I really wanted to love the Hotel @ Lafayette because I want to support the restoration of old buildings in the city of Buffalo. The Hotel @ Lafayette has a ton of potential but it is not there yet. We stayed at the Hotel for our anniversary. When making our reservation and during my confirmation call I asked that we we not be near the reception rooms because we had been there for a wedding and knew how busy these areas were. Imagine my dismay when we looked out the window of our 3rd floor room into a courtyard. I thought because the weather was lousy and our bedroom was over another area this would not be an issue. But I was wrong. From the noises that went on most of the night we were located over a kitchen or storage area where things were being banged together, carts pushed around, etc. In addition the other visitors were running the halls and slamming doors until at least 2am. Our room was a Queen Suite. It was large but with little decoration. We had a full size kitchen without a scrap of utensils or dishes. Not a corkscrew, wine glass, plate or towel. Why have kitchen? The bedroom was adequate but did not have a luggage rack. The bed was hard as a rock. The shower was large but as stated before they wrap the soap up so tightly my husband could not open it while showering.
Now for the good. The floral store Woyshner's in the lobby is fabulous. We worked with a wonderful woman and went home with a large picture to go over our fireplace and a kitchen wall hanging, both at incredibly reasonable prices. There were a large number of great gift items and we will probably be back for Christmas shopping. The prices were great and everything was of very good quality. The next exceptional spot was the Butterwoods Sweet and Savory restaurant on the lower level of the hotel. We went to the less than acceptable continental breakfast in the hotel lobby (when did it become ok to wear pjs to breakfast in a hotel?) and decided to try out Butterwood for breakfast. The restaurant had the old wood floors, leaded glass windows and detailed columns. The tables were covered in white linens with flowers, sparkling glasses and silverware. A real step up from the breakfast area in the lobby. We had a unique breakfast of Banana Crepes Foster and their "Hangover" Pizza. Both were delicious and plentiful and our servers were great. This breakfast put us in a positive mood about the Hotel even after a sleepless night. I would be hesitant to wholly recommend the Hotel at this point but would be willing to give it another try next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel @ The Lafayette is a historical landmark built by America’s first professional female architect, Louise Blanchard Bethune in 1904, and has been painstakingly restored to its original beauty in 2012. It boasts thirty-four boutique guest rooms, three mouthwatering restaurants, and five breathtaking ballrooms. ... more less
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