When we were planning our San Diego vacation, I knew we didn't want to stay at a big chain hotel. Much like avoiding national restaurant brands when we travel, I much prefer hotels that have personality and allow us to see a bit of the area we're visiting.
My friend Christine, who lives in San Diego, suggested we check out The Lafayette, and we couldn't have been happier about it!
That perfect mix of retro styling and modern details, it's the sort of place you could explore for days and keep finding new details. The hotel has a long history, and was recently updated and upgraded to the fantastic resort it is today.
One of the main things we were drawn to was the option of the “Suze Suite,” which has two rooms and two bathrooms; a king size bed for us, and twin bunks for Max.
The room is lovely, and the on-site restaurant is fabulous, but nothing, I mean NOTHING compares to the pool.
First, you're in San Diego, which is basically paradise to start with. Then there's poolside food and drink service while you lounge on the chaises, and perky swing music is always playing in the background. But seriously? The pool.
It. Was. Glorious.
When we arrived, on Saturday afternoon, the place was jammed with younger-than-us partiers… there was a beer festival going on outside, so many festival goers were staying at the hotel. The pool was nearly to capacity, and most of the seats were taken, but come Sunday afternoon they left and we had the pool nearly to ourselves.
We will definitely return to the Lafayette next time we're in San Diego. It would be a great spot for an extended family trip; I can totally picture us in a Suze Suite, my parents in one of the poolside rooms, and my sister (with her husband and three girls) could stay in one of the bungalows that are also located on the property.
It's got everything you could want, and is also close enough to the tourist attractions that it's a nice central location for other San Diego attractions.