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The Lafayette Hotel San Diego in the news


POOL SEASON 2017! Our Summer of Love keeps getting better and better! 

Pacific Magazine listed us first in their article "San Diego's Hottest Pool Parties." 

See their photos from our Summer Kick-off Party, which was listed on top things to do this weekend and on SoCal Pulse's Weekend Roundup.


Welcoming Visitors From All Walks of Life

The San Diego Tourism Authority lists us first in their article "LGBT Friendly Lodging in San Diego"

Read the article here.


New Year's Eve Press

It's our third annual NYE party and they just keep getting better and better! The media has taken notice so check out these recommendations:

NBC San Diego: here to Ring in the New Year in San Diego


SocalPulse: San Diego New Year’s Eve / Day 2017 Celebrations


One of the Oldest San Diego Hotels Lafayette Provides Cutting Edge Guest Experience with Deployment of Myini In-Room Technology

Despite its fame for being one of the oldest landmarks in San Diego and having celebrated its 70th anniversary a few months ago, The Lafayette Hotel keeps up with modern technology by enhancing guest experience with availability of digital in-room dining orders, one-touch Front Desk communication, and up to date information about hotel events and tourist attractions. Read the entire article on


Veteran's Day 2016

We're offering 25% off to all active military or veterans. See more local deals on ABC 10 News


Halloween at The Lafayette

Yes, we've partnered with The Casbah, DoSD, and 91X to bring you Rocket From The Crypt. This show is called "The biggest ticket in town" and "the must do event."

Read on NBC or CityBeat.


Get to know your neighborhood

We spoke with Lucia Viti, from Uptown News, about how proud we are to partner with CiclosDias, an event that promotes environmentally friendly methods of transportation. Read the full article here


Palm Springs Life

We had the honor of hosting travel writer Lydia Kremer and she did an awesome write up about Balboa Park and our hotel!

Read the entire article on Palm Springs Life


The Lafayette Hotel celebrates 70 years

Thanks to Michelle Dederko, Lifestyle and Entertainment reporter of the San Diego Union-Tribune for the write up about our big anniversary! Read the article on


The Lafayette Hotel To Celebrate 70 Years In North Park With Party On July 1

We're receiving lots of love from our city. Thank you for the last 70 years of support!

Read the article on


Game changer at a popular North Park landmark

It was a pleasure hosting local writer Frank Sabatini Jr. and we're thrilled to hear his review of HOPE 46! Read the whole article at Gay SD.


What’s happening in the world of San Diego dining this week.

Our signature Lafayette Burger is gaining publicity. Here it is listed as one of the destinations to go for National Burger Day in San Diego.

Read the full list on San Diego Untion Tribune

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Top parties on Memorial Day weekend

Our Summer of Love poolside series has been gaining popularity and here's it listed as one of the top things to for Memorial Day 2016. Read the list on Discover SD.


Kai's First Visit to The Hotel

Local writer Kai Oliver-Kurtin stops by the hotel and experiences its uniqueness on a summer weekend. Read the story on the Sights and Bites blog. 


Hot Burger: The Lafayette Burger at Hope 46

Check out Zagat's review of our new signature burger and read Chef's suggestions for the burger's ideal drink pairings.

Full article on


Happy 30th Anniversary to the 1986 classic, Top Gun! Here’s how you can celebrate the classic San Diego film.

You can also check out the other notable film locations (Hotel Del & Kansas City BBQ), while you celebrate the classic film Top Gun.

Read the full article on SoCalPulse.

More coverage of our Top Gun event is on


San Diego: One More Beer

AeroMexico's inflight publication, Aire Magazine, did a spotlight on San Diego craft brews and listed us as "Where to stay" - great bilingual writeup. Read the PDF article below:

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“Top Gun” party coming to The Lafayette Hotel

The film was shot here in the hotel - so we couldn't NOT have a Top Gun Anniversary party! Lots of fun stuff planned for the 13th!


12 Spots To Spoil Mom On Mother's Day

HOPE46 has been getting some great publicity lately. And we're very humbled to be listed with the other great restaurants in this article.


Earth Week Coverage on CBS 8

Ashley Jacobs and the CBS crew stopped by to cover our art show and concert on 4/21/16. Check out the clips!
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The 50 Best Family Vacations in California

Vacation Idea also listed El Cordova, another property run by our management company RAR Hospitality


The press got news of our upgraded Easter Brunch offerings! Check out the coverage on:


Where to Get the Best Hotel Brunch in San Diego

Our restaurant HOPE 46 was named one of the top San Diego brunch destinations. See the complete list on


St. Patrick’s Day Food and Drink Specials Around San Diego

We're doing something special for St. Paddy's Day and you are all invited! Zagat got notice of our Executive Chef Ryan Gilbert's menu and did a quick write up!

