Frank DiCesare

Correspondent

  • Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA

Frank DiCesare is a correspondent who lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. Originally from Quincy, Massachusetts, he is a freelance writer and photographer and is the industries reporter for the American Press in Lake Charles. His freelance work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, Smithsonian.com and in many other publications.

  • On July 2, 2014
  • On December 5, 2013
    Frank DiCesare answered the question: Frank DiCesare

    What are the rooms like at L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles?

    All of L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles’ luxury rooms, suites and villas are well appointed with one aim in mind — to pamper guests at every turn. Luxury rooms range from 375 to 450 square feet and feature king or double queen bed configurations, 42-inch flat screen TVs and iPhone docking stations. Luxury rooms, which feature a natural brown and green color palette and a generous use of woods, also come with floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the pool, Contraband Bayou Golf Club and the ship channel. Rooms overlooking the pool area also offer views of the sun setting over the I-210 Bridge.

    Suites range from 750 and 1,400 square feet and feature V.I.P. check-in, king-sized beds, a separate living room, a wet bar with refrigerator and Keurig coffee machine, and gated access to the pool. Some suites even come with a living room fireplace. Suites also feature a bathroom with a large bowl-shaped tub made from Italian marble, a separate shower stall, and a flat-screen television. Garden-level suites include a private terrace and butler service.

    L'Auberge's villas include all of the amenities in the resort's suites but also offer more than 2,000 square feet of living space and a separate V.I.P entrance. Villas are available by invitation only.
  • On December 5, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles?

    L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles has activities for guests throughout the year, both inside the hotel's grounds and throughout the 242-acre resort. First-time visitors to Southwest Louisiana, however, must keep in mind the region's hot and humid summers, when average daytime temperatures often reach into the mid-90s. If you're a golfer, your best bet is to play the resort's Contraband Bayou Golf Club in the spring, fall and winter months when the weather is much cooler. Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the year, and performances are held both indoors and outside in the resort's beach area. L'Auberge's indoor shops, restaurants and casino are all climate controlled for year-round comfort.
  • On December 5, 2013
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    What restaurants does L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles have?

    L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles’ dining options run the gamut from casual cuisine to fine dining. For starters, there's Le Café, a 24-hour casual eatery where guests can get breakfast, lunch sandwiches, seafood and desserts around the clock. If you're really hungry for seconds, try Le Beaucoup Buffet, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The buffet also serves international dishes and delicious Louisiana crawfish when in season. Burger lovers will enjoy Jack Daniel's Bar & Grill, which offers indoor or outdoor dining, and Touloulou's, a beachside bar and grill, opened on weekends and holidays. L'Auberge is also home to Asia, a noodle and sushi bar that also specializes in Asian-fusion dishes; Lattes, a coffee bar that serves Louisiana's own PJ's Coffee; and Desserts, which serves homemade pastries and gelato. For fine dining, there's Ember Grille & Wine Bar, which features steaks, seafood and high-end wines. Ember also serves desserts created by pastry chef Bill Foltz, who has competed for Team USA in the prestigious World Pastry Cup.
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