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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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Mentor Ohio
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5 reviews
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We stayed in a 3 bedroom bungalow. Worked very well for us! Full kitchen, dining room and living room. Breakfast in before we went out each day, and a great, quiet place to unwind after hectic days. Hotel was very conveniently located to all we wanted to do. Walked to restaurants and shops, and short car rides to San Diego... More 

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

Dear Sandra, Thank you for your review! We are glad we could give you a relaxing and comfortable stay during your visit to the area. Giving our guests a great place to come back to after a long day of seeing the sights is what we strive for, and we are glad we delivered. Our proximity to so much of... More 

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

**I was asked via email by the marketing manager of this hotel to write a review here** My girlfriend and I of 4 years were stopping for the night to stay at the Lafayette and we had a great experience. We were celebrating our 4 years of being together for the evening and we treated ourselves to the chocolate covered... More 

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

Dear Austin, Thank you for your comprehensive and thoughtful review! We are glad that we here at The Lafayette could help make your trip to the area a pleasant and comfortable one. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the provided amenities and drinks, we hear good things about them and it is always nice to get more positive... More 

Brandon, Florida
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

great place to stay. centrally located staff very nice rooms clean and comfy breakfast there was delicious and very reasonably priced would stay there again next time I visit San Diego I went by myself but saw lots of families there

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

Dear Betsye, Thank you for your kind words! We are very glad to have served you here at The Lafayette, and provided you with an enjoyable stay. Indeed, our location makes us a very strategic choice for those looking to make the most their trip to San Diego. Guests often comment on our beds, our breakfast, and our cleanly atmosphere,... More 

Merced, California
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

stayed on July 23rd weekend. the weekend of comic con and i really enjoyed our stay. great location and overall very clean rooms and hotel. setting is old Hollywoood feel and decor. love that there is a restaurant, bar and gift shop.the best part is the pool! awesome huge pool with bungalows around it. pool party feeling with music. very... More 

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

Dear Rocio, Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear about your enjoyable stay with us. Getting a chance to relax by our pool and drink in our unique style is one of the best ways to spend a summer day, and we are glad that you got a chance to experience it. Our staff works hard to... More 

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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We were very happy with our stay. I found the beds to be very comfortable. Not too soft and not too firm. Friendly staff. The ac unit was a little difficult to figure out but we did eventually. The ac unit did drip onto the desk a little bit so be careful of keeping important papers or electronics there. If... More 

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

Dear Courtney, Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay here with us at The Lafayette. We are relieved that the issues you faced did not provide much discomfort, and we will look into the AC drip, the road noise in road-facing rooms, and the cleanup after pool parties. Your feedback means a lot... More 

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

We enjoyed our stay at the Lafayette Hotel in a 2nd-floor room overlooking the enormous pool designed by 1920s Olympic gold medalist and 1930s and 40s Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller. You don't stay here if you're looking for peace and quiet during the daytime. The scene here is young and loud, especially since this is a swim club with a... More 

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

Dear Barbara, Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear your stay with us was an enjoyable one, and that you would stay with us again. Our history is an interesting one, and we do our best to share it with guests. Our pool area can indeed get noisy, as we have somewhat frequent events for our guests.... More 

San Diego, CA
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77 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a great choice for those who want to be near downtown/hang out at the Red Fox Lounge/Uber to all the new restaurants in North Park. The room we reserved was OK -- clean, with comfortable beds. Sad to say, the in-room internet service was iffy. Plus, our hairdryer did not work: Requested a new one -- didn't happen.... More 

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

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 our location.... More 

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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We found this place as we were looking for last minute places close to the San Diego zoo. There is a $12 charge for parking and the rooms are small and damp feeling. Almost like your right by the water - but your not 😔. I'm not a super picky customer- but cleanliness where I'm sleeping is really important. The... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We are very sorry to hear about the unfortunate experience you had with our carpets. We do our best to make sure that our guests receive clean and tidy rooms, and we apologize for our oversight in this case. We do not make a habit of leaving the floors dirty,... More 

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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We loved this hotel! Our room was spacious and clean and bright and overlooked the beautiful, almost Olympic size pool. Poolside drink and food service was excellent. You can feel the hotel's history everywhere from the lobby to pool to room. Fun spots around the lobby like a library, giant chess board, bar and restaurant. We had a delicious breakfast.... More 

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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 so pleased to hear about your enjoyable stay here with us at The Lafayette. We try our best to keep maintain our unique style and history for our guests, and we are glad that you appreciated our efforts. Guests often comment on our poolside food and drinks, our central location, and amenities,... More 

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Reviewed 20 August 2016

The hotel has a 1940’s feel and is very interesting. It has close access to the freeways and attractions. We chose this hotel as it was close to where our daughter lived. We had one of the upper bungalows with a balcony. It was very pleasant to sit outside and enjoy the day. During our stay there were a number... More 

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

Dear Steve, Thank you for your thorough review! We are glad to hear you had a mostly enjoyable time staying with us. However, we apologize for the issue you faced in the evening, with the loud noise next door. We take these issues seriously, and we are sorry that you had to call us to resolve the issue. We do... 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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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • 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: €79 - €194 (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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