$142 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 10, 2014 Check-out: Aug 11, 2014

Lafayette Hotel and Suites

3 stars
2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.0
out of 5
529 reviews
Charming resort setting

We truly felt the Southern California experience. The Lafayette was clean, comfortable and has a... See full review

  • Suz Loves to Go
  • Apr 9, 2014
Chic hotel

Very friendly staff, great location No Park SD, Clean facility with neat amenities- outdoor... See full review

  • DCJG
  • Nov 29, 2013
Colonial-style mansion epitomizes elegance next to San Diego Zoo
Dating back to 1946, the Lafayette opened as a popular spot for celebrities and movie stars to socialize for nights at a time. With live music in the Red Fox Room and Piano Bar, the property still celebrates its Hollywood roots today. The Lafayette is the closest hotel to the San Diego Zoo. Guests receive free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access and on-site parking is also available. The on-site L Bar & Grill overlooks the hotel's Olympic-sized, Terrazzo-tile swimming pool.
Highlights
  • Historic property dates back to 1946
  • Closest hotel to San Diego Zoo with free shuttle
  • Listen to live music in the Red Fox Room and Piano Bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
Rooms

The Lafayette Hotel & Suites offers 131 small but elegant rooms, including four suites. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, mini refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer and an in-room safe. Complimentary high-speed Internet access is available in all rooms.

Features

Built by Larry Imig in 1946, the Lafayette Hotel & Suites spent its first few decades as a popular spot among celebrities and movie stars. In addition to an impressive guest list, several prominent local figures have been permanent residents, including clothier Bill Solof, restaurateur Ray Lubach and San Diego Padres manager Lefty O'Doul.

Despite extensive renovations in 2009 and 2010, much of Lafayette's historic grandeur still exists today. One highlight of the San Diego property is the original, Olympic-sized Terrazzo-tile pool.  Guests and locals flock to the Red Fox Room & Piano Bar, which still hosts nightly entertainment. Guests also receive complimentary access to an on-site fitness center and free Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby. The hotel offers 24-hour laundry service (fees apply) and parking is also available on site.

All guests receive complimentary shuttle service to the San Diego Zoo.

The on-site restaurant, the L Bar & Grill, sits in the hotel lobby and overlooks the pool. Guests can order light snacks in the Red Fox Room and Piano Bar as well.

Dining

The Red Fox

Sample a delectable fusion of mouth-watering steak varieties and creativley prepared seafood favourites alongside refreshing cocktails.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday  (11am – Midnight)
Friday – Saturday (11am – 1:30am)
Sunday (4pm – 1:30am)

Imig's Kitchen & Bar

Start the day with a modern twist on breakfast and brunch served in a relaxing and open setting.The restaurant also serves mid-day cocktails.

Hours:
Everyday (7am – 3pm)

Holidaymakers at Lafayette Hotel and Suites can also try out sumtuos cuisines, craft beer and local homecooked meals at North Park neighbourhood restaurants nearby. The hotel front desk can arrange for recommendtions and reservations.

Transportation
  • MTS Bus (3 blocks)
  • San Diego Trolley (1 mi/1.5km)
  • San Diego International Airport (4 mi/6 km)
Attractions
  • San Diego Zoo (1 mi/1.5 km)
  • Petco Park (2 mi/3 km)
  • Old Town (3 mi/4.5 km)
  • Sea World (4 mi/6 km)
  • Qualcomm Stadium (5 mi/9 km)
  • Point Loma (6 mi/10 km)
Business
  • 10,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Courtyard for outdoor events
  • 24-hour business center

 

Lafayette Hotel and Suites Rooms

Manor King - 1 King Bed
Pillow top California King mattress , triple sheeting with duvet. Desk. Smart power with 3 outlets & 2 USB charging ports, iPod/MP3 Ready AM/FM Clock Radio. 37-inch LCD television with expanded cable including 4 Showtime channels. Complimentary wireless Internet . Laptop-compatible safe. Coffee maker. Traditional shower/tub combination featuring Speakman showerhead. Hair dryer. Air conditioning. Non-Smoking.
Manor Queen - Two Queen Beds
Two pillow top Queen mattresses , triple sheeting with duvet. Desk. Smart power with 3 outlets & 2 USB charging ports, iPod/MP3 Ready AM/FM Clock Radio. 37-inch LCD television with expanded cable including 4 Showtime channels. Complimentary wireless Internet. Laptop-compatible safe. Coffee maker. Traditional shower/tub combination featuring Speakman showerhead. Hair dryer, Air conditioning. Non-Smoking.
Poolside Room - 2 queen beds
Two pillow Top Queen Mattresses , triple sheeting with duvet. French doors opening directly onto or overlooking the famous Weissmuller Pool. Desk. Smart power with 3 power outlets & 2 USB charging ports, iPod/MP3 Ready AM/FM Clock Radio. 40-inch LCD television with expanded cable including 4 Showtime channels. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Laptop-compatible safe. Coffee Maker. Traditional shower/tub combination featuring Speakman showerhead. hair dryer, Air conditioning. Non-Smoking.
Suze Suites
Two private bedrooms separated by French doors each with its own bathroom, traditional shower/tub combination featuring Speakman showerhead. One room offers a twin over full bunk bed, multi-purpose dining table, 4 chairs, chalk board wall, smart power with 3 outlets & 2 USB charging ports and a 32-inch LCD television. Separate and private parents' bedroom has a pillow top California King mattress , triple sheeting with duvet, built in desk, microwave, refrigerator, laptop-compatible safe, I-Pod/MP3 ready clock radio, 40-inch flat screen TV, complimentary wireless internet and expanded cable including 4 Showtime stations. Non-Smoking.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Night club
Solarium
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Services
Business center
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Accessible facilities
Accessible parking
Wheelchair accessible elevators
Visual emergency alarm for hearing impaired guest
Ramp access to buildings

