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Hotel at a Glance: 4-Star Top-Secret Baton Rouge Hotel
Guests at this top-secret hotel have easy access to historic sights such as the Old Governor’s Mansion, but you don’t need to leave the grounds to get a taste of Baton Rouge history. The hotel, with its distinctive art-deco decor, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Onsite cajun restaurant serving steak and seafood
- Explore downtown: A complimentary shuttle will travel anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel.
- A room with a view: Guest rooms overlook the Mississippi River or downtown.
- Take a dip in the outdoor pool, then lounge on a sun deck.
- Work up a sweat in the onsite fitness center.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana: State Capital with Eclectic Local Culture
Baton Rouge has had an eclectic history, to say the least: it’s been governed alternately by France, Britain, Spain, Louisiana, the Florida Republic, the Confederate States, and, finally, the United States. In turn, the city is a vibrant patchwork of Creole, French, Spanish, and Cajun influences. Downtown, you can hear traditional zydeco musicians playing washboard amid restaurants that sling fried-shrimp po’ boys, grilled alligator, and jambalaya—a Creole culinary staple.
One of the trademarks of Baton Rouge is its capitol building—it soars skyward to a height of 450 feet, making it the tallest capitol building in the nation. It’s done up in an art-deco style (a relic of Governor Huey Long’s tenure in office) and it typifies Baton Rouge’s flair for decadent displays. At the capitol’s Gothic-style predecessor, the Old State Capitol, a pair of stone lions flanks the entranceway to the building, which resembles a medieval castle with its crenellated towers and stained-glass windows.
You can learn about Baton Rouge’s rich history at the Louisiana State Museum, located downtown. 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.