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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

3.5-star3.5 stars
2223 El Cajon BlvdSan DiegoCA92104United States of America

Family hotel with 2 restaurants, near San Diego Zoo
  • Free WiFi
Very Good8.2
Great pool
Bar and Beverages
Bar is awesome
Delicious food
Awesome vibe
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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

from €105
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Poolside
  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed
  • Suite
  • Bungalow, 2 Bedrooms

About The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Historic hotel with iconic pool in lively North Park

Culture and wildlife

Overlooking Mission Valley, The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows places you in North Park, a historic neighborhood which is experiencing a hip resurgence. It's a 5-minute drive to Balboa Park, home to lush gardens, 15 museums, and San Diego Zoo.

Arts venues, hip bars

North Park's Ray Street, a 20-minute walk away, buzzes with art events, while North Park Theatre showcases fabulous live music acts. Popular drinking and dining hotspots are a 10-minute walk, while a 35-minute drive up the coast takes you and the family to LEGOLAND® theme park.

Classic charm and glamour

The hotel was a celeb haunt in the '40s and retains a sense of glamour with its buzzing summer pool parties; there's also a fitness room. You can revel in fine food and entertainment in Hope 46 restaurant, classic Red Fox Room steakhouse, and Finest City Improv comedy club.

Stylish and tech-savvy

The 133 guestrooms come in 4 styles, from poolside with balconies to family-friendly with bunk beds to 2-story bungalows. Decor varies, but it's all modern and chic, and perks like pillowtop mattresses and flat-screen TVs - plus free WiFi and iPod® docks - are standard.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 133 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-11:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Express check-out
An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • One child (4 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Self parking (limited) *
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • 2 restaurants
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Fitness facilities
Working away
  • 24-hour business center
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms 8
  • Conference space size (feet) - 15000
  • Conference space size (meters) - 1394
  • Conference center
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 5
  • Year Built 1946
  • Elevator/lift
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
Be entertained
  • 37-inch LCD TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • IPod docking station
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free weekday newspaper
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


HOPE 46 - This poolside restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered.

Red Fox Restaurant - This steakhouse specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.


On Site

  • Fitness facilities


  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows’s small print

Also known as

  • Club Bungalows
  • Lafayette Swim Club Bungalows San Diego
  • Lafayette Hotel San Diego
  • Lafayette San Diego
  • Lafayette Hotel Swim Club Bungalows San Diego
  • Lafayette Hotel Swim Club Bungalows
  • Hotel Lafayette
  • Hotel Swim
  • Lafayette Hotel
  • Lafayette Hotel Swim Club
  • Lafayette Hotel Swim Club & Bungalows
  • Lafayette Hotel Swim Club & Bungalows San Diego
  • Lafayette Swim Club
  • Lafayette Swim Club Bungalows


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

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.

Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the fitness facility.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Mandatory fees

Deposit: USD 100-500 per stay

Optional extras

Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 25.00

Self parking costs USD 18.00 per night with in/out privileges

Refrigerators are available for USD 10.00 per night

Breakfast costs between USD 6 and USD 14 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows


  • Heart of San Diego
  • San Diego Zoo - 32 min walk
  • Balboa Park - 43 min walk
  • Mission Valley Mall - 34 min walk
  • Desert Garden - 37 min walk
  • San Diego Natural History Museum - 39 min walk
  • Fleet Science Center - 40 min walk
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum - 41 min walk

Getting around

  • San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) - 12 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) - 16 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field) - 22 min drive
  • Tijuana, Baja California Norte (TIJ-General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl.) - 36 min drive
  • Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) - 37 min drive
  • San Diego Coaster Old Town Station - 11 min drive
  • San Diego Santa Fe Depot Station - 13 min drive
  • San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station - 20 min drive
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • Limited parking

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.2 From 1,382 reviews

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
Very Good8.0
Grand Old Lady
We only stayed one night in bungalow but we loved it my Mom was delighted to see all the history in the Mississippi room definitely come back
caroline, ie1 night trip
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
Not for families. The management needs to decide if it is a pool party hotel for drunk college students or families. Family suite rooms are tired. Keep your shoes on - dirty carpets. Pool was the only good point. But full of drunk students. The best point were the two cockroaches we found in the room. Probably a great hotel in its day. Not now.
Adam, ie3 night family trip
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
Amazing Birthday Brunch!
I had my birthday brunch there specifically because I love the hotel and everything was amazing!
Rachael, us1 night trip with friends
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
Classic hotel
My favorite hotel to stay at in San Diego
Kenneth, us2 night trip
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
Such a neat historic hotel. It has all kinds of charm. Such a different experience than a chain hotel. The location is really nice with just a few minutes from everything. Of, course the pool is a big deal. It is a real length for lap swimming, but great for just lounging. We loved it here.
Adrian, us3 night trip

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