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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, San Diego

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

Family hotel with 2 restaurants, near San Diego Zoo
  • Free WiFi
  • Excellent Pool
  • Excellent Food
Very Good8.2
Great pool
Bar and Beverages
Bar is awesome
Awesome vibe
Complaints about WiFi
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From 1,350 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, San Diego

from $86
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Poolside
  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed
  • Suite
  • Bungalow, 2 Bedrooms
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About The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, San Diego

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, San Diego’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 12.00 per night

Extended parking is available for an extra charge

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, San Diego


  • Heart of San Diego
  • San Diego Zoo (32-minute walk)
  • Balboa Park (43-minute walk)
  • Mission Valley Mall (34-minute walk)
  • Desert Garden (37-minute walk)
  • San Diego Natural History Museum (39-minute walk)
  • Fleet Science Center (40-minute walk)
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum (41-minute 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)
  • Extended parking (surcharge)
  • Limited parking

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.2 From 1,386 reviews

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, San Diego
Hidden Gem
Booked it for a friend and he was very happy about his stay
A Traveler, us1 night trip
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, San Diego
A step back into the past
I loved the fact that the Lafayette has been restored to a 1950's appearance, but with updated bathrooms. Our room was enormous, and we enjoyed walking through the old ballroom, with clam shell band stage and the Red Fox tavern. If I return, I will get one of the poolside rooms and lounge around the pool while I am there.
A Traveler, us3 night trip
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, San Diego
Everyone was so nice and accommodating. Safe, secure, great location.
A Traveler, us3 night trip with friends
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, San Diego
Love The Lafayette
The overall stay was great! I always enjoy booking a room at The Lafayette. This time around, I booked a two bedroom bungalow, with a set of bunk beds. Somehow, I got stuck with the top bunk...that would probably be my only dislike of the stay...the bed was a little stiff, and I woke up sore. Other than that, everything was good. The staff is always so polite, and accommodating. Our server at the restaurant was amazing as well. Thanks again!
Maurita, us1 night trip with friends
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, San Diego
Very Good8.0
Great hotel, Great Deal, Great Stay
I stayed here with my wife and inlaws for one night before heading to Anaheim for three nights. The hotel had a great atmosphere and so many neat things going on. There was a wedding reception in the lobby that night, and an adult Jazz camp going on that week. The rooms were comfy and clean. The location was great. We walked a few blocks to a great breakfast spot called Breakfast Republic, and even had cause to visit the local Scripps Mercy Hospital Emergency Room (completely unrelated to the hotel stay) while we were there, which was only 1.3 miles away. It was VERY close to the zoo, which was a major selling point in choosing it. Unfortunately the E.R. visit caused us to have to scrap our plans for the zoo. Parking was one of the most affordable prices I had seen for hotels in the area at $12. I will say that one of their parking areas is beneath the hotel itself and if you’re going to stay here with a 15 passenger van, you should try to secure one of the above ground parking spots. The van fit but only barely and every time we came to a set of pipes we were nervous. Regular vehicles would have not a problem with this. All in all I would definitely stay here again if I visit San Diego!
Rebecca, us1 night trip

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