L’Auberge Casino Resort

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Lake Charles, Louisiana, property blurs the line between work and fun.

By Hope S. Philbrick

Check into L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and you may not leave. All you need for a business or leisure getaway is available on the property, from essentials like food, clothing and shelter to memorable extras like entertainment, picturesque places to lounge, and even opportunities to win money.

Come for a convention, and you may find yourself having fun.

Here, there’s no reason a business trip has to be all work and no play. Float in the lazy river. Shop the boutique stores. Delight taste buds at a bar or restaurant. Play golf. Get a spa treatment. Test your luck at a card game. And if you’re here for work, well, you might even network your way to a promotion.

Located in the southwest region of Louisiana, Lake Charles borders both Lake Charles and Prien Lake in Calcasieu Parish. This region was not included in the Louisiana Purchase, and for many years it was a dangerous and lawless frontier. L’Auberge is located on Contraband Bayou…a name that makes sense when you know some regional history.

Today the area evokes a feeling that’s a little bit Louisiana, a little bit Texas. L’Auberge embraces that dichotomy in its Texas Hill country décor with Cajun accents.

The 26-story hotel boasts 1,000 guestrooms, including private villas and 147 luxury suites. Each spacious guestroom feels fresh and modern.

Of special appeal to discerning adults, five ground-floor suites feature private gardens fronting a new adults-only pool area complete with luxury cabanas and bar—21 Plus Salute! All of the new high-end first floor suites have quick-fill two-person outdoor bathtubs carved from individual blocks of Italian travertine. Butler service is available.

Game On…

L'Auberge Lake Charles casinoJust beyond the lobby, L’Auberge houses a 70,000-square-foot, single-level casino that offers nonstop Vegas-style gambling with 70 game tables, approximately 1,600 slot machines, a Poker Room and an elegant High Limit Salon.

Guests must be 21 years or older to enter the casino. 21 Plus Salute!

Renovated in 2011, the High Limit Salon offers a variety of table game and slot machines in denominations up to $100 and features a plush VIP bar and lounge area.

That same year, the Poker Room was unveiled with six tables in the main room and one table in a semi-private high stakes room with personalized services and amenities like tableside massage, cocktail and food service. The Poker Room is open 24-hours a day for Limit Hold ‘Em, No Limit Hold ‘Em, Limit Omaha High/Low and Pot Limit Omaha as well as seven other games that can be spread. Optional bets offered include straddle, double straddle, button straddle, buy the button and kill pots.

L'Auberge Lake Charles lobbyL'Auberge Lake Charles deluxe room

Of course, you might want to leave the resort in order to explore Louisiana’s fifth largest city, but the point is you don’t have to. Rain or shine, whether you like to gamble or not, you can find something to do at L’Auberge.

Essentials…
  • Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi for all hotel guests
  • Check in at 4 p.m., check-out at 11 a.m.
  • Sleep on a pillow-top mattress dressed in luxury bedding
  • Complimentary fitness center access for all hotel guests
  • No pets
  • Designated smoking rooms available
  • Complimentary valet and self-parking; marina and RV parking also available
  • Multiple on-site dining options, retail shops, meeting facilities and entertainment venues
  • In-room coffeemakers are supplied with Louisiana’s PJ’s Coffee
  • An outdoor pool and lazy river offer a private pool-side cabana courtyard
  • There’s a swim-up bar—and a private, adults-only pool area with luxury cabanas and full bar service! 21 Plus Salute!
  • Spa du Lac, a first-class spa, is located on site
  • Villa rooms offer butler service
  • Contraband Bayou Golf Club at L’Auberge is an award-winning Tom Fazio-designed
  • 18-hole championship golf course; it’s open to the public
  • Complimentary robe and slippers in upgraded rooms
  • L’Auberge is located on I-210 at Exit # 4 Nelson Road, two hours from the Houston metropolitan area

Odds of Encountering Children: Zero in adults-only designated areas. Higher than expected elsewhere. No need to suffer screaming children in public areas like hotel hallways, however; call security and the response is immediate.

More Information…

L’Auberge Casino Resort
777 Avenue L’Auberge
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337.395.7777 or 866.580.7444

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
800.456.7952

– Photos courtesy L’Auberge Lake Charles / Pinnacle

Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion.

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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