Entertaining, Historic and Practical Places to Stay in Natchitoches, Louisiana

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Southern hospitality awaits at the Steel Magnolias Bed & Breakfast! Photo credit: Terri Marshall

A getaway to the Northwest Louisiana town of Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-A-Tish) delivers an abundance of charm and history served with a side of decadent Creole and Cajun cuisine. Home to Louisiana’s Northwestern State University, Natchitoches welcomes fans of the NSU Demons on autumn weekends to cheer on the team. And during the holiday season, Natchitoches hotels fill up with holiday merrymakers. No matter your reason to visit Natchitoches – and there are plenty – you’ll need a place to stay. Whether you prefer a vacation rental, bed and breakfast, a chain hotel close to the university or a cheap hotel that’s budget-friendly, the places to stay in Natchitoches are numerous, especially for a small town. Let’s find one that works for you.

Steel Magnolias Bed and Breakfast

If you’re a fan of the 1989 classic, Steel Magnolias, starring the all-star cast of Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley Maclaine and Daryl Hannah, this is the place for you. In the movie, this house served as Shelby’s home before she got married. You’ll likely recognize the living room and kitchen where several scenes were filmed.

As a fun touch, the rooms are named for the movie’s characters. I chose Claree’s room – the character played by Olympia Dukakis. Located on the second floor of the house, it was fittingly next to her good friend, Ouiser’s room. You’ll also see rooms named for Shelby and Jack on the same floor. Adelle’s room is upstairs in the attic. A cottage behind the main house bears the name of Dolly Parton’s beauty shop – Truvy’s. Could there be a better girlfriend getaway?

The Steel Magnolias Bed and Breakfast comes with a delicious fresh-cooked breakfast complete with homemade biscuits to complement the inn’s Southern hospitality.

TMOMTip: 2024 marks the 35th anniversary of Steel Magnolias, so be sure to make your reservations early.

Steel Magnolia Bed and Breakfast
320 Jefferson Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
(318) 238-2585


Chateau Saint Denis Hotel, places to stay in Natchitoches la
Chateau Saint Denis Hotel Photo credit: Chateau Saint Denis

Château Saint Denis

Situated in the city center, the Château Saint Denis Hotel sits steps from the historic district shopping, interesting museums like the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and delicious dining options. Château Saint Denis also provides easy access to the Cane River making it one of the best hotels  for accessing all the charms of Natchitoches. The largest boutique hotel in downtown Natchitoches, Château Saint Denis features a lovely French Quarter-inspired brick courtyard with a beautiful 19th-century fountain. The property’s dramatic lobby boasts high ceilings donned by elegant chandeliers, a double fireplace and the inviting Lounge 1714.

The hotel’s 87 rooms include seven luxury suites. All rooms are decorated with custom furnishings, draperies and artwork. Check in: 4:00 pm; check out: 11:00 am.

Additional amenities include:

  • Concierge Services at Front Desk
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Guest Laundry
  • Grab & Go Sundry Shop
  • Speciality Toiletries
  • In-room Refrigerators and Coffee Stations
  • Free Parking with Electric Car Charging Station
  • Free wifi
  • Free breakfast

Château Saint Denis
751 2nd St., Natchitoches, LA 71457
(381) 951-4105


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Church Street Inn in Natchitoches Photo credit: Church Street Inn

Church Street Inn

Located across from Merci Beaucoup and around the corner from Lasyone’s Meat Pie, Church Street Inn is an excellent lodging choice for hungry travelers in search of delicious Louisiana cuisine! Housed in a former 1940s bank building, Church Street Inn features elegant furnishings, luxurious amenities and a hearty scoop of Southern hospitality.

