The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
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General information

2223 El Cajon Blvd

San Diego, CA 92104
Opening 1 July 1946
Management R.A. Rauch & Associates, Inc.
Technical details
Floor count 5
Other information
Number of rooms 131
Number of suites 32
Number of restaurants 2
Parking Covered Garage and Exterior Parking Available

Official Website

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
NRHP Reference # 12000443
Added to NRHP July 31, 2012[1]

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is a hotel in San Diego, California that opened July 1, 1946. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 31, 2012.[1]

The Lafayette's original name was Imig Manor, owned by local entrepreneur Larry Imig. The LaFayette was originally built at a cost of $2 million on El Cajon Boulevard. When Imig Manor opened in 1946, its first guest was Bob Hope; other celebrities followed.[2] “The buildings and the pool are steeped in the history of Hollywood’s heyday, the 1940s and ’50s,” according to the developer.[3]

By 1960, Interstate 8 replaced El Cajon Boulevard as the main east-west connector of San Diego, and hotel operations ceased due to the loss of through traffic on El Cajon Boulevard. The building was passed through several owners, until Hampstead Lafayette Partners purchased 2.6 acres (11,000 m2) in North Park, including the Lafayette Hotel, for $11.5 million in March 2004. Hampstead Partners is restoring the Lafayette as a boutique hotel. In 2010 a year-long, $4 million facelift was announced, aided by a $2.4 million loan from the city's Redevelopment Agency.[4] District 3 City Councilmember Todd Gloria said the revitalization is a return to the hotel’s “glamour and opulence.”[3]

The hotel has an Olympic-sized swimming pool designed by Johnny Weissmuller,[4] a ballroom, and 131 guest suites, each named for a great name in film history.

In popular culture[edit]

The Lafayette Hotel served as a film set for the feature film Top Gun.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Weekly list of actions taken on properties: 7/30/12 through 8/3/12". National Park Service. August 10, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Lafayette Hotel website:history
  3. ^ a b San Diego News Network, April 16, 2010
  4. ^ a b c North Park News, May 4, 2010

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Coordinates: 32°45′18″N 117°8′26″W / 32.75500°N 117.14056°W / 32.75500; -117.14056