Built in 1902, the same year as the rival French Lick Springs Hotel a short distance away, West Baden Springs Hotel is a National Historic Landmark. The soaring atrium was for sixty years the largest of its kind in the world, and it still takes your breath away. The hotel was closed for many years and in a serious state of decay. Now, after more than $30 million in renovations it is still far from being completed. However several opportunities are available for the those who want to see this magnificent and unique treasure. We took the tour on a Sunday afternoon and found it an experience not to be missed. Check the website below for tour times.
Unlike the resort in neighboring West Baden, the French Lick Springs Resort & Spa survived the Great Depression and is still a functioning hotel.
Like the spa in West Baden, it had mineral springs believed to cure all kinds of ailments. All but one of the springs was capped, the surviving spring is at French Lick.
Although we did not stay here overnight, we did pop into the hotel for a look around. Neither the interior or exterior is as grand as the West Baden Resort but the 471 room hotel is still impressive.
We didn't have enough time to go inside the museum but outside the museum there are several trains on display including some cars from the South Shore that my husband remembered from when he was a kid.
There's no charge to take a look at the trains outside.
There are many things to do in French Lick: You could go to the new hotel/indoor water park, you could spend a day out on Patoka lake, there are two marinas on the lake, explore the hotels, go bowling in the springs hotel, game room in the water park and springs hotel, Three golf courses: The Valley Course which is a 9 hole, The Hill Course, and the new Pete Dye Course, explore the downtown area, go shopping in the West Baden Hotel, Horse back riding, go to the new Casino, rent a house boat on the lake or wave runner, play tennis or hit balls at the driving range provided by the Valley Course which is located by the Casino, you could take a train ride (not recomended for children, very long and hot). There are many fun, exciting, historical things to see and do in French Lick, IN. I hope this review helped you decide to go to French Lick for your excursion!!
My wife and I come to West Baden Springs Hotel 3 to 4 times a year. We absolutely love it here as a quick getaway (we live in Indianapolis). The hotel is breathtaking and the rooms are gorgeous with exceptional dining. We like to spend time at the casino which has a great single level layout. We also like to spend time at Patoka Lake or driving up to Gashtof Amish Village for the absolute best authentic Amish buffet we have ever had. While you are here don't forget to do some wine tasting at the French Lick Winery, they have some pretty awesome flavors. French Lick is a small town and true there is not a whole lot to do here but for us that is the attraction, peace and quiet.
West baden Dome is a hotel from the early 1900s that has been restored at the expense of millions of dollars but has not yet been reopened. but has daily tours thru the hotel and grounds. a must see when you are in
West Baden- French Lick area