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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.


#29 of 293 in San Diego
Travellers' Choice
GreenLeaders Gold level
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)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
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
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Room types
City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Residential Neighbourhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Julie M wrote a review 16 May
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico50 contributions45 helpful votes
DISAPPOINTING! We made a reservation through Groupon first but the dates were wrong so we booked through the hotel directly. They said they would honor the requests we had in place, a poolside room with an accessible shower. When we checked in we were told they were completely sold out and only had one room in the second floor with stairs and no elevator! The front desk agent was completely rude and was not at all concerned that I can’t do stains with a broken hip! Rooms are outdated and dirty, the stairs have broken stucco and a safety hazard Very disappointing as we stay here often!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Amy wrote a review Sep 2020
Oceanside3 contributions
Hotel's Favourite
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
Response from Associate-Manager SF, Agency / Consultant at The Lafayette Hotel
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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Jett286 wrote a review Apr 2022
Vancouver, Washington21 contributions5 helpful votes
The Lafayette Hotel is a gem! It has history and is just a fun place to stay. It's clean, the staff is friendly and it's perfectly located for great site-seeing. I recommend getting the package with breakfast and parking. The food was delicious and it was so nice eating on the patio near the pool! We can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: February 2022
Kat G wrote a review Apr 2022
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I had the pleasure of staying at this hotel over the weekend for a family trip. Service was exceptional all around from front desk to restaurant service. I must say, Kerri was outstanding as a pool server. We were delighted to have such attentive service at the pool which is not what I'm used to at other hotels. To our pleasure, Kerri was also our dining server when we came in with the family. She was personable and made us feel so welcome. Cannot recommend enough!
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Date of stay: April 2022
JStory951 wrote a review Apr 2022
1 contribution
First of all let me just say that we are in San Diego multiple times a year due to being huge Padres fans and also because the city is beautiful. We decided to stay at The Lafayette Hotel Swim Club and Bungalows. Am I glad we did? Absolutely. The place is just a cool looking historic hotel. They have suites as well as rooms that have nice little balconies overlooking the pool and rooms that you open the balcony and step out to the pool. They have a bar and a nice little restaurant that has outdoor dining with a nice view of the pool. Outside music is always playing plus they have a cute little general store for snacks. We originally booked a room through Groupon for a balcony to the pool room. We called the hotel after we booked through Groupon just to make sure the reservation went through and I’m glad we did because the hotel didn’t have the rooms Groupon claimed they had. We spoke with Joseph Taumua who also happened to be one of the hotel directors and let me tell you he went out of his way to fix the issue. He upgraded us and did quite a few other things to make our stay amazing. In fact we decided to stay another day because we were having so much fun. The bartender made us really good drinks. We are definitely going to be back very soon and when we do we will make sure to thank Joseph Taumua for making our decision to stay at the Lafayette Hotel again a very easy decision.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
US$170 - US$279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Lafayette Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Lafayette Hotel?
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?
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?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Lafayette Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Lafayette Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pomegranate Restaurant, Hope 46, and Red Fox Room.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Lafayette Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Lafayette Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does The Lafayette Hotel 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?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Lafayette Hotel?
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 have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.