$109 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: May 8, 2014 Check-out: May 9, 2014

Lafayette Hotel and Suites

3 stars
2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.0
out of 5
318 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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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 (318)

Ratings and reviews for Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Overall score

3 / 5
318 out of 318
Amenities:
3.1
Room cleanliness:
3.5
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3.2
Location:
3.5
Value:
3.4

64% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Boston, MA
Aug 11, 2007

Funky comfort

The Lafayette Hotel and Suites in San Diego is steeped in nostalgia for the heyday of Hollywood. My 10yr old son and I recently spent 4 night there while visiting San Diego and would definitely stay there again. While the rooms were pretty small- there's a big difference in what passed for luxury in 1946 and in 2007...the rooms were clean and the beds comfortable. The location was great, maybe just a mile or two north east of Balboa Park and all the attractions there. We mostly ate at the hotel for their complimentary breakfast and evening dinners. The menu is limited, but all the food we chose was good quality and reasonably priced. The outdoor swimming pool, designed by Johnny Weismueller(!) was clean and a big attraction. There was also a hot tub in a little area tucked behind some palm trees off the pool area. There is parking in an underground garage, too, which was very safe and convient. Overall, we were very pleased with our stay at The Lafayette and would chose it again.

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

The San Diego Zoo and other attractions at Balboa Park are a short drive from the hotel. It is also quite convient to routes north along the coast with La Jolla and the sea lions only about 20 mins north, Torrey Pine State Reserve 10 mins beyond that, and, of course, Legoland about 10 mins further north in Carlsbad.

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

3
Anonymous
San Francisco, CA
Aug 3, 2007

Convenient Location

Interesting location. This hotel is a nice gem located among a smattering strip clubs and other late night joints. It was nice to see the diversity among the hotel staff and surrounding community. The hotel has a lot of character and was clean. Breakfast was nice. Parking was free and convenient. Noisey air conditioner kept waking us up. Next time I would prefer a modern clean box of a place located next to other hotels and tourist types. However if your focus is Balboa Park this is an ideal spot. Short walk and bus ride gets you there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
1
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Short walk to McDonalds, Denny's, good Asian, and Italian food.

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
USA
Jul 29, 2007

Spacious rooms, but...

bathroom was quite small. Pipes in the building are probably pretty old as the temperature in the shower went from too hot to too cold without any adjustments on my part. In fact, besides having the retro decor to the hotel, the building is just old. TV was old and the controller either couldn't turn on the TV or the TV kept turning off after I turned it on. OK place to stay at if you're just looking for a bed at a decent price. There's not much to do around the hotel within walking distance. There was also a small vanity area by the small fridge and microwave in the room which was a surprising amenity.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Every fast food place you can think of. A Mcdonald's and Denny's is on the same block.

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

3
Anonymous
Business
Phoenix, AZ
Jul 22, 2007

Nice hotel, rooms needs work

The Lafayette Hotel and Suites was a decent place but does need work. The staff is great and very friendly. The pool area was very clean and the rest of the grounds where clean. The rooms needs work. If they would buy new carpet and paint the hotel would be a lot nicer and worth what I paid per night. In addition the hair dryer in the bathroom had frayed wires and just hanging on the wall. The thermostat for the AC was the same way. Other than the rooms, these rest of the hotel is very clean. The free internet services is a plus.

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

Business

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Chicago, IL
Jul 14, 2007

Family fit

This hotel was fit for a couple or a family. Friendly service and resonable prices. The breakfast offered was more than we expected. Very helpful at the front desk with directions to many locations in San diego. The bar tender was friendly during the first night of our stay, but the second day when we were laying by the pool he had a problem waiting on us(remembering our order and not even bring us what we ordered) and being friendly. Over all good place.

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

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Chicago, IL
Jul 8, 2007

Nice Hotel

The Lafayette has a very nice pool, really big. The breakfast was so-so, too many people in a small room. The hotel is really not far from Old Town and the others San Diego attractions (like the Zoo, Balboa Park, etc ...). But there is nothing around the hotel at walking distance. The free parking is really a nice plus. The rooms are not the best but for the price it's a good deal.

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

Mexican restaurants of Old Town

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

4
Wierd Dad
Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 1, 2007

Good Central Location

The Lafayette Hotel & Suites is quaint and comfortable. It looks a bit run-down and the regular hotel room seemed a bit small - though the suites may be decent in size. It has a nice central location in an old neighborhood, with the San Diego Zoo only a short drive away. Nearby freeways provide easy access to other San Diego area attractions. A variety of restaurants are within a short walk or drive. The swimming pool is large and in a nice court-yard setting. The breakfast, a half-knotch above a continental breakfast, is a nice feature.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Providence, RI
Jun 26, 2007

location,style of hotel

we had never been to san diego,and did not rent a car.felt the location was a little inconvenient mainly to find restaurants and shopping within walking distance.secured cabs frequently,but that became expensive.the charm of the hotel was refreshing...loved the pool area,the atmosphere throughout the facility was wonderful.staff and housekeeping,food service was also very good.front desk could be more helpful in providing info on directions and most effecient ways to get around...overall a great place to stay..free breakfast offset cabfare!....saw many attractions,beaches..would stay there again,but would rent a car...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
5
Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Boston, MA
Jun 24, 2007

Great for Sports Fans

The room we had was on the 2nd floor at the end of the corridor and it was perfect. Quiet, had a large balcony covered with lattice - off of the room enough to fit 4 round tables and a chaise. Bedroom had a fireplace and plenty of room to move about. Great place for large men to be able to spread out.

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

Pool are area is lovely.

Review of Lafayette Hotel and Suites

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Las Vegas, NV
May 28, 2007

Good Value

The Lafayette was a nice place to stay. It is conveniently located near Balboa Park. The hotel itself is a older, but no worse for the wear. The pool area and hot tub were very nice.

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

The San Diego Zoo is just a short drive away.

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