The Best Hotels to Book in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Live in the lap of luxury at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Downtown Hotel
Live in the lap of luxury at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Downtown Hotel | Courtesy of Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Downtown Hotel / Expedia
Kim Gregory

Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, is a bustling, culturally diverse city and home to Louisiana State University. If you’re visiting Red Stick, take a look at our guide to the best places to stay in the area – the top hotels in Baton Rouge are here.

1. Residence Inn Baton Rouge Towne Center at Cedar Lodge, for relaxing evenings


Four green armchairs by table and fireplace in tiled communal area at Residence Inn Baton Rouge Towne Center at Cedar Lodge
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A fitness center, whirlpool-accompanied outdoor pool, sports court and complimentary full American breakfast are yours when you stay at this Louisiana hotel, 5mi (8km) from the city center. Pick a suite with a workspace, kitchen and spots to relax – then unwind some more in the fire-lit lobby, by the outdoor barbecue and fire pit, or at the evening socials. Pets are welcome and you’ll appreciate complimentary parking, a grocery shopping service and laundry room.

2. Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge, for a home from home

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Double bed in carpeted room with TV, two bedside tables and two bedside lamps at Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge
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Looking for home-like hotels in Louisiana? Check into these pet-friendly one- or two-bedroom suites and live like a local. Your fully equipped kitchen includes a coffee maker and dishwasher, plus laundry facilities, cable TV, free parking and wifi. Keep up your routine in the fitness center and chill out in the barbecue area or sofa-laden common room. You’ll still get hotel-style perks, including free grab-and-go breakfast and helpful staff. Lengthy trip? Ask about long-term rates.

3. Element Baton Rouge South, for a pet-friendly stay


Long corner sofa, wall-mounted TV, kitchen, dining table and stools in suite at Element Baton Rouge South
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Feel at home in this pet-friendly Baton Rouge hotel, where studios feature kitchenettes, living areas and signature Heavenly beds. Group travelers should book the four-bedroom studio with extra living space and a cushion-strewn L-shaped sofa. You’ll enjoy a daily complimentary breakfast – including healthy options or grab-and-go if you have a busy schedule – plus access to the fitness center, outdoor pool and patio with barbecue. Like meeting new people? Join the four-nights-a-week reception to chat over organic wine or local beer.

4. Marriott Baton Rouge, for contemporary cool


Several loungers and shaded seats by an outdoor pool with handrail at Marriott Baton Rouge
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At the Marriott, contemporary rooms and suites – most of which feature colorful art and big windows – come with access to the 24/7 fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. Hungry? Grab snacks from this classic Baton Rouge hotel’s market and devour them in its cool, stylish lobby. Alternatively, try seafood, Cajun dishes and craft beer at the restaurant. Remote workers can book the concierge-level suite for concierge lounge access.

5. Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, for poolside lounging


Two adjacent double beds face flat-screen TV, desk and desk chair in room with two armchairs at Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel
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Lounge cabana-style by the outdoor pool, chill in the fire-lit lobby and work out at the 24-hour fitness center at this Louisiana hotel. You’ll love the glam restaurant and wine bar – choose from sophisticated plates and 32 wines poured by the glass, demi or bottle using the Enomatic serving system. They’ll taste even better on the terrace, which is warmed by a fire pit. If you’re combining work with leisure, book the concierge-level room and you’ll get extra space and exclusive lounge access.

6. The Cook Hotel & Conference Center, for endless amenities


Two adjacent double beds face desk and flat-screen TV in carpeted room with painted walls at Cook Hotel & Conference Center
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Enjoy amenities galore at this hotel in Baton Rouge, which overlooks the Louisiana State campus lake. Highlights include the cocktail bar, outdoor pool, fitness center and discounted access to the college’s athletics and aquatics facility. Wake to a complimentary Southern buffet breakfast in the restaurant, which also offers Southern-style lunch from the award-winning chef. Working? Enjoy free wifi and parking, in-room desks and nine events spaces, from banquet halls to the unique Andonie Sports Museum. The catering company and 24-hour concierge team will ensure things run smoothly.

7. WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection, for Southern comfort


Double bed in brown-and-white-toned room with large armchair and city views at WATERMARK Baton Rouge
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Check into this skyscraping luxury hotel, a former bank that retains original 1927 features including carved marble walls, a grand staircase and vaults transformed into meeting and dining spaces. Modern rooms and suites come with chic tiled bathrooms and river views; even the fitness center is ultra-stylish. Admire hand-painted murals in the restaurant, which serves farm-to-table twists on Southern classics, and try New York-style delights at the deli.

8. Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown, for modern design


Double bed, cushioned chair, desk and desk chair in carpeted room with large windows at Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
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The first Hotel Indigo opened in Atlanta in 2004, and the chain has since gone from strength to strength, spreading to locations across the US and abroad, including New York, Paris, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Providing quality lodging with modern design and personalized service, its guests enjoy a peaceful stay in a relaxed atmosphere.

9. Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Downtown Hotel, for historical appeal


Cream-painted exterior of the multi-story Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Downtown Hotel, lit up at dusk
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Known as the Heidelberg Hotel upon opening in the 1920s, before becoming the Capitol House Hotel several years later, this spot on the Mississippi River has welcomed many political figures in its time. Featuring suites and executive rooms, the hotel offers complimentary breakfast and also has its own restaurant, the Kingfish Grill. There’s an outdoor pool, fitness center, meeting rooms and two ballrooms – ideal if you’re looking to organize a party with the help of the events team – and best of all, guests can easily explore Baton Rouge, as there’s a free shuttle service to take you anywhere within 5mi (8km) of the hotel.

10. L’Auberge Casino and Hotel, for a complete entertainment package


Many poker tables with cushioned seats, plus many games machines at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel (no to gambling)
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L’Auberge Casino and Hotel is the premier gaming, dining, lodging and entertainment destination in Baton Rouge. You’ll be tempted by slot machines or table games the moment you set foot inside, though be sure to make time for the restaurant. Stadium Bar and Grill serves Southern cuisine including seafood dishes, prime beef, burgers and other home-cooked favorites. Not hungry? Head to the rooftop pool, which offers gorgeous views of the Mississippi River.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Shay Lee.

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