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L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, Lake Charles, Louisiana

by Samantha Bernstein

Situated east right across the Texas border, you will find the Louisiana city of Lake Charles and the L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort. Just over two hours by car from Houston, L’Auberge du Lac is a 26-story hotel set on 242 acres overlooking Contraband Bayou.  Offering endless entertainment and amenities including a par-71 Tom Fazio designed golf course and a non-stop Vegas-style casino, this resort is the ideal getaway for the business traveler or the customer looking for ultimate hospitality.  From the moment you pull into the grand cupola porte cachere, you are immediately engulfed into the warm, picturesque hill country lodge setting and southern hospitality.  The natural stone and exposed wood, along with the high vaulted ceilings and grand candlelit iron chandeliers welcome you into a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

With over 1,000 guest rooms, suites and villas, this Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. managed property is the largest hotel in Louisiana outside of New Orleans.  With no plans to stop growing, Southern Living recently featured the new $67 million expansion in August 2008. This new space includes The Shops at L’Auberge and new hotel tower featuring VIP lounge and service.  Within this 252-guest room tower are ten luxury garden suites with a private terrace and butler service.  These VIP- “invite only” villas roll out the red carpet and offer transport via seaplane, private hotel and spa entrance, as well as, your own patio with hot tub and private outdoor dining.

Anyone can create his or her own VIP experience by reserving a private poolside cabana.  Each cabana includes a refrigerator, safe, telephone, internet access, TV, and personalized attendant services.  Let this be your home base as you explore the Lazy River or enjoy the swim-up bar.  Be sure and leave the kids behind if you want access to the serene adults-only pool.  Relax and enjoy as the pool attendants bring you plush towels and a wide selection of beverage options, all from your lounge chair. 
In the center of it all, lies the casino with over 30,000 square feet of gaming and over 60 table games including blackjack, baccarat and Pai Gow poker, plus over 1600 of the newest slot machines and a high-limit gaming area. Bet you didn’t know…this casino is actually a boat- one of the largest single-level riverboat casinos in the US.  Not to worry, the casino is part of the building structure and never leaves the massive tub where it floats at all times. Take a walk along the back of the property and you can marvel at the engineering feat to comply with state law that all gaming facilities be riverboats. When looking for a casino from home there are different options. Australian players can visit onlinecasino-australia.com to get more information about gambling down under. When you are from India a good resource is www.onlinecasinogamesindia.in.
Amenities include: Contraband Bayou Golf Club-featuring a Tom Fazio championship course; a luxury spa; a heated pool and lazy river; shopping, dining, a conference center and first-class entertainment including a 1500-seat performance venue and a more intimate stage situated on a genuine jack-knifed 18-wheeler parked in Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill which double as a stage for live music acts, and easy access from metropolitan areas in Texas and Louisiana. 

The guest rooms are decorated with fashionable yet relaxed furnishings and features including a luxury must… over sized bathrooms, upscale bath amenities and luxurious bed linens. Each room has Wi-Fi capabilities and high-speed internet access and, if you really have to work, there is also a 24-hour business center.  The conference area offers over 26000 square feet of indoor meeting space as well as a huge outdoor lawn that can be used for special events. 

Dining options include Le Café- 24 hour casual dining, Asia- a contemporary fusion restaurant owned by the same owners as the popular Kim Son restaurant chain throughout Texas,  Jack Daniels Bar & Grill- featuring roadhouse favorites, Nevie Beach Club- chic poolside dining, and the convenience of 24 hour room service. Another distinctive dining option, Le Beaucoup Buffet offers a full option of flavors including native Louisiana style, American, Asian, and Mexican and, of course, a full salad and soup bar. Be sure and save room for the large selection of delectable desserts, even sugar-free options.  Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.   

The crème de la crème of dining options is the Snake River Grill, which offers modern innovative cuisine in a rich elegant, rustic ambiance.  You must order the onion rings or “doughnuts,” as our host so appropriately referred to them. Menu items include cuts of steak, fish and an extensive wine list.  Cornmeal crusted trout with crawfish and prix fixe options include steak, creamy mashed potatoes, and an assortment of cookies with chocolate dipping sauce. All seafood is purchased fresh from local vendors and helps dictate the daily menu, which offers a wide variety of options.   Such a delicious meal gives you the energy for a visit to the casino, all within walking distance of the many dining options. 
Be sure and save time for Spa du Lac. This fully equipped cardio fitness center, salon and full service spa facility provides rejuvenation in a relaxing environment. Offering a menu of skin care specialties and body treatments, your options are endless.  Also offered are an in-room massage, poolside cabana massage, couples massage and even a pre-natal massage for those who are expecting.

And did I mention there’s more to come?  Pinnacle has an expansion property that has already begun. The island- breeze themed-Sugarcane Bay will be an adjacent resort casino and will be connected to L’Auberge via air-conditioned walkway, allowing easy access between properties.  The resort will feature 400 guestrooms and suites, a casino with gaming tables, slots and a dedicated poker room as well as restaurants, retail shops, and a tropical pool and spa.  There are also plans to add an additional 9-holes of golf with residential property to be developed. 

All this excitement is in a location closer than Las Vegas for many weekend or vacation travelers minus the desert-throat and dry conditions. This ideal retreat is the perfect destination resort of choice on the Gulf Coast and stands out as an excellent vacation and destination option when planning your next get away.

L'Auberge du Lac
777 Avenue L'Auberge
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337.395.7777 or

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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