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Entrance to Harrahs casino in Louisiana

Planning a vacation to Louisiana in the future? When you are choosing a hotel consider staying at a casino. You say you don’t gamble. Still casinos are a good choice for several reasons even for family vacations. They offer reasonable prices and all the advantages of a resort.  There are always restaurants for every taste and budget. Shops and entertainment abound in casino. The ever important swimming pool is usually offered in several versions. For those who do wish to indulge in the gaming the opportunities are limitless. You will have a confortable visit, you can bet on it.

 


 

One good idea is to make a reservation. Some of the casinos get filled especially on heavy travel days. I’m giving an overview list of amenities and rates. Low rates are based on what I could book October midweek. They may differ at other times. Many of the casinos offer specials at slow times so if you are flexible you can get a better deal. For me the only negatives I found at most of the casinos hotels were the lack of a real lobby where you could sit and wait in a peaceful place and many have no business centers with computers and the ability to print out your boarding pass.

casino tables in Louisiana

The history of casinos in Louisiana is a story in itself. As one tour operator pointed out, “You can’t gamble in Louisiana. It’s forbidden by the State Constitution.”

That being the case, how to explain all the casinos in the state?  LLouisiana politicians have always been inventive. Governor Edwin Edwards was a match for the best wordsmiths when it served his interests. He dearly loved his cards so he decreed that what had previously been called “gambling” was now known as “gaming” as long as it was done in a tax paying casino. You are still subject to arrest if you start up a friendly poker game with some coins on the table at home. That’s gambling.

casino on water in Louisiana

Our guide told us that in Louisiana, “Casino floors must be sitting on 3 to 6 inches of water.” You don’t notice that when you walk from the hotel section to the actual casino. That creates another interesting fact: since casinos are technically boats, they must have a captain. We all agreed that would be a plush job. The casinos never actually leave the moorings so the captain would have little to do. The above view is of the casino section taken from high up in the hotel section of Horseshoe Casino.

L'auberge Casino in Lake Charles

lobby L'auberge Casino in Lake Charles

This was the first Louisiana casino I stayed at and I loved it. I was on the 25sup>th floor and it was so peaceful. My room looked out over the pool which is worth a stay just for that. It’s one of the biggest and prettiest pools ever. Actually it’s a group of pools and spas. The winding Lazy River is perfect of family fun and the heated adult’s only pool with its poolside bar is a perfect lounging spot.

pools at L'auberge Casino in Lake Charles. LA

The rooms are spacious and comfy. span style="mso-spacerun:yes">  Unlike some of the casinos, this one had a lot of lobby area where you can just chill out and relax. There are tons of shops on site and around the hallway, there are many museum type displays.

My favorite restaurant there is Favorites Southern Kitchen. See more Le Beaucoup Buffet is the most economical dining and perfect for families as they have almost endless choices to please everyone. For adult nightlife, Jack Daniels Bar and Grill provides nightly entertainment as well as food and plenty of Jack’s favorite sipping whiskey.

Rooms: 636 Price Range: $129-$330
Suites: 99 Price Range: $550-$850
Restaurants: 8 Valet Parking: Free
Buffet: B- $10.99/$12.99 (Saturday/Sunday)
L- $14.99/$21.99 (Saturday/Sunday)
Casino Size: 27,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Texas Hold 'Em Bonus
Overnight RV Parking: Free/RV Dump: No
Special Features: 18-hole golf course. Spa. Pool with lazy river ride. 1,500-seat event center.

hhttp://www.llakecharles.com/

Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles

Lobby Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, LA

I stayed here just after it opened. Talk about the lap of luxury. My “average” room was one of the best I have ever had. It boggles the mind to think of what the upscale rooms and suites are like.

bedroom Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles  bathroom in suite Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles 

When you visit the Golden Nugget, be sure to pack your swim suit. I forgot mine and regretted it when I saw that fantastic pool. 

pool Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles

While there I had the privilege of dining at Vic and Anthony’s. This is the same restaurant that won so many awards at their different locations that I would run out of space if I listed them all. Let me assure you the one  at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles lives up top the reputation the older ones have earned. I had the smallest of the Fillet Minion steaks with a baked potato and some while mushrooms and just barely had room for dessert. Luckily I forced myself. Their bread pudding has also won awards.

 Rooms: 736 Price Range: $129-$229
Suites: 3  Price Range: Casino use only
Restaurants: 8 
Buffets: B- $11.99/$15.99 (Saturday/Sunday) 
L-$15.99 D- $25.99/$29.99 (Thursday-Saturday)
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Poker, Three Card Poker, Baccarat, Mississippi Stud, Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride, Four Card Poker
Special Features: 18 hole championship course, Starbucks.

http://www.goldennuggetlc.com/

 

Margaritaville Casino in Shreveport

exterior Margaritaville Casino in Shreveport, LA

Margaretville, as the name suggest, is owned by Jimmy buffet and succeeds in creating an island atmosphere in the heart of Shreveport. We dined at both the Margaretville Restaurant and Jimmy’s here.

Stage with entertainers at Margaritaville Casino in Shreveport, LA

Margaritaville Restaurant, where we sampled some world class Margaritas and snacks, is great fun for the entertainment. The entertainers are on stilts so you can see them form any point int he restaurant. It’s all set to Jimmy Buffet music and the highpoint is when the very realistic volcano erupts.

