L’Auberge Casino & Hotel
Whether you want to provide a grand experience for out-of-town guests or to indulge in your own in-town getaway, luxe hotel suites like the three at the Baton Rouge L’Auberge (above) fit the bill in high style. Named for flora native to the area—iris, azalea and magnolia—these retreats offer a respite from the gaming excitement downstairs with river views, original local artwork, and amenities such as home theaters, wet bars and TVs inside the bathroom mirrors.
The Cook Hotel
Far-flung football fans will feel right at home in these purple and gold havens and are sure to appreciate their setting on University Lake, only minutes away from Tiger Stadium. The Shaquille O’Neal Signature Suite features an 8-foot-long bed as well as memorabilia from the backboard-shattering basketball star’s career; this space and the other five Signature Suites also include gas-burning fireplaces and full marble-and-granite kitchens. And to sweeten the deal, members of the LSU Alumni Association receive a discount on overnight stays.
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
If it’s an authentic Louisiana experience you’re after, check into the Huey P. Long suite at this resurrected downtown landmark. The space was designed with help from historians to capture the legendary governor’s style and the ambiance of his personal home. Furnished with period antiques and portraits of the Long family, the suite is positioned to capture views of both the Mississippi River and the towering State Capitol that the Kingfish built. Huey’s spirit may even still be lurking in the halls—some guests have reported seeing an apparition and smelling cigar smoke.
Renaissance Baton Rouge
The suites at this Bluebonnet Boulevard hotel are designed in a colorful, contemporary style befitting the property’s sophisticated vibe. There’s plenty of room for all the expected amenities at this level, from wet bars and working spaces to comfy lounging areas and sleek bathrooms. For a memorable dinner with Southern flair, simply head downstairs to Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar. If shopping’s on the agenda, it’s an easy jaunt to Perkins Rowe or the Mall of Louisiana via the hotel’s complimentary shuttle.