The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Address: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, California, 92104, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the North Park area of San Diego, is near Point Loma, Nordstrom Rack, Diversionary Theatre, and Morley Field.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows San Diego

    Don't go there


    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.

    The historic Lafayette is currently undergoing a facelift, and we invite you to come back and give us another shot.

    Completely Disappointing as 1st Stop on 2 week Vacation!


    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.

    No Cold Water!!


    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!!!!

    Dissapointing! Advise NOT to stay


    Our family (kids 11,13 and 15) stayed here 11-13th November and wished we had stayed somewhere else.

    The foyer is nice, we did love the internet access and we could use our laptop in the room.

    Our first room was a poolside room (nice location) with2 queen beds and a sofa, which we couldn't open.

    We were moved to the room next door and the sofa bed worked.

    Both rooms had dirty carpet and some holes in the walls. Sheets were thin and the bed skirt was badly ripped. The bathroom was old and not so clean, but adequete.

    My 11 y/o didn't feel safe with the parking lot and street access right outside our door and we had a little trouble getting her to settle.

    The neighbourhood looked somewhat dubious, and was not really convienient to the sights, even with a car.

    I had corresponded with Jim Green, the Manager and got numerous replys before our stay.

    I have not had a reply to my post stay email!!!

    I really don't know how they can book rooms as bad as this, it is bad business practice. On check out I did notice in the foyer that the poolside rooms on one side are being demolished next year. We should have been told and offered a cheaper rate. Or they simply should not be using that side of the hotel.

    I don't like the way he runs his hotel, it seems deceitful. It may have been grand in the past, but it is seedy now and Management does not care, as long as the money is coming in.

    This was the only hotel on our 3 1/2 week vacation that let us down.

    I would advise NOT to stay here, but if you have to, ask for rooms that are not going to be demolished and you may have better luck than us.

    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.

    It is quite a way out of San Diego although the bus (number 15 and 115) only took about 15 minutes to the centre as it goes down the highway. We chose this hotel as it was cheaper than the ones in the Gaslamp district and due to the bad reviews on trip advisor of the Ramada Gaslamp we paicked the Lafayette. Upon inspection the Ramada looked a much better choice.

    This hotel was the 4th place we stayed on our extended USA holiday, it was also the most expensive and the worst which was a shame as it cast a bad shadow on a great holiday.

    I would have given this review one star, however, the hotel staff were great and so was the free shuttle which we made good use of. Also the Red Fox pub sort of attached to the hotel was really good for food and the service was good.

    One last thing, their website price did not state that it included service tax upon booking (all the others on our trip included tax in the total price when booking) so over $40 was added to our bill on checkout, however it was refunded by the manager after complaining about this.

    Huge Disappointment


    Ours was an aweful stay. We were scheduled to stay 2 nights, but only could stomach 1 night.

    We checked in at the lobby, which was recently remodeled. It was beautiful. We were told that we were upgraded to a 2 room suite. Excited we went to our room to discover that there was a rusted storm door and stair well that allowed us access to the back side of the hotel.

    Figuring they were "underconstruction" we continued to find a unbelivable site. The couch had a huge slash in the arm rest, the carpet was stained, the walls had "something" on them and the breakfast was aweful. It took us all night to realize the mess we had gotten our selves into.

    The final blow came at breakfast the next morning when I went to use the public restroom in the breakfast area. The mess was horrifying. The trash cans had not been emptied from the night before and the supplies were replenished. Toilets weren't clean and floors were full of "water".

    We will not recommend this hotel to anyone. It really is too bad since there appears to be alot of history in this building.

    Surprisingly Bad


    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.

    Only one of the windows in our room opened and the carpet was stained and worn. The grout between the tiles in the bathroom was grey and dirty.

    The complimentary breakfast was scrambled eggs, toast and cold cereral every morning. No variety, and not even any cream for the coffee.

    The only thing I can say I liked about it was the architecture and history.

    We had a wonderful stay at inn suites!


    we were very happy with this hotel. we stayed there for six nights, from sept. 14th - 20th. we got a terrific rate of 79.99 per night, and we had an awesome room (212) - the betty grable suite.

    it has a very comfortable king bed, TV, good sized bathroom, plus a living area (a totally separate room) with love seat, another TV, desk with high speed net access, fridge, microwave and coffee maker. the closet could have been bigger, but it was okay.

    it also had a huge balcony that overlooked el cajon blvd, and the carpet was quite clean. it wasnt brand new, but it was just fine, and we walked barefoot with no worries (i was concerned after reading some of the TA reviews).

    we loved the pool and jacuzzi, and the front desk staff was friendly and helpful. we used the shuttle a couple of times, but did not use the gym. it was too nice to stay inside, and we got plenty of exercise walking.

    the breakfast is more than adequate - very healthy scrambled eggs, bread that you toast yourself, yogurt, cereal, apples, coffee, tea, juice, and the coldest milk i have ever had (from a large dispenser).

    the hotel currently is not able to provide complimentary alcoholic beverages at their evening social hour. im not sure how long this will be the case, but if anyone wants more info, feel free to email me for more details, or call the hotel.

    before arriving in san diego, we were a bit worried that inn suites was not in the most central location. however, we were able to find our way around very easily, using the hotel shuttle, the public buses and our rental car.

    being more of a residential area than a tourist area, there is not an overabundance of restaurants. that said, we were able to find many places to eat. a few of note are the chicken pie shop, vesuvio's italian food (we ordered in from there), bahia mexican and tori tori, a sushi place very close by. if you want to do any extensive wining and dining close to the hotel, you may be disappointed. with being in san diego a total of 10 days, we found one way of cutting costs was to take food back to the room. and the suite was so enjoyable - our home away from home!

    oh yes...if you eat at or order from vesuvio's, the eggplant parmagiana is to die for!

    hotel renovations are to start in january, from what ive heard. we are so glad we had the opportunity to stay there last month.

    kudos to general manager jim green and staff.

    feel free to email me if you have any questions -

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows San Diego

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