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Check-in: Feb 23, 2016 Check-out: Feb 26, 2016
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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.


The Red Fox

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

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.

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.


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.

Property 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.


  • 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

Nearby 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)


  • 10,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Courtyard for outdoor events
  • 24-hour business center



  • MTS Bus (3 blocks)
  • San Diego Trolley (1 mi/1.5km)
  • San Diego International Airport (4 mi/6 km)


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.
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)

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  • Free Wi-Fi in Room
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities


  • No smoking rooms/facilities
  • Concierge
  • Elevators


  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness center or spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Night club
  • Solarium


  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant


  • Business center
  • In-Room Safe
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Conference facilities


  • Free Wi-Fi in Room


  • Accessible Rooms/Facilities
  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible elevators
  • Visual emergency alarm for hearing impaired guest
  • Ramp access to buildings

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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
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
San Diego Convention Center 3.6 mi
Port of San Diego 3.7 mi
Mission Bay Park 5 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
Viejas Arena 2,116.1 mi

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM

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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Rate based on Check-in: Feb 23, 2016 Check-out: Feb 26, 2016