Discover Your Own History: Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows
When Katie came to me and asked where I thought we should spend our 5-year wedding anniversary (boy how time just passes by when life happens!), I knew we had to stay-cation. Getting away, if only for a day or two, and getting out of your routine and experiencing something totally unique and totally San Diego does a marriage good, trust us! So, the question was, where could we go back in time and relive the good times of the past? Where could we lose ourselves for a couple days and mix it up with a community of like-minded folks who enjoy connecting and celebrating the nostalgia of the past with the luxuries of the present? Where could we sip fancy cocktails, drink some amazing craft beer and listen to local live music? The answer unexpectedly appeared to us like in a movie when the heroin suddenly realizes that they don’t have to travel the world to be happy, because happiness has always been there in their own backyard! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls this is The Lafayette Hotel Swim Club and Bungalows.
First, a little bit about the past. The hotel, a San Diego Historical Landmark, located in Central San Diego in the North Park area, opened as Imig Manor Hotel in 1946. Known to be a playground for old Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Ava Gardner, the hotel has a rich history of catering to clientele that have the same idea in mind: “to cut loose,” see and be seen, and have fun! These traditions continue to be shared today by all who visit the hotel’s infamous weekend pool parties at Weismuller Pool. The hotel also serves as the backdrop for community involvement with local business vendor fairs taking place onsite, and a highly sought-after wedding venue, dining and dancing the night away in the Mississippi Room. Newly redesigned spaces and rooms are just two more reasons why we were so excited to escape to this magical place for the weekend.
Booking our room direct with the hotel made all the difference for us! We didn’t need to search a bunch of different sites to find the best price, and they do a cash back offer when you sign up to be a part of “The Guestbook”. Also, the hotel does an excellent job of marketing to and interacting with its arriving guests. By sharing our excitement about our upcoming visit online, we received two free welcome cocktails upon arrival. The staff was super helpful and friendly, even surprising us with a bottle of wine in our room to celebrate our love! All the details were taken care of from WiFi to underground parking that was super convenient.
Amazing Alert! We had the privilege of staying in room number 1946. Now I don’t know if anyone famous ever stayed in this room, but we felt like we were sleeping with the stars, that sounds weird but it’s true! Seriously, someone famous had to have stayed in this super unique room that just oozes old Hollywood charm and prestige. Even though we were on the first floor facing the street, the room was relatively quiet during the typical sleeping hours. I think with the sounds coming from the big screen TV (there was a Die-Hard marathon playing all night), helped to drown out any noise. Ultimate comfort in a relaxing space is how to best describe the environment. We were so comfortable that one night that we decided to order in from Uber Eats!
Over the course of our anniversary weekend, there was always something going on at the hotel. There was a huge wedding and crazy pool party on Saturday and a live 90’s style music pool party and vendor fair on Sunday. We dined for breakfast and lunch, also enjoying drinks with friends at the hip onsite restaurant “Hope 46”. Katie enjoyed her Pimm’s Cup during engaging conversation, as the flavors of blackberry and basil permeated my spiked lemonade. The restaurant has a decent happy hour and does offer a military discount to current and former military.
The Lafayette is just a short Uber ride from the Mission Hills/Hillcrest area. Our weekend of love would not have been complete if we did not take the opportunity to visit one of San Diego’s best karaoke joints The Lamplighter. We drank and danced our last night away singing a few of our favorite tunes and mixing it up with close friends.
If you are a local or vacationing for business or pleasure in San Diego, we highly recommend you visit The Lafayette Hotel Swim Club and Bungalows, and check it out for yourself. Choose to be a part of the scene and live a part of yesterday, today.