Read the whole article on Zagat.


The 10 Best Cultural Hotels in San Diego

"The Lafayette hotel is one of San Diego’s main historical staples. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ..."

Read the full article on The Culture Trip.


12 Days of SD Chefs

SD Cheers! selected some notable chefs in San Diego to share their favorite seasonal recipe. Here's our Executive Chef Ryan Gilbert's holiday hot cider recipe. 

See the recipe on SD Cheers


An Actually Useful Guide to San Diego, California

A local writes about The Lafayette as the place to stay when visiting San Diego and eating at the amazing restaurants America's Finest City has to offer.

Read the full article on Bon Appétit


National Geographic Best Trips 2016

San Diego is listed as one of 20 places in the world that you MUST visit in 2016 and The Lafayette was chosen as the place to stay!

Read the full article at


Soaking Up San Diego's North Park and More

Travel writer Greg Aragon writes about his memorable trip to San Diego and his stay at our hotel. Read the article on Socal Thrills or Traveling Boy.


Old Hollywood Glamour Is Reborn At San Diego’s Lafayette Hotel

In Hungry Concierge, we travel the world to spot hotels that operate with their guests’ food and drink needs squarely in mind — hotels, both big and small, that are located in neighborhoods rich with bar and restaurant options. Because there’s nothing worse than having your trip derailed by crummy room service.

Read the full article at Food Republic



Plan the best trip possible with the help of local experts. Thanks for the write up Karen! 

Read the article at Treksavvy.


You Stay Classy San DiegoOut Front Magazine

Noah Jordan writes about his travels in San Diego and his stay at our hotel. Please read the rest of the article in the PDF file below.

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The Lafayette featured in the San Diego Eater

Check out the feature on our new poolside menu eats and drinks.


Navigating the madness surrounding Comic-Con

The L.A. Times recommended us as the place to stay during Comic-Con: "a hipster favorite that was a haven for Hollywood celebs back in the day, has been restored to its former glory."

Read the full article on


San Diego: Home to Dr Seuss, Ron Burgundy and a thriving craft-beer scene

The Lafayetet is listed as the place to "UNPACK"

Read the article on The Independent here.

Jeremy Joven, from The New Asterisk Magazine (San Francisco), came to visit San Diego to tour the dining scene. Read about his travels, the food, and his stay in the the PDF link below.= or click here.

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Pedal Power

If a determined Samantha “Sam” Ollinger has her way, San Diego will become a world-class bicycling city in the near future...

Read the rest of the article on Uptown News


Enhance your next getaway, stay at a historic hotel.

Kathy Strong, a writer from Palm Springs, visits San Diego and writes about the historic places to stay. Read the full story here at The Desert Sun.


Sacha's Supper Club set for Lafayette Hotel

"Award-winning San Diego jazz singer Sacha Boutros will launch a new monthly music series at the historic North Park Hotel that once hosted Bing Crosby & Ava Gardner."

Full article on The Union Tribune

Also on DiscoverSD

La Jolla's Playhouse's 'The Grift' an all-pro con

REVIEW via The Union Tribune

"The show is the latest immersive, site-specific work in the Playhouse’s “Without Walls” series, and it unfolds with a whole lot of style, smarts and charm on the retro-swanky grounds of North Park’s Lafayette Hotel..."

La Jolla Playhouse in cahoots with Lafayette Hotel for new 'WoW' show on The Union Tribune

The Lafayette Hotel is a watering hole, a swim club, a onetime celebrity hangout and a North Park institution.

Pretty soon it’ll also be a boot camp for swindlers, tricksters and confidence persons of all stripes. (Although one hopes not the jail-uniform kind.)

That’s the (tongue-in-cheek) dream of Tom Salamon, the writer and director of “The Grift” — a La Jolla Playhouse theater experience that will enlist participants in a mysterious criminal scheme.

The Lafayette's Interior Designer Wins an Award

2014 Design Excellence Award

Anjum Razvi, from the American Society of Interior Designers, gets recognized for the amazing style she has given to The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows. 

1 City 5 Ways: San Diego

Where to Stay for the Home Brewer

Delta Sky Magazine November 2014

  • Delta's newest edition highlights The Lafayette's proximity to North Park's hottest craft beer destinations. 