Hige guitar Margaritaville Casino in Shreveport

Jimmy’s is the spot to visit for steaks and seafood and very upscale dining. It is much more sedately decorated than the rest of the resort and there are no erupting volcanoes here but the food is wonderful./p>

Rooms: 354 Price Range: $79-$219
Suites: 36 Price Range: $319-$589
Restaurants: 5 Liquor: Yes
Buffets: B- $9.95 
L- $14.99/$25.95 (Saturday-Sunday) D- $25.95
Casino Size: 26,624
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Video keno, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Four Card Poker, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Mississippi Stud
Overnight RV Parking: Yes/RV Dump: No

http://www.margaritavillebossiercity.com/

Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City

Chandilear at Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, LA  Lobby at Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City 

When we visited the Horseshoe Casino, Dee, one of the managers, took us around for a tour. She told us that the hotel usually has 100% occupancy.  She also told me that room rates have run as low as $35 a night.  You couldn’t beat that price at a low level chain motel. bedroom at Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City

The 26 floor is penthouse and used for special guest (translate High Rollers). This floor has its own butler service. For those who do play, a reward card helps cut rates. However, Dee said, “We do get a lot of people who are not players at all. We have a very family friendly atmosphere. We have shopping. We have a buffet and the Outlet Mall is right next door.”

buffett Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City  Sampling of desserts at Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City 

They offer a separate pool for adults, The Dare Pool. If you crave more nightlife, there are two nightspots, The Whiskey Roadhouse for bar atmosphere and a band. Riverdome proudly presents intimate concert performances. The Riverdome is one of the top concert venues not only for the casino but all of Shreveport/Bossier city. It brings in some of the biggest names in country, blues and rock. 

Bar at Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City

Suites: 606 Price Range: $69-$555br> Restaurants: 3 Valet Parking: Freebr>Buffets: L- $16.50/$24.50 (Friday)
D- $21.50/$26.50 (Friday)
Casino Size: 28,095 Square Feet 
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Baccarat, Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Let it Ride
Overnight RV Parking: Free/RV Dump: No
Senior Discount: 10% buffet discount if 55+
Special Features: 2,930-passenger paddle wheeler on the Red River. Affiliated with Harrah’s.

http://www.horseshoebossiercity.com

Sam's Town Casino in Shreveport

Lobby Sam's Town Casino in Shreveport

Sam’s gives the feeling of being outdoors even inside. It is beautifully lit. i>Southern Gaming and Destinations awarded this casino “Best of Readers’ Choice Awards” for Best Dealers & Slot Attendants, as well as BBest Players Club.

Buffett Sam's Town Casino in Shreveport

Like the other casinos, the food choices range from the International Buffet to William B’s Steakhouse. Their Sam’s Town Live offers local bands mainly. It’s not the newest casino around but the rooms are spacious and reasonable, the food is good and the fu n is non-stop..

shops Sam's Town Casino in Shreveport

Sams has a nice variety of shops onsite andspan style="mso-bidi-font-style: italic"> they are close to downtown and all that Shreveport has to offer.

Rooms: 514 Price Range: $61-$180
Restaurants: 4 Valet Parking: Freebr>Buffet: B/L- $14.99 (Saturday-Sunday only)
D-$16.99/$22.99 (Friday/Saturday)
Casino Size: 29,194 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker
Overnight RV Parking: No
Special Features: 1,650-passenger paddle wheeler on the Red River.

http://www.samstownshreveport.com

Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City

racetrack at Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City

Louisiana Down’s is unique in that it is a “Racino” or combination casino and racetrack. It has no hotel itself but Springhill Suites is located on the grounds. Surprisingly their rates seem a bit higher than most of the casinos nearby with rooms at $89 and suites at $99.

Restaurants: 5 br>Valet Parking: Free
Casino Size: 11,967 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots only, no video poker offered
Overnight RV Parking: Free/RV Dump: No
Senior Discount: Various Tuesdays if 50 or older
Special Features: Live thoroughbred racing (Thursday-Sunday) May through early October. 
Live quarter-horse racing (Saturday-Wednesday) late October through mid-September. Daily simulcasting of horse racing.

https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-louisiana-downs/

Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans

Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans

For some obscure political reason, Harrah’s in New Orleans is exempt from the “be on the water” rule. It is a huge facility located near the Mississippi River on Canal Street. It provides wonderful access without having to drive and deal with parking. (That is no fun in New Orleans) You can walk to the French Quarter; catch a streetcar to the Garden District, Irish Channel or Audubon Park; or take a public bus to anywhere else in town at an extremely reasonable rate.

Musical Legends Park at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans

This place is huge; you could fit two or even three of any of the other casinos in this one and have room left over. The hotel is in a separate building. I was there with my brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Mae Lin. Mae Lin led me thorough the casino and into the hotel through a beautiful little courtyard called Musical Legend's Park with statures of Al Hirt, Fats Domino and Pete Fountain.

Suites: 450 Price Range: $180-$335br> Restaurants: 4 
Buffet: B/L- $15.99/$33.99 (Saturday-Sunday)
D- $21.99/$33.99 (Thursday-Saturday)/$23.99 (Sunday)
Valet Parking: $10 first two hours/$5 for each additional two hours/$25 maximum (Free for Diamond and Platinum members)
Casino Size: 125,119 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Big Six Wheel, Baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em
Overnight RV Parking: No
Special Features: Land based casino. Five themed gaming areas. Fast food court. Daily live jazz music. Self-parking costs $5 to $25 depending on length of stay. Slot club members playing for minimum of 30 minutes can get validated for up to 24 hours of free parking.

https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans/casino

 

 

 

 

 


 

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