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It was a nice historic hotel with character. Very friendly and helpful staff. That being said the walls are very thin and was therefore very loud. Someone upstairs was walking around on creaky ceilings super early in the morning and kept me up. There are a number of adjoining rooms so people congregated in the hallway outside my door and talked pretty much all day and night. LOTS of kids during my stay that I could hear constantly. The last morning there was no hot water. For $200 a night they really could do so much better.

Rundown facility, noisy, really thin wall and squeaky ceilings.

We’ve stayed here twice before and the third time did not disappoint. Next time in San Diego, we’ll definitely stay again .

It’s good if you like pool party vibes…till 2AM people partying and yelling.

We reserved several rooms to celebrate our friends 33 birthday party. We emailed the staff and got very clear permission that our other friends could join us at the pool if they paid $10 for a bracelet. The day we arrived, the hotel changed and said we could not have guests. (I rented a room with my wife and son. Our parents were in the next room) We were still a small group and well behaved, but we were hassled several times by the manager and another staff. The manager even threatened to kick us out, although I’m not sure why. The hotel needs to work out clear and consistent rules about guests and bracelets. If you have a group, I would plan to stay at a different hotel.

I enjoyed the large pool. Parking was $22/night and cheaper than other locations. Unique design. Cons: The carpet floors in the room were old and hair wads stuck in them. Beds were thin and you could feel the springs when you moved. Thin walls.

Great pool. Large, attractive, centrally located.

Service of staff quality !

It’s charming and clean but I checked in super late and was denied a late checkout. I was never told where I could park so had to find street parking which was difficult in the neighborhood. Probably best to take a shower early because at mid morning, warm water was in short supply.

A gem. Not a cookie cutter hotel experience but a delightful, intimate, and comfortable retreat. An unbelievable pool, spacious, airy room, friendly staff, and fine outdoor restaurant.

Very charming, intimate feel. Incredible pool, although I'd ditch the music. Perfect for these Covid times.

We liked the pool area & outdoor music was good. The staff was friendly. We will definitely come back.

Nice poolside atmosphere with music and food/ drink service. On site restaurant with great food.

The Lafayette Hotel was opened in 1946. It is a charming Hotel and well kept up to today's standards. At no extra cost, they upgraded us to a suite which was lovely. It was very quiet. I will stay here again when I return.

was a amazing stay staff was awesome food was great.. only issue was my neighbor who slammed the door every hour through the night....

The rooms are always well kept and clean and staff were friendly and fast. The pool was refreshing during a hot day, but I was disappointed by the allowance of large groups of 15-20 people in the pool area. At check in, staff said only guests were being permitted at the pool, however there were a lot of people without guest bracelets that didn’t go checked until 6pm, and even then didn’t leave.

I always like staying at the Lafayette for staycations with friends. Great pool, restaurant, and bar. Plus, proximity to options around time is either a short walk or drive away.

El Cajon Blvd San Diego CA

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Balboa Park
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Located in University Heights within a mile (2 km) of Balboa Park, The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as San Diego Zoo. This 133-room, 3.5-star hotel has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a gym.


Dining

Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM.


Rooms

Guests can expect free WiFi and 37-inch LCD TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. IPod docks, coffee makers, and free weekday newspapers are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests of The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows have access to an outdoor pool, a gym, and free WiFi in public areas. Self parking is available for USD 25 per night. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a conference center, a 24-hour business center, and a computer station.

Room options

Premium Room, 1 King Bed, Poolside

1 King Bed | Sleeps 3

Premium Room, Pool View

1 King Bed | Sleeps 3

Premium Room, 2 Queen Beds, Pool View

2 Queen Beds | Sleeps 4

Premium Room, 2 Queen Beds, Poolside

2 Queen Beds | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Everyone (20) Couples (8) Family (16)
2
Friends

It was a nice historic hotel with character. Very friendly and helpful staff. That being said the walls are very thin and was therefore very loud. Someone upstairs was walking around on creaky ceilings super early in the morning and kept me up. There are a number of adjoining rooms so people congregated in the hallway outside my door and talked pretty much all day and night. LOTS of kids during my stay that I could hear constantly. The last morning there was no hot water. For $200 a night they really could do so much better.

By on May 9, 2022

2
Everyone

Rundown facility, noisy, really thin wall and squeaky ceilings.

By on Apr 11, 2022

5
Partner Couples

We’ve stayed here twice before and the third time did not disappoint. Next time in San Diego, we’ll definitely stay again .

By , from Monterey on Dec 26, 2021

Review comment responded on Jan 3, 2022

Thanks so much for the 5-Bubble review! Looking forward to having you back again soon.

2
Family with small children

It’s good if you like pool party vibes…till 2AM people partying and yelling.

By on Jul 18, 2021

5
Everyone

By on Jun 29, 2021

3
Family Family with small children

We reserved several rooms to celebrate our friends 33 birthday party. We emailed the staff and got very clear permission that our other friends could join us at the pool if they paid $10 for a bracelet. The day we arrived, the hotel changed and said we could not have guests. (I rented a room with my wife and son. Our parents were in the next room) We were still a small group and well behaved, but we were hassled several times by the manager and another staff. The manager even threatened to kick us out, although I’m not sure why. The hotel needs to work out clear and consistent rules about guests and bracelets. If you have a group, I would plan to stay at a different hotel.

By on Jun 21, 2021

5
Everyone

By on Jun 9, 2021

4
Family

I enjoyed the large pool. Parking was $22/night and cheaper than other locations. Unique design. Cons: The carpet floors in the room were old and hair wads stuck in them. Beds were thin and you could feel the springs when you moved. Thin walls.

By on Jun 7, 2021

Review comment responded on Jun 18, 2021

Thank you for taking a moment to review your stay with us. Our pool is one of our best amenities. We do have plans to renovate in the coming year. We invite you to stay with us again and experience the transformation.

5
Family

Great pool. Large, attractive, centrally located.

By on May 27, 2021

Review comment responded on Jun 8, 2021

Thank you for the 5-point rating and review! Hope to have you back again soon!

4
Everyone

Service of staff quality !

By on May 25, 2021

Review comment responded on Jun 18, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are proud of our team and glad you were able to experience their amazing customer service.

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
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