The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows Reviews

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37 Reviews for The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Recommended by 95% of couples

4.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.6

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  • Lannice

    Lannice Barrett · Married on 11/01/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    You cannot go wrong with The Lafayette!

    The Lafayette hotel was the absolute BEST for our wedding - from start to finish. We booked our rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception there, and it was perfect!

    From the start, we fell in love with the vintage charm of the property. It's a time warp to a cozy, warm, classic time in the 40s when the hotel was in its prime. My husband and I grew up in southern California, but we aren't "beach wedding" people - we are as quirky and unique together as this venue, so it really sold itself.

    But then there are the people that make it EVEN BETTER. Lisa Kanemori is the best. Period. She's smart, kind, flexible, and it's clear from the moment you speak to her that she just wants what you want: a great party that makes you and your guests happy! She walked us through all the details, answered a billion emails with random questions, held our hands through all the choices and decisions that come with a decent sized wedding like ours, and she was a pleasure to work with the entire year+ that we spent planning.

    The rest of the staff was wonderful too - the catering coordinator, Gillian, was also very helpful and stepped in anytime Lisa was unavailable. They are the dream team! :)

    Then there was the fooooood! Amazing. Try anything on that tasting menu that sounds delicious, and good luck making choices! It's all so great, and the chef is VERY accommodating and helpful. He just wants to make sure you enjoy the food, and is happy to make changes as needed (although we loved everything as-is).

    Our wedding was perfect. A big part of that was this venue choice. Go check them out - you will be so glad you did!

    Sent on 01/20/2020

    The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows's reply:

    Dearest Lannice,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We take pride in our service provided by amazing staff members. Thank you for highlighting your wedding planning experience with Lisa, Gillian and Chef Israel. We are so glad this dream team made your wedding day everything you and Brent could have hoped for.

    Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Barrett!
  • M

    Molly M · Married on 02/22/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Our wedding was perfect!

    The Lafayette was the most beautiful and perfect venue we could have asked for. We didn't have a specific aesthetic laid out for our wedding, so when we found the Lafayette we loved the idea of building around the beautiful space. There's already so much personality within the walls of the hotel that it didn't need a ton of work from us! Lisa was amazing to work with during the almost 1.5 year planning process. She was quick to answer any questions and was always helpful in filling any request we had. As we got closer to the wedding we also worked with Gillian who was just as upbeat and hardworking! They both helped our wedding to run so smoothly. We took over multiple parts of the hotel for the wedding, cocktail hour, and reception, as well as many rooms for our guests. We got so many compliments from our friends and family staying there! Then the weekend of the wedding we used the complimentary wedding suite as our getting ready room and had a TON of space. Overall it made for a beautiful wedding we will never forget. 

    Sent on 02/28/2020

    The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows's reply:

    Dearest Molly & Dan,

    We couldn't be happier with your positive experience and perfect wedding day! The team had an amazing time working with you and your family leading up to the big 02-22-20 palindrome day. Thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding! We can't wait to welcome you back again soon.

    Congrats, Mr & Mrs. McLOVEnthal!
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    Em Dee · Married on 07/12/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Brunch and Bubbly en Blanc Bridal Shower

    Wow, just wow! I hosted my best friend's bridal shower at The Lafayette Hotel and it was nothing short of amazing. We had a Brunch and Bubbly en Blanc theme (brunch and champagne is a favorite of our bride.) We chose all white linens/decor and all our guests wore white. Lisa, the Catering Sales Manager was so helpful in setting up all the details leading up to our event. She was very accommodating and suggested an indoor event with the unpredictable weather in November. On the day of, I met Gillian, the Catering Coordinator and she was also great. The event ran smoothly and the food was delicious! We want to give a special thank you to Banquet Staff, Cass. She was attentive in our needs and made sure that we always had champagne bottles on deck. Thank you Lafayette Hotel staff for helping us shower our bride! We would definitely host another event here!

    Sent on 11/19/2019
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    Julianne Wilbur · Married on 04/06/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    April Wedding

    Our wedding at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows was absolutely wonderful and everything we had imagined. All of the staff at the hotel were excellent and very accommodating to us and our guests.
    The hotel had a lot of variety of kinds of hotel rooms for our guests to choose from which was great as we had a lot of guests from out of country. My family rented a bungalow which had 3 bedrooms two bathrooms, kitchen, living room and dinning room. It had plenty of room and was a great spot for the bridal party to get ready the day of. We also had the penthouse suite for the guys to get ready in.
    Lisa, our wedding coordinator at the Lafayette, was excellent! She was always very patient and answered any questions we had very quickly. In the few days leading up to the wedding we had some last minute schedule changes to which Lisa was very gracious and accommodating. Lisa always kept us very informed and did whatever she could to make our day perfect
    The food the day of was delicious! The ceremony space was beautiful and had lots of light. There are also lots of pretty and unique places to take pictures at the hotel.
    All in all it was a great day and the Lafayette Hotel was a great spot to have our wedding!

