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Drury Inn & Suites Baton Rouge

7939 Essen Park, Baton Rouge, 70809-7438, LA

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Overview

Opened in 2009, this family-friendly hotel is conveniently located to Louisiana State University, downtown Baton Rouge and all that this southern city has to offer. To keep the hotel fresh and comfortable for guests, the property underwent a soft goods renovation in 2014, wherein all linens, upholstery and other soft goods were replaced.

In addition to updated soft goods, this hotel also offers a wealth of amenities that families will love. For instance, kids will love the indoor/outdoor swimming pool and nearby indoor hot tub. Parents will love feeding the whole family at the free hot breakfast, the 5:30 Kickback with dinner entrees, and even free snacks with free soda and popcorn. Plus, they’ll have spacious guestrooms outfitted with a microwave, a refrigerator and a coffeemaker.

Our Editor Loves

  • Free breakfast, snacks & beverages
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Free Wi-Fi

Family Interests

  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Park
  • Water Parks

Family Amenities

  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
  • Refrigerator

Room Information

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All 180 guestrooms include a microwave, a refrigerator, a coffeemaker, an iron, an ironing board, a hairdryer, an LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, and free local and long-distance calls. Cribs are available for a $10 fee and should be requested at booking to ensure availability. Rollaway beds also are available for a $10 fee per day based on availability, and should be requested at booking. Note: Rollaway beds are not permitted in double queen rooms or double queen suites.

Deluxe (Standard) Rooms
These guestrooms feature either one king bed or two queen beds, nightstands, a desk and chair, a dresser, and a chair with side table. Oversized standard rooms are available.

The majority of guestrooms are standard rooms with two queen beds and a recliner. There are some rooms with one king bed and a recliner. There are six king rooms with a Jacuzzi tub. Handicapped accessible rooms are available in all room types except those with a Jacuzzi tub.

Suites
These guestrooms feature a separate bedroom with either a king bed or two queen beds, nightstand, chest and LCD TV. In the living room, you'll find a sleeper sofa, side tables, a chair, a coffee table, a desk and chair, and a chest with LCD TV. There is an oversized suite that adds a sitting area to the original suite.

Reviews

Family getaway

by Fostershane1

We stayed here with our 5 kids for the weekend so that they could swim. We had a two queen suite and had no problems with it. It was very spacious. The complimentary breakfast and evening meal were great. The pool was half indoor and half outdoor. The kids loved it. We have stayed here several times before and will definitely stay again.

Nice hotel in a convenient location

by Yellowrose0611

Our room was large, comfortable and conveniently located. The staff was friendly and courteous. Breakfast buffet had many choices and the food was hot and plentiful. Everything was well maintained. The lobby is modern, clean and large.

Family Activities

Pool
The heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool is open to guests from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It has a minimum depth of 3 feet, with a maximum depth of 5 feet. There are lounge and regular chairs scattered around the pool inside and out, but not a lot. There are some small tables interspersed among the chairs, as well as some large tables, each with four chairs. Towels are provided.

Smoking, food and glass containers are not permitted in the pool area. There is no lifeguard on duty, and no one younger than 18 is allowed in the pool area without adult supervision. A bathroom is located inside the pool area. You must have your room key to enter the pool area.

Note: Because a portion of the pool is outside, the entire pool may be closed during bad weather.

Hot Tub
There is one hot tub available to guests inside the pool area. The maximum depth is 3 feet. No one younger than 18 is permitted in the hot tub without adult supervision.

Family Dining

Complimentary Breakfast
The hotel serves a free, hot breakfast from 6 to 9:30 a.m. on weekdays and from 7 to 10 a.m. on weekends. Breakfast selections include breakfast meats, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, oatmeal, cereal, breakfast breads and pastries, make-your-own waffles, breakfast potatoes, omelet station, juices, milks, and coffee.

Free 5:30 Kickback
Every evening, guests of the Drury Inn & Suites Baton Rouge can enjoy snacks, dinner and beverages from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Those guests age 21 and older also can enjoy up to three complimentary adult beverages per night of stay during the 5:30 Kickback. Adult beverages include beer, wine, liquor and a small selection of cocktails. The hotel usually posts a menu at the entrance to the dining area stating the entrees, side and snacks available during the 5:30 Kickback.

Entree choices range from Italian meatballs, penne pasta and marinara sauce to chicken strips and macaroni and cheese. Soups such as potato and bacon, chili, and fire-roasted corn also are offered. Side items usually include baked potato and a salad offering. Snacks usually include chips, salsa and nacho cheese, as well as popcorn. Steamed hot dogs and buns are always offered, along with a choice of toppings.

Free Popcorn and Soda
Guests will always find fresh-popped popcorn and a flowing soda fountain from 3 to 10 p.m. every day.

Coffee Service
In the dining area, there is complimentary coffee service available at all times.

Planning & Tips

All About the Extras
Check-in/Check-Out
Check-in time is 3 p.m. with checkout at 11 a.m.

Fitness Center
The 24-hour fitness center features three treadmills, one exercise bike, one elliptical, free weights, and a weight bench. Towels and water are provided. No one younger than 16 is permitted in the fitness center. Guests must use room key to access the fitness center.

Pets
The hotel welcomes dogs and cats to the property, with a limit of two pets per room. There is a daily cleaning fee of $15 per room plus tax. Service animals are welcome free of charge.

The Art of Smart Timing
The Drury Inn & Suites Baton Rouge experiences high occupancy during the summer and fall, with lower occupancy from January through April. When booking a room, you'll find the best rates by booking directly through the hotel website.

Getting There
The Drury Inn & Suites Baton Rouge is just 12 miles from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) and 65 miles north of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The hotel does not provide complimentary airport shuttle service. A one-way taxi ride from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is approximately $20. For those driving, the hotel is located right off of Interstate 10 at Exit 160 (Essen Lane).

Getting Around
Generally speaking, a car is necessary to get around Baton Rouge from the hotel. And although you can take Essen Lane to reach many of the city's sights and attractions, you may want to avoid doing so between 4 and 6 p.m. on weekdays due to a high volume of traffic. Although it may seem like a longer route, traveling to the hotel via Interstate 10 could be your better option given you can exit and almost immediately turn into the hotel at a traffic light.

In the event you do not have a car, there is a bus stop (part of Route 60/Medical Circulator) right outside the hotel. Bus service is provided by the Capitol Area Transit System. The fare is $1.75 per person, and children younger than 5 can travel free with a paying adult. It may be necessary to change buses to reach your final destination, which will require additional fares. Check the CATS website for full route and fare information.

For Mom and Dad
For parents who find themselves kid-free for a few hours, head downstairs for a glass of wine during the 5:30 Kickback. Within 4 miles of the hotel, you'll find a selection of restaurants where you can enjoy a quiet dinner for two.

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