A stay at Evangeline Downs Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member places you in the heart of Opelousas.
Make yourself at home in one of the 117 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Try your luck at the casino and enjoy other recreational amenities including a casino and a nightclub. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a fireplace in the lobby.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the hotel's dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and a computer station. Planning an event in Opelousas? This hotel has 800 square feet (74 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
• For $27, you get one ticket for seating in sections 315–321 (a $41.50 value before fees, or up to a $53.45 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $42, you get one ticket for seating in sections 307–314 or 322–329 (a $71.50 value before fees, or up to an $84.20 value online, including all ticketing fees).
Pinot's Palette combines wine and art to create an enjoyable night out with friends or a date. The painting sessions encourage adults' inner artists whether they have any painting experience or not, encouraging light-hearted conversation, fun, and good cheer while painting and sipping BYOB beverages. Each session's painting of the night may feature anything from landscapes and wine-inspired art to known classics such as Van Gogh's Starry Night, and each painter tackles from their own artistic angle under the guidance of an experienced instructor. At the end of the night, painters can take their painting home with them.
At The Accidental Chef, local Louisianan chefs with troves of tips and anecdotes enlighten budding epicures during classes that reveal the secrets to preparing Italian, Cajun, and Creole-focused cuisines at home. The school's easy-to-follow, hands-on cooking classes range from 90 minutes to 14 days, with extended courses including overseas travel to facilitate authentic lessons in international cuisines. The chefs also make local treks to lead group classes in homes, offices, and stove-equipped underground lairs.
Open 364 days a year, Kart Ranch entertains Baton Rouge– and New Orleans–area families with a variety of outdoor games and activities. Engage in family-friendly adrenaline pumping by zipping around the tire-laden go-kart track, or test the buoyancy of your brood by squirting each other to splashy submission on the outdoor bumper boats. Batting cages are smartly covered to allow players to practice pitches through rain, shine, and plagues of squirrels, while the adventure golf course sports soothing waterfalls and fountains as players go head-to-head for par-gaining rights. Activity tickets can also be used toward kiddie karts, water wars, and playground admission, while game tokens can be used toward arcade and skill games, which in turn reward tickets that can be exchanged for prizes such as toys, candy, or self-propelled laser doomsday howitzers.
Love Swimming's team of talented teachers turns landlubbers into merpersons with their 30-minute swimming lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. In Water Babies classes, designed for children between 6 months and 3 years of age, parents dive in along with their children to help them develop motor skills, confidence, and nascent sitcom plots. Beginners can sign up for the level 1 and 2 classes, which impart water-safety basics such as floating and introductory swim strokes, and experienced water treaders can opt for level 3 and 4 sessions, which introduce the butterfly, back, breast, and freestyle strokes. During the even more advanced Stroke School class, Love Swimming's water whisperers bridge the gap between casual and competitive swimming with drill-based instruction. All classes are held in one of the facilities' warm and inviting saltwater pools, and feature an intimate five-to-two student-teacher ratio, ensuring everyone gets plenty of advice, personal instruction, and turns to host underwater tea parties.