Check out the feature below:

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Summertime Poolness at The Lafayette Hotel

from The Daily Beast and Starbucks

Forget the traditional poolside scene and all that too cool to truly chill out attitude. Because the most laid back yet glamorous pool party you’ll actually want to be lounging at this summer is at San Diego’s iconic Lafayette Hotel’s Sunday Rockabilly Pool Parties and their beloved 600,00 gallon Weissmuller pool. Read more.

Ventana Monthly May-June 2014 "San Diego Now" 

Features the Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, Hope 46 and Chef Nino Zizzo

"STAY: The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows ( is a revitalized historic hotel, opened in 1946, with a ton of Hollywood history. Local hipsters come to hang around the Olympic-size swimming pool designed by Johnny Weissmuller (the original Tarzan) and mingle with guests ranging from friends and families to boomers and young couples with babes in arms. Locals and tourists alike indulge in special events (a cool California designer clothing pop-up event packed the lobby when I visited for Sunday brunch) or nighttime swims with pool movies, or gather at the schmaltzy piano bar at Red Fox, an old-timey steakhouse located inside the hotel. Rooms in the main building and around the pool are closer to the action, but stylish two-story bungalows offer more quietude and privacy." Full story here

American Eagle Latitudes Magazine

May - June 2014


"WHERE TO STAY The recently restored but wallet-friendly Lafayette Hotel is a happy find. The 1946 hotel has a wonderful restaurant, as well as a Johnny Weissmuller-designed swimming pool—a few inches shy of Olympic length—where pool parties and dive-in movies make the summer nights sparkle."

Download the PDF for the entire story.

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Huge thanks to one of our FAVORITE performers, Normandie Wilson for the shout-out and for featuring our facade in her NBC & San Diego / Soundcloud interview. See you June 7th at Art around Adams.

Listen here

"We go back in time with Normandie Wilson and her unique brand of "martini-sippin', diamond-wearin' lounge jazz"

Top 25 favorite travel finds in 2013 - From Laguna Hills to Moscow from LA Times Chris Reynolds

We are number 16 - Alphabetical Order. Read the entire article here.

Sustainable San Diego - When Old Buildings Go High-Tech

February 2014

Advanced energy strategy pays off for the Historic Lafayette Hotel.

Click here to read more.

Locale Magazine This is like a Flashback

March 2014

"Feeling retro? Then stay and play at the Lafayette, a whimsical boutique hotel nestled right in vibrant North Park." Click here to read more.

From Woe to Wonder

San Diego Daily Transcript interview with Jay Wentz about the challenges faced and overcome by the Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows.

Download the PDF below to read the entire article.

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"The Lafayette Hotel is on its way to .....SWOON" 

ATOD Magazine's Dawn Garcia visits during MOVEMBER weekend. "The Lafayette is a beautiful historical hotel and it continues to be remade and reinvented under the direction of GM, Josh Lujan." 

Destination Elite's Inaugural Issue

November/December 2013 comes to the Lafayette Hotel. Thanks to Clara Carter. Read on.

"Retro Chic in San Diego" 

Janice Marie Wilson of Jetsetters Magazine review of her stay with us

"STAY: The Lafayette"

Weekend Del Sol blog post by Garrick Ramirez

August 2013

Features outings + getaways to engaging places in California. We love anything that immerses you in beautiful, stimulating surroundings. And because of our affinity for food + drink, expect plenty of restaurants and cocktails along the way.

LA Times Article on The Lafayette Hotel! 

January 2013

"It's edgy, it's cool — and it's official: San Diego's North Park made Forbes' list of America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods in September, joining such spots as L.A.'s Silver Lake and San Francisco's Mission District."

Gay Travel Herald Review 

May, 2013

"For visitors to iconic Hillcrest, there are few good hotel options nearby. Luckily, a queen from the past was resurrected to become one of the most sought-after and happening spots in the area to lay your head down for the night."

Ever In Transit's review 

January 2013 

"The Lafayette Hotel was an excellent place to stay and a great bargain, and we’ll definitely go there again the next time we’re in town. Check them out if you are planning a trip to San Diego!"

America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods

North Park #13

Forbes Magazine  - September 2012

What is Hipster?

"We assessed each area’s walkability according to; the number of neighborhood coffee shops per capita; the assortment of local food trucks (and their Zagat ranking); the number and frequency of farmers markets; the selection of locally owned bars and restaurants; and the percentage of residents who work in artistic professions.