One of the last riverboat-era hotels, the Lafayette opened on July 1, 1918 and was named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, who visited the city in 1825 at a site near the hotel. With its distinctive triangular shape, the hotel offers guest rooms with views of either the Ohio or Muskingum Rivers, whose legendary flooding a half-century ago is indicated on benchmarks in the lobby. The dining room features a fine collection of long rifles, including one made by J. J. Henry that accompanied the Benedict Arnold expedition to Quebec in 1775. An 11-foot pilot wheel from the steamboat J. D. Ayres is featured the lobby.Marietta, Ohio, is an official stop for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. Several times a year, the Mississippi Queen, the grand American Queen, and/or the Delta Queen dock at the Ohio River Levee beside the Lafayette Hotel. When the Delta Queen comes to town, the event is especially significant to the Lafayette because it is the only time and place in history where one Historic Hotel of America can visit another! The Lafayette takes great pride in our riverboat heritage and we would like to share our passion for this era with you. The Lafayette Hotel offers impeccable service, exquisite food, guest rooms that have been host to many dignitaries, and the largest banquet facilities in the area with a staff to help plan your special event. Let us welcome you - after all, we've been preparing for your visit for over 100 years.