The Watermark Hotel in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, combines a fascinating history with comfort, convenience and a top-rated restaurant in its lobby. Within walking distance of museums, a large event center and the Mississippi River, this hotel is a great lodging choice for visitors to Louisiana’s capital city.
Impressive hotel where an imposing bank conducted business
The Watermark Hotel in downtown Baton Rouge was originally built in 1927, as the headquarters of the Louisiana National Bank. The art deco structure then served as a state government building before sitting dormant for a number of years. Fortunately, it was purchased and carefully restored, now functioning as a lovely boutique hotel.
The Gregory lures locals and guests for fine dining experiences
The Gregory is a popular city restaurant serving modern food and wine in a setting reminiscent of upper class experiences from the early 1900’s. The restaurant is named for artist Angela Gregory from New Orleans. She was commissioned in the 1940’s to paint the murals seen overhead in the restaurant depicting Louisiana’s history. Two chefs, Justin Lambert and Chad Galiano, oversee the staff in the open kitchen creating elevated dishes using local ingredients and Southern flavors.
Milford’s on Third is in another section of the hotel and has a more casual menu.
Guestrooms with plush and thoughtful amenities.
Each of the 144 guest rooms at the Watermark have elegant linens, complimentary Wi-Fi, flatscreen television, safe, mini fridge, functional workstation, an iron and ironing board, coffeemaker and individual temperature controls.
The art hung throughout the rooms, halls, and public areas make you feel like you’re in a museum and add to the upscale feeling for guests.
Guest bathrooms with exceptional toiletries
Products by Guild and Pepper and by Gilchrist and Soames add a special touch to the bathroom vanity. The tiled walls and floors create visual interest and appeal. Waiting in the closet are thick, soft robes for relaxing after a shower.
Remnants of bank days remain
From the lobby, guests are welcome to descend the full marble staircase and look into a unique meeting room which was once the Louisiana National Bank’s vault. A seating area off to the side of the meeting room once served as the place where the safety deposit boxes were kept. Along the walls of the hall leading to the meeting room are photos of the bank’s founders printed on the same paper used at the United States Mint.
Another fun touch is the hall side of each guest room door which is made to look like a bank vault or safe.
Glamorous touches in the lobby
The ladies room off of the lobby is stunning. With gilded mirrors and an elaborate chandelier made of bicycle chains, you’ll be tempted to stay awhile just to see every detail the decorator incorporated.
Walking distance to important venues
Within a few blocks of the Watermark Hotel, you will find Louisiana’s Old State Capitol building which is now a Museum of Political History. Around the corner is the Raising Cane’s River Center and next door is the Louisiana State University Museum of Art. There is much to explore during a stay at this hotel.
Classy, comfortable and convenient lodging in the heart of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Watermark Hotel is great for history buffs and those with a desire for elegance. For major entertainment events at the River Center or cultural occasions at the museums, this hotel will provide a comfortable place to stay and a great dining experience.