The Best Hotels to Book Near Tiger Stadium

These relaxing hotels throughout Baton Rouge provide a great foil to the booming Tiger Stadium
These relaxing hotels throughout Baton Rouge provide a great foil to the booming Tiger Stadium | Courtesy of The Myrtles Plantation / Expedia
Debra Smith

Get your growl on at Tiger Stadium on the Louisiana State University campus, billed as the loudest stadium in the USA: the cheers of the crowd of more than 102,000 people created an earthquake reading at a 1988 game against Auburn University. You’ll have another reason to cheer when the Baton Rouge stadium hosts the Bayou Country Superfest on Memorial Day Weekend each year – and performers such as Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes and Luke Bryan come to town. Don’t miss a visit with Mike, the Siberian/Bengal rescue tiger, who has his own habitat across the street – he’s the only tiger that lives on a college campus. Planning your visit? These are the best hotels near Tiger Stadium – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Cook Hotel & Conference Center


A well-presented double room with tan-coloured walls at The Cook Hotel & Conference Center
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Stay close to all the LSU sports action at the Cook Hotel. It’s so close to Tiger Stadium (only a half-hour walk or a six-minute drive), both the LSU football and basketball teams stay here before home games. Relax before the game in a triple-sheeted king-size bedroom with subtle tiger-striped draperies, or choose a one- or two-bedroom suite, complete with granite countertop and stainless-steel kitchen appliances. Perks include a huge outdoor pool and a complimentary hot Southern breakfast – with biscuits. You won’t forget who to root for: the pancakes are stamped with LSU and there’s a life-size brass tiger in the marble lobby.

2. Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge

Chain Hotel

A large double room with brown furnishings and large windows at Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge
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Round up the team and head for the Sonesta, an all-suite hotel perfect for long or short stays. Grab a free breakfast and work out in the fitness center, do laps in the pool, play a round of golf at the LSU Golf Course across the street or speed-walk to Tiger Stadium 1mi (1.6km) away. Thinking of staying for a while? Make the most of a fully equipped kitchen in every studio as well as one- and two-bed rooms.

3. Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel

Casino Hotel

A cosy twin double room with several lamps, a large wardrobe and business desk at Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
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This classic riverboat casino with its lovely cast-iron balconies, gaming tables and slot machines is sure to come up a winner when you visit Baton Rouge. It’s moored on the Mississippi River, a short walk down a well-lit covered pier. The hotel features dining options under a glass atrium, shady outdoor patios, and clean, comfortable guest rooms. We bet you’ll enjoy the five-minute drive to Tiger Stadium, too.

4. L'Auberge Casino Hotel


A double and single bed in a carpeted room with brown walls and small desk at LAuberge Casino Hotel
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Make a splash with some grown-up fun at L’Auberge, where the adults-only rooftop pool has views of the Mississippi River and Baton Rouge. If you win big at one of the 1,500 slot machines or 50 tables, spring for a cabana with a television, ceiling fan and private lounge. The rooms are full of vintage Southern charm; flower-themed suites have soft pillow-top beds, home-theater systems, living-room and dining-room areas. In the downstairs cafe, enjoy river views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Take the 10-minute drive to Tiger Stadium and enjoy a different rooftop view at the 1,500-seat beer garden at the Skyline Club.

5. Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown


A small single bed in a colourful room, with large wall art and wood flooring at Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
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You won’t be blue at Hotel Indigo. All rooms and suites have spa-inspired bathrooms, with a generously sized walk-in shower, rainfall showerhead, and Aveda amenities. Art lovers can enjoy a trip to the LSU Museum of Art right across the street, while sports fans take in a game at Tiger Stadium a 10-minute drive away. History buffs should head to the Riverwalk, State Capitol Building, and USS Kidd battleship and naval museum. The hotel is also close to the restaurants and bars of downtown that are guaranteed to keep your spirits up.

6. St. Francisville Inn

Boutique Hotel, Cottages

A large double room with cream walls and windows next to the gardens at St. Francisville Inn
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This former cottage, in the heart of St Francisville, about 40 minutes by car from the LSU campus, has been transformed into an 11-room boutique property. From the complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival to the bedside Fiji water and L’Occitane bath amenities, it’s the attention to detail that makes guests feel special here. With a pool, a bar, and a fine-dining restaurant that’s always booked up, it’s a popular place. Take a seat in the courtyard or a rocker on the white-painted porch and experience Southern hospitality at its finest.

7. The Myrtles Plantation

Boutique Hotel, Cottages

An exterior view of the main building at the Myrtles Plantation, surrounded with large trees and plants
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This former plantation house in St Francisville, built in 1796, has been dubbed one of the most haunted hotels in America – but that’s part of the charm. Ensuite rooms occupy the former nursery, bedrooms, and dining room, furnished with four-poster beds, antiques, and reproductions. Enjoy a view of the pond, the landscaped grounds and a gazebo from a rocker on the porch of a rustic cottage built of cypress and heart pine. You won’t find a coffee maker, television or alarm clock in your room, but Mystery Tours and a full Southern breakfast are free.

8. The Lodge at the Bluffs


A white-sheeted small double bed with tan walls at The Lodge at the Bluffs
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Recover from the roar of the crowds at Tiger Stadium in the serenity of the Lodge at the Bluffs in St Francisville, a 45-minute drive away. This historic property fronts an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, where you can enjoy a round of golf before heading for the rocker on your private veranda. Choose from a one-bedroom suite with a kitchenette or a two-bedroom suite with a full kitchen. Contemporary decor and a high-end restaurant overlooking the golf course makes this lodge a winner.

9. The Stockade Bed & Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

A large bed in a colourful room with peach curtains, flowery art and patterned rug at The Stockade
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A Union Army stockade during the Civil War, this two-story brick inn offers privacy on your balcony, and company in the great room, where you can relax in front of the large woodburning fireplace. The artistic owner of this five-room bed and breakfast has gathered together paintings, antiques, and vintage finds to carefully curate each space, including the shaded patio and extensive gardens. Each room has an ensuite, a four-poster or cast-iron bed, and comfortable chairs for lounging. Tiger Stadium and the LSU College of Art & Design are a 12-minute drive from this idyllic spot on the Fountain Bayou.

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