    Sent on 08/09/2019

    The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows's reply:

    Dearest Julianne,
    Thank you for the sweet words! You and Gerald had an absolutely amazing day, surrounded by family and friends from near and far. We couldn't have been happier you chose The Lafayette as your wedding venue. Hope to welcome you back soon!
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    Adriana Simona Delagarza · Married on 01/03/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Magic made

    Absolutely everything we were looking for. Cool surroundings, great staff/service and excellent food. Staff went above and beyond to make sure our wedding day was perfect. They met our every need and treated us like royalty when we stayed the weekend.

    Sent on 01/07/2019
  • Tammy

    Tammy · Married on 11/03/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Threw our Welcome Party/Rehearsal Dinner and Day After Brunch at the Lafayette!

    We worked with Kara Elkins to host our Welcome Party/Rehearsal Dinner the night before our San Diego Zoo wedding, as well as the Day After Brunch. Kara was responsive and easy to work with. We met in person for the initial tour, and then did everything by e-mail afterwards. She always offered to speak on the phone if I wanted as well.

    For the Welcome Party we had the Old Town Buffet option and the food was great. In particular, the skirt steak was amazing, people kept going back for seconds and thirds. Service and bartenders were top notch as well. For example, my 12 year old cousin has a peanut allergy and asked if any of the desserts were safe for him to eat. One of the servers went to find out, but returned and told me she was unsure because the cakes were delivered from somewhere else. However, she asked the kitchen to make my cousin a dessert he could eat and brought it out to him! So nice and sweet and just going that extra mile.

    We had the Sunrise Brunch Buffet on Sunday, which is traditional breakfast food but was delicious as well (perfectly crispy bacon!).

    For both events we used the Conservatory area which is really pretty. They opened up the outdoor patio for us to use during the party which has a lovely view of the pool. It was easy and convenient to plan because set up, linens, chairs, tables, etc. are all included so we didn't have to worry about any of the extras. After choosing the food we basically showed up and had a wonderful time with all our guests.

    We also rented the bridal get ready suite the day of the wedding to get makeup and hair done. It is well lit and has AC, as well as extra seating for us to hang out and have girl time (at one point we had the makeup artist + 2 assistants, me, 7 bridesmaids, and 2 moms in there). They also brought orange juice in for us (we could've had mimosas but declined as we'd all been drinking too much the night before, haha).

    We stayed there for our wedding weekend as well, as did most of our out of town guests. We booked the larger suite for ourselves so the groomsmen could get ready there, and that worked out well. Our guests loved the hotel, it is historic and has an old timey boutique feel that is unique. Kara left us a card with some chocolate and wine when we got back after our wedding, that was a nice touch.

    Overall, highly recommend the Lafayette, our wedding weekend went perfectly and all our guests had a wonderful experience.

    Sent on 11/19/2018
  • Lindsay

    Lindsay Kalberer · Married on 10/20/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Lafayette Hotel Fall Wedding

    The hotel was beautiful with an old hollywood vibe! All of our guests loved relaxing at the pool area in the days leading up to the wedding. The Mississippi Ballroom was a perfect location for our reception. Plenty of room for our guests to move about and dance. Our sit down dinner food was tasty. We used the clamshell to display our wedding cake and groom’s cake. It was nice to have all of our guests in one spot since this was a destination wedding. My family rented a bungalow which was wonderful to have the space to store all the wedding decor and have a space for the groomsmen get ready in. We also rented the penthouse the night before the wedding for all of the girls to get ready in the morning of. It was great for pictures! And the food at the Hope 46 restaurant was delicious! We had our bridesmaids luncheon there the day before the wedding. Everything in one location was very convenient since we were from out of town. This was such a great place for a destination wedding!

