I just finished two separate week long stays at the Marriott St. Louis West. During the week, it sure felt like this hotel's business is the business traveler, and there are a number of big office buildings scattered along the hills and trees around the Maryville University campus where this Marriott can be found. If your budget is a bit tighter, there's also a smaller Courtyard by Marriott on the same campus, about a half mile from this Marriott.
Overall, the property looks like it was built in the 1980's, but it's been kept up with the times (the lobby and bar areas seem very modern). The lower level (i.e. basement) holds the indoor pool (not too wide, but certainly long enough for doing laps), steam room and jacuzzi, a gym with nice equipment (four treadmills, two cross training machines, a bike -- all with individual TV's attached -- plus a free weight set and a weight bench), and a laundry room. The whole property lies along a pretty little river that cuts through the Maryville University campus. There are walking trails on both sides of the river and a bridge or two that crosses over it, so if there's time during your stay, you can get in a scenic walk in a nicely forested area.
On the weekend, the Marriott handles a *lot* of wedding receptions, but I didn't get to see any of them happening during the week (I just saw the various balloons, props, etc. lying around). People staying here on "block" rates for weddings will likely get a very good deal (wedding party room rates I saw on some flyers that were bundled up near the front desk were less than $100 per night per room).
As I was staying on a corporate rate ($125 per night) for both my stays, I stayed in rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The rooms were perfectly comfortable and fine. Nicely sized regular CRT/tube style TV's were hidden in a combination entertainment center & dresser combination. My guess is that the higher floors (floor 7 is the "Concierge Level", floor 8 has the actual "Concierge Lounge") have the renovated rooms. The bathroom amenities were the standard Bath & Body Works stuff (facial & bath soap bars, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shoe mitt). Forgot any toiletries at home? There's a tiny "shop" area next to the reception desk where I was able to buy a can of shaving cream that I had forgotten to bring with me.
There are no room safes in the room. Other reviews here complained about a lack of mini-fridges (there's no minibar or empty mini fridges in the room, either), but I overheard a conversation at the front desk where a guest asked to have a fridge delivered to the room and it was going to be set up, so I believe these can be arranged.
Wireless Internet is $9.95 per day. But if you're a Marriott Rewards Elite member (even a lowly "Silver" one like me), internet was free for the entire stay. They provided me with a coupon code upon checkin. On one of my stays they applied some notes to my folio and I even though I clicked "bill to room" for internet for subsequent days, I was never charged. On another stay, I came down each day to get a new code and was provided with one. They gave me the same code pretty much every time (i.e. they're reused... so try this one out and lemme know if it works -- [-] :-). If you get one coupon code, you should be able to reuse it again and again each day.
There's two ways to do breakfast here. The "Bluefire Grille" restaurant has a relatively nice breakfast buffet for $14, complete with a chef cooking up your favorite egg specialties in one corner of the serving area, plus a wide selection of different hot items (sausage, potatoes, blintzes If you are a "Marriott Elite", or if you paid some appropriate rate, you'll have access to the Concierge Lounge on the 8th floor, where almost everything is complimentary (i.e. free). They'll have one hot breakfast plate (some form of scrambled eggs: on different days it was plain scrambled eggs, other days eggs plus cheese, eggs plus sausage bits, etc.), cereal, yogurt, bagels, oatmeal; not nearly the same spread that's available at the downstairs Grille buffet. Evening appetizers also get served in the lounge, usually with one "hot" item (e.g. chicken skewers, mini quiches, etc). The only thing that costs in the lounge will be the alcohol. It's "honor bar" style, you write down what you drank and your room is billed. I believe the idea of the lounge is to have a "snack", but to truly satisfy an appetite, go to the restaurant downstairs. Prices downstairs aren't too obnoxious, by hotel standards. My meal bills in the restaurant usually ended up at about $30 for one of the salads, an appetizer and a glass of wine.
The parking lot gets full in the evening, so if you can't find any spots in there, simply drive into the "Marriot parking" designated part of the structure instead. Yes, it can be a bit tricky to find if you're arriving after dark. There's a Courtyard by Marriot in the same general area. There are small "Marriott" signs (with arrows, pointing the direction) that can guide you as you drive along the Outer road and get into within range.
As plenty of other reviews have noted, this hotel can be stayed in for super cheap on Priceline reservations, and my corporate rate was $129 (but I was kept in a non-upgraded room). If you're pricing it out, I'd say this hotel should be a good value up to $200 or so per night.
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