The 15 Coolest (and Most Unique) Hotels in Louisiana!
Finding a great place to stay is a huge part of having a fun, relaxed vacation. If you’d like to explore something a little bit more on the unique side, Louisiana can help you out. Louisiana has tons of hotels with rich history, spooky happenings, and cultural features that impress visitors from across the globe. All offering unique packages, settings, and accommodations across the state, there are choices here for every persons vacation needs. Here are 15 of the most unique hotels in Louisiana.
Dating back to 1866, Hotel Monteleone has welcomed guests to the city of New Orleans with grace, elegance, and luxury. Planted right in the heart of the French Quarter, guests share the same roof as such esteemed writers as Ernest Hemmingway, William Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams. Truman Capote used to hang out in the hip Carousel Bar that lies inside the hotel and hosts live jazz music. The bar is literally a 25-seat revolving bar, making it the only one in the city! More so, the hotel is known for several haunting stories and even had the International Society of Paranormal Research spend several days there in 2003 investigating the premises. This historic hotel is full of fun, luxurious good times both inside and right outside its doors.
Nestled in an alley of oaks are the cottages that make up the Inn at Houmas House in Darrow, a small town along the river near New Orleans. Guests can step out their door and be right amongst the beautiful gardens of the historic Houma House Plantation that take up 38 acres of the property. The used to be the home of the wealthy Sugar Barons in the 1800s, this gorgeous plantation is full of history and sits along the Mississippi River off River Road. The cottages and rooms depict historic structures. Equipped with old world furnishings that are both luxurious and romantic, putting guests right into the lavish lifestyles of the Sugar Barons of the 1800s. World-class restaurants, such as Latil’s Landing Restaurant and The Carriage House Restaurant, are located on the property along with The Wine Cellars of Houmas House. Get a full southern-style vacation experience at this Inn along the river.
This hotel neighbors City Club Ranch, a multi-dimensional life style facility. Offering tennis, fitness, aquatics and youth programs to banquets this resort has it all. The hotel itself offers 21 different suites and extended stay condominiums that include stylish settings, boutique amenities, and spa bathrooms. The custom furnished rooms combine edgy décor with residential accents giving guests contemporary yet homey feel. All guests are considered Members of River Ranch Club during the duration of their stay. This gives every guest access to all the activities of the resort just right outside the door! Enjoy a relaxed, accommodating experience in the heart of Cajun Country at the Carriage House Hotel.
Doubling as a historic museum, this hotel is part of the National Register of Historic Places. They have been open for 19 years now, bringing security to families looking for a stay in the Mid City area of New Orleans close to Bayou St. John. The used-to-be home of famous artist Edgar Degas, this is the only known home of the French impressionist that is open to the public. Today, the house is now divided into three suites, two-room luxury rooms in the main house, and four other rooms in The Garrett, which is located on the eaves of the house on the third floor. Due to this, these rooms provide quiet sanctuary from the city as they have no windows. All guests are welcome to a delicious Creole breakfast each morning along with complimentary wine upon check-in as well as a free Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour.
All starting with a grant from the Spanish to the Martin family in the 1800s, this old plantation estate and now hotel rests in Terrebonne Parish in the heart of Cajun Country. It overlooks Big Bayou Black, and is now run by the Cenac family as one of the best bed and breakfast in the area. Guests can choose between three different rooms in the main house, the Bonnie Blue, Rhett and Scarlett Rooms, as well as Prissy’s Cottage. What is truly special is the museum package the hotel has available for all guests to purchase. It includes a room a one night double occupancy in the main house, gourmet breakfast for two, and a tour of five different museums in the area with lunch included. The museums include the Southdown Museum, Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center, The Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, Terrebonne Fine Art Guild, and the Regional Military Museum.
Grand Isle has long been a tourist destination for citizens of the New Orleans area along with people from across the nation. Located in the middle of the island on the beach side, this resort is a Cajun beach paradise. The island itself is great for fishing, crabbing, boating, kayaking, and solid beach time where the waves of the Gulf of Mexico come crashing in! Being run since 2007 by Mark and Sharon Andollina from Harahan, the family style resort offers all the cooking amenities for their guests catch of the day. Boiling pots, propane, burners, fryers, and BBQ pits are all available along with a fish cleaning room. After, enjoy being walking distance to many of the bars, grocery stores, and restaurants the island has to offer.
This 1850s Sugar Cane estate is a member of Historic Hotels in America. It is the largest antebellum mansion in the South today that has been restored to its former beauty and elegance. Located between the sprawling cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, the 53,000-square-foot mansion now offers 53 rooms for guests to choose. It contains all the elegance of the time with 22 huge exterior columns, 12 hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces, a massive pure white oval ballroom, and illuminating 15.5-foot ceilings. It is truly like taking a step back in time. There are also cottages available for guests looking for a more private experience. Tennis courts, a pool, hot tub, fitness center, restaurants and more are also available on the property for guests’ amusement. Tours of the historic home are also given regularly.
This casino resort is an all-inclusive paradise with entertainment for both the young and old. The only public Tom Fazio golf course is located on the premises along with the famous Spa Du Lac where guests can let all their worries drift away. Adults are welcome the exquisite casino floor all while the kids hit the pool! The pool is heated and available year-round with a poolside bar available. A lazy river wraps around the pool that is also decorated with cabanas and tables. Other amenities include the arcade where adults and kids alike can have fun playing these world-class games. Need a quick cleanup? L’auberge also has a barbershop called 1740 Barbier where gentlemen can get that perfect cut before a night out. This casino hotel has everything a guest could need stop in for a fun weekend in Lake Charles.
