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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows - San Diego

3 star Hotel San Diego

2223 El Cajon Blvd - San Diego

Price starting from $ 139.10

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is a recently renovated, inexpensive, San Diego boutique hotel located only 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. Situated on El Cajon Blvd., this bargain uptown San Diego hotel is only 4.4 miles (7 kilometers) from the Downtown San Diego Waterfront area, the Broadway Pier, and the Gaslamp Quarter. This unique hotel is also only a short walk from all the fun restaurants and bars around University Heights and the community of Hillcrest. It is also conveniently located on a bus route that leads directly into downtown.

With Colonial mansion-style architecture, this historic 4-story San Diego landmark hotel features a designer, heated, terrazzo-tile swimming pool with elegant patio sitting areas and boasts an ambiance that harks back to the era of classic crooners, Big Bands, and zoot suits. While retaining all of its original charm, The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows also offers spacious, comfortable, and clean rooms with an extensive array of modern amenities including wireless Internet access, multi-line phones with free local calls, and electronic locks. Some rooms have French doors that open to a balcony with a fabulous view of the pool.

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is also the ideal San Diego location for special events with 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of meeting space accommodating up to 500 people, and an experienced staff capable of offering full-service catering. Business/event amenities include, audiovisual equipment, a 24-hour business center, computer station, Internet point, and complimentary wired (high-speed) Internet access.

For lunch and dinner try Imigs Kitchen and Bar with a poolside terrace and features American cuisine, or experience the casual atmosphere at the long-established Red Fox steakhouse and Piano Bar which features nightly entertainment and serves guests during lunch and dinner.

Venere Guest Rating
Guest Rating 6.7 Fair
Based on 10 hotel reviews © 2015

This was the worst hotel I have ever, ever stayed in. The location was in ...

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Breakfast at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

A cooked-to-order breakfast is served between 7 AM and 11 AM for a fee.

Facilities at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

  • Lift/elevator
  • Gift shop
  • Entire property is non-smoking
  • Minimarket
  • Laundry room
  • Personal newspapers
  • Multilingual staff
  • Newspapers
  • Front desk - safety deposit box
  • Front desk - 24 hour
  • Concierge
  • Luggage room
  • City tour
  • Gym
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pool bar
  • Free parking
  • Private parking
  • Meeting Room
  • Conference room
  • Business Center
  • Internet/Email services
  • TV Lounge

Know before you go

  • Children 13 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
  • Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Check-in: after 3 PM.

Check-out: before 11 AM.


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

City tax and/or any other fees charged by the hotel

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: USD 8.00 per night
  • Early check-in fee: USD 25.00
  • Deposit: USD 100/500 per stay
  • Refrigerator fee: USD 10.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is also known as

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Lafayette Hotel San Diego
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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows reviews

9.9 Outstanding!
  • April 2010
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Germany

A great hotel and pool - top services - very cleanliness an a very warm welcome

4.8 Ordinary
  • September 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Italy

the breakfast is very poor and the staff dedicated not very nice; the hotel is not in downtown so is necessary a car;good the hydromassage with hot water;the hotel offer a room with personal computer;the pool is large.

5.5 Ordinary
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Group
  • Canada

Room was small. Fridge did not work and smelled bad. Bathroom was moldy and water temperature/pressure was horrible and you got scalded/frozen at one minute intervals. One of two phones did not work in room, but local calls were free. Listing said hotel offered shuttle service from airport but did not. Pool area is lovely but they allow non-guests to use it and it was overcrowded and quite rowdy and we didn't get to use it much as a result, no priority is given to hotel guests. Staff were friendly and tried to be helpful but were slightly clueless. Note WIFI only available from lobby, no other areas.

5.1 Ordinary
  • August 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Ireland

The housekeeping needs to be supervised and checked. Our room was not hoovered and grit from the balcony was left on the carpet for two days. The rooms need an upgrade small things like a loose shelf in the bathroom no bedside table at one side of the bed and nasty grit on the balcony took from what was a nice place. Lovely pool but rooms need info pack re standard info regarding hotel. Restaurant Red Fox too dark to be enjoyable. Hotel has potential to be really good with some improvements.Be aware that pool open to public for part of day 11.30-6.30.

9.6 Outstanding!
  • June 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • USA

The room was excellent and service great. Everyone was sooooo nice.

8.9 Excellent
  • October 2011
  • Venere Guest
  • Single traveller
  • USA

6.2 Fair
  • April 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • Brazil

7.9 Good
  • October 2008
  • Venere Guest
  • Couple
  • USA

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8.4 Very Good
  • November 2009
  • Venere Guest
  • Family with older children
  • France

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Room Details

Book your business-friendly accommodation at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, offering 131 guest rooms with iPod docking stations and designer toiletries. Guests can unwind at the end of a long day and enjoy 37-inch LCD televisions with premium cable channels and pay movies. Business travelers will have access to free wired and wireless high-speed Internet access as well as desks and complimentary newspapers during their Downtown - San Diego Intl Airport visit. Private bathrooms are outfitted with shower/tub combinations. Rooms also include climate control, free local calls and air conditioning.

Accommodation Services

  • Air conditioning
  • Pay-Per-View
  • Baby cots/cribs available
  • In-room ironing facilities
  • Safe
  • Desk
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • LCD flat screen TV
  • Cable TV
  • High speed Internet access
  • Wireless Internet access

How to reach The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

By car
From San Diego International Airport:
Head north toward Airlane Rd and then take a slight left toward North Harbor Dr. (follow signs for Parking/Terminal Return/Airport exit). Take another slight left toward North Harbor Drive (there will be signs for Commuter Terminal/Point Loma/Harbor Island). Turn left at North Harbor Dr. and then left at West Grape St. Turn right to merge onto I-5 South, and then take exit 16 to merge onto CA-163 North toward Escondido. Take exit 2B for Washington St East. Merge onto Washington St. Take slight left at Normal St., and then slight right at El Cajon Blvd.

Distances from The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Mission Valley Mall - 1.8 km / 1.1 mi
San Diego Zoo - 2 km / 1.3 mi
Balboa Park Carousel - 2.4 km / 1.5 mi
Desert Garden - 2.5 km / 1.6 mi
Starlight Bowl - 2.5 km / 1.6 mi
Spanish Village Art Center - 2.6 km / 1.6 mi
San Diego Natural History Museum - 2.6 km / 1.6 mi
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - 2.7 km / 1.7 mi
San Diego Museum of Art - 2.7 km / 1.7 mi
San Diego Model Railroad Museum - 2.7 km / 1.7 mi
Old Globe Theater - 2.8 km / 1.7 mi
Museum of Photographic Sciences - 2.8 km / 1.7 mi
Timken Museum of Art - 2.8 km / 1.7 mi
Spreckels Organ Pavilion - 2.8 km / 1.7 mi
Balboa Park - 2.8 km / 1.7 mi
The preferred airport for The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) - 5.9 km / 3.7 mi.

Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance.

Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 km and mile.

Transportation services The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

  • Free parking
  • Private parking