Shreveport, LA, is a movie town–well, movies and weekly t.v. episodes if you count shows like the HBO series, True Blood. Who knew it was Shreveport streets when Nicolas Cage roared through the city in Drive Angry? Or that The Killing Room was situated somewhere in Shreveport?
In fact, Louisiana is the third largest film-making state, which has led to the area being known as Hollywood South.
And a Hollywood anywhere needs a hotel where the rich and famous can hang out and mingle, right? Well, that place is Shreveport’s Remington Suite Hotel.
I’ll be the first one to say the Remington Suite Hotel & Spa is a cut above what you’d expect to find in a city of around 200,000 (when you include Bossier City, across the Red River, that rises to just under half a million). The lobby is classy and the rooms, classier.
We often judge hotels by first impressions, so staff at the lobby check-in have to put not only their own best “foot” forward, but also the hotel’s best “foot.” The Remington staff have this down to a science–I found them efficient and effective at what they do, which is make sure I have a great stay.
Our suite was simply amazing–and larger than a few of the houses we’ve lived in! The first thing we saw upon opening the door was the long, long distance from the kitchen to the sun-filled windows of the bedroom. We dropped our luggage in surprise–I’ve had much smaller suites in bigger cities.
Of course, the nitty gritty of any stay is how comfortable is the bed–and the pillows–without good pillows I’m a grumpy guest. As expected, the Remington’s were superb.
The hotel provides a nice breakfast as well, with the bonus of a couple of outdoor shaded patio tables where we could enjoy our morning coffee–and my hubby could have his first cigarette of the day.
Evenings, we relaxed next door at the Stray Cat, feeling right at home in this cozy little bar’s New Orleans style rear patio where we were able to soak up the atmosphere and visit with locals.
While we didn’t take advantage of all the amenities the Remington has to offer, such as spa treatments and fitness center, we enjoyed our flat screen t.v.s, free Internet, jacuzzi, Keurig coffee maker, and excellent climate control (something that’s often hard to find!).
Unfortunately, we didn’t meet any movie stars during our stay, although I can’t wait now to see the movie that was on location in Shreveport/Bossier during our stay: The Town That Dreaded Sundown, the remake of a horror movie based on the real Texarkana mass murderer dubbed “The Phantom Killer” who killed five people in the spring of 1946.
See this YouTube trailer for the original 1977 movie:
Along with movies, there’s lots to see in Shreveport, since it’s the cultural center of the Ark-La-Tex, the area where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet.
Stay at the Remington Suite Hotel & Spa
- The Remington Suite Hotel
- 220 Travis St.
- Shreveport, LA 71101
- Phone: (318) 425-5000Toll Free: (800) 444-6750
- Online at: http://www.remingtonsuite.com
Our thanks to Shreveport – Bossier Convention and Visitor Bureau for their assistance with our stay.