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... we went to the shopping mall down the street, mike was on the prowl for more shoes and I was in desperate need of getting my nails down. We tick off those two 'jobs' and after a very filling meal at the Hard Rock Cafe, we went to a Bistro up the street from the hotel and shared few small plates. A big day at the San Diego Zoo, followed by another at Legoland, was the extent of our stay in San Diego. Two big days out ...
... of the great view and location already in 1852 it became part of the Military defense. We found an old control station. We didn't t see the gun battery, where they had two 16-inch guns, which could fire 2300 lbs shells nearly 30 miles into the sea.
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Since we were already in the area, we stopped and visited this Military ...
... the park with our newest friends Michael and Allison- from Sydney, who are just gorgeous. Paul and Michael asked about a million questions to the poor guy in the killer whale exhibit. Allison and I were almost in tears laughing! We went on a few rides, roller-coasters, the rapids ride, simulator etc and saw all the shows and displays the park hard to offer. We got to interact and even pet dolphins, watch Shamou and the killer whales, see polar bears, a seals ...
... were directed to the gold elevator, an original feature of the hotel and adds to it's character. We checked in to our lovely room which had a large balcony overlooking the quiet courtyard area then went to investigate the hotel. Feeling pretty tired, we chilled in the bar with some margaritas and nachos then had a early night, tomorrow - the zoo! Monday - One of the things that was recommended to us when in San Diego was the San Diego Zoo. ...
... mixed dorm with 12 others! The next morning we drove on Route 1 along the coastline stopping at so many amazing beaches- Carmel, The Big Sur, San Luis Obispo, Cayicos, Morro Bay and Ended up staying in a motel in Pismo Beach :) We left there pretty early and drove to Santa Barbara but had no luck with hostels there so ended up in another motel a few towns south ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lafayette Hotel San Diego
Don't be fooled by the beautiful lobby and olympic sized pool. The rooms are atrocious to put it mildly. I checked out immediately upon arrival. Specifically the rugs were filthy, the rooms, I was shown three, were either moldy smelling or reeked of strong clorox. The air conditioners/heating unit vents were corroded with dirt. THe windows units had holes in the screens and badly peeling paint. THe walls had multiple badly patched-over holes. There was dirt and what looked like stuck on candy on the carpets. Be advised, don't go there. The management understood my disappointment and was decent in helping me find other arrangements. THis was booked via Travelocity and they were contacted. I implored them to take this INN off their choices of Hotels. They said they have received other such comments. Hope they do so.
This review is very delayed, however, the most recent reviews posted are dead on. This hotel is really 2 areas, the "hotel" area around the pool and the "townhouse" suites which are outside of the locked gates and surround the hotel on the street. We stayed in a 2 bedroom townhouse with a sofabed. Upon entering, we were very letdown. The rooms were dirty, very dated and stains everywhere - carpet and furniture. We had 3 adults and 3 kids so we were expecting to use the sofabed. Big mistake. Upon opening the sofa there was food under the cushions - obviously had not been cleaned. Sofabed also was not useable for sleeping - very uncomfortable, no bedding provided and also it is located downstairs where there is an extra entrance door in the room leading to the street in a not very safe looking neighborhood. There was a terrible odor every time you walked into the room - we had to buy an air freshner at the store to mask it.We tried to change rooms but there was a parade that week in San Diego and they said they coulnd not move us. They are destroying these townhouses to be replaced with condos at some point so they obviosly don't feel the need to renovate them. They are like old apartments which haven't been cleaned, painted, or carpeted in 20 years or more! Save your money and stay elsewhere. I hope to post the photos I took of the room and surrounging area soon.
We stayed in Room 603 (also known as the "Bush Presidential Jacuzzi Suite"). It appeared that the suite is actually two rooms that had been combined into one, with two bathrooms. As described by other reviewers, a portion of the hotel is being torn down and replaced with what looks like a nice condominium project. It is obvious that the management is not interested in maintaining the buildings that will (hopefully soon) be demolished. I don't think they should be permitted to continue to rent out the rooms in the "back building" where we stayed. During our brief stay, there was essentially no water pressure in the COLD water lines of the back building. This meant the only water we could use for showering was scalding hot. We also could not flush the toilets (since they use cold water). It was disgusting. They gave us a key to another room, 611 (also a Presidential Suite), to use that bathroom, but it had the same problem. I don't believe this was a one-time maintenance problem. The woman at the front desk said they call the plumbers "all the time" but that they can't find anything wrong. She did give us $30 off the room price, but for almost $100 I'm sure there are better rooms with decent showers in San Diego.
If you're looking for a pool, complimentary breakfast, and nice lobby great, but if you're looking for an affordable room, STAY AWAY at all costs!!! Cockroaches in room, three barrels of what was labeled non-hazardous waste outside my room (I wonder?), a police bust in the hotel room next to me at 3:30 a.m. for what I presume was drugs, non-stop noisy traffic, etc!!! May I say more? Of course! The high-speed Internet connection which they advertised did not work, one of two telephones did not work, and they didn't even dare ask me how my stay was. I wonder why??? This is being converted to high-rise condomimiums over the hotel!!! Oh my lord!!! I think they need to remove all guests for three-four weeks, fumigate the whole place and then only should the city of San Diego grant them a building permit, In fact, I'm writing the city of San Diego community development department to stop all plans for their condos until they get rid of their cockroaches and rodents!!!!
Our family (kids 11,13 and 15) stayed here 11-13th November and wished we had stayed somewhere else.
Should have paid a little extra...
This is more like motel than a hotel. I paid over $100 each night and it was not worth it. The sofa and carpet were dirty and stained. The room were stinky and old. They need big time up-grading. Their continental breakfast was not all that great: just cereal and yogurt. There was not enough parking. In addition, the hotel was in a bad neighborhood. The pictures looks nice but don't be fooled.
We stayed at this hotel for four nights in October. Upon arrival the hotel seemed really impressive, nice lobby and lots of little perks - free internet access, free shuttle to the zoo, seaworld and the airport etc. and complimentary soft drinks 'happy hour.' We were given the key to Suite 608 which is at the back of the hotel. Basically you are not even in the hotel it is past the pool and is accessible to anyone i.e. non hotel residents. The suite was really awful, really old fashioned, smelled damp, really creepy and the carpet was worn and dirty and the furniture very dated. My partner felt it was haunted and didn't sleep a wink! We were moved to Suite 253 within the hotel the following morning, slighly better but same carpet, dated decor and furnishings and still a bit creepy. The hotel staff were really nice and did all they could to help but it really is in need of renovation.
Ours was an aweful stay. We were scheduled to stay 2 nights, but only could stomach 1 night.
The first thing I noticed upon opening the door to our room was the smell. It reeked of paint. It became obvious that the room had recently been painted, and not professionally either. It looked like my 5 year-old niece had done it. There were also paint splashes and splatters all over the bedspread. The AC unit was very noisy and prone to making a shrill squeaking noise. The TV had a habit of turning the volume up all by itself at random times. The toilet seat in the bathroom was stained/discolored and the finish on it was rippled (like what happens to plastic if it touches something hot). The bed fell apart our second night there. There was a loud cracking noise and it caved in in the center.