The Lafayette Inn was built in 1838 by Robert Prichett. It is a Federal-style three story building. Its walls, three layers of brick thick, surround a large central hall and stairway, with rooms on either side. In the earliest days the Tavern Room may have been a company store room. There was a ballroom on the floor above, and the third floor appears to have been an open sleeping space. The hotel was heated by twelve fireplaces, four on each floor. “Dicey’s Cottage” to the east was an old slave quarters; and a small building, probably a tackroom, stands directly behind the hotel.
In early 2005, the Lafayette Hotel was bought by Alan and Kaye Pyles. Their goal is to bring “sophisticated southern hospitality and cuisine” to the inn. They have seven room to choose from. All rooms have a private bath, gas fireplace, wireless internet access, and central heat and air. Four of the rooms have televisions and three of them do not. All the rooms are uniquely furnished with rustic charm befitting the period of the building. A continental breakfast is served each morning.
Besides the rooms in the main inn, Dicey's Cottage, the old slaves quarters, can be rented out as well. The Victorian Cottage, located across the street from the inn, is also rented out. It is a four room suite with a family room, breakfast area, bedroom, and private bath. The gazebo on the lawn is often used for weddings, and the Lafayette can cater your event.
The Lafayette Inn has a wonderful restaurant with fine southern cuisine. The friendly, professional staff will pamper you with southern hospitality. They are open for both lunch and dinner. They also serve a Sunday Brunch. The inn's restaurant is very popular with the local crowd. It is the first place to stop for dining after leaving the Shenandoah National Park at the Route 33 exit.
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