The Lake Charles area of Louisiana has become a haven lately for casinos, taking advantage of its close proximity to the Texas border. In particular, being only two hours drive away from Houston, it brings in a lot of travelers from the region who are looking for a gambling getaway.
The plans for this particular casino resort were first laid in 2006, when Pinnacle Entertainment received a license from the State of Louisiana to build a $300 million gambling resort called Sugarcane Bay on the 242 acre waterfront property.
They ended up not going ahead with it, and in 2011, the license was given to former Pinnacle Chairman Dan Lee, and his new company Creative Casinos, however he was unable to get the financing to build it. He ended up selling Creative Casinos to Ameristar in 2012, which included the license for this property.
Later in 2012, Pinnacle acquired Ameristar, so the project had come full circle now and the license for Sugarcane Bay was back in their hands again. However, due to antitrust concerns, they were forced to sell it to get the Ameristar deal approved by regulators, and Landry’s, who operate the Golden Nugget brand, bought it.
This casino finally got built in 2013, and ended up naming it the Golden Nugget Lake Charles. Landry’s was particularly happy to build it since they had been looking for a casino close to their headquarters in Houston, Texas, for some time, and their brand of restaurants is well known there, and they were looking to feed off of that to get more Texans to come over.
So as things turned out, Landry’s was definitely the company to do it, as they upped the original plan to spend $320 to build it all the way up to $600 million to make this the most impressive resort casino in the area.
This turned out to be a good bet for them, as the Golden Nugget Lake Charles has won numerous awards and is considered by many to be the finest casino in Louisiana.
The Accommodations at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Being Louisiana’s newest resort, it is decked out with all of the latest technology, including a state of the art key system. All the rooms in their 25 story, 740 room hotel tower come with such niceties as an in room safe, iron and ironing board, digital music system, iPod docking station, and high speed internet.
Their entry level rooms have a generous 500 square feet of room, with a large soaker tub, dual sinks, king or queen bed, Cuisinart coffee maker, and dining nook, where you can enjoy their 24 hour room service.
There are also several suites you can choose from, all the way up to the Presidential Suite, with 1,500 square feet of living space, along with a host of amenities sure to please.
Rates here start at $179 a night, with packages available, including spa and bed and breakfast deals.
There are 11 restaurants on board, including Vic and Anthony’s, named one of America’s top 10 steakhouses. The Grotto offers authentic Italian cuisine, and Landry’s Seafood House provides the finest in Gulf seafood.
Those who enjoy Asian food will want to visit Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, offering a fusion of Chinese and Japanese dishes. The Saltgrass Steak House offers, certified Angus beef cooked to perfection. The Claim Jumper and the Claim Jumper grill serve up popular homemade dishes.
The Buffet has seven serving stations waiting for you to fill your plate, specializing in seafood as well as Mexican, Italian, Asian, and American dishes. The Cadillac Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar offers Mexican food along with barrel aged Margaritas.
You can also grab a meal at the Blue Martini, as well as enjoying their cocktails. The Golden Nugget Country Club also features a restaurant, specializing in Cajun flair, as well as offering some of the best golf in the area. Finally, there’s a Starbucks on site where you can enjoy various coffee beverages.
In addition to the Blue Martini and the Cadillac, the Country Club also has a bar, as well as being able to get drinks and entertainment at the Rush Lounge, the Ice Bar, Bar 46, and at the H20 Pool and Bar. So there’s plenty of variety here as far as restaurants and bars go.
Several of the venues here offer live entertainment, as well as acts being showcased at the Grand Event Center, and often feature big names from the past.
The Golden Nugget Spa and Salon will invigorate and pamper you, and there’s also state of the art fitness equipment on site. You can also get a haircut and a shoeshine here. There’s also a pool, a beach, a marina, golf, tennis, RV facilities, and an arcade.
The Casino At the Golden Nugget Lake Charles
The casino is the centerpiece of this resort and it has been named best overall casino in Louisiana, as well as best video slots, best high end slot promotions, and best slot club promotions.
There are 1600 slot and video poker machines on hand, with stakes ranging from a penny to $500 a spin. There’s also a luxury slot room with almost 100 machines where you will find the high stakes ones, as well as VIP treatment.
Players who are enrolled in their 24K Select players club can insert their cards into their slot machines and redeem their free play right on the spot. They have a great assortment of machines, everything a slot player is looking for.
The Golden Nugget Lake Charles also has 77 table games, offering Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Baccarat, Mississippi Stud, Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride, Ultimate Texas Holdem, and Blackjack Switch.
Limits start at $10, and you can play all the way up to $10,000 a hand or spin in their High Limit Room, featuring 13 Blackjack tables and a Roulette table. The Rush Lounge and Party Pit also has gaming machines, as well as nightly music.
There’s also a six table poker room, where you can play some low limit Texas Holdem or Omaha.
All of your play here gets rewarded through their 24K Select membership, and it always pays to get a frequent player card at any casino, and this one is good at any Golden Nugget casino.
This is certainly one of the better casino resorts in the Lake Charles area, or in the state of Louisiana for that matter. There’s lots to do here, especially at their award winning casino.