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L’auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

May 23, 2017

We are back from our first long road trip adventure (about 1,400 miles) in Maeve the Westy. If you followed along on Instagram, you saw our first stop in Baton Rouge, the L’auberge Casino & Hotel. Colton and I decided to break up the trip, instead of driving straight to Gulf Shores the first day.  We had the best time and both wish we could have stayed a little longer. Honestly, this was our favorite part of the entire trip.

The hotel

We arrived late, almost 9:00pm, but immediately knew we were driving up on the beautiful L’Auberge Casino & Hotel from the L that shone high above. Since we were unable to valet in the Westy, parking was a little complicated.  However, they have a large covered garage and separate parking lot, so we found a spot in the garage. The hotel lobby features a beautiful fireplace and various Louisiana touches.

It’s easy to get from the pool to the casino, because they built a covered walk way.  They designed everything to be conveniently located so that it doesn’t require a long trek to get from the room to the restaurants.

The 12th floor boasts a fitness center with a beautiful view and Baton Rouge’s only rooftop pool. There are plenty of seating options, so you have the opportunity to truly relax. I love that there is a bartender upstairs, so you don’t have to have an empty glass at any point.

The rooms

Currently, they feature 205 standard rooms and 30 suites.  One of the first things I noticed was how the rooms didn’t smell like smoke, despite it being a casino hotel, because all the guest rooms are non smoking.

When we go on trips, I always compare the size of our hotel room to our apartment and this one was so much larger.  We stayed in an Azalea suite, or an 895 square foot luxury room with a gorgeous view.

Some of the features that we loved most were the wet bar-complete with a Keurig, room size, comfortable bed and pillows, and the marble bathroom.

This bathroom is my dream. I felt like I walked in to a spa and seriously could have spent an entire weekend pampering myself in that gigantic bath tub. My favorite part was watching TV on the mirror while getting ready- talk about luxury.

The restaurants

L’Auberge boasts four dining options open at various times throughout the day.

18 STEAK

Colton and I were treated to a full dinner at 18 STEAK.  I am not exaggerating when I say that it was one of the best meals we have ever had.  At one point Colton even exclaimed “why does everyone in the world not know about this steakhouse?!”

View from patio

Our first impression of Louisiana hospitality and charm was from Glenn, the maître d’. He was welcoming, kind, and chatted with us as he sat us in a spacious booth. Our waiter, Jake, along with everyone else working took amazing care of us.  The food was excellent, and the service was even better. 

What to drink

We tried a few of 18 STEAK’s signature cocktails.

Colton had the 18 Sour and Sazerac.

I drank the Raspberry Bliss and Euphoria.

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of the drinks on the signature or classic menu.  You can even tell them you like a certain type of alcohol and they will surprise you.

What to eat

We were able to try a few off menu items the chefs whipped up as well as indulge in some of Chef John’s favorites.

Appetizers set the tone of the meal and we knew we were in for a treat when we tried the duck and foie gras with figs, turnips, mushrooms and balsamic vinaigrette.  This was Colton’s favorite food of the night (and probably in all of life so far). He isn’t even a big fan of duck, but this one is so tender and juicy you can’t help but to love it.

I highly recommend the roasted lamb lollipops with manchego cheese, watercress, mushroom and pistou. The meat fell right off the bone!

For dinner, Colton had the prime New York strip, his go to at steak restaurants.  He was stuffed, but he couldn’t stop eating it because it was so delicious. We actually saved a lot of it for camping, and ate it for breakfast the next morning.

I had the English cut beef short rib per Chef John’s suggestion.  Its served with winter root vegetables, cipollini onions, and Anson Mills stone ground grits. The cheesy grits enhanced the flavor of the short rib perfectly, but it could have been served in a giant bowl all by itself.  They were incredible!

Brussesls sprouts with bacon, manchego cheese, pepper jelly and Asian pears.

 

We finished our meal off with the chocolate indulgence.  The chefs top the chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet and its full of chocolately goodness.

Stadium Sports Bar and Grill

Since we left on Friday and the buffet only has breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, we had breakfast at Stadium.  I love breakfast and can be a little picky, but they exceeded our expectations.

I ordered the Belgian waffles and Colton had the Stadium breakfast.

Again, the grits stole the show.  One of the things we took away from our visit to Baton Rouge is that Louisianans know how to make some dang good grits.

Bon Temps Buffet

We weren’t able to try the buffet, but it appears to have everything you can imagine from Southern comforts to fresh, local seafood.

PJ’s Café Shop

This is the perfect spot for a quick pick me up.  They have homemade pastries, sandwiches, coffee and tea and are open 24 hours a day, so it makes the perfect late night snack.

The casino

L’Auberge has a 74,000 square foot casino, complete with slot machines, table games and a poker room.

There’s also a nightclub with a DJ spinning beats is gambling isn’t your thing.

If you like amazing food, gorgeous rooms, pretty views, and casino fun, L’Auberge is your hidden gem. Enjoy the charming city of Baton Rouge during the day, and come back to your hotel off the beaten path by night.  You will be glad you did.

PIN for later

What would you most look forward to if you visit L’Auberge Casino and Hotel?  Leave me a comment below!

Thank you L’Auberge for having us out.

Disclosure: Although we were offered a stay and food in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions remain my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that support Love You More Too. 

59 Comments

  • Reply Harmony, Momma To Go May 23, 2017 at 7:06 am

    That looks so amazing what a nice hotel! The drinks look fabulous! I’ve never been to Baton Rouge

    • Reply Jessica May 27, 2017 at 9:20 am

      It’s a fun city for sure, but this hotel is wonderful!

