391 Washington Street Buffalo, New York 14203
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The History of Hotel @ the Lafayette


The Hotel Lafayette has been welcoming guests for over 115 years, and continues to be a historical and architectural landmark for the City of Buffalo.   A handsome red brick and white terra  cotta French  Renaissance-style building,  it  was  designed  principally  by Louise Blanchard  Bethune of  the  respected  Buffalo  architectural  firm  of Bethune,  Bethune  and Fuchs. She was the first professional woman architect in the country, the first female member of the American Institute of Architects, and the first woman to be made a Fellow of the A.I.A. The Hotel Lafayette opened its doors in June 1904 and was immediately hailed as one of the fifteen finest hotels in the United States.  With hot and cold running water in all bathrooms, and telephones in all rooms, the seven-story hotel offered "the best that science, art and experience can offer for the comfort of the traveling public." Soon after, an addition doubled the size of the hotel, and fifty years later it was still operating as a luxury 400 room hotel.      

The hotel underwent a major renovation in the late 1940’s, introducing many of the Art Deco elements still seen throughout the hotel today.Following decades of hospitality, the hotel was faithfully restored in 2012 to return it to its original splendor and welcome a new generation of guests.  

In addition, the Hotel offers over 13500 square feet of event space, including many original spaces that have been meticulously restored.    The Hotel Lafayette is proud to be a part of the Wyndham Hotel Group’s Trademark Hotel Collection, offering our guests access to the award-winning Wyndham Rewards program.