My husband and I have traveled to, and spent many nights at the French Lick Resort and Casino. It's a bit of a drive from where we live, and is in a quaint little Southern Indiana town, but the scenery never grows old for us, as it is beautiful.
The hotel is totally old time elegant, especially in the lobby where the gilded ceilings and paintings are spectacular. The history tour given by staff, is really interesting and makes us all the more appreciative of what it was back then, and the effort to restore it as it is now.
The rooms are simple, yet classic, and very clean. Coffee makers, blow dryers, ironing boards, state of the art TV's, and scrumptious bedding make us feel very pampered. The toiletries are those that are available in their spa, which by the way is excellent. People that work there, really seem to enjoy their jobs, and after talking with a few of them, I've learned they often travel over an hour each way to do them. And they love it that much, to do so.
As for the restaurants, our preference is eating in the Diamond Jim restaurant, inside the casino, which is a short walk from the hotel. The variety is nice, the service is prompt, and the portions are large, with relatively inexpensive prices. We've also eaten at the steak house within the resort, and found it to have very good food, and excellent service, and a little pricey. The dinner menu was a much better choice than the breakfast. You can't beat Diamond Jim's omelettes!!
The casino is bright, and not cramped feeling, with a good selection of table games and slots. It's always easy to find an attendant if you need one, and the drink service is fast. They offer a free shuttle that runs every 15 minutes or so, or even on demand during the wee hours if needed. This runs back and forth to the other properties of French Lick Resort, and the West Baden Resort, which is about a 10 minute shuttle ride away, and an absolute must, to see. Again, the history behind these two properties is worth knowing. Be sure, to take the shuttle and visit West Baden. It's a gorgeous domed building, that offers hotel/restaurants/spa, but no casino. Hop the shuttle back to French Lick, for that!
We've taken many friends, and some relatives to this resort over the years, and every single person, has fallen in love with it. Fortunately, we live close enough to 'enjoy the drive'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- French Lick Resort Casino is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development that includes French Lick Springs Hotel, French Lick Casino and West Baden Springs Hotel. This premier resort destination features 689 guest rooms and suites; 42,000-square-foot casino; 45-holes of golf, including fully restored Donald Ross Course and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course (opening Spring 2009); two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms and an array of dining and entertainment options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- French Lick Hotel French Lick
- French Lick Springs Resort
- French Lick Resort