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Reviewer score 3.5 out of 5

Hotel Map

32.7547 -117.1407
Area served
San Diego, CA
Nearby airports
(SAN)San Diego International Airport
Area description
Located in North Park area of San Diego. One mile from San Diego Zoo, one mile from Mission Valley and minutes to downtown, SeaWorld and all San Diego Attractions.

Nearby points of interest

  • Qualcomm Stadium: 1.5 mi
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 1.5 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 1.6 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 1.6 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 1.6 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 1.7 mi
  • Botanical Building: 1.7 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 1.7 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 1.7 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 1.7 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 2 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 2.1 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 2.8 mi
  • Heritage Park: 2.9 mi
  • Junipero Serra Museum: 3.1 mi
  • Qualcomm Stadium: 1.5 mi
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 1.5 mi
  • San Diego Zoo: 1.6 mi
  • Casa De Balboa: 1.6 mi
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: 1.6 mi
  • Fleet Space Theater and Science Center: 1.7 mi
  • Botanical Building: 1.7 mi
  • Timken Museum of Art: 1.7 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Art: 1.7 mi
  • San Diego Museum of Man: 1.7 mi
  • San Diego Automotive Museum: 2 mi
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum: 2.1 mi
  • Firehouse Museum: 2.8 mi
  • Heritage Park: 2.9 mi
  • Junipero Serra Museum: 3.1 mi
  • Whaley House Museum: 3.1 mi
  • Old Town San Diego: 3.2 mi
  • Bazaar Del Mundo: 3.2 mi
  • Childrens Museum of San Diego: 3.4 mi
  • PETCO Park: 3.4 mi
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 3.5 mi
  • San Diego Convention Center: 3.6 mi
  • Port of San Diego: 3.7 mi
  • Mission Bay Park: 5 mi
  • Sea World: 5.2 mi
  • Hospitality Point: 5.5 mi
  • Family Fun Center: 5.5 mi
  • Pacific Beach: 6.5 mi
  • Belmont Park: 6.6 mi
  • Sunset Cliffs: 6.7 mi
  • Chula Vista Nature Center: 8.3 mi
  • Sorrento Valley: 9.8 mi
  • California Center For The Arts Museum: 25.2 mi
  • Legoland: 27.8 mi
  • Cox Arena: 2,116.1 mi

Dining

Red Fox Steak House
The quintessential steakhouse that doesn't just reach for the lounge vibe, it helped define it. The entire interior was shipped to the United States for blonde cinema actress, Marion Davies, and was dismantled (again!) and installed at the Lafayette during the 1950's. If the history and nightly piano doesn't get you, the stiff cocktails, steak, and seafood surely will. Hours: Monday - Thursday (11am - Midnight) Friday - Saturday (11am - 1:30am) Sunday (4pm - 1:30am)
Imig's Kitchen & Bar
Loved by locals and guest alike, Imig's serves up a modern, casual and honest twist on breakfast and brunch. The relaxed and open setting gives guests the perfect space to gather daily for breakfast, brunch (or both, after all you're on vacation) or a mid-day custom cocktail overlooking the historic Weissmuller Pool. Hours: Everyday (7am - 3pm)
North Park Neighborhood Restaurants
Quickly becoming nationally recognized for it's culinary diversity and appreciation for craft beer, the neighborhood offers Lafayette guests an incredible opportunity for food exploration. We encourage you to dine with us once (ok, maybe twice) and then experience the local cuisine within our wonderful neighborhood! Our front desk can assist with recommendations and reservations.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (529)

Ratings and reviews for Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Overall score

3 / 5
5.01.0
529 out of 529
Amenities:
3.1
Room cleanliness:
3.4
Hotel staff:
3.6
Room comfort:
3.1
Location:
3.5
Value:
3.4

61% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Los Angeles
Jul 21, 2010

Great Poolside Suites

For a "suite", it was quite small. The bathroom even smaller. Really needed quite a bit of updating. French doors opening right onto the pool made it very nice. The gates to the pool area are QUITE LOUD and used all night long - it made for a bad nights sleep. The tv's are VERY old (mayber 14"). The hinges on the pull-out bed were broken and made it difficult to use. It took about an hour to get the air conditioner to work. If you don't shower pretty early, there is no hot water (but we were there on the busiest weekend of the year).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Dining tip: In Hotel

The steak house attached to the restaurant is superb!!

