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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows - San Diego, CA

San Diego Retro Hotel w/ Drinks

What You Get

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  • Stay for two in a manor king room, or four in a manor double-queen room or poolside double-queen room
  • Two drinks per room per day

Hotel at a Glance: The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

The Lafayette Hotel’s outdoor pool has been a hot spot for San Diego visitors and locals alike since 1946, when it was designed by five-time gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller. Florence Chadwick—the first woman to cross the English Channel in both directions—even trained here. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to enjoy the pool, though; you can simply dip your toes in the warm water or sunbathe in a lounger on the deck.

  • California wines and craft beers are on the menu at Hope 46, which serves classic American cuisine, along with entrees such as blackened cauliflower steak with charred corn succotash or 10-ounce sirloin steak served with lafayette secret sauce and truffle compound butter.
  • Hear live music each night at the Red Fox Room. Otherwise, catch a live comedy show at Finest City Improv.
  • Recently renovated manor and poolside rooms feature LCD TVs and free WiFi. Poolside rooms also have balconies or decks.
  • Cheers!: Your stay includes two complimentary drinks a day.
  • Iconic attractions: Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo are less than 2 miles away.

San Diego, California: Electric Nightlife and Historical Attractions

San Diego’s sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted out-of-towners, but the city’s inland scene is no slouch, either. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably the trendiest listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings occupied by high-end boutiques and gourmet restaurants.

A stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 museums, as well as the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists produce pottery and oil paintings. In Old Town, shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful woven baskets and maracas. Nearby stands the Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture and eerie dolls.

Other Details

Room Details

Manor King Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Manor Double-Queen Room and Poolside Double-Queen Room

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: self parking available for an additional $25 per day.
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or at check-in for an additional cost.


  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness center
  • Complimentary coffee and water in the lobby
  • Gift shop
  • 24-hour room service
  • Poolside bar
  • Cabana rental

Fine Print

  • 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total LivingSocial rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by LivingSocial after check-in
  • Must be 21+ to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • $100 incidental deposit paid at check-in
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability
  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.

About The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: San Diego International (SAN; 6 miles)
  • Cab fare: about $35 from SAN, including a 15% tip

Customer Reviews

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8 ratings3 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
4 days ago
Had a great time!
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Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
7 days ago
The hotel itself was amazing. The staff was friendly and the pool was fun but very busy. However the busy pool atmosphere really brings the pool club experience to life. Our family really enjoyed their stay there this weekend. The only reason for the four stars is because we were unable to receive maid service to the room and eventually had to call down for clean sheets and towels.
4 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 1 out of 5 stars
May 25, 2022
Hotel was dirty. There was a cockroach in the bathtub and the towels were all yellow. Additionally, there was a dirty underwear in the closet. I don’t recommend this place to anyone.
1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 24, 2022
Proximity to my daughter’s home
14 ratings7 reviews
Rating of 1 out of 5 stars
April 9, 2022
First, the staff were nice and attentive. They tended to any issues brought to their attention. Unfortunately, the room was nasty and dirty. There was hair on the bed, in the tub, and on the vanity. The top of the bed rose up when we sat on the bottom of it. In addition, my boyfriend found a condom wrapper on the floor. I will never stay there again. There were way too many issues.
3 ratings3 reviews
Rating of 1 out of 5 stars
March 26, 2022
I wouldn’t waste your money. So many beautiful hotels to choose from. I wish I could get my money and time back. The room was tiny and dirty, smelled gross. No microwave or fridge unless you want to rent the mini fridge per night. Thee worst service as well. They charge you 25 dollars per night for parking and 100 dollar hold on your credit card for any incidentals. Our phone and AC did not work.
10 ratings6 reviews
Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
March 18, 2022
The pool and outdoor area.
7 ratings5 reviews
Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
March 16, 2022
For the price you can’t complain It worked out perfect for us since the zoo is 10 minutes away
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