The Lafayette Hotel conservatory room
The Lafayette Hotel conservatory room

It’s hard to believe Memorial Day weekend is upon us. I typically try to avoid the crowds at the local beaches, but still try to find a way to spend time basking in the sun. One great solution is The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows in North Park where you can pay for a day pass to use the historic Weissmuller Pool. Built in 1946, this historic boutique hotel serves as a charming wedding venue, but is known locally as a place to go for poolside entertainment and parties. Currently celebrating its 70th anniversary with The Summer of Love entertainment schedule, The Lafayette hosts deejays, live bands, bikini fashion shows, and The Lafayette Mermaid. What is this mermaid I speak of? Well, a woman in a mermaid costume does appearances at the pool with a pirate who lifts her in and out of the water. She poses on the edge of the pool, swims through the water, flicks her tail in and out of the water, and, of course, plays with the kiddos who basically worship her.

The Lafayette Mermaid
The Lafayette Mermaid

The day I was there, there was also a bikini fashion show going on, which meant a lot of butt cheeks on display. It was quite entertaining to watch the girls dance around doing their best striptease (not actually taking clothes off) in their stilettos. There were a few kids in the pool, but I would venture to say it’s more of an adult party. I’ve heard the pool can be quite a scene during the summer with free-flowing cocktails and live music, but I really enjoyed listening to the 90s rap played by the deejay and curling up with a trashy magazine to chillax. Tips: get there early to reserve a lounge chair, bring your own towel, and grab $20 to cover the entrance fee. Dive in!

The Lafayette Pool
The Lafayette Pool

Once you’re ready to take a break from the sun to grab food, head inside the hotel to Hope 46. The restaurant serves classic American fare during breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner. I’m a brunch person, so we ordered the breakfast sandwich and huevos rancheros. The Lafayette Burger also comes highly recommended, with other menu favorites including the flat iron steak and eggs, chicken & waffles, and biscuits & red eye gravy. The breakfast sandwich is served on this yummy oversized brioche bread that I dipped in my egg yolk, and the huevos rancheros comes with wonderfully seasoned beans that are one of the cook’s original recipes from Sinaloa, Mexico.

Huevos Rancheros at Hope 46
Huevos Rancheros at Hope 46

If you need something stronger than coffee, go for the high tide beer cocktail or Irish mocha. And don’t worry about keeping the party inside – there’s a separate poolside food and drink menu (including cocktail pitchers) that’s served by cocktail waitresses straight to your lounger. Sunday Funday starts now.

Brunch at Hope 46
Brunch at Hope 46
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