I could tell by just looking through the parlor window as we came up the driveway that this house would be special. We were warmly greeted on our arrival, by Isabelle, who obviously loves her job. She gave us a brief history of the Chateau beginning in the beautiful foyer which was paneled in cherry, with intricately carved wood work.
Each room was charming in its Victorian decor, and themed (ours was Twelfth Night -- the shower was fabulous and the bed was plush, but firm). Original stained glass windows (over 40 in all) graced each room of the house.
A fully equipped kitchen enabled us to continue our journey after a delicious breakfast. The proprietress graciously accommodated dietary restrictions.
Shakespeare Chateau was an attraction to lure us off our usual I-70 or I-80 route to Colorado. It looks like a tradition has been started! The Chateau's high ratings are well deserved.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The majestic Shakespeare Chateau was built in 1885 by Nathan Ogden when St. Joseph Missouri was known as "The Queen of the River Cities." High atop a bluff looking down across the city toward the Missouri River, 809 Hall Street is one of several mansions in the Hall Street Historic District known locally as "Millionaires' Row." You'll enjoy meeting the friendly innkeeper, Isobel, as she takes you through the palatial interior. You'll marvel at 47 (yes, 47!) original stained glass windows, carved cherrywood and walnut mantles, and of course, a bust of the Bard himself above the grand fireplace in the front foyer. But most of all, you'll enjoy our comfortable sleeping rooms, each one beautifully appointed with fabulous art and antiques and luxurious linens. ... more less