I base a hotel review on 4 things – cleanliness, comfort, convenience, and courtesy. The Spring Hill Suites came through on all of them during a recent 9-night stay in Saint Louis. This was the first time we stayed at this Marriott chain and are very glad we did. The staff keeps the facility very clean in all aspects – room, breakfast area, fitness center, etc. It was very helpful to have a suite lay-out during our lengthy stay, since a separate sitting room with TV, couch, and desk reduced the feeling of being stuck in a single room. Adjacent to it was an unobtrusive area that contained a refrigerator, microwave, cupboards, and a separate sink, so we actually bought some items to reduce eating out all the time. This was great for making lunches for mid-day tourist activities or late night snacking. The hotel is within a mile of Interstate 64 which allows you to quickly traverse the length of Saint Louis and the surrounding area very quickly, then drop off near nearby colleges, tourist sites, etc. In our case, we also learned some of the more significant, local roads and got around the area pretty quickly; it is not like trying to navigate the cities in the eastern U.S. There are several restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. The last attribute I look for really makes a difference at this hotel – courtesy. Over the 9 days, the staff repeatedly showed a friendliness that was exceptional – a common thread in Saint Louis. Smiling and “good morning” are always appreciated, but when a staff member asks how your visit to a tourist attraction went after you talked to them in the elevator the previous day – wow. A free breakfast is a plus, but when the attendant has your wife’s gluten-free cereal ready for her after the first request – very personal. Also, the breakfast buffet is modified each day to try to break things up (great for our long stay) – scrambled eggs and fresh oatmeal (each day), hot item to complement the eggs (varies each day), waffle irons (weekends), various pastries (varies each day), etc. If the fitness and pool are not sufficient for your needs, you can get a pass to the local town’s community center which is beautiful with an indoor pool, full fitness facility, whirlpool, sauna, etc. and it’s only about a mile from the hotel.