We flew into STL to attend parents weekend at our sons school in Iowa. As we were flying out on Monday, we decided to stay downtown St. Louis on our last night. We happened upon The a Magnolia and were quite pleasantly surprised. Upon check-in, we were welcomed and greeted by the nicest woman at the desk. She explained all of the amenities within the hotel and invited us to the nightly happy hour offering complimentary Magnolias wine selection and domestic beers. Then she told us about the late night homemade cookies, milk and coffee bar. "Then", she told us about the morning breakfast, also included in our stay.
Our room was very comfortable, (although I wish we were not looking at the air conditioner condenser units on the roof, next door). The bed was comfortable and the linens were nice.
We went to the happy hour and were served by two fun and engaged female bar tenders. They were very conversant, attentive and full of recommendations and comments about local places and entertainment in the area. We agreed upon one of their recommendations, (Broadway Oyster Bar)... And we were very, very happy!!! We wanted casual, good food and live entertainment... Perfect!!!!!
The Magnolia "states" it offers complimentary transportation in their Tesla to local restaurants, shopping, etc. Our disappointment came when we went to the desk and requested a ride to the restaurant as it was 6 degrees outside and the restaurant is a bit too far to walk in those conditions... We were told the car was not available that evening. It was only 7PM... We were definitely set aback, as this condescended our expectation, as per their proud offering on all publications. So, we took a cab $14... Each way...
The next morning, we walked down for breakfast... Again we were disappointed, by a boutique hotel of this caliber.. Cereal, cold muffins, cold bagels, small offering of fruit. If... We wanted a hot breakfast, 2 eggs, nothing else cost $6 And an additional $5+ for bacon, sausage, more for toast, more for potatoes. We decided to go out for breakfast. We called down for the car and again, were told it was not available. We walked to Pickles Deli... (awesome place!!!!!!!!!). Sadly, on our way back, we saw the red Magnolia Tesla driving down the street.
I will stay again, but I will be sure to arrange for alternative transportation and will go to Pickles, again for breakfast.
Did I mention... The lemon white chocolate coconut cookies were the best I have ever had? Yes... They are a must have!!!!!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named to the National Historic Register, the new St. Louis Magnolia Hotel will reopen in early summer, 2014. Originally built in 1924 as the Mayfair Hotel by Charles Heiss, the hotel has since undergone many changes throughout its history. The hotel holds significant historical firsts including the first female general manager in St. Louis, origination of chocolates on a pillow by the famous actor, Cary Grant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wyndham Roberts Mayfair
- The Mayfair Hotel St Louis
- Wyndham Saint Louis
- Saint Louis Wyndham