Over the years I have stayed at The Cheshire dozens of times, but this was my first trip since the remodel. I have always loved the hotel and was anxious to see the changes and hopeful that the old charm had not been compromised. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the common areas were still just as beautiful and charming as before... the fabulous taxidermy bear is still standing guard in the lobby overlooking the exquisite furniture and old English touches. The new business center is especially whimsical as well as handy, and the pool area has been substantially upgraded with beautiful cabanas. There is also a new garden area in front of the hotel along Clayton with plenty of seating among the beautiful plantings.
The Fox & Hounds tavern is still cozy and has added a new, although limited, menu. My husband enjoyed the lamb sliders and I chowed on the bangers and mash. There are signs posting that a new restaurant is coming in the future.
The room was lovely -- all new decor, pillowtop mattress, flatscreen HDTV with numerous channels including HBO and Showtime, and completely remodeled bathroom with beautiful new fixtures. The stained glass windows still open, and the massive unique wood headboards still exist from the old hotel. We enjoyed two restful nights on the comfortable bed in this quiet room. I have only two small complaints about the room: 1) There was no outlet in the bathroom for the hairdryer. Thank goodness there was an outlet near the mirror over a counter outside the bathroom where the coffee pot is located. But it certainly was less than ideal for a styling station. And 2) No full-length mirror.
One of the most clever little touches that the hotel now offers is that each room is named after a British author or poet and you get a souvenir tassled bookmark with that person's name on it specific to your room. There is also a bio of that person on the wall in the room just in case you aren't familiar with his or her accomplishments. (We were in the Sir Thomas More room who coined the word "Utopia" before meeting his untimely death due to beheading!)
The staff was friendly and accommodating and parking is free. There is a two-level garage under the hotel with easy access from the elevators. (Or as The Cheshire calls them -- "the lifts.") The location of the hotel is ideal for anyone wanting quick access to Clayton, Forest Park, the Zoo, museums, the Galleria and much more. There are several nice restaurants within walking distance (we had crazy good salad and pizza at Katie's Pizzaria, and My Daddy's Cheesecake offers sinfulicious desserts.) Jimmy's on the Park is a wonderful upscale restaurant that is also in walking distance. There is also a Walgreen's just down the street as well as a Schnuck's grocery store, and the historical Hi-Pointe theatre is right next door.
All in all, it was a very nice weekend. We will definitely stay again and again. Thank you Cheshire!
- Also Known As:
- The Cheshire Hotel
- The Cheshire Hotel Saint Louis
- Cheshire Hotel Saint Louis
- Cheshire Lodge St Louis
- Cheshire Inn St Louis
- Cheshire Saint Louis
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- The Cheshire embodies the charm and authenticity of a traditional British inn with all the modern conveniences of today. Guest rooms range from our Deluxe class to our Royal class with turndown services and upgraded amenities. ... more less
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