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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I loved this hotel and would recommend to anyone who wants a real California experience. It had an old Hollywood feel, and the pool is extremely social (great for young people and kids as it is lively). Also located about 10 minutes (no traffic) from the beach, zoo, sea world. Thanks for the great stay!

Fun hotel in a good location! Would stay here again.

Clerks were a bit rude. Be careful when you pay. Check your statement carefully.overcharged me for 1 night stay.

The staff is always friendly and the place is spotless. It's a older hotel but in incredible shape and it embraces it's old school charm .

Check-in went great. Staff was very helpful. Room, however was very disappointing. Old and rundown, smelled musty, very uncomfortable bed. We left after the first night and booked somewhere else.

we stayed 4 nights --spring for an inside room much quieter than the rooms we had on street in front of hotel--I would stay at hotel again--just go for upstairs on the pool---bar and restaurant onsite

This is a landmark hotel that has been well kept and updated with a modern facelift. The facility itself is nice and the rooms are clean and well maintained. There were definitely a few things that I felt were missing for an upscale hotel. There is no valet or bellhop so be prepared to drive around the block to park your car and use one of their small luggage carts in the small elevator (God forbid your room is on the first floor because you'll have to figure out how to get your luggage cart up 5 steps from the over-fragranced lobby). The restaraunt and pool area are nice, but there is no poolside service for food or drinks and the staff, while friendly, don't seem to be very accommodating. I had a great stay with family, but overall expected a little more service-wise. A tip, the adjoining steak house is not worth the prices. Venture into Northpark to get your food.

Kids loved the heated pool, and the room was very spacious.

The hotel was clean and staff was amazing!! Catered to all of our needs :). I will deffently stay here again.

We rented a suite and were very happy with our accommodations. The rooms were spacious and clean. The lobby has a fun atmosphere, and the pool is something to see.

Up side: Nice pool, great for families with children. Pool side you can sit by your room and watch children in the pool. Hotel near Balboa Park and Zoo. Down side: Rooms old and poor insulation sound an issue. Beds uncomfortable, only one chair in room. Lots on extension cords for electric. Toilet extremely loud. Not close to downtown or harbor area. It's a Historic Hotel and like what you might expect in the 50ties. Nice atmosphere but rooms need modernizing.

The room was lovely and overlooked the pool. It had a darling patio with 2 chairs. The hotel is darling- very vintage-ee. The bed was comfortable and room clean. The room was on second floor and did not have an elevator. Lugging the luggage up the stairs was not easy but doable. We had an issue with getting charged for an upsale that we did not take. We are still waiting for these charges to come off our VISA. I'm sure it will be taken care of and I'm sure it was an honest mistake. The location was excellent in terms of being close to great places to eat and near freeways.

An older hotel that is 'one of a kind'. The rooms are nice and updated. The hotel feels warm and comfortable not cold or austere. We enjoyed the restaurant's menu and excellent food preparation, underground parking and location within walking distance to North Park. The staff are friendly and accommodating. Overall a pleasant experience.

My stay was only two nights. It rained the whole time we were there. But the room was very clean. Nice queen size bed and bunkbeds for my son. No Continental breakfast but they have two restaurants in the hotel. Dennys was walking distance. Overall my stay was great.

While not 'close' to anything at least by foot, hotel is retro cool and staff is friendly --restaurant is good and pool is heated which was much needed on my December bisit when it went down to 35 degrees in Sunny and warm San Diego

I needed a hotel when I booked my tickets to San Diego. When the list of hotels came up; I noticed this hotel and it stated "downtown." So I read the reviews and the history and I was drawn to it. Well, first it was not downtown; it was in North Park; north of downtown. The hotel was built in 1946. Still a nice place with nice staff and service. They had a lot going on and it made for a great visit! Love it!

Small cramped room. No where to sit other than the bed. Loud compressor type of equipment directly outside of window.

Great staff, great food and cocktails.Beautiful space, great location.

Need some renovation on poolside rooms. It was rather smelly carpet. But the zoo and museums was closeby.

The power went out several times one night. I was not happy to be waking down creepy dark halls with pictures of old stars who have passed on all over the hallway ... I wasn't looking for a Halloween scare but I sure got one ! The staff was very nice about everything and gave us a free breakfast to make up for the sleepless night

2223 El Cajon Blvd San Diego CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness center

Located in Central San Diego within 2 miles (3 km) of San Diego Zoo, The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is within a few miles (5 km) of other popular sights such as Balboa Park. This 133-room, 3.5-star hotel has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. Located centrally in San Diego, it's also close to University of San Diego and Qualcomm Stadium.


Enjoy dining at the hotel's 2 onsite restaurants: HOPE 46 offers relaxing pool views; Red Fox Restaurant specializes in American cuisine. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM.


All of The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows's 133 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including iPod docks, coffee makers, and free weekday newspapers. 37-inch LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Free local calls, safes, and ironing boards are also standard.

Property features

Guests staying at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows enjoy an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. Self parking is available for USD 12.00 per night. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include a conference center, a 24-hour business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 5

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Poolside

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4


King 1 | Sleeps 5

Bungalow, 2 Bedrooms

King 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 4