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