The Cook Hotel Goes for the Gold

Renovation of Guest Rooms Sets a New Standard in the Baton Rouge Market

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Alumni Association will celebrate the relaunch of The Cook Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 23, with an all-day open house featuring tours, door prizes, special guests and refreshments.

The event, scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m., will begin with a press conference and media “sneak peek” preview starting at 11 a.m.

The $3.2 million renovation of the hotel’s 129 guest rooms was completed on July 1, following a 4 1/2-month construction project. Two years of planning and coordination resulted in bringing the project in on time and on budget. 

“The Cook Hotel has set a new, gold standard for luxury and value in the Baton Rouge market,” said LSU Alumni Association President and CEO Cliff Vannoy. “We take great pride in meeting the needs of our guests, whether they are staying with us for business or leisure, and we know they will be delighted with the new amenities.”

Among the renovations and improvements that transformed the 16-year-old hotel are custom-made hardwood furniture with quartz surfaces; signature headboards and top-of-the-line mattresses; stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and ceramic cooktops; queen sofa sleepers with gel-foam mattresses and glassed, walk-in showers; and signature lighting, including a custom-designed Tiger-head lamp.

Two new room types were introduced. The Cook Executive Suite, with two bedrooms and three bathrooms, is now available for guests and two Studio King rooms were added on the second floor of the hotel.

The makeover of the Fitness Center doubled its capacity and offerings for in-house guests. It features commercial Precor equipment, free-hand weights, exercise ball and ballet barre.

“We spent two years planning and coordinating the project, and that lengthy execution is the reason the project came in on time and on budget,” said Michael Valentino, managing partner of French Quarter Hotels and chair of The Cook Hotel Board of Managers. “The total team effort by everyone involved can be credited to the success of the project.”

About The Cook Hotel
The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU, familiarly known as The Cook Hotel, opened in 2011 and managed by the LSU Alumni Association, is Baton Rouge’s only independently owned and operated boutique hotel.  The hotel was conceived as a vision by retired ARCO chairman Lod Cook, a 1950s-era LSU graduate who helped develop the hotel and conference center as a place for alumni to return to when they visit the campus. More than 50,000 visitors each year pass through the doors of the hotel, including the LSU Fighting Tiger Football Team, which has made the hotel their home away from home for the night before all home games since the hotel opened.



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