Lafayette Indiana Howard Johnson's
Brochure ca. 1970s: Dan Donahue
Lafayette-East, Indiana
 --4343 SR 26

With excellent visibility from I-65, the Lafayette-East Howard Johnson's complex was opened in 1973. Modern with its high-rise and Mansard design, the property often received high acclaim from such organizations as the American Automobile Association. After Prime Motor Inns acquired the Howard Johnson's brand, the Lafayette-East property was designated a Plaza-Hotel. The segment was created while Imperial Group owned HoJo's during the 1980s and had been applied to only a few high-end urban properties. Prime used the Plaza-Hotel designation more freely and several of the better Motor Lodges like Lafayette-East became Plazas.

The highly touted six floor HoJo's kept its Orange Mansard until 1995 and then became an excellent Radisson and yet more recently the  Best Western Lafayette Executive Plaza & Conference Center.

Below: Shooting pool in the Game Room was family fun too!
Matchpack ca. 1980s: Kummerlowe Archive
Brochure ca. 1970s: Dan Donahue
Above & Below: Among its many amenities, Lafayette-East featured an unusually designed all-weather swimming pool facility. Note that by the late 2000s, the pool facility remained intact, but that Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park had been constructed at the site. The water park, while connected to the hotel, charges an admission fee and boasted at the time of its opening that it was Indiana's only indoor water park.

Photos July 2004: Phil Edwards
Above, Below & Lower: In addition to offering traditional HoJo's fare, the hotel came to feature an independent yet upscale restaurant called the Hour Time. Note the continued appearance of the original but painted Mansards as well as the original "Restaurants" lettering.