Baton Rouge, Louisiana Hotels and Travel Guide
Baton Rouge is the second largest city in Louisiana and the state capital. If you’re looking for Baton Rouge hotels, Extended Stay Hotels has two great locations, and both offer tremendous value.
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Unlike some state capitals that rely chiefly on government to drive their economy, Baton Rouge is a major industrial, petrochemical and port center. In fact, the Port of Baton Rouge is the ninth largest in the United States in terms of total tonnage.
The petrochemical industry is the largest single sector driving the Baton Rouge economy. ExxonMobil operates a major refinery here that is the second largest refinery in the country and among the largest such instillations worldwide. Another giant of the petrochemical industry, Dow Chemical, operates numerous facilities in and around Baton Rouge, as does Taiwanese owned NanYa Plastics.
Just minutes from either of the Extended Stay Hotels locations is the Louisiana State Capitol. Even with Baton Rouge’s strong industrial economy, state government still remains the area’s number one employer.
Also located in Baton Rouge is Louisiana State University or LSU, as it is generally known. This renowned public university boasts nine senior colleges, three schools, an enrollment of over 32,000 students and a full-time faculty of approximately 1,300. LSU is also a major research institution.
Hoping to establish itself as “Hollywood South,” Baton Rouge hosts the Celtic Media Centre, the first full-service studio and sound stage in Louisiana. Billing itself as an ideal venue for productions of any scale, the Celtic Media Centre’s Raleigh Studios is a preferred choice for companies looking to earn generous state tax credits as well as save on production costs relative to competing facilities in Los Angeles or New York City.
No matter what business brings you to Baton Rouge, plan plenty of time for sight seeing. The whole family will enjoy a visit to the World War II Navy destroyer USS Kidd, which has been turned into a floating museum saluting the men and women of our armed forces. A day trip to LSU Rural Life Museum is also sure to impress. This twenty-seven building outdoor museum was ranked one of the top ten best outdoor museums by the British Museum. And no child ever wants to leave BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, featuring nearly 2,000 different animals, a petting zoo, and rides on the Cypress Bayou railroad.
The streets of Baton Rouge are abuzz at ngiht. Comedy clubs, cafes, bars, casinos, and live music are all standard fair downtown. The M Bar offers 20 different martinis, each a celebration of a specific Baton Rouge landmark. Tourists should also stop by Chelsea’s Café for a taste of local art and music. The latest nightly events can be found online at http://www.225batonrouge.com/.
Golfers have numerous options in Baton Rouge. The Webb Park Golf Course is just a short drive from either Baton Rouge Extended Stay Hotels location. Webb Park is a fun, 18-hole championship course that offers plenty of challenging shots and great views.
For comfortable, convenient, and affordable Baton Rouge hotels, both the Crossland Economy Studio Sherwood Forest and the Extended Stay America Citiplace are terrific choices.