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Lauberge in Baton Rouge, LA

Started by wpsteel66 on Wednesday, 26th March 2014 2:42 pm
Last response by ffeJinOKC 26th March 4:15pm

Below are a few comments from our visit this past weekend to Lauberge Hotel/Casino in Baton Rouge, LA.

In short, this is the only casino worth visiting in Baton Rouge. If you are in this city for an event, then check out this casino. But I hesitate on recommending you plan a special trip to Baton Rouge solely to visit this property.

Lauberge Baton Rouge is owned by Pinnacle Gaming, and they purchased Ameristar casinos last year. As a player at Vicksburg Ameristar, I received a mailing with a number of nice offers (free rooms, food, and slot play) for Lauberge. Since the wife and I never visited Baton Rouge, we decided to take them up on the free offers. After three phone calls and two different reservationists, we finally got the room booked and offers ‘activated’.

This property has been open for only 2 years. So everything is really nice and new. The casino/restaurants are not on a river barge as the other two casinos in this city, but built between the river and levee. The hotel and parking are on the other side of the levee and a covered, temperature-controlled walkway bridge connecting the two. The hotel is smoke-free and the casino has a good ventilation system and was not smoky. They charge a daily resort fee ($10) that includes Wi-Fi, coffee, paper, and pool access. If your room is comped, you do not pay the fee.

However, this property is about 8 miles from the interstate and out in the middle of nowhere. You cannot walk to anything. A gas station/convenient store is about a mile away, but you are out in farm land otherwise. You can drive to a very large mall, other shopping, and LSU campus within 10-15 minutes, but no other building is near this property. The main road in front of the hotel did not have a shoulder, so no outside running possible (unless you wanted to run around the parking lots). They do offer in-room spa services, but no spa facility on the property.

The hotel has about 225 rooms; our room was not large but well decorated and comfortable. The bathroom is an ok size with a large walk-in glassed shower with good water pressure; you can watch a small TV built in the bathroom mirror while showering. I noticed a good selection of TV stations while flipping back and forth between the NCAAM games. No in-room coffee machine, but they set out a coffee station on each floor by the elevators each morning. They also had cookies out Sunday evening. One addition to the room that would be nice is a small ‘breakfast’ table with chairs. We like to sit and have morning coffee while watching ESPN. A wall desk and chair along with a nice sitting chair were in the room. In-room Wi-Fi easily connected to the iPad with good browsing speed. A security feature they had was you had to use your hotel room key to use the hotel elevators to the rooms, roof-top pool, and fitness center. If you get room 216, you are on their crap list. This room was on the corner of the walkways from the hotel and parking garage to the casino/restaurants plus across from the Sundry shop. So constant noise.

The casino was a good sized casino with a good number of slots and table games. They had 4 craps tables (14 footers) with 20x odds and fire bet (but only 300:1 for all 6 points). Field paid only 2x on the 12; not the hardest surface, but not a bouncy trampoline. Minimums were $10 and $15 but dropped to $5 Monday morning. BJ conditions: 6 to 8-decks but not continuous shuffling; 3:2 except on single deck (6:5); all hit on soft 17; split Ace’s only once; all tables minimum were at least $15 during weekend. A few tables had the side bets. As with most all casinos now, the majority of slots were penny or nickel. Most of the other slots had the ability to select between $0.25 to $2 per spin but some were single amount. Although I am not a huge slot player, they did have the slots that I like to play. However, most all of the slots I played and watching others were tight. A high limit room was open with a few tables and slots. Two bars were on property with one had live music Saturday night. I forgot to look at the video poker pay tables. A large crowd Saturday night leading to not many open table games and slots. But things started calming down after 1am.

For an out-of-the way hotel/casino, they did have a really nice sports bar/restaurant with many TVs and good menu. But service was pretty slow and not attentive both times we ate there. The steakhouse was worth going to and the money. Decent service and menus plus nice atmosphere. We ate the breakfast buffet Monday; only breakfast items. Usually some breakfast buffets have a few lunch items. Made-to-order pancakes, French toast, and Belgium waffles with an extensive fresh fruit bar was a nice touch. They had a 24-hour coffee shop with some gelato and sweets but limited to-go sandwiches. Plus no seating area to eat or just sit and have a coffee. A small ‘sundries’ shop also was in the hotel.

The fitness center was small but had a total of seven cardio machines (with TVs), six weight machines, and dumbbells. The exterior wall was glass so you could look out at the river; some overhead music was playing and two TVs were mounted on the wall. This room was right next to the roof-top pool. The pool was really small, but they had cabanas and a bar along with a number of palm trees. The pool was not open due to the bad weather, but would have been a good place to hang out in the sun.

They had a three-level parking garage next to the hotel plus a number of surface parking next to the garage. Our hotel room faced the parking areas and both the parking garage and surface lot were full both nights.

So in conclusion, we were glad we took this ‘new adventure’ trip for a short weekend getaway. We spent Friday night in Covington, LA (about 65 miles away) and ran a 10K race Saturday morning. Then we visited downtown Baton Rouge and enjoyed the offerings/sites. We did drive through LSU campus (which is between downtown and Lauberge) and was kinda surprised by the bad neighborhoods right next to/surrounding campus. Although we enjoyed the stay, this casino/hotel is 100 miles further for us than Biloxi plus there is nothing to do next/close to Lauberge. So we will not plan another getaway weekend to Lauberge with other options closer to us that offer more activities that we like to do. Although, we would visit Lauberge again if there was another reason we were in Baton Rouge.

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 ffeJinOKC responded on Wednesday, 26th March 2014

That is a great trip report. Thanks for writing it!