Located in the ever-developing downtown area of Baton Rouge, the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center overlooks the breathtaking Mississippi River. Rated as a AAA 4-Diamond hotel guests are just walking distance from the Shaw Center for the Arts, the River Center, the Old State Capitol, and the popping nightlife of Third Street. Having been inducted into the Historic Hotels of America in 2014, this hotel has been serving the Baton Rouge community for years. Though today the amenities are nothing but contemporary. The outside pool deck literally overlooks the mighty Mississippi and the fitness center is available for anyone looking to keep up with their workout routine. The Kingfish Grill and Kingfish Lounge offer nightly dining and cocktail options in a classy setting, all while Huey’s Coffee Shop provides the perfect pick me up to start the day right! Located on three miles from Louisiana State University Campus, this historic hotel is located right in the thick of everything fun in Baton Rouge!
The Remington Suite Hotel & Spa is built for relaxation and comfort. However, before becoming a hotel the five-story building was home to a pharmacy after its construction finished at the turn f the 20th century. Morris & Dickson Co., Ltd. stayed at that very location until they decided they needed more space in 1985. This led into the Remington Suites opening in 1990 after much remodeling that provided offices along with 22 rooms. Throughout the years the interior changes accommodate the times and has housed many celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Gerard Butler. The bar claims to be Shreveport’s biggest kept secret with lounge chairs and a cool 1920s-era vibe that on many nights includes live, local music. The spa includes several packages that accommodate guests including the Staycation Package for the ultimate relaxing getaway.
A couple decades ago Chef Michel and Miss Isabel Marcais established this charming Inn as a romantic get away in the country. Now, their daughter, Sandra Marcais Bradley along with her husband, David Bradley, now continue in that tradition in what is truly a family run business. Miss Isabel herself decorated the entire interior, giving an old-world charm to the place as the antiques and furnishings used today took decades to collect. Guests can choose from uniquely designed rooms as well as enjoy the authentic dining options available. Chef Michel traveled across the globe refining his menu that is still in practice today. The Greek Revival Home has four giant pillars in the front and gardens all around that are home to azaleas, camellias, sweet olives, and tons of oak as well as pine trees. This Marcais family owned-and-operated establishment is really a one of a kind experience in peace and grace.
Built in 1883 and part of the National Register of Historic Places, The Columns hotel is not just a grand hotel uptown on St. Charles Avenue. It is a local favorite hotspot for its decadent, swank bar and Victorian Lounge that has a live, local music schedule. Being designed by one of New Orleans greatest architects, Thomas Sully, the hotel still has many of the features from its original 1883 shell. The mahogany stairwell along with the Victorian Lounge’s mantle piece and original built-in breakfront are some of the most treasured architectural aspects of the building. The breakfront is the only surviving piece of its kind in any home Thomas Sully built, making it an especially noted piece. Still, the elaborate porch is one of the locals’ favorite spots to catch a cocktail in the evening as the huge area overlooks the St. Charles Street Car Line that can take visitors all the way from the river to downtown. Experience the rich architecture of The Columns all while enjoying New Orleans like the locals do.
Striving to provide excellent hospitality to all their guests, the CoCo Marina has lodging and accommodations that are suitable for the whole family or a small group get away. Staying in an actual Marina on the Gulf of Mexico provides a bit of a different experience than staying at a normal hotel. The Marina is bustling with activity and excitement. Boat slips are available to guests who can choose between full sized condominiums, studios, or rooms for the night. The fishing in Cocodrie is world-renowned for trout, Red Fish, and deep-sea charter fishing trips that are available for purchase through the Marina. Visitors can also enjoy the pool and splash park along with the Lighthouse Restaurant that puts fine dining and comfort together under one roof! In south Louisiana, the marina is where everyone can get in on the action.
Known as the “flagship” hotel of central Louisiana upscale lodging, this historic hotel has been opened since 1908 in downtown Alexandria. Built for its namesake, Joseph A. Bentley, the hotel has had several owners and facelifts over the years, and even some World War II heroes like Major General George Patton stop in over the decades. Today, the hotel embodies much of its restorative features that came together in 2012 when local businessman Michael Jenkins purchased it. The huge hotel takes up an entire city bloc of downtown with the original building now holding 93 guest rooms. The newer tower, built in the 1930s, is being renovated to host seven floors of upscale condos with three units available per floor. Guests can also enjoy the exquisite experience of fine drinks at The Mirror Lounge that reopened in 2015 along with the soon-to-come opening of the hotel restaurant. Be dazzled by the rich swagger of Hotel Bentley in downtown Alexandria.
Connected to the Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, this four story 117-room hotel is jam packed with entertainment. Live quarter Horse Races are available in the fall along with a full-on casino that has over 1,400 slot machines. Three different restaurants allow guests to enjoy fine, casual, or quick dining options. The Spotted Horse Tavern & Dining Parlor sets itself apart from other fine dining in the area not only through its novelty location but in its whimsical storyline that compliments its wide selection of food and hot sauce menu. All while, The Cajun Buffet, Fast & Lucy’s Pub, and The Café offer more affordable, quick dining options for those on the go. Other attractions in the area include the Arlington Plantation and the Le Vieux Village that are both great spots to soak up the local culture.