by Courtney Elko
Situated on the banks of the Vermillion River, this DoubleTree by Hilton completed a $12-million renovation project in May 2015. Downtown Lafayette, Vermilionville Historic Village and Tabasco’s Avery Island and Jungle Gardens are also situated not far away from this hotel. The kids will love being welcomed to the hotel with the DoubleTree’s warm chocolate chip cookies.
The outdoor swimming pool and deck area is an ideal spot for families to spend some quality time after a day of exploring the town. The kids will have a great time swimming and splashing, and some of the guestrooms are located only a few steps from the pool. The spacious guestrooms and suites feature a mini-fridge and microwave, and connecting rooms are available. The onsite restaurant offers delicious Cajun cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the onsite nightclub is a nice spot for adults to unwind as well.
Our Editor Loves
- Large outdoor pool overlooking river
- Onsite restaurant and night club
- Minutes from downtown Lafayette
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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The 326 guestrooms situated on 15 floors are spacious with a netural dÃ©cor and some of the rooms feature views of the Vermillion River. Cribs, connecting rooms and rollaway beds are all available upon request.
The guestrooms feature a king or two double beds, large windows, a mini-fridge, coffeemaker, a flat-screen television and a laptop size safe. A shower/tub combination can be found in the bathroom.
Some of the guestrooms located on the first floor overlook the pool area and feature a sliding glass door that allows families to be only steps away from the pool.
The spacious suites feature a separate living room area with a sofa, mini-fridge, microwave and second flat-screen television. A whirlpool tub can be found in the bedroom area and a shower/tub combination in the bathroom.
The Executive Suites feature views of the Vermillion River and access to the Executive Lounge, where guests can find a complimentary continental breakfast and light hors d'oeuvres throughout the day. A king or two double beds are featured in the bedroom area, and in the separate living room area is a sleeper sofa.
This hotel is long in the tooth, to say the least. The rooms are old, carpet stained, showers are iffy. We have stayed here 4 times in the past 3 months as our daughter goes to college in town. Elevators are a disaster. Breakfast downstairs is horrible. Stayed on concierge level this time which was a definite improvement. Problem was our room was never serviced. Not once. hotel is cheap but you are better off paying for better service.
I enjoyed the staff. They were very nice and friendly. The cookie was extremely good that was given when I first got there. The room was nice and taken care of well. I do not understand why the elevator was such an inconvenience. Guests were taking the service elevator or talking the stairs for several flights, because the elevator was so slow.
The large outdoor pool with a surrounding beautiful wooden deck overlooks the Vermillion River. The pool, which has a depth of 3 to 5 feet, is open from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and pool towels are provided. The kids will love to take a dip here on a warm day and the adults will love to hang out on the surrounding lounge chairs or under an umbrella. Restrooms can be found just inside from the pool area. Guestrooms on the first floor overlook the pool and feature an exterior sliding door that is only steps away from the pool.
Located off the main lobby area, this onsite restaurant serves delicious Cajun cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A full, hot breakfast buffet is available from 6 to 9:30 a.m. daily. Gumbo, seafood, salads and Po'Boys are some of the items featured on the lunch and dinner menus. Children under 5 years old eat free at SoLA. A children's menu and high chairs are available. Guests can also opt for a room rate that includes breakfast when booking.
Familes are welcome to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the comfort of their guestrooms. In-room dining is available from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Located on the 15th floor, the Executive Lounge offers lighter breakfast options and appetizers in the evenings. Diamond members are welcome in the Executive Lounge.
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All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel so there is never a concern about staying connected.
A pantry area with beverages, snacks and other sundries is available in the lobby. Complimentary coffee and a microwave are always available in the lobby as well.
A fitness center, with cardio and weight machines, is situated near the outdoor pool.
A complimentary shuttle service is available to take guests to the airport or anywhere within a 2-mile radius of the hotel.
The Art of Smart Timing
The DoubleTree serves mostly corporate guests during the week and families on the weekends. The summer months are peak time for families to visit, as Lafayette can easily be considered a halfway point for those traveling on to Texas or Florida.
Mardi Gras season, which is family friendly in Lafayette, is a busier time in Lafayette and allows families to join in the fun without the crazy party atmosphere.
Lafayette Regional Airport is about 10 minutes away from the hotel. Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is located about one hour away from the hotel, and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is located about two hours away.
Free parking surrounds the hotel and a free hotel shuttle is available to take guests anywhere within a 2-mile radius of the hotel. A vehicle is needed to see much of Lafayette.
For Mom and Dad
SoLA Lobby Bar
The large bar area situated off the main lobby is a great spot to enjoy some cocktails or light bites. The lobby bar is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Adults can start or end their evening at the lobby bar before visiting Club 337, which is situated just behind the lobby bar.
Situated directly behind the SoLA lobby bar, this night club is a great spot for the adults to spend some time after a day with the kids. Cocktails and live music are available on Friday and Saturday nights and sometimes comedy shows perform at Club 337, as well.