Alexandria Louisiana

The present site of Alexandria was a natural one for settlement due to its location on the Red River in Central Louisiana. It lies on a level plain of Longleaf Pine forests at 55 feet above sea level, in almost the exact geographic center of Louisiana.

The area was originally home to a community supporting activities of the adjacent Spanish outpost of Post du Rapides. Ultimately, Alexandria would became the parish seat of Rapides Parish.

Fulton laid out the plan for Alexandria in 1805, and the settlement grew rapidly. Because of its strategic geographic location, which still holds true today, it became a center of transportation, trading and agriculture.

Today, the City of Alexandria is located in Central Louisiana "CenLA" across the Red River from Pineville.

Alexandria Louisiana Hotels

Alexandria, with its central location in Louisiana, and its position on Interstate Highway I-49, offers a large number of hotels, motels and other accommodations.

Most are concentrated along MacArthur Drive and the Air Base Road exit on I-49 north of Alexandria and near Alexandria International Airport.

Among the lodging offerings located in the Alexandria-Pineville area are:

  • Courtyard by Marriott - new in 2010, near the Alexandria Mall and the South Traffic Circle
  • Hampton Inn & Suites - at the Air Base Road exit on I-49
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • LaQuinta
  • Comfort Suites
  • Parc England Hotel - at England Airpark near AEX Airport
  • Econo Lodge
  • Super 8
  • Baymont Inn

Other accommodations are available in Alexandria, and in Pineville located across the Red River.


Alexandria International Airport

Alexandria International Airport (AEX) is about 4 miles from downtown Alexandria. Commercial carriers include American Eagle, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Continental Airlines.

Rental cars are available from Avis, National, Budget and Hertz. Parc England, a boutique hotel, is just blocks away from the terminal, and Bistro on the Bayou provides a fine dining experience.

In October of 2011, the terminal was named the James L. Meyer Commercial Terminal in honor of the man who was a major driving force in the development, and success, of England Airpark.

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