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Louisiana State University

102 Design Building Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-5400     visit website

Baton Rouge (French for "Red Stick"!) is the capitol city of the State of Louisiana, is the state's second-largest city, and is home to Louisiana State University.  Located 80 miles northwest of New Orleans. The city's name comes from the 1699 sighting, by French explorers, of a 30-foot high wooden red-painted post that marked the boundary of the indigenous Houma and Bayogoula hunting grounds.  French settlement of Baton Rouge dates to 1721. Uprooted settlers from the Acadia region of Canada later moved to the area, but maintained a unique cultural identity, popularly known as Cajun.  In 1846, the Louisiana State Legislature moved the state capitol to Baton Rouge, as New Orleans was considered too "sinful."

Saturday, October 6 will also be Baton Rouge's 2nd annual Bloom Festival of Music and Arts, at River Road.  Planted on the downtown levee, BLOOM works to create a garden of diversity and unity through love of art, music and food.  This year's musical headliner is New Orleans bounce music icon, Big Freedia


Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport airport located eight miles ( and four nautical miles) from the north of the central business district of Baton Rouge.

DIRECTIONS – Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport
Take I-110 South to Laurel Street Exit. Head West towards the Mississippi River. Turn left on Lafayette Street. The hotel is located on the right, two blocks down in downtown Baton Rouge.
Distance from Hotel: 8 mi.
Drive Time: 12 min.

Courtesy Bus is available through the hotel; please arrange inadvacne.

DIRECTIONS – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Take I-10 West through Baton Rouge and take I-110 North to North Street. Head West towards the Mississippi River. Turn left on Lafayette Street. Go two blocks, and the hotel is on the right at 201 Lafayette Street.
Distance from Hotel: 70 mi.
Drive Time: 1 hr.


Greyhound offers a variety of bus tickets into downtown Baton Rouge check out the Greyhound website for details.

Baton Rouge Bus Station
Address: 1253 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70802



A shuttle bus will be provided between the hotel and LSU campus.

Overnight guest valet parking with in/out privileges is discounted for the group at $12.00 per day plus tax and is available 24 hours. Day parking 0 – 4 hours is $5.00, 4 or more hours is $10.00. Rates are subject to change without prior notice and parking is subject to availability.

On-campus parking at LSU is $12/day.

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