Historic Lafayette Hotel – Marietta, Ohio

Visitors to Marietta, Ohio have a variety of lodging options to choose from.  The historic Lafayette Hotel stands out as a unique choice that is rich in history and character, with the best location for exploring the historic district of downtown Marietta.

Lafayette Hotel

Lafayette Hotel Location

The Lafayette Hotel sits at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. I had a lovely corner room with windows on two sides where I could see barges gliding past in the morning.

Lafayette Hotel

The hotel is at the end Greene Street, which is the heart of the historic district, where you’ll find many shops and restaurants. I was able to park my car (free parking!) and walk most places during my visit. I love walkable towns, and there is even a CVS within walking distance if you forgot something at home. The location makes this a great place to stay, especially during festival weekends. See if you can snag one of the rooms with a balcony!

Front Street

Lafayette Hotel History

Upon our arrival, we were given a tour by the manager, Sheila, who showed us many different rooms and gave us the history of the hotel. This site dates back to the Bellevue hotel in 1892, while the current building dates back to 1918. Here and elsewhere throughout the town, you will find flood markers showing the various historic floods in the region. As someone who grew up along the Mississippi River, I found this particularly interesting and am now wondering if my hometown has flood markers.

Lafayette Hotel

The Lafayette has taken great measures to maintain a historical appearance, and one neat feature is the hidden safes built into the furniture. In my room, the antique desk hid two spots for valuables. In the photo below, you can see the decorative column piece slides out to show the hidden compartment. Without a tour from the manager, I definitely would not have found these secrets!

Lafayette Hotel

The Lafayette would be of particular interest for ghost-hunters, as there are quite a few ghosts roaming the halls of this hotel. You can get all the details on a ghost trek with Hidden Marietta, who also runs an old-time photo shop in the ground floor of the hotel.

Everywhere you look, there is a piece of history with a story behind it.

Lafayette Hotel Phone Booths

Lafayette Hotel Amenities

The Lafayette Hotel is not a luxury hotel, but an affordable historic hotel. However, the rooms are surprisingly comfortable, given the age of the property. The hot water was instantly hot, great water pressure and nice bath amenities.

The hotel has two restaurants, the Gun Room and the Riverview Lounge. There’s also a very nice rooftop deck where you can take a drink from the bar to enjoy a relaxing summer evening overlooking Greene Street.

And last but not least, the Lafayette Hotel is dog-friendly! During my visit, Bailey stayed nearby at Boxer’s Beds and Biscuits but the front desk at the Lafayette Hotel assured me she would be welcome on our next trip, with no dog fees and no size restrictions!

Lafayette Hotel Rooftop

Stay tuned next week for details on all of the fun outdoor adventures I had while visiting Marietta, including hiking, biking and kayaking!

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Lafayette Hotel Marietta I was a guest of Visit Marietta during this trip. These are solely my personal opinions & experiences and I was not financially compensated for this post.

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Place New York / Mid-Town South

This would be my fifth trip to New York, and I wanted to give the city one more chance to woo me as it has so many others.  For the third year in a row, I was attending a conference and decided to stay an extra night to have some tourist time.  For this stay, I chose the Hyatt Place Midtown South.

Hyatt Place New York Midtown South

It can be difficult to find reasonably priced accommodation in New York and it’s not like you’re going to be lounging around your hotel pool or room while visiting, so why pay an arm and a leg for a luxury hotel?  Luckily, the Hyatt Place Midtown South fit the needs of my trip.  I don’t usually frequent the Hyatt brand, but had a gift card balance remaining from my Mexico City visit.  For $199/night (AAA Rate), I had a spacious room with 2 double beds, in a great location within walking distance of Penn Station and Times Square.

Hyatt Place New York Midtown South

Location

The Hyatt Place Midtown South is a great location for being a tourist!  We arrived in Newark and took NJ Transit to Penn Station and then walked to the hotel in under 15 minutes.  Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and the theater district were all within walking distance.  Kips Bay, Chelsea Market and the meatpacking district were just a $10 Uber away.  Nestled between 5th Avenue and Broadway, there is no shortage of superb restaurants and shopping, including Macy’s Herald Square.

Bryant Park / Empire State Building

Rooms

This is the first New York hotel room I’ve had with a view – and a view of the Empire State Building at that!  On all my prior trips, I anxiously open my hotel room curtains to find a brick wall.  So, already impressed!  The room itself was quite spacious, which was another surprise.  Beds and linens were super comfy (and I am totally the Princess and the Pea when it comes to scratchy sheets!)

Hyatt Place New York Midtown South

Hyatt Place New York Midtown South

The bathroom was nice, clean, and the towels were good.  I found it odd that lotion wasn’t one of the toiletries provided in the room, but luckily I had brought my own.

I had two great nights of sleep, although I’m a heavy sleeper anyways, but no noises kept me awake at the Hyatt Place!

Amenities

Another perk of the Hyatt Place was the free breakfast and generous breakfast hours.  There is a really good assortment of hot food, cereal, yogurt, bagels and fruit.  The in-room brochure even gives tips on when to expect lines at the breakfast buffet.

Hyatt Place New York Midtown South

Hyatt Place New York Midtown South

The front desk also has a little cooler area where you can buy juice, water and some snacks. And there was a small room service menu, of what I can only assume are items microwaved downstairs and delivered.  The hotel also has a fitness room, but you all know I didn’t get that far!

Free wifi was great, and I didn’t have any issues accessing the internet to get some much-needed work done while I was away.  The lobby also has a small business center with computers for guest use.

If you’re planning a New York trip and looking for a reasonably-priced, but not so-cheap-it’s-shady, hotel, Hyatt Place Midtown South is a great option!

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Hyatt Place Midtown

I paid for my room at the Hyatt Place Midtown South and was not compensated in any way for this review.

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