When you think of traveling in Louisiana, or when you just think of Louisiana in general, a few things come to mind. There is, of course, New Orleans and Mardis Gras, that fantastic city and celebration overrun with decadence, no-holds-barred fun, and an experience like none other.
There are the bayous—with all their spooky mystery and lush beauty (and maybe a ‘gator or two!). There’s the voodoo culture and the vampire lore (spawned in part by prolific author Anne Rice and her Interview with a Vampire). There’s the jazz culture—found on every street corner, with live performances all the time. And, of course, the food! You can’t forget the fantastic food, from the jambalaya to the beignets. There’s a reason that Emeril got his start here.
Beyond New Orleans, you have the rural Louisiana charm, brought most recently to the public eye by HBO’s True Blood (though you won’t find the same supernatural thrills in real life…or at least, you should probably hope not). So, where to stay to enjoy all of these amazing factors that the state has to offer? Well, you could get on just any cheap booking site and see what comes up…or, you can browse through the below, and find a truly luxurious resort that fits your tastes.
Here are the best resorts in Louisiana:
1. Nottoway Plantation Resort
If you thought plantation resorts only existed in South Carolina and Georgia, think again. Nottoway has it all—and it’s drop-dead gorgeous. The picturesque white plantation houses are what every Southern Belle dreams of. Once an 1850s sugarcane estate, it’s been transformed into an AAA Four-Diamond property, but it still maintains status as a member of Historic Hotels of America and it just so happens to be the largest antebellum mansion still existing in the Southern United States, restored perfectly. On the banks of the Mississippi, you’ll enjoy 31 acres of extravagance, all shaded by historic and towering Oaks. There are 40 guest rooms, two suites, and a plethora of event venues.
2. L’Auberge du Lac Resort
Still an AAA Four-Diamond property, the L’Auberge du Lac Resort couldn’t be any different from the Nottoway Plantation, and for a multitude of reasons. This huge hotel is made up of hundreds of hotel rooms, all situated within their own complex attached to not only a casino, but also plenty of shopping, as well as dining and even a golf course.
If you feel like the design is a little more Texan than Louisiana, you may be right, as the resort’s architecture is inspired by the Texas hill country (and they boast that they’re just a short drive out of the Houston metro anyway). In addition to guest rooms, you can choose from private villas and luxury suites, all with rustic chic decor and fresh colors. If you choose to stay in a villa, you’ll either overlook the bayou or the resort property, and you’ll have your own private courtyard and spa, and you can even opt for butler service.
3. Avenue Plaza Resort
Finally, we get to New Orleans! The Avenue Plaza Resort is right within New Orleans’ Garden District, and so you can easily walk or ride the street cars to the best city attractions, from the French Quarter to beyond. You’ll be staying in a New Orleans-style suite, and you’ll be right on the Mardi Gras parade path, making this the perfect place to stay if you’re coming for the spring celebration.
In addition to the lovely guest rooms, you’ll enjoy the pool, hot tub, courtyard, and rooftop deck, as well as the restaurant and bar. Concierge, valet, and maid service are all optional, so you can choose to stay in total comfort and solitude, or you can just leave all the work to someone else!
4. Cypress Bend Resort
Located on the border of Texas and Louisiana, Cypress Bend is part of the BW Premier Collection and is not only a golf resort, but also a spa and a conference center. They boast a mix of nature and comfort, with lots of elegant amenities. It’s a can’t-miss in the state for golf lovers, with championship courses, and there’s even a lake on the property, making it a great mix of Louisiana and Texan hill country charm.
The lake, Toledo Bend Lake, to be exact, is the best place in the area for you to relax and get away from it all. Plus, you can even choose to bring your work with you, with plenty of meeting rooms and conference facilities to take the whole office along. Choose from 95 guest rooms, including 14 suites, set on 600 acres of gardens, forests, and golf courses. It’s a perfect getaway, just south of Shreveport.
5. Margaritaville Resort & Casino
Voted the luckiest casino in Louisiana, if you’re a gambling man, you’ll want to place your bets here. Margaritaville properties are well known for their popularity around the world, with their laid-back vibe and upscale amenities mixing for the perfect combination of casual luxury. This particular award-winning property gives you that Caribbean island feel, without ever leaving the States.
It was recently named the Best Overall Property by Southern Gaming Magazine, but you don’t have to enjoy gaming to enjoy your stay here. There’s also great, top-rated dining at the four on-property restaurants, and tons of entertainment by way of shows and concerts. You can even take advantage of one of their professional planners to plan your entire stay for you. You never even have to lift a finger.
6. Windsor Court Hotel
Constantly ranked the absolute top place to stay in both the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana, no list would be complete without a mention of Windsor Court Hotel. They boast you can walk from Windsor Court to the very heart of the French Quarter in as little as five minutes.
