Hotels near the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge are largely on Interstate 10, the main route through the center of the city. The university is only a few miles south of the interstate near the Mississippi River. LSU football is a big deal, and rooms are hard to find on game weekends. Budget-friendly motels are interspersed with the hotels.
Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge
Located less than three miles from the LSU campus, the Crowne Plaza provides the Sleep Advantage Package in every room and suite. Pillow-top mattresses, seven pillows, blackout drapes, an eye mask and lavender spray conspire to give travelers a good night’s sleep. Executive level guests enjoy continental breakfast and cocktail hour in a private lounge. Musicians perform in the hotel’s piano bar on Friday night, and the restaurant’s Sunday breakfast buffet offers made-to-order crepes.
Embassy Suites Baton Rouge
Embassy Suites, located on Interstate 10 near the Crowne Plaza serves a made-to-order breakfast each morning and hosts a cocktail reception every evening. The hotel’s restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, and there are a number of chain restaurants nearby. Like all Embassy Suites properties, this one has an atrium with glass elevators. A koi pond is an added touch. The interstate is busy all night long, so ask for a room on the opposite side of the hotel.
Radisson Baton Rouge Hotel & Conference Center
Radisson Baton Rouge’s funky exterior features vividly colored vertical beams that resemble the palm trees planted outside the entrance. The hip vibe continues in the hotel’s rooms and common areas. Some of the specialty suites at the hotel feature soaking tubs and triple-headed aromatherapy showers with body jets. The hotel’s fitness center has a saltwater pool and sauna. Radisson is located on I-10 within a mile of LSU. Interstate-facing rooms have the same noise issues as those at the Embassy Suites.
The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU
The Cook Hotel, overlooking the lakes on the LSU campus has a pool and spa and provides guests with access to the LSU University Recreation Center. A four-mile jogging path circles University Lake. The Shaquille O’Neal Signature Suite is decorated with items from the basketball star’s career, like a signed LSU jersey and photographs of O’Neal in action. The 7-foot long bed was custom made to fit the player’s frame. One of the two bathrooms in the suite has a whirlpool tub.