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The Lafayette Inn

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The Lafayette Inn in Lehigh Valley offers the best of both worlds: the quaint, individual character of a bed and breakfast and the services and privacy you expect in a fine small hotel. Ideally situated near Easton’s Lafayette College, this elegant, 1895 Georgian Mansion was built in 1895.

Eighteen individually decorated and antique filled guest rooms welcome travelers visiting Lehigh Valley's many attractions. The suites feature fireplaces and whirlpool tubs for that special getaway. Linger over a delicious breakfast in the sun room; relax with a book on the patio or porch or indulge in an afternoon treat. Explore the historic College Hill neighborhood, visit the nearby Crayola Experience or just relax!

Several money-saving packages are available here.

10 Things You’ll Love

  • Just a 2-block walk to Lafayette College campus.
  • One mile from things to do in downtown Easton, Pennsylvania – Crayola Experience, shops, art galleries, State Theatre
  • Restaurants conveniently located just a few blocks away and many more downtown.
  • Safe, beautiful, historic residential neighborhood
  • Rates include a full, American breakfast featuring house-made specialties, as well as, complimentary beverages and snacks 24/7, and a wine & cheese reception on Friday & Saturday.
  • Complimentary passes to the YMCA
  • Personal attention from the owners and staff
  • Gracious parlor with comfortable seating by the fireplace, a table for playing games, and a grand piano
  • Beautiful outdoor spaces – wrap-around porch, patio, and lawn for relaxing
  • High-speed wireless Internet access throughout the building

History

Located on College Hill, the elegant Georgian mansion, which is now Lafayette Inn was originally built as an investment property by Elizabeth Wagner Leary in 1895. The land was part of the Wagner farm owned by one of the families that helped settle Easton three generations earlier in the mid-1700s.

By the late 19th century, development of College Hill was booming, and the former Wagner farm properties on the west side of Cattell St. were very desirable. As a former winding country road, Cattell St. became the main thoroughfare from the north to downtown Easton. It was widened during the summer of 1885 and in 1890 was the route of Easton’s first trolley.

The first known tenant and eventually the owner of 510 Cattell St. was George Elder (1862 - 1930), superintendent of Ingersoll Rand Co. The Elder family renovated and enlarged the house around 1917 and owned it for another twenty years. The depression of 1929 hit hard, and the building was carved into smaller apartments. In 1937, it was sold at Sheriff’s sale and over the next two decades changed hands several times.

In 1958, it was purchased by the Sigma Chapter of Pi Lambda Phi, a Lafayette fraternity. During the 1970s the fraternity itself declined and by 1982, it had disbanded, and the once grand house was left vacant. Finally, early in 1986, a group of investors recognized the abandoned building’s beautiful proportions and potential. They purchased and renovated the property into a 15-room inn opening on December 19, 1986. Over the years, it has evolved into what is now the elegant 18-room Easton, Pennsylvania hotel.

About The Innkeepers

After more than 20 years working as electrical engineers in the automotive industry, Paolo (Paul) and Laura Di Liello decided it was time for a change. Their love of architecture, travel, entertaining, and cooking led them to consider a second career as innkeepers. They chose Lehigh Valley and Lafayette Inn for its proximity to Philadelphia and New York City, and its fantastic relationship with Lafayette College. Together, they find fulfillment in serving their guests, meeting new friends from around the world, and being a part of this vibrant college town. They feel truly blessed to be afforded this opportunity to be the caretakers of this fantastic historical place.

Paolo was born and raised in Naples, Italy. He moved to Ohio with his family as a young boy. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University. Laura is an Ohio native and a graduate of Kettering University and The University of Michigan. Married since 1988, together they lived in Ohio, Italy, and Japan, before landing in Pennsylvania.

Amenities

Accommodations
  • Complimentary Breakfast:
  • Daily Newspaper:
  • 100% Smoke Free:
  • Hair Dryer:
  • Iron / Ironing Board:
  • Roll-Away Bed:
  • Jacuzzi / Whirlpool:
  • Check-In Time: 3:00pm
  • Check-out Time: 11am
  • Sleeping Rooms: 14
  • Suites: 4
General
  • Free Parking:
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  • Pet Friendly:
  • Wifi:
  • Free Wifi:
  • Gift Shop:

Meeting Facilities

Facility Info
Sunroom
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 225
  • Banquet Capacity: 14
Parlor
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 450
  • Theater Capacity: 30
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Banquet Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 50

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