I thought I had booked a room, through Travelocity, at the Inn at the Isle. The Inn at the Isle is the lower-end, more "motel" accommodation and not attached to the casino at all. It's actually a good walk across the parking lot.
I hadn't been to the Isle of Capri since about 2002 when I came here to gamble and drink while living in Houston. The casinos are more fun here than in Vegas, just because the staff aren't stuck up at all and you can just go up to the bar and order a drink for free. If you tip the bartenders at all (I don't think many people do), they treat you really well. But I'm not much of a gambler and neither is my partner, so I don't know that we're their target demographic, especially since I no longer live anywhere near there.
We got in about 9pm and I went to the cramped front desk area at the Inn. The woman looked my reservation up and told me to hold on because she had to call someone about it. Turns out that the reservation had somehow been moved to the hotel across the way. That would annoy me normally, but I paid something like $50 for this room and I knew very well that the hotel across the way was much, much nicer than the place I thought we were going to stay. I moved the car because I didn't want to haul the luggage across the lot, but I guess most of the casino patrons feel the need to park in the surface lot (it's actually closer to park in the garage if you're just going to the casino, but Texans don't like parking garages), so we didn't get much closer.
We ended up with a huge room on the 7th floor overlooking the lake and the bridge. It was such a pleasant surprise to be in such a nice room when I was expecting a generic motel room. There was a jacuzzi tub and separate shower, three TVs (including a small one in the bathroom), a desk, couch and, as I said, a great view of the lake, bridge and city. We were toward the end of the hall, so we were away from the boat.
We spent part of the night just walking around the casino, playing a couple of slots and drinking the free drinks. Had some interaction with some really, really nice staff and actually ended up having a really good time there. I had good memories of the place, and wanted my partner too as well. She seemed to really enjoy it, if only for the really nice room (especially the jacuzzi tub).
Now this was Thanksgiving Eve and I booked it just a couple of days before we came, so that may have something to do with the ridiculous price I paid for this room. I would have paid a lot more than what I did though, because it was certainly worth more.
The only weird thing about the room was that there wasn't a real door on the bathroom, just a sort of vented, wooden French door. It was just strange but I'm sure it's mostly couples that stay in this room anyway, so it's not really a big deal, or at least it wasn't to us.
I was worried about noise that night because they get so many obnoxious Texans here, but we ended up sleeping really well and were able to get up at a reasonable time the next morning to continue the drive.
I would absolutely stay here again and would recommend the place to anyone. I had thought about just getting a cheap road motel in Sulphur or even Jennings, but I'm so glad I chose this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles is your friendly Westlake gaming destination. We offer more than 1,000 slot machines and 40 table games including roulette, craps, blackjack, and poker. Extend your stay as a guest in our hotel. We feature two hotel towers providing upscale and comfortable accommodations. The action includes exciting promotions, delicious dining options, and headliner performances. We look forward to seeing you soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Isle Of Capri Westlake