Hotels Close to LSU in Baton Rouge

by Patrick M. Lind

Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge lies along the banks of the Mississippi River three miles south of downtown. This university, highly recognized for both academics and sports, has a student population of over 27,000. For those visiting a loved one or going to watch the LSU Tigers play football, the area around LSU hosts a handful of hotels, which range in style and design.

The Cook Hotel

The Cook Hotel puts guests at the heart of LSU's main campus, across the street from University Lake. This hotel pays tribute to one of LSU's most famous alumnus, Shaquille O’Neal, in a variety of ways. The Shaquille O’Neal Signature Suite features a custom-made, 7-foot-long bed, and Shaq paraphernalia including an autographed jersey and photographs. Guests relax at the outdoor Shaquille O’Neal swimming pool, hot tub and sun deck. The Shaquille O’Neal Lodge serves drinks and cocktails in a setting ideal for socialization. A free, Southern-style breakfast is served every morning.

Staybridge Suites Baton Rouge-Univ at Southgate

Guests of the Staybridge Suites stay just one block from LSU near a handful of restaurants and bars. All rooms at this all-suite establishment feature fully equipped kitchens, a sitting area with sofa and double-glazed windows for quieter nights. The hotel's modestly sized fitness center stays open 24-hours. A larger, private fitness center is within walking distance to the hotel. Other recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and barbecue grills. The on-site restaurant only serves breakfast. The hotel allows pets, but guests must pay a nightly nonrefundable fee.

Radisson Hotel Baton Rouge

The Radisson Hotel's funky exterior signifies upon arrival that this is no ordinary chain hotel. The lobby's artsy interior with rounded leather couches and vibrant colors leads to 132 guest rooms. Many rooms come in striking colors with modern-styled furnishings; more traditional rooms with dominant beiges are also available. All rooms feature hardwood floors and complimentary high-speed Internet. The on-site restaurant mixes flowing designs with stark geometric shapes to create a comfortable dining setting overlooking the outdoor swimming pool and sun deck. The restaurant often hosts live music.

Courtyard Baton Rouge Acadian Center

The Courtyard Baton Rouge lies two miles east of LSU just off Interstate 10 and Exit 157B, near the Acadian Village Shopping Center. Guest rooms have a fairly standard layout and come with dark wood furnishings and basic amenities; many rooms feature private balconies that overlook the outdoor courtyard and swimming pool. The courtyard's living room area provides a sunny spot to relax for those not looking to get wet. The hotel's restaurant serves American cuisine and drinks in a casual, contemporary atmosphere. Free wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel.

About the Author

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.