L’Auberge Casino Resort Review
L’Auberge Lake Charles is a resort casino located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It is close to the Texas border and only two hours drive away from Houston, where it gets a lot of its visitors from.
Louisiana has a very rich gambling history, dating back to the early days of New Orleans, and this tradition continues. Louisiana has a total of 18 casinos and ranks fifth among states in terms of overall casino revenue.
The L’Auberge Casino Resort is owned by Pinnacle Entertainment, a company that got its start in the horse racing business in California al the way back in 1938, when Jack Warner of Warner Bros. fame opened Hollywood Park.
In the late 90’s the company started looking toward the casino market, and in 1998 the racetrack was sold once they got a license to open a casino in Indiana, the modestly sized Belterra Casino Resort.
The L’Auberge Lake Charles was their second project, completed and opened in 2005. Their business expanded from there, and Pinnacle Entertainment currently owns and operates 16 casinos around the country now, including the Ameristar franchise.
Lake Charles itself is a modestly sized city, with a metro population of about 200,000, so it’s not that the location is remote, and visitors also get to take advantage of all of the attractions and amenities in the area in addition to what the L’Auberge has to offer. There are also a couple of other casinos in the area to check out at the same time.
Casino gambling contributes significantly to the economy of Lake Charles, and the L’Auberge alone employs 2,400 people. In spite of it only being a medium sized casino as far as the size of its casino floor goes, with 70,000 square feet of gaming space, it has a 1000 room hotel and gets 400,000 visitors a month, so they do a lot of business here.
The Amenities at L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
The L’Auberge gets a lot of drive up traffic, but they do have nice accommodations for those who would like to stay a while, either on a business trip or for pleasure, and they have non stop gambling to keep you as entertained as you wish during your stay with them.
They offer guests the choice of either a luxury or a premium luxury room. This hotel isn’t really that old but has recently been renovated to bring it more up to date. The décor here is more “classic” than at some casino hotels, but they are well appointed and do live up to their claim of luxury quite well.
They also offer a choice of several suites, for those who need or just prefer a little more space. The stately appeal of their rooms carries over, and the suites are even more stately in fact, and you can also get suites with additional amenities such as a billiard table or a garden suite.
The rates here tend to be on the higher side as far as hotel casinos go, but this is a product of the market, being located in a city, where prices tend to be higher.
Don’t expect deals like you would see in Vegas or Atlantic City though, you’re looking at $150 and up even with their room deals. However, demand for their rooms here is high and the hotel is well regarded generally.
One of the biggest appeals of this property is their championship 18 hole golf course, the Tom Fazio designed Contraband Bayou. The rates here are very reasonable as well as far as golf courses go, as low as $39, and hotel guests get preferred rates.
There are 7 dining options at L’Auberge Lake Charles, starting with Le Beaucoup Buffet, with a selection of local, American, Tex-Mex, and Asian selections. The Ember Grille and Wine bar specializes in steak, cooked on a wood fire grill, with a piano lounge as well.
Jack Daniels Bar and Grill offers tasty selections served up Jack Daniels style and a full assortment of refreshments. They also offer live entertainment one evening a week. Asia serves up Asian cuisine as well as offering a sushi bar.
Favorites, their newest restaurant, offers Southern style breakfasts as well as lunch and dinner in a cozy atmosphere. Modern Pantry is a coffee shop that serves soups, salads, and sandwiches, as well as desserts. Touloulou’s is a seasonal outdoor bar and grill that operates during the summer months.
As far as entertainment goes, the L’Auberge Event Center offers live acts, and after dark, Jack Daniel’s Bar and Grill becomes Jack After Dark. They also throw parties by the pool at The Liquid Society which offers live entertainment every Thursday evening.
The Pool, Lazy River, and Cabanas offers an adult only pool area with bar service. There’s also Spa du Lac to check out, and they have a barber shop on site as well, in addition to several shops and boutiques and a high tech arcade.
The Casino At L’Auberge Lake Charles
The L’Auberge Lake Charles casino is where the real action is here, boasting 1,600 slot machines and 83 table games. The slots are all up to date, featuring many of today’s popular games, as well as classic favorites. Video poker machines are also available.
There are 10 different table games laid out here, including Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, Four Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Texas Holdem Bonus, and Three Card Poker.
L’Auberge has also recently added a 2,100 square foot poker room, including a main room and a semi-private higher stakes room with tableside food service and massages. It offers both limit and no limit Texas Holdem, limit Omaha Hi/Lo, and Pot Limit Omaha Hi. They also offer tournaments every Thursday as well as on the last Saturday of every month.
Those who wish to take a little break can visit the Globar in the center of the casino, where you can relax and enjoy drinks.
L’Auberge also offers their players the benefit of their rewards program, where you get credited for your casino and poker action and redeem these points for rewards here.
If you’re looking for some great gambling and some fine Southern hospitality, the L’Auberge Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana has plenty of both.