Grand opening held for Lake Arthur 'bank' hotel

LAKE ARTHUR, LA (KPLC) - Construction on the new hotel in Lake Arthur began about nine months ago. Now, it's finally complete and opening its doors to guests.

The hotel is called L'Banca Albergo, which means "The Bank Hotel" in Italian.

For the first time in more than 50 years, the town finally has its own hotel.

"We had taken the old Jeff Davis Bank and actually tore everything down except the walls and we started from the bottom up and we built a two-story hotel out of it," hotel owner, Bobby Palermo, said.

Palermo calls the hotel a "boutique" hotel. L'Banca Albergo has eight rooms, three of which are suites on the second floor. Each room has a different theme.

And guests are invited to sit back, relax and enjoy the view of downtown Lake Arthur and the lake.

When visitors are in town for special events and as the weather warms, Palermo said Lake Arthur will be brimming with things to do as the town starts to develop.

"We're booked for the Regatta. We have RiverFEST coming up next weekend. We have a few rooms left for that, but we're starting to book a lot," Palermo said.

Turning the old bank into a cozy hotel, Palermo left some of the bank's history in the rooms. In the "Bank" room, Palermo left a vault door, the old drive-through window and deposit box.

In the lobby, Palermo left the vault which will soon be a wine vault for guests to purchase bottles of wine during their stay.

"It's totally different from what it was and it's probably one of the nicest buildings we have around," he said.

Turning Lake Arthur into a town where visitors can stop and stay for a while ...

For more information on L'Banca Albergo, visit its website by clicking here.

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