Apr 11, 2024 - News

The Lafayette named best new hotel by Esquire magazine

A view from a balcony overlooking a retro-style pool with cabanas.

Sip a painkiller poolside and bask in the sunshine. Photo: Kate Murphy/Axios

The luxurious, whimsical and bold Lafayette Hotel was named best new hotel of 2024 by Esquire magazine.

Why it matters: The historic hotel in North Park underwent a $31 million renovation last year, turning it into what Esquire calls a "fever dream of a party palace." And it's paying off.

The vibe: opulence.

  • A swanky lobby and cocktail bar leads out to another chic, retro bar overlooking the pool, with cabanas that make it feel like old Hollywood.
  • There's a 24-hour diner, bowling alley and billiards, and an Oaxacan restaurant resembling an abandoned Mexican church.
  • Lou Lou's Club and Ballroom, a 1920s-style jazz and supper club, is a main event.

What they're saying: The Lafayette thinks of hospitality "not as giving guests what they think they want but as showing them what's pretty damn cool," Esquire's lifestyle and culture director Kevin Sintumuang writes.

A large circular cocktail hotel bar with lavish decor and a glass ceiling.
The lavish lobby bar at The Lafayette Hotel. Photo: Kate Murphy Axios
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