Amenities include:

  • Free Breakfast
  • Daily Happy Hour
  • Gated Security Camera Parking ($10 daily)
  • Courtyard Space
  • Private Balcony
  • Wireless Internet
  • Handicap Accesible Rooms Available

Church Street Inn
120 Church St., Natchitoces, LA 71457
(318) 238-8888


Sweet Cane Inn Bed and Breakfast

Housed in an elegant old Victorian home, Sweet Cane Inn Bed and Breakfast is one of the best hotels for anyone seaking a comfortable historic home base for exploring the city center and beyond. This stately property boasts 12-foot ceilings and 11 fireplaces. Of particular interest is the wall of stained glass windows located at the top of the stairs leading to seven spacious and beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites.

Sweet Cane Inn also features elegant parlors, cozy seating areas, an expansive front porch and a back patio. Start your day with a delicious full breakfast including such decadent entrees as Cheesecake Pancakes, Creole Crepes, French toast with Maple Syrup and Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes. Savory entrees include eggs, bacon or sausages along with fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals and chilled juices. Breakfast is served from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. Set your alarm, you don’t want to miss this!

Additional amenities include:

  • Chocolates
  • Community Coffee
  • In Room Coffee Makers
  • Mini Fridge with Complimentary Water & Soft Drinks
  • Luxury Linens and Towels
  • Luxury Bath Accessories
  • Free Parking

Sweet Cane Inn Bed and Breakfast
926 Washington St., Natchitoches, LA 71457
(318) 352-5630


Jefferson House Bed and Breakfast

Located on Cane River Lake in the Natchitoches Historic District, this charming guesthouse retreat is ideal for a Louisiana getaway. Featuring antique decor sourced from international destinations, beautifully appointed king-size bedrooms and a delicious gourmet breakfast, The Jefferson House Bed and Breakfast is another good choice for your time in Natchitoches.

Additional amenities include:

  • Early Morning Coffee Service
  • On-site Free Parking
  • Free wifi
  • Pet-friendly Hotel


3-Star Hotels Near Northwestern State University

For travelers planning to catch a football game or other event at Northwestern State University or anyone seeking standard accommodations at the lowest price, Natchitoches features plenty of chain hotels to meet varied lodging needs. Here are a few examples of 3-star hotels that are family friendly in great locations a short drive from the Cane River National Heritage Area. Amenities include free wifi, free parking, free breakfast, outdoor pools, fitness centers and more.

Holiday Inn Express
5137 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Natchitoches
5335 University Pkwy
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Hampton Inn Natchitoches
5300 University Pkwy
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Quality Inn near Parc Natchitoches
5362 University Pkwy
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Best Western Natchitoches Inn
5131 University Pkwy
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Fairfield Inn & Suites
150 Hayes Avenue
Natchitoches, LA 71457

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Welcome to Natchitoches, Louisiana! Photo: Courtesy of Natchitoches Tourism

Lower Priced Budget Hotels

For budget travel, consider the Motel 6 Natchitoches or the Super 8 by Wyndham Natchitoces. Both hotels are located approximately 5 miles from downtown Natchitoches and offer free wifi, free parking and pet-friendly rooms.

Motel 6 Natchitoches
7624 La-1
Natchitoches, LA 71457-2642

Super 8 by Wyndham Natchitoches
5821 Highway 1 Bypass
Natchitoches, LA 71457

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Based in New York City, Terri Marshall is an award-winning writer covering cultural travel, multi-generational travel, road trips, soft-adventure, camping, cars and characters. From hanging out with penguins in Antarctica to fishing for piranhas in Peru to road-tripping through the jungles of Belize, Terri’s always up for an adventure. Drop her into a landscape filled with mountains, towering evergreens, waterfalls and a glacier or two and she’ll be in heaven. But what thrills her most of all is traveling with her teenage grandkids. Terri serves on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee for the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA). She also serves as the First Vice-Chair of the Eastern Chapter for the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). In addition to writing for SheBuysTravel, Terri’s publication credits include AARP, Island Soul, Girl Camper Magazine, A Girls Guide to Cars, CHILLED, World Footprints, North Hills Monthly, Alaska Business Monthly, Alaska Contractor and more. Follow her on Instagram at TrippingWithTerri.
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