Hotel @ The Lafayette is filled with character from its stuffed animals to its open fires and gold elevators – it is a beautiful building. The Lafayette was actually designed by Louise Blanchard Bethune, the first professional woman architect in the USA and built in 1904, during Buffalo’s industrial heyday.
The building is now used for a variety of things including a boutique hotel, private apartments, events space, restaurants, shops and a brewery! There is a lot going on! Where do I start? Well the bedrooms are absolutely gorgeous. The beds are incredibly comfortable, warm and inviting. Having just spent 10 hours on an overnight train from Chicago this was a huge relief! Although the standard rooms are a little on the small side the space is used very well. The furniture is of a high quality, the soft furnishing are lovely and the design is really cool. The bathrooms are great too, very spa inspired but quirky at the same time.
There are 57 rooms available at the hotel including a number of suites. All of the rooms come with complimentary WiFi and breakfast – not something you can say for very many hotels!
The Lafayette’s lobby area is a great place to work from or simply sit and relax next to the huge open fire place. There is also a great little coffee shop in the lobby serving all kinds of goodies. The dining options at The Lafayette are pretty impressive. There are three restaurants – The Pan American Grill and Brewery, The Pearl Street Grill and Brewery and Brawler’s Back Ally Deli. I had some tasty Buffalo wings (obviously!) and a few beers in the Peal Street Grill and Brewery while watching some ice hockey – the place was packed and obviously very popular with the locals.
The meeting spaces looked great. I was travelling with a professional events organiser who said he would consider moving his events to Buffalo because they rooms were so unusual! There were a few meetings taking place during my stay at The Lafayette which all seemed to be organised very well.
Why book the Hotel @ The Lafayette for your boss? I’m not sure if many of your boss’s would travel to Buffalo on business but if they do I would absolutely recommend the Hotel @ The Lafayette. It is a great hotel and I really enjoyed my stay.