Seldom does a hotel make such an impression on me that I share a post about it, but the L’Auberge Casino Resort, in Lake Charles, Louisiana did just that.
An Amazing Stay at L’Auberge
This beautiful property is a gambling mecca amidst a busy city with a devoted group of gamers. From the moment you step into the rustic lobby (that smells amazing!) you are transformed to an oasis of fun, food, and entertainment just as I was during my stay.
The L’Auberge Casino Resort (pronounced low-bear-ge) standard hotel rooms are spacious, traditionally decorated, and have heavenly beds that you will go crazy for! The mirrored armoire was a nice touch in the massive room and I also liked the green leather headboard. A nice sitting area and desk set both provided a great place for working or relaxing.
Another perk of the room was the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the resort property and the I-210 bridge at night. Luxury and premium rooms are also available. Thanks to L’auberge for having plenty of outlets to charge my devices, too.
The L’Auberge Amenities
A favorite amenity at the L’Auberge Casino Resort is the huge heated pool with a lazy river found in a tropical setting. You may even want to splurge and enjoy the comforts of a cabana with its own sunbathing area. Best of all, a fun swim-up poolside bar awaits you, preparing your favorite top-shelf cocktails from Blue Crush Grill. There is also an adults-only pool.
Relax your body, mind, and soul as you treat yourself to a body treatment, relaxing massage, or facial at the Spa du Lac. There are hot tubs and dry saunas for your pleasure. You can also have your hair and nails done at the spa.
L’Auberge is also the only place in the state of Louisiana with a Tom Fazio public golf course so if golf is your game, you won’t want to miss it!
Several shops are off of the lobby with everything from resortwear to pool toys, sundries to fresh flowers, plus designer handbags and shoes. Step back in time for a haircut, close shave, or professionally sculpted beard in the very cool 1740 Barbier, ready for every man’s grooming needs. Afterwards, pop in the arcade for classic video games and amusements.
Dining at L’Auberge
There are five restaurants located on the L’Auberge’s massive property.
Modern Pantry is where you can find bottled beverages, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, snacks, gelato, desserts, and a small assortment of made-to-order foods. They have a fantastic variety of gourmet eats. I had a delicious bowl of Chicken Sausage Gumbo that could easily compete with the New Orleans’ food scene.
Eat all you wish at the Le Beaucoup Buffet, complete with crab legs and other seafood favorites. Separate stations make it easy for guests to stockpile their favorite Tex-Mex creations, salads, Cajun dishes, pastas, meat carvings, American fare, or Asian foods. Don’t skip the desserts and pastries! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served here daily with a weekend brunch offering from 8 AM to 2:30 PM. Nightly dinner specials feature either prime rib or steak and shrimp.
Two restaurants I did not have the chance to try were Asia and Favorites Southern Kitchen. Asia garnered a crowd just about the entire time it was open. I heard guests raving about the Drunken Noodles, Vietnamese Spring Rolls and sushi. Favorites Southern Kitchen is another L’Auberge’s restaurant that is open for breakfast, dinner, and late night cravings.
A fun and patriotic place to eat that will surely make you proud to be an American is the gorgeous Jack Daniel’s Bar and Grill. The huge beaded American flag that hangs over the bar is certainly worth stopping by to admire. Savory food and live entertainment are enhanced with a fabulous cocktail menu and dozens of beers on tap. Bar snacks include Gator Bites, Gulf Oysters, and Jacked Up Nachos; there is surely something for every appetite, no matter how exotic their taste is. Main dish favorites include delicious burgers, Fried Catfish, Macaroni & Cheese, and all things barbecue. The Jack Daniel’s Bar and Grill has patio dining which is extremely busy for Sunday Brunch since it houses the most amazing Bloody Mary bar I’ve ever seen!
Fine Dining at L’Auberge Casino and Resort
Dining perfection can be found at the modern American steakhouse, Ember Grille & Wine Bar. I was truly bowled over by the impeccable service and attention to detail in this high-end fine-dining restaurant. Ember Grille’s staff is highly trained and can describe the dishes like a masterful chef as well as tell you about the cocktail list and wines with impressive skill.
Ember Grille & Wine Bar is rustic and warm as well as highly romantic. Enjoy an elegant meal with top-quality, locally-sourced ingredients as you sip from one of the nearly 250 choices of wine that are offered. The Wagyu Beef Carpaccio will melt in your mouth and the Lamb Lollichops are genius! Ember’s Seafood Bisque is plentiful with succulent fat chunks of lobster/crab while the Wedge Salad is crisp and filling with creamy Blue cheese dressing, chinves, and Nueske’s bacon. Suggested dinner items include any steak on the menu, Trout Amandine, and Wild Salmon. Trust me, this is a meal you will remember for quite some time.
You may also opt to skip a formal table setting and just enjoy a beer or wine flight and appetizer in front of the alluring stone fireplaces. Even the wine flights are taken to a higher dimension with “Knights of Napalot” featuring Cakebread, Silver Oak, Joseph Phelps, and Shafer “One Point Five”. Well done with this and four other upscale wine pairings. Live entertainment is offered nightly.
Gambling at L’Auberge Casino Resort
In the casino, you will find a good mix of old school three-reel slot machines along with newer digital video versions. The 1,600 slots and 83 table games don the casino floor with everything from Royal Match Blackjack to Baccarat, with Poker having its own separate 2,100 sq. ft. room. Come for the poker, but stay for the chair massages and food service at the semi-private high-stakes room. New slot games such as Michael Jackson Legend, The Walking Dead 2, and Harley-Davidson can be found at L’Auberge.
L’Auberge: A Lake Charles Masterpiece
The L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana is a wonderful place to stay for a needed getaway, special occasion or just for fun. Come for the gambling, food, shopping, or relaxing; the possibilities here are endless.
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A special thanks to Lake Charles CVB and the L’Auberge Casino Resort for hosting me on this trip. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.