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Let’s plunge together into the heart of elegance and luxury at the Hotel Lafayette, which was completely renovated in 2023, nestled in the vibrant downtown area of San Diego, California.
This prestigious establishment brilliantly blends classic charm with contemporary touches, offering a one-of-a-kind travel experience I promise you. From the moment you step through its doors, you’ll be enchanted by a warm, refined ambience, where every detail has been carefully thought out to provide you with an unforgettable stay.
Discover sumptuous rooms, top-of-the-range amenities and incomparable services, making Hotel Lafayette a jewel of hospitality in the heart of beautiful San Diego. Ready to discover it with me?
Where is the hotel located?
Hotel Lafayette is located in the historic downtown district, also known as Downtown San Diego. This lively district is the economic and cultural heart of the city, packed with iconic sites, restaurants, stores, entertainment venues and really cool tourist attractions to discover!
Downtown San Diego offers easy access to the city’s main attractions, such as the famous Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp Quarter with its lively restaurants and bars, and the magnificent beaches that line the coast.
The hotel lobby
What’s original about the hotel is that you can check in with any member of staff! They are equipped with tablets to make it easy to find your reservation. If necessary, there’s a desk right next to the café on the right as you enter, which acts as a reception desk. If you need to wait for your room, there’s a large lounge with plenty of tables and chairs for you to relax in.
The LaFayette Hotel bar
What can I say! When I arrived, all I could say was: WOW! A sublime central bar and decor worthy of the 50s, I’m so at a loss for words that I’ll let you admire the photos I took during my stay. The bar offers a wide selection of cocktails, liqueurs, champagnes and wines from all over the world. For your information, you don’t have to be staying in the hotel to enjoy the bar.
Change of room, change of era! A trip back in time to the American diners of the 60s, this is the restaurant offered by the hotel just to the left of the bar. Burgers, sandwiches, American specialties, milkshakes… you name it, and the prices are very affordable. You can eat at the table or directly at the bar.
I honestly felt like I was sleeping in a castle: meticulous decorations, magnificent beds, a well-stocked minibar, an old-fashioned bathroom that also featured products from the French brand diptyque: shampoo, shower gel, hand gel and body lotion.
What I really loved was the minibar: there’s almost everything you need to make your own cocktails in your room. Take a look at the photo and you’ll soon understand, so don’t forget to take a bartending course before your stay!
The swimming pool
The pool is centrally located, and those lucky enough to book a room in the center of the hotel will either have a direct view of the pool, or even better, a direct exit onto it. Very pleasant to spend hours on the balcony of your room, just a few steps away from this great pool.
The pool also has its own bar and cocktail menu.
And that’s all there is to it?
Well, no! I hardly left the hotel during my stay, because I never found anything to be bored of! In addition to the bar, the pool and the diner, I discovered two other hidden places in the hotel – yes, yes!
There’s a Mexican restaurant hidden at the end of a corridor leading to the rooms… Beyond the delicious food, the atmosphere is worthy of a secret agent movie: Dimmed lights, background music, discreet staff… ideal for a moment with friends or family, but I wouldn’t recommend it for a date.
The games room
Yet another of the hotel’s discreet venues, the games room is a great place to have fun with friends: billiards and other games are available free of charge to get the party started.
I really like San Diego for its more human scale than Los Angeles, but I have to admit that if I go back I’ll spend my entire stay at the hotel to take advantage of the facilities on offer. Finally, I couldn’t resist making a video, so here it is: