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.
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.
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts International is one of the largest franchises of its kind. The Lafayette branch takes full advantage of the academy's far-reaching influence to draw a team of experienced instructors who haven't seen a cinder block they couldn't chop in two. Describing the scope of the academy's courses is as futile a task as going toe-to-toe with one of these instructors, but the options range from casual fitness classes to tutorials in handling martial weapons.
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.
The hands-on, participatory Children’s Museum of Acadiana entertains children aged 2 to 12 while boosting their understanding of art, human development, and cultural awareness. The Bubble Factory exhibit engulfs children in a life-sized bubble while they concoct massive bubbles of their own. Stuffee teaches future surgeons the proper placement and usage of internal organs without the use of tiny tweezers and an electric buzzer. Children stage their own TV newscast at the Le TV des Enfants exhibit, where they learn the ins and outs of being a camera operator, meteorologist, or a newscaster.