Hotel at a Glance: Radisson Hotel Baton Rouge
Louisiana's vibrant capital city packs in a hefty share of Creole restaurants, zydeco music joints, and cultural museums. During your stay at the Radisson Hotel Baton Rouge, you'll be just a short drive from these and other downtown landmarks, including the Louisiana Art and Science Museum and Louisiana State University.
- Notable nod: The hotel received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013.
- Enjoy American cuisine at the onsite Bistro 225, which overlooks the hotel's gardens. Kids younger than 6 eat free.
- Soak up some rays in the outdoor pool and hot tub.
- Fully stocked fitness center with a 12-person sauna, cardio equipment, and free weights
Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Stately Capitol Buildings and Vibrant Culture
There's nothing understated about Louisiana's capitol building: soaring skyward to a height of 450 feet, it's the tallest capitol building in the nation. The art-deco masterpiece—a relic of Governor Huey Long's reign—typifies Baton Rouge's flair for decadent displays. A pair of stone lions flanks the entranceway to the capitol's Gothic-style predecessor, the Old State Capitol, which resembles a medieval castle with crenellated towers and stained-glass windows.
The streets of downtown are lined with oak trees and ornate antebellum mansions that provide a glimpse Baton Rouge's rich history, which you can delve into at the Louisiana State Museum. For a dose of contemporary culture, explore the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. This 1920s rail-station building on the Mississippi River now houses a planetarium with a 60-foot domed screen.
Baton Rouge's cultural landscape is a vibrant patchwork of Creole, French, Spanish, and Cajun influences. Downtown, the washboard buzz of traditional zydeco music draws folks into restaurants that sling fried-shrimp po' boys and grilled alligator served with jambalaya, a Creole culinary staple. Monday through Saturday, you can head to the Main Street Market to buy produce from nearby farms and browse locally made handicrafts.