    Sent on 12/13/2018
  • J

    Jeremy Hite · Married on 10/09/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Brilliant kind and beautiful hotel & staff

    Lisa and the entire staff at Lafayette made us feel at home. They are awesome people who were attentive and provided us the perfect experience

    Sent on 10/10/2020

    The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows's reply:

    Hi Jeremy!
    Thank you for sharing your review of your wedding day experience, along with some fun photos from your day. You and Joshua were absolutely a joy to work with, we can't thank you enough for letting us be a part of your celebration. And it was great having you back to celebrate your anniversary -- we can't wait to welcome you back again soon. Cheers!
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    Marissa · Married on 05/28/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Leap Day Wedding

    Lisa, Kara and team were absolutely fantastic! Aside from being incredibly friendly, attentive, and helpful they were extremely professional with all the details. Their patience and genuine care for us was overwhelming during such a busy and hectic time for us. We wouldn't have changed any part of our special day and thanks to the this team and the Lafayette family we had a beautiful wedding. If you have not yet been inside this gorgeous venue I highly recommend doing so. It is unique and charming and our family loved it! We feel so lucky to have had so many people we love share this moment in a place with so much history. Thank you for being a part of our day of love 💕

    Sent on 10/18/2020

    The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows's reply:

    Dearest Marissa,
    Thank you for such an incredible review! Your Leap Day wedding was absolutely beautiful and we are so honored to have been a small part of the day. Can't wait to have you and Marverick back again soon!
  • C

    Caty · Married on 04/14/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Our wedding was the perfect day! Bill Songer and the staff at the Lafayette Hotel went above and beyond our expectations! Every detail and arrangement were accomplished with positive attitudes and the utmost professionalism! Every guest complimented on the unique venue and how delicious the food was! It was a spectacular experience that exceeded our expectations! We are most grateful to Bill and his staff for making our special day so very wonderful! Not only did the staff fulfill every request, they were also helpful with helping us find outside vendors for music, cake, and flowers! WOW! Best experience ever!!!

    Sent on 06/26/2018

    The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows's reply:

    Hi Caty!
    Thank you so much for sharing your wedding experience with us. We were so honored to have been part of your celebration. Bill is an exceptional member of our team, so thank you for highlighting his customer service and his efforts in making your wedding day what you've always imagined. We work with the best in the business, so I'm pleased that you found the perfect vendors from our recommendations. Thank you again for your kind words, and we hope to welcome you back to the hotel for a future visit!
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    Nicole · Married on 02/18/2017

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    DO IT!!!! It's easy, with a taste of old Hollywood and the price is right. Nick was punctual willing to take all steps to make your day special. Tasting was very intimate with chef Ryan, food was excellent. The kitchen prepared my husband a vegan meal with no hesitations.

    Sent on 03/12/2017
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    Nicole · Married on 12/03/2016

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We live in NYC and decided to have our wedding in San Diego because I am originally from there AND, from our research, it seemed to be a city we could host our wedding and stay within our budget. Plus, who doesn't want to visit San Diego in December?!

    Both my now husband and I found the Lafayette in our initial searches and were immediately drawn to the eclectic style of the hotel and the affordability. Taylor from the start was incredible. Planning a wedding from across the country has its challenges but with Taylor on the other end, I found it to be pretty easy without many obstacles and enjoyable. Her associate Nick was also incredibly helpful.

    At least half of our guests flew in from NYC and immediately fell in love with the hotel. The food was outstanding; the ceremony was in the conservatory and could not have been more perfect; so many photo opportunities at the hotel and the surrounding area. The cocktail hour and reception were both in the Mississippi Ballroom and at the end of it all, we were told it was the best wedding our friends had ever been to.

    It is a pleasure to write a recommendation for the hotel, Taylor and the entire staff. We can't wait to go back to visit and celebrate future anniversaries.

    Sent on 12/06/2016
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    Julian · Married on 10/22/2016

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Please consider The Lafayette for an event! Our recent wedding was absolutely amazing. Taylor was very helpful and accommodating throughout the whole process, she made sure that we were well taken care of and made the lead up to the big day go as smoothly as possible. The venue itself is absolutely stunning, so wonderful for photos. Lastly. the food was outstanding. I had so many compliments from our guests that it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. I would definitely recommend this venue to others.

    Sent on 12/12/2016
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    kristina · Married on 10/15/2016

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Taylor Nestra and Nick Sanders were amazing to work with while planning our wedding. They patiently answered our questions, were gracious with their time and always helpful! The venue is a gem! Over 70 percent of our guests traveled for this wedding and they of those traveling, most of our guests stayed at the Lafayette. It's a great alternative to the stuffy hotels downtown and it's just gorgeous!

    Sent on 11/30/2016
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    Pam · Married on 10/15/2016

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We quickly became raving fans of The Lafayette when they were so accommodating in helping us to work out the details for our wedding. The staff was phenomenal, Taylor and Nick were always a step ahead of us in handling things before we even knew we needed them. Everything from the food, the rooms, the set-up/break-down, front desk, even with helping us to stay to our budget, they were very professional and outstanding in every way! We highly recommend them for any event.

