The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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In-room safe, desk, blackout drapes, iron/ironing board
In-room safe, desk, blackout drapes, iron/ironing board
In-room safe, desk, blackout drapes, iron/ironing board

Overview of The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

3.5 out of 5

4.1/5 Very Good

Guests rated this property 4.2/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
  • Breakfast available

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92104

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationBalboa Park3 min drive
  • Popular LocationSan Diego Zoo4 min drive
  • Popular LocationFashion Valley Mall5 min drive
  • AirportSan Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.)8 min drive

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About this area

San Diego

Located in San Diego, The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is in the city center and near the airport. Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala and Point Loma Lighthouse are local landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Balboa Park and Japanese Friendship Garden. San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park Carousel are also worth visiting. Discover the area's water adventures with kayaking and snorkeling nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with mountain biking and rock climbing.

What's nearby

  • Balboa Park - 3 min drive
  • San Diego Zoo - 4 min drive
  • Fashion Valley Mall - 5 min drive
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum - 6 min drive
  • Hotel Circle - 6 min drive

Getting around

  • Rio Vista Station - 3 min drive
  • Old Town Transit Center - 12 min drive
  • San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN) - 8 min drive


  • HOPE 46 — 1 min walk
  • Pomegranate — 3 min walk
  • Loving Hut — 5 min walk
  • Chicken Pie Shop — 6 min walk
  • Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano — 8 min walk

About this property

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

3.5-star San Diego hotel in University Heights with restaurant
This hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, and a 24-hour business center are onsite. All 133 rooms offer free WiFi, iPod docks, and LCD TVs with cable channels. Guests will also find room service, rainfall showerheads, and coffee makers.
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows offers 133 accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature iPod docking stations and safes. 37-inch LCD televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations with rainfall showerheads, designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.

This San Diego hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided daily.

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

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

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for lunch and dinner
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Self parking on site (USD 22 per night; includes in/out privileges)
  • Limited onsite parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking available

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast available for a fee daily 7:00 AM–11:30 AM: USD 11.00-16.00 for adults and USD 7-7 for children
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 poolside bar and 1 bar
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • Fitness center
  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool


  • ATM/banking services
  • Elevator
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Grocery/convenience store

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Business services

  • 24-hour business center
  • Computer station
  • Conference center (15000 square feet of space)
  • Meeting rooms


  • Pool sun loungers
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible business center
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness center
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains


  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shampoo
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels


  • 37-inch LCD TV
  • Cable channels
  • iPod dock

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker


  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Desk
  • Free local calls
  • Free newspapers (weekdays)
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Safe

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Check-in from 3 PM - 11:00 PM
Early check-in subject to availability
Early check-in fee: USD 25.00


Check-out before 11 AM
Express check-out

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)
Service animals are exempt from fees

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Kids stay free! One child stays free when using existing bedding
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10 per day

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Breakage deposit: USD 100.00 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

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

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 11.00 and USD 16.00 for adults, USD 7 and USD 7 for children (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 22 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Early check-in fee: USD 25.00 (subject to availability)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10 per day

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

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be 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
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and Diners Club; cash is not accepted
Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, and a smoke detector

We should mention

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
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
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

Property is also known as

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Overall score and ratings


Very Good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 471 out of 959 reviews
5 - Excellent 49%
Rating 4 - Good. 284 out of 959 reviews
4 - Good 30%
Rating 3 - Okay. 113 out of 959 reviews
3 - Okay 12%
Rating 2 - Poor. 48 out of 959 reviews
2 - Poor 5%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 43 out of 959 reviews
1 - Terrible 4%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Pool was great! Staff at the restaurant were very attentive!
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2021

3/5 Okay

Traveled with family and small children
Liked: Staff & service, amenities
A little run down. There was a wedding going on and was too crowded.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2021

2/5 Poor

Traveled with family
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Disliked: Cleanliness
This place has a beautiful lobby & lovely cafe. The pool is very pretty and the location in SD is wonderful. Now for the other side of the story. The bungalow was dirty & not cleaned well upon our arrival. There was dirt & grime on the kitchen counter that held the dishes and ants to go along with it, So I never felt comfortable to use the kitchen aside from boiling water. The dining area had dirt & debris on the floor from spills that happened before we came & I had to wipe Off the table top with my own wipes. It was really gross & felt so unsanitary. I had to buy disinfectant to clean the stains off the toilet, that was seriously disgusting. The bathroom also had a permanent musty smell but good water pressure in the shower. The bathroom products were definitely motel quality so again I went & bought my own. The linens on the beds were so cheap it felt like a rundown motel bedding. I was told there were TVs in every bedroom which there was not & my guests had to watch tv in my room when they wanted to unwind for the night. Peeling wallpaper & stains attempted to be cleaned off painted walls were also an eyesore. Ripped headboards covered in plastic added to the cheap motel feel. There were no laundry bags or even lights in the closets, nothing of an actual hotel. The manager, Deiter, could care less when I showed him photos of the conditions of our room. Thankfully the front desk staff did. He shouldn’t be managing this place. It’s a sad hotel in his hands.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2021

3/5 Okay

Traveled with partner
Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
I wish they clean a little better
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
I tried, hard. But I can’t think of one thing to complain about outside of our vacation not lasting longer so we could stay there longer.
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2021