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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS BATON ROUGE Rich in history, with a unique culture, Baton Rouge has a booming downtown with several new hotels opening in 2015. TOP PICKS: Visit Baton Rouge (800) LA ROUGE www.visitbatonrouge.com Explore Baton Rouge and experience the perfect mix of work and play! Get Connected and #GoBR! FOLLOW UP: Baton Rouge River Center www.brrivercenter.com Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center www.hiltoncapitolcenter.com Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU www.thecookhotel.com Nottoway Plantation www.nottoway.com BATON ROUGE IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about Baton Rouge through our interactive Insider's Guide with maps, videos & more. B A T O N R O U G E The Shaw Center for the Arts is a one of down- town Baton Rouge's most beautiful and elegant facilities. The venue houses the Manship The- atre, which has four spaces for special events and gatherings, as well as the LSU Museum of Art and several galleries and studios. The facil- ity's River Terrace is a glass-enclosed room leading out to a balcony and sculpture garden. Dining options at the center include Tsunami, known for its seafood; Capital City Grill, fea- turing American and Creole cuisine; Stroubes Chophouse, an "Upscale Downsouth" restaurant with a seafood and steak menu; and PJ's Coffee. HOTEL SCENE There are 10,000 hotel rooms in the Baton Rouge area. With the new hotels opening in 2015 and 2016, more than 1,000 hotel rooms will be within walking distance of the River Center. Among the recent activity on the Baton Rouge hotel scene, a new 137-room Hampton Inn Downtown Baton Rouge and a new 89-room Holiday Inn Express opened in the heart of the city. Recent renovations to Baton Rouge properties include an $8 million renova- tion, completed in 2014, at the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, located just a few blocks from the River Center and the Louisiana Old State Capitol and even closer to the Shaw Cen- ter for the Arts. The historic hotel boasts more than 20,000 square feet of event space, including two ballrooms decorated in the Art Deco style. The 294-room Crowne Plaza, not far from downtown, recently completed a $3.5 million renovation to the restaurant, lounge and public areas. The full-service hotel has more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space in its three ballrooms and 17 meeting rooms. Crawfish boils and Mardi Gras-themed events are a specialty at this property. The 223-room Embassy Suites Baton Rouge underwent a $12 million major renovation in 2014 to give it a contemporary look. The all- suite property, about three miles from down- town, has 7,000 square feet of meeting space. The Zydeco Bar and Grill, specializing in Cajun and Creole cuisine, overlooks the hotel's eight- story atrium with a waterfall feature. The city's largest full-service hotel is the 333- room Holiday Inn Baton Rouge-South, which offers more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant and a lounge. It's located near the city's airport. Also on the south side, the 256-room AAA Four Diamond Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel has 13,000 square feet of event space with 13 meeting rooms, while the pet-friendly 132-room Radisson Hotel Baton Rouge has limited meeting space. Two of Baton Rouge's premier casinos also offer lodging and event space. The 205-room L'Auberge Hotel & Casino Baton Rouge sits on the banks of the Mississippi River and features a multipurpose event center that can accommodate 1,400 (800 for banquet seating) and a rooftop pool. The 278-room Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel & Casino, also on the Mississippi River, features a 14,000-square-foot atrium surrounded by more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space. n Nottoway Plantation, located on 22 acres about 25 miles south of Baton Rouge, is the largest remain- ing plantation home in the South and offers nearly 30,000 square feet of meeting space in its eight indoor and outdoor meeting spaces. It also has 40 luxury hotel rooms. n The Shaw Center for the Arts Nottoway Plantation Photo courtesy of Collin Richey Photography Photo courtesy of xxx 42 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 2 0 1 5