The Hotel Lafayette recently underwent a massive renovation and it looks superb. Developer, Rocco Termini took time and care when restoring this Buffalo landmark. Once run down, Termini has restored the site to its original elegance. When you walk into the lobby, you feel like you are transported to another era.
The rooms are all renovated very nicely. They have a modern flair with a vintage twist. There are suites and single rooms available, which is a nice option.
Moreover, it has every amenity imaginable. For those with a sweet tooth, there is one of the best bakeries in Buffalo downstairs, Butterwoods. It is also a bistro (Butterwoods Sweet and Savory) serving delicious brunch. I have never eaten lunch or dinner there, but if it is anything like the desserts and brunch, I am sure it is wonderful.
On the main floor, there are two ballrooms restored to their traditional elegance. They are perfect for a wedding or upscale party. On the same floor is Mike A's steakhouse and upscale bar. I haven't eaten there, but heard it is excellent.
There is also the Pan-American Grille, by Pearl Street on this floor. The bar itself is huge and serves Pearl Street's famous micro-brews. However, the menu and service need some work. While I love Pearl Street's menu, as far as pub food goes, the Pan Am grille is limited and the food is sub-par. Hopefully, this changes, because it is such a great spot and nice for a more casual meal. Pearl Street also, has two rooms in the building, which are nicely done and a great size for a wedding of 240 or less.
Additionally, there are a few shops inside including a flower shop, dress shop and gift shop. Centered in the heart of downtown, it is the perfect place to stay if you are heading to a game, the theatre or the local nightlife. Two thumbs up and thank you Rocco Termini for the excellent addition to the Buffalo downtown!
- 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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