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.
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.