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A Tale of Two Men

The story behind the The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU evolved over nearly 10 years of friendship between former LSU Alumni Association President Dr. Charlie Roberts and then-ARCO Industries CEO, Mr. Lod Cook. The two met in 1984 when LSU alumni traveled to Los Angeles to support the Tigers in their highly anticipated football matchup with USC. Cook, who earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from LSU in 1950 and 1955 respectively, was a longtime LSU benefactor. He invited the group to dinner at the company’s headquarters – and a friendship was born.   In the next two years, Cook was named President followed by Chairman of the Board of ARCO. He continued to loyally and generously support LSU Alumni Association programs. In 1990, while Cook was visiting in Baton Rouge, Roberts broached the subject of a new alumni center. “How does the Lod Cook Alumni Center sound?” he asked. The two discussed the idea over dinner, and by the next morning initial planning had begun.   Cook’s lead gift was celebrated in 1993. The Lod Cook Alumni Center was dedicated on May 20, 1994 with special guests former United States Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush; Chief of Staff Mark McLarty representing President Bill Clinton; and Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards in attendance.   Seven years later, Cook recognized the need for an on-campus hotel, and the philanthropist made the initial contribution to begin building The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU. On October 21, 2001, the only privately owned and operated alumni association hotel in the country was dedicated at another gala event with President George H. W. Bush in attendance.   The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU has been in successful operation for nearly 20 years. Today The Cook Hotel is home to business and leisure travelers and also plays host to many LSU guests including the football and basketball teams prior to home games. Mr. Lod Cook remains loyally dedicated to LSU Alumni Association and The Cook Hotel to this day.  He continues to share the vision of great things to come for LSU Alumni Association and The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU. The hotel underwent an extensive 3.5 million dollar renovation of all its guest rooms in 2017. This refresh ensured the hotel rooms exceed the same high standard of service set by the hotel since its opening. continued

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Contact Management or our Front Desk by telephone at 225.383.2665 / 1.866.610.COOK (2665).

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Latitude and Longitude

The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU is located on the eastern edge of campus adjacent to University Lake directly behind Lod Cook Alumni Center.


3848 West Lakeshore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Phone Number

225.383.COOK (2665)

Directions to Hotel

Exit Interstate I110 at Dalrymple Drive. Follow Dalrymple Drive for approximately 1 mile until you reach the International Cultural Center. Turn immediately left onto West Lakeshore Drive for approximately 1/4 mile until you reach the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the right. Turn right by the Alumni Center. The Cook Hotel is located immediately behind. Complimentary parking is available on both sides of the property.

Hotel Policies

Check-in time: 3:00 pm.
Check-out time: 11:00 am.
Pets not allowed.
Cancellation: 48 hours.
No charge for children under 13.

Guests must be 18 years or older unless accompanied by an adult.
Complimentary parking and wireless/wired internet.

Complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily.