The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Enjoy Watermark Baton Rouge without breaking the bank at some of the areas elegant budget hotels
Enjoy Watermark Baton Rouge without breaking the bank at some of the area's elegant budget hotels | Courtesy of Watermark Baton Rouge / Expedia
Doug Murray

Baton Rouge got its name from a red stick – le bâton rouge – that marked the boundary where the hunting grounds of two Native American tribes met. This sultry city on the banks of the Mississippi is still a middle ground of sorts: between the political wheelers and dealers of the Louisiana state capital and the laid-back university students; between Cajun and Creole, Catholic and Baptist, the arts and heavy industry. The antebellum elegance is still there but luckily, there are also plenty of great, cheap hotels to stay at in Baton Rouge – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Baton Rouge Marriott, for easy highway access


Two double beds, a sofa and television in a room decorated in gray tones at Baton Rouge Marriott
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This elegant high-rise along the I-10 – it’s Baton Rouge’s fifth tallest building – offers spacious rooms overlooking leafy suburbs. You’re only minutes away by car from the nightlife around LSU and the attractions of downtown. There’s a movie theater down the street and several eateries in the area but the on-site restaurant and bar is a good place to watch sports, enjoy craft beers and cocktails and fill up on hearty Cajun-influenced dishes. Work off the calories in the 24-hour fitness center or, in season, do a few laps in the outdoor pool.

2. Embassy Suites by Hilton Baton Rouge, for meeting fellow travelers


Indoor swimming pool in room decorated in beige and terracotta at Embassy Suites by Hilton Baton Rouge
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Its rooms decked out in neutral shades, this hotel is surprisingly noise-free, considering it’s located just off the I-10. There’s decent shopping in the surrounding area, nearby Tio Javi’s serves good Mexican staples, and a pleasant little park is only a short stroll away. The hot breakfast comes highly recommended and prepares you for exploring all Baton Rouge has to offer. After working on your strokes on the three-hole putting green, make your way to the indoor pool for a few laps. At night, the open-air atrium is a good place to meet new people.

3. Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown, for rooftop-to-table dining


A seating area with two armchairs, a sofa, a desk and a television at Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
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A block north of the Old State Capitol and a block east of the river, this neoclassical building is part of downtown history too. It started with three stories built in 1921, with seven more added in 1928. For such a cheap hotel in Baton Rouge, you get more luxury than you’d expect. Giant photographic prints above the beds and splashes of contemporary art liven up the snug rooms. Bring your dog, borrow a complimentary bicycle and go for a stroll along the river. Then have a bite and a cocktail at the on-site restaurant. The meals aren’t just farm-to-table but rooftop-to-table, using herbs and honey from the rooftop garden and apiary.

4. Watermark Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection, for art and architecture lovers


Dining area at Watermark Baton Rouge with wood-panel walls and several tables and chairs
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Built in 1927 as the first skyscraper in Baton Rouge, this boutique hotel pays homage throughout to its first life as the Louisiana Trust & Savings Bank. The old bank vaults now serve as meeting rooms. The art deco details are in the decor, even in the fitness center. The Gregory restaurant (contemporary farm-to-table Southern flavors) and hotel lobby feature original Angela Gregory murals. Grab a bagel with schmear at the NYC-style deli on the ground floor and head up to your room to discover it’s not only the inside that’s beautiful: you’ll also have great views of the city and the river.

5. Courtyard Baton Rouge Acadian Centre/LSU Area, for shopping/football games


Outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds and next to an accommodation block at Courtyard Baton Rouge Acadian Centre
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As far as cheap hotels in Baton Rouge go, the Marriott chain rules the roost with options. For example, this hotel is located between the I-10 and Dawson Creek, only minutes away from either LSU and Tiger Stadium or the Mall of Louisiana. There are plenty of spots in the surrounding neighborhood for you and your dog to explore – the hotel is pet-friendly – and afterwards, you can cool off in the outdoor pool. In addition to the on-site bistro – serving signature breakfast sandwiches and chunky burgers, and BBQ and picnic facilities – good dining options nearby include saltgrass Steakhouse, TJ Ribs and Mestizo (Mexican).

6. SpringHill Suites Baton Rouge South, for all-suite comfort


The exterior of SpringHill Suites Baton Rouge South, including the covered entrance for vehicles
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The decor is much cheerier than the 50 shades of beige you normally get at budget chain hotels and all the rooms are suites, with spacious lounge areas and a cream-and-mint-green color scheme. The hotel is conveniently located just off the I-10, a two-minute drive from the Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum and a 15-minute drive from downtown. Find your inner Zen among the flowers and trees of the LSU AgCenter Botanical Gardens, only a block away. Nearby restaurants include Another Broken Egg Cafe (decadent brunches) and SoLou, locally known for its shrimp and grits and crawfish mac’n’cheese.

7. Hilton Garden Inn Baton Rouge Airport, for those early flights


Outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds and seating at Hilton Garden Inn Baton Rouge Airport
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Located off the I-110 and right by Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, this hotel and its comfortable (though not readily Instagram-worthy) rooms make for a convenient stopover. There’s also a bus route nearby that takes you to Southern University and A&M College, in case you’re on your way to college. Downtown Baton Rouge is about a 15-minute drive away. The hotel itself is pet-friendly and you can walk your pup along a trail to a pleasant park about half a mile to the south, where you can play disc golf. Dining options in the area are limited to fast food chains off the highway, but the on-site restaurant serves hot breakfast and American standards for dinner.

8. Courtyard Baton Rouge Downtown, for downtown sightseeing


Two double beds and brightly colored wall art in a room with a balcony at Courtyard Baton Rouge Downtown
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This is one of the better pet-friendly options for cheap hotels in Baton Rouge if you want to stay downtown, with balcony rooms – all classic creams and grays and glittery statement walls – offering good city and river views. If you want to see the downtown attractions up close, you’re just two blocks’ walk from the LSU Museum of Art and Louisiana’s Old State Capitol building. The bus that passes by in front of the hotel takes you to the Liberty Lagoon waterpark. Adjacent to the lobby is the first full-service Starbucks in downtown Baton Rouge, and nearby restaurants include the locally popular Stroubes Seafood & Steak and Schlittz & Giggles (pizza).

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