Though the hotel was originally built in 1984, they’ve recently undergone a $22 million remodel, upgrading everything. They have a AAA Four-Diamond ranking, as well as a Forbes Four-Star ranking, one of only two hotels in New Orleans to have both awards.
7. Harrah’s New Orleans
Have you discovered the fact, yet, that travelers in New Orleans enjoy a little bit of gambling? This hotel is an AAA Four Diamond property as well, and, unlike some other casinos, has an actually rather convenient location in the middle of the city. The hotel is 26 stories and has more than 400 guest rooms and suites, with views of the New Orleans skyline and the Mississippi River. In addition, it’s within walking distance of not only the French Quarter, but also the Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center.
8. Omni Royal Orleans
Located right within the French Quarter, the Omni Royal Orleans is very fashionable and elegant in its design. It also has a Four Diamond status, which it has maintained for the past 31 years. They just completed a renovation in 2013, which added balconies to guest rooms and redesigned the public spaces.
If you are dying to stay at a property with a great dining experience, you’ll want to try out their Rib Room. While the name may be a little bit deceiving, it doesn’t matter so much — this is a Zagat-rated restaurant that’s been home to celebrities and famous thinkers for 50 years. In addition, you’re super close to the airport, so you can zip in and out of town with ease.
9. Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Check out this Hilton property that combines a great location with great amenities that are located right within the property itself. You’ll be right on the Mississippi River, and you can see the ships sailing by from your guest room.
You’ll also easily be able to walk to either the French Quarter or Jackson Square. Enjoy four dining venues, two pools, a health club, and even an outlet shopping mall. It’s all right there, so you can have everything you need, without ever leaving.
10. International House New Orleans
This super hip spot has 117 guest rooms, suites, and penthouses within downtown New Orleans. The property boasts that it’s a “cross-pollination” of cultures, blending European, Caribbean, and African influences. They have a destination bar and an equally trendy restaurant, as well as meeting spaces that are go-to spots for local startups to meet and mingle.
One of the coolest things you’ll find throughout the hotel? The mix of random and weird objects makes each room unique and each space stand out. They also hold a lot of eclectic events throughout the year. There’s a solstice celebration led by a local priestess, a candlelit toast session to remember 9/11, rituals to celebrate All Saints Day, and many more.
11. Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Another luxurious casino resort, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles has it all.
Stay in posh guest rooms with all the amenities you could want, before gambling the night away, dining at some fine restaurants, drinking and mingling at some hip bars, golfing, shopping, and heading to the spa. Wrap it all up with a great show. There are more than 10 dining options, and eight places to grab a drink.
The golf club really shines though. The Country Club at Golden Nugget was designed by award-winning golf designers and has a beautifully manicured green surrounded by natural bayou. Of course, there’s the accompanying clubhouse, which also has its own bar, dining, and cigars.
12. Carter Plantation
Another beautiful plantation, this one is more about its golfing than anything, though the dining and accommodations are still great. If you’re a golfer, though, this is one you’ll love. This is home to PGA Champion David Toms’ first signature golf course. The historic area embraces its roots with beautiful architecture (it was originally part of a Spanish land grant), and it all comes together seamlessly. The resort portion is actually a little small, with 42 guest rooms and suites, with options to combine up to seven guest rooms in a villa, in the event that you’re traveling as a group or family.
13. Eldorado Resort & Casino Shreveport
If you’re a True Blood fan headed to New Orleans, you’ll be happy to know that the fictional city of Shreveport isn’t quite fictional at all, and it’s actually a nice little hopping town. This resort and casino is the perfect spot to lose yourself for a little while, as you enjoy the expansive gaming, dining, and entertainment, alongside the luxury accommodations. We love the Monarch Suite, which gives you almost a thousand square feet of space and tons of amenities.
14. Coushatta Casino Resort
This resort actually has several different hotels that you can choose from, so you can pick what works best for you. The Grand Hotel is adults-only and also brand-new, so you get to enjoy all that updated luxury in peace and quiet.
The theme here is Southern hospitality, and it shows, with all-new renovations for those 21 and up. The hotel itself also connects straight to the gaming floor, while also giving you a much-needed escape.
15. The Roosevelt New Orleans
This Waldorf Astoria property is certainly opulent. There are a variety of rooms to choose from, multiple dining options, a spa, and entertainment and events around every corner. The Sazerac bar is a great place to grab a drink, and if you are in the mood for some fine dining then head to Domenica restaurant. Then for breakfast, you can order in-room dining or go down to Teddy’s Café, a classy-casual experience with delectable deserts. The hotel boasts a legendary history and has been around since New Orleans’ earliest days, when it was just establishing a reputation of fun and festivities for itself.