I’ve been thinking about all the Lake Charles casino road trips that Jerry and I have taken – some (A LOT) this year and others last year. It’s an awesome mini vacation…especially if you’re in Houston – only 2ish hours away!! So here’s a short overview to help you decide where to go when you visit Lake Charles.
ISLE OF CAPRI
Isle of Capri is a well-lit casino with inexpensive gambling minimums – it may have a bit of a raunchy feel to it, but it’s all part of the fun! 25-cent black jack at the bar is my favorite!! Don’t forget to tip the bartender and waitresses so they keep coming back 🙂 Isle has two hotels, the Inn and the Tower, which is the better of the two. The Inn is more “Motel 6ish” and across the parking lot from the casino. #lazygirlprobs BUT, it serves its purpose…there’s a bed, shower and mini fridge. The Tower was recently renovated and it shows! The room we stayed in had a large jacuzzi tub in the room. Yaassss!! Plus, it was on the same floor as the casino – I think this was the 2nd floor. It was so convenient! Isle is a lot of fun during the day and if you’re on a budget.
Golden Nugget is the newbie in Lake Charles. With its trendy, young and upbeat feel, it reminds you of the Vegas strip. Because it’s a Landry’s property, the restaurants are great. I still haven’t found one that I’d recommend, but the ones with the patios next to the pool are great in the summer. The pool is amazing, on Saturdays they have a DJ, which really gives it the party atmosphere that sets it apart. Every time I’ve gambled there, it has not been the best experience; but if you want a recommendation, I’d say do some video gambling at the bar (at least you’d get a drink). I have not yet experienced the accommodations, but I’m sure they are amazing – it’s new! Golden Nugget is great for a “stop-by” visit if you want to get fancied up; it’s definitely not super budget friendly so don’t expect any 25-cent blackjack here.
L’Auberge feels like more of an established luxury. The bright slot lights really have a Vegas night shine in the dim lighting – video craps is my favorite here! Your trip isn’t complete without trying all the different restaurants…you’ll need more than one day. Try the breakfast buffet at Le Beaucoup, a burger at the Jack Daniels Bar & Grill (do the Burger Shot Beer special on Mondays), and a late night chicken fried steak at Favorites. If it’s warm enough, the lazy river has an amazing swim up bar. Pro tip: Attend a Liquid Society concert for some late night swim up bar-ing 🙂 The beach is great to relax, but I wouldn’t get in the water. The accommodations here are incredible – especially if you have a pool view. Any room is comfortable and fairly quiet. Get an all around experience and order some late night room service to
sober up err…I mean, re-energize (?) – the Kitchen Sink pizza is delish!! L’Auberge is obviously my favorite and I’d definitely recommend staying a few nights. It’s the perfect combination of fun and relaxing.
I’ve got waaaay too many picture to just pick one…so here’s a video instead 🙂
Happy Casino-ing! OR as the video craps lady at L’Auberge would say, “Push the button!” ❤