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Los Angeles
Jul 21, 2010

Great Poolside Suites

For a "suite", it was quite small. The bathroom even smaller. Really needed quite a bit of updating. French doors opening right onto the pool made it very nice. The gates to the pool area are QUITE LOUD and used all night long - it made for a bad nights sleep. The tv's are VERY old (mayber 14"). The hinges on the pull-out bed were broken and made it difficult to use. It took about an hour to get the air conditioner to work. If you don't shower pretty early, there is no hot water (but we were there on the busiest weekend of the year).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Dining tip: In Hotel

The steak house attached to the restaurant is superb!!

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Visiting Only
First Street
Jul 19, 2010

Lafayette Wedding Walk

We attended a wedding. the location of hotel was ideal for driving distance to wedding and reception. just an air fresher for bathroom and a vent to the outside from restroom. this was our second stay here and we love the location of the hotel and other business, we walked to the Denny's for breakfast. the pool was nice with the bar to watch people enjoying the view. next time we might go swimming. the elevator was broken but the doors were fixed within 15 minutes of notification.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

To Denny's for breakfast.

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Visiting Only
First Street
Jul 19, 2010

Lafayette Wedding Walk

We attended a wedding. the location of hotel was ideal for driving distance to wedding and reception. just an air fresher for bathroom and a vent to the outside from restroom. this was our second stay here and we love the location of the hotel and other business, we walked to the Denny's for breakfast. the pool was nice with the bar to watch people enjoying the view. next time we might go swimming. the elevator was broken but the doors were fixed within 15 minutes of notification.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

To Denny's for breakfast.

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Palm Desert, CA
Jul 12, 2010

condemn this property

This old, once proud, hotel is in such disrepair it should not be recommended to anyone. Tiled floors with missing tiles. Doors and other painted surfaces untouched for years. Exterior concrete stairs and walkways literally falling to pieces, apparently earth quake damage, with chunks of concrete lying nearby. Tattered furniture. Plumbing fixtures not working. The best thing about this hotel is their web site: it looks great.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
1
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Stay away.

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Palm Desert, CA
Jul 12, 2010

condemn this property

This old, once proud, hotel is in such disrepair it should not be recommended to anyone. Tiled floors with missing tiles. Doors and other painted surfaces untouched for years. Exterior concrete stairs and walkways literally falling to pieces, apparently earth quake damage, with chunks of concrete lying nearby. Tattered furniture. Plumbing fixtures not working. The best thing about this hotel is their web site: it looks great.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
1
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Stay away.

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Highland, CA
Jul 9, 2010

Great for the price

We went to Balboa Park and Sea World while we were there. The staff was great, the breakfast and amenities were great. The room itself would have been great, but the room and the bathroom didn't have adequate ventilation. The windows could not be opened to allow fresh air to enter. The small air conditioning unit in the corner just couldn't keep up resulting in a room like a sauna.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

A Taste Of Italy was great. We were going to go to the Gas Lamp District, but parking is a pain.

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Highland, CA
Jul 9, 2010

Great for the price

We went to Balboa Park and Sea World while we were there. The staff was great, the breakfast and amenities were great. The room itself would have been great, but the room and the bathroom didn't have adequate ventilation. The windows could not be opened to allow fresh air to enter. The small air conditioning unit in the corner just couldn't keep up resulting in a room like a sauna.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

A Taste Of Italy was great. We were going to go to the Gas Lamp District, but parking is a pain.

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
pm5166
Merced, CA
Jul 8, 2010

Wait until after the makeover!

The hotel has a wonderful history of old Hollywood and the Hiltons and the San Diego Chargers. (Bob Hope was the first guest and we stayed in the Alan Ladd Townhouse) The problem is it hasn't been remodled since those days. They are currently in the process of upgrading. If they do it well it would be a spectacular place to stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
pm5166
Merced, CA
Jul 8, 2010

Wait until after the makeover!

The hotel has a wonderful history of old Hollywood and the Hiltons and the San Diego Chargers. (Bob Hope was the first guest and we stayed in the Alan Ladd Townhouse) The problem is it hasn't been remodled since those days. They are currently in the process of upgrading. If they do it well it would be a spectacular place to stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
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