West Baden Springs gala sells out

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

All 1,000 seats have been taken for a black-tie gala later this month marking the reopening of southern Indiana's landmark West Baden Springs Hotel.
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Jon

Washington, DC

#1 Jun 12, 2007
I keep reading about the hotel "reopening" but not sure if it is reopening as a hotel, or just a visitor site. If the hotel reopens I would love to plan a trip to stay there. I have scoured the internet to try and find contact information to no avail. Anyone who can help?
cdc

AOL

#2 Jun 12, 2007
Former Indy Resident

AOL

#3 Jun 12, 2007
I visited West Baden Springs when I was in French Lick two years ago and it looked as though a Bobcat had driven through the atrium, plaster was falling off the walls and it looked like it was going to fall down. Last Saturday I visited the facility again and what a miraculous transformation! The hotel, the shops, and the atrium are absolutely magnificent. We toured a hotel room that rivals anything I have ever seen, even after travelling for a corporation for 30 years!

Rooms are not cheap, but one should spend at least one night there just for the ambiance. It was well worth the trip.
Jim

Alexandria, PA

#4 Jun 12, 2007
cdc wrote:
http://www.frenchlick.com/west _baden/west_baden.asp
here you go hopr it helps
Come on down, Jon. I have seen it since the restoration was finished. Gorgeous. Plan on staying for golfing and spas. Be sure to check out the French Lick Spring hotel also. It is next to the casino. We stayed there last month. Loved it. The casino is small, though.

“Yeah, I said it.”

Since: Jan 07

Indianapolis

#5 Jun 12, 2007
I stopped by last weekend. My wife and i were married in the French Lick Hotel. I couldn't believe how beautiful the hotel is now. West Baden is truly awe-inspiring(it's open btw). My only complaint would be the unbelievably cheesy look of the casino. My god they spent a lot of money and then put what looks like vinyl siding and painted a red paddle wheel on the side of the "boat". I know you probably can't put bricks on a "boat", but jeesh...make it blend into the beauty of the original hotel a LITTLE bit.
IndyCarFan

Noblesville, IN

#6 Jun 12, 2007
Yes, I visited last week and was amazed at the beauty of the resort. It really is undescribable and a must see. It amazes me how they could build a dome back then. I want to go back and spend more time in there and take the tour.

PS. Slots were awful though... lost money ;)
Was there last week

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jun 12, 2007
You must stay at this place.

Nicest hotel room I have ever been in.

Runs about $180 per night but some deals are upcoming.

Beautiful place. Like 60 acres around it. Very peaceful
IndyCarFan

Noblesville, IN

#8 Jun 12, 2007
Jim wrote:
<quoted text>
Come on down, Jon. I have seen it since the restoration was finished. Gorgeous. Plan on staying for golfing and spas. Be sure to check out the French Lick Spring hotel also. It is next to the casino. We stayed there last month. Loved it. The casino is small, though.
We ate at the buffet at FLS and it was great. It is nice there as well.
IndyCarFan

Noblesville, IN

#9 Jun 12, 2007
Some Guy wrote:
I stopped by last weekend. My wife and i were married in the French Lick Hotel. I couldn't believe how beautiful the hotel is now. West Baden is truly awe-inspiring(it's open btw). My only complaint would be the unbelievably cheesy look of the casino. My god they spent a lot of money and then put what looks like vinyl siding and painted a red paddle wheel on the side of the "boat". I know you probably can't put bricks on a "boat", but jeesh...make it blend into the beauty of the original hotel a LITTLE bit.
Yeah, unfortunately, there's the stupid law in Indiana. What is the difference if it's a "boat" on "water" or not? It does look tachy next to the hotel, but I was so consumed with the hotels that I really didn't pay that much attention to it. I wish they had a nonsmoking gambling area as well like Evansville does.
The Pundit

Englewood, OH

#10 Jun 12, 2007
IndyCarFan wrote:
Slots were awful though... lost money
Sorry to hear that. I won. And big. Doubled my money. Really.
Jerri

Fishers, IN

#11 Jun 12, 2007
I'll say I do to West Baden!
Non Gambler

Lexington Park, MD

#12 Jun 12, 2007
Too bad it took gambling to get it rebuilt. River Boat?? What an eysore and smokehouse.

Enjoy the Hotels and the area!!
IndyCarFan

Noblesville, IN

#13 Jun 12, 2007
The Pundit wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry to hear that. I won. And big. Doubled my money. Really.
I doubled my loss ;)
www

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jun 12, 2007
Excellent job
Patrick L Smith

Bloomington, IN

#15 Jun 12, 2007
RE: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Good: Take a trip to Orange County and you find two unequaled Hoosier gems— the French Lick Springs Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel. These structures are a delight of renewed splendor. While an old adage tells us that you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear— they did. Such marvels of restoration!
“Thanks” is inadequate to express the appreciation due the Cook family, the Ferguson’s and the talented cadre of artisans and workers who contributed in recreating these treasures.
The Bad: Who knows the distorted logic of our legislature in obliging gambling only if in a vessel navigating a body of water? Yet time passes, more folly, and an elastic decree consents to a ersatz boat in a splash of water. The result, a legacy from our wily leaders of an architectural misfit in Orange County and a farce of law.
The Ugly: Through no fault of those restoring these Hoosier gems, an eyesore slipped in— the new Casino adjacent to the French Lick Hotel. It is a dreadful rendering of a hideous faux-boat sitting upon a mosquito bog. Why not a tasteful and elegant structure to complement this wonderful old Hotel—see “The Bad”.
Impressed

French Lick, IN

#16 Jun 13, 2007
The casino looks like crap because Lauth built it. Cook did the hotels!

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