My husband knows I love boutique hotels. He drove past this one on a recent drive through St. Charles and was sure I would love this place! He got online when he got home and secretly booked their Valentine package which included the room, dinner for 2 at Rox City (their restaurant), champage and breakfast in the room the following morning. He can't keep a secret so he spilled the beans before the trip :) I was able to read about their history and saw photos on their website before we went...I wasn't bowled over but it looked nice enough and I was game - plus I would have never rained on my husband's parade :) since he was sweet enough to think of this.
We pulled up and I loved the old exterior of the building and when I first stepped inside the doors. That was about it.......There are some charming parts of the original hotel still intact like the elevator facades, the old mail drop and I assume the beautiful marble floors and some stained glass. Everything else that was done in the renovation (how many decades ago WAS that renovation???) was done as cheaply as possible and by the looks of it, by a weekend handyman. The walls are just slathered with what looks like bucket loads of joint compound and they and the cheap trim are all painted in a semi-gloss beige. It looks terrible. Then the rooms are a great big let-down. We reserved a riverview room on the 5th floor and it resembled a bedroom at my grandmother's house. Cheap lamps, a builder-grade brass overhead light, super cheap closet doors.....the bathroom didn't have a tub, just a full size shower with a plastic floor and shower curtain, a bad caulk job around a window and the mirror was a cheap plastic mold meant to look like a guilded mirror. Everythng about the room felt like a motel room from the 70's.
The restaurant gets mixed reviews. The food and service was very good, if not ridiculously overpriced. The atmosphere/decor, however, was absolutely nothing special whatsoever. I would have preferred the Irish Pub across the street for a more authentic dining experience. It was like trying to sell Ethan Allen at Target.
The location is good, service was adequate, but not special and the aesthetic quality of the place was poor. I have stayed in old Holiday Inn's that felt newer and nicer. If it is good location in St. Charles you are looking for and have no expectations, this is probably fine. If it is a special weekend, or the enjoyment of a nice boutique &/or historic hotel experience you are looking for, definitely pass on this one!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Baker offers the epitome in all things luxurious -- elegant guest rooms and suites, state of the art amenities, exceptional dining and lounge venues, and a scenic riverside setting that's second to none. Anywhere. If you're planning a wedding, party, banquet, conference or other event, we invite you to talk with our sales and catering professionals who are available to assist you. Our incomparable meeting and banquet facilities can accommodate groups from 10-300 in an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance and grace. And in season, Hotel Baker's charming rose garden and outdoor patio dining create a lovely, memorable setting. You can be confident that everything will be done according to the highest level of service and careful attention to detail. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baker Hotel Saint Charles