Port Allen, across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, lies between the two main routes into the capital city. The small city is the site of the Port of Baton Rouge, the endpoint for deep-water navigation on the river. Most of the motels are along Interstate 10 just west of Port Allen and provide a more economical option for visitors to Baton Rouge.
Interstate 10 Exit 151
The interchange of I-10 with Lobdell Highway is a typical interstate intersection with fast-food restaurants, gas stations and chain motels. Best Western Magnolia Manor (bestwesternlouisiana.com) has an outdoor swimming pool and provides a free deluxe breakfast and high-speed Internet access. A Shoney's restaurant is on-site. Hampton Inn & Suites (hamptoninn.hilton.com), next door to the West Baton Rouge visitor's center has a fitness room and outdoor pool. Studio suites have mini-fridges and microwave ovens. An indoor heated pool and free Wi-Fi are among the amenities at Holiday Inn Express (hiexpress.com). Best Western and Hampton Inn are farthest from the highway noise on I-10.
Highway 190 passes north of Port Allen before crossing the Mississippi River on the Huey P. Long Bridge into north Baton Rouge. The area is industrialized, and traffic is heavy on 190 when I-10 to the south is congested. Two budget friendly, no-frills motels offer basic accommodations. The Westerner (no website; 1615 Hwy. 190 W, Port Allen; 225-344-7686) and the Budget 7 (no website; 1543 Hwy. 190 W, Port Allen; 225-388-0000) are near the intersection of Highway 1 and 190.
Highway 1 South
Highway 1 intersects I-10 10 just before the Horace Wilkinson Bridge carries I-10 across the Mississippi River into Baton Rouge. The route, named Frontage Road, follows the west bank of the river south of Port Allen. EconoLodge (econolodgebatonrouge.com) offers a seasonal outdoor pool, free high-speed Internet access and continental breakfast. A chain restaurant serving waffles is adjacent to the motel. Suites at EconoLodge have separate seating areas with sofa sleepers, microwave ovens and mini-fridges. The motel provides travelers with a public computer with Internet access.
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