  • Reply Dominique May 23, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place the stay, and that food just looks phenomenal!!

    • Reply Jessica May 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

      It really was!

  • Reply Robin May 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Wow, such gorgeous photos – especially the pool, the porch, and the food! Seems like a wonderful place to stay should I ever be in Baton Rouge!

    • Reply Jessica May 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Absolutely!

  • Reply Akaleistar May 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Wow, that looks like an amazing place to stay!

    • Reply Jessica May 27, 2017 at 9:22 am

      It really was!

  • Reply Lecy | A Simpler Grace May 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    What a beautiful place. Hope you had a great time!

    • Reply Jessica May 27, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Thanks girl! It really was!

  • Reply Jessica Devlin Design May 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    wow that looks so decadent! pinning for my travel list now

    • Reply Jessica May 27, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Definitely worth a visit. 🙂

  • Reply Julie Hoag May 23, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    It all looks so amazing and gorgeous!!!

    • Reply Jessica May 27, 2017 at 9:23 am

      2 perfect words!

  • Reply Jake May 24, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Hey guys,
    Just as a heads up, I think your waiter’s name was Jake. Did he need your steak knife for anything other than your steak? Sir?

    • Reply Jessica May 24, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Haha. What in the world was I thinking?! Haha. I totally know your name was Jake and yet somehow allowed my fingers to type something else. Corrected. So sorry. The patio looks like a nice place. 😉

  • Reply Divya May 24, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Oh my gosh, that patio. I want to live there. Haha. There’s something so serene about being near water <3

    • Reply Jessica May 27, 2017 at 9:23 am

      It is gorgeous. Day and night.

  • Reply Emily May 24, 2017 at 6:39 am

    That looks like such a fun place to stay! I hope you had a great time.

    • Reply Jessica May 27, 2017 at 9:24 am

      We did! It was such a great time!

  • Reply Lauren @ Power Cleans and Pinot Noir May 24, 2017 at 10:05 am

    PJ’s is the best!! I grew up on that coffee in New Orleans. It looks like you had a great trip.

    • Reply Jessica May 27, 2017 at 9:24 am

      How fun!! It was so wonderful.

  • Reply Anna May 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Wow this is a beautiful place. Hope you all have a great time. Love the food and drink.

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      It was beautiful. The food and drinks were wonderful.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag May 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Ooh this looks awesome. I love that they have a rooftop pool and that steak place sounds amazing.

    -Lauren

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      It really was!

  • Reply Theresa Bailey May 25, 2017 at 7:11 am

    This is luxury at it’s best! Going to have to add Louisiana to the bucket list.

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      You will love it!

  • Reply Shannon Morscheck May 25, 2017 at 8:46 am

    How delightfully fun! I’d love to take a trip here with my family someday!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      You absolutely should!

  • Reply Linda Luke May 25, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Thank you for the lovely inspiration to visit this area. The hotel looks lovely and my friend an I are looking for a place to meet up and spend time together. This looks like a lovely option.

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      You should! It’s a gorgeous place. 🙂

  • Reply hal May 25, 2017 at 9:43 am

    so i love casinos & have never actually been to louisiana but would love to so this looks like the perfect place to stay when i finally get there!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      You should go! It’s really fun! Very laid back.

  • Reply Hannah May 25, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Awesome photos!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you, Hannah.

  • Reply Karen L May 25, 2017 at 10:21 am

    I love how detailed you are when capturing moments! Thank you for being so insightful!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Karen!

  • Reply Jessica May 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Wow! I never knew it was that nice!!! Your room omg! I totally want to visit now!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      It really was so gorgeous!

  • Reply Liz May 25, 2017 at 11:12 am

    such a beautiful trip!! You captured everything so well!!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you, Liz.

  • Reply Emily May 25, 2017 at 11:44 am

    This resort looks beautiful! I would love to stay here some day.

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      It really is!

  • Reply Lynn Woods May 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Being from Houston, I’ve been to New Orleans many times. I’ve always wanted to go to BR, buy haven’t. This hotel is beautiful and looks like you had a good time!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      you should go! It’s really beautiful!

  • Reply Nicole Villarreal May 25, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve driven by this so many times and never stopped! It looks like so much fun, I need to plan a trip!

    xoxo, nicole | http://www.blondeintheburbs.com

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Stop, girl! It’s beautiful!

  • Reply Kelly Reci May 26, 2017 at 5:05 am

    amazing photos! the hotel looks lovely and a perfect place for me and my hubby. had to include this in my bucket list.

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      It’s really pretty! You should visit for sure.

  • Reply Cameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial May 26, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I’m actually from Baton Rouge, so it is really cool reading a fellow blogger’s post about something in my own town haha. But I love L’Auberge, so I’m glad you also had a wonderful time! I really need to try that steak place too!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Awesome! It’s such a fun place! I wish we had more time to explore. We will for sure be back. 🙂

  • Reply Jerica May 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I cannot believe this is in Baton Rouge !! This looks so cool and the food is everything!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      I know! I still think about the food. 🙂

  • Reply Ginger Marie May 29, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Oh my GOSH this place is amazing! That bathroom is officially my new dream! Uhmm and all that food looked amazing!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Mine too! The food was out of a dream.

  • Reply stacy May 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    What a fun trip!

    I have been to PJ’s before, they have really good coffee!

    • Reply Jessica June 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks, Stacy! It really was!

  • Reply Ola June 9, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Great coverage of this hotel! I would love to visit Baton Rouge. I’ll definitely consider staying here!

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