One of the features on the Downtown Buffalo Walking Tour is the Lafayette Hotel and it is an exquisite reward for architectural devotees. An outstanding renovation which anyone with a sense of awe should experience.
The Lobby is a dark Art Deco, Craftsman, Modernism collage of honey-coloured, inlaid, almost Damask walls, long, sharp wooden lines of shelves and space dividers and aircraft aluminum battered into comfortable tub chairs. It is amazing.
If I wanted to feel any more like I was transported back into the 1930's...just step a bit further into Mike A's Restaurant past the Front Desk. This would be a great place to be having a few Sloe Gin Fizzes on a Friday night.
And if you want some more decor step through to the other side of the lobby into the Pan-American Grill. A huge bar with various types of banquettes, benches and stool-tables with an atmosphere crossed between an aviator's lounge from the Hindenburg era, and a wild west saloon. Again looks good.
Will definitely have to come back and stay here ....when we do NOT have to drive anywhere!!!
Now head down the hallway to the stairs at the back of the hotel and walk down to a fabulous restaurant called BUTTERWOOD, which we DID eat at. (See my other review).
- 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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