West Baden Springs Hotel ready to wel...

West Baden Springs Hotel ready to welcome guests

There are 61 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from May 23, 2007, titled West Baden Springs Hotel ready to welcome guests. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Seventy-five years after turning out the lights on its last guest, the West Baden Springs Hotel in West Baden, Ind., officially reopens its registry today.

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Happy-Happy- Happy

United States

#21 May 23, 2007
E Pluribus wrote:
If you don't gamble, or if you can't afford the rooms, you still owe to yourself to see this jaw-dropping structure.
Very well put! I could spend an entire day just walking around the gardens, etc. Great place to have a family picture taken. Cant wait to see the renovations!
Also I am so happy everyone is in agreement on this subject!
JBOY

Indianapolis, IN

#22 May 23, 2007
What a boom for an area that was not going anywhere, with high unemployment, no development, and businesses leaving like there is no tomorrow.
Orange County and it communities and people worked hard, been through a lot and deserve this. Life is coming back to this County.. Good job commissioners and economic development...Way to go!!!
Cutter

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#23 May 23, 2007
I'm originally from Bedford, Indiana (21 years ago) and remember visiting the West Baden Springs hotel with my dad about 12 years ago during it's early renovation stages. It's truly a wonderful thing to see that the French Lick area is recovering... I will probably make a reservation at some point in the near future and spend a night down there, but I do have to say that the rates are incredibly steep ($169+/night) for this type of destination - especially since I'm not interested in gambling or golf. I've heard from others (this past weekend) that the food and beverages are priced very high as well. I think the newly renovated hotels are really neat and all, but let's get realistic about the prices... I say the price is far too steep to retain guests once the new wears off the place. Hopefully I'm wrong. A train running between Indy and French Lick would be a good idea too. A lot of people up here really wouldn't look forward to a 2.5 hour drive. GOOD LUCK THOUGH!
hmmr

Indianapolis, IN

#24 May 23, 2007
Can't wait to visit. The Cooks are wonderful people for giving back so much.
Who Knew

Milwaukee, WI

#25 May 23, 2007
Military uses slot machines to fund overseas recreation

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/22/military.gam...

“who cares”

Since: Mar 07

Cincinnati

#26 May 23, 2007
Always been a wonderful place for gangters, bootleggers and crooked politians...enjoy your stay
Disbeliever

United States

#27 May 23, 2007
What a connection to the past grandeur of Indiana. Truly a sight to behold! It's finally finished and we have something else of which we can be proud.
Beauty at its Best

Indianapolis, IN

#28 May 23, 2007
My family and I had the opportunity to stay during the soft open of West Baden. The hotel is worth the drive and worth the money. As the rooms will be a little more more than average, however our room on the 6th floor was wonderful with a magnificent view from our balcony. It is simply beautiful, the hotel and gardens alone are worth seeing. Great job to all who were involved!
Beauty at it's best.
Jane

United States

#29 May 23, 2007
We bought a place about 3 miles out of French Lick about 12 years ago. We certainly didn't know all of this was going to happen. It has been fun watching the process. I toured the grounds when they first started having them. It will be fun to go back and take a look. The only thing is the traffic is awful. Many times you have to pull out and go down and turn around to go back the direction that you want.

I have not gone in to gamble yet but I am sure someday I will. I am not much for letting go of money this way. I hope it makes it.....
pacers101

Indianapolis, IN

#30 May 23, 2007
ASC wrote:
I've heard the prices of the hotel rooms are priced pretty steeply. I've also heard that the town of French Lick doesn't really have much to offer other than the hotel... Plus the drive down there is a pretty long drive. I'm from Southern Indiana and love the fact that the Cooks have restored the two old hotels and that the casino has been opened. I hope the hotels and the casino can make it - being so far away from Indy and Louisville. They need a train that runs from Indy to French Lick. That would be awesome.
or a limited access highway like 69.
anyway, do they have an Al Capone suite.It'd be cool to stay in the same room Capone did.
I must say I'm glad they restored it. Can't believe it just laid in ruins for all those years. It is a wonder and a hidden treasure for Indiana.
boeingman

North Judson, IN

#31 May 23, 2007
Thank you Mr. Cook. Mitch, don't you think you could spring a Sagamore on Mr. Cook?
tks

Evansville, IN

#32 May 23, 2007
ASC wrote:
...They need a train that runs from Indy to French Lick. That would be awesome.
There will be a train running from Jasper to French Lick, if those krauts would even get in gear and cough up some money to get it going...
Maybe Mitch stepped in to privatize that short railway... probably...
kld

Louisville, KY

#33 May 23, 2007
tks wrote:
<quoted text>
There will be a train running from Jasper to French Lick, if those krauts would even get in gear and cough up some money to get it going...
Maybe Mitch stepped in to privatize that short railway... probably...
Hey who are you calling krauts? We still don't know what time we are on here.

Since: Dec 06

Greenwood, IN

#34 May 23, 2007
I saw WBSH last June when I was on leave from Iraq. One of my uncles, Greg Gatsos, wrote a soft-cover book on it in the 1970s that is still sold at the bookstore today. He was doing guided tours off and on before the reopening. It's quite a story, and quite a sight to see.
thebooklady

United States

#35 May 23, 2007
When you go, think about the year that the West Baden was built and realize just how awesome it is to have this building in such a place in the middle of nowhere. Not even near any big city. Of course there was a railroad built that helped the hotels immensely. I road that train one time after WW II. We need more passenger trains all over Indiana and especially central Indiana and Indianapolis. We also need 2 trains to Chicago daily. The times of arrival and departure from here is horrendous. And I have riden it many times.
Steve Winn

Washington, IN

#36 May 23, 2007
That whole area is a pipe dream. The place existed as a national draw until Las Vegas opened up, then it started to decline. Restoring it to that same state in time will have the same effect. The French Lick area should have taken the opportunity to reinvent itself, but Hoosiers mismanaged it again. It's a "locals casino" without that many locals while pretending to be a national attraction when it isn't. Good luck reallocating the money from Southern Indiana blue-collar workers.
dumass

Quincy, IL

#37 May 23, 2007
kld wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey who are you calling krauts? We still don't know what time we are on here.
what's a kraut???

kld

Since: May 07

Dubois, Indiana

#38 May 23, 2007
dumass wrote:
<quoted text>
what's a kraut???
A kraut is someone of German descent which is what we mainly are in the Jasper, Indiana area.
Mom in Columbus

Elmhurst, IL

#39 May 23, 2007
Saw it a few years ago, with 1 floor restored. Can't wait to see and stay. GORGEOUS!!(just from the 1 floor we saw). What a treasure. THANKS to all of those involved.
No Duh

Cincinnati, OH

#40 May 23, 2007
My dad was second chef of the West Baden Springs Hotel back in the day," long before I was born. He met some famous people there, including Al Capone.(He said you couldn' meet a nicer guy and that he was a very big tipper.) He took me to see it once when I was a little girl. The Jesuits were gone by then, the building was a sad and empty shell, and the grounds were being used as a cow pasture. My dad had a way with words, though, and as he told me about it, I could almost see the beautiful hotel. I wish he were still alive to see it now. It's almost exactly as he described it to me. I'm going to have to make a trip to southern Indiana to see the hotel, and maybe look up some long forgotten family while I'm at it.

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