The Best Hotels to Book in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Enjoy ultimate pampering on the poolside daybeds at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Enjoy ultimate pampering on the poolside daybeds at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles | Courtesy of Golden Nugget Lake Charles / Expedia
Nick Dauk

See a different – and vibrant – side to Louisiana when you spend a few nights in Lake Charles. This city, only two hours from Houston and Baton Rouge, will give you a crash course in bayou living. Swim in the waters of the lake itself, wade into the history of Mardi Gras or dive into the best po’ boys in the state. The top hotels in Lake Charles let you experience the bayou as cool, Cajun and Creole as can be, and they’re all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, for a superb sleep

Resort, Casino Hotel

A softly lit, covered outdoor area of LAuberge Casino Resort Lake Charles with a flowerbed and a water feature
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Don’t gamble on a sub-par stay – check into L’Auberge and you’re guaranteed to have one of the best stays in Lake Charles. Casino games and old-school arcade machines sit beside massage tables and private poolside cabanas. No room or suite is without grand touches, though you’re certain to gravitate towards the marble shower of the Palais Suite, and the paradise that is the private Garden Suite.

2. Golden Nugget Lake Charles, for an all-action stay

Casino Hotel

A suite at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles with king-sized bed, armchair and luxury bathroom with freestanding soaker tub
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We’d tell you all about the Golden Nugget rooms, but you’re hardly going to see them. It’s one of the best hotels in Lake Charles thanks to the insane amount of amenities. A 2-acre (1ha) pool area has slides and a lazy river; there’s also a golf course, private marina and lakeside beach. Inside, there’s a spa, barbershop, loads of gambling, and watering holes with live music. Rooms include Egyptian cotton sheets and large soaking tubs, meaning you’ll be sufficiently prepared for an action-packed stay.

3. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Lake Charles South, for free food

Chain Hotel

Lounge and bar area of the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Lake Charles South with orange and cream chairs and a wooden fireplace
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At first glance, it may not seem like the best perk at the Holiday Inn is that kids eat for free. When compared to the heated indoor pool and fitness center, chicken tenders and fries rank a little lower. However, foodies with some forethought will be sure to book this comfortable, reliable hotel. Letting the tots take down mac ‘n’ cheese allows you to get your grub on wherever you want in Lake Charles.

5. Residence Inn Lake Charles, for beachy vibes

Chain Hotel

The boldy colored lobby at the Residence Inn Lake Charles with blue armchairs and neutral-colored sofas along the walls
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Make it a bayou-style beach day every afternoon at the Residence Inn. North Beach is a 10-minute drive away, though you’re welcome to break in your swimsuit in the outdoor pool. If you like conversation and cocktails, mingle at the nightly mixers in the boldly colored lobby. If not, order a drink to your double queen suite for laid-back channel surfing.

6. Courtyard by Marriott Lake Charles, for golf pros (and amateurs)

Chain Hotel

The colorful buildings of the Courtyard by Marriott Lake Charles overlook the pool which is surrounded by sunloungers
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A day of golf awaits right across the street from this Courtyard by Marriott. Choose an executive suite so you’ll have ample room to store your clubs and take a few practice swings with your long putter. The 24-hour fitness center is a better option for loosening up your shoulder, though. Spend the day playing a round at the Contraband Bayou Golf Club next door then return to the hotel bistro for cocktails and dinner.

7. Staybridge Suites Lake Charles, an IHG Hotel, for a longer stay

Chain Hotel

A room at the Staybridge Suites Lake Charles with flat-screen TV, dark-wood furniture and red corner sofa
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Road-tripping your way across the Bayou State? Stay for a spell in Lake Charles and let Staybridge Suites help you break up the drive. You’ll feel more at home than you’ll believe thanks to the fully equipped kitchens. Don’t bother with the cooking, though; treat yourself to free breakfast each morning and free dinner, beer and wine Monday to Wednesday. The outdoor area has a half basketball court, barbecue grill and fireplace – a space so inviting you just may extend your stay.

8. Hampton Inn Lake Charles, for a prime location

Chain Hotel

The vibrant dining area at Hampton Inn Lake Charles with breakfast bar and colorful wooden chairs in the middle of the room
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Find Hampton Inn where Interstate 210 and the Bayou Contraband intersect, which is to say it has a prime location. This Lake Charles hotel is just far enough from downtown that the neon lights of the casino don’t keep you awake, but still close enough to join a game on a whim. The usual suspects are included in your stay: breakfast and a business center, plus freebies such as wifi and a fitness center. There’s also a pleasant sun terrace to hang out on.

9. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Charles South Casino Area, an IHG Hotel, for switching off

Chain Hotel

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Charles South Casino Area lobby with blue carpet and pillars and contrasting yellow seating
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The Holiday Inn Express & Suites gives you the quality, cleanliness and convenience and it’s just off the I-210. Pull in after a long day of driving, draw the blackout curtains in your room and pull the plug from the alarm clock. A hot breakfast is waiting when you wake, and the bright-blue outdoor swimming pool provides the added perk up you need.

10. Tru by Hilton Lake Charles, for an on-trend break

Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

The lively, multi-colored lobby at the Tru By Hilton Lake Charles with game zone, corner sofas and graffiti-style wallpaper
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Bum out on the Bayou Contraband at Tru by Hilton. This budget-friendly Lake Charles hotel is as smooth and sweet as a cup of Southern tea. Have your pick of the king, queen or accessible rooms; they’ve all got comfortable mattresses and won’t bring any discomfort to your wallet. You’re welcome to get your heart rate up in the fitness center, or fill your belly with free bagels, donuts and English muffins at the breakfast buffet. This funky hotel has you covered.

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