It’s Never Been a Better Time to Check in to St. Louis
Check in – to check out – St. Louis’ immersively-fun hotel vibe in the heart of the downtown convention corridor. From expansive rooftop skyline views (including one bird’s eye view into Busch Stadium), CBD-infused foods, sustainable cocktail programs and pop-up performances, to curated art, vintage record players, and a 7-foot-long poolside fiberglass hippo, the new downtown hotel development has the scene long on adventure, providing more than just a perfect night’s sleep. Wake up and join the fun.
The downtown hotel development brings 700 new rooms increasing the downtown inventory to nearly 8,000 rooms – including premier brands like Royal Sonesta, Hyatt, Marriott, Four Seasons, Embassy Suites and Loews. More than 40,000 rooms can be found throughout the St. Louis area.
The Last Hotel
Located in the center of the Washington Avenue Garment District, the former 10-story International Shoe Building (1909) has been reinvented into an independent and experiential 142-room hotel, restaurant and rooftop bar. The Last Hotel marries the building’s ornate metalwork and elaborate stone carvings with modern luxury touches and shoe making inspired details. Its moniker reflects the wooden forms once used by cobblers.
The lobby emulates a European street scene with its long marbled entrance hall, terrazzo floor and floor-to-ceiling columns. Enjoy house-made and craft foods and spirits at The Pantry, ogle the working shoelace machine, or rack them up on the restored pool table (1915). The rooftop bar features a 60-foot long pool with bar-height water and a several-hundred-pound fiberglass manatee lording over the deck. Shoe heels serve as coasters.
Hotel Saint Louis
Several blocks away, the historic Union Trust Company Building has been transformed into Hotel Saint Louis and pays homage to the building’s famed architect, Louis Sullivan. Described by owners and renovators Amy and Amrit Gill as “hipstoric” for its fusion of historic and contemporary features, it is a meticulously-restored beauty.
Operated under the auspices of the Autograph Collection Hotels by Marriott – the first in St. Louis – its 16-story naval blue wrought-iron staircase, arched windows and terra cotta trim date to 1893. The restaurant’s name, Union 30, is a reference to the building’s original name (Union Trust), its order of listing as a City Landmark, and the fact that there are only 30 Sullivan buildings left in existence. The restaurant opens into Hotel Saint Louis’ spacious lobby which includes the original atrium, a new stained glass skylight and an intricate marble floor. Form Skybar, the rooftop bar, is named for Sullivan’s famous motto, “Form follows function,” and provides amazing views of the downtown St. Louis skyline. All guests receive metal water bottles upon checking in and are encouraged to fill them up at water stations located throughout the hotel.
Restoration St. Louis is also currently in the process of expanding Hotel St. Louis into the neighboring 17-story Chemical Building. The two buildings will be linked by a street-level pedestrian walkway and feature guest rooms, luxury apartments, a ballroom, restaurant and rooftop bar. The building, on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally designed by Boston native Henry Ives Cobb in 1896 and features an intricately designed red-hued exterior cornice of foliated patterns and trapezoid-shaped bay windows with spectacular views. Visible advertisements on some of the windows still showcase the names of the businesses that once occupied the premise at the turn of the century. The renovation is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.
Angad Arts Hotel
If you love the arts, then the Angad Arts Hotel in Grand Center just west of downtown is for you. Located at the former site of the Missouri Theater (1922) in midtown’s Grand Center Arts District, the colorfully-hued hotel provides an immersive visual, culinary and performing arts experience. Book your room by emotion of color – tranquility blue, happy yellow, passionate red or green rejuvenation. Its Angad Rainbow Terrace (ART) rooftop bar is a hot spot for late night pop-up performances by touring musicians and local performers. The incredible view of the St. Louis skyline allows visitors to simultaneously watch the sun setting in the west, as well as its glorious reflection in the mirrored buildings to the east.
Curio Collection by Hilton
48 additional rooms have been added to the Curio Collection by Hilton as part of the $187 million transformation of downtown’s St. Louis Union Station, which will also feature a 200-foot-high observation wheel and the soon to open St. Louis Aquarium with more than 13,000 aquatic animals.
Located in the historic LaSalle Building in the heart of downtown, ViaNova Development’s Hotel Indigo renovation is being completed to the requirements of both the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service. Expected to open in the coming months, the building’s 13 stories feature bay windows with terra cotta and cast iron details originally designed by Isaac Taylor in 1909. The 88-room IGH boutique property will include The Switchlist, a restaurant named after the historical site on which the hotel was built and a rooftop bar inspired by Eero Saarinen’s famed Arch.
Live by Loews
Live! By Loews, part of Ballpark Village’s $260 million phase 2 and located steps from Busch Stadium, is set to open in time for the 2020 baseball season’s first pitch. Multiple restaurants, a rooftop terrace with green space and 216 luxury rooms will provide an unprecedented luxury experience in the heart of Cardinal Nation. 17,000-square feet of meeting and special event space, a great room lounge and outdoor terrace will provide both indoor and outdoor entertainment opportunities.
An Aloft Hotel by Marriott in midtown’s Cortex District will include a 4,800-square-foot restaurant and an adjacent lobby bar and lounge with a patio on the north side of the hotel, close to Forest Park Parkway. Along with the 150-room hotel, the $170 million development project will include more than 200 apartments, retailers, additional labs and a parking garage.
Founded in 2002, the Cortex Innovation Community is home to a 200-acre technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods. Aloft visitors will be just steps away from away from the largest weekly Happy Hour event for innovators in the world, held every Thursday night, in the Cortex’s Venture Café. The hotel is also located directly across the street from the neighborhood’s new $13.5 million MetroLink station.
Element by Westin
Nestled against the campus of Saint Louis University in Midtown, Element by Westin’s stunning 152-room hotel and 8th floor rooftop mecca is slated to open early summer 2020. Featuring the SLU-blue colors and showcasing encompassing views of the city and campus, this property will be a designated hotspot for Billiken sports fans, students, alumni and anyone looking for a luxurious room, happy hour or late-night cocktail.
Hawkeye Hotels is re-imagining the historic nine-story Omni Majestic Hotel downtown into a high-end Le Méridien, a Marriott-branded hotel featuring 96 suites, an upscale restaurant and bar and fitness area.
In the Pipeline
Hawkeye is also investing $16.5 million to convert a parking lot adjacent to the Le Méridien into a 152-room Moxy hotel, the budget-friendly Marriott International hotel brand skewed toward millennials. Perks will include communal space, workspaces, lounges and even a bar where guests pick up their room keys and a drink.
Downtown’s former historic YMCA building on Locust is being converted into a 21cHotel that reflects the combined vibes of a boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and chef-driven restaurant, all under one roof. Guests and visitors alike can experience the rotating curated exhibitions, interactive site-specific art installations and a roster of cultural programming based on collaborations with local and national arts organizations. The museum will be open to the public for free, 365 days a year. The 10-story building, constructed in 1926 in the Renaissance Revival style, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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