391 Washington Street
Hours: VIP Access: 9:00am/General Public: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Last Guided Tour: 4:15 pm
Last Admittance Time: 5:00 pm
Photography and Filming Allowed
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Public Restrooms: Yes
Offering: Guided Tours; Self-Guided Tours; Exhibits
Visitor Experience: Guests are invited to explore the first floor of the Lafayette, including the grand lobby, the historic Lafayette Room and Crystal Ballroom, as well as the Lafayette Brewing Company. Building maps will be available for self-guided viewing to highlight the key features of the hotel. Guided tours will be available every 45 minutes to provide an overview of the history of the Lafayette from its opening in 1904 to its 42-million-dollar restoration in 2012. (starting at 9:30a for VIP Passholders. and starting 10:15a-4:15p for general admission, Limit 20ppl per tour).
Building Description: The Hotel Lafayette has been welcoming guests for 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 by respected Buffalo architect Louise Blanchard Bethune, the first professional woman architect in the country and first female member of the American Institute of Architects.
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 1940s, 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. The Hotel Lafayette is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and currently offers a total of 57 boutique guest rooms, each with a unique design and experience. In addition, the Hotel offers over 13,500 square feet of event space, including many original spaces that have been meticulously restored.