We researched TripAdvisor before making our reservation. This was one of the top-rated hotels in Baton Rouge. But not in my book.
I was turned off when we entered the lobby - a vast, empty, sterile space with four chairs arranged on a small square of rug in the middle. The polar opposite of welcoming and inviting. The feature attraction is a shiny workout room with floor-to-ceiling glass to your right. If you don't want to work out, this space says "Move on quickly!"
Our room was small for 170.00. But the worst part was the vague smell of urine that kept drifting through all night. This was puzzling, as the bathroom seemed clean enough. I discovered the source of the smell the next morning, when I opened the enclosed shower door to be hit in the face with the overwhelming evidence that a previous resident had urinated in the shower. How had housekeeping missed this one? To their credit, the hotel staff quickly assigned me another room (the new one had soap caked on the vanity top, but this was better than the urine!)
The restaurant is a sportsman's paradise. One is surrounded by multiple, multiple large TV's - sports bar style. This is probably a great place for a sports-loving business traveler to relax after a hard day.
In short, we chose the wrong place, and we won't return. Maybe this would be a good stay for a young, hip, business person who wants to watch sports on TV, work out, and isn't picky about cleanliness if the internet is fast enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn College Drive Baton Rouge, the newest hotel in the area, enjoys the premier hotel location in Baton Rouge. Situated with direct access to I-10 at College Dr. and Constitution Ave., the hotel is conveniently located to shopping, dining and local attractions and corporate headquarters. Business travelers appreciate the hotel's proximity of the Holiday Inn College Drive Baton Rouge to Shell Oil, Exxon Mobil, Shaw Group, and Dow Chemical. The hotel is also within minutes of several renowned medical facilities such as Mary Byrd Perkins Center, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Ochsner Health System. The River Center is a 10 minute drive from the hotel. Leisure guests will find the Holiday Inn College Drive Baton Rouge the perfect base for exploring local attractions such as Louisiana State University (LSU), USS Kidd, Southern University (SU), the Blue Bayou Waterpark and Dixie Landing. Shoppers will love visiting The Mall of Louisiana, Perkins Rowe, Tanger Outlets, and Towne Center. A day trip to New Orleans and the French Quarter entertainment is a quick trip down I-10. The hotel features a business center, free wireless Internet, a 24 hour health club, and Sporting News Grill. Each guest room features 37 LCD televisions with high tech audio video and MP3 capability. Relax in our tropical outdoor pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Baton Rouge s College Drive Hotel Baton Rouge