Here for a February conference, I was lodged in one of the enormous suites (half the hotel is suites, half rooms) with a kitchenette. The hotel is modern and roomy, very clean and efficient.
Some of the upper-floor rooms have a fine view over the University Lake. The beds are remarkably good, including (unusually!) the pillows. Breakfast is simple, cooked and Southern (grits, spicy sausage, bacon and biscuits), and sets you up for the day. Oddly, the hotel has no restaurant or bar: on weekdays, the kitchen makes a $7.75 plate lunch that is not bad at all. While I was there they had temporarily lost their liquor licence, but normally they sell beer and wine in the tuck-shop by the front desk. The lack of restaurant is awkward, especially on weekends, as the hotel is about 30 minutes' walk from the nearest city restaurants. One other drawback is that the windows do not open -- in summer that's understandable in a Louisiana climate, but in February it would be nice to have some fresh air. There is a lovely pool outside, open from 6 am till 10 pm, and an exercise room; alas, the gift shop does not sell bathing suits. On the whole, though, it's a very good hotel, and reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cook Hotel offers 128 well-appointed Deluxe Guest Rooms and Luxury Suites featuring plush Sealy Posturepedic beds, luxurious triple sheeting with duvet comforters, complimentary in-room wireless and wired internet, dual-port chargers, flat screen televisions, on-demand entertainment and a tastefully selected LSU-themed decor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cook Hotel Baton Rouge