by Michael C. Lowe | November 01, 2011

Baton Rouge
L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge is expected to open next month with 200 guest rooms. The casino complex will include restaurants, lounges, 1,300 slot machines and 50 table games. The property also will feature 13,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Baton Rouge River CenterThe Baton Rouge River Center recently added approximately 22,000 square feet of prefunction space, including nine breakout rooms. The new expansion connects to the facility's 30,000-square-foot arena and 70,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The center now includes a total of 17 breakout rooms.

The 256-room Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel  opened last month with 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, a pool, a restaurant and a wine bar.

Meeting Hotels
Properties in the city include the 333-room Holiday Inn Baton Rouge-South, 300-room Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel & Casino, 300-room Marriott Baton Rouge, 294-room Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge, 290-room Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 256-room Renaissance Baton Route Hotel, 223-room Embassy Suites, 149-room Courtyard by Marriott, 145-room Best Western Richmond Suites Hotel, 128-room Hyatt Place Baton Rouge/I-10 and 122-room Radisson Hotel Baton Rouge.

Convention Center
Baton Rouge River Center; exhibit space, approximately 70,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 17; (225) 389-3030

Airport Transit
Baton Rouge Muni­cipal Airport, about seven miles north of the city. Transfer cost by taxi, $18; by shuttle, $15

Room tax, 4%; sales tax, 9%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Group Venue
For an authentic taste of the antebellum South, head for the Nottoway Plantation & Resort, about 25 miles south of Baton Rouge. Completed in 1859, the estate grounds include a 53,000-square-foot mansion with 40 guest rooms, more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space and the Mansion Restaurant at Nottoway, which offers classic, Creole-inspired Louisiana cuisine, including smoked duck with tomato grits and baked Gulf oysters. The property recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of its guest rooms, meeting space, tennis courts and salon. (866) 527-6884

Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 527-6843