The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows - San Diego, California, 92104, United States

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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..."

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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.


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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. 

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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.

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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

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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"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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." 


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Destination Elite's Inaugural Issue

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

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"Retro Chic in San Diego" 

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

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"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.

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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."

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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."

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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!"

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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.

Environmentalist level in the California Green Lodging Program North Park Community Association KSDS Jazz 88.3 EPA Energy Elite Gold