Best of the Best!

Thursday February 7, 2013

This week U.S. News & World Report ranked the top hotels in Missouri based on awards, recommendations and user ratings. Congratulations to the following for dominating the top 10.

Here is what U.S. News & World Report had to say about each of the following hotels.

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis ranks #1 out of 42
The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis is the city’s only five-star hotel. As you can imagine, the amenities are on par with its rating. There’s a luxury spa with a menu of services that includes hot stone massages and detoxifying facials; there’s the elegant Cielo restaurant with its pristine views of the Gateway Arch; and there are the 200 guestrooms themselves, complete with deep soaking tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows. But it’s not just for adults: This Four Seasons also offers a host of amenities for its younger guests, including poolside, family-sized cabanas and teen spa treatments.

Omni Majestic Hotel ranks #3 out of 42
The Omni Majestic Hotel is a solid choice for travelers wanting to be close to the Gateway Arch. Plus, its open-arms policy to pets (weighing 25 pounds and lighter) and children makes it a well-rounded hotel for a number of travelers. The Omni Majestic’s downtown location also makes it a convenient place for business travelers to bed down. Recent guests rave about the spacious, well-appointed rooms and the genuinely friendly staff. If you’re a member of the Omni Select Guest program, you can earn or redeem complimentary perks here.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis ranks #4 out of 42
This 4.5-star hotel gets high marks for its service and lavish rooms. Travelers should know that this hotel is located in Clayton, a nearby suburb of St. Louis (about eight miles west of the city). To get downtown, guests will need to drive or take the Metrolink from the Forsyth station. Still, you’ll find elegant guestrooms (equipped with 400-thread-count linens), two decadent on-site restaurants, and even a spa with massage services at this property. Because this Ritz-Carlton is under the Marriott umbrella, members of the Marriott Rewards Program can earn or redeem points here.

The Westin St. Louis ranks #5 out of 42
This four-star Westin huddles near Busch Stadium, making it an ideal place for Cardinals’ fans to stay. In fact, its high rating from guests is, in part, due to its excellent location downtown on Spruce Street. But the friendly staff, the tasty Clark Street Bar & Grill, and the large, comfortable rooms definitely add to its charm as well. And if you’re into treatments like Swedish massages or peppermint-rosemary body scrubs, The Westin St. Louis offers these too at its Solera Spa. If you’re a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest program, you can accrue or apply accumulated points here.

Moonrise Hotel ranks #6 out of 42
This luxury, boutique property is a convenient place to book if you’re planning to bar hop in the Loop. It’s in walking distance to places like the Blueberry Hill restaurant and club and the Pageant nightclub, plus the hotel’s own rooftop terrace isn’t a bad place to lounge all night. Rooms include Serta Enrapture pillow-top mattresses, walk-in rain showers, and H2O Plus bath amenities. Many guests highest praise goes to its location, Eclipse restaurant, and the ambience and view from the Rooftop Terrace Bar.

The Chase Park Plaza Hotel ranks #7 out of 42
This 4.5-star hotel, located at the northeast corner of Forest Park (and about 4 miles southeast of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery), offers guests many luxurious services. Amenities include, an in-house movie theater, a Mediterranean-style pool, and an immaculate gym. The elegant cafés and dining options at Chase Park Plaza are also a big hit. Still, a vocal minority says the staff needs some lessons in finesse; the service staff is especially described as unhelpful and even rude. Other recent guests also add that though the antiquated atmosphere is charming, the hotel is need of some contemporary revamping.

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