not in a busy area.

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

Dear Richard, Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear about your comfortable stay with us here at The Lafayette. Guests often have good things to say about our rooms, beds, amenities, and Hope 46 restaurant and bar, and we are glad to hear you enjoyed them as well! Our staff takes great pride in the quality of...

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have not yet stayed at this hotel, my stay is actually in a few days, but I had to comment and leave a review on the customer service I received even before arriving! I reached out to hotel staff to see if I could set something special up for a celebratory weekend. My inquiry was answered by the kindest...

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

Dear Brittany, Thank you for your review! We are happy that your experience with us prior to your stay has been a pleasant one. Our staff, Sydney included, works hard to give our guests great service, and we’ll be sure to pass along your kind words. We hope your stay over the weekend was an enjoyable one, and we look...

Souris, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed in a suit and were more than pleased with how we were treated and all of the facilities. The hotel is not new but is well maintained. They use the varied and interesting history as an attraction which we enjoyed. The pool was very enjoyable and restaurants were enjoyable.

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

We are happy that you were pleased your stay! Thank you for your review! We work hard to maintain our unique style and charm, different for the chain hotels. We are always pleased to get feedback on it from guests. Our staff takes pride in the quality of service provided to our guests, and we will be sure to share...

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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: $140 - $355 (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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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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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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