    Sent on 11/23/2016
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    Victoria · Married on 10/08/2016

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    This venue is the absolute BEST. My now husband and I immediately fell in love when we set foot inside the hotel, Taylor and her staff were great, responsive to our needs and helped us every step of the way. I could not have dreamed my wedding at a different location and they certainly helped make this the wedding we both dreamed about.

    Sent on 12/01/2016
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    Shelly · Married on 08/20/2016

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Taylor was awesome. We told her our budget and she gladly worked with us. Everything was perfect!!!!

    Sent on 08/25/2016
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    Sharon · Married on 04/14/2016

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We had an amazing experience for our wedding at the Lafayette! Our wedding had the perfect backdrop, which made for an amazing experience and great pictures. Our guests were all very impressed with the venue and the customer service in every department. Taylor was very responsive, helpful and great to work with through the whole process. The food was also amazing! The groom is a chef so this was very important to us. Chef Ryan went above and beyond to make our experience special. They exceeded our expectations in every way.

    Sent on 04/27/2016
  • User4745652 · 2+ years ago

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Even though we had a small budget they did everything to help us out even created a special menu just for us to keep costs down. Will definitely recommend this to anyone out there looking for a Venue. It truely is a beautiful place.

    Sent on 04/22/2015

    The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows's reply:

    Thank you for your kind review of our wedding services and location, I am so delighted to hear that we were able to help make your day and the planning process as easy and stress free as possible. It was truly a pleasure working with you on your wedding and we hope to see you around the hotel more in the future.

    Warmest Regards,

    Taylor Nestra
    Catering Sales Manager
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    Erin · Married on 01/07/2011

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    The Lafayette was a FANTASTIC venue for a glam, classic wedding reception! Tina was incredibly helpful throughout the entire planning process, especially when it came to sticking to our budget. We wanted to do an open bar on a budget, so she suggested the option of pre-purchasing kegs of beer and bottles of wine, which helped us save a ton of money. She was also very flexible with other elements of the reception "package" we purchased, which enabled us to cut costs in the areas we wanted to. The Mississippi Room was absolutely beautiful, and we ended up hiring a live band, which sounded and looked amazing with the vintage clamshell on the stage there. The value for the money we got at the Lafayette was amazing--I did a lot of research in advance and if was the best deal we found in San Diego. I was a little bit wary at first about using the on-site catering; however, after the taste test, I was completely sold on the food provided by the Lafayette (you can also bring in outside catering as well; it's just more of a hassle). Our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food, also. Coupled with the vintage/glam atmosphere of the Mississippi Room and having Tina onsite for the entire event, I can't recommend the Lafayette highly enough.

    Sent on 01/15/2011
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    Danielle · Married on 08/08/2008

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Tina, the catering manager, was great to work with. We live in the Phoenix area and got married in San Diego, so we had to do most of our wedding planning long distance. Tina was extremely professional and flexible with our needs. She emailed us items if needed and was responsive to phone messages. She set aside a block of time for us to meet in person on a busy weekend for her, but since we would be in town at that time she made time for us. She was also understanding with some last minute changes we needed to make to our menu and was very helpful with the menu. The food was FANTASTIC and the bar service was excellent -- once Tina saw our beach themed decorations, she added some of her own touches that really rounded out the whole experience. And the rest of the hotel staff was great -- letting our guests check in early and allowing guests to switch rooms if their original rooms didn't work out, without any hassle whatsoever. After the reception, the hotel staff helped us carry our gifts to our room and boxed up the rest of our cake for us. The bonus for us was a cancellation in the large ballroom, so Tina moved our reception to that room at no additional cost to us. I heard horror stories from other brides regarding their receptions, and ours was smooth sailing through the whole process. I wouldn't change a thing about our reception!

    Sent on 03/28/2009
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    Jason · Married on 06/07/2008

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Great place for a wedding with amazing value.

    Sent on 04/01/2009
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    r · Married on 11/02/2002

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    This was the perfect spot for our event. Tina made sure that all our needs were met, and had no problem working with us on the menu so that we got exactly what we wanted and stilled stayed within our budget. Our guests enjoyed staying in the hotel, and it was fun meeting each other on the terrace for the complimentary breakfast tne next morning. For a unique and unforgettable experience, i highly recommend the Lafayette Hotel.

    Sent on 04/01/2009
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    Taraneh · Married on 06/30/2016

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.5
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Taylor was amazing and made the planning so easy. She was patient and understanding. Can't say enough positive things about her!

    Sent on 11/21/2016