Hawthorn Suites debuts in Baton Rouge January 12, 2001 Share 1 -- BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's first Hawthorn Suites opened here. The five-story Baton Rouge Hawthorn has 111 studios and one-bedroom suites.On Valley Creek Road, near Louisiana State University and the Centroplex, the property includes an outdoor pool, fitness center and business center.Suites include two-line speaker phones with dataports, microwaves, refrigerators, coffeemakers and a VCR.Hawthorn Suites is a franchise operation of Atlanta-based U.S. Franchise Systems.The new hotel is owned and operated by Indianapolis-based Sun Development, which also has Hawthorn properties in Hattiesburg, Miss.; Indianapolis, and Little Rock, Ark.Steve Hymans, Hawthorn's vice president, brand marketing, said Hawthorn plans to expand throughout the state.