Traveling Around - Kinder, Louisiana - Coushatta Resort & Casino
A little more than 100 miles west of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and 50 miles or so east of Orange, Texas, is Kinder, Louisiana. It's the home of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. The Tribe owns and operates the resort that sits on the northern edge of this small town and it to some extent dwarfs the town. There are four dominant buildings that includes three hotels and the casino. There is an RV Park and a gas station / convenience store. The resort also includes Kosati Pines Golf Course which is an 18 hole 72 par championship course.
The Seven Clans Hotel is the major building visible from the road in front of the resort. The lobby is spacious and luxuriously modern with lots of tile and wood. The check in area is to the right and the elevators are straight ahead. To the left is PJ's Coffee of New Orleans and the Bar 7 cocktail bar. A room key must be used to activate the elevators.
Pictured is a standard room in the hotel. The bath is tiled extensively and has a shower only with both a rain shower and a normal shower head. A large flat screen tv, a Keurig coffeemaker, and a glass door refrigerator compliment the décor along with wi-fi for the internet enthusiast. There are 401 rooms and suites in the 5 story hotel. The hotel is a non-smoking facility. Rates are dependent on the season and day of the week but start at $99.
The Grand Hotel is a hotel featuring just over 300 luxurious rooms and suites. There is an indoor pool/spa and exercise room. This hotel also features HD flat screen tvs, wi-fi, Keurig coffeemakers and refrigerators in every room / suite.
The Coushatta Inn provides an additional 195 rooms that offer free wi-fi. The Sculpture Garden is nearby which is a towering structure featuring bear, beaver, bobcat, deer, panther, and turkey. The Inn’s comfortable lobby is decorated with original artwork by Coushatta tribal member Tina Santiago. The Inn features some 10 rooms that are dog friendly. Rates are dependent on day of the week and begin at $69.
Near the casino is the Red Shoes RV Park. It is on 40 acres of landscaped greenery and has 100 full service spaces for recreational vehicles. Additionally, there are 100 one and two bedroom chalets available in the park. There is a lodge with a fireplace, game room, big-screen TV, and convenience store. There are two bath houses and laundry facilities. Rates are seasonal and begin in the $59 range.
Kosati Pines Golf Course is a dynamic 18-hole, par 72 championship layout with six sets of tees and multiple approaches on three holes. The clubhouse features locker rooms for men and women complete with showers. The driving range is open from 7:00am to 5:00pm. Use of the driving range is included in the green fee for golfing guests. Use of the range by non-playing guests is $10 for unlimited range balls.The putting greens may be used by anyone (small children must be accompanied by adult). The spectacular greens extend a velvet invitation to skilled and novice golfers alike.
The casino is located in the corner of an L formed by two of the hotels. There is a picture at the bottom of this article. It is very large and features over 2800 slots and 70 table games. There is Bingo and an Off-Track Betting facility. The casino is directly accessible from the Seven Clans Hotel and by a short walk or shuttle from the other facilities. A shuttle also runs to the Red Shoes RV Park.
The main entrance to the casino leads directly to the table games area with slot machines in rows around it. To the left of the table games is an area that encompasses many varieties of video poker games. Beyond the video poker area is the Kid's Quest, Cyber Quest, and the showroom. The fully supervised Kids Quest facility offers top quality childcare in a safe, wholesome and fun environment. Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years can enjoy a wide range of exciting activities.
Snacks and gumbo are featured in Gumbeaux's Oyster and Sports Bar which houses the off-track betting facility. Off track betting is available Wednesday through Sunday and there is a Happy Hour every day at Gumbeaux's featuring beers at $2-$3 and drink from $3-$8.
Next around the outer edge of the casino is the Cafe Grande that features specialty pastries, fresh coffee, and more. Next door is the Terrace Cafe. The Terrace Cafe has a big salad bar and most entrees are under $20. It's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and there is a breakfast buffet.
Following that outside edge of the casino floor leads to the isolated non-smoking area. Ensconced in that area is the Bingo Parlor. There are over 600 mechanical and video slots located in the non-smoking area.
Next is the circle is the Big Sky Steakhouse. It offers custom cuts and the best beef money can buy. Patrons can start their meal with the crawfish, fried to a golden brown and served with Creole tartar sauce, or tasty crab cakes. Or, they can try the newest item - stuffed shrimp and red fish with their own crawfish étouffée.
The circle is completed by reaching the Seven Clans Buffet. There are multiple cooking stations with a variety of cuisines as well as salads and desserts. They feature all you can eat crawfish on Monday 4pm-10pm • Wednesday 3pm-10pm • Friday 3pm-12midnight. Tuesday is senior day and discounts are available.
Just next to the buffet is the hallway to the Seven Clans Hotel and the Advantage Center which houses the staff for the player's club in the casino. Sign up at this club to avail oneself of discounts and future offers.
There is a very informative website that provides lots of information as well as provide buttons to access hotels and rates and specials that might be occurring.